My Free Software Activities in April 2017

Welcome to gambaru.de. Here is my monthly report that covers what I have been doing for Debian. If you’re interested in  Java, Games and LTS topics, this might be interesting for you.

Debian Games

  • I released the final version 2 of debian-games for Stretch, a collection of metapackages that make it easier to install one’s favorite games. No surprises here, but two games were removed from Debian and some others didn’t make it into Stretch, so an update of the debian/control file was necessary.
  • I could close three RC bugs in ufoai (#860680) and slashem (#860393), thanks to the analysis and help from Bernhard Übelacker, and one in tecnoballz. (#861268)
  • I reviewed and sponsored gnome-games-app and retro-gtk for Jeremy Bicha. The Gnome application is basically a game browser and a unified interface to access various games, engines and emulators.
  • I adopted torcs, a racing car simulator, updated the package to the latest upstream release and completely overhauled the packaging. This is still work in progress but I think I can upload the new version in May.

Debian Java

  • I prepared security updates for bouncycastle, logback, activemq, tomcat 7 and tomcat 8 which were later accepted for Stretch and Jessie.
  • New upstream releases this month: hsqldb and robocode.
  • We had to deal with a weird bug in libnb-platform18-java respectively libjna-jni (#858876). We are still not sure why the JNA system library was not found by Netbeans but we could find a way to resolve it. I took the opportunity to fix another annoying bug in Netbeans and added the missing dependencies for some symlinked system JAR files.
  • Last but not least I made the test results in jnr-posix non-fatal (#860691) until we receive more information from upstream why two tests fail on i386. Since the package is arch:all and completes all tests on amd64 successfully, the RC bug was later marked as “stretch ignore” by the release team.

Debian LTS

This was my fourteenth month as a paid contributor and I have been paid to work 23,75 hours on Debian LTS, a project started by Raphaël Hertzog. In that time I did the following:

  • From 10. April until 16. April I was in charge of our LTS frontdesk. I triaged security issues in wavpack, binutils, tiff, tiff3, imagemagick, wireshark, elfutils, libosip2, feh, freetype, web2py and libplist.
  • DLA-888-1. Issued a security update for logback fixing 1 CVE.
  • DLA-893-1. Issued a security update for bouncycastle fixing 1 CVE.
  • DLA-924-1. Issued a security update for tomcat7 fixing 2 CVE.
  • DLA-900-1. Issued a security update for freetype. Later it was determined that freetype in Wheezy was not affected and the change was reverted.
  • DLA-899-1. Issued a security update for feh fixing 1 CVE.
  • DLA-902-1. Issued a security update for imagemagick fixing 2 CVE.
  • DLA-911-1. Issued a security update for tiff fixing 11 CVE.
  • DLA-912-1. Issued a security update for tiff3 fixing 8 CVE.
  • DLA-913-1. Issued a security update for activemq fixing 1 CVE.
  • DLA-929-1. Issued a security update for libpodofo fixing 7 CVE.

Misc

  • I packaged a new major version of Osmo, a personal organizer and calendar application. It has been completely converted to GTK3 and WebKitGtk2 now.

Thanks for reading and see you next time.

My Free Software Activities in March 2017

Welcome to gambaru.de. Here is my monthly report that covers what I have been doing for Debian. If you’re interested in Android, Java, Games and LTS topics, this might be interesting for you.

Debian Android

  • A new upstream release of apktool was uploaded to experimental.

Debian Games

  • I packaged new upstream releases of megaglest and megaglest-data.
  • I fixed a bug in pangzero (#857474) that crashed the game when someone pressed the pause key. The updated package will be part of Stretch.
  • The severity was inflated and the issue debatable but since it took less time to “fix” bug #857801 in dopewars than writing this sentence, I did it anyway.
  • I fixed bug #857236 and #857845 in holotz-castle. Background: There are various packages in Debian that ship a considerable amount of documentation which is usually a good thing. We always strive to optimize packages and reducing the package size is one option. In the past people thought that symlinking the doc directory of an arch:all (architecture-independent) package to an an arch:any (architecture-dependent) package saves disk space because it is not necessary to duplicate the same content on every architecture. Unfortunately this feature, dh-installdocs –link-doc, is broken by design (#766711) and in its current state not usable for this use case. As a consequence I filed a bug report against tracker.debian.org #857851, asked for an improvement of piuparts’ status reports and also filed #857852 against dpkg which was later cloned into #858036 for debhelper. In a nutshell I would like to see better documentation how to use dh-maintscript-helper and *.maintscript files. I also believe it would be nice to simplify the latter by using only one file.

