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08/04/12:

13:06 Changeset [25702] by jdreed
Depend on debsums and libapt-pkg-perl
13:03 Changeset [25701] by jdreed
- Add logrotate config for log file - Add athinfo query and depend on athinfod with athinfo.defs.d support - Spell 'debsums' correctly in perl script
12:59 Changeset [25700] by jdreed
Actually fallback if motdfile.codename doesn't exist
12:54 Ticket #1200 (lightdm-greeter's default MOTD is dumb) created by jdreed
We're not running 9.4
12:41 Changeset [25699] by jdreed
In lightdm-config: * Append the codename to the motd filename, if possible * Pick a less stupid default motd filename
11:47 Changeset [25698] by jdreed
In kiosk: * Put bugme in the bottom right of the screen (Trac: #1199) * Bump standards-version
11:45 Changeset [25697] by jdreed
In bugme: * Support the --corner option (for limited definitions of "corner") (Trac: #1199)

08/03/12:

23:32 Changeset [25696] by jdreed
In desync: * Add -c option to generate crontab output (Trac: #1173)
19:54 Changeset [25695] by jdreed
Clean up in postrm
18:03 Ticket #1199 (bugme's position in kiosk-mode is annoying) created by jdreed
It obscures part of the URL bar, we should consider passing a --geometry …
15:45 Ticket #1198 (Make linerva-shellinabox-config part of Debathena) closed by achernya
duplicate
15:44 Ticket #1198 (Make linerva-shellinabox-config part of Debathena) created by achernya
linerva-shellinabox-config is a useful little package that sets up …
15:44 Ticket #1197 (Make linerva-shellinabox-config part of Debathena) created by achernya
linerva-shellinabox-config is a useful little package that sets up …
13:58 Ticket #907 (deluser --remove-all-files should not search AFS) closed by jdreed
fixed: Fixed in Precise.
13:56 KnownIssues edited by jdreed
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13:55 KnownIssues created by jdreed
13:49 Ticket #944 (update-language-def is broken in Natty) closed by jdreed
fixed: Fixed in oneiric+
13:47 Ticket #941 (resolvconf definitely doesn't work under natty and oneiric) closed by jdreed
fixed
13:43 Ticket #481 (Upgrade debhelper compatibility level) closed by jdreed
fixed
13:08 Changeset [25694] by jdreed
"then" does not terminate "if" blocks
12:57 Ticket #971 (logout() should check for a required reboot) closed by jdreed
fixed
12:40 Ticket #604 (Send nmh-mbx_close.dpatch upstream) closed by jdreed
fixed: This was fixed upstream in nmh-1.5, which is in wheezy and quantal. …
10:39 Ticket #1117 (errant cyrus-sasl2-mit in squeeze archive) closed by jdreed
fixed: Why did it take us 7 months to do this, particularly as it only ever …
09:59 NssNonlocal edited by jdreed
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09:56 Ticket #627 (byobu postinst interacts poorly with NSS_NONLOCAL_IGNORE) closed by jdreed
fixed: Fixed upstream.

08/02/12:

22:28 Changeset [25693] by jdreed
In athinfod: * Update 'queries' query to return new queries
18:58 Changeset [25692] by jdreed
In athinfod: * Free memory correctly
17:28 Changeset [25691] by jdreed
Remove executable bit now that it's not transform script
17:15 Ticket #1196 (athinfod-cluster-config and auto-update need to make use of new ...) created by jdreed
See #808
17:13 Changeset [25690] by jdreed
In athinfod-cluster-config: * Depend on new athinfod with query snippet support and stop diverting the conffile * Bump Standards-Version In auto-update: * Depend on the new athinfod with query snippet support and add some queries ourselves * Separate out the update-schedule from the upgrade-schedule when querying via athinfo
17:01 Changeset [25689] by jdreed
- Bump Standards-Version - Make README file name less silly
16:36 Changeset [25688] by jdreed
Create the directory and include a README file
16:29 Changeset [25687] by jdreed
In athinfod: * Support athinfo.defs.d (Trac: #808) * Correct typos in athinfo.access(5)
14:33 Ticket #1195 (ssh to athena.dialup.mit.edu fails when keytab obtained doesn't match ssh ...) created by kchen
(geofft's writeup on debathena@… on April 17, 2012) Comcast's …
13:42 Changeset [25686] by jdreed
In msmtp-config: * Bump Standards-Version to 3.9.1
13:41 Changeset [25685] by jdreed
Wrong file was listed in POTFILES.in
12:24 Ticket #930 (clearing /home maybe breaks natty cluster logins) closed by jdreed
worksforme: I can't repro this on Natty, I consistently get the login session failing …

