The Digest, now on Mastodon

This is way overdue: I’m now posting Digest notes to, a BSD-specific Mastodon server.

It’s bothered me for a while that I’m autoposting Digest headlines to Twitter, which is useful for Twitter users but still supporting a walled garden.  Mastodon is a better implementation of a similar idea, and nicely groups all sorts of BSD people in one place.  Right now I’m just posting the Digest headlines here into the Mastodon account there, but there’s added value from the additional BSD-specific conversation around it.

I haven’t (yet) found a way to translate the local timeline on into a RSS feed, which would be super-handy…

Ravenports, and picking out packages

A little while back I linked to an excellent deep dive into Ravenports, and added my own bit of statistical guessing at popular packages.  John Marino wants to know what packages people find most useful/most required.  If you have opinions, and I’m sure you do, post something on the Ravenports Google Groups page.

If you are saying to yourself “Gee, what packages did I install and what came in as a dependency?”, here’s an easy way to find out:

pkg query -a '%n %a' | grep 0 | cut -d ' ' -f 1 | less

This lists all “vital” packages, which usually means ones installed with intent, rather than automatically.  This might be a useful thing to post for Ravenports…

Upgrade results, bonus for

Remember the upgrade for machines?  It completed, and it’s interesting to see that SSDs have become so easily available that “spinning rust” hard disk drives are only still useful for bulk storage, and even then probably not for much longer.

Another neat side effect: disk usage on developer system  was cut in half, thanks to HAMMER2 dedup/compression.  It’s a ‘free’ half-terabyte.