Sunday, January 31, 2010

Released MakeNL v3.2.9

Version v3.2.9 of MakeNL has been released, and the source archives and makenl-3.2.9.tar.gz have been made available on the Sourceforge site. (I synced what I had for 3.2.7e to the CVS repository and used that as the basis of the release.)
I will have at least the zip file on my system, and will also be working on a Debian package. I'll be updating the web site to reflect this. (Already corrected the link to the CVS repository.)

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Debian and Quilt

A couple of write up I found, regarding converting a Debian package from using dpatch to using quilt:
* Example write up of simple conversion of dpatch to quilt -

* Another writeup of converting from dpatch to quilt -

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Oracle Completes Acquisition of Sun

Oracle completed the acquisition of Sun Microsystems and made available invites an Oracle + Sun Product Strategy Webcast series, including one demonstrating the continued commitment to [office productivity]( More information can also be found at Oracles
[Overview and FAQ](

MBSE BBS user 'bbs'

The bbs user did not get set up properly during the test package installation, with its 'shell' being set to /opt/bin/mbnewusr instead of /opt/mbse/bin/mbnewusr.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

MBSE BBS first package install test

Using git-buildpackage isn't working because the configure step for the package isn't getting run properly.  So ran "debuild  -rfakeroot  -us -uc -b" . That resulted in a lot of errors but did complete.   It also had the following Lintian  error:

Lintian errors:  command-with-path-in-maintainer-script, on preinst & postinst
  • That says that maintainer scripts shouldn't have that set (policy 6.1)
Tried doing a package install.  The installation tried starting mbtask but ended up with a permission denied error:  problem was that the contents of the /opt/mbse directory was all still set to root:root ownership.  manually did a 'chown -R mbse' in the opt directory, redid the setuid & ownership on mbtask, & it then started.

  • su - mbse;  was able to run mbsetup but didn't try doing anything yet.

Building MBSE BBS package on Ubuntu

More MBSE BBS package build attempts, using git-buildpackage.

Debian build attempts on ubuntu 9.10 resulted in the following error:
  •  Makefile:4: No such file or directory
Apparantly, the ./configure script is not being run when it should be, as I think that is what creates the file

 Manually ran the configure script.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Push HwB GIT repository to Alioth

Made the GIT repository of my Hardware Book package public by pushing it to Alioth.
* git push --all alioth
* git push --tags alioth

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Start preparing MakeNL release

Started preparation of a new MakeNL release, v3.2.9, which is being taken from v3.2.7e. It is not being released as v3.2.8 because someone hatched out an entirely unofficial v3.2.8 archive so the consensus was to skip that version and go to v3.2.9 for the next official release.
I had created a debian package of v3.2.7e, with the source for that coming from the origianal cvs repository (before that repository went down and we had to move the project to Sourceforge). Still need to verify that the source in that package and the source we now have in the cvs repository as v3.2.7e (and becoming v3.2.9) is the same. (Not counting things like differences in the debian/ directory.)

Monday, January 18, 2010

Init HwB repo at Alioth

Initialized a GIT repository for HwB (Hardware Book) Debian packaging at Alioth, using [1] as a reference for doing so. Will push my local repository there after I finish cleaning the local one up.


Tuesday, January 5, 2010

LedgerSMB 1.3.0 beta 1 Released

The LedgerSMB Core Team [announced]( the release of version 1.3.0 beta 1. The following areas are addressed in this: Security, Separation of Duties, End of Year, General Ledger/Journal, Reconciliation, Payments, Contact Handling, Development, and the Database.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

initial imports from old syncdeb trac tickets

Completed an initial import here to the new syncdeb blog of the following tickets from the syncdeb trac site:  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, 26, 28, 29, 30, 32, 34, 35, 38, 39, 42, 46, 47, 48, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54.

Tickets 16, 19, 27 were only about minor errors so didn't import it to the blog.   Ticket 23 was about a package checking program that is no longer used.

Tickets 31, 33, 37, 40, 41, 43, 45, 46, 48, 53, 55, 56, are still open.