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DOPOM: libmatthew-java – Unix socket API and bindings for Java

While looking at the “action needed”-paragraph of one of my packages, I saw that a dependency was orphaned and needed a new maintainer. So I decided to restart DOPOM (Debian Orphaned Package Of the Month), that I started in 2012 with ent as the first package.

This month I adopted libmatthew-java. Sure it was not a big deal as the QA-team already did a good job and kept the package in shape. But now there is one burden lifted from their shoulders.

According to the Work-Needing and Prospective Packages page 956 packages are ophaned at the moment. If every Debian contributor grabs one of them, we could unwind the QA-team (no, just kidding). So similar to NEW which was down to 0 this year, can we get rid of the WNPP as well? At least for a short time?

My Debian Activities in September 2016

FTP assistant

This month I was rather busy with other stuff and only marked 191 packages for accept and rejected 21 packages. I also sent 6 emails to maintainers asking questions.

Debian LTS

This was my twenty-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 12.25h. During that time I did an upload of php5 fixing 17 CVEs and two additional bugs, I uploaded mactelnet and fixed one CVE. I also prepared a package for testing of zendframework, which will fix one CVE. Unfortunately my bind9 upload needed to be postponed as Florian Weimer found an incomplete patch of a previous CVE. I am trying to fix that as well. I also had some progress with the asterisk CVEs and of course the next round of php5 patches is waiting…

This month I also had a few days of frontdesk work at the beginning of the month and a few days at the end.

Other stuff

For the Alljoyn framework I uploaded alljoyn-services-1604 and as I forgot a Conflict:, I had to take care of RC-bugs: #836717, #836718 and #836719. Thanks a lot to Ralf Treinen for his automatic installation tests.

As mentioned earlier, openzwave is on its way to the Debian archive. While it is still in non-free, the author of a used library gave his permission to relicense this code, so the way to main is paved now.

Openzwave in Debian

It was a real surprise when I saw activity on #791965, which is my ITP bug to package openzwave.

As Ralph wrote, the legal status of the Z-Wave standard has been changed. According to a press release of Sigma Designs, the Z-Wave standard is now put into the public domain.

As even the specification of the Z-Wave S2 security application framework is available now, the openzwave community is finally able to create a really compatible application which might also pass the Z-Wave certification. Thus there is new hope that there will be an openzwave package in Debian.

My Debian Activities in August 2016

FTP assistant

This month I marked 257 packages for accept and rejected only 26. Seems to be that I mostly choosed the high quality packages this month. I also sent 12 emails to maintainers asking questions.

Debian LTS

This was my twenty-sixth 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 14.75h. Again, most of the time I choosed packages, where at the end the vulnerable code of the corresponding CVE was not present in the Wheezy version. So I could mark several CVEs for lshell and wget as not-affected, without doing an upload. Unfortunately I had to give up working on chicken. My scheme abilities appear to be rather rusty.

Further, I uploaded a test version for php5 that takes care of 17 CVEs and as requested by the LTS users, two additional bugs. After all tests are passed, I will do a real upload with DLA.

This month I also had another term of frontdesk work.

Other stuff

For the Alljoyn framework I fixed a compile issue with gcc 6 and could close RC-bugs
#831127, #831091, and #831198.
My patch was also accepted by upstream.

Unfortunately a bug in gtest resulted in #833636.

As gcc 6 is the default compiler now in testing, I could also close RC bug #831106.

My Debian Activities in July 2016

FTP assistant

This month I marked 248 packages for accept and rejected 60. I also sent 13 emails to maintainers asking questions. Again, this was a rather quiet month without much trouble.

Debian LTS

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

As the number of participants increases, this month my all in all workload has been only 14.70h. Strangely enough, most of the time I choosed packages, where at the end the vulnerable code of the corresponding CVE was not present in the Wheezy version. So I could mark several CVEs for bind, libgd2 and mupfd as not-affected, without doing an upload.

Nevertheless I also did two uploads to fix another two CVEs:

  • [DLA 563-1] libgd2 security update
  • [DLA 569-1] xmlrpc-epi security update

As there arrived some new CVEs for PHP5 I didn’t do an upload this month. But don’t purge your testing environments, a new version is comming soon :-).

This month I also had another term of frontdesk work.

Other stuff

For the Alljoyn framework I took care of RC-bug #829148.

I also uploaded a new version of rplay to fix #805959.

