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27 April 2016

Niels Thykier: 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 them is not even an active FTP-master (anymore). The current score board:
 5371 Luca Falavigna
 5121 Alexander Reichle-Schmehl
 4401 Ansgar Burchardt
 3928 DAK's auto-decrufter
 3257 Scott Kitterman
 2225 Joerg Jaspert
 1983 James Troup
 1793 Torsten Werner
 1025 Jeroen van Wolffelaar
  763 Ryan Murray
For comparison, here is the number removals by year for the past 6 years:
 5103 2011
 2765 2012
 3342 2013
 3394 2014
 3766 2015  (1842 removed by auto-decrufter)
 2845 2016  (2086 removed by auto-decrufter)
Which tells us that in 2015, the FTP masters and the decrufter performed on average over 10 removals a day. And by the looks of it, 2016 will surpass that. Of course, the auto-decrufter has a tendency to increase the number of removed items since it is an advocate of remove early, remove often! .:) Data is from Scoreboard computed as:
  grep ftpmaster: removals-full.txt   \
   perl -pe 's/.*ftpmaster:\s+//; s/\]$//;'   \
   sort   uniq -c   sort --numeric --reverse   head -n10
Removals by year computed as:
 grep ftpmaster: removals-full.txt   \
   perl -pe 's/.* (\d 4 ) \d 2 :\d 2 :\d 2 .*/$1/'   uniq -c   tail -n6
(yes, both could be done with fewer commands)
Filed under: Debian

13 March 2011

Lars Wirzenius: DPL elections: candidate counts

Out of curiosity, and because it is Sunday morning and I have a cold and can't get my brain to do anything tricky, I counted the number of candidates in each year's DPL elections.
Year Count Names
1999 4 Joseph Carter, Ben Collins, Wichert Akkerman, Richard Braakman
2000 4 Ben Collins, Wichert Akkerman, Joel Klecker, Matthew Vernon
2001 4 Branden Robinson, Anand Kumria, Ben Collins, Bdale Garbee
2002 3 Branden Robinson, Rapha l Hertzog, Bdale Garbee
2003 4 Moshe Zadka, Bdale Garbee, Branden Robinson, Martin Michlmayr
2004 3 Martin Michlmayr, Gergely Nagy, Branden Robinson
2005 6 Matthew Garrett, Andreas Schuldei, Angus Lees, Anthony Towns, Jonathan Walther, Branden Robinson
2006 7 Jeroen van Wolffelaar, Ari Pollak, Steve McIntyre, Anthony Towns, Andreas Schuldei, Jonathan (Ted) Walther, Bill Allombert
2007 8 Wouter Verhelst, Aigars Mahinovs, Gustavo Franco, Sam Hocevar, Steve McIntyre, Rapha l Hertzog, Anthony Towns, Simon Richter
2008 3 Marc Brockschmidt, Rapha l Hertzog, Steve McIntyre
2009 2 Stefano Zacchiroli, Steve McIntyre
2010 4 Stefano Zacchiroli, Wouter Verhelst, Charles Plessy, Margarita Manterola
2011 1 Stefano Zacchiroli (no vote yet)
Winner indicate by boldface. I expect Zack to win over "None Of The Above", so I went ahead and boldfaced him already, even if there has not been a vote for this year. Median number of candidates is 4.

16 September 2009

Jeroen van Wolffelaar: How I'm going to recall the Dunc-Tank saga

Percentage of Debian Developers preferring new elections to having AJ as DPL in March/April: 17.3%. Percentage of Debian Developers preferring new elections to having AJ as DPL in October: 14.8% That's right. contrary to what one would expect from merely reading the mailinglists, an even larger majority now finds AJ acceptable as DPL. This does not render the objections of the couple dozen DDs irrelevant though, diversity is a great good. However, diversity can easily escalate to divisiveness when different opinions or more accurately the ways they are voiced start to severely hinder activity by others. I myself have been quite demotived by the whole discussion, as has happened to me multiple times before. We Developers do not seem to be able to have constructive discussion without getting extremely heated up. I believe that this inability to hold discussions about tricky subjects is way more hurting the project than any of the "tricky subjects" themselves. Actually, the tidbit in my DPL-elections platform about Communication among Debian contributors is still equally relevant. Several potential improvements have been proposed in the past, including debating by wiki, debating inside a smaller taskforce, or even having a representative democracy. Let's explore the representative democracy principle a bit further: In general, I consider making decisions by GR (or to draw a parallel to country government, referendum) bad: A majority of voters doesn't have adequate and balanced information to make a reasonable decision, that takes doing quite some research. Instead, any discussion (vote winning?) is going to be significantly depending on emotions. Take the voting-down of the European constitution by France and the Netherlands: Hardly anyone has adequate information to really make a tradeoff, still quite a number of people voted, and supposedly one of most prevalent considerations was fear of this "Europe" thingy. Therefore, I'd really prefer that issues like firmware are dealt with by smallish team of people who really can look into the issue well, consider all arguments either way, and make a decision. As with every decision in Debian, it can be overturned by GR, but still. Note that we don't need any consitutional change for this, the DPL already has the power to delegate a person or group of people to make some decision nobody else specifically is responsible for already. A complicating factor is though that it's hard to compose such a taskforce that will have the project's support once a discussion is 'heated up'. In other news, rumour has it that -private has blown up today. I'm so looking forward to opening that mailfolder.

