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Diablo enters room

Despite reading some problems with it, some related with the new mail client -- but I don't use it, of course ;-) -- I decided to do it for first, and, if it works as promised, for last time too:

# ./flasher-3.0.amd64 -F RX-44_DIABLO_4.2008.23-14_PR_COMBINED_MR0_ARM.bin -f -R  
flasher v0.8.1 (Jan  5 2007)

SW version in image: RX-44_DIABLO_4.2008.23-14_PR_MR0
Image 'kernel', size 1536512 bytes
        Version 2.6.21-200823maemo3
Image 'initfs', size 2286848 bytes
        Version 0.95.16-200823maemo2
Image 'rootfs', size 125042688 bytes
        Version RX-34+RX-44+RX-48_DIABLO_4.2008.23-14_PR_MR0
Image '2nd', size 8192 bytes
        Valid for RX-44: 0808
        Version 1.1.16-200823maemo1
Image 'xloader', size 9216 bytes  
        Valid for RX-44: 0808
        Version 1.1.16-200823maemo1
Image 'secondary', size 100736 bytes
        Valid for RX-44: 0808
        Version 1.1.16-200823maemo1
Image '2nd', size 8192 bytes
        Valid for RX-44: 0801, 0802, 0803, 0804, 0805, 0806, 0901, 0902
Image 'xloader', size 9216 bytes  
        Valid for RX-44: 0801, 0802, 0803, 0804, 0805, 0806, 0901, 0902
        Version 1.1.16-200823maemo1
Image 'secondary', size 100736 bytes
        Valid for RX-44: 0801, 0802, 0803, 0804, 0805, 0806, 0901, 0902
        Version 1.1.16-200823maemo1
Suitable USB device not found, waiting
USB device found found at bus 001, device address 009
Found device RX-44, hardware revision 0805
NOLO version 1.1.6
Version of 'sw-release': RX-44_2008SE_1.2007.42-19_PR_MR0
Sending xloader image (9 kB)...   
100% (9 of 9 kB, avg. 2250 kB/s)  
Sending secondary image (98 kB)...
100% (98 of 98 kB, avg. 8943 kB/s)
Flashing bootloader... done.
Sending kernel image (1500 kB)... 
100% (1500 of 1500 kB, avg. 8774 kB/s)
Flashing kernel... done.
Sending initfs image (2233 kB)... 
100% (2233 of 2233 kB, avg. 11110 kB/s)
Flashing initfs... done.
Sending and flashing rootfs image (122112 kB)...
100% (122112 of 122112 kB, avg. 6928 kB/s)
Finishing flashing... done

I didn't do any backup, so I've started from scratch again with it. Just for reference the detailed instructions for flashing are described in maemo.org wiki.

Syndicated 2008-08-02 12:06:07 from Ricardo Mones

Theme change

Tired of the classic livejournal theme, I've switched to something else. Not specially better, not specially worse.

Syndicated 2008-07-17 16:49:42 from Ricardo Mones

Command of the day

for d in `ldd /usr/local/bin/claws-mail | cut -d\( -f1 | cut -d\> -f2 | sed 's,\s,,'`; do dpkg -S $d 2> /dev/null; done | cut -f1 -d: | sort -u | xargs | for p in `cat`; do dpkg-query -W $p; done

Nice, isn't it? ;-)

For the curious: it gives all package names and versions of the libraries a binary depends upon (recursively, per ldd, and errors discarded, so beware!).

Syndicated 2008-06-11 09:27:35 from Ricardo Mones

Bye Madrid, hi new home

The result has finally been unleashed yesterday to me, and as expected, I'm not going to work in Madrid anymore with the client I was assigned for the last three months.

The result was obviously not the desired for my company, because, in abstract, it may have been a nice contract until 2009, but it's very difficult to compete with meat factories which lower the prices more than 30 percent over an adjusted budget. Anyway this prevented myself from having to take a plane every monday and friday for, probably, the rest of the year. There's also a negative part, like not meeting anymore soon with some Debian dudes in Alfredo's, like the dinner we had two weeks ago.

On the positive side, we're now living at our new home, though still setting things up. Lots of boxes and stuff spread on the floors, which is slowly being sorted and relocated. Still waiting for the dinning's room sofa, so we have to watch TV japanese style and have dinner in the kitchen. Fortunately internet connection seems to work smoothly, but now we have less bandwidth. To cut some costs the basic package was the choosen, which currently is a 4 Mbit download / 300 Kbit upload cable link.

My debian stuff is basically frozen since last post, though I've been able to sponsor one vagalume release and upload the 2.5 release candidate of sylpheed, which, by the way, is having a strange bug on some architectures. Public thanks goes to fgeek, which has allowed me to steal a little of his home bandwidth and cpu to maintain my IRC presence during this transition period.

