Archive for the 'Technology' Category

Rebuilding the archive with dash as /bin/sh

Saturday, January 5th, 2008

I rebuilt all Debian packages twice. The first time with bash as /bin/sh, and the second time with dash as /bin/sh. About 120 packages built fine with bash, but failed to build with dash. I filed all the bugs that weren’t filed already. Then I debdiff’d the resulting binary packages, and found about 40 packages […]


Tuesday, December 4th, 2007

I didn’t know about that movie. Funny. Will try to remember to use the poster in a databases course ;-)

Some numbers about Debian’s history

Sunday, November 4th, 2007

There’s an interesting article on about Gentoo: Who made Gentoo Linux, and when? A commit analysis I was wondering how Debian compared, so I made some stats using the debian-devel-changes archives. First, the number of source uploads per quarter: It’s interesting to note that, while the number of packages in Debian increased a lot, […]

Better to improve our sponsorship workflow?

Wednesday, October 24th, 2007

I recently sponsored several uploads, and was asked to sponsor even more uploads, and that got me thinking about our sponsorship workflow. It’s a clear bottleneck in Debian, and discourages many new contributors, which obviously sucks. It’s important to note that the same problems exist in Ubuntu (their equivalent to is named REVU). The […]

Re: Giving credit where due?

Thursday, October 18th, 2007

Christian Perrier is wondering why the official announcement about the Gutsy release does not even contain the word “Debian”. It’s not new: Debian is virtually nonexistent in Ubuntu’s communication. It seems that the last Ubuntu release to acknowledge its Debian origins was Dapper (June 2006), maybe because that was the “Long Term Support” release. The […]

Selling Debian tasks

Thursday, October 4th, 2007

In a lot of talks or blog posts (like Sam’s talk at RMLL, or Raphaël’s blog posts – both in french), people have been talking about what people could do inside Debian, and how it would help Debian. That doesn’t sound like the best approach to me. When describing tasks with the objective of getting […]

ZFS as LVM killer … really?

Friday, September 28th, 2007

From the ZFS FAQ: Can devices be removed from a ZFS pool? You can remove a device from a mirrored ZFS configuration by using the zpool detach command. Removal of a top-level vdev, such as an entire RAID-Z group or a disk in an unmirrored configuration, is not currently supported. This feature is planned for […]

Compiz interest

Wednesday, September 26th, 2007

From time to time, I try Compiz, to see if how it has evolved. The last time was yesterday (I also switched to the xserver-xorg-driver-ati from experimental). But as usual, after using it for a few minutes, I can’t help switching back to metacity. I don’t think that Compiz’s visual effects bring anything on the […]

creating a “Distributions Developers Forum”: follow-up

Saturday, September 22nd, 2007

After that blog post, I decided to write a mail asking a first set of questions. I sent it to developers’ mailing lists of Fedora, Gentoo, Mandriva, openSUSE, and of course Debian and Ubuntu. I got really interesting answers from everyone, except …. Debian and Ubuntu. I want to wait some more before publishing the […]

Better Debian RC bugs graphs

Tuesday, September 18th, 2007

if you like to monitor the number of RC bugs, you are probably annoyed by the graph on The graph starts in 2003, making it impossible to read short-time changes. There’s a bug about that: #431299: RC bug status graph timescale is too long. And I provided a patch a few months ago, but […]