Jeroen van Wolffelaar: Priorities of distributions


Jeroen van Wolffelaar: Phase change

It's done: today I heard about the last (passing) mark for the last course I need to follow for my Master in Applied Computing Science, at Utrecht University: a paper about RFID security and privacy as part of the Cryptography course. Besides some small paper still due for (ahum) my Bachelor, the only thing left is my thesis with associated research. Today I got an invitation for my first working day at ORTEC in Gouda, next month, where I'll be doing research (and implementation) on some exciting new route planning algorithms. It'll require some getting used to it, five days a week, 8 hours a day, for the rest of the year. One of the biggest challenges will be getting up in time every single day, but I'm sure I'll be fine with that eventually. I have confidence that the interesting research will make up for it completely! Already this Friday I'll be going to FOSDEM with Thijs, partly by train, and partly hitchhiking a ride from Joost. Too bad my laptop practically died... But reading mail etc. not the most important thing in FOSDEM, you can do that at home too I hope to meet yet again a whole lot of old and new Debian people over there. For the first time in 3 years no talk from me, other duties took too much time lately. I'll need to discover how much time I'll be able to spend on Debian as a full-time employee, but I think it'll make it easier for me to divide my time: I really missed doing Debian stuff from time to time, and I need to fix up a number of neglected areas real soon now. Good night!

Jeroen van Wolffelaar: Summer of Code

June is the last month before summer holidays, and at this phase in my study, courses take a lot of time: practical assignments, seminars to give, multiple exams. And mid-June, I'll be attending DebConf in Edinburgh, including delivering a talk about Mole, the subject of my Google Summer of Code project. In the period of April/May students participating in the Summer of Code project had the time to get more familiar with the project they were going to work for. Because I'm already somewhat familiar with Debian, I opted to organize an Etch release party together with some friends, because, well, what better way is there to get to know the community? During the past two weeks I've been really starting with the project. I updated the wiki page, added a new development page where I keep track of my work listing the subtasks I'm working on and their status. The first month will be mostly work on the internals, but starting with the second month I'll also be working on the web interface, meaning that there should be some stuff to show off. At the moment I'm refactoring some bits of Mole that are currently implemented in a hacky way, in order to make it all as extensible as it should be. This includes defining a config file format for mole tables, so that it's no longer necessary to modify the python code for new tables. It also involves some better way of stacking tables to each other, so that the package file extraction code can be moved away from the core of mole into a separate worker to keep mole itself pure and simple and generally applicable. I'll post irregular updates to my blog. I'm looking forward to seeing a lot of you again this Thursday, when I'll arrive in EDI!

