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5 June 2021

Utkarsh Gupta: FOSS Activites in May 2021

Here s my (twentieth) monthly update about the activities I ve done in the F/L/OSS world.

Debian
This was my 29th month of actively contributing to Debian. I became a DM in late March 2019 and a DD on Christmas 19! \o/ Interesting month, surprisingly. Lots of things happening and lots of moving parts; becoming the new normal , I believe. Anyhow, working on Ubuntu full-time has its own advantage and one of them is being able to work on Debian stuff! So whilst I couldn t upload a lot of packages because of the freeze, here s what I worked on:

Uploads and bug fixes:

Other $things:
  • Mentoring for newcomers and assisting people in BSP.
  • Moderation of -project mailing list.

Ubuntu
This was my 4th month of actively contributing to Ubuntu. Now that I ve joined Canonical to work on Ubuntu full-time, there s a bunch of things I do! \o/ This month, by all means, was dedicated mostly to PHP 8.0, transitioning from PHP 7.4 to 8.0. Naturally, it had so many moving parts and moments of utmost frustration, shared w/ Bryce. :D So even though I can t upload anything, I worked on the following stuff & asked for sponsorship.
But before, I d like to take a moment to stress how kind and awesome Gianfranco Costamagna, a.k.a. LocutusOfBorg is! He s been sponsoring a bunch of my things & helping with re-triggers, et al. Thanks a bunch, Gianfranco; beers on me whenever we meet!

Merges:

Uploads & Syncs:

MIRs:

Seed Operations:

Debian (E)LTS
Debian Long Term Support (LTS) is a project to extend the lifetime of all Debian stable releases to (at least) 5 years. Debian LTS is not handled by the Debian security team, but by a separate group of volunteers and companies interested in making it a success. And Debian Extended LTS (ELTS) is its sister project, extending support to the Jessie release (+2 years after LTS support). This was my twentieth month as a Debian LTS and eleventh month as a Debian ELTS paid contributor.
I was assigned 29.75 hours for LTS and 40.00 hours for ELTS and worked on the following things:

LTS CVE Fixes and Announcements:

ELTS CVE Fixes and Announcements:

Other (E)LTS Work:
  • Front-desk duty from 24-05 until 30-05 for both LTS and ELTS.
  • Triaged rails, libimage-exiftool-perl, hivex, graphviz, glibc, libexosip2, impacket, node-ws, thunar, libgrss, nginx, postgresql-9.6, ffmpeg, composter, and curl.
  • Mark CVE-2019-9904/graphviz as ignored for stretch and jessie.
  • Mark CVE-2021-32029/postgresql-9.6 as not-affected for stretch.
  • Mark CVE-2020-24020/ffmpeg as not-affected for stretch.
  • Mark CVE-2020-22020/ffmpeg as postponed for stretch.
  • Mark CVE-2020-22015/ffmpeg as ignored for stretch.
  • Mark CVE-2020-21041/ffmpeg as postponed for stretch.
  • Mark CVE-2021-33574/glibc as no-dsa for stretch & jessie.
  • Mark CVE-2021-31800/impacket as no-dsa for stretch.
  • Mark CVE-2021-32611/libexosip2 as no-dsa for stretch.
  • Mark CVE-2016-20011/libgrss as ignored for stretch.
  • Mark CVE-2021-32640/node-ws as no-dsa for stretch.
  • Mark CVE-2021-32563/thunar as no-dsa for stretch.
  • [LTS] Help test and review bind9 update for Emilio.
  • [LTS] Suggest and add DEP8 tests for bind9 for stretch.
  • [LTS] Sponsored upload of htmldoc to buster for Havard as a consequence of #988289.
  • [ELTS] Fix triage order for jetty and graphviz.
  • [ELTS] Raise issue upstream about cloud-init; mock tests instead.
  • [ELTS] Write to private ELTS list about triage ordering.
  • [ELTS] Review Emilio s new script and write back feedback, mentioning extra file created, et al.
  • [ELTS/LTS] Raise upgrade problems from LTS -> LTS+1 to the list. Thread here.
    • Further help review and raise problems that could occur, et al.
  • [LTS] Help explain path forward for firmware-nonfree update to Ola. Thread here.
  • [ELTS] Revert entries of TEMP-0000000-16B7E7 and TEMP-0000000-1C4729; CVEs assigned & fix ELTS tracker build.
  • Auto EOL ed linux, libgrss, node-ws, and inspircd for jessie.
  • Attended monthly Debian LTS meeting, which didn t happen, heh.
  • Answered questions (& discussions) on IRC (#debian-lts and #debian-elts).
  • General and other discussions on LTS private and public mailing list.

Until next time.
:wq for today.

4 May 2020

Christoph Berg: arm64 on apt.postgresql.org

The apt.postgresql.org repository has been extended to cover the arm64 architecture. We had occasionally received user request to add "arm" in the past, but it was never really clear which kind of "arm" made sense to target for PostgreSQL. In terms of Debian architectures, there's (at least) armel, armhf, and arm64. Furthermore, Raspberry Pis are very popular (and indeed what most users seemed to were asking about), but the raspbian "armhf" port is incompatible with the Debian "armhf" port. Now that most hardware has moved to 64-bit, it was becoming clear that "arm64" was the way to go. Amit Khandekar made it happen that HUAWEI Cloud Services donated a arm64 build host with enough resources to build the arm64 packages at the same speed as the existing amd64, i386, and ppc64el architectures. A few days later, all the build jobs were done, including passing all test-suites. Very few arm-specific issues were encountered which makes me confident that arm64 is a solid architecture to run PostgreSQL on. We are targeting Debian buster (stable), bullseye (testing), and sid (unstable), and Ubuntu bionic (18.04) and focal (20.04). To use the arm64 archive, just add the normal sources.list entry:
deb https://apt.postgresql.org/pub/repos/apt buster-pgdg main
Ubuntu focal At the same time, I've added the next Ubuntu LTS release to apt.postgresql.org: focal (20.04). It ships amd64, arm64, and ppc64el binaries.
deb https://apt.postgresql.org/pub/repos/apt focal-pgdg main
Old PostgreSQL versions Many PostgreSQL extensions are still supporting older server versions that are EOL. For testing these extension, server packages need to be available. I've built packages for PostgreSQL 9.2+ on all Debian distributions, and all Ubuntu LTS distributions. 9.1 will follow shortly. This means people can move to newer base distributions in their .travis.yml, .gitlab-ci.yml, and other CI files.

