Month: May 2010

Done in Berlin

We need a couch in the office, for sunday-afternoon naps after long, long meetings of the KDE e.V. board. Since we need some more furniture for the office anyway — shelving for storing schwag, some organizing cabinets and things to keep down clutter and a better monitor stand for Thorsten — we just might end […]

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EBN up^Wdown for the moment

I wrote this on Saturday afternoon, but didn’t hit “post”: After running fsck repeatedly until it finally stopped finding unreferenced files, I’m hopefully calling the disk array fixed on the EBN. I’m still going to reconfigure the server in some way, but for the time being I’ve restarted the VM for api.kde.org and the EBN. […]

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A Weekend in Berlin

I end up writing so much about OpenSolaris that people sometimes assume I work for Sun or Oracle. Not the case. The KDE4-OpenSolaris project is my development hobby, and isn’t part of any employment at all. I worked for the FSFE until recently, and nowadays I work in the garden while looking for something new […]

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Another round of OSOL builds for KDE4

After a few upgrades on various desktop and laptop machines (don’t get me started about the EBN machine, which is curiously unstable under FreeBSD 8.0) so that my main development workstation is running OSOL build nv134, I’ve kicked off a new round of OSOL builds. Of course, I ran into the 134 upgrade issue where […]

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EBN down with hardware problems

As Luca B. and some others have pointed out already, the EBN is down again. Read errors on one disk followed by a panic on one of the filesystems overnight. This means plenty of things offline again, and by now the situation is such that I’m going to have to take drastic measures. That means […]

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Hugin and patents

It’s interesting to see Hugin show up twice in one day: Ken Wimer describes how he produced the UDS group photo with it — he focuses on the use of Hugin and the user interface — while Michael Kesper has made a panorama in Tromsø. But Michael points out an interesting issue with Hugin: a […]

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EBN, api.kde.org, vizzion.org and others back at last

Well, it took ages, but the EBN and the different VMs it hosts are back. Add “sysadmin” to the list of occupations I probably shouldn’t attempt without (1) more training (2) a stricter schedule. The NLUUG spring conference on systems administration was quite educational — and fun, too, chatting with various companies and learning about […]

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KDE SC 4.4.3 on OpenSolaris

It took some wrestling, but the EBN machine is back up, with some of the VMs up and running FreeBSD 8-STABLE. I’m still repairing the EBN itself, since that has many many more packages installed that need recompiling than the other VMs. There’s also Java to deal with — it may have become superfluous on […]

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Rains, pours, downtime

There’s a few things I learned today: One is that FreeBSD with UFS2 is a little slow when dealing with directories with over a million files in them. The KDE SVN — created way back in the SVN 1.4 or earlier days — is set up like that, with one flat directory structure. As a […]

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Extended downtime for EBN

Overconfidence goeth before a fall, they say. The software upgrades on the EBN machine are taking a good deal longer than intended. Part of this is some unexpected trips I had to make, but mostly it’s just that 6.2-6.4-7.4-8.0 is a lot of buildworlds (which take surprisingly long!) and reboots, followed by the realization that […]

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