Michal Čihař - Blog Archives for Debian

Happy new year!

Maybe I'm a bit late, but happy new year! I was quite silent in last days as I was having rest from computer and enjoyed real life.

What will this year bring? I will hopefully become Debian Developer, as only required step right now is account creation. This is good news for Gammu users who run Debian, as I would like to upload testing versions to experimental (as well as appropriate python-gammu builds).

What else? Some new releases of my projects :-). I'm still working on Wammu and configuration wizard. There is a bit more work than I expected, but it should be ready during January. I don't expect much new features in python-gammu, it will be just kept in sync with gammu.

The only remaining project is Ukolovnik, which is in perfect state for me, however other users request more features and I should sometimes get at least to patch merging :-).

Sonata in Debian!

Sonata has today been accepted to Debian! It is not much likely that it will be in next stable release so late, but even this might happen. Thanks to Daniel Baumann for uploading!

Closer to being DD

Christoph Berg has just recommended me to DAM, so I'm really close to be Debian Developer. Thans a lot to all people who helped me to go so fast through all needed steps!.

Double check your init scripts

You might have notice that this server had outage for whole night. I was affraid of some hardware issues, but the reason was much simpler - my init script hang and because of that server can not start. Next time I will write init script, I will definitely check whether it works correctly ;-).

Upgraded to Firefox^WIceweasel 2.0

I upgraded to Iceweasel 2.0 on most places during this week. And this convinced me to start looking for another browser. I didn't like Firefox in past much, but I was too lazy to look and start using alternatives. But this new release convinced me. It haz crazy new look. Why it doesn't look like regullar Gtk application? I'd prefer that over special custom tab bar it is currently using.

And why the hell does not Ctrl+W close window when closing last tab? Maybe it was too confusing for some users to have window closed…

PS: Oh now I see: I have to use Ctrl+Shift+W to make it close last window. Why is it not standard Ctrl+Q? And it looks like I'm not alone who complains on new Firefox :-).

Package uploads

New month has come and thus there is new upstream release of stardict-english-czech package. While preparing upload for my sponsor, I decided to go also through rest of my packages. Wammu is for quite long waiting for my sponsor, so I pinged him. nanoblogger has some open bugs, so I fixed them and sent package to sponsor. And last but not least I sent ping to debian-mentors about sponsoring sonata, which is really cool application and I'd love to see it in next Debian release. However this target seems to be quite far away as nobody was attracted by it up to now.

Dictionary in Debian!

Finally it has happenned: English-Czech dictionary has been accepted and should appear in archives on next mirror pulse. It unfortunately has to go to non-free due to GNU FDL with invariants sections, anyway it will be much easier for you to get it - no more fiddling with sources.lst!

Finally solution for automatic purge

I was wondering why aptitude doesn't automatically purge not needed packages and keeps tons of configs I don't need on my disk. If I'd read documentation, I'd have fount out is sooner, but it has to came to me through random post to debian-devel about apt-findremovable.

The solution is simple:

echo 'Aptitude::Purge-Unused "true";' >> /etc/apt/apt.conf

Yet another dunc?

It seems that Dunc-Tank is not enough, now we have also Dunc-Bank. I didn't much get idea behind Tank and how it is supposed to improve anything. In contrast to that Bank has clearly defined target and even described way to achieve that. Hopefully they don't manage to delay release much :-).

BTW: What comes next? Dunc-Gang?