24 March 2020

Christoph Berg: Announcing apt-archive.postgresql.org

Users had often asked where they could find older versions of packages from apt.postgresql.org. I had been collecting these since about April 2013, and in July 2016, I made the packages available via an ad-hoc URL on the repository master host, called "the morgue". There was little repository structure, all files belonging to a source package were stuffed into a single directory, no matter what distribution they belonged to. Besides this not being particularly accessible for users, the main problem was the ever-increasing need for more disk space on the repository host. We are now at 175 GB for the archive, of which 152 GB is for the morgue. Our friends from yum.postgresql.org have had a proper archive host (yum-archive.postgresql.org) for some time already, so it was about time to follow suit and implement a proper archive for apt.postgresql.org as well, usable from apt. So here it is: apt-archive.postgresql.org The archive covers all past and current Debian and Ubuntu distributions. The apt sources.lists entries are similar to the main repository, just with "-archive" appended to the host name and the distribution:
deb https://apt-archive.postgresql.org/pub/repos/apt DIST-pgdg-archive main
deb-src https://apt-archive.postgresql.org/pub/repos/apt DIST-pgdg-archive main
The oldest PostgreSQL server versions covered there are 8.2.23, 8.3.23, 8.4.17, 9.0.13, 9.1.9, 9.2.4, 9.3beta1, and everything newer. Some example:
$ apt-cache policy postgresql-12
postgresql-12:
  Installed: 12.2-2.pgdg+1+b1
  Candidate: 12.2-2.pgdg+1+b1
  Version table:
 *** 12.2-2.pgdg+1+b1 900
        500 http://apt.postgresql.org/pub/repos/apt sid-pgdg/main amd64 Packages
        500 https://apt-archive.postgresql.org/pub/repos/apt sid-pgdg-archive/main amd64 Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
     12.2-2.pgdg+1 500
        500 https://apt-archive.postgresql.org/pub/repos/apt sid-pgdg-archive/main amd64 Packages
     12.2-1.pgdg+1 500
        500 https://apt-archive.postgresql.org/pub/repos/apt sid-pgdg-archive/main amd64 Packages
     12.1-2.pgdg+1 500
        500 https://apt-archive.postgresql.org/pub/repos/apt sid-pgdg-archive/main amd64 Packages
     12.1-1.pgdg+1 500
        500 https://apt-archive.postgresql.org/pub/repos/apt sid-pgdg-archive/main amd64 Packages
     12.0-2.pgdg+1 500
        500 https://apt-archive.postgresql.org/pub/repos/apt sid-pgdg-archive/main amd64 Packages
     12.0-1.pgdg+1 500
        500 https://apt-archive.postgresql.org/pub/repos/apt sid-pgdg-archive/main amd64 Packages
     12~rc1-1.pgdg+1 500
        500 https://apt-archive.postgresql.org/pub/repos/apt sid-pgdg-archive/main amd64 Packages
     12~beta4-1.pgdg+1 500
        500 https://apt-archive.postgresql.org/pub/repos/apt sid-pgdg-archive/main amd64 Packages
     12~beta3-1.pgdg+1 500
        500 https://apt-archive.postgresql.org/pub/repos/apt sid-pgdg-archive/main amd64 Packages
     12~beta2-1.pgdg+1 500
        500 https://apt-archive.postgresql.org/pub/repos/apt sid-pgdg-archive/main amd64 Packages
     12~beta1-1.pgdg+1 500
        500 https://apt-archive.postgresql.org/pub/repos/apt sid-pgdg-archive/main amd64 Packages
Because this is hosted on S3, browsing directories is only supported indirectly by static index.html files, so if you want to look at some specific URL, append "/index.html" to see it. The archive is powered by a PostgreSQL database and a bunch of python/shell scripts, from which the apt index files are built. Archiving old distributions I'm also using the opportunity to remove some long-retired distributions from the main repository host. The following distributions have been moved over: They are available as "DIST-pgdg" from the archive, e.g. squeeze:
deb https://apt-archive.postgresql.org/pub/repos/apt squeeze-pgdg main
deb-src https://apt-archive.postgresql.org/pub/repos/apt squeeze-pgdg main

10 October 2017

Reproducible builds folks: Reproducible Builds: Weekly report #128

Here's what happened in the Reproducible Builds effort between Sunday October 1 and Saturday October 7 2017: Media coverage Documentation updates Packages reviewed and fixed, and bugs filed Reviews of unreproducible packages 32 package reviews have been added, 46 have been updated and 62 have been removed in this week, adding to our knowledge about identified issues. Weekly QA work During our reproducibility testing, FTBFS bugs have been detected and reported by: diffoscope development strip-nondeterminism development Rob Browning noticed that strip-nondeterminism was causing serious performance regressions in the Clojure programming language within Debian. After some discussion, Chris Lamb also posted a query to debian-devel in case there were any other programming languages that might be suffering from the same problem. reprotest development Versions 0.7.1 and 0.7.2 were uploaded to unstable by Ximin Luo: It included contributions already covered by posts of the previous weeks, as well as new ones from: tests.reproducible-builds.org Misc. This week's edition was written by Bernhard M. Wiedemann, Chris Lamb, Holger Levsen, Mattia Rizzolo & reviewed by a bunch of Reproducible Builds folks on IRC & the mailing lists.

