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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On getting NEW packages into stable

There's a lot of discussion / moaning /arguing at this time, so I thought I'd post something about how LAVA got into Debian Jessie, the work involved and the lessons I've learnt. Hopefully, it will help someone avoid the disappointment of having their package missing the migration into ...

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LAVA in Debian unstable

lava-server has arrived in Debian unstable. No need for third party repositories (unless you want to), a simple apt install lava-server. What happens from that point isn't so simple. I've made the single instance installation as straightforward as I could but there is a lot more to do ...

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