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Louis-Philippe Véronneau: Montreal's Debian & Stuff - June 2022
June 21, 2022, 5:15 PM
As planned, we held our second local Debian meeting of the year last Sunday. We
met at the lovely Eastern Bloc (an artists' hacklab) to work on Debian
(and other stuff!), chat and socialise.
Although there were fewer people than at our last meeting1, we still did
a lot of work!
I worked on fixing a bunch of bugs in Clojure packages2, LeLutin worked
on podman and packaged libinfluxdb-http-perl and anarcat worked on
internetarchive, trocla and moneta. Olivier also came by and worked on
debugging h...
Steve Kemp: Writing a simple TCL interpreter in golang
June 21, 2022, 9:45 AM
Recently I was reading Antirez's piece TCL the Misunderstood again, which is a nice defense of the utility and value of the TCL language.
TCL is one of those scripting languages which used to be used a hell of a lot in the past, for scripting routers, creating GUIs, and more.  These days it quietly lives on, but doesn't get much love.  That said it's a remarkably simple language to learn, and experiment with.
Using TCL always reminds me of FORTH, in the sense that the syntax consists of "words...
John Goerzen: Lessons of Social Media from BBSs
June 21, 2022, 1:52 AM
In the recent article The Internet Origin Story You Know Is Wrong, I was somewhat surprised to see the argument that BBSs are a part of the Internet origin story that is often omitted.  Surprised because I was there for BBSs, and even ran one, and didn’t really consider them part of the Internet story myself.  I even recently enjoyed a great BBS documentary and still didn’t think of the connection on this way.
But I think the argument is a compelling one.
In truth, the histories of Arpanet a...
Niels Thykier: wrap-and-sort with experimental support for comments in devscripts/2.22.2
June 20, 2022, 8:00 PM
In the devscripts package currently in Debian testing (2.22.2), wrap-and-sort has opt-in support for preserving comments in deb822 control files such as  debian/control and debian/tests/control.  Currently, this is an opt-in feature to provide some exposure without breaking anything.
To use the feature, add --experimental-rts-parser to the command line. A concrete example being (adjust to your relevant style):
wrap-and-sort --experimental-rts-parser -tabk
Please provide relevant feedbac...
John Goerzen: Pipe Issue Likely a Kernel Bug
June 20, 2022, 4:31 PM
Saturday, I wrote in Pipes, deadlocks, and strace annoyingly fixing them about an issue where a certain pipeline seems to have a deadlock.  I described tracing it into kernel code.  Indeed, it appears to be kernel bug 212295, which has had a patch for over a year that has never been merged.
After continuing to dig into the issue, I eventually reported it as a bug in ZFS.  One of the ZFS people connected this to an older issue my searching hadn’t uncovered.
rincebrain summarized:
I believe, if ...
Iustin Pop: Experiment: A week of running
June 20, 2022, 1:17 PM
My sports friends know that I wasn’t able to really run in many, many
years, due to a recurring injury that was not fully diagnosed and
which, after many sessions with the doctor, ended up with OK-ish state
for day-to-day life but also with these words: “Maybe, running is just
not for you?”
The year 2012 was my “running year”. I went to a number of races,
wrote blog posts, then slowly started running only rarely, then a few
years later I was really only running once in a while, and cou...
Petter Reinholdtsen: My free software activity of late (2022)
June 20, 2022, 12:30 PM
I guess it is time to bring some light on the various free software
and open culture activities and projects I have worked on or been
involved in the last year and a half.
First, lets mention the book
releases I managed to
publish.  The Cory Doctorow book "Hvordan knuse
overvåkningskapitalismen" argue that it is not the magic machine
learning of the big technology companies that causes the surveillance
capitalism to thrive, it is the lack of trust busting to enforce
existing anti-monopoly laws...
Jamie McClelland: A very liberal spam assassin rule
June 20, 2022, 12:27 PM
I just sent myself a test message via Powerbase (a
hosted CiviCRM project for community organizers) and it
didn’t arrive. Wait, nope, there it is in my junk folder with a spam score of
X-Spam-Status: Yes, score=6.093 tagged_above=-999 required=5
tests=[BAYES_00=-1.9, DKIM_SIGNED=0.1, DKIM_VALID=-0.1,
Dirk Eddelbuettel: #38: Faster Feedback Systems
June 19, 2022, 3:46 PM
Engineers build systems. Good engineers always stress and focus efficiency of these systems.
Two recent examples of engineering thinking follow. One was in a video / podcast interview with Martin Thompson (who is a noted high-performance code expert) I came across recently. The overall focus of the hour-long interview is on ‘managing software complexity’. Around minute twenty-two, the conversation turns to feedback loops and systems, and a strong preference for simple and fast systems for mo...
John Goerzen: Pipes, deadlocks, and strace annoyingly fixing them
June 19, 2022, 3:46 AM
This is a complex tale I will attempt to make simple(ish).  I’ve (re)learned more than I cared to about the details of pipes, signals, and certain system calls – and the solution is still elusive.
For some time now, I have been using NNCP to back up my files.  These backups are sent to my backup system, which effectively does this to process them (each ZFS send is piped to a shell script that winds up running this):
gpg -q -d | zstdcat -T0 | zfs receive -u -o readonly=on "$STORE/$DEST"
Bastian Venthur: blag is now available in Debian
June 18, 2022, 4:00 PM
Last year, I wrote my own blog-aware static site generator in
Python. I called it “blag” – named after the blag of the
webcomic xkcd. Now I finally got around packaging- and uploading blag to
Debian. It passed the NEW queue and is now part of the distribution. That
means if you’re using Debian, you can install it via:
sudo aptitude install blag
Ubuntu will probably follow soon. For every other system, blag is also
available on PyPI:
pip install blag
To get started, you can
mkdir blog...
Antoine Beaupré: Matrix notes
June 17, 2022, 3:34 PM
I have some concerns about Matrix (the protocol, not the movie that
came out recently, although I do have concerns about that as
well). I've been watching the project for a long time, and it seems
more a promising alternative to many protocols like IRC, XMPP, and
This review may sound a bit negative, because it focuses on those
concerns. I am the operator of an IRC network and people keep asking
me to bridge it with Matrix. I have myself considered just giving up
on IRC and converting t...
Dima Kogan: Ricoh GR IIIx 802.11 reverse engineering

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