Debian Java

  • I packaged version 5.4 of sweethome3d and added myself to Uploaders and closed two bugs (#854030),(#856769)
  • I fixed an RC bug (#856626) in lucene-solr, more precisely in one of the configuration files of solr-tomcat, a search engine with Tomcat integration, that prevented the server from starting.
  • I am still investigating an RC issue (#857343) in logback. This is a potential security vulnerability that allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code. My first patch was incomplete and more backported code from the latest upstream release is required. Unfortunately upstream was not very helpful in tracking down the necessary code changes. My question still remains unanswered.
  • Netbeans (#837081): Netbeans has been crashing from time to time. It is not easy to trigger the issue but it is related to libatk-wrapper-java-jni and the Accessibility ToolKit (ATK). I have cloned bug number #837081 as #858700 for now because I don’t think it can be fixed in Netbeans.

Debian LTS

This was my thirteenth month as a paid contributor and I have been paid to work 14,75 hours on Debian LTS, a project started by Raphaël Hertzog. In that time I did the following:

  • From 06. March until 13. March I was in charge of our LTS frontdesk. I triaged security issues in qbittorrent, imagemagick, freetype, glibc, vim, suricada, texlive-base, web2py, lxc, r-base, mysql-5.5, partclone, irrsi, wordpress, mupdf and php5.
  • DLA-846-1. Issued a security update for libzip-ruby fixing 1 CVE.
  • DLA-853-1. Issued a security update for pidgin fixing 1 CVE.
  • DLA-855-1. Issued a security update for roundcube fixing 1 CVE.
  • DLA-860-1. Issued a security update for wordpress fixing 3 CVE.
  • DLA-870-1. Issued a security update for libplist fixing 3 CVE.
  • DLA-872-1. Issued a security update for xrdp fixing 1 CVE.
  • DLA-875-1. Issued a security update for php5 fixing 3 CVE.

Misc

  • March 2017 also saw a new version of MediathekView (now in experimental).

Thanks for reading and see you next time.

My Free Software Activities in February 2017

Welcome to gambaru.de. Here is my monthly report that covers what I have been doing for Debian. If you’re interested in Java, Games and LTS topics, this might be interesting for you.

We have reached the end of Stretch’s development cycle, a phase called full freeze. That means packages may only migrate to Testing aka Stretch after approval by the release team. Changes must be minimal and only address important or release critical bugs. This is usually the time when I stop uploading new upstream releases to unstable to avoid any disruptions. Of course there are exceptions but if you are unsure best practice is to use experimental instead. A lot of RC bugs are still open and affect the next release. In February I could close five one and triage two more.

Debian Games

  • I packaged new upstream releases of Bullet (2.86 and 2.86.1), a 3D physics engine, after I was informed by Debian’s OpenMW maintainer (who is also one of the upstream developers) that this would fix a couple of issues for them.
  • Debian Bug #848063 – ri-li: FTBFS randomly (Impossible d’initialiser SDL:Couldn’t open X11 display): I usually note bug fixes very briefly but this one deserves some extra information. Apparently ri-li randomly failed to build from source on the bug reporter’s build system. The error message indicated that an X11 display could not be opened. For those who wonder why an X11 display is required to build a package from source; ri-li is a game and comes with a small development program, MakeDat, to build the data files from source. The program is only needed at build time but it requires some SDL functions to work properly. During the compilation step MakeDat tries to initialize SDL and it requires an X11 display for doing that. Ri-Li uses the xvfb-run wrapper to create a virtual X server environment and then executes MakeDat. I didn’t need to touch the package for more than two years and needless to say ri-li has always worked so far.  I agreed that this was probably a regression in one of ri-li’s dependencies. I immediately suspected xvfb and the xvfb-run script being the most likely cause for the build failures and after some investigation on the Internet I uploaded a new revision using the “-a” switch for xvfb-run. Unfortunately that didn’t work as expected. On the other hand I noticed that the package built fine on the official buildd network for all release architectures, not to mention on my own system. I decided that severity important would be the appropriate severity level for this issue because the majority of users was unaffected and the claim the package failed to build 99 % of the time was just wrong.

