MTFAQMTFAQ: /ˈɛmtiːfak/, n.
- More Than FAQ
- When a developer has become so tired of a FAQ that decides to doc it or even change the code to remove the FAQ from the list, it's said that FAQ has become an MTFAQ.
Downgrading to stable
This weekend I had to downgrade my home desktop to stable thanks to a strange Xorg bug which I've been unable to identify among the current ones. Both testing and sid versions seem affected and all you can see after booting is this:
The system works fine otherwise and can be accessed via ssh, but restarting kdm doesn't help to fix it, it just changes the pattern. Anyway, as explaining a toddler he cannot watch his favourite youtube cartoons because suddenly the computer screen has become an abstract art work is not easy I quickly decided to downgrade.
Downgrading went fine, using APT pinning to fix stable and apt-get update/upgrade/dist-upgrade after that, but today I noticed libreoffice stopped working with this message:
Warning: failed to launch javaldx - java may not function correctly /usr/lib/libreoffice/program/soffice.bin: error while loading shared libraries: libreglo.so: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory
# locate libreglo.so /usr/lib/ure/lib/libreglo.so
# echo '/usr/lib/ure/lib' > /etc/ld.so.conf.d/libreoffice-ure.conf # ldconfig
Bye bye DebConf15
Yep, I had planned to go, but given the last mail from registration seems there's a overwhelming number of sponsorship requests, so I've dediced to withdraw my request. There's lots of people doing much more important things for Debian than me which deserve that help. Having to complete my MSc project does also help to take this decision, of course.
I guess the Debian MIA meeting will have to wait for next planetary alignment ;-) well, not really, any other member of the team can set up it, hint! hint!
See you in DebConf17 or a nearby local event!
An useful new feature of git
Just read in LWN that git 2.2.0 is coming with the support for signed pushes. What's that? Well, name says it all: you can sign with your public PGP key the 'git push' operation, which of course can be checked on the corresponding server side hook.
This opens a new way of contributing to public repositories without the need to have an actual account on the machine, which is always good for sysadmins :-) and security, of course. In the case of Claws Mails, translators could be pushing their translations, for example, which cold be also good for our release manager too ;-).
FOSS or not FOSS, that's the question
Today in #claws IRC channel some user wanted to move away from Claws Mail to another MUA. That probably happens every day or two, so nobody really cares (I don't, at least).
Claws' storage format is MH, nothing exotic or unknown, hence there's no explicit exporting utilities, as requested by that user. Anyway one of the developers suggested mh2mbox, which seems a pretty straightforward option. Claws has also a mailmbox plugin, which can be populated with messages from MH folders, but when you have lots of them the task becomes boring :-)
Anyway, the point of this post was not the technicalities of conversion but more the ideas people has about FOSS. At some point, after some arguing about how developers doesn't listen to users and how wrong donating to the project had been, the user said:
12:54 < somebody> If I develop a system, and I want people to use it, then I have a duty to listen to people and consider to make it useable for them ... or else, they won't use it.
This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.
Switching PGP keys
Finally I find the mood to do this, a process which started 5 years ago in DebConf 9 at Cáceres by following Ana's post, of course with my preferred options and my name, not like some other ;-).
Said that, dear reader, if you have signed my old key:
1024D/C9B55DAC 2005-01-19 [expires: 2015-10-01] Key fingerprint = CFB7 C779 6BAE E81C 3E05 7172 2C04 5542 C9B5 5DAC
4096R/DE5BCCA6 2009-07-29 Key fingerprint = 43BC 364B 16DF 0C20 5EBD 7592 1F0F 0A88 DE5B CCA6
A whole year has passed since my post about moving Claws Mail development to Git!
Looking from the distance it resulted more easy than expected, or maybe it's just that I only remember the good moments :-) and forgot about the not so good ones.
The only drawback is that I know of at least one core developer which has been excluded from development because of this move. I also know git is probably not the only reason, but anyway, this makes the sweetness of migration a bit bitter, even a year later.
BTW, his music is really good, so even if I miss him as developer I also want him to keep playing!
Fixing partridge eggs with industrial duct tape
Human nature is hard to change. Very hard. We can talk about it for ages, but mistakes repeat again and again. In the end it's mostly by mistakes how we learn, so I doubt this could ever be changed without losing our own nature. One of these is trying to fix some social issue with a technical measure. Unfortunately, given the technical orientation of most of the developers, this appears from time in our Debian private mailing list, and yesterday I realized it's our own version of Godwin's law:
“As a social problem discussion grows longer in debian-private the probability of some developer proposing a technical solution aproaches one.”
Shared memory crazyness
The output of some commands explains it all.
These are the default values in a Wheezy system:
$ ipcs -l ------ Shared Memory Limits -------- max number of segments = 4096 max seg size (kbytes) = 32768 max total shared memory (kbytes) = 8388608 min seg size (bytes) = 1
# sysctl kernel.shmmax=1073741824 kernel.shmall=1073741824 kernel.shmmax = 1073741824 kernel.shmall = 1073741824
$ ipcs -l ------ Shared Memory Limits -------- max number of segments = 4096 max seg size (kbytes) = 1048576 max total shared memory (kbytes) = 4294967296 min seg size (bytes) = 1
The Debian Project...
...is reading my mind!
I didn't tell anybody, but a couple of months ago, when I finally had time at work to upgrade my work computer desktop from Squeeze to Wheezy I also switched from GNOME to XFCE. Now I read via LWN that Debian is doing the same, at least for a while :)
BTW, I knew newer GNOME was different (had seen it in Fedora 18 for example), anyway I installed it (because I was lazy enough just to apt-get dist-upgrade the box) and tried it.
Maybe it's me, becoming an old dog which doesn't want to learn new tricks, but in order to get my work done as fast as usually I had to install something usable, hence went back to XFCE. I had to manually convert GNOME panel launchers to XFCE launchers but, besides that and some missing applet I'm pretty happy with the switch.
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