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=== anacron might be disabled if 2.3-33 was ever installed ===

If you run Debian testing/unstable and ever installed anacron 2.3-33 on a systemd based system, then anacron will no longer be enabled and the daily/weekly/monthly cron jobs will not be run until it is.

Since not all cron jobs have migrated to systemd timers, Debian testing/unstable systems with systemd and anacron may be missing some essential cron jobs, such as making backups of aptitude state.

To see if a system is affected you can use these commands:

zgrep -i anacron.*2.3-33 /var/log/apt/history.log*
systemctl status anacron.service anacron.timer

To re-enable anacron you can use these commands:

sudo systemctl enable anacron.service anacron.timer
sudo systemctl start anacron.service anacron.timer

More details of this problem are available in these bugs:


-- Paul Wise

=== riscv64 porterbox ===

There is now a [[https://blog.aurel32.net/riscv64-porterbox.html|porterbox for riscv64]] available for Debian contributors to [[https://wiki.debian.org/PorterBoxHowToUse|use]] for porting packages to RISC-V.

Thanks to SiFive for providing the HiFive Unmatched board, OSUOSL for assembling and hosting the hardware and Aurélien Jarno for installing and setting up the porterbox.

-- Paul Wise

=== porterbox DNS alias maintainers needed ===

Jakub Wilk has [[https://lists.debian.org/msgid-search/20221107213046.atgukd2iogsaynxo@jwilk.net|mentioned]] that the DNS aliases to Debian porterboxes is now unmaintained and in need of new maintainers.

-- Paul Wise

=== debtags.d.o maintainers needed ===

Enrico Zini has announced [[https://lists.debian.org/msgid-search/20221019132043.d4c4liyt6s6qewgy@enricozini.org|debtags.d.o]] is in need of new maintainers and will be shut down if none are forthcoming.

-- Paul Wise

=== lintian contributors needed ===

The primary lintian contributors have [[https://lists.debian.org/msgid-search/5e4d0e28-a3f4-4302-8364-5afd93d8ae17@www.fastmail.com|stopped]] [[https://lists.debian.org/msgid-search/CAFHYt550_6hc-2SRjqYv0z9kgpWuLpGnnxVOonPOHP3R+pAQZA@mail.gmail.com|working]] on it. Axel Beckert has [[https://bugs.debian.org/1012289|stepped up]] to provide maintenance work, but requests help adding new tags, performance tuning and other important work.

If you are interested in working on it, please join the [[https://salsa.debian.org/lintian|lintian group on salsa]] (DD will be accepted instantly, non-DD should show some contributions first, e.g. via Merge Requests), add yourself to the [[https://wiki.debian.org/Teams/Lintian|lintian team wiki page]], join the [[https://lists.debian.org/debian-lint-maint/|debian-lint-maint]] mailing list, and review the [[https://bugs.debian.org/src:lintian|bugs filed against lintian]], [[https://salsa.debian.org/groups/lintian/-/issues|issues on salsa]] and merge requests on salsa ([[https://salsa.debian.org/lintian/lintian/-/merge_requests|1]] [[https://salsa.debian.org/groups/lintian/-/merge_requests|2]]).

-- Paul Wise + Axel Beckert

=== Experimental manual migration pseudo-excuses ===

The [[https://release.debian.org/britney/pseudo-excuses-experimental.html|experimental pseudo-excuses]] (warning: large file) help maintainers discover problems that will be introduced when they manually migrate packages from experimental to unstable. These excuses are now imported into the [[https://qa.debian.org/excuses.php|Debian QA excuses page]], which allows checking individual package excuses for testing migration and now also pseudo-excuses for experimental manual migration. This is much more convenient than loading the very large excuses and pseudo-excuses HTML files. [[https://bugs.debian.org/944737|Help]] is [[https://bugs.debian.org/991237|needed]] from Python/Django developers to integrate the pseudo-excuses into the [[https://tracker.debian.org|Debian Package Tracker]], see the [[https://qa.pages.debian.net/distro-tracker/contributing.html|guide to contributing]] if you would like to help.

=== CPU instruction selection documentation ===

New documentation has been written summarising all the [[https://wiki.debian.org/InstructionSelection|options for selection of CPU instructions]], including porting between SIMD instructions, emulating atomic instructions, manual runtime code path selection, manual runtime function selection, compiler function multi-versioning, glibc hwcaps library selection, runtime binary selection, blocking installation and blocking running binaries. When you discover a package has limited portability due to a higher baseline, use of SIMD/atomic instructions, or other CPU instruction related problem, please consider perusing the new documentation, improving the portability using the documented techniques and contributing your changes upstream where possible. If you see others discovering these issues, please suggest they take a look at the documentation.

-- Paul Wise, Gioele Barabucci and Bastien Roucaries
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