Archive for the 'PlanetDebian' Category
We have many orphaned packages in Debian. Those are packages that no longer have a maintainer willing to care for them. They are a problem for several reasons. Often, there have better alternatives (that’s often why the maintainer gave up maintenance), but users keep installing them because they show up in apt-cache search. Or, they […]
One of the common complains about Debian packaging is that it’s hard to learn because, while there is quite a lot of high-quality documentation, it is often written more as a reference manual than as a tutorial: it’s great if you already know everything and want to check some detail, but not so great if […]
It seems that Matthew Palmer misread my blog post as a complaint against developers asking for patches in exchange of pet feature requests. He really should pay more attention, since I gave “pet feature requests” as an example of case where it would be appropriate to ask for a patch: Of course, there are cases […]
There’s a frequent pattern in the Debian community where someone would suggest an improvement to some package or service, and the person responsible for it would reply with “please send a patch”. Of course, there are cases where it’s perfectly reasonable to ask for a patch: when the task is expected to take hours, or […]
Following Our Leader, I’ve just switched to using notmuch with mutt for searching (instead of maildir-utils, previously). I strongly recommend this setup to all mutt users. As a bonus, accented characters (é, è, …) are now handled correctly while searching, which is quite useful in french.
I have finally reached a decision regarding my involvement in the Debian Ruby packaging efforts. I have decided to stop. This has been a very hard decision to make. I have invested huge amounts of time in that work over the years. I still love the language, and will continue to use it on a […]
If you are having trouble connecting to the Internet using your Nokia N900 as a 3G modem with Network Manager, you should check those bugs. (In short: bug fixed upstream, but affecting the version in Debian. Using the package from Ubuntu works.)
Seen on The Ruby Reflector (a blog aggregator for the Ruby community): Under no circumstance should you install Ruby, Rubygems or any Ruby-related packages from apt-get. This system is out-dated and leads to major headaches. Avoid it for Ruby-related packages. We do Ruby, we know what’s best. Trust us. (source) It’s always nice to see […]
For the last few years, I’ve been a mostly happy customer of Sivit (now bought by Nerim). But recently, technical problems have become more frequent, and today, for the first time, a crash made me lose some data which was rather painful to restore from backups. Also, they are still stuck on with an ancient […]
Thanks to the work of Julien Viard de Galbert, UDD Bugs Search just gained the ability to help the triaging of X Strike Force bugs. He worked on the patch by installing his own copy of bugs.cgi on alioth. Don’t hesitate to do the same with your team!