08/01/12:

16:15 Changeset [25684] by jdreed
In login-graphical: * Recommend thunderbird-config for everything (and stop building on Hardy). We need thunderbird-config to stop thunderbird from shoving entire inboxes in AFS. Users who want local thunderbird caches need to install manual-thunderbird-config. (Trac: #1107)
16:06 Ticket #688 (damove should accept multiple source packages) closed by jdreed
fixed
15:46 Ticket #869 (SSL for mitmail*) reopened by jdreed
Turns out we may want this for imap.exchange.
15:43 Ticket #869 (SSL for mitmail*) closed by jdreed
wontfix: Cyrus retirement has begun, and users will be migrated over the next 12 …
15:42 Ticket #507 (pursue upstream bugs in Cyrus IMAP) closed by jdreed
wontfix
15:40 Ticket #1194 (Stop debathenifying nmh by December 2013) created by jdreed
We should stop debathenifying nmh along with the Cyrus retirement. We can …
15:38 Ticket #1193 (inc.debathena should tell users they're Wrong(tm)) created by jdreed
Once the community announcement about Cyrus retirement goes out, inc will …
13:33 Ticket #1183 (make-chroot doesn't work with quantal) closed by jdreed
fixed
12:55 Changeset [25683] by jdreed
In reactivate: * Drop the schroot pam_env hack, it's not needed anymore (and stop diverting /etc/pam.d/schroot)
12:51 Ticket #1192 (ipython missing in debathena-precise-cluster) created by alexp
Subject says it- ipython appears to be missing in debathena-cluster. Can …
12:10 Changeset [25682] by jdreed
In thirdparty-languages: * A single ampersand is not a double ampersand
11:58 Changeset [25681] by jdreed
DEB_FIXPERMS_EXCLUDE is deprecated, use DEB_DH_FIXPERMS_ARGS
11:03 Changeset [25679] by jdreed
In lightdm-config: * If the nologin file exists when the greeter is spawned, then prevent logins
10:52 Changeset [25680] by jdreed
Only build on cluster releases
10:18 Ticket #353 (tty mode login for clusters (a la Ctrl-P)) closed by jdreed
wontfix: So, if we go the openvt route, then we have yet another VT open, and yet …
10:12 Changeset [25678] by jdreed
Zephyr upon successfull move (#302, sort of)
10:06 Ticket #1084 (debathena-dotfiles should not clean up sessions on upgrade) closed by jdreed
fixed
10:05 Ticket #1175 (bash: LD_ASSUME_KERNEL: unbound variable with set -u) closed by jdreed
fixed
09:54 Changeset [25677] by jdreed
Allow specifying > 3 arguments
09:53 Ticket #1191 (Get rid of "dirname $0" in the build scripts) created by jdreed
It's basically impossible to test build scripts from anywhere other than …
09:41 InProgressTickets edited by jdreed
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09:41 InProgressTickets edited by jdreed
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09:40 InProgressTickets edited by jdreed
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09:39 InProgressTickets edited by jdreed
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09:33 InProgressTickets created by jdreed

07/31/12:

15:55 Ticket #745 (Manpage for moira(1) doesn't list stanley et al) closed by jdreed
fixed: This got fixed in 11-30-2010, moira r4025.
15:33 Ticket #714 (webmail.mit.edu and Firefox warn-on-redirect don't work well) closed by jdreed
wontfix: If someone finds a website other than webmail.mit.edu where this breaks, …
15:23 Changeset [25676] by jdreed
Support moving multiple packages (Trac: #688)
15:18 Ticket #358 (debathena-dns-config breaks networking when registration required) closed by jdreed
wontfix: #1131 makes this irrelevant, as dnsmasq does in fact go check what …
15:12 Changeset [25675] by jdreed
In athena-libraries: * Recommend ia32-libs
14:54 Changeset [25674] by jdreed
In locker-menu: * Add shiny icons (Trac: #581)
10:32 Changeset [25673] by jdreed
In locker-menu: * Launch maple.java instead of Maple (Trac: #1186)