Jeroen van Wolffelaar: 40 minutes

Yesterday I had one of the more stressful and eventful 40 minutes of my life... events basicly initiated by the fact that I arrived at Schiphol airport 40 minutes before my plane was scheduled to take off. The first thing I noticed was that the queue for security extended beyond the check-in desks next to it, so just that bit would probably take more than fourty minutes. Oops. What are all those people doing flying out on friday noons? Second thing I couldn't help to notice is that the check-in desk was actually already closed, double-oops. Well, the lady that was sitting there anyone concluded after a phonecall that my bag was fine as hand luggage and so that I could still make it. She also queue-jumped me straight to the security X-ray machine and ordered me to run from there on. Well, not so fast, running through security isn't appreciated. Actually, since I planned to check-in this bag, I kind of violated this whole anti-liquor^Wliquid silliness with no less than 7 items. The guy that unpacked my luggage let me keep my lenses fluid, and forgot to notice 3 of the items, so damage was limited, and I proceeded with my explosives, I mean, toothpaste and such, to the gate. In my hurry to run to the gate, I put my boarding pass in my pocket... and upon arrival at the gate, I noticed my boarding pass was gone, so I went ask some lady at the desk there about it... and overheard the guy next to her, who was on the phone, mention my last name. "Someone found your passport". Turns out they also had my boarding pass, but I appreciated knowing where my passport was anyway, since obviously I didn't have it on me anymore either. So within a minute I was running off again to a different gate to pick up those two sort-of-important items. You'd say that after having once seen my plane taxi away from an empty gate upon returning there from picking up my boarding pass from lost&found for the second time that very morning would've taught me a lesson... But apparantly not. Back at the gate I was getting past the boarding pass checkpoint, and the person over there saw my pass, and said "Hey, so you're that guy that a bit ago lost this and that at the security checkpoint?" Since that happened at the other end of the airport, gossip must be going pretty fast at Schiphol... At least I've never showed up at the airport at the wrong date (unlike two of my friends I'm meeting over here managed to do each independently)... Yet.

23 November 2007

Joerg Jaspert: Todays work

Work. No, not at my workplace, for Debian. I decided to modify the ftp-master webpage a little bit, just adding some css magic (and the ability to conform with that xhtml1.0 strict thing out there). (And to be honest - about 95% of the “work” needed for this was done by Mark Hymers…) But that only happened after something else, which took away most of my time today (and yesterday and the day before). Namely - a nice overview of pending removals. The main purpose of that overview is of course “ftpteam members doing removals can take it for their work”, but i think it may also be nice for users to look there, instead of wading through all the bugreports against, which include bugs about totally different topics than removals. (And then I am lazy and want a commandline to paste… :) ) The design for that page was done by Martin Ferrari AKA Tincho, you don’t want to see how my design did look like… :), the idea for it is from Jeroen van Wolffelaar who wrote the first version of it in Perl (it is now implemented in Ruby). The removals html page is regenerated every hour, using the SOAP interface to the BTS, so at least the bugs information should be recent. The other information might have errors in them, don’t trust them too far. It should be right, but then - its only informational.. :) And now: Lets do some of those removals!

2 June 2007

Frank Lichtenheld: status and development

Copy of a mail I sent to debian-www earlier today. I don't think it warrants posting to -devel-announce, but I post it here to make it visible to people not usually following debian-www. Since I seem to sense an increased stream of offers to help out with packages.d.o coming my way (but maybe that is just wishful thinking ;) I wanted to give a short update on the development of the current code and the status of the infrastructure so that nobody can claim he wanted to help but failed due to lack of information.

13 March 2007

Julien Danjou: DeFuBu contest #8

Bug Welcome to this 8th issue of the DeFuBu contest, the almost monthly championship of the funniest bug reported to the Debian BTS. The challengers How the vote has been done Four Debian related people voted, Raphael Hertzog, Jeroen van Wolffelaar, Ana Guerrero and Margarita Manterola. Full ranking Bugs Challengers The winners Notes To participate, simply drop me an email with a bug number or a request to vote, or anything that may help. About DeFuBu

6 February 2007

Julien Danjou: DeFuBu contest #7

Bug Welcome to this 7th issue of the DeFuBu contest, the monthly championship of the funniest bug reported to the Debian BTS. The challengers How the vote has been done Four Debian related people voted for these bugs, Emmanuel Bouthenot, Mohammed Adn ne Trojette, Julien Louis and Jade Alglave. Full ranking Bugs Challengers The winners Notes To participate, simply drop me an email with a bug number. About DeFuBu

3 October 2006

Steve McIntyre: BSP Marathon - Utrecht, 30 Sep - 01 Oct 2006

Last weekend, Jeroen van Wolffelaar and Thijs Kinkhorst organised a BSP at Utrecht University. I went along for a couple of reasons: I met up with Hanna Ollila at Schiphol Airport late on Friday evening, and we took the train down to Utrecht together. We found Jeroen and some others at the station and went straight on to a party in the middle of town for a few hours. Then after just a few hours' sleep we headed into the University to get breakfast and start squashing bugs. A group of about a dozen people turned up that day - mainly a mixture of Dutch DDs and other locals.

