Aug 2, 2013

YaST in Ruby


As already announced on Factory, yast-devel, and by Lukáš: YaST, the SUSE installation and configuration tool, has been automatically translated from YCP, an in-house custom language, to Ruby. In the past 6 months, we have built a tool to translate 600.000 lines of code developed over the course of 12 years.

My role in the project was mainly shedding light on ancient details of the YCP language and its interpreter. Stop pulling my beard, kids! Also, knowing Bison (the tool used to implement the YCP parser in C++) I designed a part that transfers the comments. Mind you, not only at the function or statement level, but from inside of expressions too. Fun!

Thanks to the team, it was great working on the project with you!

Jul 26, 2011

ruby-dbus 0.7.0 works with 1.9.2 again

I have made a new release of ruby-dbus, a Ruby language binding for the D-Bus IPC system.
  • Added ASystemBus and ASessionBus, non-singletons useful in tests and threads.
  • Fixed handling of multibyte strings (Issue#8, by Takayuki YAMAGUCHI).
  • Allow reopening of a dbus_interface declaration (Issue#9, by T. YAMAGUCHI).
  • Fixed ruby-1.9.2 compatibility again (Issue#12).
  • Fixed authentication on BSD (Issue#11, by Jonathan Walker).
  • Fixed exiting a nested event loop for synchronous calls (reported by Timo Warns).
  • Fixed introspection calls leaking reply handlers.
  • "rake test" now works, doing what was called "rake env:test"
Get a gem from RubyGems.org or an rpm from the openSUSE Build Service.

    May 16, 2011

    LinuxTag 2011 Pictures

    After a problem with the organizers' equipment, kobliha's openSUSE laptop was used to watch the live stream from Skynet I/O Chrome keynote.
    LinuxTag: openSUSE saves the day
    "Rule 1: Stay calm." Ralph Angenendt talks about problem solving.
    LinuxTag: Breathe!
    Party!
    LinuxTag: Party in Umspannwerk Kreuzberg

    Dec 22, 2010

    network-autoconfig: Find a connected eth interface and create an ifcfg for it

    Use case: I want to create an appliance image for a build farm worker machine. I don't know its hardware configuration beforehand; in particular, it may have multiple network interfaces and I don't want to bother figuring out which is which. I will simply include network-autoconfig.rpm and plug the cable into any socket before booting.

    network-autoconfig helps setting up machines with multiple network interfaces. At the first boot, all available Ethernet interfaces are cycled until one is successfully configured with DHCP.

    I have submitted it to openSUSE:Factory now. Enjoy it in the upcoming openSUSE 11.4!

    It is referenced as Feature#311012. You are welcome to improve it on Gitorious.

    Nov 16, 2010

    dbus-dump

    dbus-dump is a tool to capture D-Bus messages in a libpcap capture file.

    It takes an idea from dbus-scrape, which processes a strace output of dbus-monitor, and takes it further by stracing dbus-daemon, thus not relying on any eavesdropping (mis)configuration.

    The intended purpose is to establish the libpcap capture format as a base for debugging tools like

    Thanks to Will Thompson for mentioning the pcap idea.

    Usage

    $ sudo strace -p `pgrep -f 'dbus-daemon --system'` \
        -s 3000 -ttt -xx -o foo.strace
    $ ./dbus-dump foo.strace foo.pcap
    $ ./dbus-pcap-parse foo.pcap
    Tue Nov 16 12:56:47 +0100 2010 #<DBus::Message:0xb741f340
     @body_length=0,
     @destination="fi.epitest.hostap.WPASupplicant",
     @error_name=nil,
     @flags=0,
     @interface="fi.epitest.hostap.WPASupplicant.Interface",
     @member="scan",
     @message_type=1,
     @params=[],
     @path="/fi/epitest/hostap/WPASupplicant/Interfaces/180",
     @protocol=1,
     @reply_serial=nil,
     @sender=":1.7132",
     @serial=88639,
     @signature="">
    Tue Nov 16 12:56:47 +0100 2010 #<DBus::Message:0xb741b060
     @body_length=4,
     @destination=":1.7132",
    [...]>
    

    Dependencies

    It is written in Ruby. The pcap format is handled by a small bundled module. dbus-dump has no other dependencies. dbus-pcap-parse uses ruby-dbus.

