My Debian Activities in July 2021

FTP master

This month I accepted 13 and rejected 2 packages. The overall number of packages that got accepted was 13.

As the Release Team prefers not to have any new package upload to unstable, the numbers are this low. I am afraid there is some discussion needed after the release of Bullseye …

Debian LTS

This was my eighty-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 30h. During that time I did LTS and normal security uploads of:

  • [DLA 2720-1] aspell security update for two CVEs
  • [DLA 2722-1] libsndfile security update for one CVE
  • [DLA 2723-1] linuxptp security update for one CVE
  • prepared aspell update in Buster, which resulted in DSA 4948-1

I also made further progress on gpac and started to test the package now.

Last but not least I did some days of frontdesk duties. I am not sure whether it is just me, but I got the impression that nowadays lots of CVEs can be marked as not-affected in the corresponding Stretch-version. Most of the remaining CVEs only have a small security impact (if at all) and can be marked as no-dsa. So the number of packages that really need an update decreases steadily. Does that mean that all issues in older versions are fixed now? Or are people more focused on new features in software as it is easier to find issues in more or less unexplored code?

Debian ELTS

This month was the thirty-seventh ELTS month.

During my allocated time I uploaded:

  • ELA-461-1 for jasper
  • ELA-462-1 for aspell
  • ELA-464-1 for libsndfile

Last but not least I did some days of frontdesk duties. In ELTS the decreasing number of uploads, as mentioned above, seems to be even more clearly.

Other stuff

I played a bit with RISC-V and looked after some packages that did not build on that architecture. Generally this looks like fun but building packages with qemu dampens the mood a bit. So if anybody knows some hardware that runs Debian, that is available now and that does not cost more than my car, I would be happy to get some pointer.

This month I uploaded new upstream versions of:

to experimental.

I improved packaging and fixed bugs in:

On my neverending golang challenge I again uploaded some packages either for NEW or as source upload.