Michal Čihař - Blog Archives for Debian

Ubuntu bugs for second time

It looks like my post about bugs in Ubuntu has received a bit more attention than I expected for few lines of ranting :-). Most interesting reactions came to Lucas Nussbaum's blog.

There were nice explanations how it is supposed to work, but the problem is that people out there can not manage that amount of bugs. It is possible, that for some core packages, they manage to do the job. However most bug reports will probably go to some leaf packages, which are not that important, but lot of people use them.

I started to interest in bugs in Ubuntu when I noticed that there is some huge number of bugs linked on phpMyAdmin's PTS page. There was something like 50 too much bugs. After quick look I could see that most of them are duplicates. After little fight with ajaxy interface, I even managed to mark most of them as duplicates and fix it in Debian package. But as somebody with no knowledge of Ubuntu (and not willing to learn internals of yet another distribution, I think Debian and OpenSUSE is enough), I really have no idea what could be done to push some bug fix to existing release. So once some Ubuntu release (The Lucid Lynx in this case) got new version, I marked the bug as fixed. This is probably not that nice to users, but somebody from Ubuntu community should take care of them.

Off-topic PS: If anybody is interested in Google Wave invitations, just write me an email, I currently have 15 without any use.

Ubuntu bugs

For quite a long time I wonder, if there is anybody looking at bugs reported in Ubuntu. Whenever I look at bugs reported in Ubuntu on some of packages I maintain in Debian, there is huge amount of them. Most of them are simple duplicates, but still it indicates that nobody have looked at them. Some are simply something what should be forwarded upstream, while some are clearly packaging bugs, which I usually fix. However I think there should be somebody at Ubuntu side looking at them and forwarding them to right place...

Back home from Spain

Yesterday I arrived back from Spain and DebConf, so I should be finally back on track to process mails, bug reports and other similar things. If you're waiting for my reply more than month, you should be soon handled ;-).

I really enjoyed DebConf and meeting all the people there. And as well I did enjoy rest of travel through Spain. Except the day when they stole my backpack in Barcelona. But I can hardly do anything about that, it just made my vacation quite expensive because loosing my DSLR camera with lenses.

Good bye Cáceres

It has been really nice week in here, but it's time to leave. Last night, wake up in the morning and leave by train (in my case to explore Barcelona).

Thanks to all people who organised DebConf 9, from my POV everything went really smoothly and I enjoyed time here. I finally met people I meet daily on the mailing lists and now I can finally imagine people behind those email addresses.

Now it's time to pack my things and finally have some sleep, otherwise I will not be able to wake up tomorrow and I will miss my hardly booked train.

Time of changes in Debian?

It looks like some things will be changing in Debian in next months. The most known thing which is already widespread know is switching to time based freeze cycles, what should make us synchronised with Ubuntu LTS release cycles. This gives advantage of sharing work done on security support, because both distribution will be quite similar code base.

The other thing which we saw today is new website proposal. From what I could see in the audience, it has been accepted quite positively, so maybe Debian will finally have nice looking website in (near?) future. The discussion showed up that also somebody else is working on that, so we will have even two competing proposals. I just hope it will not end up in some huge flamewar :-).

I love Spanish Railways

I never thought I will have such big trouble to buy train tickets online. Some hints for anybody who has not managed it so far:

  • Do not even try to register in English, it will fail for some obscure reason.
  • Once the thing has failed, it has so broken javascript that you have to reload it.
  • Relax your spam filters, otherwise you will not get any mail from them.
  • If you have only one credit card, you might be lost. Mine did not work and I had to use another one.
  • Be patient, when your third payment attempt ended nowhere.
  • If you are not sure whether you booked or not, you can find existing bookings under Mis viajes / Impresión.

But finally I have the tickets from Caceres to Barcelona. I'm going to manage rest on the way.

Going to DebConf 09

I finally managed myself to book the flights and ask for vacation, so yes, I'm going to DebConf 09. Will be there for whole DebConf and I will travel around Spain a bit before and after.

Going to DebConf

PS: I will come there also with new PGP keys to sign, see announcement.

Lenny Release General Resolution

Hmm, again another general resolution. Yes, but this one seems to be really tricky. During discussion, several almost unrelated options have been merged into single vote, what really does not make it easy to understand and choose preferred option. Yes they are related in the way that they will affect time of Lenny release, but I think splitting it into several votes would make more sense.

On the other side, Lenny release is getting delayed more and more and boycotting this vote also does not seem as a good choice to me. Such choice will practically delay Lenny release after another decision will be made or all firmware issues will be solved. And neither of these choices seems to be possible to happen in a timely manner...

Double check what you do

I just wanted to fix some RC bugs till I'll go home, so I looked at the list of open ones and randomly chosen two bugs about roxen fonts which looked like low hanging fruits. Both were in fact same issue, just copied to two packages.

I worked on the fix, creating some intermediate version and then I finally wanted to upload the package. Unfortunately in this step I somehow managed to use the intermediate version, which did not really fix the issue. As packages were already uploaded, there was not much I could do except yet another NMU, now with full set of changes.

Just as accepted emails arrived I also noticed that I messed up bug numbers in changelog - I used same bug number in both changelogs. Okay, manually closing the bug worked around this.

But now I'm afraid what else did I mess up. Probably it's time to go for a dinner and stop working on computer for now :-).

More fun with phpMyAdmin package in Debian

When finishing series of articles about Debian packaging and writing about dbconfig-common, I just had to ask myself, why it is not used in phpMyAdmin package. I did not find any reason and as Thijs did not have any objections, I hacked it together this evening.

So what you will get? All fancy features where phpMyAdmin requires it's database to manage some additional features. For example you can create PDF pages with structure of your database, add additional comments to databases, notice relations between MyISAM tables, etc. Simply see wiki for more details.

Besides this, phpMyAdmin is now automatically configured to use database you choose using dbconfig-common, so you can also connect to remote MySQL server without manually configuring anything.

The only thing which scares me a bit is that we now increased a lot number of debconf questions user has to reply by this...