Debian Weekly News - November 1st, 2005
Welcome to this year's 44th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for the Debian community. Nathanael Nerode reported that current GCC versions support the old i386 processor again and hence Debian could retain i386 compatibility in the upcoming etch release.
Calculating Development Package Dependencies. Jay
Berkenbilt proposed to work on a debhelper script that helps
dependencies for development packages. Goswin von Brederlow pointed
out that with multiarch there may be concurrent
.la files to handle. No
consensus in favour of such a script was reached. Junichi Uekawa (上川 純一)
mentioned the d-shlibs
package that contains scripts to support the maintainer in this regard.
New OpenSSL Package. Christoph Martin has uploaded a new upstream version of OpenSSL and Aurelien Jarno provided a list of more than 300 packages that will have to be rebuilt. Jonas Meurer added maintainer names to it. Henrique Holschuh asked for versioned symbols for this library since it would cure the problem of linking against more than one version of the library.
Berlinux Event Report. Meike Reichle wrote a report about the Berlinux exhibition and conference that took place in Berlin, Germany at the end of last month. Members of the Debian project ran a booth and gave several talks that were directly or indirectly related to Debian. The booth featured a Debian controlled model railway from Frank Ronneburg and a Nokia 770 from Wolfgang Borgert.
Effort to alter RFC Licensing. Simon Josefsson started an effort to influence the IETF to change the copying conditions on RFCs to make them more Free Software friendly. He is looking for signatures from Free Software developers to support his proposed license change.
Automatic Building Kernel Modules. Russ Allbery wondered
how to deal with a request against
the openafs-modules-source to automatically build kernel modules when the
kernel is updated. Building kernel modules separately from the source package
is a very bad idea since they can't be easily updated by the security team.
Andres Salomon added
that the infrastructure for a package to build
hasn't been implemented yet.
Automatic Test Suite Results Forwarding. Florian Ragwitz wondered how a package could emit the results of the test suite to the upstream developers. The test suite is run during the build stage of the package and is a helpful resource for the developers. Daniel Jacobowitz proposed to display the results during the build so they will end up in the build logs, which are publicly available.
GTK+ Icon Cache Discussion. Josselin Mouette is seeking input on handling icons caches in the GTK+ library since traversing the entire directory tree is time consuming. When the cache is not rebuilt for recently added icons, the corresponding programs can't start as usual.
Postinst Check for Package Status. Frank Küster wondered
if there is an established method for the
postinst script to
determine the status of another package in order to prevent a second
invocation of a time consuming program. He stated
that the Zope packages already try to implement a general post-hook mechanism
with APT. Ben Armstrong quoted a
snippet from the libc6
postinst that solves the original problem.
GNOME Meta Package Dependencies. Arthur Edwards complained about the gnome meta package depending on the gnome-games package since in some government environments games are prohibited. Ben Armstrong noted that one doesn't benefit from future goodies if the meta package is removed, even though it is not essential.
Security Updates. You know the drill. Please make sure that you update your systems if you have any of these packages installed.
- DSA 872: koffice -- Arbitrary code execution.
- DSA 873: net-snmp -- Denial of service.
- DSA 874: lynx -- Arbitrary code execution.
- DSA 875: openssl094 -- Cryptographic weakness.
- DSA 876: lynx-ssl -- Arbitrary code execution.
- DSA 877: gnump3d -- Several vulnerabilities.
- DSA 878: netpbm-free -- Arbitrary code execution.
New or Noteworthy Packages. The following packages were added to the unstable Debian archive recently or contain important updates.
- abakus -- Calculator for KDE.
- eclipse-base -- Eclipse distribution base.
- evms-bootdebug -- Enterprise Volume Management System (boot-time debugger).
- gtkorphan -- Graphical tool to find and remove orphaned libraries.
- iasl -- Intel ASL compiler/decompiler.
- ksubtile -- Subtitle editor for KDE.
- pngnq -- Tool for optimising PNG (Portable Network Graphics) images.
- poker2d -- GTK poker client to play on a poker-network server.
- tomcat5 -- Java Servlet 2.4 engine with JSP 2.0 support.
- usermode -- Graphical tools for certain user account management tasks.
- vblade -- Virtual AoE blade emulator.
- zim -- Desktop Wiki.
Orphaned Packages. 9 packages were orphaned this week and require a new maintainer. This makes a total of 206 orphaned packages. Many thanks to the previous maintainers who contributed to the Free Software community. Please see the WNPP pages for the full list, and please add a note to the bug report and retitle it to ITA: if you plan to take over a package.
- gtk2-engines-wonderland -- Wonderland theme for GTK+ 2.0. (Bug#335918)
- libhtml-htmltokenizer-ruby -- Simple HTML tokenizer/parser for Ruby. (Bug#335700)
- libxml-ruby -- Ruby interface to libxml. (Bug#335698)
- libxslt-ruby -- Ruby interface to libxslt. (Bug#335699)
- lmodern -- Scalable PostScript fonts for European character sets. (Bug#335899)
- netmon-applet -- GNOME2 Network Load Applet. (Bug#335916)
- pyxmms -- Python interface to XMMS. (Bug#335900)
- pyxmms-remote -- Command-line interface to XMMS. (Bug#335901)
- sysv-rc-conf -- SysV init runlevel configuration tool for the terminal. (Bug#335790)
Removed Packages. 11 packages have been removed from the Debian archive during the past week:
- libtool1.4 -- Generic library support script (obsolete version)
Bug#266387: Request of QA, obsolete version
- libfilesys-diskfree-perl -- Perl interface to df
Bug#273907: Request of QA, orphaned, better alternatives
- langband -- Langband term-libs
Bug#297426: Request of QA, orphaned, few users, has never been part of a stable release
- xfs-xtt -- X-TrueType font server
Bug#314882: Request of QA, superseded by X.Org, RC-buggy
- rx320 -- Control a Ten-Tec RX-320 receiver
Bug#328667: Request of QA, unused, out of date
- xtet42 -- Tetris for X, supports one or 2 players
Bug#328799: Request of QA, unused, old, alternatives available
- xezmlm -- Ezmlm mailing list configuration tool for the X Window System
Bug#332366: Request of maintainer, depends on removed package (ezmlm)
- libapache2-mod-jk2 -- Apache 2.0 connector for the Tomcat Java servlet engine
Bug#333884: Request of maintainer, dead upstream; RC buggy; superseded by libapache2-mod-jk
- ifp-line -- Command line tool to access iRiver iFP audio players
Bug#334018: Request of maintainer, obsoleted by ifp-line-libifp
- gb -- Gnome Basic - VB compatible Basic for GNOME
Bug#334174: Request of maintainer, abandoned upstream; superseded by monos BASIC components
- golem -- Lightweight X11 Window Manager
Bug#334777: Request of maintainer, outdated; dead upstream
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This issue of Debian Weekly News was edited by Martin 'Joey' Schulze.