Postings by Gerald B. Cox

HyperKitty as a Discourse Replacement - Why still no RSS Support

People keep mentioning HyperKitty as an alternative to Discourse. While I believe Discourse has more functionality, one thing that would make HyperKitty a somewhat acceptable alternative would be the addition of RSS support. So I started to investigate and found that several tickets were opened 3 years ago. As mentioned in the tickets many folks found that this would be useful and it still isn't implemented. In fact, the idea of mailman supporting RSS has been talked about years before that.

Error with fedpkg update

I've been trying to submit an update to testing for several days now and it
keeps failing
with the following message:

Could not execute update: Could not generate update request: Cannot find
release associated with build: copyq-3.9.1-1.fc31, tags: ['f31']
A copy of the filled in template is saved as bodhi.template.last

The fedpkg build was successful, and I see it in koj.

Does anyone have an idea to what the problem is?


Picard Version 2.0.3 is available

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Hello, this record has been open since July with no response from the

Source tarballs are being placed in git?

I received an email this AM from a fellow packager:

*Please, do not put source tarballs in git. This is not what is supposed to
happen. Package sources are managed with fedpkg, they are just added to the
lookaside cache and to the .gitignore file so you don't add them by mistake
to the repository.
<>How did you
manage to add them to the commit even if they are already in .gitignore?*

The package is megatools.

Change DNF to use Zchunk for F29

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It appears to be a good idea, but when going through the readme, I found

*Please note that, while the code is pretty reliable and the file format
shouldn't see any further changes, the API is still not fixed. Please do
not use zchunk for any mission-critical systems yet.*

I would consider DNF to be a mission critical system. Shouldn't we wait
until zchunk is deemed
ready? I don't understand how it is OK to use this for DNF, but it isn't
OK for
"any mission-critical systems".

DRAFT: Change to Systemd Packaging Guidelines - Was Re: Services that shouldn't be started in the first place

I opened a fecso ticket here: <a href="" title=""></a>

and it was suggested it would be better handled via FPC - so I've created a

I would appreciate feedback before I created the FPC ticket.

Adding the following paragraph to the Hardware Activation section:

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Enabling of a service by default must not be done unless provisions have
been made to ensure the required hardware actually exists; otherwise the
service can fail which will result in systemd entering a degraded state.
This c

Services that shouldn't be started in the first place: Was F29... hide.. grub

This isn't related to a service, but is throwing out an spurious error
message. There is a patch but it hasn't made it's way
yet into the Fedora kernel:

rt_cmos registration error: rhbz#1568276
Basically an error is being thrown because your system doesn't have battery
backup. To their credit, it was quickly identified
and patched.

Fx 57 Release Issues

Changing the subject to reflect the actual discussion.

Apparently many people are unaware of Mozilla's plan for Fx and

Here are some links which might be helpful:

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Why is Fx 57 in Updates Testing?

Was this on purpose? Fx 57 is BETA, and I was under the impression that
BETA software was for RAWHIDE.

Yes, I understand there is an annotation NOT to push Fx 57 to stable - but
I thought that was the purpose of updates testing... software there is
intended to be tested and pushed to stable.

There are many extensions which aren't yet available for Fx 57 - and we're
effectively moving up the timetable by putting it in updates testing.

Orphaning: clamav, sphinx, mldonkey

I haven't been using these packages for awhile and better for someone to
take them that can adequately test.

NoDefaultSyslog Breaks Logwatch on Clean Install

I found this:

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I had to do a clean install of F25 because of problems with the system
rescue tools, now I find that Logwatch on a clean install is broken... and
it appears to be because of the removal of syslog.

Issues with Recovery and Documentation

I've been fortunate that I haven't had to use the rescue functions for
years, but today unfortunately I slugging through it and hopefully someone
can assist. I'd rather not have to reinstall just because I can't use

I was able to figure out that you have to install the server livecd to get
to the troubleshooting tools, apparently, they aren't on the workstation.
It might be helpful to point that out. When looking through the online
docs I couldn't find it...

Orphaning of ClamAV - EPEL BRANCH ONLY

I'm going to orphan the EPEL branch because I don't use EPEL and know
nothing about it. I believe it would help with triage of the incoming EPEL
bugzilla reports for them to go into a queue of someone who knows EPEL. I
don't want to be responsible for them sitting as "NEW" - which is a whole
other subject.

Clamdscan hardcoded to /etc/clamd.conf config

There has been a bug on this issue since 2012. No one took any action and
it was then closed
out because of Fedora 17 EOL.

I recently encountered same issue and reopened a month ago.

Bugzilla assigned this to Nick Bebout (nb) but according to koji, he isn't
actively supporting. Appears that all the updates are from orion, robert,
rjones, ajax, ausil.

Appears there is a disconnect, because the owner isn't responding to
bugzilla and the people who are actually supporting never are aware of the
issue, because bugzilla is sending to nb.

