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See [[http://qa.debian.org/developer.php?login=jari.aalto@cante.net|maintained software packages]], [[http://ddportfolio.debian.net/result?email=jari.aalto%40cante.net&name=Jari+Aalto&gpgfp=&username=&nonddemail=jari.aalto%40cante.net&aliothusername=jaalto-guest&mode=html&submit=Build+DD+Portfolio+URLs|portofolio]] and [[http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/pkgreport.cgi?submitter=jari.aalto%40cante.net|BTS]]. About 2200 items reported to BTS of which 600+ patches to help packages. See [[http://qa.debian.org/developer.php?login=jari.aalto@cante.net|maintained software packages]], [[http://ddportfolio.debian.net/result?email=jari.aalto%40cante.net&name=Jari+Aalto&gpgfp=&username=&nonddemail=jari.aalto%40cante.net&aliothusername=jaalto-guest&mode=html&submit=Build+DD+Portfolio+URLs|portofolio]] and [[http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/pkgreport.cgi?submitter=jari.aalto%40cante.net|BTS]]. Over 2200 items reported to BTS of which 600+ patches to help packages.

Debian related information

alt gravatar image Debian homepage of Jari Aalto (LinkedIn), nick name *jaalto* in irc etc.

Debian QA work

See maintained software packages, portofolio and BTS. Over 2200 items reported to BTS of which 600+ patches to help packages.

Debian package maintenance

See Developer information. I have LowThresholdNmu and participate in collab-maint in Alioth. Use Debian git repository for submitting patches to packages:

    apt-get install devscripts    # for debcheckout(1)

    debcheckout PACKAGE
    cd PACKAGE
    git checkout -b my-fixes master

    #  edit & commit cycle
    $EDITOR ...
    git status
    git add <changed files>
    git commit -m "MESSAGE"

    #  When ready, make a patch (set)
    git  format-patch --signoff -M

    #  Submit all git 000-* patches
    #  to Debian BTS http://bugs.debian.org/PACKAGE
    #  or send to PACKAGE@packages.debian.org

If you are a developer, or otherwise deal with bug reports, you may find Colin Watson's blog "about how to treat bugs reports" interesting.

Helping Debian packages

The following list is only an excerpt.

Debian project

  • 2016 Discussed status of ISC license in Debian legal mailing list and recorded resolution to https://wiki.debian.org/DFSGLicenses

  • 2013 Debian BTS: Suggestion for new license tag 709208

  • 2012 Helped maintainers to move to packaging format 3.0 due to long deprecated dpatch. Sent several hundred patches to all package maintainers.

  • 2012 Suggested to extend debhelper to support JAR manifest files 669236.

  • 2012 Suggested improvements to DEP5 (debian/copyright)

  • 2010 Helped Debian Release team to get new Abiword in the Debian release 577733.

  • 2010 Suggested patch to improve DEP5 (debian/copyright)

  • 2010 Suggested to extend debhelper to support included manual pages in Perl POD format. The POD format is more redable and require no external tools compared to existing nroff and docbook formats. Provided patch to debhelper to implement this feature. 562030.

  • 2009 Debian BTS: suggestion to implement debhelper control file debian/dh_norun 560423

  • 2008 Wiki: CopyrightFormat. Contributed to new debian/copyright format: EBNF, licensing tables, license clarifications (OpenSSL, Font etc.), Examined and added numerous links to mailing lists regarding the version numbering and use of licenses. See revision log for complete list of changes. See also previous format 360640

  • 2008 Wiki: DebianIRCChannelGuidelines (former ?PoundDebianGuidelines). Added headings and related subjects. Changed the tone of the page page into more user friendly direction. See revision log for list of changes.

  • 2006 Proposed to add License Meta Information. Add a new field to the control file that contains the abbreviation of the used license. Idea proposed too early in time as this feature was only officially introduced in 2012 with the appearance of Copyright Format 1.0 (former DEP5).

  • 2006 Policy improvement: "Proposed new POSIX sh policy" and proposal to change /bin/sh -> /bin/dash at Debian Devel

  • 2006 Debian BTS: Suggestion for new notbug tag 376594

  • 2006 Proposal to add Licence field to debian/control file.

  • 2006 update-alternatives proposal to add new categories for WORD, EXCEL, MEDIA-PLAYER etc. 363486

External Projects

IRC/Bug reporter nick: jaalto

Contributed patches and fixes to numerous Open Source projects during past years, those of Emacs, XEmacs, Perl Language itself, Git, Bzr, Quilt, Parted, Splint, GNU gdb, GNU binutils, GNU findutils, GNU groff, GNU Bash, OpenSwan etc. Check Google and Gmane lists for "Jari Aalto".


Open Source Author, Developer, Package porter/maintainer, Project Manager since 1994 at Sourceforge, Savannah, Ubuntu Launchpad, Cygwin. See http://bazaar-vcs.org/JariAalto for more information.