My Debian Activities in December 2022

FTP master

This month I accepted 276 and rejected 27 packages. The overall number of packages that got accepted was 288.

Debian LTS

This was my hundred-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 has been 14h but due to Christmas I managed only to do 10h.

During that time I uploaded:

  • [DLA 3256-1] xorg-server security update for six CVEs
  • [DLA 3255-1] mplayer security update for ten CVEs

Debian ELTS

This month was the fifty third ELTS month.

During my allocated time I marked all CVEs of the multipath-tools as not-affected and started to work on another snapd update. As I spend more time than expected with my family, I also failed to accomplish my ELTS workload.

Last but not least I did some days of frontdesk duties.

Debian Astro

This month I uploaded improved packages or new versions of:

I also updated almost all of the about 50 indi-3rdparty packages.

Debian Mobcom

This month I uploaded improved packages of:

Debian IoT

This month I uploaded improved packages of:

Debian Printing

This month I uploaded improved packages of:

Other stuff

This month I uploaded improved packages of:

Further I uploaded new versions of a bunch of golang packages.

My Debian Activities in November 2022

FTP master

This month I accepted 292 and rejected 43 packages. The overall number of packages that got accepted was 295.

Debian LTS

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

This month my all in all workload has been 14h.

During that time I uploaded:

  • [DLA 3200-1] graphicsmagick security update for one CVE
  • [DLA 3201-1] ntfs-3g security update for one CVE
  • [inetutils]found unfixed CVE in latest DLA

I also started to work on ring, but this seems to be a pile of work. Not least because at the moment the package does not migrate to testing.

Further I started to investigate what packages are really affected by CVE-2018-17942. It looks like some upstreams and their corresponding maintainers did not care about that CVE in the embedded gnulib.

Last but not least I did some days of frontdesk duties.

Debian ELTS

This month was the fifty second ELTS month.

During my allocated time I uploaded:

  • [ELA-736-1] ntfs-3g security update of Jessie and Stretch for one CVE
  • [ELA-745-1] snapd security update of Jessie for two CVEs
  • [ELA-746-1] inetutils security update of Jessie for two CVEs

Last but not least I did some days of frontdesk duties.

Debian Mobcom

This month I uploaded improved packages of:

Other stuff

This month I uploaded improved packages of:

My Debian Activities in October 2022

FTP master

This month I accepted 484 and rejected 55 packages. The overall number of packages that got accepted was 492.

Debian LTS

This was my hundredth month that I did some work for the Debian LTS initiative, started by Raphael Hertzog at Freexian.  Woohoo, There is a party. (yes I am old). Unfortunately there are already 101 completed month listed in the debian-lts-announce archive, so I seem to have counted wrong once. *sigh*, yes I am old.

This month my all in all workload has been 14h.

During that time I uploaded:

  • [DLA 3168-1] openvswitch security update for one CVE
  • [DLA 3167-1] ncurses security update for one CVE
  • [#1020596] bullseye-pu: mod-wsgi/4.7.1-3+deb11u1 upload
  • [graphicsmagick] debdiff for Bullseye sent to security team (update as DLA or via PU?)
  • [graphicsmagick] prepared upload for Buster
  • [libvncserver] debdiff for Buster and Bullseye sent to maintainer (no upload yet :-()

I also started to work on virglrenderer.

Last but not least I took care of NEW packages on security-master.

Debian ELTS

This month was the fifty first ELTS month.

During my allocated time I uploaded:

  • [ELA-719-1] graphicsmagick security update of Jessie and Stretch for one CVE
  • [ELA-720-1] bluez security update of Jessie and Stretch for three CVEs
  • marked two CVEs of curl as not-affected for Jessie and Stretch
  • checked that all patches for dpdk need to be backported, unfortunately that was beyond my capabilities

I also started to work on snapd.

Last but not least I finally managed to become familiar with the git workflow and imported several packages to the salsa repository.

