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Arch Linux Weekly Newsletter

Jason Chu and Ben Mazer

Opening

Welcome to the Arch Linux Newsletter. This attempts to give you an ``at a glance'' look at the world of Arch Linux.

News

This Week in Dev Land

ArchStats Updates

To participate, visit: http://archstats.coding-zone.com
Number of registered systems: 307
Date first system was registered: 20031017 [22:24:30]
Most recent update occurred: 20040321 [17:29:15]
Longest recorded uptime: 175 days, 22 hours, 51 minutes, 55 seconds
Average uptime: 4 days, 8 hours, 2 minutes, 16 seconds
Lowest kernel version: 2.4.21
Highest kernel version: 2.6.4
Least packages installed on a system: 44
Average installed packages: 254
Most packages installed on a system: 563

Discussions

Forum Highlights

Mailing List Highlights

TUR Mailing List

We welcome Brice Carpentier as our newest Trusted User. We are still looking for more packagers, so contact the other TUs for the details on sponsorship (or email the TUR Mailing List).

Testing has really ramped up this week, and many packages were moved to and from staging. Expect INCOMING to get cleaner in the next few weeks. For any would-be submitters though, please make sure your package isn't already made in INCOMING, STAGING, or the official repos. We don't need any extra clutter during the cleanup process.

Packages

Package Highlights

New Packages

gtk-doc 1.2-1
xchat 2.0.8-1
xine-ui 0.9.23-2
phpmyadmin 2.5.6-1
pam_mysql 0.5-2
autofs 4.0.0-3
flac 1.1.0-4
avidemux 2.0.22-3
glabels 1.93.3-2
raptor 1.1.0-2
etherape 0.9.0-2
jabberd 2.0s2-2
stunnel 4.04-3
vtun 2.6-3
spamassassin 2.63-2
cyrus-sasl 2.1.18-2
osiris 2.4.4-2
squid 2.5.STABLE5-2
ucspi-ssl 0.50-2
gphpedit 0.9.10-2
mlview 0.6.2-2
conglomerate 0.7.12-2
grip 3.1.6-1
mono 0.31-1
dcraw 1.178-1
rhythmbox 0.6.5-2
vte 0.11.10-3
yelp 2.4.2-3
nautilus-gtkhtml 0.3.2-2
orbit2 2.8.3-2
nautilus-cd-burner 0.6.0-2
nautilus 2.4.2-3
libgtkhtml 2.4.1-2
libsoup 1.99.26-2
libgnomeui 2.4.0.1-3
libgnomeprint 2.4.2-2
libgnomeprintui 2.4.2-2
libgnomecanvas 2.4.0-3
libbonoboui 2.4.3-3
libgnome 2.4.0-2
gtkhtml 3.0.10-2
libbonobo 2.4.3-2
gnome-vfs-extras 0.99.11-2
gnome-utils 2.4.1-3
gnome-vfs 2.4.2-2
gnome-themes-extras 0.6-2
gnome-terminal 2.4.2-4
gnome-session 2.4.2-2
gnome-panel 2.4.2-3
gnome-mime-data 2.4.1-2
