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Sun, 18 Mar 2007

[CeBIT] About "Beutelratten"

Two years ago I wondered how one could translate the german (exhibition) idiom Beutelratte.

I must confess, that I forgot the suggestions I got. Sorry.

But thanks to the daughter of the developer representing Scribus here at CeBIT we have a nice sign for them:

No Beutelratten please!

Update: Kevin Mark informed me that the term pack rat is often used at US tradeshows for thise kind of people picking up everything.

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Mon, 05 Mar 2007

Back from Chemnitz

The Chemnitzer Linux-Tage are over and I'm back home. Again it was an outstanding event. Starting from the overall organisation to the social event (and their quiz) to the catering... I'm still stuffed with the buffet of the social event :)

The first thing in the morning I did a workshop about Debian package building. It was very well visited; only two seats were left empty. The visitors were very good; understood most very fast and corrected me a couple of times, when I did copy'n paste mistakes. It was fun to do that, and I got good feedback.

BTW: If you need a small example to show someone how to create a Debian package, you might want to take a look an gnujump. The templates created by dh_make work nearly out of the box (so you can concentrate on explaining what is done, instead of fixing stuff to get it working), while the resulting package has still place for improvements (.menu and .desktop files; splitting the package into a arch dependent and an arch independent; etc.) And most important: It is compiles quite fast, while you still have something to show, so your visitors will see, that you indeed did something.

Talking about the feedback I got after the workshop: One guy asked me about a way to check for conflicting packages, and we all wondered, that there's nothing scripted available, yet. So I promised to hack something together to at least check for conflicting files. The result is available at conflict finder (and later an, as soon as I find out how to setup webdav/svn to allow read access to some repositories and not others).

To check for packages your package should conflict with, you need to first build your package (or we won't know which files are in your package) and give the path to the resulting .deb as the first parameter to the script. If you have a Contents-foo.gz file somewhere on your hard disc, you can specify the path to that file as the second parameter (if you use apt-file or have a local mirror, it'll try to find it; if everything fails the script will try to download one).

Then the script will check for each file of your Debian-Package if there is any other package having the same file. Sounds cool, but is damn slow; the repeated zgrep over the Contents-File is quite time consuming. For a quite small package (xdialog) it took nearly 15 minutes to complete. Wow, when I hacked it together, I wouldn't have thought it would be that slow.

As far as I know Alexander Wirt is already working on an improved version using some kind of database (and perl).

postet at 18:40 into [Debian/events] permanent link

Fri, 02 Mar 2007

I'm off to Chemnitz

Not that this city would be a very attractive one (in my humble opinion), but they have one of the most interesting and well organized Linux events in germany.

If you have nothing to do during the weekend (or need an excuse for not having squashed any rc-bugs ;) get to Chemnitz; it's really worth it.

There'll be a Debian booth organized by Noel (Sorry, too lazy to dig out how to get your accents in HTML), as well as other interesting booths. I'll give a small workshop about debian package building. See you there!

postet at 15:45 into [Debian/events] permanent link

Wed, 28 Jun 2006

Arrived in Sarajevo

Will tell a nice story about airlines later. Just a small note, we have arrived safly.

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Leaving for a week...

... to check with stockholm, Ganneff and Moray the DebConf-7 venues. Need to catch a train at 06:34 and pick up my ticket at the airport. Hope that works well. I feel a bit unprepared for that country; usually I try at least to learn some common phrases -- actually I once was proud to know what "Thank you!" and "pardon."means in twelve different languages. Including Chinese! Today I just know how to spell my favourite Chinese beer, and that I still hate flying.

Damn, I should have taken the train.

postet at 05:11 into [Debian/events/DebConf-7] permanent link

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Alexander Tolimar Reichle-Schmehl lives in Tuttlingen / Germany. He works as IT manager (specialized on Unix and SAN/Storage) for an international automotive supplier.