6 October 2016

Reproducible builds folks: Reproducible Builds: week 75 in Stretch cycle

What happened in the Reproducible Builds effort between Sunday September 25 and Saturday October 1 2016: Statistics For the first time, we reached 91% reproducible packages in our testing framework on testing/amd64 using a determistic build path. (This is what we recommend to make packages in Stretch reproducible.) For unstable/amd64, where we additionally test for reproducibility across different build paths we are at almost 76% again. IRC meetings We have a poll to set a time for a new regular IRC meeting. If you would like to attend, please input your available times and we will try to accommodate for you. There was a trial IRC meeting on Friday, 2016-09-31 1800 UTC. Unfortunately, we did not activate meetbot. Despite this participants consider the meeting a success as several topics where discussed (eg changes to IRC notifications of tests.r-b.o) and the meeting stayed within one our length. Upcoming events Reproduce and Verify Filesystems - Vincent Batts, Red Hat - Berlin (Germany), 5th October, 14:30 - 15:20 @ LinuxCon + ContainerCon Europe 2016. From Reproducible Debian builds to Reproducible OpenWrt, LEDE & coreboot - Holger "h01ger" Levsen and Alexander "lynxis" Couzens - Berlin (Germany), 13th October, 11:00 - 11:25 @ OpenWrt Summit 2016. Introduction to Reproducible Builds - Vagrant Cascadian will be presenting at the SeaGL.org Conference In Seattle (USA), November 11th-12th, 2016. Previous events GHC Determinism - Bartosz Nitka, Facebook - Nara (Japan), 24th September, ICPF 2016. Toolchain development and fixes Michael Meskes uploaded bsdmainutils/9.0.11 to unstable with a fix for #830259 based on Reiner Herrmann's patch. This fixed locale_dependent_symbol_order_by_lorder issue in the affected packages (freebsd-libs, mmh). devscripts/2.16.8 was uploaded to unstable. It includes a debrepro script by Antonio Terceiro which is similar in purpose to reprotest but more lightweight; specific to Debian packages and without support for virtual servers or configurable variations. Packages reviewed and fixed, and bugs filed The following updated packages have become reproducible in our testing framework after being fixed: The following updated packages appear to be reproducible now for reasons we were not able to figure out. (Relevant changelogs did not mention reproducible builds.) Some uploads have addressed some reproducibility issues, but not all of them: Patches submitted that have not made their way to the archive yet: Reviews of unreproducible packages 77 package reviews have been added, 178 have been updated and 80 have been removed in this week, adding to our knowledge about identified issues. 6 issue types have been updated: Weekly QA work As part of reproducibility testing, FTBFS bugs have been detected and reported by: diffoscope development A new version of diffoscope 61 was uploaded to unstable by Chris Lamb. It included contributions from: Post-release there were further contributions from: reprotest development A new version of reprotest 0.3.2 was uploaded to unstable by Ximin Luo. It included contributions from: Post-release there were further contributions from: tests.reproducible-builds.org Misc. This week's edition was written by Ximin Luo, Holger Levsen & Chris Lamb and reviewed by a bunch of Reproducible Builds folks on IRC.

29 May 2016

Christoph Berg: vcswatch is now looking for tags

About a week ago, I extended vcswatch to also look at tags in git repositories. Previously, it was solely paying attention to the version number in the top paragraph in debian/changelog, and would alert if that version didn't match the package version in Debian unstable or experimental. The idea is that "UNRELEASED" versions will keep nagging the maintainer (via DDPO) not to forget that some day this package needs an upload. This works for git, svn, bzr, hg, cvs, mtn, and darcs repositories (in decreasing order of actual usage numbers in Debian. I had actually tried to add arch support as well, but that VCS is so weird that it wasn't worth the trouble). There are several shortcomings in that simple approach: The new mechanism fixes this for git repositories by also looking at the output of git describe --tags. If there are any commits since the last tag, and the vcswatch status according to debian/changelog would otherwise be "OK", a new status "COMMITS" is set. DDPO will report e.g. "1.4-1+2", to be read as "2 commits since the tag [debian/]1.4-1". Of the 16644 packages using git in Debian, currently 7327 are "OK", 2649 are in the new "COMMITS" state, and 4227 are "NEW". 723 are "OLD" and 79 are "UNREL" which indicates that the package in Debian is ahead of the git repository. 1639 are in an ERROR state. So far the new mechanism works for git only, but other VCSes could be added as well.