    So much for the prologue. The bug reporter disagreed with the bug severity and insisted to make #848063 release critical again. Since nobody of the Games Team wanted to do that and there were more people in a similar situation who disagreed with such a move, a thread was started on the debian-devel mailing list. I stayed away from it mainly because I already participated in the same discussions before where I got the impression that concerns were simply ignored. Also other people made a good response and expressed my views, for instance here , here and here.

    In my opinion Debian is more than just an operating system and “not an academic exercise”. I really do think that a package which fails to build from source is a bug and should be fixed but not every FTBFS is release critical, that’s why we have for example release architectures and ports. We already make distinctions and we don’t support every possible hardware configuration.  If a package FTBFS on my laptops because 64 MB RAM or a 6 GB hard disk don’t cut it anymore I’m not going to file RC bugs against the package in question, I’ll try with a slightly more powerful machine again. RC bugs are a big hammer and we should be really considerate when we file them because as a consequence, if we can’t fix them in time the package will not be part of the next stable release or even removed from Debian. We certainly don’t have a shortage of bugs and if there is disagreement we should make case-by-case decisions and not blindly act “by the book”. Threatening people to escalate bugs to Debian’s Technical Committee isn’t helpful either. I am not saying that random build failures should be ignored. There are tests which are designed to fail 50 % of the time. Obviously they are not very useful for Debian. But we have also many tests that check for real life situations, which require a specific amount of memory and disk space. I think it is a shame that we have to disable those tests or even the whole test suite if they work locally and on the official buildd network but not in a custom build environment.  I fear we don’t make Debian better but instead we “verschlimmbessern” (to improve sth. for the worse) it. Last but not least bug #848063 was never about a single vs. multi-core CPU issue, even the bug reporter agreed with this statement but apparently a lot of people who commented on debian-devel never fully read the bug report or followed closely enough.

Debian Java

Debian LTS

This was my twelfth month as a paid contributor and I have been paid to work 13 hours on Debian LTS, a project started by Raphaël Hertzog. In that time I did the following:

  • From 06. February until 13. February I was in charge of our LTS frontdesk. I triaged security issues in mp3splt, spice, gnome-keyring, irssi, gtk-vnc, php5, openpyxl, postfixadmin, sleekxmpp, mcabber, psi-plus, vim, mupdf, netpbm-free and libplist.
  • DLA-820-1. Issued a security update for viewvc fixing 1 CVE.
  • DLA-823-1. Issued a security update for tomcat7 fixing 1 CVE.
  • DLA-825-1. Issued a security update for spice fixing 2 CVE.
  • DLA-823-2. Issued a regression update for tomcat7.
  • DLA-834-1. Issued a security update for phpmyadmin fixing 1 CVE.
  • DLA-835-1. Issued a security update for cakephp fixing 1 CVE.
  • DLA-840-1. Issued a security update for libplist fixing 2 CVE.

Non-maintainer uploads

Thanks for reading and see you next time.

My Free Software Activities in January 2017

Welcome to gambaru.de. Here is my monthly report that covers what I have been doing for Debian. If you’re interested in Java, Games and LTS topics, this might be interesting for you.

Debian Games

  • In January 2017 we had the last chance to get new upstream releases into the next stable release of Debian 9 aka Stretch. Hence I packaged new versions of pygame-sdl2, renpy, fife, unknown-horizons, redeclipse and redeclipse-data and also backported Red Eclipse to Jessie.
  • I uploaded fifechan to unstable and applied an upstream patch to fix a segmentation fault (#852247) in Unknown Horizons.
  • Package cleanups and improvements: freeorion (#843538), I enabled support for mips64el again; I tidied up gtkatlantic, powermanga, lincity-ng, opencity and tecnoballz; I applied a patch from Reiner Herrmann to make the build of netpanzer reproducible (#827150); In spring I changed the build-dependency of asciidoc to asciidoc-base (#850387) although it turned out later that this wasn’t strictly needed. I also removed ConvertUTF8 related code from spring because it might be non-free. I don’t think this is necessarily true but I didn’t want to argue with Lintian in this case.
  • I sponsored a new upstream release of pentobi for Juhani Numminen.
  • I backported minetest 0.4.5 to jessie-backports and fixed #851114, which I think was not really an issue since we already provide the font sources in Debian and Minetest depends on the respective package.
  • I triaged RC bug #847812 in pysolfc, provided a patch and reassigned the issue to src:pillow. Apparently this affected a lot more 32 bit applications written in Python.

