Free software activities in January 2019

  • 31 January, 2019

Here is my monthly update covering what I have been doing in the free software world during January 2019 (previous month):


Reproducible builds

Whilst anyone can inspect the source code of free software for malicious flaws almost all software is distributed pre-compiled to end users.

The motivation behind the Reproducible Builds effort is to ensure no flaws have been introduced during this compilation process by promising identical results are always generated from a given source, thus allowing multiple third-parties to come to a consensus on whether a build was compromised.

The initiative is proud to be a member project of the Software Freedom Conservancy, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) charity focused on ethical technology and user freedom.

Conservancy acts as a corporate umbrella, allowing projects to operate as non-profit initiatives without managing their own corporate structure. If you like the work of the Conservancy or the Reproducible Builds project, please consider becoming an official supporter.


This month:


Debian LTS

This month I have worked 18 hours on Debian Long Term Support (LTS) and 12 hours on its sister Extended LTS project.


Debian uploads

  • python-django:

  • redis:

    • 5.0.3-3 — Fix FTBFS on hurd-i386 by updating a patch to avoid MAXPATHLEN reference.

    • 5.0.3-4 — Fix a cross build failure when building the Debian-suplied Lua libraries. (#919682)

  • mtools (4.0.23-1) — New upstream release, salvaging the package via #916127.

  • libfiu (0.98-2) — Honour CPPFLAGS and LDFLAGS when building shared libraries to ensure hardening is applied to generated objects.

  • bfs:

    • 1.3.1-1 & 1.3.2-1 — New upstream releases.

    • 1.3.2-2 — Only require libacl1-dev and libcap-dev on systems with the Linux kernel. (#920288)

  • redisearch:

    • 1.2.1-2 — Define CLOCK_MONOTONIC_RAW for kFreeBSD.

    • 1.2.1-3 — Check for __FreeBSD_kernel__ over __FreeBSD__ for CLOCK_MONOTONIC_RAW.

    • 1.2.1-4 — Pass -ffile-prefix-map for a reproducible build.

  • installation-birthday (12) — New upstream release.


I also performed a sponsored uploads of c-graph, connman-gtk, connman-ui and elpy.



FTP Team


As a Debian FTP assistant I ACCEPTed 85 packages: agg, akira, apt-config-auto-update, beancount, botan, cairosvg, chaosread, corosync-qdevice, deepdiff, desktopfolder, dh-vim-addon, distorm3, exempi, fava, fonts-noto, fonts-quicksand, gcc-9, gnustep-back, gnustep-base, gnustep-gui, heudiconv, ilmbase, kamailio, leaflet, leaflet-image, leaflet-markercluster, libcatmandu-filestore-perl, libgeoip2-perl, libical3, libjs-rtcpeerconnection-shim, libjs-sdp, libjs-webrtc-adapter, libjwt, liblist-utilsby-xs-perl, libmaxmind-db-reader-xs-perl, libnfs, libpillowfight, libqmatrixclient, libwin32-exe-perl, lighttpd, lix, looking-glass, lrslib, musescore-general-soundfont, musescore-general-soundfont-small, netdata, nextcloud-desktop, node-chai, node-domino, node-yarnpkg, omegat, openexr, pacemaker, package-update-indicator, pdfarranger, pkg-js-tools, plinth, pmdk, ptunnel-ng, popper.js, progress-linux, pyninjotiff, pyphen, python-shade, rdkit, ruby-asciidoctor-pdf, ruby-mini-mime, ruby-prawn-icon, ruby-prawn-svg, ruby-voight-kampff, rust-rand-0.5, rust-rand-core-0.2, rust-tokio, silkaj, slirp4netns, spirv-tools, squashfuse, twitter-bootstrap3, uglify-js, use-package, utox, valentina, vulkan-validationlayers, xdg-dbus-proxy & yaz.

I additionally filed 12 RC bugs against packages that had potentially-incomplete debian/copyright files against beancount, fava, libpillowfight, libwin32-exe-perl, netdata, netdata, openexr, pdfarranger, python-shade, rust-rand-0.5, spirv-tools ptunnel-ng & vulkan-validationlayers.