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Debian Weekly News
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 calculating
libtool 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 mentioned the d-shlibs
package that contains scripts to support the maintainer in this
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
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 -source packages 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 publically 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 mechnism 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
* gtkorphan — Graphical tool to find and remove orphaned
* iasl — Intel ASL compiler/decompiler.
* ksubtile — Subtitle editor for KDE.
* pngnq — Tool for optimising PNG (Portable Network Graphics)
* 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
* 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.
* libhtml-htmltokenizer-ruby — Simple HTML tokenizer/parser for
* libxml-ruby — Ruby interface to libxml. (Bug#335698)
* libxslt-ruby — Ruby interface to libxslt. (Bug#335699)
* lmodern — Scalable PostScript fonts for european character
* netmon-applet — GNOME2 Network Load Applet. (Bug#335916)
* pyxmms — Python interface to XMMS. (Bug#335900)
* pyxmms-remote — Command-line interface to XMMS.
* sysv-rc-conf — SysV init runlevel configuration tool for the
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
Bug#332366: Request of maintainer, depends on removed package
* libapache2-mod-jk2 — Apache 2.0 connector for the Tomcat Java
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
* 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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