Category Archives: Lintian

Unseen changes to lintian.d.o

We have been making a lot of minor changes to lintian.d.o and the underlying report framework. Most of them were hardly noticeable to the naked. In fact, I probably would not have spotted any of them, if I had not … Continue reading

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Anti-declarative packaging – top 15 build-helpers inserting maintscripts

Debian packages can run arbitrary code via “maintainer scripts” (sometimes shortened into “maintscripts”) during installation/removal etc. While they certainly have their use cases, their failure modes causes “exciting” bugs like “fails to install” or the dreaded “fails to remove”. They … Continue reading

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Putting Debian packages in labelled boxes

Lintian 2.5.44 was released the other day and (to most) the most significant bug fix was probably that Lintian learned about Policy 3.9.8.  I would like to thank Axel Beckert for doing that.  Notably it also made me update the … Continue reading

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Performance tuning of lintian, take 3

About 7 months ago, I wrote about we had improved Lintian’s performance. In 2.5.41, we are doing another memory reduction, where we primarily reduce the memory consumption of data about ELF binaries.  Like previously, memory reductions follows the “less is … Continue reading

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Lintian 2.5.40 – now with less output

You have probably tried to run lintian (-EIL +pedantic) on your packages only to watch lintian drown your terminal.  If you have, you would certainly not be the first. A concrete example with lintian 2.5.40.2: $ lintian -EIL +pedantic 389-ds-base_1.3.4.5-2_amd64.deb … Continue reading

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Performance tuning of lintian, take 2

The other day, I wrote about our recent performance tuning in lintian.  Among other things, we reduced the memory usage by ~33%.  The effect was also reproducible on libreoffice (4.2.5-1 plus its 170-ish binaries, arch amd64), which started at ~515 … Continue reading

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Performance tuning of lintian

For quite a while, Lintian has been able to create performance logs (–perf-debug –perf-output perf.log) that help diagnose where lintian spends most of its runtime.  I decided to make lintian output these logs on lintian.debian.org to help us spot performance … Continue reading

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