    Bugs

    This is an early proof-of-concept release, serving to introduce the libpcap format.

    The main problem of dbus-dump is duplicating the messages, seeing them both when the daemon receives them and when it sends them (multiple times, for the signals).

    The other tools haven't caught up yet:

    $ /usr/sbin/tcpdump -r foo.pcap
    reading from file foo.pcap, link-type 231
    tcpdump: unknown data link type 231
    

    Nov 9, 2010

    ruby-dbus 0.5.0 is a Gem with Errors

    I have made a new release of ruby-dbus, a Ruby language binding for the D-Bus IPC system.
    The main feature is a better binding of Ruby Exceptions to D-Bus Errors. See below for an excerpt of the documentation.
    Perhaps more importantly, the library is now primarily packaged as a RubyGem (Issue#6). Also I converted the tutorial from Webgen to Markdown.
    Bug fixes:
    • Don't pass file descriptors to subprocesses, they would not let go of the service name.
    • Fixed InterfaceElement::validate_name (Ticket#38, by Herwin Weststrate).
    • Fixed a typo in InvalidDestinationName description (Ticket#40).
    RPMs can be found via openSUSE Build Service Search.

    Errors

    D-Bus calls can reply with an error instead of a return value. An error is translated to a Ruby exception.
    begin
        network_manager.sleep
    rescue DBus::Error => e
        puts e unless e.name == "org.freedesktop.NetworkManager.AlreadyAsleepOrAwake"
    end
    

    Replying with an error

    To reply to a dbus_method with a D-Bus error, raise a DBus::Error, as constructed by the error convenience function:
    raise DBus.error("org.example.Error.SeatOccupied"), "Seat #{seat} is occupied"
    
    If the error name is not specified, the generic org.freedesktop.DBus.Error.Failed is used.
    raise DBus.error, "Seat #{seat} is occupied"
    raise DBus.error
    

    Aug 29, 2010

    n2n package improved

    Root.cz recently ran an article (in Czech) about the n2n virtual private network sofware, an open alternative to Hamachi. I intend to use it to cross the NAT in my mom's DSL modem so that I can connect to her computer with ssh and VNC.
    Thanks to happyman_eric and Grief, openSUSE Build Service already contained a package. I have made an improved version, adding an init script and a sysconfig file. Get the sources in my home project, or the binaries.

    Aug 20, 2010

    ruby-dbus 0.4.0 with TCP Transport

    I have made a feature release of ruby-dbus, a Ruby language binding for the D-Bus IPC system.
    • TCP transport which pangdudu coded a year ago. At that time I did not feel familiar enough with the library, and the test suite was much smaller too, so that's why it took me so long.
    • Enabled test code coverage report (rcov)
    • Classes should not share all interfaces (Ticket#36/Issue#5)
    • Ruby 1.9 compatibility (Ticket#37, by Myra Nelson)
    RPMs can be found via openSUSE Build Service Search

    Aug 10, 2010

    Who does not want such a gift

    This post is showing naked women packaged as a present (for openSUSE's 5th birthday) and asks Ah... who does not want such a gift, eh.

    I believe that the female users and contributors of openSUSE don't. It reduces them to pretty things, judged on their looks instead of their contribution.

    Raul, please stop such sexist postings. Your blog is your own, but keep it out from Planet openSUSE.

    Just in case common sense is not enough, let me quote for reference the relevant section of the openSUSE Guiding Principles:

    We value... respect for other persons and their contributions, for other opinions and beliefs. We listen to arguments and address problems in a constructive and open way. We believe that a diverse community based on mutual respect is the base for a creative and productive environment enabling the project to be truly successful. We don't tolerate social discrimination and aim at creating an environment where people feel accepted and safe from offense.
    and the activities in order to excel in our goals: Emphasize the value of communication and recognize cultural diversity within our community.