Debian Astro

This month I uploaded new upstream versions or improved packaging of:

I also uploaded a new package pysqm. This software supports the Sky Quality Meters made by Unihedron. I was kindly given an SQM-LU for USB and SQM-LE with network adapter. I plan to put a working Python3 version of the old PySQM software into Debian, package the UDM (Unihedron Device Manager) and finally check the support within Indi.

Debian IoT

This month I uploaded new upstream versions or improved packaging of:

Debian Mobcom

This month I finished the transition of the Osmocom packages, except
osmo-mgw and osmo-msc seem to have problems. I have no idea how I can solve this, so help is appreciated.

Other stuff

This month I uploaded new packages:

My Debian Activities in September 2022

FTP master

This month I accepted 226 and rejected 33 packages. The overall number of packages that got accepted was 232.

All in all I addressed about 60 RM-bugs and either simply removed the package or added a moreinfo tag. In total I spent 5 hours for this task.

Anyway, I have to repeat my comment from last month: please have a look at the removal page and check whether the created dak command is really what you wanted. It would also help if you check the reverse dependencies and write a comment whether they are important or can be ignored or also file a new bug for them. Each removal must have one bug!

Debian LTS

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

This month my all in all workload has been 14h.

During that time I uploaded:

  • [DLA 3111-1] mod-wsgi security update for one CVE
  • [#1020596] bullseye-pu: mod-wsgi/4.7.1-3+deb11u1
  • [DLA 3119-1] expat security update for one CVE
  • [DLA 3125-1] libvncserver security update for two CVEs
  • [DLA 3126-1] libsndfile security update for one CVE
  • [DLA 3127-1] libhttp-daemon-perl security update for one CVE
  • [DLA 3130-1] tinyxml security update for one CVE

I also started to work on frr.

Last but not least I did some days of frontdesk duties and took care of issues on security-master.

Debian ELTS

This month was the fiftieth ELTS month.

During my allocated time I uploaded:

  • [ELA-685-1] ntfs-3g security update of Stretch for eight CVE
  • [ELA-686-1] expat security update of Jessie and Stretch for one CVE
  • [ELA-690-1] libvncserver security update of Stretch for one CVE

Last but not least I did some days of frontdesk duties.

Debian Printing

This month I uploaded new upstream versions or improved packaging of:

Debian IoT

This month I uploaded new upstream versions or improved packaging of:

Debian Mobcom

This month I started another upload session for new upstrea versions:

Other stuff

This month I uploaded new packages:

My Debian Activities in July 2022

FTP master

This month I accepted 420 and rejected 44 packages. The overall number of packages that got accepted was 422.

I am sad to write the following lines, but unfortunately there are people who rather take advantage of others instead of doing a proper maintenance of their packages.

So, in order to find time slots for as much packages in NEW as possible, I no longer write a debian/copyright for others. I know it is a boring task to collect the copyright information, but our policy still requires this. Of course nobody is perfect and certainly one or the other license or copyright holder can be overlooked. Luckily most of the contributors maintain their debian/copyright very thouroughly with a terrific result.

On the other hand some contributors upload only some crap and demand that I exactly list what is missing. I am no longer willing to do this. I am going to stop processing after I found a few missing things and reject the package. When I see repeatedly uploads containing only improvements with things I pointed out, I will process this package only after all others from NEW are done.

Debian LTS

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

This month my all in all workload has been 35.75h. Unfortunately Stretch LTS has moved to Stretch ELTS and Buster LTS was not yet opened in July. So I think this is the first month I did not work all assigned hours.

Besides things on security-master, I only worked 20h on moving the LTS documentation to their new destination. At the moment the documentation is spread over several locations. As searching over all those locations is not possible, it shall be collected at one place.

Debian ELTS

This month was the forty-eighth ELTS month.

