OpenTAC sprint

This weekend Toby Churchill kindly hosted a hacking weekend for OpenTAC – myself, Michael Grzeschik, Steve McIntyre and Andy Simpkins got together to bring up the remaining bits of the hardware on the current board revision and get some of the low level tooling like production flashing for the FTDI serial ports¬†on the board up […]

Adventures with ARM server

I recently got a CubieTruck¬†with a terabyte SSD to use as a general always on server. This being an ARM board rather than a PC (with a rather nice form factor – it’s basically the same size as a SSD) you’d normally expect a blog post about it to include instructions for kernels and patches […]

Oh dear…

Subject: zlib_1.2.3.3.dfsg-16_amd64.changes REJECTED Reject Reasons: lib32z1: lintian output: ’embedded-zlib ./usr/lib32/′, +automatically rejected package. lib32z1: If you have a good reason, you may override this lintian tag. I guess I should’ve actually reported the lintian bug rather than just ignoring the bogus warning.

Touching like spacemen

Rhonda, have you reported the SCons problems you’ve found to either the Debian mantainer or upstream? That’s much more likely to be an effective way of improving things than blogging about them. For what it’s worth the .scons files are a bug in the SCons core AFAICT (it needs a distclean equivalent that doesn’t appear […]

dpkg symbol versioning

About a month ago I added symbol version information to the zlib package, allowing dpkg-shlibdeps to calculate more relaxed dependencies for packages using the library. The results have been very satisfying so far – of the 1784 packages depending on zlib1g on amd64: 532 depend on zlib1g 1:, the version which introduced support for _FILE_OFFSET_BITS=64 […]

How many Debian users?

Some people at DebConf 7 were (like Mario) wondering how many users Debian has. They realised that while we have a distributed mirror network we do have all installed systems use by default and we do have control over that. Since apt will only download files when they have been changed we can make […]

Not so bad…

It’s not unknown for people maintaining Debian packages via sponsorship to become frustrated with the process sometimes – a feeling sometimes shared by sponsors who find that the person they’re just nodding through packages. This sort of frustration with process gets pretty depressing at times so it’s a bit of a shock to see us […]

One step forward…

It depresses me to see people thinking that the way to get changes affecting many packages done in Debian might be via general resolution or that a number of people seem to feel that getting something accepted into policy is a first step in getting anything big done. Debian may be big and prone to […]

Polling for changes

Gustavo’s advice to poll the Ubuntu patch archive for useful changes doesn’t have to be restricted to Ubuntu – for a long time I’ve regularly trawled at least the Red Hat/Fedora and SuSE packages for useful changes. The utility of doing this does vary with the package (typically inversely with the volume of upstream code […]

NIS and Network Manager in Debian etch

The version of NIS to be shipped with Debian 4.0 has support for Network Manager in ypbind, the program responsible for ensuring that NIS client systems can access a NIS server. Unfortunately Network Manager is targeted at client systems with dynamically assigned addresses and does not support some common network configurations, particularly static ones. When […]