kalu 4.0.1 released

2016 will be different, and there's already a new release of kalu! Nothing to be pleased about though, as I let slip a bad bug with the templates reworking, and kalu would segfault when running and no configuration has been loaded.

In other words, news users - or anyone without an existing kalu.conf - would see a segfault as soon as the first checks were ran. Not good.

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Posted 03 February 2016


kalu 4.0.0, PkgClip 1.3.0 released

As I don't doubt you're aware, pacman 5.0 is out. I managed to take some time and here we go with new releases for kalu & PkgClip -- though, really, only the former has a link to the new pacman, since as said before PkgClip wasn't actually affected by the API changes.

(For pacdep: API changes aren't relevant, so a simple rebuild will do the trick. No new version coming as of yet.)

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Posted 01 February 2016

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How to use kalu, PkgClip & pacdep with pacman 5

As you may know, pacman 5.0 was just released (and is available in testing) so you might want to give it a try (and play with hooks) !

To do so, here's what you need to know wrt my tools:

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Posted 30 January 2016

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slicd: a new Linux cron daemon

There are already many cron daemons out there, and I honestly don't remember how I came about looking into such tools, but as I did I realized I wasn't too happy with the way most worked.

For instance, they all seem to operate on the same model: wake up at the top of every minute, to check if there's any job to run or not. Many also include some operations other than dropping privileges to the right user, such as setting up the environment, sometimes via definitions inside the cron tables...

I wanted something simpler. Small, simple, that does as little as possible.

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Posted 12 January 2016


Introducing pam_rundir

As a user of a Linux system, you should have a runtime directory available for applications. Such a thing is even defined in the XDG Base Directory Specifications, as $XDG_RUNTIME_DIR -- and it is quite likely that you do have one set up.

You may have a session manager or some other component of your system handling this directory for you, in which case the following likely won't be of much interest to you. If you do not have a $XDG_RUNTIME_DIR however, let me introduce a little PAM module to take care of it.

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Posted 10 January 2016


anopa 0.4.0 released

A new version of anopa - init system/service manager built around s6 supervision suite - has been released. Main changes since 0.3.0 are :

  • Change how the logging works: instead of logging into /run/initramfs/boot.log in stage 1 & 2, and using aa-mvlog to move said file to /var/log/boot at the end of stage 2, now stage 1 & 2 (much like stage 3) log directly into /var/log/boot/current

    As a special treat however, stage 1 will first check for a file /run/initramfs/boot.log and import its content into /var/log/boot/current if found.

    That way everything from stage 1 is logged into persistent storage, and the whole process is simpler.

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Posted 10 January 2016


Making an anopa-powered bootable ISO

There is something I've been meaning to do for some time now, I really should have, yet haven't found some time to: writing some sort of proper/actual introduction to anopa.

So let's try to do this now, with an actual example. A little while back, I explained why I was looking for another init system, and since I couldn't find what I was looking for, I started working on my own. That's how anopa, an init system/service manager based on the supervision suite s6, came to be.

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Posted 14 November 2015


Has Arch lost its Way?

A few years back, as I wanted to switch OS and enter the world of Linux, I needed to pick a distribution (or first, figure out what makes a distribution, what sets one apart from another).

Did some research, downloaded and tried a few ISOs, but quite honestly this wasn't a deciding factor in the end. No, what really helped me make up my mind was doing a bunch of reading, learning the "principles" of a distribution.

And the reason I eventually went with Arch Linux, was what's known to Archers as The Arch Way, which is said to "illustrate the principles and philosophy of Arch Linux."

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Posted 10 April 2015


kalu 3.0.0 released

A new version of pacman (4.2) has been released, introducing some API changes to ALPM. To go along with it, version 3.0.0 of kalu has been released, with the usual few fixes as well as some new features.

If you've been using branch pacman-next you're already familiar with said changes, mainly the fact, using kalu's updater, it can now keep track of any .pacnew and .pacorig file created during a sysupgrade, and will made such information available as variable $PACFILES in the post-sysupgrade

This can be used to e.g. perform 3-way merge of .pacnew files. See man page for more, as well as this post for an example of use.

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Posted 20 December 2014


Use tool of your choice to perform IO operations in donnatella

A few changes have just been pushed to branch next of donnatella, introducing some changes when it comes to IO operations (i.e. copy/move/delete files).

Starting at the top: donnatella doesn't perform any such IO operations itself. This isn't a not-yet-implemented feature but a design choice: there are plenty of tools which specialized in such things, no need to re-invent the wheel, let's use the existing ones instead!

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Posted 13 December 2014

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