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Misc Debian developement news (#3)

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Updating libraries with symbols files

A few packages of libraries have already been updated to provide symbols
files (like zlib1g, libxml2, libogg0, liburiparser1, libvorbis0a). The
adoption rate is still slow but I expect it to increase now that
dpkg-shlibdeps in dpkg 1.14.14 supports injection of versions extracted
from build-dependencies in the real dependency. This is a safety measure
suggested by Loïc Minier[1].

For package like libgtk2-0 where symbol based dependency could generate a
dependency weaker than what's really needed at run-time, it offers a way
for the package using the library to provide a minimal version for the
dependency. In the case of libgtk2-0, the minimal version of libgtk2-dev
required at build-time (as identified in the Build-Depends header) would
be used a minimal version to put in the run-time dependency. For this the
symbols file needs to indicate to dpkg-shlibdeps the name of the
corresponding -dev package. This is done with a special header called
“Build-Depends-Package” (see man dpkg-shlibdeps and man deb-symbols for
details and precise syntax).

If you add symbols files to packages, please follow the guidelines
provided here[2] and feel free to contribute to this wiki page. I'm also
looking for volunteers to identify the libraries with most reverse
dependencies, to file bug reports on them and to coordinate the work to
make it a release goal to have the most important libraries use symbols

— Raphaël Hertzog


Mark easy bugs to let new contributors help you

Lucas Nussbaum discussed in his blog how Debian could be more friendly
towards new contributors[3]. He also created a new wiki page[4]:

Another important point in his proposal is to mark easy bugs with a
special tag so that new contributors can do real and useful work that
gets quickly integrated. See the explanation on this page:

— Raphaël Hertzog


D-I i18n news

Christian Perrier gave some news[5] of the translation work of
debian-installer. A new African language (Amharic) has been enabled, and
the translations have been split in 5 levels according to the importance
of each string (level 1 for strings always used and level 5 for strings
used only in special case on non-mainstream architectures). This split
means that translations can be activated sooner while still having a good
coverage of most installation scenarios.

— Raphaël Hertzog

[5] (PTS) update

Well, you have probably already noticed, but the PTS[6] has got a
facelift: new layout and new css with (supposedly) Debian “social”

— Stefano Zacchiroli

[6] update

The QA bug-squashing web pages[7] have been belatedly updated for lenny,
and their idea of the contents of the base system fixed so that it no
longer needs to be updated manually.

— Colin Watson


Fonts review updates

The Fonts Task Force[8] enabled weekly updates to the review of fonts in
Debian[9] and will use this to identify non-free fonts, duplicated fonts
and fonts that need to be split into separate packages.

— Paul Wise


— Raphaël Hertzog Le best-seller français mis à jour pour Debian Etch :

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