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Because I don't trust myself with you.

Monday, 28 June 2010

Debian Packages

Every now and again I look over server logs and see people downloading random .deb packages from my mirrors, or from my servers, via wget or Firefox (rather than with apt-get/aptitude).

Personally I don't often download random binaries even from people I believe I can trust. Instead I'll download source and rebuild.

But it bugs me that somebody might download a work-in-progress, decide it isn't complete or otherwise good enough, and miss out on an update of awesome-sauce a day or two later.

I suspect there is no real solution to this "problem", and that including /etc/apt/sources.list.d/ entries inside a binary package to "force" an upgrade behind the scenes is a little too evil to tolerate. And yet .. something something dark-side .. something something seductive something?

Blog Update

This is my last film-subject entry. In the future I will have more accurate subjects, albeit more dull ones.

I still amuse myself with quotations, and before that the song lyrics, but I guess that now is a good time to call it a day with that.

ObFilm: Cruel Intentions

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For you the sun will be shining

Saturday, 6 October 2007

Thanks to the people who commented on my post about a decent apt cacher, it was good to see that I'm not alone.

Thanks to RobertH for recommending the new tool acng - I've not used it yet, instead I gave it a quick look and reported a potentially serious bug. Hopefully that'll be fixed in the next release.

In the meantime apt-cacher actually appears to be holding up quite nicely and the nice HTML report it generates is cute!

Now onto the next challenge...

I would like some kind of tool to convert a random hierarchy of images (jpg) into a small gallery. (Utterly non-dynamic - but ideally with tagging support and RSS feeds).

There seem to be a plethora of options to the problem, suprisingly many of them involving Python ..

If anybody has any pointers I'd appreciate a link.

For reference my current galleries tend to look like this - warning fluffy animals!

Using "apt-cache search static gallery" I find three programs:

bins - Very heavyweight. Unattractive.

photon - Pretty. Requires GIMP for creating thumbnails - unsuitable for my lightweight webhost.

jigl - Looks great. Does 90% of what I want - specifically misses tags & rss.

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