    Aug 5, 2010

    Upgraded to openSUSE 11.3

    I have upgraded my office workstation to openSUSE 11.3 today. Here I document the migration so that you don't have to repeat my mistakes.

    I went via the command line and ventured to keep all additional repos enabled. So switching the repos was done simply by sed -i "s/11\.2/11.3/g" /etc/zypp/repos.d/*

    The KDE session crashed after kdelibs4-core had been updated. No big deal, so I ran zypper dup again.
    The /home directory is mounted via NFS, so filesystem.rpm failed when it wanted to reset the permissions of /home. Updating it explicitly after unmounting /home was easy, only unmounting it was harder because the crashed session left processes still accessing the home. fuser -v /home found them.

    The NFS mount is also authenticated by Kerberos and there is a bug so I got
    mount.nfs: access denied by server while mounting nfs.example.com:/home
    I had to rebuild and update a package and tweak a config file. See bnc#614293 for the details (thanks to mcaj for the reference).

    Jul 22, 2010

    ruby-dbus 0.3.1

    I have made a bug-fix release of ruby-dbus, a Ruby language binding for the D-Bus IPC system.
    • Many on_signal could cause DBus.Error.LimitsExceeded (bnc#617350).
      Don't add a match rule that already exists, enable removing match rules. Now only one handler for a rule is called (but it is possible for one signal to match more rules). This reverts the half-fix done to fix Issue#3.
    • Re-added InterfaceElement#add_param for compatibility.
    • Handle more ways which tell us that a bus connection has died.
    RPMs can be found via Webpin.

    Jul 2, 2010

    Helping Newcomers

    Since the discussion (do check out the linked paper, BTW) and the opensuse-women announcement, I've been thinking about how to make the openSUSE community more friendly to women.

    I think one good way is to make sure that new people feel welcome when they join a conversation, be it on the forums, on IRC or on the mailing lists. Now this would be easier if we all had infinite time to read and answer all questions, but as we don't, I decided to focus somehow.

    The forums provide a handy shortcut for the focus, labeling a user who made few posts as a "Puzzled Penguin". So I've made a simple service, a feed of http://forums.opensuse.org showing only the posts by newcomer users: http://vidner.net/martin/software/rss-creator-blacklist

    (Actually right now it does not show Puzzled Penguins only but instead excludes the 100 most-posting users until I learn how to optimize the PHP code.)

    Jun 30, 2010

    kiwi2puppet

    I have started working on kiwi2puppet, a tool to convert KIWI image descriptions to Puppet manifests.

    The goal is to recycle the data that went into the building of an image and use it for managing a deployed appliance.

    So far it is a prototype that can write these resources
    • package
    • yumrepo
    • user
    • group
    It is written in Ruby, like Puppet.

    Source at GitHub: http://github.com/mvidner/kiwi2puppet
    RPMs: http://software.opensuse.org/search?q=kiwi2puppet&baseproject=ALL (currently it is a single Ruby script, so at the moment RPMs are not worth any trouble)
    Novell Reference: FATE#309497

    Get in touch if you're interested.

    In case you didn't know:
    "The openSUSE KIWI Image System provides a complete operating system image solution for Linux supported hardware platforms as well as for virtualisation systems like Xen Qemu or VMware."
    "Puppet is an open source data center automation and configuration management framework. Puppet provides system administrators with a simplified platform that allows for consistent, transparent, and flexible systems management."

    Mar 28, 2010

    ruby-dbus 0.3.0 Works on Ubuntu

    ruby-dbus has for a long time not worked on the default Ubuntu desktop. I thought I had fixed it in 0.2.12 but that was only for the server side. In fact, clients had another bug and I have released version 0.3.0 today to fix it.