gnome-icon-theme 1.0.9-2
gnome-media 2.4.1.1-3
gnome-desktop 2.4.1.1-2
gnome-games 2.4.2-2
gnome-applets 2.4.2-3
gnome2-user-docs 2.4.1-2
magicdev 1.1.6-2
quick-lounge-applet 2.0.3-2
libgnomeuimm 2.0.0-2
libgnomecanvasmm 2.0.1-2
libgnomemm 2.0.1-2
libglademm 2.0.1-2
gconfmm 2.0.1-2
ghostscript 7.07.1-5
gucharmap 1.2.0-2
gtksourceview 0.7.0-2
netspeed-applet 0.9.2-2
gdeskcal 0.57.1-2
ghex 2.4.1-2
libzvt 2.0.1-2
gcalctool 4.3.42-2
eog 2.4.1-2
file-roller 2.4.4-3
gst-plugins 0.6.4-6
nautilus-media 0.3.4-2
gnomeicu 0.99-3
grcm 0.1.5-2
epiphany 1.0.7-2
acme 2.4.2-3
at-spi 1.3.9-3
bug-buddy 2.4.2-3
control-center 2.4.0-4
eel 2.4.2-3
gail 1.4.1-3
gal 1.99.11-2
gconf 2.4.0.1-2
gconf-editor 2.4.0-2
gdm 2.4.4.7-2
gstreamer 0.6.5-2
gnome-common 2.4.0-3
xine-lib 1rc3b-2
mplayer-plugin 2.50-2
reiserfsprogs 3.6.14-1
samba 3.0.2-3
apache 2.0.49-1
jade 1.2.1-1
sylpheed-claws 0.9.10-3
parted 1.6.7-1
lprng 3.8.24-2
elinks 0.9.1-2
kdelibs 3.2.1-2
gtk-perl 0.7009-4
socat 1.3.2.2-1
came 1.7-2
sylpheed 0.9.10-2
ssldump 0.9b3-2
rdesktop 1.3.1-2
psi 0.9.1-4
ntp 4.2.0-2
epic4 1.2.9-1
centericq 4.9.10-2
openssh 3.8p1-3
openldap 2.1.25-2
python 2.3.3-3
nmap 3.50-3
pine 4.58-2
openssl 0.9.7d-1
ruby 1.8.1-2
php 4.3.4-7
openvpn 1.5.0-3
gkrellm 2.1.28-2
mysql 4.0.18-2
mutt 1.4.2-2
w3m 0.4.2-3
xchat 2.0.7-2
lftp 2.6.12-2
licq 1.2.7-2
links 2.1pre14-3
gftp 2.0.16-2
irssi 0.8.9-2
ethereal 0.10.2-2
curl 7.11.0-2
tcpdump 3.8.1-3
wget 1.9.1-2
imap 2002e-3
bind 9.2.3-2
cups 1.1.20-2
postgresql 7.4.2-2
wvstreams 3.74.0-2
ntop 3.0pre2-2
perlxml 2.34-2
tin 1.7.4-1
intltool 0.30-1
gpm 1.20.1-4
httrack 3.31-1
librep 0.16.1-2
j2re 1.4.2_04-1
cgoban2 2.5.7-1
swi-prolog 5.2.13-1
j2sdk 1.4.2_04-1
xawtv 3.91-1
bochs 2.1.1-1
subversion 1.0.1-1
firestarter 0.9.2-3
bittorrent 3.4.1a-1
xosd 2.2.5-3
abcde 2.1.15-1
gtodo 0.14-1
wxpython 2.4.2.4-2
mjpegtools 1.6.2-1
xvidcore 1.0.0-1
transcode 0.6.12-1
vlc 0.7.1-1
ffmpeg 0.4.8-2
dbh 1.0.18-1
pipemeter 0.9.2-1
wdm 1.26-2
scummvm 0.6.0-1
cyrus-sasl 2.1.18-1
fox 1.0.51-1
abcm2ps 3.7.18-1
abcm2ps-devel 4.3.2-1
jabberd 2.0s2-1
pam 0.77-6
util-linux 2.12-2
flashplugin 6.0r81-1
kdevelop 3.0.2-4
wput 0.3.6-1
gnome-alsamixer 0.9.6-1
gtkscintilla2 0.1.0-1
gphpedit 0.9.10-1
alsa-lib 1.0.3-3
clamav 0.68-1
evolution 1.4.6-1
cabextract 1.0-1
postfix 2.0.19-1
mono 0.30.2-1
coreutils 5.2.1-1
pal 0.3.3-1
liferea 0.4.6e-1

