Jessie Countdown: 5

Five contributors became uploading Debian Developers so far in 2015 (source:


I like how reminds me of things I used to have time for, and motivates me to find some for them.

Never too late for bug-squashing

With over a hundred RC bugs still outstanding for Jessie, there’s never been a better time to host a bug-squashing party in your local area. Here’s how I do it. At home is fine, if you don’t mind guests. You don’t need to seek out a sponsor and borrow or hire office space. If there…

Alcester BSP, day three

We have had a rather more successful weekend then I feared, as you can see from our log on the wiki page. Steve reproduced and wrote patches for several installer/bootloader bugs, and Neil and I spent significant time in a maze of twist zope packages (we have managed to provide more diagnostics on the bug,…

Alcester BSP, day two

Neil has abandoned his reputation as an RM machine, and instead concentrated on making the delayed queue as long as he can. I’m reliably informed that it’s now at a 3-year high. Steve is delighted that his reigning-in work is finally having an effect.

Alcester BSP, day one

Perhaps I should say evening one, since we didn’t get going until nine or so. I have mostly been processing unblocks – 13 in all. We have a delayed upload and a downgrade in the pipeline, plus a tested diff for Django. Predictably, Neil had the one and only removal request so far.

Getting things into Jessie (#7)

Keep in touch We don’t really have a lot of spare capacity to check up on things, so if we ask for more information or send you away to do an upload, please stay in touch about it. Do remove a moreinfo tag if you reply to a question and are now waiting for us again. Do…

On kFreeBSD and FOSDEM

Boy I love rumours. Recently I’ve heard two, which I ought to put to rest now everybody’s calmed down from recent events. kFreeBSD isn’t an official Jessie architecture because <insert systemd-related scare story> Not true. Our sprint at ARM (who kindly hosted and caffeinated us for four days) was timed to coincide with the Cambridge…

Getting things into Jessie (#6)

If it’s not in an unblock bug, we probably aren’t reading it We really, really prefer unblock bugs to anything else right now (at least, for things relating to Jessie). Mails on the list get lost, and IRC is dubious. This includes for pre-approvals. It’s perfectly fine to open an unblock bug and then find…

Getting things into Jessie (#5)

Don’t assume another package’s unblock is a precedent for yours Sometime we’ll use our judgement when granting an unblock to a less-than-straightforward package. Lots of factors go into that, including the regression risk, desirability, impact on other packages (of both acceptance and refusal) and trust. However, a judgement call on one package doesn’t automatically mean…