My Debian Activities in October 2014

FTP assistant

This month has been the month before the freeze. Lots of people uploaded a package at the last moment and wanted to have it in testing before everything is over. This resulted in even more processed package than in September. I was able to accept 407 packages and had to reject 77. The whole FTP team managed it to bring the NEW queue below 40 waiting packages. As the Release team doesn’t like to see binary-NEW packages appearing in unstable (at least those which change the soname of a lib), this number will increase again. But, that’s life …

I am glad that a freeze happens only every few years. So I would particularly thank my dear wife for her patience, when she saw me sitting in front of that damned computer again and again.

Squeeze LTS

This was my fourth 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 13.75h and I spent these hours to upload new versions of

  • [DLA 72-1] rsyslog security update
  • [DLA 72-2] rsyslog regression update
  • [DLA 78-1] torque security update
  • [DLA 80-1] libxml2 security update

I also prepared a new upload of wget and still wait for some feedback. In this case some default values had to be changed and I better wait a bit before I break some scripts.

Moreover five CVEs accumulated for php5, so I guess another upload has to be done for this package. This will be ready in the next days …

I also tried to work on libtasn1-3 and librack-ruby. There hadn’t been DSAs for these packages and I tried to dig into the upstream repositories. Unfortunately I failed to find the correct patches. Kudos to the Security Team who have to struggle with all kind of commit messages on a daily basis.

Other packages

I didn’t have time to do any work on my own packages. But during my ftp-time I saw one or another package that deals with some kind of home automation. Up to now there doesn’t seem to be a Debian group who deals with this topic. Maybe it is time to start one?


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