Deprecating dpkg-cross

Deprecating the dpkg-cross binary

After a discussion in the cross-toolchain BoF at DebConf16, the gross hack which is packaged as the dpkg-cross binary package and supporting perl module have finally been deprecated, long after multiarch was actually delivered. Various reasons have complicated the final steps for dpkg-cross and there remains ...

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Moving to Pelican

Prompted by Tollef, moving to Hugo, I investigated a replacement blog engine. The former site used Wordpress which is just overhead - my blog doesn't need to be generated on every view, it doesn't need the security implications of yet another website login and admin interface either.

The blog ...

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Experimenting with LXQt in Debian

LXQt is a Qt lightweight desktop - the Qt port of LXDE. Packages exist in Debian - albeit without a top level metapackage or task package to make installing it easier. So I wrote up a simple-ish vmdebootstrap call:

$ sudo vmdebootstrap --image lxqt.img --size=5G --package=lxqt-panel \
--package=libqt5xcbqpa5 --package=qterminal ...
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bashrc-git snippets

Just in case someone else finds these useful, some bash functions I've got into the habit of having in ~/.bashrc:

mcd(){ mkdir "$1"; cd "$1"; }

gum(){ git checkout "$1" && git rebase master && git checkout master; }

gsb() { LIST=`git branch|egrep -v '(release|staging|trusty|playground ...
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The problem of SD Mux

I keep being asked about automated bootloader testing and the phrase which crops up is “SD mux” – hardware to multiplex SD card access (typically microSD). Each time, the questioner comes up with a simple solution which can be built over a weekend, so I’ve decided to write out the ...

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ARMMP Jessie

Whilst the rest of Debian was very busy actually making the Jessie release, I was trying to prepare the ground to test the armhf installer images.

Cubietruck is fine, it's a nice install and the documentation on the wiki works nicely. I tried to automate it (as it would ...

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Extending an existing ARMMP initramfs

Note

The actual use of this extension is still in development and the log files are not currently publicly visible, but it may still be useful for people to know the what and why.

The Debian ARMMP kernel can be used for multiple devices, just changing the DTB. I've ...

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