During my allocated time I uploaded:

  • [ELA-643-1] for ncurses (5.9+20140913-1+deb8u4, 6.0+20161126-1+deb9u3)
  • [ELA-655-1] for libhttp-daemon-perl (6.01-1+deb8u1, 6.01-1+deb9u1)
  • [6.14-1.1] upload to unstable
  • [#1016391] bullseye-pu: libhttp-daemon-perl/6.12-1+deb11u1

I also started to work on mod-wsgi and my patch was already approved by the maintainer. Now I am waiting for the security team to decide whether it will be uploaded as DSA or via PU.

Last but not least I did some days of frontdesk duties.

Other stuff

This month I uploaded new upstream versions or improved packaging of:

My Debian Activities in May 2022

FTP master

This month I accepted 288 and rejected 45 packages. The overall number of packages that got accepted was 290.

Debian LTS

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

This month my all in all workload has been 40h. During that time I did LTS and normal security uploads of:

  • [DLA 3029-1] cups security update for one embargoed CVE
  • [DLA 3028-1] atftp security update for one CVE
  • [DLA 3030-1] zipios++ security update for one CVE
  • [DSA-5149-1] cups security update in Buster and Bullseye
  • [#1008577] bullseye-pu: golang-github-russellhaering-goxmldsig/1.1.0-1+deb11u1 debdiff was approved and package uploaded
  • [#1009077] bullseye-pu: minidlna/1.3.0+dfsg-2+deb11u1 debdiff was approved and package uploaded
  • [#1009250] bullseye-pu: fribidi/1.0.8-2+deb11u1 debdiff was approved and package uploaded

Further I continued working on libvirt and started to work on blender and ncurses.

I also continued to work on security support for golang packages.

Last but not least I did some days of frontdesk duties and took care of issues on security-master.

Debian ELTS

This month was the forty-seventh ELTS month.

During my allocated time I uploaded:

  • ELS-618-1 for openldap

I also moved/refactored the current ELTS documentation to a new repository.

Further I started to work on blender and ncurses in ELTS as well as in LTS.

Last but not least I did some days of frontdesk duties.

Debian Printing

This month I uploaded new upstream versions or improved packaging of:

The reason for the new upstream version of ipp-usb was a strange bug. Some HP printers claim to have fax support but fail to respond to corresponding IPP queries. I understand that nowadays sending a fax is no longer a main theme for quality assurance. But if one tries to advertise as much features as possible, all these features should basically work and not prevent the things a printer should normally do.

The reason for the new upstream version of cups was a security issue. You now should have the latest version of cups installed (there have been updates in other Debian releases as well).

Debian Astro

This month I uploaded new upstream versions or improved packaging of:

Other stuff

This month I uploaded new packages:

My Debian Activities in April 2022

FTP master

This month I accepted 186 and rejected 26 packages. The overall number of packages that got accepted was 188.

Debian LTS

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

This month my all in all workload has been 40h. During that time I did LTS and normal security uploads of:

  • [DLA 2973-1] minidlna security update for one CVE
  • [DLA 2974-1] fribidi security update for three CVEs
  • [DLA 2988-1] tinyxml security update for one CVE
  • [DLA 2987-1] libarchive security update for three CVEs
  • [#1009076] buster-pu: minidlna/1.2.1+dfsg-2+deb10u3
  • [#1009077] bullseye-pu: minidlna/1.3.0+dfsg-2+deb11u1
  • [#1009251] buster-pu: fribidi/1.0.5-3.1+deb10u2
  • [#1009250] bullseye-pu: fribidi/1.0.8-2+deb11u1
  • [#1010380] buster-pu: flac/1.3.2-3+deb10u2

Further I worked on libvirt, the dependency problems in unstable have been resolved and fixing in other releases can continue.

I also continued to work on security support for golang packages.

Last but not least I did some days of frontdesk duties.

Debian ELTS

This month was the forty-siyth ELTS month.

