Alue status report

In May, I posted about the discussion forum software I am writing, Alue. Since then – What works: The NNTP interface is essentially complete. There is a rudimentary reading and posting HTTPS interface . Users are able to self-register, manage their own accounts and reset…

This is Alue

I have made a couple of references in my blog to the new software suite I am writing, which I am calling Alue. It is time to explain what it is all about. Alue will be a discussion forum system providing a web-based forum interface,…

Asynchronous transput and gnutls

To the extent possible under law, Antti-Juhani Kaijanaho has waived all copyright and related or neighboring rights to Asynchronous transput and gnutls. This work is published from Finland. GnuTLS is a wonderful thing. It even has a thick manual – but nevertheless its documentation is…

Star Trek

It is curious to see that the eleventh movie in a series is the first to bear the series name with no adornment. It is apt, however: Star Trek is a clear attempt at rebooting the universe and basically forgetting most of the decades-heavy baggage….

dpkg tip

If your dpkg runs seem to take a long time in the “reading database” step, try this: Step One: Clear the available file dpkg –clear-avail Step Two: Forget old unavailable packages dpkg –forget-old-unavail Step Three: If you use grep-available or other tools that rely on…

Initramfs problems with the new kernel-package, and a solution

I’ve been using Manoj’s new kernel-package for some weeks now, and used it to compile two kernels (a reconfigured 2.6.29.1 and the new 2.6.29.2). Both times I’ve had trouble with initrd. As the documentation says, kernel-package kernel packages no longer do their own initramfs generation….

Some things to avoid when triaging other people’s bugs

DO NOT send your query for more information only to nnn@bugs.debian.org. That address (almost) never reaches the submitter. (The correct address is nnn-submitter@bugs.debian.org – or you can CC the submitter directly.) DO NOT close a bug just because your query “can you still reproduce it”…

Hear, hear!

I would like to applaud Colin Watson’s excellent post on bad bug triage technique. Thank you, Colin. It needed to be said – I have experienced most of those problems myself, in Debian.

grep-dctrl is ten years old

My message Intent to package a Debian control file grepper to WNPP and debian-devel is today a decade old. Apparently, the message predates the invention of the acronym ITP for Intent to Package (the first instance I can find is from May 1999). The changelog…