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My Debian Activities in May 2016

FTP assistant

This month I marked 286 packages for accept and rejected 35. I also sent 13 emails to maintainers asking questions. Apart from this nothing unusual happened this month.

Debian LTS

This was my twenty-third month that I did some work for the Debian LTS initiative, started by Raphael Hertzog at Freexian.

This month my all in all workload reached a new high with 31.00h. This resulted in patches for 35 CVEs and the following uploads:

  • [DLA 454-1] minissdpd security update
  • [DLA 453-1] extplorer security update
  • [DLA 455-1] asterisk security update
  • [DLA 457-1] mplayer security update
  • [DLA 458-1] mplayer2 security update
  • [DLA 459-1] mercurial security update
  • [DLA 466-1] ocaml security update
  • [DLA 467-1] xerces-c security update
  • [DLA 485-1] extplorer security update
  • [DLA 493-1] openafs security update
  • [DLA 495-1] libtasn1-3 security update
  • [DLA 499-1] php5 security update

Thanks a lot to all the people who answered my calls for testing, especially Gabriel Filion, Joost van Baal-Ilić and Stefan!

This month I also had another term of doing frontdesk work and looked for CVEs that are important for Wheezy LTS or could be ignored.

Other stuff

As already mentioned in an earlier post, I tried to enliven the Internet of Things in Debian. If you would like to help in this field, please drop me a line.

My Debian Activities in April 2016

FTP assistant

This month I marked 171 packages for accept and rejected 42. I also sent 3 emails to maintainers asking questions. It seems to be that another quiet month is behind us. Nevertheless the flood of strange things in NEW continued this month. Hmm, weird world ..

Debian LTS

This was my twenty-second month that I did some work for the Debian LTS initiative, started by Raphael Hertzog at Freexian.

This month my all in all workload had been 15.75h. After getting the permission of the security team I changed the temporary-issues to meanwhile assigned CVEs and uploaded fuseiso. This resulted in DSA 3551-1.

I also prepared new packages for asterisk and asked for testers on the LTS mailing list. Luckily Gabriel Filion really tried these packages and found a regression with manager connections. Dear reader, the new packages are waiting for your tests now :-).

Further I used the upload of poppler (DLA 446-1) to test the workflow of the new wheezy-security upload. Uploading and building packages worked perfectly. Unfortunately the push to the security mirrors was a bit delayed (it only happened after an upload of the security team). But this seems to be fixed by Ansgar now.

Last but not least I had a look at PHP5. I think I will start my regular uploads in May.

Other stuff

As I had to deal with non-Debian stuff this month, I didn’t do lots of other things. I only uploaded node-uml …

My Debian Activities in March 2016

FTP assistant

This month I marked 226 packages for accept and rejected 22. I also sent 5 emails to maintainers asking questions. It seems to be that a rather quiet month is behind us. As I have seen some packages with strange debian/copyright in binNEW, I wonder whether also the archive should be checked regularly. Maybe it is time to file some bugs …

Debian LTS

This was my twenty-first month that I did some work for the Debian LTS initiative, started by Raphael Hertzog at Freexian.

Due to outstanding hours that were redistributed, my all in all workload had been 14.25h. As Wheezy LTS didn’t start yet and I am not able to do normal security uploads, I sent debdiffs to the security team. Btw. this can be done by everybody and the way to go is described in chapter 5.8.5 of the Debian Developer’s Reference.

Altogether I sent the following debdiffs for …

  • extplorer to fix CVE-2015-0896
  • inspircd to fix CVE-2015-8702
  • libmatroska to fix CVE-2015-8792
  • libstruts1.2-java to fix CVE-2015-0899
  • fuseiso to fix two temporary issues
  • minissdpd to fix CVE-2016-3178 and CVE-2016-3179
  • tlslite to fix CVE-2015-3220

As the security team wants to update Wheezy and Jessie with only one DSA, whenever applicable I created debdiffs for both releases. Up to now the results can be seen in DSA 3526-1, DSA 3527-1 and DSA 3536-1. As tlslite has been removed from Wheezy during today’s point release, I am afraid that was a wasted effort.