18 April 2016

Reproducible builds folks: Reproducible builds: week 50 in Stretch cycle

What happened in the reproducible builds effort between April 3rd and April 9th 2016: Media coverage Emily Ratliff wrote an article for SecurityWeek called Establishing Correspondence Between an Application and its Source Code - How Combining Two Completely Separate Open Source Projects Can Make Us All More Secure. Tails have started work on a design for freezable APT repositories to make it easier and practical to perform reproductions of an entire distribution at a given point in time, which will be needed to create reproducible installation- or live-media. Toolchain fixes Alexis Bienven e submitted patches adding support for SOURCE_DATE_EPOCH in several tools: transfig, imagemagick, rdtool, and asciidoctor. boyska submitted one for python-reportlab. Packages fixed The following packages have become reproducible due to changes in their build dependencies: atinject-jsr330 brailleutils cglib3 gnugo libcobra-java libgnumail-java libjchart2d-java libjcommon-java libjfreechart-java libjide-oss-java liblaf-widget-java liblastfm-java liboptions-java octave-control octave-mpi octave-nan octave-parallel octave-stk octave-struct octave-tsa oar The following packages became reproducible after getting fixed: Several uploads fixed some reproducibility issues, but not all of them: Patches submitted which have not made their way to the archive yet: Other upstream fixes Alexander Batischev made a commit to make newsbeuter reproducible. tests.reproducible-builds.org Package reviews 93 reviews have been removed, 66 added and 21 updated in the previous week. 12 new FTBFS bugs have been reported by Chris Lamb and Niko Tyni. Misc. This week's edition was written by Lunar, Holger Levsen, Reiner Herrmann, Mattia Rizzolo and Ximin Luo. With the departure of Lunar as a full-time contributor, Reproducible Builds Weekly News (this thing you're reading) has moved from his personal Debian blog on Debian People to the Reproducible Builds team web site on Debian Alioth. You may want to update your RSS or Atom feeds. Very many thanks to Lunar for writing and publishing this weekly news for so long, well & continously!

14 March 2016

Lunar: Reproducible builds: week 46 in Stretch cycle

What happened in the reproducible builds effort between March 6th and March 12th:

Packages fixed The following packages have become reproducible due to changes in their build dependencies: dfc, gap-openmath, gnubik, gplanarity, iirish, iitalian, monajat, openimageio, plexus-digest, ruby-fssm, vdr-plugin-dvd, vdr-plugin-spider. The following packages became reproducible after getting fixed:
  • adduser/3.114 by Niels Thykier.
  • bsdmainutils/9.0.7 by Michael Meskes.
  • criu/2.0-1 by Salvatore Bonaccorso.
  • genometools/1.5.8+ds-2 by Sascha Steinbiss.
  • gfs2-utils/3.1.8-1 uploaded by Bastian Blank, fix by Christoph Berg.
  • gmerlin/1.2.0~dfsg+1-5 by IOhannes m zm lnig.
  • heroes/0.21-14 by Stephen Kitt.
  • kmc/2.3+dfsg-3 by Sascha Steinbiss.
  • polyml/5.6-3 by James Clarke.
  • sed/4.2.2-7.1 by Niels Thykier.
  • snpomatic/1.0-3 by Sascha Steinbiss.
  • tantan/13-4 by Sascha Steinbiss.
Some uploads fixed some reproducibility issues, but not all of them: Patches submitted which have not made their way to the archive yet:
  • #817979 on modernizr by Sascha Steinbiss: sort list of files included in feature-detects.js.
  • #818027 on snapper by Sascha Steinbiss: always use /bin/sh as shell.

tests.reproducible-builds.org Always use all cores on armhf builders. (h01ger) Improve the look of Debian dashboard. (h01ger)

Package reviews 118 reviews have been removed, 114 added and 15 updated in the previous week. 15 FTBFS have been filled by Chris Lamb. New issues: xmlto_txt_output_locale_specific.

Misc. Lunar seeks new maintainers for diffoscope, several mailing lists, and these very weekly reports.

17 February 2016

Arturo Borrero Gonz lez: An update about the HA stack on Debian


Great news! The HA stack has been finally updated and you can find now both pacemaker & corosync in Debian stretch.

This is thanks to the hard work of some people, specially Christoph Berg, Ferenc W gner, Martin Loschwitz and others.

By the time of this blogpost, in testing (stretch) you have:

Additionally, unstable contains:
which is great news. However, pcs just joined Debian and there seem to be some rough edges to be worked out.
what to do now
Now that the people mentioned above did the hard work developing the packages, please do test them and report bugs.
Having a great stretch stable release (including the HA stack) is in your hands as well.

best regards!

1 February 2016

Raphaël Hertzog: My Free Software Activities in January 2016

My monthly report covers a large part of what I have been doing in the free software world. I write it for my donators (thanks to them!) but also for the wider Debian community because it can give ideas to newcomers and it s one of the best ways to find volunteers to work with me on projects that matter to me. Debian LTS I did not ask for any paid hours this month and won t be requesting paid hours for the next 5 months as I have a big project to handle with a deadline in June. That said I still did a few LTS related tasks: Distro Tracker Due to many nights spent on playing Splatoon (I m at level 33, rank B+, anyone else playing it?), I did not do much work on Distro Tracker. After having received the bug report #809211, I investigated the reasons why SQLite was no longer working satisfactorily in Django 1.9 and I opened the upstream ticket 26063 and I had a long discussion with two upstream developers to find out the best fix. The next point release (1.9.2) will fix that annoying regression. I also merged a couple of contributions (two patches from Christophe Siraut, one adding descriptions to keywords, cf #754413, one making it more obvious that chevrons in action items are actionable to show more data, a patch from Balasankar C in #810226 fixing a bad URL in an action item). I fixed a small bug in the unsubscribe command of the mail bot, it was not properly recognizing source packages. I updated the task notifying of new upstream versions to use the data generated by UDD (instead of the data generated by Christoph Berg s mole-based implementation which was suffering from a few bugs). Debian Packaging Testing experimental sbuild. While following the work of Johannes Schauer on sbuild, I installed the version from experimental to support his work and give him some feedback. In the process I uncovered #810248. Python sponsorship. I reviewed and uploaded many packages for Daniel Stender who keeps doing great work maintaining prospector and all its recursive dependencies: pylint-common, python-requirements-detector, sphinx-argparse, pylint-django, prospector. He also prepared an upload of python-bcrypt which I requested last month for Django. Django packaging. I uploaded Django 1.8.8 to jessie-backports.
My stable updates for Django 1.7.11 was not handled before the release of Debian 8.3 even though it was filed more than 1.5 months before. Misc stuff. My stable update for debian-handbook has been accepted fairly shortly after my last monthly report (thank you Adam!) so I uploaded the package once acked by a release manager. I also sponsor a backports upload of zim prepared by Joerg Desch. Kali related work Kernel work. The switch to Linux 4.3 in Kali resulted in a few bug reports that I investigated with the help of #debian-kernel and where I reported my findings back so that the Debian kernel could also benefit from the fixes I uploaded to Kali: first we included a patch for a regression in the vmwgfx video driver used by VMWare virtual machines (which broke the gdm login screen), then we fixed the input-modules udeb to fix support of some Logitech keyboards in debian-installer (see #796096). Misc work. I made a non-maintainer upload of python-maxminddb to fix #805689 which had been removed from stretch and that we needed in Kali. I also had to NMU libmaxminddb since it was no longer available on armel and we actually support armel in Kali. During that NMU, it occurred to me that dh-exec could offer a feature of optional install , that is installing a file that exists but not failing if it doesn t exist. I filed this as #811064 and it stirred up quite some debate. Thanks See you next month for a new summary of my activities.

