My Debian Activities in November 2014

FTP assistant

In contrast to the last month, this month has been rather quiet and I really liked that :-). The stress has moved to the next team. So all in all I marked 101 packages for accept and had to reject 27 packages. As I mostly reviewed really new packages, I didn’t have to file any RC bug this month.

Squeeze LTS

This was my fifth month that I did some work for the Squeeze LTS initiative, started by Raphael Hertzog at Freexian.

This month I got assigned a workload of 14.25h and I spent these hours to upload new versions of:

  • [DLA 82-1] wget security update
  • [DLA 84-1] curl security update
  • [DLA 89-1] nss security update
  • [DLA 90-1] imagemagick security update
  • [DLA 94-1] php5 security update
  • [DLA 97-1] eglibc security update

I also uploaded [DLA 85-1] libxml-security-java security update, but as nobody of the LTS sponsors had any interest in this package, I did this in my “spare” time. A package with security in its name should not be affected by security issues.

This month my failure of the month has been the binutils package. Although the security team prepared the way for finding the correct patches for all those CVEs, I somehow managed to not find them. This is embarassing …

I am also a bit disappointed by current LTS users. All important packages have been made available for testing before uploading them to the archive. Apart from some brave fellow DDs, no other feedback was reported on debian-lts. Complaints arrived only when the packages have been finally uploaded. Do admins have enough time nowadays and don’t need to use some kind of testbed? Times are changing …

Other packages

This month I even found some time to sponsor uploads, so please welcome a new version of fastaq in experimental and patiently wait for aegaen and kmc to pass NEW.

At this point I also want to mention the Debian Med Advent Calendar, which was announced in this email and already mentioned by Andreas in his latest Debian Med bits. Everybody is invited to take care of as much as possible poor souls.


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