Other stuff

My node activities this month involved uploads of: node-component-consoler, node-generator-supported, node-xmlhttprequest-ssl, node-co, node-uid-umber, node-url-join, node-uri-path, node-read-file, node-nth-check, node-base62, node-require-dir, node-for-in, node-obj-util, node-normalize-it-url, node-delve, node-function-bind, node-seq, node-json-localizer, node-through, node-addressparser, node-ansi-regex, node-crypto-cacerts, node-decamelize, node-array-find-index, node-require-main-filename, node-invert-kv, node-starttls.

To fix one or the other bug I also uploaded: node-connect, node-mysql.

I also forwarded bug #809252, which is tagged as security relevant in the BTS, to the Node Security Project. I even got one answer stating that the report arrived. We will see what happens next. At least after 45 days another email might arrive …

My Debian Activities in February 2016

FTP assistant

This month I marked 364 package for accept and rejected 66. Due to the help of lamby, the length of the NEW queue dropped mostly below 50, so there is no need for complaints anymore :-). I also sent 22 emails to maintainers asking questions.

Squeeze LTS

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

This month more people started to contribute and my workload dropped down to 11.25h. Altogether I uploaded those DLAs:

  • [DLA 424-1] didiwiki security update
  • [DLA 423-1] krb5 security update
  • [DLA 433-1] xerces-c security update
  • [DLA 444-1] php5 security update

This month I was also involved in embargoed uploads and could do an upload on my own (DLA 433-1).

Now Squeeze LTS is officially done. I leave it with mixed feelings. On the one hand it became more and more difficult to backport patches for the latest version to the old software. On the other hand I could learn a lot of stuff about the methods other maintainers used some years ago. Yes, although not always visible at first sight, over the years there are lots of improvements on how packages can be handled in Debian.

So, let us start with Wheezy now …

Other stuff

On the way to pump.io, grunt and some other cool stuff, I uploaded:

  • node-abab
  • node-array-equal
  • node-array-flatten
  • node-array-unique
  • node-cors
  • node-deep-extend
  • node-original
  • node-simplesmtp
  • node-setimmediate
  • node-uglify-save-license
  • node-unpipe

Yes, sometimes this npm2deb makes it really easy to create a package.

In order to fix FTBFSs, errors from DebCI or whatever might fail these days, I also uploaded new versions of:

  • node-array-equal
  • node-array-parallel
  • node-bufferjs
  • node-crc
  • node-css-what
  • node-eventsource
  • node-mime-types
  • node-mocks-http
  • node-rai
  • node-requires-port
  • node-url-parse
  • node-xoauth2

Today I could see the first fruits of my labor. Some packages, I did not touch, migrated to testing because some of their dependencies were finally able to migrate as well.

My Debian Activities in January 2016

FTP assistant

This month I marked 281 package for accept and rejected 58, so almost back to normal processing. I also sent 19 emails to maintainers asking questions.

As mentioned in October the accept-number has reached another milestone. I accepted package 6666 on 20151221, it was python-skbio_0.4.1-1. The winner of a fast processed package with the best guess of this date is: *tata* Javi. Ok, he was the only participant :-). So, who can guess the date of 7777?

Squeeze LTS

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

This month several people had to reduce their contribution, so all in all I got a workload of 30h. Altogether I uploaded those DLAs:

  • [DLA 392-1] roundcube security update
  • [DLA 393-1] srtp security update
  • [DLA 394-1] passenger security update
  • [DLA 399-1] foomatic-filters security update
  • [DLA 398-1] privoxy security update
  • [DLA 401-1] imlib2 security update

For the first time this month, I was also involved in three embargoed uploads. Ben and I were informed about some security issues before they got published and I prepared the DLAs. Although the real upload for all suites were still done by the security team, it was really exciting.

I also spent some time on #796095 and prepared another patch for review. Further I am almost done with the next upload of PHP 5.3. Just before starting dupload, another issue appeared. As I think that this will be the last upload of PHP for Squeeze LTS, I also want to take care of this latecomer. The upload of krb5 is waiting in the pipeline, I am just waiting for a confirmation that everything is fine.