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17 January 2016

Lunar: Reproducible builds: week 38 in Stretch cycle

What happened in the reproducible builds effort between January 10th and January 16th:

Toolchain fixes Benjamin Drung uploaded mozilla-devscripts/0.43 which sorts the file list in preferences files. Original patch by Reiner Herrmann. Lunar submitted an updated patch series to make timestamps in packages created by dpkg deterministic. To ensure that the mtimes in data.tar are reproducible, with the patches, dpkg-deb uses the --clamp-mtime option added in tar/1.28-1 when available. An updated package has been uploaded to the experimental repository. This removed the need for a modified debhelper as all required changes for reproducibility have been merged or are now covered by dpkg.

Packages fixed The following packages have become reproducible due to changes in their build dependencies: angband-doc, bible-kjv, cgoban, gnugo, pachi, wmpuzzle, wmweather, wmwork, xfaces, xnecview, xscavenger, xtrlock, virt-top. The following packages became reproducible after getting fixed: Some uploads fixed some reproducibility issues, but not all of them: Untested changes:

reproducible.debian.net Once again, Vagrant Cascadian is providing another armhf build system, allowing to run 6 more armhf builder jobs, right there. (h01ger) Stop requiring a modified debhelper and adapt to the latest dpkg experimental version by providing a predetermined identifier for the .buildinfo filename. (Mattia Rizzolo, h01ger) New X.509 certificates were set up for jenkins.debian.net and reproducible.debian.net using Let's Encrypt!. Thanks to GlobalSign for providing certificates for the last year free of charge. (h01ger)

Package reviews 131 reviews have been removed, 85 added and 32 updated in the previous week. FTBFS issues filled: 29. Thanks to Chris Lamb, Mattia Rizzolo, and Niko Tyni. New issue identified: timestamps_in_manpages_added_by_golang_cobra.

Misc. Most of the minutes from the meetings held in Athens in December 2015 are now available to the public.

14 January 2016

Lunar: Reproducible builds: week 37 in Stretch cycle

What happened in the reproducible builds effort between January 3rd and January 9th 2016:

Toolchain fixes David Bremner uploaded dh-elpa/0.0.18 which adds a --fix-autoload-date option (on by default) to take autoload dates from changelog. Lunar updated and sent the patch adding the generation of .buildinfo to dpkg.

Packages fixed The following packages have become reproducible due to changes in their build dependencies: aggressive-indent-mode, circe, company-mode, db4o, dh-elpa, editorconfig-emacs, expand-region-el, f-el, geiser, hyena, js2-mode, markdown-mode, mono-fuse, mysql-connector-net, openbve, regina-normal, sml-mode, vala-mode-el. The following packages became reproducible after getting fixed: Some uploads fixed some reproducibility issues, but not all of them: Patches submitted which have not made their way to the archive yet:
  • #809780 on flask-restful by Chris Lamb: implement support for SOURCE_DATE_EPOCH in the build system.
  • #810259 on avfs by Chris Lamb: implement support for SOURCE_DATE_EPOCH in the build system.
  • #810509 on apt by Mattia Rizzolo: ensure a stable file order is given to the linker.

reproducible.debian.net Add 2 more armhf build nodes provided by Vagrant Cascadian. This added 7 more armhf builder jobs. We now run around 900 tests of armhf packages each day. (h01ger) The footer of each page now indicates by which Jenkins jobs build it. (h01ger)

diffoscope development diffoscope 45 has been released on January 4th. It features huge memory improvements when comparing large files, several fixes of squashfs related issues that prevented comparing two Tails images, and improve the file list of tar and cpio archive to be more precise and consistent over time. It also fixes a typo that prevented the Mach-O to work (Rainer M ller), improves comparisons of ELF files when specified on the command line, and solves a few more encoding issues.

