work and fedora, etc

May 22, 2006


Friday was, umm, pain. I was building all of the perl modules using mostly fedora extras for centos4 in order to get bugzilla installed. A total of 64 perl modules built (including the ones I needed to build the ones I needed to install). Mock made life easier but still, ugh, pain, suffering, etc, etc. At one point I thought I might have slipped into a separate hell dimension populated completely by perl modules. However, bugzilla is now installed I just need to port the database over and migrate the apache information and we will be off of the old machine for the linux@duke bugzilla instance.

Lots of projects for this summer:

– tsm on linux

– afs update to linux-based servers

– more webhosting work than we can shake a stick at.

– still more system audits!


Wow, lots of things happening this week and the one before. Patches from all over the place and some nifty speedups and enhancements. Some of them have already been merged some of them are waiting in my inbox for me to sit down and go over them to look for zaniness. Others should probably be committed by other people (hint, hint) and some others just need to get added to the magical corporate CLA (hint, hint, again)


The most exciting thing in yum news for the past couple of weeks is the C-based metadata parser written by Tambet Ingo. It’s exposed as a python module and all it does it take the xml metadata and dump it directly to the sqlite dbs that yum uses. It’s a fairly massive speedup and nicest of anything it fits in to the yum code so that if it is there, you can use it, and if it is not there, you can still use yum w/o breaking anything. Very nice work. It’s not quite integrated into yum, completely. But look for it in the next couple of weeks where we’ll hopefully have something that’s immediately testable in fedora and other distros.


Fedora Board meeting this last week. Matthew Szulik was in attendance and helped us understand where he thought red hat was vis-a-vis fedora. Short version is pretty positive: Do good things and red hat will help fedora do even more good things. Longer version included some pushes for us to focus on larger-scale items. To think about how fedora can impact people world-wide and not just in our own little corner. Some emphasis on making sure we encourage fedora adoption and help new contributors in china, india and brazil as well as the places where linux adoption is more common: europe and north america.


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