This month I also had another term of doing frontdesk work and looked for CVEs that are important for Squeeze LTS or could be ignored.

As Wheezy LTS is just before the start, I already prepared the new build environment. So either now or later in April, I am ready …

Other stuff

Due to the high LTS workload, there was no time for other stuff :-(.

My Debian Activities in December 2015

FTP assistant

Due to Christmas, I only marked 254 packages for accept and rejected 17 of them. I had to send 14 emails to maintainers.

Squeeze LTS

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

As other members of the LTS team had to give back some hours of their workload, this month my initial workload of 18.25h had been increased to 21.25h. Altogether I uploaded those DLAs:

  • [DLA 370-1] bind9 security update
  • [DLA 373-1] libxml2 security update
  • [DLA 375-1] libpng security update

I also started to work on CVEs for packages t-coffee and pitivi, only to recognize that the versions in Squeeze are not affected. Further I prepared patches for passenger and srtp but I could not test them yet, so an upload will be in January.

This month I also experienced something strange. Due to the upload of the new version of mysql, I had to process a package for squeeze-lts in NEW. I seldom see a package, that creates so much “red” output from lintian. I assume this always happens when an “old” package will be checked by the latest lintian and is a good sign for all the development within Debian.

I also tested Raphaels patch for #796784 and could confirm that everything works as expected.

Unfortunately the php5 upload must be delayed until Januar.

This month I also had another week of frontdesk duties.

Other stuff

The Advent season is over and the Debian Med Advent Calendar is full to bursting. The incredible number of 150 bugs have been closed this year!

Due to the GSL transition a new upload of all meep packages had to be done and all in all I could close #748822, #807210, #807212, #807213, #807214, #807215 and #807747.

My Debian Activities in November 2015

FTP assistant

This month I marked 352 packages for accept and rejected 61 of them. I had to send only 15 emails to maintainers.

I also started to work on #796095 and #796784, but my first patch was rejected. So expect more to come here …

Squeeze LTS

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

Due to Toshiba becoming the first platinum sponsor, I got a workload of 21.25h. This is a new and delightful record! Altogether I uploaded those DLAs:

  • [DLA 341-1] php5 security update
  • [DLA 343-1] libpng security update
  • [DLA 355-1] libxml2 security update
  • [DLA 356-1] libsndfile security update

I also started to work on two bugs that were filed against the pseudo-package ftp.debian.org, which are somehow related to the security team: #796095 and #796784 (see above). Moreover I started to work on the next php5 upload, which will happen at the end of December.

As more and more people work at the LTS frontdesk now, this month I could chill out a bit and let the others do the work.

Other stuff

As the Advent season started again I would also like to draw some attention to the Debian Med Advent Calendar. It was announced here and like the past years, the Debian Med team starts a bug squashing event from the December 1st to 24th. Every bug that is closed will be registered in the calendar. So instead of taking something from the calendar, this special one will be filled and at Christmas hopefully every Debian Med related bug is closed. Don’t hestitate, start to squash :-) .

My Debian Activities in October 2015

FTP assistant

This month I marked 492 packages for accept and rejected 50 of them. I had to send only 11 emails to maintainers.

Up to now I accepted about 6000 packages, my first one was pexpect_3.0-1 on 20131211.

date package
1 20131211 pexpect_3.0-1
1111 20140506 dochelp_0.1
2121 20140825 cl-parse-number_1.3-1
2222 20140903 node-websocket-driver_0.3.5-1
3333 20150303 libparse-keyword-perl_0.08-1
4242 20150625 python-monotonic_0.2-1
4444 20150708 libmusicbrainz5_5.1.0+git20150707-1
5555 20150928 golang-github-yosssi-ace_0.0.4+git20150515.41.78e48a2-3

So, when do you expect accepted package number 6666, 7777, 8888 and 9999?

