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Misc Developer News (#30)

In this issue: + Report from DSA Team Sprint + Using RAM for temporary files ? + Control Commands at time + Debian Maintainer Dashboard + Declaring media (MIME) types with FreeDesktop menu entry files

Report from DSA Team Sprint

The Debian System Administrators met for a sprint in Oslo, Norway. Luca
Filipozzi sent a report[1] about their activities at the sprint. The
goals of the meeting were to develop a long term plan for Debian’s
infrastructure, to review the current set of machines we maintain and the
services we provide, and to formulate some policies and procedures
regarding account and group management.

They aim to ensure that all Debian hardware is no more than 5 years old
at any one time and hope to improve Debian donations and financial
contributions in order to support that. They are moving towards using
virtual machines for most services, consolidating our hosting locations
and adding disaster mitigation through geographically-distributed service
redundancy. They are starting a new Debian CDN for the distribution of
static content such as the Debian website and Planet Debian. They have
recently deployed a SSO solution for web based services. They
will also be locking inactive shell accounts and adding easy ways to
unlock them and monitoring the use of group memberships.

— Paul Wise


Using RAM for temporary files ?

As a result of ground work to use virtual filesystems for some
directories containing temporary files, it is easier to mount /tmp on
tmpfs. A long discussion about the default location (on RAM or on disk)
took place on the debian-devel mailing list, which is summarised in a
couple of posts and on LWN.

– Final decision on defaulting to disk:

– Summary from the person who started the thread:

– Rebuttal:

– Article on LWN:

Control Commands at time

You can now use control commands at time in the
pseudo-headers. An example is the following:

Package: foo
Severity: normal
Control: retitle -1 a bug, a bug, a buggy bug
Control: tag -1 moreinfo help

See pseudo header control commands[2], my blog post[3], and the
DebConf12 lighting talk[4] for more information.

— Don Armstrong


Debian Maintainer Dashboard

Debian Maintainer Dashboard[5] aims at gathering various kind of
information useful to maintainers and teams. In addition to the usual
information about packages versions, bug counts, etc., it exposes a list
of TODO items (RC bugs to fix, missing builds, testing migration issues,
new upstream releases etc). DMD gets all the data from the Ultimate Debian

— Lucas Nussbaum


Declaring media (MIME) types with FreeDesktop menu entry files

The package mime-support version 3.53~experimental1[6] was uploaded in
experimental. It implements the parsing of .desktop files to generate
mailcap entries, thanks to a patch[7] from Brian M. Carlson. This will
allow to de-duplicate media type information in packages containing
FreeDesktop menu entry files.

— Charles Plessy



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