Systemd again (or how to obliterate your system)

Ok, I have been silent about systemd and its being forced onto us in Debian like force-feeding Foie gras gooses. I have complained about systemd a few times (here and here), but what I read today really made me loose my last drips of trust I had in this monster-piece of software.

If you are up for some really surprising read about the main figure behind systemd, enjoy this github issue. It’s about a bug that simply does the equivalent of rm -rf / in some cases. The OP gave clear indications, the bug was fixes immediately, but then a comment from the God Poettering himself appeared that made the case drip over:

I am not sure I’d consider this much of a problem. Yeah, it’s a UNIX pitfall, but “rm -rf /foo/.*” will work the exact same way, no?Lennart Poettering, systemd issue 5644

Well, no, a total of 1min would have shown him that this is not the case. But we trust this guy the whole management of the init process, servers, logs (and soon our toilet and fridge management, X, DNS, whatever you ask for).

There are two issues here: One is that such a bug is lurking in systemd since probably years. The reason is simple – we pay with these kinds of bugs for the incredible complexity increase of the init process which takes over too much services. Referring back to the Turing Award lecture given by Hoare, we see that systemd took the later path:

I conclude that there are two ways of constructing a software design: One way is to make it so simple that there are obviously no deficiencies and the other way is to make it so complicated that there are no obvious deficiencies. Antony Hoare, Turing Award Lecture 1980

The other issue is how systemd developers deal with bug reports. I have reported several cases here, this is just another one: Close the issue for comments, shut up, put it under the carpet.

(Image credit: The musings of an Indian Faust)

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Calibre on Debian

Calibre is the prime open source e-book management program, but the Debian releases often lag behind the official releases. Furthermore, the Debian packages remove support for rar packed e-books, which means that several comic book formats cannot be handled.

Thus, I have published a local repository targeting Debian/sid of calibre with binaries for amd64 where rar is enabled and as far as possible the latest version is included.

deb http://www.preining.info/debian/ calibre main
deb-src http://www.preining.info/debian/ calibre main

The releases are signed with my Debian key 0x6CACA448860CDC13

Enjoy

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Debian/TeX Live January 2017

As the freeze of the next release is closing in, I have updated a bunch of packages around TeX: All of the TeX Live packages (binaries and arch independent ones) and tex-common. I might see whether I get some updates of ConTeXt out, too.
texlive2016-debian

The changes in the binaries are mostly cosmetic: one removal of a non-free (unclear-free) file, and several upstream patches got cherrypicked (dvips, tltexjp contact email, upmendex, dvipdfmx). I played around with including LuaTeX v1.0, but that breaks horribly with the current packages in TeX Live, so I refrained from it. The infrastructure package tex-common got a bugfix for updates from previous releases, and for the other packages there is the usual bunch of updates and new packages. Enjoy!

New packages

arimo, arphic-ttf, babel-japanese, conv-xkv, css-colors, dtxdescribe, fgruler, footmisx, halloweenmath, keyfloat, luahyphenrules, math-into-latex-4, mendex-doc, missaali, mpostinl, padauk, platexcheat, pstring, pst-shell, ptex-fontmaps, scsnowman, stanli, tinos, undergradmath, yaletter.

Updated packages

acmart, animate, apxproof, arabluatex, arsclassica, babel-french, babel-russian, baskervillef, beamer, beebe, biber, biber.x86_64-linux, biblatex, biblatex-apa, biblatex-chem, biblatex-dw, biblatex-gb7714-2015, biblatex-ieee, biblatex-philosophy, biblatex-sbl, bidi, calxxxx-yyyy, chemgreek, churchslavonic, cochineal, comicneue, cquthesis, csquotes, ctanify, ctex, cweb, dataref, denisbdoc, diagbox, dozenal, dtk, dvipdfmx, dvipng, elocalloc, epstopdf, erewhon, etoolbox, exam-n, fbb, fei, fithesis, forest, glossaries, glossaries-extra, glossaries-french, gost, gzt, historische-zeitschrift, inconsolata, japanese-otf, japanese-otf-uptex, jsclasses, latex-bin, latex-make, latexmk, lt3graph, luatexja, markdown, mathspec, mcf2graph, media9, mendex-doc, metafont, mhchem, mweights, nameauth, noto, nwejm, old-arrows, omegaware, onlyamsmath, optidef, pdfpages, pdftools, perception, phonrule, platex-tools, polynom, preview, prooftrees, pst-geo, pstricks, pst-solides3d, ptex, ptex2pdf, ptex-fonts, qcircuit, quran, raleway, reledmac, resphilosophica, sanskrit, scalerel, scanpages, showexpl, siunitx, skdoc, skmath, skrapport, smartdiagram, sourcesanspro, sparklines, tabstackengine, tetex, tex, tex4ht, texlive-scripts, tikzsymbols, tocdata, uantwerpendocs, updmap-map, uplatex, uptex, uptex-fonts, withargs, wtref, xcharter, xcntperchap, xecjk, xellipsis, xepersian, xint, xlop, yathesis.

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Debian/TeX Live 2016.20161130-1

As we are moving closer to the Debian release freeze, I am shipping out a new set of packages. Nothing spectacular here, just the regular updates and a security fix that was only reported internally. Add sugar and a few minor bug fixes.
texlive2016-debian

I have been silent for quite some time, busy at my new job, busy with my little monster, writing papers, caring for visitors, living. I have quite a lot of things I want to write, but not enough time, so very short only this one.

Enjoy.

New packages

awesomebox, baskervillef, forest-quickstart, gofonts, iscram, karnaugh-map, tikz-optics, tikzpeople, unicode-bidi.

Updated packages

acmart, algorithms, aomart, apa, apa6, appendix, apxproof, arabluatex, asymptote, background, bangorexam, beamer, beebe, biblatex-gb7714-2015, biblatex-mla, biblatex-morenames, bibtexperllibs, bidi, bookcover, bxjalipsum, bxjscls, c90, cals, cell, cm, cmap, cmextra, context, cooking-units, ctex, cyrillic, dirtree, ekaia, enotez, errata, euler, exercises, fira, fonts-churchslavonic, formation-latex-ul, german, glossaries, graphics, handout, hustthesis, hyphen-base, ipaex, japanese, jfontmaps, kpathsea, l3build, l3experimental, l3kernel, l3packages, latex2e-help-texinfo-fr, layouts, listofitems, lshort-german, manfnt, mathastext, mcf2graph, media9, mflogo, ms, multirow, newpx, newtx, nlctdoc, notes, patch, pdfscreen, phonenumbers, platex, ptex, quran, readarray, reledmac, shapes, showexpl, siunitx, talk, tcolorbox, tetex, tex4ht, texlive-en, texlive-scripts, texworks, tikz-dependency, toptesi, tpslifonts, tracklang, tugboat, tugboat-plain, units, updmap-map, uplatex, uspace, wadalab, xecjk, xellipsis, xepersian, xint.

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Debian/TeX Live 2016.20161103-1

This month’s update falls onto a national holiday in Japan. My recent start as a normal company employee in Japan doesn’t leave me enough time during normal days to work on Debian, so things have to wait for holidays. There have been a few notable changes in the current packages, and above all I wanted to fix an RC bug and on the way fixed also several other (sometimes rather old) bugs.
texlive2016-debian

From the list of new packages I want to pick apxproof: I have written something myself for one of my rather long papers (with proofs about 60pp), where at times I had to factor out the proofs into an appendix. I did this my own way, but I would have preferred to have a nice package!

Another interesting change is the upstream merge of collection-mathextra (which translated to the Debian package texlive-math-extra) and collection-science (Debian: texlive-science) into a new collection collection-mathscience. Since introducing new packages and phasing out old ones is generally a pain in Debian, I decided to digress from the upstream naming convention and use texlive-science for the new collection-mathscience. In the end Mathematics is the most important science of all 😉

Finally also a word about removals: Several ConTeXt packages have been removed due to the fact that they are outdated. These removals will find their way in an update of the Debian ConTeXt package in near future. The TeX Live packages lost voss-mathmode, which was retracted by the author due to various reasons. He is working on an updated version that will hopeful reappear in both TeX Live and Debian in near future.

Well, that’s it for now. Here now the full list with links. Enjoy.

New packages

apxproof, bangorexam, biblatex-gb7714-2015, biblatex-lni, biblatex-sbl, context-cmscbf, context-cmttbf, context-inifile, context-layout, delimset, latex2nemeth, latexbangla, latex-papersize, ling-macros, notex-bst, platex-tools, testidx, uppunctlm, wtref, xcolor-material.

Removed packages

voss-mathmode.

Updated packages

apa6, autoaligne, babel-german, biblatex-abnt, biblatex-anonymous, biblatex-apa, biblatex-manuscripts-philology, biblatex-nature, biblatex-realauthor, bibtex, bidi, boondox, bxcjkjatype, chickenize, churchslavonic, cjk-gs-integrate, context-filter, cooking-units, ctex, denisbdoc, dvips, europasscv, fixme, glossaries, gzt, handout, imakeidx, ipaex-type1, jsclasses, jslectureplanner, kpathsea, l3build, l3experimental, l3kernel, l3packages, latexindent, latexmk, listofitems, luatexja, marginnote, mcf2graph, minted, multirow, nameauth, newpx, newtx, noto, nucleardata, optidef, overlays, pdflatexpicscale, pst-eucl, reledmac, repere, scanpages, semantic-markup, tableaux, tcolorbox, tetex, texlive-scripts, ticket, todonotes, tracklang, tudscr, turabian-formatting, updmap-map, uspace, visualtikz, xassoccnt, xecjk, yathesis.

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Debian/TeX update October 2016: all of TeX Live and Biber 2.6

Finally a new update of many TeX related packages: all the texlive-* including the binary packages, and biber have been updated to the latest release. This upload was delayed by my travels around the world, as well as the necessity to package a new Perl module (libdatetime-calendar-julian-perl) as required by new Biber. Also, my new job leaves me only the weekends for packaging. Anyway, the packages are now uploaded and should appear soon on your friendly local server.

texlive2016-debian

There are several highlights: The binaries have been patched with several upstream fixes (tex4ht and XeTeX compatibility, as well as various Japanese TeX engine fixes), updated biber and biblatex, and as usual loads of new and updated packages.

Last but not least I want to thank one particular author: His package was removed from TeX Live due to the addition of a rather unusual clause in the license. Instead of simply uploading new packages to Debian with the rather important removed, I contacted the author and asked for clarification. And to my great pleasure he immediately answered with an update of the package with fixed license.

All of us user of these many packages should be grateful to the authors of the packages who invest loads of their free time into supporting our community. Thanks!

Enough now, here as usual the list of new and updated packages with links to their respective CTAN pages. Enjoy.

New packages

addfont, apalike-german, autoaligne, baekmuk, beamerswitch, beamertheme-cuerna, beuron, biblatex-claves, biolett-bst, cooking-units, cstypo, emf, eulerpx, filecontentsdef, frederika2016, grant, latexgit, listofitems, overlays, phonenumbers, pst-arrow, quicktype, revquantum, richtext, semantic-markup, spalign, texproposal, tikz-page, unfonts-core, unfonts-extra, uspace.

