See my QA page for all packages that I maintain or comaintain. Feel free to fix and upload any of my packages (I am listed in the Low Threshold NMU), I keep all of them maintained as part of the respective team (see below), because I believe that is the way to go.


I am a member of the following official teams:

and these unofficial teams:


My notes how to configure various things in Debian: http://ondrej.certik.cz/wiki/pmwiki.php

Here are links to wikis that I use:

MediaWiki iwlwifi GmailAndExim4 HowToGetABacktrace GfortranTransition roundup VirtualBox


Some notes regarding packaging in Debian below.

force dpkg override

Typical situation:

dpkg: error processing /var/cache/apt/archives/AAA (--unpack):
trying to overwrite `/usr/lib/BBB', which is also in package CCC
dpkg-deb: subprocess paste killed by signal (Broken pipe)
Errors were encountered while processing:
E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)

(where AAA,BBB,CCC are placeholder names, in case it wasn’t clear) do

dpkg -i --force-overwrite /var/cache/apt/archives/AAA

and then run apt-get -f install again.

how to deal with patches

Use quilt. Follow the tutorial on Holger's webpage.

git build-package

Build using (with -j5):

git-buildpackage --git-builder="pdebuild --debbuildopts '-I.git -i\.git -j5'"  --git-cleaner="fakeroot debian/rules clean" --git-ignore-new

From upload to ftp-master to my local mirror