2013. február 22., péntek

on my way to become a Debian package maintainer

After months of research and catch-up on Debian package maintenance knowledge, last night I successfully uploaded an orphaned package called sysadmin-guide to the Debian mentors page. This is a placeholder for people who are not a package maintainer yet but upload orphaned or new packages that needed some work in order to look for mentors. The mentors a.k.a. sponsors are already Debian developers with upload rights who will help non-official developers and help them to upload the package to the official Debian archive. Once I find a mentor or sponsor, he/she will hopefully review my newly uploaded package and will help to upload my package to the official archive. Note that the path leading up to here has been a long process, it required to read up on a lot of Debian stuff, including introduction to package maintenance, package archives, how to compile a broken package and getting rid of the Lintian errors. It was not straightforward. Look at the Q&A page as well. As of today, I have become a non-official Debian Developer (DD). Good stuff! :)

2013. február 13., szerda

sudo secure path

It is nice to configure sudo with secure PATH. On newer Linux distros (last 2-3 years) you configure sudo with them, so when you invoke a command with sudo, you will know what PATH it searches. I never knew how it worked. For example, if you get:

$ sudo visudo
sudo: visudo: command not found

And this happens with other important binaries. This means you are screwed. This means your PATH is not configured to invoke commands from /usr/sbin , where the 'visudo' binary lies. Add the following to your /etc/sudoers.

Defaults    secure_path = /sbin:/bin:/usr/sbin:/usr/bin

You should be good to go now! :)