During my allocated time I uploaded:

  • ELA-591-1 for minidlna
  • ELA-592-1 for fribidi
  • ELA-602-1 for tinyxml
  • ELS-603-1 for libarchive

Last but not least I did some days of frontdesk duties.

Debian Printing

This month I uploaded new upstream versions or improved packaging of:

As I already became the maintainer of usb-modeswitch I also adopted usb-modeswitch-data

Debian Astro

Unfortunately I didn’t do anything for this group, but in May I will upload a new version of openvlbi and several indi-3rdparty packages.

Other stuff

Last but not least I uploaded several new upstream version of golang packages but not before checking with ratt that all dependencies still work.

My Debian Activities in March 2022

FTP master

This month I accepted 332 and rejected 15 packages. This ratio gives a reason to hope. The overall number of packages that got accepted was 342.

Debian LTS

This was my ninety-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 has been 40h. During that time I did LTS and normal security uploads of:

  • [DLA 2932-1] tiff security update for three CVEs
  • [DLA 2931-1] cyrus-sasl2 security for one CVE
  • [DLA 2966-1] libgc security update for one CVE
  • [#1006493] bullseye-pu: htmldoc debdiff was approved and package uploaded
  • [#1006493] buster-pu: htmldoc debdiff was approved and package uploaded
  • [#1007938] buster-pu: cups/2.2.10-6+deb10u5
  • [#1007938] buster-pu: cups debdiff was approved and package uploaded
  • [#1008577] bullseye-pu: golang-github-russellhaering-goxmldsig/1.1.0-1+deb11u1
  • [#1008578] buster-pu: golang-github-russellhaering-goxmldsig/0.0~git20170911.b7efc62-1+deb10u1
  • [unstable] minidlna security update for one CVE

All my PU bugs for Buster and Bullseye, that accumulated over the last months, were part of the latest point release. So new ones have to be created now :-).

I also continued to work on security support for golang packages. As a result #1008577 and #1008578 were the first real tests with a simple package.

Debian ELTS

This month was the forty-fifth ELTS month.

During my allocated time I uploaded:

  • ELA-573-1 for cyrus-sasl2
  • ELA-589-1 for libgc

Unfortunately uploads have to be done for younger releases first, so I had to withhold some uploads for ELTS. Hopefully they can be done in April. Probably this policy needs to be reconsidered.

Last but not least I did some days of frontdesk duties.

Debian Printing

This month I uploaded new upstream versions or improved packaging of:

In order to make the Debian Edu team happy, I uploaded a new version of cups-filters with an adapted Apparmor-file to Unstable and Bullseye.

Debian Astro

This month I uploaded new upstream versions or improved packaging of:

Other stuff

This month I uploaded new upstream versions or improved packaging of:

In order to avoid an AUTORM of some Osmocom packages, I also had to NMU:

My Debian Activities in February 2022

FTP master

This month I accepted 484 and rejected 73 packages. The overall number of packages that got accepted was 495.

The overall number of rejected packages was 76, which is about 15% of the uploads to NEW. While most of the maintainers do a great job when creating their debian/copyright, others are a bit lax. Unfortunately those people seem to be more enthusiastic when fighting for changes in NEW processing or even removing NEW.

One argument in discussions about NEW is that the copyright verification of packages can be done by the community after accepting the packages in the archive.
Last month I did not get any hint that such checks have been done by anybody. As the past already showed several times, this community based checks simply do not exist.

So in the end poorly maintained copyright information will rot in the archive and I am not sure that this really corresponds with the Debian Social Contract.

