FAD NA 2010 Day 1

after a 5 hour drive yesterday from home to Ames, IA. I met up with John and Larry, Max flew in shortly after. We ate some local BBQ for tea. then went played some pool and had lots of fedora conversation. After John thoughly beat us all, Max and I chatted while i preppared the pork butts that im going to smoke for our saturday night social dinner event. We have 40lbs of uncooked meat we will end up with 25lbs or so of coooked meat.

Right now we are discussing fedora events and how to have them promote them etc. how can we piggyback on other events, how do we promote fedora at different events and get either new users contributors, fedora awareness etc.

Fedora 12 SPARC beta

I have pushed a fedora 12 beta sparc tree the master mirror, you can find one close to you Here under /releases/test/12-Beta/sparc/ the tree is pretty much complete. there are a few broken deps that need resolving. Partitioning is fragile. it mostly works however sometimes you will be best off to do manual partitioning in rescue mode or breaking out into a shell.

Here is a quick list of some of the issues you might hit and workarounds.

  • serial console install – to have a console on the serial port post install pass “console=ttyS0,9600” to the installer
  • serial console install – to do any customisation at all you need to use vnc
  • sunblade systems with qlogic hba’s for primary storage – Make sure that you do a graphical install (vnc or local X) or kickstart and include “hardware support” this is so that you have the firmware for your primary storage
  • install blowing up at partitioning – parted doesnt seem to like old parted disk labels. in rescue mode “dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdX bs=512 count=2” where X == the valuse of each disk
  • partitioning is fragile – simple partitioning works fine more complicated setups might require you to manual use parted to setup the partitioning you want and then choosing custom partitiing and allocate as you need to
  • less than 512mb ram – using vnc you may get OOM during package install. you will need to either do a default install or select a smaller package set
  • repo issues when installing – There is not repos exactly as anaconda wants when doing a netinstall. you can pass repo=”path to mirror” or fix up in the gui

Oh and partitioning is fragile, it looks like F-13 will be better

And things ive likely forgotten or missed, please drop into #fedora-sparc on freenode for assistance, questions or feedback.

Getting EPEL ready for EL-6

So its that time of the RHEL release cycle that we are starting to work on getting EPEL in shape for it, The first step is to prepare for mass branching, that will happen this Friday, 7th of May. if you have a packge that you do no want branched for EL-6 that has a EL-5 branch you need to add a nobranch file to the EL-5 branch with a reason why. the reason why is just for documenting. if you have a package that has moved to RHEL you dont have to add a nobranch but it would be nice if you did.

There is mock configs available in my mock git tree fedora people git tree I need to do a push with ccache of EPEL-6 content for it to work. unless you disable the ccache plugin. koji disables ccache, maybe we need to disable it in mock to make mock more like koji.

Due to how Red Hat is pushing out RHEL we are building i686, x86_64, and ppc64. We could also do s390x builds however i dont know that there is any demand for it. ppc32 and s390 trees are not complete enough for us to use.

Almost done renovating the office.

A couple of weeks back my co-workers were heard complaining about the renovations on there cubes. While that was happening i was in the midgst of renovations in my office. I work from home as a remottee. I tend to spend alot of time in my office here, between work and Fedora. its been kinda ugly for quite some time. I replaced the windows last year which made it comfortable, before the new windows it would be extremely cold in winter and unbearabley hot in summer. This year i installed some box seating, with storage built in. a new hardwood floor and fixed the water damaged gyprock due to some shoddy roofing work done before I brought my house. I still need to finish the trim and fix some minor issues, I would like to do a bigger built in desk/bookshelf. That will be one of next years jobs.

The view to my desk

new view of the desk

The view from my desk, The box seating needs trimming, and I need some staples to finish the seat cushioning.

The almost finished box seating

I decided wednesday night i needed to get it painted for the weekend, so off i went to lowes to pick out a colour, im really happy with my choice. the no VOC paint was excellent no paint smell at all. I got the floor down on Friday, and put the finishing touches in on saturday. Followed by a 1st birthday party sunday for Macy. I am amazed daily what she has learnt and achieved in one year.

Now onto a busy week. Macy’s and my birthday today, my 9 year wedding anniversary on Wednesday and heading to FUDCon on Friday.


A few fedora-packager releases ago, i added a utility to fedora-packager called fedora-cert. its intended as a utility to check that your cert is good and download a new one when needed. Ive not touted it since the verification of certificates is incomplete. pyOpenSSL doesnt have CRL support so i cant check to see if your certificate is revoked or not (there is about 10 implementations upstream waiting to be decided upon). What does work is “fedora-cert -n” which will get you a new certificate and save it in place. you just then need to run fedora-packager-setup.

since lots of peoples certificates are about to expire i wanted to get work out there that this is an option for you. rather than downloading the cert from the browser and manually putting in place. Down the road I want to make this a library so that fedora-packager-setup will let you do everything in one step. but you can verify your cert manually and fedora-cvs can tell you that your certs has expired, been revoked or is about to expire. So please give it a whirl and report bugs.

Day one of FISL 10

Im once again at FISL in Porto Alegre, Brasil. I feel much more comfortable here this year. I understand some portugese but not alot and speak very little. Communications this year are better. Also in attendance are Fedora ambassadors from other parts of Latin America, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Mexico, and elsewhere im likely forgetting now. there is a mixture of English, Spanish and Brazillian Portugese.

its nice to see that Fedora makes the press in Latin Aerica
Fedora in the press

I gave my talk on spacewalk this morning. There was a good turn out. I had hoped for more questions. But i guess i either answerd them all, they did not have them at this point in time. or i just confused them all. Im hoping it was the first two options. I did have positive feedback.

Dennis Getting ready for the talk