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weekend is over
Back in Erding since yesterday. For the record: driving took 3:55. I think I should drive more relaxed...

Debian
Updated ifplugd twice a day, because I forgot to put pkg-config into Build-Depends: and of course the buildds failed. Also updated waproamd. So I closed 9 bugs in one day ;-).

Moving to USA
Yes, that's right. More about this later. Anja found a good link for apartment rentals: www.rentnet.com.

Okay, it is weekend, and now I am in Göttingen again. 4hours and 15 minutes drive, not bad for 524km. I am tired, but my little daugher is still awake. It is 00:28.

Just found a strange problem with one of my Debian packages that I maintain, ifplugd. Seems that after some time it does a lot of disk I/O, though it shouldn't - it does not have to do anything with files. My notebook made click-clack all the time, and I tried everything until I did 'killall ifplugd', and then it was quiet. Strange. Wrote upstream about it.

I have a love/hate relationship with autoconf/automake... it is somehow cool for detecting libraries and stuff, it also may make cross compiling easier if done correctly. But it can also cause lots of trouble, even if done correctly:

I have autoconf'ed a small package I am currently developing, and it was all fine, it works, I built a Debian package of it, tested and was happy. I did this on a sid box. But it will be really used on a woody box, so I backported the package for woody, in a chroot, with autoconf and automake installed. I know that during build of a Debian package autoconf/automake should not be used, but just ./configure. But, for some reason during the configure stage autoconf is called, finds that the configure.ac is for autoconf 2.58 and fails... so why is this necessary? I tried different things, like putting another version number to AC_PREREQ, but autoconf 2.53 wants some other details differently, so that did not work out. Final solution is to uninstall autoconf in the chroot.

So autoconf does exactly the contrary to what it is intended for: to find out the environment a package is built in and configure the package accordingly. But fails miserably when it finds an old version of itself.

BTW, the same thing happened to me when I tried to backport flow-tools. Uninstalling the auto tools finally helped.

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