Package reviews 134 reviews have been removed, 30 added and 37 updated in the previous week. 20 new fail to build from source issues were reported by Chris Lamb and Chris West. prebuilder will now skip installing diffoscope to save time if the build results are identical. (Reiner Herrmann)

14 September 2015

Lunar: Reproducible builds: week 20 in Stretch cycle

What happened in the reproducible builds effort this week: Media coverage Motherboard published an article on the project inspired by the talk at the Chaos Communication 15. Journalists sadly rarely pick their headlines. The sensationalist How Debian Is Trying to Shut Down the CIA got started a few rants here and there. One from OpenBSD developper Ted Unangst lead to a good email contact and some thorough comments. Toolchain fixes The modified version of gettext has been removed from the experimental toolchain. Fixing individual package seems a better approach for now. Chris Lamb sent two patches for abi-compliance-checker: one to drop the timestamp from generated HTML reports and another to make umask and timestamps deterministic in the abi tarball. Bugs submitted by Dhole lead to a discussion on the best way to adapt pod2man now that we have SOURCE_DATE_EPOCH specified. There is really a whole class of issues that are currently undiscovered waiting for tests running on a different date. This is likely to should happen soon. Chris Lamb uploaded a new version of debhelper in the reproducible repository, cherry-picking a fix for interactions between ddebs and udebs. Packages fixed The following packages became reproducible due to changes in their build dependencies: aspic, django-guardian, erlang-sqlite3, etcd, libnative-platform-java, mingw-ocaml, nose2, oar, obexftp, py3cairo, python-dugong, python-secretstorage, python-setuptools, qct, qdox, recutils, s3ql, wine. The following packages became reproducible after getting fixed: Some uploads fixed some reproducibility issues but not all of them: Patches submitted which have not made their way to the archive yet: reproducible.debian.net The configuration of all remote armhf and amd64 nodes in now finished. The remaining reproducibility tests running on the Jenkins host has been removed. armhf results and graphs are now visible in dashboard. We can now test the whole archive in 2-3 weeks using the current 12 amd64 jobs and 3 months using the current 6 armhf builders. We will be looking at improving the armhf sitation, maybe using more native systems or via arm64. (h01ger) The Jenkins UI is now more responsive since all jobs building packages have been moved to remote hosts. (h01ger) A new job has been added to collect information about build nodes to be included in the variation table. (h01ger) The currently scheduled page has been split for amd64 and armhf. They now give an overview (refreshed every minute, thanks to Chris Lamb) of the packages currently being tested. (h01ger) Several cleanup and bugfixes have been made, especially in the remote building and maintenance scripts. They should now be more robust against network problems. The automatic scheduler is now also run closer to when schroots and pbuilders are updated. (h01ger, mapreri) Package reviews 16 reviews have been removed, 54 added and 55 updated this week. Santiago Vila renamed lc_messages_randomness with the more descriptive different_pot_creation_date_in_gettext_mo_files. New issues added this week: timestamps_in_reports_generated_by_abi_compliance_checker, umask_and_timestamp_variation_in_tgz_generated_by_abi_compliance_checker, and timestamps_added_by_blast2. 23 new FTBFS bugs have been filled by Chris Lamb, and Niko Tyni. Misc. Red Hat developper Mike McLean had a talk at Flock 2015 about reproducible builds in Koji. Slides and video recording are available. Koji is the build infrastructure used by Fedora, Red Hat and other distributions. It already keeps track of the environment used for a given build, so the required changes for handling the environment are smaller than the ones in Debian. Fedora is still missing a team effort to fix non-determinism in the package builds, but it is great to see Fedora moving forward.

6 September 2015

Lunar: Reproducible builds: week 19 in Stretch cycle

What happened in the reproducible builds effort this week: Toolchain fixes Dmitry Shachnev uploaded sphinx/1.3.1-6 with improved patches from Val Lorentz. Chris Lamb submitted a patch for ibus-table which makes the output of ibus-table-createdb deterministic. Niko Tyni wrote a patch to make libmodule-build-perl linking order deterministic. Santiago Vila has been leading discussions on the best way to fix timestamps coming from Gettext POT files. Packages fixed The following 35 packages became reproducible due to changes in their build dependencies: apache-log4j2, dctrl-tools, dms, gitit, gnubik, isrcsubmit, mailutils, normaliz, oaklisp, octave-fpl, octave-specfun, octave-vrml, opencolorio, openvdb, pescetti, php-guzzlehttp, proofgeneral, pyblosxom, pyopencl, pyqi, python-expyriment, python-flask-httpauth, python-mzml, python-simpy, python-tidylib, reactive-streams, scmxx, shared-mime-info, sikuli, siproxd, srtp, tachyon, tcltk-defaults, urjtag, velvet. The following packages became reproducible after getting fixed: The package is not in yet in unstable, but linux/4.2-1~exp1 is now reproducible! Kudos to Ben Hutchings, and most fixes are already merged upstream. Some uploads fixed some reproducibility issues but not all of them: Patches submitted which have not made their way to the archive yet: reproducible.debian.net Some bugs that prevented packages to build successfully in the remote builders have been fixed. (h01ger) Two more amd64 build jobs have been removed from the Jenkins host in favor of six more on the new remote nodes. (h01ger) The munin graphs currently looks fine, so more amd64 jobs will probably be added in the next week. diffoscope development Version 32 of diffoscope has been released on September 3rd with the following new features: It also fixes many bugs. Head over to the changelog for the full list. Version 33 was released the day after to fix a bug introduced in the packaging. Documentation update Chris Lamb blessed the SOURCE_DATE_EPOCH specification with the version number 1.0 . Lunar documented how the .file assembler directive can help with random filenames in debug symbols. Package reviews 235 reviews have been removed, 84 added and 277 updated this week. 29 new FTBFS bugs were filled by Chris Lamb, Chris West (Faux), Daniel Stender, and Niko Tyni. New issues identified this week: random_order_in_ibus_table_createdb_output, random_order_in_antlr_output, nondetermistic_link_order_in_module_build, and timestamps_in_tex_documents. Misc. Thanks to Dhole and Thomas Vincent, the talk held at DebConf15 now has subtitles! Void Linux started to merge changes to make packages produced by xbps reproducible.

