I have no more time to support the following packages in the Fedora.
jack-audio-connection-kit -- The Jack Audio Connection Kit
klamav -- Clam Anti-Virus on the KDE Desktop
man-pages-uk -- Ukrainian man pages from the Linux Documentation Project
python-alsa -- Python binding for the ALSA library
qstat -- Real-time Game Server Status for FPS game servers
uniconvertor -- Universal vector graphics translator
With Best Regards,
I just orphaned gdk-pixbuf in pkgdb.
It failed the mass rebuild, not much left that depends on it, and
nothing I need. ;)
% repoquery --source --whatrequires gdk-pixbuf
So, if anyone really really really wants to keep it alive, feel free to
take it and fix it so it builds and works. ;)
This is something I got in my mail box today.
As I don't have a valid answer for this, maybe someone else can answer for me?
the url of the blog of the guy: http://www.krisbuytaert.be/blog/
== the mail ==
Over the course of the day I recieved 22^3 mails from your friendly Bug Zapper.
Most of those bugs where bugs I had reported upon crashes using
bug-buddy. Bugs on different desktop tools such as .. synergy,
evolution, gwibber , gnome-settings and probably some others
I do understand that I development goes on and on .. and your fancy
devs don't care anymore about
bugs I reported on Fedora 12 as they are all hacking on Fedora 15.
But what I don't get is that non of these bugs was ever touched,
they've been automatically created , and automatically closed
<a href="http://tieguy.org/blog/2004/09/">Luis</a> already told us
ages ago .. that every project needs a bugmaster apparently Fedora
replaced that bugmaster with a Bug Zapper.
So can someone please explain my why I should continue to try to
improve Fedora by reporting bugs ?
I decided to try to help the cause of Bayesian statistics and the open
source effort of the OpenBUGS group (http://www.openbugs.info/w/) by
making some packages. In case you are not a statistically-inclined
person, it is worth knowing that Bayesian Updating with Gibbs Sampling
(BUGS) has caused something of a methodological landslide since the
early 1990s, helping scholars to model processes that were thought to
be too difficult.
In Linux, we do not have access to the OpenBUGS GUI, which
I've built deb and rpm packages for RedHat, Fedora and Ubuntu. They
are available in my webspace and in the project.
I wish these could be in the official linux repositories, but I've not
tried to put these into an official repository because there are 2
problems that seem prohibitive.
First, the (now open) code for OpenBugs is written in Object Pascal
and it requires a compiler framework called "Black Box" which is, as
far as I can understand, available only for MS Windows. The OpenBUGS
team compiles that library, and then for linux we use some accessor
scripts to send jobs to it.
This, of course, goes against the packaging policy that pre-compiled
libraries are prohibited.
I was wondering if there could be an exception here, since the code is
actually available and open. This is more reasonable than
re-packaging the closed Nvidia drivers, for example.
Second, there is a little packaging problem for 64 bit systems. The
library that is provided is only 32 bit, and to build it for a 64 bit
system, there is a somewhat confusing situation. The library itself
gets put into /usr/lib, which is supposed to be for 64 bit libraries.
And to make the whole thing package up in a workable way, the arch
ends up saying the packge is x86_64, even though it is only 32 bit.
To run OpenBUGS on a 64 bit system, one h as to install the 32bit libc
I've built the RPM on a 32bit system, it comes out with the proper x86
target in the file name,but that package will not instlal on the 64
bit systems. Should it? (As I said, I can build the package on the 64
bit system, and it comes out with a 64 bit file name, but it is really
32 bits.). Oh, bother, this is confusing to me, I can't imagine your
On the other hand, the ones I build on a 64 bit system:
Show up with 64bit names even though they are 32 bit programs:
In the current Fedora framework, I can't understand if that is
supposed to happen.
Paul E. Johnson
Professor, Political Science
1541 Lilac Lane, Room 504
University of Kansas
Just a quick heads-up that I plan to look unto packaging the
gnome shell frippery extensions this weekend, if you've the
same plans or are already working on this, please let me know.
So we can avoid doing double work.
I plan to use 1 subpackage per extension of the frippery
extension collection, so that people can install only those
which they want without automatically getting all of
I propose to retire bittorrent (the original python client) for the
reasons outlined below. If anyone's interested in taking it over
instead, please apply on the package database and I'll transfer
ownership. Think carefully before you act though!
Well, not actually dead but upstream has gone closed-source as of
version 6 so it's effectively dead.
Upstream's last open-source release (code dump really) was 5.3
(http://download.bittorrent.com/dl/), which was little more than a GPL
re-licensing of 5.2.2 and a dump of upstream VCS content. Fedora has
been stuck with 4.4.0 though with its PyGTK GUI because the "new" GUI in
version 5 was a rewrite with wxGTK but it didn't work with wxGTK > 2.6
(http://bugzilla.redhat.com/223623) and so was unusable in Fedora.
I believe Mandriva "solved" this problem by having transmission obsolete
bittorrent-gui and just shipping the console version.
http://bugzilla.redhat.com/189072 (bittorrent doesn't die gracefully)
http://bugzilla.redhat.com/189295 (bittorrent is not utf-8 aware)
http://bugzilla.redhat.com/237254 (translations not working since python
http://bugzilla.redhat.com/246879 (LSB-ize initscripts)
http://bugzilla.redhat.com/489810 (bittorrent stops seeding files, even
when "seed indefinitely" is checked)
http://bugzilla.redhat.com/630569 (traceback due to argument parsing error)
http://bugzilla.redhat.com/678710 (crash due to not running via provided
http://bugzilla.redhat.com/707637 (RFE upgrade to 5.x)
Some of these are probably quite easily fixed by someone that knows
their python and is willing to dive into the code but they would have to
be prepared to the de-facto new upstream maintainer if they wanted to
take it on.
Doesn't Obey Protocol:
The bittorrent client is actually blocked on at least one major site due
to violating the protocol and hammering the tracker with announcements:
http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Features/Trusted_Boot is a proposed
feature for F16. We've traditionally had a hard objection to the
functionality because it required either the distribution or downloading
of binary code that ran on the host CPU, but it seems that there'll
shortly be systems that incorporate the appropriate sinit blob in their
BIOS, which is a boundary we've traditionally been fine with.
However, this is the kind of feature that has a pretty significant
impact on the distribution as a whole. Fesco decided that we should
probably have a broader discussion about the topic. The most obvious
issues are finding a sensible way to incorporate this into Anaconda, but
it's also then necessary to make sure that bootloader configuration is
Outside that, is there any other impact? Does tboot perform any
verification of the kernels, and if so how is that configured? Is the
expectation that an install configured with TXT will only boot trusted
kernels, and if so what mechanism is used to verify the kernel? Is there
any further integration work that has to be performed for this to be
Matthew Garrett | mjg59(a)srcf.ucam.org
Now that systemd is used by default, I think it is time to deprecate
For those unfamiliar with it, portreserve is a small utility which binds
specific network ports early on during the boot process, so that
services using those ports can claim them when they start. The point is
to avoid accidental clashes when services use random unbound privileged
Currently portreserve has a SysV initscript. It doesn't make a lot of
sense to migrate it to a systemd service unit because of the fact that
systemd avoids the problem.
Any objections to this?
Relevant bug report: