Lazy Reading for 2012/06/24

It’s almost an all-Vim week.

Your unrelated link of the week: Muppet Bohemian Rhapsody.  Related: What kind of Muppet are you?


Numbering changes for emacs in pkgsrc

Emacs in pkgsrc is going to be all numbered versions, as in emacs24 and emacs25, etc.  Installing just ’emacs’ will get the current default version, which is emacs 2.4 24.1 right now and I think will be emacs 2.5.  All this will come after the pkgsrc freeze for 2012Q2 is over, which means it will be next month.  Follow the thread on for details, or to figure out what I said wrong in my summary.

I always talk about vi and vi-like items here, so here’s my ‘equal time’ post.  

Update: as several people pointed out, I had version numbers wrong.  The story is corrected to make it slightly less wrong.

Lazy Reading for 2012/06/17

I have such a surplus of links these days that I started this Lazy Reading two weeks ago.

Your unrelated comics link of the week: Elfquest, every issue ever.  The dialogue is cheesy but the original art is fun, in a way that grabbed me when I read it at 10 years of age.

Other ways to use lint

Sascha Wildner has made it easier to use alternative syntax checking systems as a “lint” make target in DragonFly.  His usage of coccinelle, as one of these alternatives, has already found many bugs – just today, for instance.

Is “alternative syntax checking systems” the right phrase for this?  I don’t know.  “Correctness checker”?  My phrases all sound like something you’d read on a government form.

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If you’re involved in application development or BSD development in any way, and you write about it somewhere on a personal blog or page or publication, please let me know.  (

My goal is to point out as much interesting development as possible, and I find that getting notes right from the people that make them is the best way.  Trade publications and magazines will skip over that stuff and go to the press releases, but that doesn’t work for BSD.  I’ve found better, more interesting writing watching Peter Hansteen’s blog or Trivium.  If you have someplace you write about technology, and especially BSD-related development, please point me at your RSS feed.