kalu 4.1.0 is out, speaks Norwegian

Time for a new release of kalu. Mostly a bugfix release, though thanks to AdmiringWorm kalu now speaks Norwegian Bokmål!

Note that there was a bug in the updater, where /etc/pacmand.d/hooks was not set as default HookDir if none were specified in pacman.conf - which means unless you set it there, any custom hooks were not used.

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Posted 12 May 2016


What does it mean when 'alsactl restore' talks invalid sysfs?

alsactl: sysfs_init:48: sysfs path '/sys' is invalid
Found hardware: "HDA-Intel" "Analog Devices AD1989B" "HDA:11d4989b,10438311,00100300" "0x1043" "0x8311"
Hardware is initialized using a generic method

This is what I could read on boot after a recent kernel upgrade (4.4.1-2 -> 4.4.3-1, to be exact), as a result of running alsactl restore Now, the good thing is my audio didn't stop working, but that's still not right (and my settings (e.g. volume levels) weren't restored as they should have been).

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Posted 11 March 2016


kalu 4.0.2 released

"Release often" they say, right? Yet another release of kalu, since a stupid mistake on my part led to notifications being empty in 4.0.1, making them much less useful indeed.

This is now fixed; Thanks to adam777 for the report. Hopefully this is the last release for this week :p

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Posted 04 February 2016


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

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