BSP I took a look at a couple of bugs initially on Saturday: #387419 and #387498. Unfortunately, the first (kdepim FTBFS on alpha) was difficult to reproduce - the alpha machine I had available for testing was too short on memory and took a very long time to build kdepim, long enough that after 2 days I gave up. I couldn't reproduce the latter (system() hanging when running on mips) on any machine I had access to - it looks like more work is needed there... In parallel with those two RC bugs (found on Andreas' great summary page at, I also had a very productive session working in parallel with Christian Perrier, fixing translation/i18n bugs in one of my own packages, CVS. Thanks Christian, you're a pleasure to work with! On Saturday evening, the gang of us headed into the centre of Utrecht for a nice meal, some beer and some spirited conversation at a Greek restaurant. I took the opportunity to talk with Frans Pop about some of the remaining work needed for d-i and debian-cd. On Sunday, the work continued. I was still waiting on feedback on #387498 and my build of #387419, so I decided to make the most of the uninterrupted time to get some debian-cd development work done. I'm still hoping to get multi-arch CDs working before we release etch, so this was a great help. In fact, I got so engrossed in this that I managed to work straight through dinner...! In terms of bugs, I must admit that I didn't do much in terms of reducing absolute numbers. This weekend, there were a lot of bugs in categories that don't really work well for Bug Squashing: licensing/legal bugs (which really need discussion with the maintainer), newly-opened bugs (IMHO it's a little rude to NMU a package when a bug has only just been opened - give the maintainer at least a couple of days to respond!) and deep bugs where intimate knowledge of the package is needed. I expect there will be more to work on next weekend in Zurich, if nothing else some of those "new" bugs will have aged. Early on Monday morning I caught the bus from near Jeroen's apartment to start the journey home. Thanks to the nice reliable public transport, I got all the way to Schiphol well in time. Then my flight back to Stansted was delayed... :-( It was great to meet up with a bunch of enthusiastic people. Some I'd met before (Frans, Jeroen, Hanna). Some I met for the first time (Thijs, Bas, Moritz and others). But all of them were working hard, wanting to help get Etch out on time. Let's keep up the good work! I have a small number of photos online.

26 September 2006

Jeroen van Wolffelaar: True bug ping-pong

#386363... Amazing. Just amazing. I especially appreciate the new arguments and insights contributed by both parties every time.

19 September 2006

Jeroen van Wolffelaar: Utrecht Bug Squashing Party

Tomorrow we'll have the first real-life meeting, together with Thijs Kinkhorst and dr. Bas Zoetekouw, to organize details about the upcoming Debian Bug Squashing party in Utrecht, The Netherlands, on the weekend of September 30th. As a study association, A-Eskwadraat has had Debian Developers for quite some time, from Bas since 2000 until our most recent addition, Thijs, but we've never organized a Debian event – yet. In 2002 though, there was a Mozilla 1.0 release party where also the release of woody was celebrated. The university has been supportive of the initiative, and is offering the location for free, as long as there are not too many people around that they feel the need for (expensive) security to be on-site 24h/day. For that reason, and also for food planning, please do subscribe yourself in wiki. If more than 25 people end up subscribing, we'll let you know how we'll arrange that. We're still not having a definitive deal with a sponsor, so don't know how flexible we are in this regard. At this moment, we've also got a handful of international attendees too, including Debian's "Second in Command", Steve McIntyre. I'm looking forward to it, and to meeting various Debian contributors (mostly again). See you in Utrecht!

17 August 2006

Wouter Verhelst: Darn

As I'm starting this blog post, I'm sitting on the 22:19 train Breda->Roosendaal, on my way home. I'm coming from the Debian Birthday Party that happened in caf Zeezicht on the Grote Markt in Breda, where a number of Dutch Debian people gathered. I'm not Dutch, but I do speak Dutch, and it's always nice to meet fellow Debianistas without having to revert to English. I had a fairly entertaining chat with some people, and eventually Jeroen van Wolffelaar showed up, with whom I had some interesting talk about the state of m68k and related dak-matters. I stayed there for two hours, but they were worth it. So why did give this post a title of Darn? When I got on the train, I broke my wristwatch. When I was taking my backpack off my back, my watch got stuck behind the strap that is supposed to keep the backpack on my back—whatever its name is—and as a result, it fell off my arm. Which isn't supposed to happen under normal conditions. It doesn't seem to be FUBAR, but it's still going to be have to be repaired before I can wear it again. I feel naked now.