    NEWS:
    Bug fixes:
    • Fixed "undefined method `get_node' for nil:NilClass" on Ubuntu Karmic (Ticket#34).
    • Get the session bus address even if unset in ENV (Issue#4).
    • Improved exceptions a bit: UndefinedInterface, InvalidMethodName, NoMethodError, no RuntimeException
    These are by Klaus Kaempf:
    • Make the signal dispatcher call all handlers (Issue#3).
    • Run on Ruby < 1.8.7 (Issue#2).
    • Avoid needless DBus::IncompleteBufferException (Ticket#33).
    • Don't ignore DBus Errors in request_service, raise them (Ticket#32).
    Features:
    • Automatic signature inference for variants.
    • Introduced FormalParameter where a plain pair had been used.
    RPMs can be found via Webpin.

    Feb 18, 2010

    Reinventing

    [S]ometimes, when you are designing systems it is hard to realize that the circular friction reduction device with a central axis that you have just built is, in fact, a wheel.

    -- Russ Olsen, Design Patterns in Ruby, p.4

    Jan 24, 2010

    Service Activation Fixed in ruby-dbus 0.2.12

    Today I fixed a long-standing bug in ruby-dbus where a service activated by the bus would fail with "undefined method `get_node' for nil:NilClass" (tickets #25 and #29).
    RPMs can be found via Webpin.

    Nov 9, 2009

    Live upgrade from openSUSE 11.0 to 11.2

    Article update: it turns out many people come here hoping to find a solution and are disappointed to find only problems that I encountered.. Sorry, that's too bad. Until someone figures out a way to do it online, your best option is to boot off the Network installation CD (100MB).

    On Saturday I upgraded my wife's laptop from openSUSE 11.0 to 11.2 RC. I did it using zypper dup, and there were some problems so here I describe them for the benefit of others who might try the same.
    1. Edited /etc/zypp/repos.d/* to replace all 11.0 occurences with 11.2. It worked also for Packman and Videolan.
    2. zypper in zypper offered a suspiciously large update. It turned out it wanted to switch from x86_64 to i586, boo! The fix was zypper in zypper.x86_64\>1
    3. That did not go well. It installed the new rpm.rpm and then repo2solv failed, terminating the transaction. After that, I had the old libzypp and the new zypper, not working. So I manually downloaded the libraries and installed them using rpm, ignoring the broken dependencies for the yast2-* packages.
    4. Changed commit.downloadMode to DownloadInHeaps in /etc/zypp/zypp.conf, which exists primarily to avoid the previous problem. But Murphy does know when to strike.
    5. zypper dup
    Note that from 11.1 to 11.2, I used the live upgrade method without such problems. But for 11.0, you may be better off booting from an installation disc.

    Nov 2, 2009

    The suse-ncc User

    Got a question about the purpose of suse-ncc:x:106:110:Novell Customer Center User:/var/lib/YaST2/suse-ncc-fakehome:/bin/bash, and Google did not know, so I asked the usual suspects.

    Answer: It comes from yast2-registration.rpm and is used to switch away from root when we spawn the web browser and let you register your SUSE Linux Enterprise product.

    Thanks, mc.

    Oct 15, 2009

    resolv.conf empty, resolv.conf.netconfig ate the data

    Problem: After a reboot, /etc/resolv.conf says just # Generated by NetworkManager and the real data went to /etc/resolv.conf.netconfig. I have both eth0 and wlan0 activated by NM. My setup does not involve dial-up like Seife's.

    Work-around:
    rcnetwork stop
    rm /etc/resolv.conf.netconfig
    : > /etc/resolv.conf
    rcnetwork start
    I wonder if this is a bug. Anyway, hopefully this will help someone. openSUSE 11.2 RC1.

    Oct 9, 2009

    WebYaST Beta 1

    We have released Beta 1 of WebYaST. Just to prevent misunderstandings, it is intended for appliances (and Beta 1 is an appliance, a VMX for VirtualBox or VMWare), not for replacing YaST on the desktop.

