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Gentoo Weekly Newsletter: 13 November 2006


1.  Gentoo News

Anonymous CVS and SVN now available

The Gentoo Infrastructure team is pleased to announce that they have completed the configuration and testing of the anonymous read-only CVS and SVN services for Gentoo repositories, and that these services are now available for public use.

The anonymous services are primarily intended to help our non-developer contributors easily produce patches and modifications (cvs diff/svn diff), and provide easier access to the source for gentoo-hosted projects.

For our more enthusiastic of users out there, please note that the CVS and SVN services are not any more up-to-date than what is available via rsync, and may be an additional 30 minutes behind, based on load on various machines. Please do not switch to using the CVS simply because you think that it will get you the tree faster, or make you cooler. Compared to our rsync distribution method, the anonymous services have considerably less resources (both processing and bandwidth) behind them. Infrastructure will not hesitate to block IP addresses that abuse this service.


CVS is limited to 5 concurrent users. It currently offers the following repositories: gentoo, gentoo-projects, gentoo-src, and gentoo-x86

Code Listing 1.1: Checking out from CVS

$ cvs -d co <repo>


SVN has the following repositories: apache, baselayout, catalyst, devmanual, eselect, genkernel, gentoo-alt, gentoo-python, gentoo-syntax, gentoo-vdr, gentoolkit, gli, glsr, hardened, hwdata, keychain, linux-patches, livecd-tools, portage, sandbox

Code Listing 1.2: Checking out from SVN

$ svn co<repo>

The front page of the service,, maintains an accurate list of the repositories available, as well as holding complete instructions and caveats.

Please file an Infrastructure bug for any problems that might come up.

The gzip blocking previously discussed has been removed, due to bandwidth constraints on the part of the server. The concurrent user limit has been lowered correspondingly.

Thanks go to: kengland, robbat2, kingtaco, ramereth, and several others for helping make this happen.

Engine Yard uses Gentoo clusters for Ruby on Rails service

Engine Yard uses Gentoo-based clusters for its Ruby on Rails deployment service. There's a video about its use of Gentoo at In it, they talk about how Gentoo has helped them in the design of their service and praise Gentoo's customization capabilities. They also make several humorous comments about Gentoo, such as "I'm pretty convinced that all the other distros are built on Gentoo." They then go on to describe their upcoming Xen domU image, which will be a Ruby on Rails development environment based on Gentoo.

2.  Heard in the community


Symlinking out of a chroot

Brian Davis was planning on running his Apache server in a chroot. However, he did not want to have to copy the pictures and other content to be served into the chroot. He wanted to know if he could symlink out of the chroot to the content.

Responding Gentooers pointed out that the symlinks wouldn't work and suggested using mount --bind instead.

Code Listing 2.1: Using --bind with mount

# mount --bind /source /chroot/target

New to Gentoo. Having trouble getting it started for the first time

Jon M had set up his root partition on /dev/hda3 using ReiserFS. When he tried to boot, however, he received error messages including "VFS: Cannot open root device "hda3" or unknown-block(0,0)".

Richard Fish responded that the "unknown-block(0,0)" showed that the kernel could not find a device for hda3. This would be a symptom of failure to compile in the necessary IDE device driver's for Jon's chipset or a failure to compile int IDE support entirely.

Jon M had a look at the .config file for his kernel and indicated he'd missed the device driver for his chipset.

3.  Gentoo developer moves


The following developers recently left the Gentoo project:

  • none this week


The following developers recently joined the Gentoo project:

  • Alexander Færøy (eroyf) User Relations/Alpha/MIPS
  • Cédric Krier (cedk) netmon team


The following developers recently changed roles within the Gentoo project:

  • none this week

4.  Gentoo security

NVIDIA binary graphics driver: Privilege escalation vulnerability

The NVIDIA binary graphics driver is vulnerable to a local privilege escalation through an X session.

For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement

Bugzilla: Multiple Vulnerabilities

Bugzilla is vulnerable to cross-site scripting, script injection, and request forgery.

For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement

Netkit FTP Server: Privilege escalation

An incorrect seteuid() call could allow an FTP user to access some files or directories that would normally be inaccessible.

For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement

5.  Upcoming package removals

This is a list of packages that have been announced to be removed in the future. The package removals come from many locations, including the Treecleaners and various developers.


Package: Removal date: Contact:
games-fps/ut2004-domain2049 10 Dec 06 Chris Gianelloni
dev-db/dbbalancer 10 Dec 06 Tiziano Mueller

6.  Bugzilla



The Gentoo community uses Bugzilla ( to record and track bugs, notifications, suggestions and other interactions with the development team. Between 05 November 2006 and 12 November 2006, activity on the site has resulted in:

  • 753 new bugs during this period
  • 484 bugs closed or resolved during this period
  • 15 previously closed bugs were reopened this period
  • 183 closed as NEEDINFO/WONTFIX/CANTFIX/INVALID/UPSTREAM during this period
  • 181 bugs marked as duplicates during this period

Of the 10914 currently open bugs: 29 are labeled 'blocker', 103 are labeled 'critical', and 487 are labeled 'major'.

Closed bug rankings

The developers and teams who have closed the most bugs during this period are:

New bug rankings

The developers and teams who have been assigned the most new bugs during this period are:

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Page updated November 13, 2006

Summary: This is the Gentoo Weekly Newsletter for the week of 13 November 2006.

Ulrich Plate

Chris Atkinson

Donnie Berkholz

Robin H. Miller

Chris Gianelloni

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