07/30/12:

15:45 Changeset [25672] by jdreed
In dns-config: * Switch to dnsmasq instead of bind9 (Trac: #1131) * Don't add a mit.edu suffix if it's already there * Use IFACE.PROG format for the resolvconf profile * Bump Standards-Version * Make initscript LSB-compliant
14:45 Changeset [25671] by jdreed
In reactivate: * Ship a session wrapper that runs initgroups(3) and stop abusing sudo (Trac: #928) * Stop depending on kexec-tools, which hasn't been needed since 2.0.25 * Wrap Depends line for easier reading
12:42 Ticket #1190 (sudo erroneously tells you you're on a quickstation) created by jdreed
because you're not in the admin group any more, you're in the sudo group.
10:53 Changeset [25670] by jdreed
Add matlab icon file, license, and .docs file to install it
10:37 Changeset [25669] by jdreed
In locker-menu: * Add an icon for MATLAB (Trac: #581)

07/28/12:

11:09 Changeset [25668] by jdreed
Provide a way for the package to know about changes to the list via md5sums

07/27/12:

14:39 Ticket #1189 (dkms transition broke linux-image-server) created by jdreed
dkms only recommends some headers, not all of them. I think we want …
14:04 Changeset [25667] by jdreed
In locker: * Depend on libperl4-corelibs-perl if it exists (Trac: #1188)
13:56 Ticket #1188 (Add libperl4-corelibs-perl) created by jdreed
Without it, deprecation warnings are printed when using 3partysw launcher …
13:56 Ticket #1187 (Work with alexp to convert 3partysw launch scripts to Perl 5) created by jdreed
And cleanup cruft while we're at it.
13:25 Changeset [25666] by jdreed
Remove timeout code
13:23 Changeset [25665] by jdreed
Declare that we break reactivate-1.0
13:21 Changeset [25664] by jdreed
In auto-update: * Give up and switch to apt-get, because aptitude is incompetent (Trac: #1020, #1026, #1145 * Drop support for reactivate-1.x machines.
10:40 Changeset [25663] by jdreed
In auto-update: * Be more verbose in auto-upgrade * rotate auto-upgrade logs

07/26/12:

17:58 Ticket #1186 (Maple won't launch from dash on precise 64 bit machines) created by alexp
Maple continues to fail to launch from dash on debathena-precise machines, …
17:53 Ticket #1185 (Chromium needs the equivalent of firefox-extension, maybe) created by jdreed
For things like the MIT CA, etc.
15:12 Ticket #1184 (vinagre missing in debathena-precise) created by alexp
vinagre seems to have gone missing in the precise release. Can it be added …
14:20 Changeset [25662] by jdreed
Removing installing.txt immediately after downloading it, because we just cat it to /dev/tty6, we don't need it there.
11:35 Changeset [25661] by jdreed
- Deal with /run chroots - Allow $DATA to be overridden for testing purposes - Add -d option for debugging which won't nuke the directory on a failure

07/25/12:

17:34 Ticket #1183 (make-chroot doesn't work with quantal) created by jdreed
Among other things, schroot expects /dev/shm to be a directory, and it's …
17:20 Changeset [25660] by jdreed
Don't barf if /dev/shm is a symlink
16:47 Changeset [25659] by jdreed
Quantal is both supported and not supported
13:41 Changeset [25658] by jdreed
In auto-update: * Inhibit all dpkg pre- and post- hooks during the download phase (Trac: #1020)
12:56 Changeset [25657] by jdreed
Release 1.4.6
12:22 Ticket #994 (Consider shipping /usr/bin/ooffice to tell people to go run "soffice") closed by jdreed
fixed
12:22 Ticket #1047 (Consider switching from Firefox to Chrome) closed by jdreed
fixed: 1.4 has been in production for a while.
12:15 Ticket #927 (No job control for rescue /bin/sh in PXE installer) closed by jdreed
fixed
10:23 Changeset [25656] by jdreed
We want the reboot code when the kernel is less than 3.2, not >=

07/24/12:

