New packages in Debian 8.0 Jessie

[I liked the #newinwheezy effort for the last Debian release, so I tipped Mika off about it again this time]

A short post about what is #newinjessie, Debian's new 8.0 Jessie release. See Mika's debian-devel post for more information.

For this release cycle, I have uploaded two new packages:

  • dtv-scan-tables - Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB) initial scan files
    • This is a new package which splits out the DVB initial scan files from linux-dvb-apps (see below). This is designed to make updating of the scan files easier.
  • git-remote-hg - bidirectional bridge between Git and Mercurial
    • This is a new package which allows a Git client to read and write to Mercurial repositories. Previously provided as an example in the Git package until removed by upstream.

I've also have taken over as (co-)maintainer of some existing packages during this release cycle:

  • linuxtv-dvb-apps - Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB) applications
    • New upstream snapshot, split out DVB initial scan files into dtv-scan-files package (see above), enable hardened buildflags.

I've updated nearly all of my existing packages during this release cycle:

  • dhex - ncurses based hex editor with diff mode
    • New upstream release, various packaging fixes.
  • lcd4linux - Grabs information and displays it on an external lcd
    • New upstream snapshot, add systemd service file, install dummy config file which resolves issues on certain upgrades.
  • libconfig - Parsing and manipulation of structured configuration files
    • New upstream release, various packaging fixes.
  • nyancat - nyancat is a program to display an animated poptart cat in your terminal
    • New upstream release; Nyancat now resizes to fix the terminal!
  • transmission-remote-cli - ncurses interface for the Transmission BitTorrent daemon
    • New upstream release, support new versions of Transmission, various bug and packaging fixes.
  • wavemon - Wireless Device Monitoring Application
    • New upstream release, various bug and packaging fixes, fix FTBFS on arm64.

The following package received no updates during this release cycle due to a combination of no upstream releases and the existing package already being in good shape:

  • figlet - Make large character ASCII banners out of ordinary text

I hope you find them useful. Enjoy!

figlet ASCII art

When sysadmining a number Debian machines, you start to get sick of the default login message very quickly (and they all start to look the same too!):

Linux alpha 2.6.32-5-amd64 #1 SMP Wed May 18 23:13:22 UTC 2011 x86_64

The programs included with the Debian GNU/Linux system are free software;
the exact distribution terms for each program are described in the
individual files in /usr/share/doc/*/copyright.

Debian GNU/Linux comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY, to the extent
permitted by applicable law.      
No mail.
Last login: Sat Jun 25 12:23:15 2011 from localhost
root@alpha:~#

I discovered figlet the other day which allows you to create your own ASCII art words.

figlet -f smslant alpha > /etc/motd.tail

You can experiment with various figlet fonts using the -f argument. Once happy, save the output in /etc/motd.tail where it will be used to regenerate the message of the day each day.

Linux alpha 2.6.32-5-amd64 #1 SMP Wed May 18 23:13:22 UTC 2011 x86_64
       __     __       
 ___ _/ /__  / /  ___ _
/ _ `/ / _ \/ _ \/ _ `/
\_,_/_/ .__/_//_/\_,_/ 
     /_/               
No mail.
Last login: Sat Jun 25 12:23:15 2011 from localhost
root@alpha:~#