Syndicated 2008-06-04 10:56:17 from Ricardo Mones


No, it's not a Britney's album reference and probably not as dark as the subject suggests, but the home change (which is not going to effectively happen until June 1st) requires the Internet connection I'm using to be removed from our current hired flat. Thanks to our much beloved Asturian ISP I perfectly know that from May 1st the current contract will be finished (and service dropped) and on 8th they will take back the cable-modem, but I have no fscking idea when the new contract and the new connection will be ready at the new home, despite having solicited it two weeks ago.

If that were not enough, and thanks to Murphy's law, my main IMAP mailbox (the account I have at the university since twelve years ago) seems to have disappeared into /dev/null. Service failures were not uncommon from time to time, but now I can connect and both mutt and Claws Mail keep on saying I have no INBOX, which looks pretty true from the little I can see when ssh'ing the mail server. I've already redirected the forwarders, but if telecable cancels also the current mail accounts associated with the contract I'll have to do again. And seems also I've been subscribed to a lot of lists with that address from aic.uniovi.es, because i'm not receiving any mail from debian lists... which is a real pleasure for now :-D. Fortunately Claws lists were double subscribed and I can read them on gmail, I hope the failures from the uniovi address aren't causing excessive trouble to our listmaster ;-).

On the Debian front the bugs for all sylpheed-claws related packages have been issued, so expect them to disappear soon from the unstable archive (they already were removed from testing several weeks ago). Bye bye sylpheed-claws, we won't miss you.

Syndicated 2008-04-28 10:42:15 from Ricardo Mones

claws-mail 3.4.0, dudesconf 2

The claws-mail packages have reached the 3.4.0 version. These include several important fixes, so all users are encouraged to upgrade. I planned to include Colin's pre-release multiple-fixes patch in a previous upload but finally the lack of time and the near release date provoked this upload hadn't occurred. There's something new in the packaging because I've switched all the copyright files to machine-interpretable copyright format. This is not mandatory (just a proposal) but I think it's interesting enough to support it. I'll be giving a lightning talk about this proposal within the Dudesconf-II event, the small debconf-like conference to be celebrated in A Coruña in a couple of weeks. I'll be traveling by car with chipi, another Debian developer which came with me last year, and baby, who has been recently promoted also to Debian developer (yay! congratz Miriam! welcome to debian.org, the republic of the spammed people! :-)). Hopefully that week I won't be traveling to Madrid for working, otherwise it could be very tiresome. Unfortunately I have to do it tomorrow, so once the claws-mail-extra-plugins have finished uploading (in process right now) I'm going to bed ;-).

Syndicated 2008-04-20 23:09:08 from Ricardo Mones

No-living Madrid

I'm being lazy again updating this. As predicted in a previous entry (oh, I'm lazy enough to link it) my life has changed for a while. A while which is going to last for three months (though the first one is finishing this week). I'm now working from Monday to Friday at Madrid, living in a, well, a kind of single flat, but worse: a bathroom, a couple of small beds (I only use one, the other is handy to leave the luggage), a table with two chairs, a couple of armchairs and a minimalistic kitchen behind accordion doors. All packed in less than 30 square meters. To be honest I spent most of the day at work and most of the remaining time sleeping, so having such crappy residence is not as depressing as it seems at first. The remaining time is filled with unsophisticated cooking, food collecting, personal hygiene and watching some movie on the MacBook. Lacking an internet connection limits the amount of hacking it can be done, and I simply batch it for delivery around valley hours at work.

Connection at work is behind a proxy, but not a fascist one, so I've been able to ssh home using httptunnel. The server part was easy, just drop apache from port 80 (not really a problem because apache2 is running on 443 and serving all the interesting things) and start the hts tunnel server on the same port redirected to localhost's ssh port. On the client side things are a bit more tricky because I'm on a Redmond OS, but the htc client can be run both under cygwin and also compiled for win32 (though this version also uses cygwin1.dll). Amazing enough the "compiled for win32" version which is started directly by a shortcut seems to work better than the cygwin one when started from a shell. Version numbers seem to be the same, and cygwin1.dll is also the same (the version provided with the "compiled for win32" was older than the one in my cygwin installation making impossible to use both at the same time, so I replaced it), so it's a mistery to me why it appears to work better.

While httptunnel is a nice improvement over ajaxterm it fails from time to time and you have to restart the connection to the localhost client. This is a minor annoyance in standard usage, but can appear quickly if you increase the traffic in the tunnel, for example raising an ssh tunnel within the http-tunneled connection for making a remote X display be shown locally in the cygwin X server. Using the ssh tunnel for, lets say, sftp uploads, causes it to fail even more frequently, though limiting the upload bandwidth in filezilla helps to maintain the connection alive.

