Debian Weekly News - July 18th, 2006
Welcome to this year's 29th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for the Debian community. Harald Welte announced the availability of a root filesystem based on Debian sarge and a corresponding kernel plus instructions for EZX phones. Raphaël Hertzog has the impression that the Debian project is merely trying to keep packages up-to-date and that the project is not making any significant improvements.
Debian Server restored after Compromise. James Troup reported that gluck.debian.org was compromised. The machine was taken down for investigation and the system was reinstalled. The intruder got access via a compromised developer account and used a local kernel vulnerability to elevate privileges.
Updated Sarge CD Images with newer Kernel. Kenshi Muto (武藤 健志) announced updated CD images for the i386 architecture for sarge that use a more recent kernel. With Linux 2.6.16-15 from backports.org several base utilities such as grub, udev and parted have been updated as well.
Old debian-devel Channel on Freenode. Erich Schubert discovered that the old
debian-devel IRC channel on freenode is officially flagged as
abandoned. After the irc.debian.org alias has been transferred from freenode to OFTC the old channel wasn't used much
anymore. The remaining users in the channel are encouraged to switch over to
the one on OFTC.
Swap on a logical Volume. David Härdeman wondered whether to change LVM packages so that the swap partition is created as a logical volume rather than a separate partition during the installation. This would allow swap space to be easily enlarged and shrunk using the regular tools when needed.
New Wildcard Behaviour of tar. Bdale Garbee explained
that the new version of tar
incorporates a new behaviour with respect to wildcards passed to the program.
The upstream developers have altered
tar in order to make it
conform to the UNIX98 specification and compatible with the original
version of the utility. The change is documented in detail in a special
Packages to be removed. Kevin McCarty updated the list of packages that have open release-critical bugs older than one month and only very few users recorded in popcon. 15 out of 52 source packages have been fixed and 8 source packages have received an acknowledgement from the maintainer to be removed.
Support for Intel-based Macs. Junichi Uekawa (上川 純一) announced his effort to foster Debian support for Intel-based Mac computers. Frans Pop added that some work has already been done on the installer. Owners of such machines are welcome to jump in and contact the developers on the debian-boot list.
Debian Packages for Squid 3. Luigi Gangitano announced his intent to package the new version of squid, the Internet object cache, for Debian. It has been rewritten from scratch and provides a number of new features. The squid3 packages may be installed in parallel with the older packages.
Packages Diff Files. Tyler MacDonald wondered
if index diff files should be used for local archives at all. They have been
invented to avoid the need to download several megabytes of
Packages files upon upgrade, especially for machines with low or
limited bandwidth. Alec Berryman pointed
out how to disable this feature. Mike Hommey additionally reported that after a long time
without an update and with decent bandwidth it actually takes more time
merging all diff files than downloading the full file.
Security Updates. You know the drill. Please make sure that you update your systems if you have any of these packages installed.
- DSA 1109: rssh -- Privilege escalation.
- DSA 1110: samba -- Denial of service.
- DSA 1111: Linux 2.6.8 -- Privilege escalation.
New or Noteworthy Packages. The following packages were added to the unstable Debian archive recently or contain important updates.
- adacontrol — Ada rules controller.
- amap-align — Protein multiple alignment by sequence annealing.
- apbs — Adaptive Poisson Boltzmann Solver.
- aspell-fa — Persian dictionary for GNU Aspell.
- casper — Debian Live initramfs generator.
- courierpassd — Change courier user passwords using poppassd interface.
- gapcmon — Apcupsd monitor GUI.
- gbdfed — X11 font editor.
- haxe — Web programming language generating Flash, AJAX or Neko.
- last-exit — Last.fm audio player.
- lphoto — Digital photo manager.
- mcabber — Small Jabber console client.
- opencity — 3D city simulator game.
- oping — Sends ICMP_ECHO requests to network hosts.
- pgagent — Job scheduler for PostgreSQL.
- ploticus — Script driven business graphics package.
- refit — Graphical boot-loader for EFI-based ia32 systems.
- skyeye — Embedded Hardware Simulation.
- squid3 — Full featured Web Proxy cache (HTTP proxy).
- syrep — Generic file repository synchronisation tool.
- tclxapian — Xapian search engine interface for Tcl.
- tikiwiki — Groupware and content management system.
- tntnet — Modular, multi-threaded web application server for C++.
- treeviewx — Displays and prints phylogenetic trees.
- wormux — Funny fight game on 2D maps.
- zmakebas — Convert text files into ZX Spectrum Basic programs.
Orphaned Packages. 12 packages were orphaned this week and
require a new maintainer. This makes a total of 326 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. To find out which orphaned packages are
installed on your system the
wnpp-alert program from
devscripts may be helpful.
- cl-awk — Common Lisp package with the features of AWK and more. (Bug#377919)
- cl-lexer — Lexical-analyser-generator package for Common Lisp. (Bug#377920)
- cl-parse-number — Provides functions to parse any Common Lisp number string. (Bug#377921)
- cl-regex — Common Lisp regular expression compiler/matcher. (Bug#377922)
- cl-tclink — Common Lisp bindings to the TrustCommerce transaction system. (Bug#377923)
- dtmfdial — DTMF Tone Dialer. (Bug#377869)
- ld.so.preload-manager — Utility to manage the libraries in /etc/ld.so.preload. (Bug#377867)
- libxbox — Library for Xbox Linux utilities (Bug#377861)
- printop — Graphical interface to the LPRng print system. (Bug#377924)
- rolldice — Virtual dice roller. (Bug#377870)
- sipp — Development library for sipp. (Bug#377925)
- xbox-cromwell — Xbox BIOS image. (Bug#377862)
Removed Packages. 5 packages have been removed from the Debian archive during the past week:
- bcm4400-source -- Module source for Broadcom's bcm4400 ethernet driver
Bug#271798: Request of maintainer, unmaintained and unnecessary
- messagewall -- SMTP proxy daemon, designed to help keep out unwanted email
Bug#274732: Request of QA, orphaned, dead upstream
- libdbix-class-loader-perl -- Dynamic definition of DBIx::Class sub classes.
Bug#369556: Request of Maintainer, dead upstream; superseded by libdbix-class-schema-loader-perl
- libcharles0 -- Data structure library for Ada95 modelled on the C++ STL
Bug#377927: Request of Maintainer, superseded by gnat-4.1
- xmbdfed -- X11 font editor
Bug#377954: Request of Maintainer, licensing issues
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This issue of Debian Weekly News was edited by Sebastian Feltel and Martin 'Joey' Schulze.