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Mon, 04 Oct 2010

Warn your distributor

My gnucash fix from last night poses an interesting problem - there will be no new gnucash 2.2.x release. So we can fix this potential data loss bug in Debian (probably even in lenny), but what about other distributions? I'm not aware of a formal way to co-ordinate non-security patches like this across distros. (Sure, we can leave it for the vultures on the patch tracker...)

Someone should whip up a whizzy web-app, or whatever.

Posted: 04 Oct 2010 18:17 | Tags: ,

Problem solving

I have developed an affection for crime drama - on Sunday nights, the TV channel Five USA shows something like four hours of CSI, back to back. There's obviously something fascinating about the problem-solving process... and there's always the too-good-to-be-true computer interfaces to laugh at. (I also watch The Mentalist, NCIS and Law & Order, for variety.) And also, on CSI:NY and Law & Order, I get to spot the places in New York I visited at DebConf.

So yes, problem solving. Sometimes the real thing can be even more compelling. And who wants to slump in front of the TV for four hours, anyway? Much better to sit up in front of the computer for... erm... a lot longer.

  • Bug #525549 - gnucash sometimes removes the account data file

This was a more challenging bug - I had to break out gdb and everything. Turns out string manipulation with C is still error-prone. First reported upstream in October 2008 - quite a mystery.

NMU to follow later in the week, since there are two other serious bugs open for gnucash.

Posted: 04 Oct 2010 01:15 | Tags:

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