October 31st 2019

Free software activities in October 2019

Here is my monthly update covering what I have been doing in the free software world during October 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, I:


diffoscope is our in-depth and content-aware diff utility that can locate and diagnose reproducibility issues. This month, I made the following changes:


I filed two patches against the r-base package for not respecting the nocheck and nodoc build profiles respectfully (#942867 & #942870) as well as filing a bug against python3-pluggy for missing a dependency on python3-importlib-metadata (#943320).


Debian LTS

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

You can find out more about the Debian LTS project via the following video:

FTP Team

As a Debian FTP assistant I ACCEPTed 25 packages: backintime, celery-batches, eslint, golang-github-containers-image, gtk-d, jsbundle-web-interfaces, networkx, node-eslint-plugin-eslint-plugin, node-eslint-plugin-node, node-eslint-scope, node-eslint-visitor-keys, node-esquery, node-file-entry-cache, node-flatted, node-functional-red-black-tree, node-ignore, node-leche, node-mock-fs, node-proxyquire, numpy, openvswitch, puppet-module-voxpupuli-collectd, pyrsistent, python-dbussy & z3.

I additionally filed 5 RC bugs against packages that had potentially-incomplete debian/copyright files against backintime, celery-batches, networkx, openvswitch & z3.

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