5 September 2015

Christoph Berg: 10 Years Debian Developer

I knew it was about this time of the year 10 years ago when my Debian account was created, but I couldn't remember the exact date until I looked it up earlier this evening: today :). Rene Engelhard had been my advocate, and Marc Brockschmidt my AM. Thanks guys! A lot of time has passed since then, and I've worked in various parts of the project. I became an application manager almost immediately, and quickly got into the NM front desk as well, revamping parts of the NM process which had become pretty bureaucratic (I think we are now, 10 years later, back where we should be, thanks to almost all of the paperwork being automated, thanks Enrico!). I've processed 37 NMs, most of them between 2005 and 2008, later I was only active as front desk and eventually Debian account manager. I've recently picked up AMing again, which I still find quite refreshing as the AM will always also learn new things. Quality Assurance was and is the other big field. Starting by doing QA uploads of orphaned packages, I attended some QA meetings around Germany, and picked up maintenance of the DDPO pages, which I still maintain. The link between QA and NM is the MIA team where I was active for some years until they kindly kicked me out because I was MIA there myself. I'm glad they are still using some of the scripts I was writing to automate some things. My favorite MUA is mutt, of which I became co-maintainer in 2007, and later maintainer. I'm still listed in the uploaders field, but admittedly I haven't really done anything there lately. Also in 2007 I started working at credativ, after having been a research assistant at the university, which meant making my Debian work professional. Of course it also meant more real work and less time for the hobby part, but I was still very active around that time. Later in 2010 I was marrying, and we got two kids, at which point family was of course much more important, so my Debian involvement dropped to a minimum. (Mostly lurking on IRC ;) Being a PostgreSQL consultant at work, it was natural to start looking into the packaging, so I started submitting patches to postgresql-common in 2011, and became a co-maintainer in 2012. Since then, I've mostly been working on PostgreSQL-related packages, of which far too many have my (co-)maintainer stamp on them. To link the Debian and PostgreSQL worlds together, we started an external repository (apt.postgresql.org) that contains packages for the PostgreSQL major releases that Debian doesn't ship. Most of my open source time at the moment is spent on getting all PostgreSQL packages in shape for Debian and this repository. According to minechangelogs, currently 844 changelog entries in Debian mention my name, or were authored by me. Scrolling back yields memories of packages that are long gone again from unstable, or I passed on to other maintainers. There are way too many people in Debian that I enjoy(ed) working with to list them here, and many of them are my friends. Debian is really the extended family on the internet. My last DebConf before this year had been in Mar del Plata - I had met some people at other conferences like FOSDEM, but meeting (almost) everyone again in Heidelberg was very nice. I even remembered all basic Mao rules :D. So, thanks to everyone out there for making Debian such a wonderful place to be!

2 July 2015

Christoph Berg: PostgreSQL 9.5 in Debian

Today saw the release of PostgreSQL 9.5 Alpha 1. Packages for all supported Debian and Ubuntu releases are available on apt.postgresql.org: deb http://apt.postgresql.org/pub/repos/apt/ YOUR_RELEASE_HERE-pgdg main 9.5 The package is also waiting in NEW to be accepted for Debian experimental. Being curious which PostgreSQL releases have been in use over time, I pulled some graphics from Debian's popularity contest data: Before we included the PostgreSQL major version in the package name, "postgresql" contained the server, so that line represents the installation count of the pre-7.4 releases at the left end of the graph. Interestingly, 7.4 reached its installation peak well past 8.1's. Does anyone have an idea why that happened?

20 June 2015

Lunar: Reproducible builds: week 4 in Stretch cycle

What happened about the reproducible builds effort for this week: Toolchain fixes Lunar rebased our custom dpkg on the new release, removing a now unneeded patch identified by Guillem Jover. An extra sort in the buildinfo generator prevented a stable order and was quickly fixed once identified. Mattia Rizzolo also rebased our custom debhelper on the latest release. Packages fixed The following 30 packages became reproducible due to changes in their build dependencies: animal-sniffer, asciidoctor, autodock-vina, camping, cookie-monster, downthemall, flashblock, gamera, httpcomponents-core, https-finder, icedove-l10n, istack-commons, jdeb, libmodule-build-perl, libur-perl, livehttpheaders, maven-dependency-plugin, maven-ejb-plugin, mozilla-noscript, nosquint, requestpolicy, ruby-benchmark-ips, ruby-benchmark-suite, ruby-expression-parser, ruby-github-markup, ruby-http-connection, ruby-settingslogic, ruby-uuidtools, webkit2gtk, wot. The following packages became reproducible after getting fixed: Some uploads fixed some reproducibility issues but not all of them: Patches submitted which did not make their way to the archive yet: Also, the following bugs have been reported: reproducible.debian.net Holger Levsen made several small bug fixes and a few more visible changes: strip-nondeterminism Version 0.007-1 of strip-nondeterminism the tool to post-process various file formats to normalize them has been uploaded by Holger Levsen. Version 0.006-1 was already in the reproducible repository, the new version mainly improve the detection of Maven's pom.properties files. debbindiff development At the request of Emmanuel Bourg, Reiner Herrmann added a comparator for Java .class files. Documentation update Christoph Berg created a new page for the timestamps in manpages created by Doxygen. Package reviews 93 obsolete reviews have been removed, 76 added and 43 updated this week. New identified issues: timestamps in manpages generated by Doxygen, modification time differences in files extracted by unzip, tstamp task used in Ant build.xml, timestamps in documentation generated by ASDocGen. The description for build id related issues has been clarified. Meetings Holger Levsen announced a first meeting on Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015, 19:00 UTC. The agenda is amendable on the wiki. Misc. Lunar worked on a proof-of-concept script to import the build environment found in .buildinfo files to UDD. Lucas Nussbaum has positively reviewed the proposed schema. Holger Levsen cleaned up various experimental toolchain repositories, marking merged brances as such.