6 June 2006

Jeroen van Wolffelaar: Dutch food considered harmful

Physical reaction while in Mexico for nearly a month on the food, water or weather: Some major sunburns, neglectible stomach issues. Physical reaction back home: severe stomach issues, for nearly two days now and 'running'. Seems that Dutch food is much more dangerous than Mexican food. That's not what my tourist booklet said, but oh well. I'm glad I didn't have the issues I have now during DebConf, being sick abroad is doubly annoying. Montezuma's Revenge reaches far (if this is in reality a backlash, who knows). At least I don't have a jet-lag this way: I don't get to sleep much at all, let alone at the 'wrong time'.

27 April 2006

Jeroen van Wolffelaar: Laptop back

Yesterday, the mailman delivered back my 'new' thinkpad from the IBM warranty repair in England, with a repaired LCD screen (connector?). On the results sheet they also ticked the 'cleaned' box, and one can see that. It looks much better then when I bought this T41 second-hand less than a month ago — it's now as if it's new. Maybe I should break something in my laptop more often ;). Now I gotta fix my wireless, so that I can combine sitting outside in the sun (when it dares coming back) with working on stuff. I seem to be unable to get 'ad-hoc' mode wireless to work, for some reason. Unfortunately the wireless in my server doesn't support "master" (AP) mode, so I'm now opting for having my server connect as client to my laptop (which can act as AP) automatically, instead of the other way around. Oh well, as long as it works. So much to do before leaving for Mexico... And upcoming weekend it's also Koninginnedag, so won't have much time in my last weekend in the Netherlands either. My flatmates gave me last friday a tourist book about Mexico (I gave a late birthday party), which I'm currently reading. And... last night I got mail that my ticket is arranged (in the same hour as that I took a tequilla on the bi-annual FullHouse student party, coincidence?). Thanks a lot to all involved for making this possible, and see you in Mexico! PS: Happy birthday, Steve

7 April 2006

David Moreno Garza: DPL election ballot

I’m one of those waiting until the last call for votes to send the ballot: - - -=-=-=-=-=- Don’t Delete Anything Between These Lines =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
[ 3 ] Choice 1: Jeroen van Wolffelaar
[ 4 ] Choice 2: Ari Pollak
[ 2 ] Choice 3: Steve McIntyre
[ 1 ] Choice 4: Anthony Towns
[ 3 ] Choice 5: Andreas Schuldei
[ 6 ] Choice 6: Jonathan aka Ted Walther
[ 4 ] Choice 7: Bill Allombert
[ 5 ] Choice 8: None Of The Above
- - -=-=-=-=-=- Don’t Delete Anything Between These Lines =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
Good luck to everyone on the election!

22 March 2006

Joey Hess: DebConf lightning talks

One of the talk slots at DebConf this year will be used for a series of lightning 5-minute talks on different subjects. I finally have more than enough talks to fill up the 45 minute time slot (thanks Jeroen!), but still only three speakers, so the schedule will look something like this: These choices are a bit arbitrary, Jeroen could also talk about "Working of the PTS", or "Datamining on Debian packages metadata". I could also talk about "Rembering Emeritus Developers". We have more than enough proposals, but not enough people giving them. Me and Jeroen will both be wiped out at the end of this tag-team marathon. Help! If you're not me or Jeroen, please consider submitting your own lightning talk idea, or take over one from the list, like "Debian wish list" or "Rembering Emeritus Developers". It will be much more interesting to hear from a lot of different people, and it's easy to do. The deadline for last submissions is April 15th.
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21 March 2006

MJ Ray: The DPL Debate 2006: The krooger effect

While discussing the debate with another DD, I noticed something interesting. While Ted Walther goes in too hard and too heavy in part III of the debate (lines 600 on in the log), two of his targets demand evidence rather than answer his questions. One example was Jeroen van Wolffelaar responding to Ted Walther's questions like "do you think that trying to kick people out of the project because you don't like their religious views is something to sweep under the carpet?" with the answer "can you prove one quote where I'm discriminating based on religion?" Why do that? It's usual to ask for evidence when one is undecided, but how could he be undecided about whether he discriminates based on religion? Why not reject that suggestion too? Some will assume the target(s) are avoiding or ignoring the question because they're undecided whether they need to confess yet, but don't want to lie. However, I decided I think Jeroen is ignorant or careless, rather than bigoted. At least he gave some answer, unlike several others. The other notable evader IMO was Steve McIntyre about debian commercial activity and DUS's tax registration (presumably based on the -project and/or -uk list traffic from the last year) but I'm a bit too close to that for it to change my vote. Even those who rank Ted Walther low should admit that he asked some of the trickiest questions in part III and mixed it up a bit.