Category Archives: Debian

Improvements in apt-file 3.1.2

Yesterday, I just uploaded apt-file 3.1.2 into unstable, which comes with a few things I would like to highlight.   We fixed an issue where apt-file would not show top-level files in source packages. (bug#676642). Thanks to Paul Wise for … Continue reading

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Stretch transition freeze in a month

It is the first of October and that means the transition freeze is roughly one month away (Nov 5th 2016). In other words, this is the “final boarding call for transitions”.   Other milestone dates: If you want new packages … Continue reading

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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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debhelper 10 is now available

Today, debhelper 10 was uploaded to unstable and is coming to a mirror near you “really soon now”. The actual changes between version “9.20160814” and version “10” are rather modest. However, it does mark the completion of debhelper compat 10, … Continue reading

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Selecting key packages via UDD

Thanks to Lucas Nussbaum, we now have a UDD script to filter/select key packages. Some example use cases: Which key packages used compat 4? # Data file compat-4-packages (one *source* package per line) $ curl –silent –data-binary @compat-4-packages \ reading

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mips64el added to Debian testing

Today, we have completed our first Britney run with mips64el enabled in testing.  🙂 At the current time, the set of packages in mips64el are not very connected (and you probably cannot even install build-essential yet[1]). Hopefully this will change … 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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