Category Archives: Debian

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 \ https://udd.debian.org/cgi-bin/select-key-packages.cgiContinue 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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Another Britney patchset

I just submitted another patch series to improve Britney for review.  If accepted, they will probably be merged into master within 2 weeks. The changes this time are probably most exciting for people that run/maintain Britney.  Key highlights include: Britney … Continue reading

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auto-decrufter in top 5 after 10 months

About 10 months ago, we enabled an auto-decrufter in dak.  Then after 3 months it had become the top 11th “remover”.  Today, there are only 3 humans left that have removed more packages than the auto-decrufter… impressively enough, one of … Continue reading

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