FOSS Activites in June 2020

Here’s my (ninth) monthly update about the activities I’ve done in the F/L/OSS world.


This was my 16th month of contributing to Debian. I became a DM in late March last year and a DD last Christmas! \o/

This month was a little intense. I did a lot of different kinds of things in Debian this month. Whilst most of my time went on doing security stuff, I also sponsored a bunch of packages.

Here are the following things I did this month:

Uploads and bug fixes:

Other $things:

  • Hosted Ruby team meeting. Logs here.
  • Mentoring for newcomers.
  • FTP Trainee reviewing.
  • Moderation of -project mailing list.
  • Sponsored ruby-ast for Abraham, libexif for Hugh, djangorestframework-gis and karlseguin-ccache for Nilesh, and twig-extensions, twig-i18n-extension, and mariadb-mysql-kbs for William.

GSoC Phase 1, Part 2!

Last month, I got selected as a Google Summer of Code student for Debian again! \o/
I am working on the Upstream-Downstream Cooperation in Ruby project.

The first half of the first month is blogged here, titled, GSoC Phase 1.
Also, I log daily updates at

Whilst the daily updates are available at the above site^, I’ll breakdown the important parts of the later half of the first month here:

  • Documented the first cop, GemspecGit via PR #2.
  • Made an initial release, v0.1.0! 💖
  • Spread the word/usage about this tool/library via adding them in the official RuboCop docs.
  • We had our third weekly meeting where we discussed the next steps and the things that are supposed to be done for the next set of cops.
  • Wrote more tests so as to cover different aspects of the GemspecGit cop.
  • Opened PR #4 for the next Cop, RequireRelativeToLib.
  • Introduced rubocop-packaging to the outer world and requested other upstream projects to use it! It is being used by 6 other projects already 😭💖
  • Had our fourth weekly meeting where we pair-programmed (and I sucked :P) and figured out a way to make the second cop work.
  • Found a bug, reported at issue #5 and raised PR #6 to fix it.
  • And finally, people loved the library/tool (and it’s outcome):

    (for those who don’t know, @bbatsov is the author of RuboCop, @lienvdsteen is an amazing fullstack engineer at GitLab, and @pboling is the author of some awesome Ruby tools and libraries!)

Whilst I have already mentioned it multiple times but it’s still not enough to stress how amazing Antonio Terceiro and David Rodríguez are! 💖
They’re more than just mentors to me!

Well, only they know how much I trouble them with different things, which are not only related to my GSoC project but also extends to the projects they maintain! :P
David maintains rubygems and bundler and Antonio maintains debci.

So on days when I decide to hack on rubygems or debci, only I know how kind and nice David and Anotonio are to me!
They very patiently walk me through with whatever I am stuck on, no matter what and no matter when.

Thus, with them around, I contributed to these two projects and more, with regards to working on rubocop-packaging.
Following are a few things that I raised:

Debian LTS

Debian Long Term Support (LTS) is a project to extend the lifetime of all Debian stable releases to (at least) 5 years. Debian LTS is not handled by the Debian security team, but by a separate group of volunteers and companies interested in making it a success.

This was my ninth month as a Debian LTS paid contributor. I was assigned 30.00 hours and worked on the following things:

CVE Fixes and Announcements:

Other LTS Work:

  • Triaged sympa, apache2, qemu, and coturn.
  • Add fix for CVE-2020-0198/libexif.
  • Requested CVE for bug#60251 against apache2 and prodded further.
  • Raised issue #947 against sympa reporting an incomplete patch for CVE-2020-10936. More discussions internally.
  • Created the LTS Survey on the self-hosted LimeSurvey instance.
  • Attended the third LTS meeting. Logs here.
  • General discussion on LTS private and public mailing list.


Sometimes it gets hard to categorize work/things into a particular category.
That’s why I am writing all of those things inside this category.
This includes two sub-categories and they are as follows.


This month I did the following things:

  • Wrote and published v0.1.0 of rubocop-packaging on RubyGems! 💯
    It’s open-sourced and the repository is here.
    Bug reports and pull requests are welcomed! 😉
  • Integrated a tiny (yet a powerful) hack to align images in markdown for my blog.
    Commit here. 🚀
  • Released v0.4.0 of batalert on RubyGems! 🤗

Open Source:

Again, this contains all the things that I couldn’t categorize earlier.
Opened several issues and PRs:

Thank you for sticking along for so long :)

Until next time.
:wq for today.