    Download links are in the 0.0.13 status mail, see also the module status and the replies.

    Oct 2, 2009

    I Will Write the Tests Later

    I've read A New Look at Test-Driven Development, a 7 page article by Dave Astels. He explains that what matters is to think of specifications (@list.size.should_equal 1) instead of tests (assert_equal @list.size, 1). He wrote RSpec for this and calls it Behavior Driven Development (BDD).
    I need to try this out in WebYaST (this, or Shoulda).

    Sep 24, 2009

    openSUSE Conference 2009 Notes: Thursday

    Here are my notes from the first day of last week's openSUSE Cponference 2009. I am not happy with the form of the notes, but better now and imperfect than polished but 6 months later. Please notify me if you find errors.

    Thanks to all who stood up to talk about their work! Not only code matters.

    Thu 10:30 - Weekly News (Sascha 'saigkill' Manns)

    slides: odp pdf

    The slides have all the info.

    how to contribute:
    • add a section, fill it with news
    • blog about stuff, to get picked up
    • translate or coordinate a translation
    (there's a list of languages most wanting help)

    A major part of slides shows how to help with translation.
    There are tools to help with that:
    - a script in home:dl9pf:newsletter
    - Gobby, a collaborative editor

    irc channel

    About Sascha: he is geeky-quiet, reads the slides.
    But he goes forward and is not put back by imperfections in his English.
    (And you may remember his tireless packaging enterprises from
    opensuse-packaging@).

    Thu 10:30 - Apport (did not attend)

    Uploads crash reports to a database. Already in 11.1 but not by default.

    Thu 11:30 - Ambassador Program (Zonker)

    web (no slides)

    To be an ambassador:
    • sign up
    • have a plan
    • membership is not required
    Suggestions:
    • organize a party, booth, launch party (11.2 on Nov 12)
    • participate in a Linux User Group
    Where to spend $ on small events?
    • ambassadors will decide, wanting cost effective impact
    What if you want a Novell speaker at your event?
    • it comes from their travel budget, not from the Ambassador budget
    How to find a local ambassador?
    Q: can ambassadors take feedback about barriers to oS adoption?
    A: there is no process for that, give feedback directly to developers [ :-( ]

    Thu 13:30 - libyui (Bubli)

    Q (R Max): can its main loop integrate with a select on FDs?
    A: no [ but not hard? ]

    Thu 14:30 - openSUSE Infrastructure (Klaas Freitag)

    [see slides]
    Lists a cloud of existing services
    Lists ideas for future services
    Wants "more structure and integration" - for 3 target groups:
    - newbies
    - users
    - geeks (developers)
    Proposal for web navigation [photo of slide]. See it!
    Demoes Tom's Dashboard: plugins for Studio, Bugzilla, RSS (-> OBS via Hermes)

    Thu 15:30 - Software Portal (Benjamin benJIman Weber, Pascal yaloki Bleser)

    blog

    Aug 31, 2009

    Printing Out Ruby Code

    Task: producing a paper copy of a Ruby program to scribble on.

    Try 1: a2ps. openSUSE has 4.13 which does not support Ruby (although 4.14 was released on 28-Dec-2007).

    Try 2: enscript. No support for Ruby even in upstream (but there exists a patch for that on the Net).

    Try 3: emacs. I was not able to produce a highlighted printout from Emacs :-(

    Try 4: vim. :hardcopy does it, but it printed the keywords in light yellow on white.

    Try 5: kwrite. Success. Yay!

    Aug 26, 2009

    ruby-dbus 0.2.9

    I have released a tarball of 0.2.9 and updated the home page.

    From NEWS: Ruby D-Bus "I'm not dead" 0.2.9 - 2009-08-26

    Thank you to Paul and Arnaud for starting the project. I, Martin Vidner, am continuing with it on GitHub.
    • Fixed passing an array through a variant (no ticket).
    • Fixed marshalling "av" (Ticket #30).
    • Fixed variant alignment (Ticket #27).
    • Added DBus::Main.quit.
    • Mention the DBus interface in a NameError for an unknown method.
    • Fixed ruby-1.9 "warning: default `to_a' will be obsolete".
    • Added Rakefile and gemspec.

