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Don't you hate those mornings where you wake up tired? Ugh... Had a great time at a concert in Vancouver on the weekend. Went camping. Fell asleep under the stars, woke up under a heavy rainstorm. Spent the remaining hours of the night under a tarp, which was conveniently situated in the precise location where all rain water was collecting. Got up at 5:30 and went to Denny's. Normally I really dislike Denny's, but at 5:30am it's a godsend.

Arch Linux

I started some general handbook-type documentation for Arch yesterday. It's slow going, but I hope to have something substantial for the 0.3 release.


Testing testing testing... We've spent the last 6 months revamping our main product and now we have to test the hell out of it. So my next two days will be spent writing scripts to generate random statistical data so I can import it into the system and make sure numbers don't get lost. This shouldn't really be my job, but we don't have any testers, so...

And while I was gone, it turns out that one of the drives in our main database server lost one of the RAID drives, so we need to move control to the slave db box until we can get the primary back to tip-top shape. This gives us the chance to move to a different filesystem too, since we're really pushing the 2gb file size limit in ext2.

Anybody have any good suggestions for a new filesystem? Do any of them work particularly well with RAID-1?

Arch Linux

Well, I crammed a few more l'il features into pacman 2.0beta (might as well, while it's still un-released to the general public). Beta testers haven't reported any problems yet, and they seem quite pleased with the new features. The only part I'm not happy with is the performance of the db_find_conflicts() function, which has to search through all files in all packages in the database, looking for conflicts. It's an expensive operation with a multi-textfile database that I'm using. Everything has its trade-offs, I suppose.

Received some more positive feedback from a user today. I love that stuff. :) When you're an open-source programmer who doesn't make any money for his work, positive feedback and a general sense of pride and accomplishment are really the only returns you get on your hard work.

2 Jul 2002 (updated 2 Jul 2002 at 22:36 UTC) »

I've released pacman 2.0 beta to a select few Arch Linux users. I'm running it on all my workstations and it's smooth so far. A week or two of testing and it will be ready for release, though the new dependency logic isn't much use without a good dependency tree in the package set. *sigh* in time. The other AL developers are all busy with their real lives, so it's just me again, for now.

I'm hoping to get a 0.3 release out in the next 2-3 weeks. Then the plan is to release a pacman 2.1 which will have all the nifty features I didn't have time to get in 2.0.

I'm somehow still finding time to get work done on Pacman2 -- he's got apt-get functionality now and auto resolves dependencies at the binary level. Next is the source level.

We're looking at moving our master server to rackshack, as they've got kick-ass prices and (reputedly) good tech support. Now we just have to get some donations going. We're 60% of the way...

Pacman 2.0 is roughly halfway through development. Dependencies are fully functional and he's got ftp/http download capabilities built in. Now I need to merge the pacsync stuff in there and start finding some beta testers.

Well, Arch is coming along even better than expected, especially when you consider the fact that I have no free time and my head will probably explode (or implode) soon. *sigh*

An ABS auto-update script is in the works, and I am now on the prowl for some download mirrors. If I keep serving iso's from the T1 at work, somebody's bound to notice. :)

I've set goals (but no dates) for Arch Linux 0.2, and it should prove to be quite stable and powerful for the experienced linux user.

The first release of Arch Linux happened today. So far things have gone extremely well. It sports a custom-built package manager and the latest stable version of all packages, as of this writing.

Big plans ahead! ;)

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