17 May 2015

Lunar: Reproducible builds: week 3 in Stretch cycle

What happened about the reproducible builds effort for this week: Toolchain fixes Tomasz Buchert submitted a patch to fix the currently overzealous package-contains-timestamped-gzip warning. Daniel Kahn Gillmor identified #588746 as a source of unreproducibility for packages using python-support. Packages fixed The following 57 packages became reproducible due to changes in their build dependencies: antlr-maven-plugin, aspectj-maven-plugin, build-helper-maven-plugin, clirr-maven-plugin, clojure-maven-plugin, cobertura-maven-plugin, coinor-ipopt, disruptor, doxia-maven-plugin, exec-maven-plugin, gcc-arm-none-eabi, greekocr4gamera, haskell-swish, jarjar-maven-plugin, javacc-maven-plugin, jetty8, latexml, libcgi-application-perl, libnet-ssleay-perl, libtest-yaml-valid-perl, libwiki-toolkit-perl, libwww-csrf-perl, mate-menu, maven-antrun-extended-plugin, maven-antrun-plugin, maven-archiver, maven-bundle-plugin, maven-clean-plugin, maven-compiler-plugin, maven-ear-plugin, maven-install-plugin, maven-invoker-plugin, maven-jar-plugin, maven-javadoc-plugin, maven-processor-plugin, maven-project-info-reports-plugin, maven-replacer-plugin, maven-resources-plugin, maven-shade-plugin, maven-site-plugin, maven-source-plugin, maven-stapler-plugin, modello-maven-plugin1.4, modello-maven-plugin, munge-maven-plugin, ocaml-bitstring, ocr4gamera, plexus-maven-plugin, properties-maven-plugin, ruby-magic, ruby-mocha, sisu-maven-plugin, syncache, vdk2, wvstreams, xml-maven-plugin, xmlbeans-maven-plugin. The following packages became reproducible after getting fixed: Some uploads fixed some reproducibility issues but not all of them: Ben Hutchings also improved and merged several changes submitted by Lunar to linux. Currently untested because in contrib: reproducible.debian.net
Thanks to the reproducible-build team for running a buildd from hell. gregor herrmann
Mattia Rizzolo modified the script added last week to reschedule a package from Alioth, a reason can now be optionally specified. Holger Levsen splitted the package sets page so each set now has its own page. He also added new sets for Java packages, Haskell packages, Ruby packages, debian-installer packages, Go packages, and OCaml packages. Reiner Herrmann added locales-all to the set of packages installed in the build environment as its needed to properly identify variations due to the current locale. Holger Levsen improved the scheduling so new uploads get tested sooner. He also changed the .json output that is used by tracker.debian.org to lists FTBFS issues again but only for issues unrelated to the toolchain or our test setup. Amongst many other small fixes and additions, the graph colors should now be more friendly to red-colorblind people. The fix for pbuilder given in #677666 by Tim Landscheidt is now used. This fixed several FTBFS for OCaml packages. Work on rebuilding with different CPU has continued, a kvm-on-kvm build host has been set been set up for this purpose. debbindiff development Version 19 of debbindiff included a fix for a regression when handling info files. Version 20 fixes a bug when diffing files with many differences toward a last line with no newlines. It also now uses the proper encoding when writing the text output to a pipe, and detects info files better. Documentation update Thanks to Santiago Vila, the unneeded -depth option used with find when fixing mtimes has been removed from the examples. Package reviews 113 obsolete reviews have been removed this week while 77 has been added.

26 February 2015

Michael Banck: 26 Feb 2015

My recent Debian LTS activities

Over the past months, my employer credativ has sponsored some of my work time to keep PostgreSQL updated for squeeze-lts. Version 8.4 of PostgreSQL was declared end-of-life by the upstream PostgreSQL Global Development Group (PGDG) last summer, around the same time official squeeze support ended and squeeze-lts took over. Together with my colleagues Christoph Berg (who is on the PostgreSQL package maintainer team) and Bernd Helmle, we continued backpatching changes to 8.4. We tried our best to continue the PGDG backpatching policy and looked only at commits at the oldest still maintained branch, REL9_0_STABLE.

Our work is publicly available as a separate REL8_4_LTS branch on Github. The first release (called 8.4.22lts1) happened this month mostly coinciding with the official 9.0, 9.1, 9.2, 9.3 and 9.4 point releases. Christoph Berg has uploaded the postgresql-8.4 Debian package for squeeze-lts and release tarballs can be found on Github here (scroll down past the release notes for the tarballs).

We intend to keep the 8.4 branch updated on a best-effort community basis for the squeeze-lts lifetime. If you have not yet updated from 8.4 to a more recent version of PostgreSQL, you probably should. But if you are stuck on squeeze, you should use our LTS packages. If you have any questions or comments concerning PostgreSQL for squeeze-lts, contact me.

4 February 2015

Christoph Berg: apt.postgresql.org statistics

At this year's FOSDEM I gave a talk in the PostgreSQL devroom about Large Scale Quality Assurance in the PostgreSQL Ecosystem. The talk included a graph about the growth of the apt.postgresql.org repository that I want to share here as well: The yellow line at the very bottom is the number of different source package names, currently 71. From that, a somewhat larger number of actual source packages that include the "pgdgXX" version suffixes targeting the various distributions we have is built (blue). The number of different binary package names (green) is in about the same range. The dimension explosion then happens for the actual number of binary packages (black, almost 8000) targeting all distributions and architectures. The red line is the total size of the pool/ directory, currently a bit less than 6GB. (The graphs sometimes decrease when packages in the -testing distributions are promoted to the live distributions and the old live packages get removed.)

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