Debian LTS

This was my ninety-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 has been 40h. During that time I did LTS and normal security uploads of:

  • [DLA 2928-1] htmldoc security update for three CVEs
  • [#1004049] buster-pu: zziplib debdiff was approved and package uploaded
  • [#1004050] bullseye-pu: zziplib debdiff was approved and package uploaded
  • [#1004055] buster-pu: debdiff was approved and package uploaded
  • [#1006493] bullseye-pu: htmldoc/1.9.11-4+deb11u2
  • [#1006494] buster-pu: htmldoc/1.9.3-1+deb10u3
  • [#1006550] buster-pu: tiff/4.1.0+git191117-2~deb10u4
  • [#1006551] bullseye-pu: tiff/4.2.0-1+deb11u1

Unfortunately salsa went down at the end of the month, so several planned uploads did not happen and have to be delayed to March.

I also continued to work on security support for golang packages. Further I worked on packages in NEW on security-master and injected missing sources. Last but not least I did some days of frontdesk duties.

Debian ELTS

This month was the forty-fourth ELTS month.

During my allocated time I uploaded:

  • ELA-567-1 for apache2
  • ELA-567-2 for apache2
  • ELA-568-1 for ksh
  • ELA-569-1 for tiff
  • ELA-570-1 for htmldoc

Further I worked on cyrus-sasl but did not do an upload yet.

Last but not least I did some days of frontdesk duties.

Debian Printing

As announced last month I uploaded a new version of cups.

Altogether I uploaded new upstream versions or improved packaging of:

Debian Astro

This month I uploaded new upstream versions or improved packaging of:

Other stuff

This month I uploaded new upstream versions or improved packaging of:

My Debian Activities in January 2022

FTP master

This month I accepted 342 and rejected 57 packages. The overall number of packages that got accepted was 366.

Lately I was asked: Is it ftpmaster’s opinion and policy that there is no difference in NEW queue review process between bin and src?

This is a yes/no-question and in this generality the answer is clearly: Every package in NEW needs a full review.

Of course there are circumstances with exceptions. For example after an upload of -1, which would get a full review, the upload of -2 afterwards, introducing a new binary package, would get a much faster review. In this case it would make sense to ping on IRC and draw attention to this. Nevertheless the evaluation of a “light review” might differ between the maintainer and the person doing the review.

Debian LTS

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

This month my all in all workload has been 40h. During that time I did LTS and normal security uploads of:

  • [DLA 2882-1] sphinxsearch security update for one CVE
  • [DLA 2890-1] libspf2 security update for two CVEs
  • [DLA 2897-1] apr security update for one CVE
  • [DLA 2900-1] lrzsz security update for one CVE
  • [DLA 2901-1] libxfont security update for one CVE
  • [DLA 2902-1] graphicsmagick security update for one CVE
  • [#1004049] buster-pu: package zziplib/0.13.62-3.2+deb10u1
  • [#1004050] bullseye-pu: package zziplib/0.13.62-3.3+deb11u1
  • [#1004055] buster-pu: package raptor2/2.0.14-1.1~deb10u2

I also started to work on security support for golang packages. Though this sounds like an easy task, the devel is in the details.
As CVEs need to be fixed in unstable first, at the moment it looks like this is the most time consuming task. I will report later on my journey to fix open CVEs in golang-github-russellhaering-goxmldsig

Further I worked on packages in NEW on security-master and injected missing sources.

Last but not least I did some days of frontdesk duties and attended an LTS meeting on IRC.

Debian ELTS

This month was the forty-third ELTS month.

During my allocated time I uploaded:

  • ELA-544-1 for libspf2
  • ELA-549-1 for apr
  • ELA-552-1 for lrzsz
  • ELA-553-1 for libxfont

Further I worked on an update for apache2

Last but not least I did some days of frontdesk duties.

Debian Printing

I was finally able to upload a new version of hplip and Ubuntu is now able to build new snaps for their next release.
Altogether I uploaded new upstream versions or improved packaging of:

Now the dashboard looks rather good and my next task for February is an update of cups.

Debian Astro

As there was a release of version 1.9.4 of INDI and indi-3rdparty, I also uploaded the new version of all INDI drivers and releated libs from indi-3rdparty.

Other stuff

This month I uploaded lots of new upstream releases of golang packages.