By pure chance I was able to accept 237 packages, the same number as last month. 33 times I contacted the maintainer to ask a question about a package and 55 times I had to reject a package. The reject number increased a bit as I also worked on packages that already got a note but had not been fully processed. In contrast I only filed three serious bugs this month.
Currently there are about 200 packages still waiting in the NEW queue As the freeze for Jessie comes closer every day, I wonder whether all of them can be processed in time. So I don’t mind if every maintainer checks the package again and maybe uploads an improved version that can be processed faster.
This was my second month that I did some work for the Squeeze LTS initiative, started by Raphael Hertzog at Freexian
All in all I got assigned a workload of 16.5h for August. I spent these hours to upload new versions of
- [DLA 32-1] nspr security update
- [DLA 34-1] libapache-mod-security security update
- [DLA 36-1] polarssl security update
- [DLA 37-1] krb5 security update
- [DLA 39-1] gpgme1.0 security update
- [DLA 41-1] python-imaging security update
As last month I prepared these uploads on the basis of the corresponding DSAs for Wheezy. For these packages backporting the Wheezy patches to Squeeze was rather easy.
I also had a look at python-django and eglibc. Although the python-django patches apply now, the package fails some tests and these issues need some further investigation. In case of eglibc, my small pbuilder didn’t have enough resources and trying to build the package resulted in a full disk after more than three hours of work.
For PHP5 OndÅ™ej SurÃ½ (the real maintainer) suggested to use point releases of upstream instead of applying only patches. I am curious about how much effort is needed for this approach. Stay tuned, next month you will be told more details!
Anyway, this is still a lot of fun and I hope I can finish python-django, eglibc and php5 in September.
This month my meep packages plus mpb have been part of a small hdf5 transition. All five packages needed a small patch and a new upload. As the patch was already provided by Gilles Filippini, this was done rather quickly.
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