15 04 | 2016

Let's Encrypt: threat or opportunity to other certificate authorities?

Written by Tanguy

Classified in : Homepage, Debian, Command line, Miscellaneous

Let's Encrypt is a certificate authority (CA) that just left beta stage, that provides domain name-validated (DV) X.509 certificates for free and in an automated way: users just have to run a piece of software on their server to get and install a certificate, resulting in a valid TLS setup.

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22 01 | 2016

Removing sam2p from Debian

Written by Tanguy

Classified in : Homepage, Debian, Command line, To remember

Issues with sam2p and removal

I have been maintaining the Debian package of sam2p for some time. Unfortunately, the upstream development of that program is no longer active, and it is using an old custom build chain that no longer works with recent version of GCC.

This package is currently failing to build from source, and while I have been able to patch some issues in the past, and it may still be possible to fix it again, this is not really sustainable.

I am therefore considering to remove sam2p from Debian, unless someone has a very good reason to keep it and is able and willing to maintain it.

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26 01 | 2015

Scale manufacturers…

Written by Tanguy

Classified in : Homepage, Debian, Miscellaneous, Grumble

Dear manufacturers of kitchen scales, could you please stop considering your clients as idiots, and start developing useful features?

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08 01 | 2015

Proof of address: use common sense!

Written by Tanguy

Classified in : Homepage, Debian, Miscellaneous, Grumble

As I have just moved to a new home, I had to declare my new address to all my providers, including banks and administrations which require a proof of address, which can be a phone, DSL or electricity bill.

Well, this is just stupid, as, by definition, one will only have a bill after at least a month. Until then, that means the bank will keep a false address, and that the mail they send may not be delivered to the customer.

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09 12 | 2014

Using bsdtar to change an archive format

Written by Tanguy

Classified in : Homepage, Debian, Command line, To remember

Streamable archive formats

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Archive formats such as tar(5) and cpio(5) have the advantage of being streamable, so you can use them for transferring data with pipes and remote shells, without having to store the archive in the middle of the process, for instance:

$ cd public_html/blog
$ rgrep -lF "archive" data/articles \
      | pax -w \
      | ssh newserver "mkdir public_html/blog ;
                       cd public_html/blog ;
                       pax -r"

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