    Aug 24, 2009

    Git Aliases for Subversion Users

    git config --global alias.ci commit
    git config --global alias.co checkout
    git config --global alias.st status
    git config --global alias.di diff
    git config --global alias.dic diff\ --cached

    Aug 11, 2009

    cnetworkmanager 0.21

    As I advertised in a previous post, cnetworkmanager got a complete rewrite, and here is a summary of the changes:

    v0.21, User visible changes
    • Added screenshots.html.
    • Output in a tabular form (like Tambet's nmcli); --terse/-t to disable.
    • Added --wireless-enabled/--we.
    • Added --con-info.
    • For unimplemented device types, return "unknown", crash not (Kevin Fenzi).
    • Ignore AlreadyAsleepOrAwake error (-o).
    • Flags with zero value now output its name (NONE) instead of nothing.
    v0.20
    • Major rewrite:
    • Created a library wrapping the NM DBus API.
    • Created a generic library wrapping python-dbus.
      (both libraries are still quite messy)
    • Dropped support for NM 0.6.
      (the last trace is in the 'breakup' branch)
    • Connection setting:
      --activate-connection for system settings or another applet
      --connect for exporting a transient connection
    • knetworkmanager (KDE3) config reading dropped
    • Added a (basic) testsuite.
    • Switched to distutils.
    BTW, I also pushed the git repo to Github so that you can enjoy the fork graphs. (repo.or.cz stays)

    Jul 21, 2009

    HackWeek: NetworkManager Python library

    It is Hack Week again, a time when we venture into unexplored territories. So why am I returning to cnetworkmanager?

    It is because I am doing a complete rewrite, based on an easy-to-use library that hides some rough edges in dbus-python. If you ever thought NM needed some programmatic prodding but were put off by the tedious details, the library might be just the thing for you. For me, it is also an opportunity to learn more Python.

    Compare how you get the interface names.
    Before:
    #! /usr/bin/python
    import dbus
    bus = dbus.SystemBus()
    NM = 'org.freedesktop.NetworkManager'
    nm = bus.get_object(NM, '/org/freedesktop/NetworkManager')
    for dev_opath in nm.GetDevices(dbus_interface = NM):
    dev = bus.get_object(NM, dev_opath)
    print dev.Get(NM + '.Device', 'Interface',
    dbus_interface='org.freedesktop.DBus.Properties')
    After:
    #! /usr/bin/python
    from networkmanager.networkmanager import NetworkManager
    nm = NetworkManager()
    for d in nm.GetDevices():
    print d["Interface"]
    It is in the librarize branch of the git repo. Beware, the code is still messy. Getting it:
    git clone git://repo.or.cz/cnetworkmanager.git cnetworkmanager.librarize
    cd cnetworkmanager.librarize
    git checkout -b librarize origin/librarize
    ./cnetworkmanager -h

    Jul 8, 2009

    D-Bus and Ruby

    There isn't a canonical D-Bus library for Ruby. I found four projects, two of which are interesting.

    First, the two losers:
    * dbus-ruby: It wraps the C bindings. It is dead (last release in January 2005).
    * pr-dbus: No releases, last SVN commit in April 2007, entirely in Ruby.

    Now for the contenders. Both are packaged as RPMs in the OBS YaST:Web project.
    The developers know about each other but in 2007 they did not want to merge the projects. The developers are not active but patches do appear.

    * ruby-dbus
    • LGPL
    • no test suite (but I've started one together with bug fixes: Github clone)
    • can export services
    • cumbersome API (explicit introspection calls needed, explicit types for variants needed, return value must be an array)
    BTW Klaus has two posts about writing a client and a server with ruby-dbus.