In the Javascript world I could close #831006

APU and Debian

I just got an APU1D4 made by PC Engines. I bought it from a German retailer called VARIA System GmbH. They are also located in Chemnitz, so at least I could support the local economy. I purchased a bundle consisting of mainboard, case, power supply and 16GB SSD. The board has 4GB RAM and three network adapters and shall replace my old PC that I use as router to the internet.

As there is no VGA/HDMI output, the first hurdle was organizing a null-modem cable. Of course I could have prepared the SSD on another PC, but I wanted to try PXE. After finding the cable on the ground of a box, deeply buried under other boxes, I could start.

The DHCP server got an entry

host apu1d4 {
  hardware ethernet 00:0d:b9:42:a0:e8;
  fixed-address apu1d4;
  option broadcast-address 10.42.255.255;
  option routers 10.42.10.1;
  next-server 10.42.10.1;
  filename "pxelinux.0";
}

and the TFTP server got a file …/tftp/pxelinux.cfg/01-00-0d-b9-42-a0-e8

default install
label install
        menu label ^Install
        menu default
        kernel debian-installer/amd64/linux
        append initrd=debian-installer/amd64/initrd.gz --- vga=off console=ttyS0,115200n8

The files debian-installer/amd64/linux and debian-installer/amd64/initrd.gz are the normal debian installer files obtained from the official Debian servers.

That’s it, the installer starts, spits its output over the serial line and I can install the system. Great! Thanks DebianInstaller team. Why couldn’t everything be always so easy?

My Debian Activities in June 2016

FTP assistant

This month I marked 233 packages for accept and rejected 29. I also sent 11 emails to maintainers asking questions. Currently there are 33 packages in NEW and the minimum this week has been as low as 24 packages. Come on you fellow developers, where are your packages? I am sure you can do better :-).

Debian LTS

This was my twenty-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 18.75h. This resulted in patches for 13 CVEs and the following uploads:

  • [DLA 522-1] python2.7 security update
  • [DLA 533-1] php5 security update
  • [DLA 534-1] libgd2 security update
  • [DLA 536-1] wget security update

I also looked at mxml and libstruts1.2-java and marked CVEs for these packages as “no-dsa”. I also reviewed a patch of Salvatore for an embargoed CVE of xerces-c. Last but not least I looked at the remaining two CVEs for asterisk, but was not really able to create working patches …

This month I called again for testing php5. Thanks a lot to Stefan and anybody else who sent in their reports! As there are already new CVEs for php5 available, I am afraid I need your support again in July …

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

Other stuff

I made some progress with the Alljoyn framework. Up to now the following packages are available:

  • alljoyn-core-1504
  • alljoyn-core-1509
  • alljoyn-core-1604
  • alljoyn-gateway-1504
  • alljoyn-services-1504
  • alljoyn-services-1509
  • alljoyn-thin-client-1504
  • alljoyn-thin-client-1509
  • alljoyn-thin-client-1604
  • duktape

Unfortunately as some of those modules still need to be released in current versions, there are some gaps.

Anyway, the next uploads will include an XMPP connector, to basically bridge a local AllJoyn bus to a remote AllJoyn bus over XMPP. Further, with the lighting module, real lamps can be switched on and off and much more. Also the Home Appliances and Entertainment Service Framework seems to be interesting as well.

In the Javascript world I uploaded some new packages …

  • node-strip-ansi
  • node-lodash-compat
  • node-has-flag
  • node-errs
  • node-ejs
  • node-absolute-path

… and uploaded new versions for the following packages:

  • node-base62
  • node-array-flatten
  • node-eventsource
  • node-xmlhttprequest-ssl
  • node-wrappy

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.

Debian and the Internet of Things

Everybody is talking about the Internet of Things. Unfortunately there is no sign of it in Debian yet. Besides some smaller packages like sispmctl, usbrelay or the 1-wire support in digitemp and owfs, there is not much software to control devices over a network.

With the recent upload of alljoyn-core-1504 this might change.

The Alljoyn Framework, where the Alljoyn Core is just one of several modules, lets devices and applications detect each other and communicate with one another over a D-Bus like message bus. The development of the framework has been started by Qualcomm some years ago and is meanwhile managed by the AllSeen Alliance, a nonprofit consortium. The software is licensed under the ISC license.

This first upload is just the first step of a long journey. Other modules that compose the framework and already have a released tarball are related to lightning products, gateways to overcome the boundaries of the local network and much more. In the near future it is also planned to have modules that attach Z-Wave-, ZigBee- or Bluetooth-devices to the Alljoyn bus.

So all in all, this looks like an exciting task and everybody is invited to help maintaining the software in Debian.

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 …