I survived what was a very hectic and busy few days. Hopefully I didn't make too big a fool of myself to my new employer :) Lack of eating, combined with tiredness and alcohol is not a good combination.
I didn't spend as much time with katzj and others as I'd expected - but it was good nonetheless. I got to know quite a few of the UK people which was useful - it seems likely I'll be popping up to Cambridge quite regularly.
It was good to find sane voices on the Java front, and the intrest in JPackage looks positive. Tech stuff on hold untill after the wedding...
Last night I successfully did a cold (other than having an AppleBootstrap Part already) install of rawhide onto my iMac DV SE. Here are the gotchas:
For all those keen to go I am pushing my tree courtesy of skvidal to duke:
Note off the cd you can tell yaboot to boot off the kernel - during install note the following partition numbers - / partition and /boot partition if seperate. Also note the kernel version (check from you mirror)
Boot from CD:
For non-boot cases (where 4 is / partition)
tell yaboot to boot hd:4,/boot/vmlinuz-2.6.5-1.327 root=/dev/hda4
For seperate boot (where 4 is /boot and 6 is /):
tell yaboot to boot hd:4,/vmlinuz-2.6.5-1.327 root=/dev/hda6
Oh and the snapshot is up of the tree that worked.
Life has been busy - weddings take up a lot of your time...
Well havoc and others are commenting on java currently so I thought I'd give an opinion from the trenches.
Having worked with JPackage for a long time one the main frustrations is having to make our users repackage the non-free components. However due to licensing confusion as summarised by another Jpackage member figuring out what we could provide as a package is non-trivial. Also trying to keep things FHS compliant means modifications (even if it is just changing paths or wrapper scripts due to lack of proper symlink resolving) which the license prohibits.
On the bright side there is cross distribution discussion that is looking at the issues with java both on free VM's and vendor ones.
I have been very impressed with RHUG and the native java stuff going into Fedora, it is good news for JPackage as people are looking at interoperability. Java support is required for both Fedora and RHEL realistically and it isn't going to go away soon, hopefully we can make it transparent for any implementation.
Oh and hopefully we'll get an updated native Eclipse snapshot soon...
It's been a while LifeStuff(tm)
Things are looking fairly good atm, I've been running arjan's ppc kernel this week, rebuilt for firewire so it'll talk to my shiny new firewire drive I'm going to test builds on.
After wrestling with anaconda in test mode (turned out prodpath in anaconda was still looking for RedHat) a test run went fairly well. Real install on Sunday.
For doing my kernel builds I've started to use mezzanine to wrap around CVS and a PDR type setup. Useful for generating diffs of specs and .configs.
Discussion on objects in python for rpm is starting which is nice, there is still so much to do at the rpm-python level, including a nasty for biarch setups in addErase that skvidal caught - that's on the list for Sunday too.
UPDATE I'll leave it to you, dear reader to figure some of the questions I asked Red Hat.
Apparently ppc support may be hitting the Fedora kernel tree.
The patches to arch/ppc/mm/init.c and include/asm-ppc/pgalloc.h sound identical to what I did based on spot's sparc patches.
At least can work with the split out configs for pmac. This gives me hope for test3, now I just need to persuade my fiancee to let my buy a G5.
Been busy with various things over the last week, so not had great deal of time. However today got a fedora core 2.6.3 derived kernel up, running with selinux on ppc32. Minor patches need to push to various people after more testing.
[pauln@imac pauln]$ uname -a Linux imac.eridu 2.6.3psn1 #6 SMP Sun Mar 7 09:41:38 GMT 2004 ppc ppc ppc GNU/Linux [pauln@imac pauln]$ id -Z user_u:user_r:user_t
Caught up in bugzilla checking existing ppc bugs and got yaboot/ybin added to policy-sources. Probably should get quik and silo added too.
Also looked at ELKS for the first time in ages, some patches I need to check over and merge. I'm glad to see things picking up on it, I just need to unpack my 8086's.
Well had housewarming this weekend which took up lots of my time - but was very worth while. Lots of people I hadn't seen for a while.
I've made a start on rpm.spec for rpm-python, it'll be the first rpm-python component I've done from scratch but I'm fairly happy with how it's going. I've also experimented with wrapping the rpm extension under a python module to make it easier to merge some helper functions.
My rpmdb went a bit foo'ey so I took the opportunity to play some more with skvidal's rpmUtils module in order to fix it. Only real annoyance was not being able to access some useful functions in rpmUtils.updates as they are part of the class. Probably me being lazy though.
Failed to go to FOSDEM, meaning I missed lots of the OSS java people, but as oneof the things I've been sporadically trying to follow is native eclipse for FC2 I have some good news. I'm happy to say that the latest ant that is in rawhide fixes the issues I had with the naoko ant and libgcj-ssa (multiple classpath entries for .so in an executable).
I'm rebuilding against gcc34 packages and if that all works I may host a yum repo. I'll build on ppc later too. Then to work on rpm-java. I may also try and package native jython too.
I've not been up to stuff because of LifeStuff(tm) such as getting engaged and booking a wedding.
Fear not I shall return to geekdom briefly...
I've a few small rpm fixes I should push to HEAD after testing, plus XFree86 patch (the SDK includes patch made it into 4.4 rc 3 so will be in 4.4 yay!).
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