STAGING Listing

To get access to this repository and the TURs, go to: http://tur.archlinux.org/
logjam 4.3.2-s2
briquolo 0.4.2-1
amule 1.2.6-s1
cdw 0.2.2-s1
chromium 0.9.12-1
cups-pdf 1.4.1-s1
fftw3 3.0.1-1
cln 1.1.6-1
giftui 0.3.1-1
gksu 1.0.3-s1
gmencoder 0.1.0-s1
aspell-fr 0.50.1-1
gnome-cups-manager 0.17-1
gnotime 2.1.7-s1
hexedit 1.2.9-s1
gp 0.26-1
gtk-smooth-engine 0.5.6-s1
windowlab 1.23-s1
gtkglext 1.0.5-s1
gtkglextmm 1.0.1-s1
sylpheed-gtk2 0.9.9-s1
ion-devel 20030814-1
gocr 0.39-s1
kbarcode 1.6.1-s1
ksambaplugin 0.5b2-1
labplot 1.2.2-1
libchipcard 0.9.1-1
libgnomecups 0.1.6-1
libksba 0.4.7-1
ether-wake 1.09-1
gxmame 0.34b-1
libofx 0.6.4-1
putty 0.54-s2
fluxter 0.1.0-1
catdoc 0.93.3-1
loudmouth 0.15.1-s1
lwm 1.2.0-1
mage 6.30.030607-1
materm 0.1-1
mlview 0.6.2-1
monopd 0.9.0-s1
mp3burn 0.3.1-1
ms-sys 1.1.1-1
panorama-tools 2.6bml12-s1
parse-yapp 1.05-1
kshutdown 0.1.6-s1
pixieplus 0.5.4-1
potrace 1.2-1
potracegui 0.3-s1
prekin 6.30.030607-1
prizm 0.2-s1
pychecker 0.8.13-s1
pygtkglext 1.0.1-s1
scribus-devel 1.1.5-s1
scribus-docs 1.0.1-s1
seahorse 0.7.3-2
shaaft 0.5.0-1
smb4k 0.3.1-1
smclone 0.55-1
gtk-sharp 0.17-1
spe 0.4.2c-s1
gifsicle 1.40-1
texmacs 1.0.3.3-s1
tla 1.1-2
tse3 0.2.7-1
ttf-cheapskate 0.1-2
universalkopete 0.1-1
klogic 1.6-s1
xfce4-fsguard-plugin 0.2.0-s1
xfce4-xmms-plugin 0.1.1-s1
xml-dom 1.43-1
xml-regexp 0.03-1
xml-xql 0.68-1 xpenguins_themes 1.0-1
xtermset 0.5.1-s1
xv 3.10a-1
xymms 0.9.1-s1
sip 3.10.1-s1
qscintilla 1.2-s1
tnftp 20030825-1
muine 0.5.0-2
adns-python 1.0.0-1
straw 0.22.1-1
htmldoc 1.8.23-1
si3d 1.2-1
xfree86-freefonts-fonts 0.10-1
pil 1.1.4-s1
esmtp 0.5.0-1
gkrellm_amiconnected 0.6-1
gkrellmseti 0.7.0b-1
meld 0.9.1-1
msmtp 0.7.1-1
nautilus_thumbnailers 0.0.3-1
ne 1.20-1
njam 1.00-1
opera 7.23-0.1
qalculate 0.3.1-1
xfig 3.2.4-1
yabasic 2.743-1
gossip 0.7.4-1
pyxml 0.8.3-s1
skencil 0.6.16-s1
bfilter 0.9.3-1

Problems

Bugs

Bugs Closed This Week

582. openssh-3.8p1-2 package corrupt
577. cdrdao isn't found during makepkg
580. perlxml dependencies
464. Mozilla 1.6 package has broken permissions.
545. gtk-perl-0.7009-3 install problems
568. perlxml install errors
556. gnupg installs to non-standard directories
574. licq fails to download
575. e2fsprogs warnings after come
573. nfs-utils warnings after compile
569. librep dependencies
563. mc segfault after Ctrl-o (gpm problem)
570. The windowmaker homepage is wrong
507. APR conflicts with APACHE
272. xosd should have gdk-pixbuf as dep
382. abcde's conf file
562. firestarter pkg only works with kernel 2.xx
291. wxpython missing dependency
514. ffmpeg needs fixing.
501. mplayer-plugin missing dep
558. default wdm-pam configuration makes wdm unusable
557. util-linux patched for encrypted drives
554. tin needs "ncurses" dependency
432. gnome-vfs-extras missing dependency
229. pacman group "xfce4-themes"
438. the Xfce group doesnt have xfce4-mixer
544. Spamassassin needs openssl as a dependency
547. gkrellweather does not show values
551. /sys is missing (kernel26)

Bugs Opened This Week

588. evolution needs indent as a makedepend
587. flac needs a refresh...
586. latex2html fails to compile
585. fakeroot fails to download
584. i8kmon fails to compile
583. gtk 2.4 reminder
581. wxWindows changed their name to wxWidgets
579. xdiskusage dependencies
578. ogle dependecy problem
576. tetex compile error
572. libsndfile unable to be downloaded
571. Static version of libX11 and libXext
567. motion cannot be installed
566. replace /bin/su with file from coreutils
565. lisa (kdenetwork) is missing a startup script in /etc/rc.d/
564. List of files neede to compile third party kernel modules with 2.6
561. gdk-pixbuf dependencies
560 . bomberclone needs sdl
559 . ClanLib [please those basic libs with all the -enable that are recommended] plzz
555. numeric needs glibc as dependency

Closing

As a side note, I have started a project that attempts to test random packages already in the repositories. In it's current state, the packaging system ignores packages once they're in the official trees until an error is found. This makes many mistakes go unnoticed. I'm calling this the "Package Review Project". You can read all the info at: http://arch.gooeylinux.org. My hope is that the developers will eventually accept it and widespread testing can occur. Eventually I'd like to create a network of testers that could be used by the developers to test major changes (e.g. GTK 2.4 or the new OpenSSL).

We already have a few dedicated testers, and I'd like to thank Lavapunk for his hard work. He's tested just about every package I've listed. He has also found many packaging errors, and is helping to prove how needed this system is.

That's all for this week. Stay tuned for more exciting Arch Linux development.

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