Updated packages

achemso, acmart, acro, adobemapping, alegreya, allrunes, animate, arabluatex, archaeologie, asymptote, attachfile, babel-greek, bangorcsthesis, beebe, biblatex, biblatex-anonymous, biblatex-apa, biblatex-bookinother, biblatex-chem, biblatex-fiwi, biblatex-gost, biblatex-ieee, biblatex-manuscripts-philology, biblatex-morenames, biblatex-nature, biblatex-opcit-booktitle, biblatex-phys, biblatex-realauthor, biblatex-science, biblatex-true-citepages-omit, bibleref, bidi, chemformula, circuitikz, cochineal, colorspace, comment, covington, cquthesis, ctex, drawmatrix, ejpecp, erewhon, etoc, exsheets, fancyhdr, fei, fithesis, footnotehyper, fvextra, geschichtsfrkl, gnuplottex, gost, gregoriotex, hausarbeit-jura, ijsra, ipaex, jfontmaps, jsclasses, jslectureplanner, latexdiff, leadsheets, libertinust1math, luatexja, markdown, mcf2graph, minutes, multirow, mynsfc, nameauth, newpx, newtxsf, notespages, optidef, pas-cours, platex, prftree, pst-bezier, pst-circ, pst-eucl, pst-optic, pstricks, pstricks-add, refenums, reledmac, rsc, shdoc, siunitx, stackengine, tabstackengine, tagpair, tetex, texlive-es, texlive-scripts, ticket, translation-biblatex-de, tudscr, turabian-formatting, updmap-map, uplatex, xebaposter, xecjk, xepersian, xpinyin.

Enjoy.

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Fixing packages for broken Gtk3

As mentioned on sunweaver’s blog Debian’s GTK-3+ v3.21 breaks Debian MATE 1.14, Gtk3 is breaking apps all around. But not only Mate, probably many other apps are broken, too, in particular Nemo (the file manager of Cinnamon desktop) has redraw issues (bug 836908), and regular crashes (bug 835043).

gtk-breakage

I have prepared packages for mate-terminal and nemo built from the most recent git sources. The new mate-terminal now does not crash anymore on profile changes (bug 835188), and the nemo redraw issues are gone. Unfortunately, the other crashes of nemo are still there. The apt-gettable repository with sources and amd64 binaries are here:

deb http://www.preining.info/debian/ gtk3fixes main
deb-src http://www.preining.info/debian/ gtk3fixes main

and are signed with my usual GPG key.

Last but not least, I quote from sunweaver’s blog:

Questions

  1. Isn’t GTK-3+ a shared library? This one was rhetorical… Yes, it is.
  2. One that breaks other application with every point release? Well, unfortunately, as experience over the past years has shown: Yes, this has happened several times, so far — and it happened again.
  3. Why is it that GTK-3+ uploads appear in Debian without going through a proper transition? This question is not rhetorical. If someone has an answer, please enlighten me.

(end of quote)

<rant>
My personal answer to this is: Gtk is strongly related to Gnome, Gnome is strongly related to SystemD, all this is pushed onto Debian users in the usual way of “we don’t care for breaking non-XXX apps” (for XXX in Gnome, SystemD). It is very sad to see this recklessness taking more and more space all over Debian.
</rant>

I finish with another quote from sunweaver’s blog:

already scared of the 3.22 GTK+ release, luckily the last development release of the GTK+ 3-series

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Debian/TeX Live 2016.20160819-1

A new – and unplanned – release in quick succession. I have uploaded testing packages to experimental which incorporate tex4ht into the TeX Live packages, but somehow the tex4ht transitional updated slipped into sid, and made many packages uninstallable. Well, so after a bit more testing let’s ship the beast to sid, meaning that tex4ht will finally updated from the last 2009 version to what is the current status in TeX Live.

texlive2016-debian

From the list of new packages I want to pick out the group of phf* packages that seem from a quick reading over the package documentations as very interesting.

But most important is the incorporation of tex4ht into the TeX Live packages, so please report bugs and shortcomings to the BTS. Thanks.

New packages

aurl, bxjalipsum, cormorantgaramond, notespages, phffullpagefigure, phfnote, phfparen, phfqit, phfquotetext, phfsvnwatermark, phfthm, table-fct, tocdata.