Debian Java

Debian LTS

This was my eleventh month as a paid contributor and I have been paid to work 12,75 hours on Debian LTS, a project started by Raphaël Hertzog. In that time I did the following:

  • From 16. January until 22. January I was in charge of our LTS frontdesk. I triaged security issues in imagemagick, wordpress, hesiod, opus, mysql-5.5, netbeans, groovy and zoneminder.
  • DLA-779-1. Issued a security update for Tomcat 7 fixing 1 CVE and a regression when running Tomcat with SecurityManager enabled.
  • DLA-761-2. Issued a regression update for python-bottle. (Debian bug #850176).
  • DLA-781-1 and DLA-781-2. Issued a security update for Asterisk fixing 2 CVE after I had prepared the package last month. Later Brad Barnett discovered a regression when using SIP communication and provided assistance with debugging the issue. I corrected this one in DLA-781-2.
  • DLA-792-1. Issued a security update for libphp-swiftmailer fixing 1 CVE.
  • DLA-793-1. Issued a security update for opus fixing 1 CVE.
  • DLA-794-1. Issued a security update for groovy fixing 1 CVE.
  • DLA-797-1. Issued a security update for mysql-5.5 fixing 10 CVE. The update was prepared by Lars Tangvald.
  • DLA-813-1. Issued a security update for wordpress fixing 9 CVE.

Misc

  • In xarchiver (#850103) I added binutils to the list of suggested packages, in  iftop (#850040) I applied a patch from Brian Russell and I packaged a new upstream release of mediathekview, a Java application to watch and download broadcasts from German television stations. I had to make some major packaging changes because the build system switched from Ant to Gradle but there were fewer issues than expected.

My Free Software Activities in December 2016

Welcome to gambaru.de. Here is my monthly report that covers what I have been doing for Debian. If you’re interested in Android, Java, Games and LTS topics, this might be interesting for you.

Debian Android

Debian Games

  • We have entered the final straight for Stretch, so I kept a close eye on new game releases and bug reports in packages which I think should be part of the next stable release. Bzflag is certainly one of them, a tank battling game that can be played in the first-person perspective and which has arrived in version 2.4.8. I also packaged new releases of trigger-rally, a racing game, Renpy, pygame-sdl2 and Minetest
  • Bálint Réczey introduced libopenhmd to Debian a while ago and asked me in #845657 to enable OpenHMD support for neverball. Neverball is now the first game in the archive, at least as far as I know, that is ready for virtual reality. I have never tried it though because I don’t own the necessary gear from Oculus myself but it sounds like a cool feature.
  • A user of caveexpress reported a bug (#847147) in one level that prevented him from finishing it. I forwarded this one to upstream and he was able to quickly fix the issue and I could release 2.4+git20160609-3 later.
  • I triaged several RC bugs which were reported against our D language games and it turned out that the bug was in gdc (#845377).
  • I also made some small improvements to monopd‘s packaging and applied a patch from Laurent Bigonville to Freeciv that corrected a problem with AppData files (#848720).
  • I worked around another RC FTBFS bug in spring (#846921) which is apparently a regression in binutils (#847356) but its maintainer does not consider this to be release critical.
  • I tried to fix #848063 in ri-li but it seems to surface again under special circumstances. Since compilation works on all buildds for all release architectures and on my systems I downgraded the severity to important.
  • I uploaded Bullet 2.85.1 to experimental. It is currently waiting in the NEW queue due to the SONAME bump and because I decided to simplify the packaging. I don’t think it is longer worth it to provide several standalone binary packages. All Bullet 2 and 3 core libraries can be found in libbullet2.85 now while all the extra stuff is part of libbullet-extras2.85.
  • Last but not least I released debian-games 1.7 and updated the list of games. Castle Combat was removed this month from Debian.

