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I role and I tumble practically all night long

10 October 2007 21:50

Today mostly consisted of a new release of the chronicle blog compiler. Interestingly this received several random mails today. I wonder what caused that all of a sudden?

The release of the compiler is timely, as it reminds me I've still not managed to find a decent gallery compiler. Although the thought of writing my own, rightly, fills me with depression.

I've been interested in reading more about both Git and SELinux upon Planet Coker Debian recently. I've switched several small projects over to GIT but I've not yet listed them publically. First of all I would like to see if there is a version of trac that I can install which supports git repositories. I guess that's a job to research tomorrow.

I wonder if I would confuse people by hosting GIT projects upon cvsrepository.org? ;)

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No, I don't want your number

23 November 2007 21:50

I'm still in the middle of a quandry with regards to revision control.

90% of my open code is hosted via CVS at a central site.

I wish to migrate away from CVS in the very near future, and having ummed and ahhed for a while I've picked murcurial as my system of choice. There is extensive documentation, and it does everything I believe I need.

The close-runner was git, but on balance I've decided to choose mercurial as it wins in a few respects.

Now the plan. I have two options:

  • Leave each project in one central site.
  • Migrate project $foo to its own location.

e.g. My xen-tools could be hosted at mercurial.xen-tools.org, my blog compiler could live at mercurial.steve.org.uk.

Alternatively I could just leave the one site in place, ignoring the fact that the domain name is now inappropriate.

The problem? I can't decide which approach to go for. Both have plusses and minuses.

Suggestions or rationales welcome - but no holy wars on why any particular revision control system is best...

I guess ultimately it matters little, and short of mass-editing links its 50/50.

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All the time anywhere

24 November 2007 21:50

Thanks for the comments/mails on my previous post.

I've now started the migration properly.

All code currently held upon cvsrepository.org will be moved to http://repository.steve.org.uk/ - a nice system-agnostic name.

So far I've only setup the pages for two project (my dotfiles and ~/bin) but I'm happy with the process, and the naming scheme appears sane to me now.

Using sub-domains I need only install one CGI which is a big win, and using a simple set of templates + mod_rewrite all projects get the same look and feel.

I've still got to tweak the stylesheet a little, but otherwise I'm happy with things. I can host both public and private repositories, and that all works magically.

Of course the huge win is no longer needing to run a pserver for CVS! All future checkouts will be via HTTP, and the rare few people with commit access will be able to do so over SSH.

Once things have been migrated I'll cause the cvsrepository names to redirect to the new locations, and keep that up until the domain expires as a transition period. (I think +1 year :))

The other job for the weekend is releasing a fixed security update for Samba, to fix the regressions.... That is in hand, but the buildds are being slow. If they're not all done I'll release it anyway today/tomorrow. I'm annoyed that I handled the timing so badly, but I hope that people don't hate me for it.

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Open your eyes, look up to the skies and see

25 November 2007 21:50

If you have a (public) revision controlled ~/bin/, or bash/shell scripts I'd love to see them. Feel free to post links to your repositories as comments.

I'm certain there are some great tools and utilities out there with I could be using. Right now the only external thing I'm using is Martin Krafft's pub script. I don't use it often, but it is very neat and handy when I do want it. (Something that I'd never have considered writing myself, which suggests there are many more gems I'm missing!)

In other news my migration to mercurial is going extremely well. With only minimal downtime. Downtime for services really comes about because I have several websites which are powered entirely with a CVS checkout of remote repositories, so the process looks a little like this:

  • Convert CVS repository to hg.
  • Archive "live" CVS checkout from the server.
  • Move the local CVS checkout somewhere temporary.
  • Checkout from the new mercurial repository.
  • Fix any broken symlinks.
  • Do a recursive diff to make sure there are no unexpected changes.
  • Remove the previously archived local CVS checkout
  • Done!

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to let the insects in

2 December 2007 21:50

My migration to mercurial is now complete. I've completed the last step, which was the migration of all the $foo-commits mailing lists.

It is at times like this that I remember two things:

  • All mailing list software sucks. (here we go again.)
  • All the mailing-list-archive-makers suck.

Right now I'm using ecartis for my mailing lists, primarily because it isn't mailman. (Long story).

For making archives of mbox files I'm using hypermail.

The latter I intend to change as soon as I can find something else to use. It isn't attractive, but it is in the Debian archive and seems reliable.

Since I was changing things around already I've centralised the list-archive making, and started using the haschanged tool to avoid rebuilding the archives i there are no new posts. That works nicely.

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