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tag-invalid <icon> not allowed in appdata

I opened a bug on this here:

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I received an update to the weather-widget and am getting this error now when

I try to rebuild:

? tag-invalid : <icon> not allowed in appdata
? tag-invalid : stock icon is not valid [weather-widget]
Validation of files failed

My understanding was that the desktop entry spec file was used to
generate the desktop and xml files. Both are generated to include the
icon tag - but now according to appstream-util this isn't allowed in
the xml file any longer.

Koji issues with F25?

I'm trying to build a new package. It completed with no issues on F26
(rawhide) and F24. However, the build keeps failing on F25????

Here is the build link which is reporting the error? Why would this fail
only on F25? Doesn't make much sense.

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Bodhi takes days to get something pushed to testing

Is anyone else having this issue? Seems it usually takes 3 or more days
for me to get something pushed to testing. Is this normal behavior? I
usually submit on weekends... is it that bodhi processing doesn't occur on

Also, apparently github is the preferred method or reporting bodhi issues
and not bugzilla? Is this correct?


DNF Issue, packages being incorrectly removed - was: Re: corebird

Changing the subject title. Previous subject archive is here:
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Below is the output of dnf autoremove from my system. Am I correctly
interpreting this that dnf thinks that all these packages
can be removed?

corebird incorrectly removes sqlite-libs when uninstalling

I opened a ticket on this:

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and I have sent a message to klember who just put out the new release
on koji yesterday with the same issue.

I don't know how long it has been like this, but if someone is unfortunate
to uninstall without catching that it is also going to uninstall
sqlite-libs (like I was)
they are going to have a mess on their hands.

Can somebody please intervene and get this fixed?

Sphinx - Orphan for EPEL 5, 6, 7

I have orphaned the following branches. I don't have any machines that run
EPEL, and prefer to test things out before I push. These branches are also
supported and
maintained directly by Sphinx.

Fedora EPEL 7 Orphaned
Fedora EPEL 6 Orphaned
Fedora EPEL 5 Orphaned

Is it time to allow Chromium in Fedora?

There has been a lively discussion within KDE regarding the Konqueror
browser; and subsequently it has been decided that a non-KDE, GTK browser
will be the default for the spin.

Why, because Firefox is the only choice for Fedora, Chromium is not allowed.

Here is a good excerpt:

DNF Changes causing fedora-review errors

I ran across this while doing a fedora-review:

Package does not own files or directories owned by other packages.
Note: Dirs in package are owned also by:
/usr/lib/gap/pkg/aclib/gap(languages, langpacks:, enabled, are, No),
/usr/lib/gap/pkg/aclib/htm(languages, langpacks:, enabled, are, No),
/usr/lib/gap/pkg/aclib/doc(languages, langpacks:, enabled, are, No),
/usr/lib/gap/pkg/aclib(languages, langpacks:, enabled, are, No)

It apparently can be resolved by upgrading to dnf-langpacks-0.12.0-2

More detail can be found here:

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Packaging Guidelines for Applications using Git Submodules

I'm trying to figure out the best way to handle the situation where a
project decides to use submodules in Git.

AppData Guidelines

I've reviewed Packaging:AppData
<> and have some questions.

When running fedpkg lint, I receive:*copyq.x86_64: E:
invalid-appdata-file /usr/share/appdata/copyq.appdata.xml*

I then issue appstream-util validate copyq.appdata.xml and receive:
*copyq.appdata.xml: FAILED:
• tag-missing : <name> is not present
• tag-missing : <summary> is not present
Validation of files failed*

However, when I run appstream-util validate-relax, it passes.

The guidelines indicate you MUST follow the AppData Specification Page

Incorrect FSF Address error from rpmlint

I'm getting an incorrect FSF address when I'm building a package.

I checked here:
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and built the package with the recommended file. Still get the error.

I checked the address with FSF, and what is in the COPYING file matches:
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I then checked bugzilla and found:
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which as been open since April, 2011.

Am I missing something here?

Why isn't F2FS support in the Kernel?

I was wanting to play around with F2FS about 6 months ago, found it wasn't
yet included in the F20 kernel (even though Fedora packages f2fs-tools?).
I did a quick search and found some comments basically saying it was under
heavy development, stay away, etc. etc. so I kinda forgot about it.

Today I see an article on Phoronix:
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which wonders why Fedora doesn't ship it. Then, it says Ubuntu and other
distributions are shipping it?

F11 is requiring root priv to mount DVD/CD - auto-magic method isn't working

When I insert a DVD/CD, the media is detected in KDE device notifier
as expected. I'm then given suggested
actions for the device. When I select "Open with Dolphin" I receive
the message:

Unable to run the command specified.

Re: ext4migrate - did it work?

I used this option also, was asked by anaconda to select the
partitions I wanted to migrate. Upgrade process appeared to complete
successfully. I don't see any error messages. After upgrade, I
looked at fstab, and it is specifies ext3 for mounting, not ext4. I
looked at the KDE System display and it said the partitions were still
ext3? Does anyone know how to check if this actually work? I would
think the partitions would display as ext4 and that fstab would have
been changed to mount as ext4.