Squeeze LTS

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

This month I only got a workload of 13.25h. Altogether I uploaded those DLAs:

  • [DLA 327-1] freeimage security update
  • [DLA 331-1] polarssl security update
  • [DLA 334-1] libxml2 security update
  • [DLA 334-2] libxml2 regression update

While preparing the libxml2 upload, I mixed up things for the i386 build and so [DLA 334-2] had to follow shortly after [DLA 334-1].
I also prepared a new upload of PHP5 with nine CVEs fixed. I put the i386 and amd64 versions at people.d.o and invite everybody to test them and give positive or negative feedback. The real upload to the archive will happen next week.

This month I also had another term of doing frontdesk work and looked for CVEs that are important for Squeeze LTS or could be ignored.

Other stuff

This month I only polished some packages and uploaded:

I also manually closed #711329 and #352421. After adopting package chktex I inherited #352421, which was one of my oldest bugs. It was about emacs longlines-mode support and I could close it without actually fixing something. The longlines-mode vanished from emacs. So, sorry for that …

My Debian Activities in September 2015

FTP assistant

Another month passed and another statistic arrives: This month I marked 341 packages for accept and rejected only 48 of them. Almost like last month I had to send 14 emails to maintainers.

Squeeze LTS

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

This month I only got a workload of 14.5h. I finally uploaded a new version of php5. Unfortunately in one library a parameter to a function call introduced new values. As a result all running processes that used the old version of that library produced an error message until they got restarted. As complaints showed up on all channels, I rechecked my patches again and again but could not find an error. I wonder whether this happened once before. At least the php package does not have a mechanism to restart something…
Altogether I uploaded those DLAs:

  • [DLA 307-1] php5 security update
  • [DLA 309-1] openldap security update
  • [DLA 311-1] rpcbind security update
  • [DLA 312-1] libtorrent-rasterbar security update

I also started to work on an upload of freeimage and the next upload of php5.

This month I also had another term of doing frontdesk work. So I answered questions on the IRC channel and looked for CVEs that are important for Squeeze LTS or could be ignored.

Other stuff

Some time ago someone mentioned pump.io and that it would be nice to have it in Debian. I found a Wiki page listing dependencies, with lots of stuff already done and just a few holes. It didn’t look like much work todo until I realized that this page showed only the surface and the shoals are hidden below. Anyway, I started to work on it and up to now

  • node-boolbase
  • node-domelementtype
  • node-eventsource
  • node-querystringify
  • node-rai
  • node-requires-port
  • node-url-parse
  • node-wrappy
  • node-xoauth2

are uploaded and

  • node-schlock
  • node-array-parallel
  • node-css-what
  • node-bufferjs
  • node-exit

are still in NEW. Luckily most of them could be handled by npm2deb, so it was mainly routine piece of work. So, expect more to come …

I also polished some smaller packages and could even close some bugs:

  • dict-elements
  • rplay -> #741567 #597152
  • setserial -> #786976 #761951 #761951
  • siggen -> #772364
  • texify

My Debian Activities in August 2015

FTP assistant

Another month passed and another statistic arrives: This month I marked 408 packages for accept and rejected only 32 of them. Almost like last month I had to send 14 emails to maintainers.

Squeeze LTS

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

As anybody else visited Debconf15, I got assigned a workload of 17h this month. I spent some time to prepare an upload of php5, which I did to people.d.o to let others do some tests with the package. I also uploaded some DLAs

  • [DLA 290-1] xmltooling security update Thorsten Alteholz
  • [DLA 290-2] opensaml2 security update Thorsten Alteholz
  • [DLA 292-1] libstruts1.2-java security update Thorsten Alteholz
  • [DLA 296-1] extplorer security update Thorsten Alteholz
  • [DLA 297-1] wesnoth-1.8 security update Thorsten Alteholz
  • [DLA 298-1] roundup security update Thorsten Alteholz

The patch for [DLA 290-1] was prepared by Ferenc Wagner. As opensaml2 needed a rebuild with the new version of xmltooling, that upload got [DLA-290-2] instead of an own DLA-number.

This month I also had another term of doing frontdesk work. So I answered questions on the IRC channel and looked for CVEs that are important for Squeeze LTS or could be ignored.

Other stuff

As $WORK needed some time this month, my other activities had been almost nil. But expect more to come in September :-).