Archive for the 'PlanetDebian' Category

Debian archive rebuilds on Amazon Web Services

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

I like to think that archive rebuilds play an important role in Debian Quality Assurance and Release Management efforts. By trying to rebuild every Debian package from source, one can identify packages that do not build anymore due to changes in other packages (compilers, interpreters, libraries, …). It is also a good way to stress-test […]

Update of Debian Packaging Tutorial

Friday, April 13th, 2012

I’ve just updated the Debian Packaging Tutorial. This new version addresses a few comments and questions I received over the past months. Note that there are also french and spanish versions of the tutorial, and I’m of course open to adding other translations. The tutorial can be found in the packaging-tutorial package (PDF files are […]

Re: Ubuntu vs Ruby

Sunday, January 1st, 2012

(original post) > If Ubuntu 12.04 if a LTS release, and Ruby 1.8.7 goes out of support in June of > 2013, then why is the default still 1.8.7? > > Ruby 1.9.2 was released in 2010. Ruby 1.9.3 was released in October of this year. First, there’s almost nobody in the Ubuntu development community […]

dash as /bin/sh, and now ld –as-needed. Pattern?

Sunday, November 6th, 2011

I must admit that I’ve never been a big fan of the dash as /bin/sh change. I have three main problems with the switch: POSIX compliance as an argument Complying to standards is a really good thing. But when everybody is ignoring the standard because they want the comfort of newer features, maybe it’s a […]

Windows dynamic disks and debian installer ?

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

Windows has a feature called Dynamic Disks, which makes it ignore the DOS partition table and manage partitions its own ways. gparted is supposed to detect that, and warn the user that it can’t deal with that. The solution is to reboot in Windows, switch the partition back to “Basic disks”, and then proceed with […]

Why don’t cp and tar use fsync()?

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

I must admit that I’m a bit lost about the conclusions of the Don’t fear the fsync()! ( down; google cache) debate. My understanding was that using fsync() was the right thing to do when we cared about data being written to disk. When using cp or tar, I usually care about my data being written to […]


Monday, August 1st, 2011

So, the fifth Debconf I’ve had the chance to attend is clearly over now. It was great, and all organizers (and sponsors) really deserve huge “thank you” for making this event so successful. I’m already looking forward to next year’s edition. Debconf has been very productive for me. I chaired 4 sessions: the usual Quality […]

Going to RMLL (LSM) and Debconf!

Monday, July 4th, 2011

Next week, I’ll head to Strasbourg for Rencontres Mondiales du Logiciel Libre 2011. On monday morning, I’ll be giving my Debian Packaging Tutorial for the second time. Let’s hope it goes well and I can recruit some future DDs! Then, at the end of July, I’ll attend Debconf again. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to […]

Packaging tutorial update

Friday, May 27th, 2011

This week I finally used my packaging tutorial slides myself, a few days after Phil Hands used them at a UKUUG event. The tutorial is now available as a Debian package (in Debian unstable) named packaging-tutorial, and I’ve talked to debian-doc@ about linking it from appropriate places. It’s also hosted on collab-maint now, so don’t […]

Changes to Ruby in Debian (and Ubuntu)

Friday, May 27th, 2011

(this is a copy of an mail sent to ruby-core@ and ruby-talk@) Since the beginning of 2011, the Debian Ruby team has been working on several big changes. Those changes all are available in Debian unstable, some of them are also available in Debian testing, and they should all be available in the next Debian and Ubuntu releases. […]