18:21 Changeset [25655] by jdreed
In lightdm-config: * Support multiple monitors (Trac: #1031)
16:25 Changeset [25654] by jdreed
In thirdparty-installer: * Initial release.
16:14 Changeset [25653] by jdreed
In dotfiles: * Pass --no-start to dh_installinit (Trac: #1084)
14:22 Ticket #1182 (oom_adj is deprecated as of natty) created by jdreed
[…]
09:57 Ticket #1163 (install-debathena.sh on precise is maybe broken) closed by jdreed
fixed
09:52 Changeset [25652] by jdreed
- Precise is now supported - Tell Quantal users they're Wrong(tm) - Tweak message for EOL'd distros

07/21/12:

19:01 Ticket #1181 (Policy on security updates) created by adehnert
There are concerns that athena.dialup may not be taking updates as often …
18:54 Ticket #1180 (Policy on scheduled downtime and reboot announcements) created by adehnert
If we're moving our users to athena.dialup, it would be nice if there were …
18:53 Ticket #1179 (TracZephyrPlugin should send linerva tickets to -c linerva) created by adehnert
Instead of confusing everybody on -c debathena, changes to tickets with …
18:52 Ticket #1178 (shellinabox on the dialups?) created by adehnert
To transition the linerva.mit.edu name over to athena.dialup, we want …
18:51 Ticket #1177 (sslh on the dialups?) created by adehnert
To transition the linerva.mit.edu name over to athena.dialup, we want …
18:49 Ticket #1176 (Story for screen on the dialups) created by adehnert
To transition the linerva.mit.edu name over to athena.dialup, we need a …
18:46 Linerva created by adehnert
18:44 Debothena created by adehnert

07/20/12:

18:52 Changeset [25651] by jdreed
In msmtp-config: * Send authenticated mail by default (Trac: #1140)
17:33 Changeset [25647] by jdreed
In dotfiles: * Use a test for LD_ASSUME_KERNEL that doesn't trigger unbound variable warnings
17:25 Changeset [25650] by jdreed
Use tilde in version comparison for debathena-getcluster
17:22 Changeset [25649] by jdreed
Use new getcluster -p argument to generate plain text clusterinfo and parse it by hand, to avoid the security issues inherent in 'eval'.
17:12 Changeset [25648] by jdreed
In getcluster: * Add a "-p" flag to print out space-separated key/value pairs for things to parse by hand * Update man page for new option
16:55 Ticket #1175 (bash: LD_ASSUME_KERNEL: unbound variable with set -u) created by jweiss
The following was reported by kenta on test.dialup which recently took the …

07/19/12:

20:18 Ticket #1037 (getcluster(1) should quote its shell output) reopened by jdreed
12:06 Ticket #677 ([printing] 9050s rotate A4 documents) closed by jdreed
wontfix
12:03 Changeset [25646] by jdreed
In printing-config: * Don't ignore local cluster info when getting the default printer (Trac: #1032)
11:40 Changeset [25645] by jdreed
In extra-software-nox: * Add rlpr to the release (Trac: #1021)
09:53 Ticket #1105 (The MIT Software menu is maybe broken?) closed by jdreed
worksforme: I looked at hello-unity. It does tell us very nicely how to add …
08:55 Ticket #1174 (zenity dialogs are stupidly large with multi-line messages unless you pass ...) created by jdreed
Starting with Precise (or maybe Oneiric), zenity dialogs where --text …
08:52 Changeset [25644] by jdreed
In dotfiles: * Add /usr/lib/init/check-for-reboot to the logout aliases (Trac: #971). We add this here and not in xsession, because dotfiles can't/shouldn't depend on xsession.
08:01 Changeset [25643] by jdreed
In bugme: * .present() the window every 10 seconds (Trac: #386)

07/18/12:

15:22 Ticket #1173 (desync should grow desync2cron functionality) created by jdreed
For various reasons, we're using desync merely to generate a "random" …
12:25 Changeset [25642] by jdreed
In thirdparty-languages: * Maybe depend on gccgo (Trac: #1155) In thirdparty-simulation: * Add jmol, jmol-applet if available (Trac: #1155)
12:02 Changeset [25641] by jdreed
In lightdm-config: * Support basic accessibility options (High Contrast theme and an on-screen keyboard, if available)
09:35 Ticket #590 (debathena-tex-bin no longer necessary) closed by jdreed
fixed
09:35 Ticket #1164 (reactivate never actualls runs in lightdm) closed by jdreed
fixed
09:35 Ticket #1161 (Xauthority shouldn't be in ~) closed by jdreed
fixed
09:35 Ticket #1153 (recovery-mode-config broken on Precise) closed by jdreed
fixed
09:35 Ticket #1110 (More robust dotfiles) closed by jdreed
fixed
09:34 Ticket #1072 (moira-gui fails silently with expired tickets) closed by jdreed
fixed
09:34 Ticket #775 (Cluster logouts are slow because of schroot stupidity) closed by jdreed
fixed
09:34 Ticket #1109 (XDG_CACHE_HOME should be pointed to a local directory) closed by jdreed
fixed
09:33 Ticket #1052 (cluster reboots sometimes hang (1)) closed by jdreed
fixed

07/17/12:

19:39 Milestone Precise Beta completed
19:39 Ticket #673 (Rebuild for Squeeze) closed by jdreed
fixed
19:39 Ticket #612 (adding "@mit.edu" on the login screen gives "Cannot contact the Athena ...) closed by jdreed
fixed
19:38 Ticket #1011 (Give up on kexec for auto-upgrades) closed by jdreed
fixed
19:38 Ticket #1006 (debathena-nologin-monitor doesn't block "browse" button) closed by jdreed
fixed
19:38 Ticket #865 (debathena-firefox-extension doesn't deal with ubufox.js transition) closed by jdreed
fixed
19:38 Ticket #831 (bugme -> logmeout) closed by jdreed
fixed
19:38 Ticket #1151 (Fix skewed packages in production) closed by jdreed
fixed
19:38 Ticket #1146 (Make reactivate work with Precise) closed by jdreed
fixed
19:37 Ticket #1138 (Update thirdparty for Precise) closed by jdreed
fixed
19:37 Ticket #1130 (Pressing [redacted] will open a gnome-terminal in kiosk mode) closed by jdreed
fixed
19:37 Ticket #830 (bugme should run on kiosk session) closed by jdreed
fixed
19:37 Ticket #819 (/etc/nologin needs to stop being a symlink) closed by jdreed
fixed
19:37 Ticket #1144 (kiosk doesn't work with FF >7) closed by jdreed
fixed
19:37 Ticket #1136 (firefox-extension doesn't work with modern FF on new installs) closed by jdreed
fixed
19:36 Ticket #995 (Support lightdm) closed by jdreed
fixed
08:30 Changeset [25640] by jdreed
You do in fact need to be root

07/16/12:

16:48 Ticket #1172 (reactivate: alsa-utils initscript is gone in Natty) created by geofft
/etc/init.d/debathena-reactivate runs […] As of Natty, that initscript …

07/13/12:

15:51 Changeset [25639] by jdreed
Explain that they probably don't want this rescue shell (#927)
15:40 Ticket #489 (Follow up with NIST on getting the KDC upgraded to play nice with stock ...) closed by jdreed
duplicate: #529 has more state.
15:37 Changeset [25638] by jdreed
Add daupload-bleeding symlink
15:36 Ticket #967 (Create -bleeding repository) closed by jdreed
fixed
15:35 RepositoryBestPractices edited by jdreed
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15:28 Ticket #1040 (natty broke lpd://user@foo URLs) closed by jdreed
fixed
11:45 Changeset [25637] by jdreed
In verify: * Initial release.
11:11 Copyright edited by jdreed
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07/11/12:

21:54 Changeset [25636] by jdreed
Override the correct file path
20:49 Ticket #805 (printing-config should be nonnative) closed by jdreed
wontfix: printing-config should not exist, and we should not encourage its …
20:48 Ticket #465 (come up with a coherent plan for debathena-printing-config) closed by jdreed
fixed
20:46 Ticket #889 (Kill the LPR GTK+ backend) closed by jdreed
wontfix
16:58 Changeset [25635] by jdreed
* Cleanup installing.txt * Abuse dpkg --compare-versions to determine whether to add the reboot=pci hack or not
16:27 Changeset [25634] by jdreed
In lightdm-config: * Display a MOTD on the login screen (Trac: #793) * Add support for a config file * Un-break logo animation, which was broken when the timer callback only conditionally returned True * Deal more gracefully with a missing background image * Move greeter to /usr/lib/debathena-lightdm-config

07/10/12:

17:47 Changeset [25633] by jdreed
In lightdm-config: * Drop a separate panel window and actually implement a real menubar on the background window for the top "panel"
11:05 Changeset [25632] by jdreed
In lightdm-config: * Support basic accessibility options (read: a High Contrast Theme) * For aesthetic reasons (since the windows have no borders), hide the login window when displaying a dialog box

07/09/12:

23:35 Changeset [25631] by jdreed
In dotfiles: * Don't use bash's path separator in tcsh
15:18 Ticket #932 (Installer should configure Oneiric and Wheezy for multiarch) closed by andersk
invalid: The Ubuntu installer configures multiarch for you where appropriate. See …
14:26 Ticket #1171 (Blacklist for dbus-daemon-launch-helper) created by jdreed
There are some things we should never start inside the chroot (like …
14:19 Changeset [25630] by jdreed
In reactivate: * Implement a blacklist for services that should never start inside the chroot
13:00 Ticket #1170 (lightdm should wait for AFS to come up) created by jdreed
In the Upstart world, it's possible for the greeter to come up before AFS …
11:53 Ticket #1169 ("Printer may not be connected" is annoying) created by jdreed
s-c-p throws this up when what it means is "Waaah, I haven't heard from …
10:42 Changeset [25629] by jdreed
In cupsys-config: * Supply alternate PPDs for ancient distros (Trac: #1068) * Depends on hpijs-ppds, not hpijs (Trac: #1067)

07/08/12:

21:34 Ticket #390 (Figure out empathy support) closed by jdreed
worksforme: On Natty, at least, Pidgin integrates just fine with f-u-s-a and friends.
21:26 Changeset [25628] by jdreed
Pretend to support wheezy
21:22 Changeset [25627] by jdreed
In recovery-mode-config: * Don't set variable that don't exist; don't write out 127.0.1.1 line (Trac: #1070)
21:15 Ticket #1062 (printing-config should respect local printer over Hesiod default) closed by jdreed
duplicate: #1032
21:02 Ticket #1022 (lpr fails to add job to printer queue) closed by jdreed
worksforme
20:40 Changeset [25626] by jdreed
In reactivate: * Set the time in reactivate, because NTP apparently can't (Trac: #749)
20:24 Ticket #818 (Run athinfod during the install) closed by jdreed
fixed: This got pushed out for Precise. I'm not backporting it, but we'll use it …
20:21 Ticket #952 (debathena-kiosk button should be a panel applet) closed by jdreed
wontfix: I've done this on lightdm, and we don't care about gdm-config on cluster …
20:21 Ticket #917 (post-commit hook should be in UTF8) closed by jdreed
fixed: Done. I.. have no idea why it took us this long.
16:43 Changeset [25625] by jdreed
In firefox-extension: * dpkg-query returns non-zero if a package doesn't exist
15:01 Ticket #567 (upstart is too cool for invoke-rc.d) closed by jdreed
wontfix: Re-open this with a reproducible test case if it's still an issue, but I'm …
14:02 Ticket #1168 (Some combination of ConsoleKit, LightDM, or our greeter sucks) closed by jdreed
invalid
14:02 Changeset [25624] by jdreed
In lightdm-config: * Be clearer about what a DBus error probably means when initiating a restart/shutdown from lightdm

07/07/12:

22:14 Changeset [25623] by geofft
Create debathena-gdm metapackage and build-dep on it in debathena-gdm-config

07/06/12:

16:36 Changeset [25622] by geofft
Revert NACKed r25462
16:26 Changeset [25621] by kaduk
Emit proper comment string for apt.conf files
15:23 Changeset [25620] by jdreed
Remove unneeded debathena.cfg
15:11 Changeset [25619] by jdreed
In thunderbird-config: * Update for Thunderbird 3.x, drop all support for pre-3.x releases * Disable offline IMAP (Trac: #1020)
12:59 Changeset [25618] by jdreed
Delete the file added in r25617 once the update ends
12:54 Changeset [25617] by jdreed
In auto-update: * Inhibit dpkg-preconfigure during auto-updates (Trac: #1020)
08:47 Changeset [25616] by jdreed
In printing-config: * Be verbose about whether add-athena-printer completed and explain to users that they can select a different/better PPD
Note: See TracTimeline for information about the timeline view.