On the Debian side, I've been dealing with bugs, mostly claws-mail ones and the sylpheed-claws removal, which is pretty advanced right now: all sylpheed-claws* packages are now out of testing and ready to be removed also from unstable. Only a migration path is needed for existing users, which will be providing another virtual package in claws-mail (like it's already done for sylpheed-claws-gtk2). I've also requested a binNMU for claws-mail, because current build dependencies make it uninstallable in unstable. A "binNMU" (which stands for binary Non Maintainer Upload) is a kind of semi-automatic rebuild of the binary packages in a source package, used mainly for library transitions (like this one).

There's another area in the Debian side which itches me lately: the sylpheed upstream bug handling. Day after day I miss more and more a friendly bugzilla (or anything similar) where upstream bugs can be posted and, more important, tracked. The few forwarded bugs in the BTS are like messages in a bottle. I've sent them to Hiro, but no response was received, neither Changelog mention or any other sign they have been treated or discarded. Sending them to /dev/null would have been equally efficient. I've noticed he does usually respond to bugs posted in the list, so maybe that's the way to go.

Syndicated 2008-03-10 00:25:45 from Ricardo Mones

The rest of your life begins at 19:30 UTC

Well, not really, but a lot of changes have happened lately on mine :-). In more or less chronological order:

Yep, new hardware! The Nokia guys decided to, finally, provide some n810 devices to the Spanish online store, so poor Spanish developers could buy their awaited discounted tablets. But that couldn't be so easy, of course, and the UPS people played the mouse and the cat with mine for nearly a week, leaving me their infonotes with instructions they didn't honor. Anyway, like it's said, there's no bad that lasts for a hundred years, so the device is finally in my hands and working. First software installed was Claws Mail, of course, and now I can enjoy the deletion of spam from my IMAP accounts from the bed :-D.

As expected, after a short period of transition while some not funny tasks where assigned to me, I'm finally in a new project. This project is big, and has been running for nearly a year now, so the initial learning curve is not easy, but here I am. As expected too, it involves traveling to Swindon (UK), so I'll be there next week from Monday evening to Thursday morning. Don't expect me to see online out of work hours.

Yep, that has changed too, or is going to change very soon: we're going to buy a flat and leave our currently hired home. After some weeks of depressing searching (the prices are ridiculously high in Spain for any kind of place to live) we've found our future home, just 300 m. away from current. Currently we're in the process of finding a bank to marry with for the next 35 years :-), though we hope it won't last so. The search for a bank is also depressing. When you talk to them everything looks pink-coloured, until you start to ask about the fine print... all you think you're saving in the mortgage is being slightly stolen on the insurances, percentages, expenses, taxes, accounts, cards and whatnot. As said, depressing, but that's life.

Free software
Apart of the Clamav issue, which is causing some trouble (like this), there's not much news here, though they're mostly good:

  • Packaged wwp's PECoMaTo for Debian.
  • With the help of Hideki Yamane finally the libsylph packaging was finished, I'm reviewing and sponsoring the uploads.
  • Claws Mail packages are up to date!!
  • Seems my Debian karma has increased from last time I found it - well, not sure if that is really good }:).

... but not all: still didn't request the removal the sylpheed-claws-* packages because of its apparent popularity, though I'm considering just to orphan it, but recommending the removal. If anybody wants to really maintain them, well, is their choice, but I've procrastinated their maintenance for time enough to not deserve even being called the maintainer.

Syndicated 2008-02-14 10:14:56 from Ricardo Mones

Testing effect

By January last year I posted some popcon graphs for fun and comparison. This year I won't repeat myself with the same graphs, but I've found a couple of interesting facts in the graph below which passed unnoticed to me until now.

First thing you may notice is the huge boost claws-mail got this last month. That's nice, and is the "testing effect". Package finally entered testing and a lot of people installed it.

Second, is that, by the end of last year, claws-mail finally had more installations than the ancient sylpheed-claws. It's incredible the amount of people still has it installed, and the only reason I've still not issued the removal request from the archive.

And third (well, I said a couple, but I'm not a mathematician ;-)), and no less important, nearly half of the people who install claws-mail votes for it! That's great compared with the 25% approx. who votes for sylpheed-claws.

Syndicated 2008-01-25 18:01:19 from Ricardo Mones

FSF Directory

Remember this entry about Claws Mail missing in FSF Software Directory? Well, seems the new person in charge did it, and finally we're now listed!. She was kind enough to send me a mail with the URL. It took more than four months (nobody was in charge of the directory at the time I sent the request), but patience resulted fruitful on the long run.

Syndicated 2008-01-08 23:45:55 from Ricardo Mones

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