Updated packages

acmart, acro, biblatex-abnt, biblatex-publist, bxdpx-beamer, bxjscls, bxnewfont, bxpdfver, dccpaper, etex-pkg, europasscv, exsheets, glossaries-extra, graphics-def, graphics-pln, guitarchordschemes, ijsra, kpathsea, latexpand, latex-veryshortguide, ledmac, libertinust1math, markdown, mcf2graph, menukeys, mfirstuc, mhchem, mweights, newpx, newtx, optidef, paralist, parnotes, pdflatexpicscale, pgfplots, philosophersimprint, pstricks-add, showexpl, tasks, tetex, tex4ht, texlive-docindex, udesoftec, xcolor-solarized.

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Debian/TeX Live 2016.20160805-1

TUG 2016 is over, and I have returned from a wonderful trip to Toronto and Maine. High time to release a new checkout of the TeX Live packages. After that I will probably need some time for another checkout, as there are a lot of plans on the table: upstream created a new collection, which means new package in Debian, which needs to go through NEW, and I am also planning to integrate tex4ht to give it an update. Help greatly appreciated here.

texlive2016-debian

This package also sees the (third) revision of how config files for pdftex and luatex are structured, since then we have settled down. Hopefully this will close some of the issues that have appeared.

New packages

biblatex-ijsra, biblatex-nottsclassic, binarytree, diffcoeff, ecgdraw, fvextra, gitfile-info, graphics-def, ijsra, mgltex, milog, navydocs, nodetree, oldstandardt1, pdflatexpicscale, randomlist, texosquery

Updated packages

2up, acmart, acro, amsmath, animate, apa6, arabluatex, archaeologie, autobreak, beebe, biblatex-abnt, biblatex-gost, biblatex-ieee, biblatex-mla, biblatex-source-division, biblatex-trad, binarytree, bxjscls, changes, cloze, covington, cs, csplain, csquotes, csvsimple, datatool, datetime2, disser, dvipdfmx, dvips, emisa, epstopdf, esami, etex-pkg, factura, fancytabs, forest, genealogytree, ghsystem, glyphlist, gost, graphics, hyperref, hyperxmp, imakeidx, jadetex, japanese-otf, kpathsea, latex, lstbayes, luatexja, mandi, mcf2graph, mfirstuc, minted, oldstandard, optidef, parnotes, philosophersimprint, platex, protex, pst-pdf, ptex, pythontex, readarray, reledmac, sepfootnotes, sf298, skmath, skrapport, stackengine, sttools, tcolorbox, tetex, texinfo, texlive-docindex, texlive-es, texlive-scripts, thesis-ekf, tools, toptesi, tudscr, turabian-formatting, updmap-map, uplatex, uptex, velthuis, xassoccnt, ycbook.

Enjoy.

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OpenPHT 1.6.2 for Debian/sid

I have updated the openpht repository with builds of OpenPHT 1.6.2 for Debian/sid for both amd64 and i386 architecture. For those who have forgotten it, OpenPHT is the open source fork of Plex Home Theater that is used on RasPlex, see my last post concerning OpenPHT for details.

plex-debian-new

The repository also contains packages (source and amd64/i386) for shairplay which is necessary for building and running OpenPHT.

sid and testing

For sid use the following lines:

deb http://www.preining.info/debian/ openpht-sid main
deb-src http://www.preining.info/debian/ openpht-sid main

You can also grab the binary for amd64 directly here for amd64 and i386, you can get the source package with

dget http://www.preining.info/debian/pool/main/o/openpht/openpht_1.6.2.20160707-1.dsc

Note that if you only get the binary deps, you also need libshairplay0 from amd64 or i386.

The release file and changes file are signed with my official Debian key 0x860CDC13.

jessie

Builds for Debian stable release jessie are available directly from the github project page of OpenPHT

Now be ready for enjoying the next movie!

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