Debian Java

Debian LTS

This was my tenth month as a paid contributor and I have been paid to work 13,5 hours on Debian LTS, a project started by Raphaël Hertzog. In that time I did the following:

  • From 12. December until 18. December I was in charge of our LTS frontdesk. I triaged bugs in jasper, openjdk-6, bluez, game-music-emu, simplesamlphp, imagemagick, nagios3, most, rabbitmq-server, html5lib and dcmtk.
  • DLA-742-1. Issued a security update for chrony fixing 1 CVE. This update was prepared by Vincent Blut.
  • DLA-745-1. Issued a security update for most fixing 1 CVE.
  • DLA-746-1. Issued a security update for tomcat6 fixing 1 CVE and two regressions from previous updates which were reported to Debian’s bug tracker.
  • DLA-747-1. Issued a security update for libupnp fixing 1 CVE.
  • DLA-748-1. Issued a security update for libupnp4 fixing 1 CVE.
  • DLA-746-2. Issued a regression update for tomcat6.
  • DLA-753-1. Issued a security update for tomcat7 fixing 1 CVE and three regressions that were similar in nature to the ones fixed in Tomcat 6.
  • DLA-761-1. Issued a security update for python-bottle fixing 1 CVE.
  • DLA-763-1. Issued a security update for squid3 fixing 1 CVE.
  • DLA-766-1. Issued a security update for libcrypto++ fixing 1 CVE.
  • I also worked on two CVEs for Asterisk, an Open Source PBX and telephony toolkit. The work is done and can currently be found at this location. I asked on the debian-lts mailing list for feedback and testing and already got some positive feedback. I will wait a few more days before I release the security update.

Non-maintainer uploads

  • I did two NMUs this month. I sponsored an upload of libtorrent for Peter Pentchev fixing #828414 and I fixed a trivial bug in gnash myself (#845847).

My Free Software Activities in November 2016

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Debian Android Chris Lamb was so kind to send in a patch for apktool to make the build reproducible (#845475). Although this was not enough to fix the issue it set me on the right path to eventually resolve bug number 845475. Debian Games I packaged a couple . . . → Weiterlesen: My Free Software Activities in November 2016

My Free Software Activities in October 2016

Welcome to gambaru.de. Here is my monthly report that covers what I have been doing for Debian. If you’re interested in Android, Java, Games and LTS topics, this might be interesting for you.

Debian Android I sponsored and reviewed android-platform-external-libunwind and android-platform-frameworks-base for Kai-Chung. Two more packages, android-framework-23 and android-platform-tools-swt, are currently waiting in the NEW queue and hopefully they become available soon. Kai-Chung also became Debian Maintainer this month and I granted him upload permissions for android-platform-tools-base for a . . . → Weiterlesen: My Free Software Activities in October 2016

My Free Software Activities in September 2016

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Debian Android I sponsored a new upstream release of android-platform-tools-base prepared by Kai-Chung Yan and Chirayu Desai. Debian Games I packaged a new upstream release of hyperrogue, a rogue-like game settled in a non-euclidian world, fixing one RC bug (#811991). I uploaded two more revisions later that . . . → Weiterlesen: My Free Software Activities in September 2016

My Free Software Activities in August 2016

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Debian Android This was the final month of the Google Summer of Code and the students achieved the main goal of packaging the Android SDK. It is now possible to build Android apps on Debian with packages only from the main distribution (apt install android-sdk). Chirayu Desai . . . → Weiterlesen: My Free Software Activities in August 2016

My Free Software Activities in July 2016

Welcome to gambaru.de. Here is my monthly report that covers what I have been doing for Debian.

Debian Android I improved apktool’s wrapper script and replaced 1.apk with a symlink to the already existing framework-res.apk file. (#827646) For Kai-Chung I sponsored new upstream releases of android-platform-external-jsilver, android-platform-frameworks-data-binding and android-platform-libcore. I fixed two FTBFS bugs in android-platform-tools-base which were caused by a new upstream version of libhttpcore-java and a behavioral change in Gradle. I packaged a new upstream release of libsmali-java. . . . → Weiterlesen: My Free Software Activities in July 2016