    * rbus
    • GPL
    • test suite (RSpec, needs a patch)
    • cannot export services
    WebYaST is using ruby-dbus so far, but I am looking at rbus too because of the tests and and the nicer API.

    Jun 18, 2009

    Perl DBus Library

    If you want camels in your D-Bus, use perl-Net-DBus by Daniel Berrange. I have just fixed the original packaging done by Illuusio. Enjoy.

    Jun 4, 2009

    Cool Features in Automake 1.11

    Automake is not dead, and version 1.11 will soon be in openSUSE Factory (thx puzel!) I see two new features to like: parallel execution and terse compilation.

    The parallel execution is enabled by the environment variable AUTOMAKE_JOBS=n. It reduced the run time for yast2-core from 18s to 7s for me.

    As for compilation, how's this (kernel people may yawn now):
    make[4]: Entering directory `/home/mvidner/svn/yast/trunk/core/wfm/testsuite'                                                                         
    CXX runwfm.o
    CXX runc.o
    CXXLD runwfm
    runc.cc:54: warning: unused parameter ‘name’
    CXXLD runc
    compared to:
    g++ -DHAVE_CONFIG_H -I. -I../.. -I../../libycp/src/include -I../../liby2/src/include -I../../libscr/src/include -I./../src -I../../liby2util-r/src/include -DY2LOG=\"wfm\" -O0 -g3 -W -std=gnu++0x -DHAVE_CXX0X -Wall -Wformat=2 -MT runwfm.o -MD -MP -MF .deps/runwfm.Tpo -c -o runwfm.o runwfm.cc
    mv -f .deps/runwfm.Tpo .deps/runwfm.Po
    /bin/sh ../../libtool --tag=CXX --mode=link g++ -DY2LOG=\"wfm\" -O0 -g3 -W -std=gnu++0x -DHAVE_CXX0X -Wall -Wformat=2 -o runwfm runwfm.o ../src/libpy2wfm.la ../../scr/src/libpy2scr.la ../../libscr/src/libscr.la ../../libycp/src/libycp.la ../../libycp/src/libycpvalues.la ../../liby2/src/liby2.la ../../liby2util-r/src/liby2util.la


    It is enabled by putting this to configure.in:
    m4_ifdef([AM_SILENT_RULES], [AM_SILENT_RULES([yes])])
    (The ifdef makes for graceful degradation with older automake.)

    Use Webpin or the Software Portal to find a package built for your release.

    Jun 2, 2009

    A Minimal Build Service OSC Plugin

    I am trying to make OBS cooperate with my old release scripts*. So far I have this minimal plugin for osc to share:
    $ mkdir ~/.osc-plugins
    $ cd $_
    $ cat > releasecheck.py <<EOF
    def do_releasecheck(self, subcmd):
    print "Release early, release often."
    EOF
    $ osc releasecheck
    Release early, release often.
    *) They are not released, bad me; but they rely on the internal directory layout anyway.

    May 18, 2009

    Bugzilla Fables: Serving Two Masters

    You may know this: spending a few hard days, or even minutes, figuring out a bug and in the end the result is a one line change. What an injustice! So let's expand one such case for the amusement and education of the audience. Fable #501758:

    For certain tasks, YaST uses external helpers (agents) communicating via pipes. One of them was causing YaST to hang when cleaning up. Actually no, it was two of them. Either one was not enough, but if two of them had been used, they would both keep on running and YaST would not exit.

    It turns out the bug is in YaST not closing unnecessary file descriptors before spawning the agents. So the second child inherits a copy of the pipe that controls the first child. Then YaST closes the first child's commands pipe, expecting it to see EOF and exit. But the pipe is still open in the second child, uselessly. And they all wait. And wait...(*)

    Moral: close unnecessary FDs before exec.

    If you wonder why we did not see the problem earlier, it is because both agents contained another bug, a banal one of not responding to an explicit Exit message.

    *) Actually, only YaST wait(2)s. The other two read(2) ;-)