Linked cause I always forget the right shell command for UTF-8, to reduce the amount of ???? ??? ??? ??????? ??.
I imagine this may work for any BSD, really. Aaron Li has the instructions, which may be especially useful for non-English readers.
There’s several accidental themes fighting it out this week.
- Please for the love of Blarg, Start a Blog. Seriously.
- Blogging Less in the 2020s. Social media demands your complete attention to “succeed”.
- Why NUKEMAP isn’t on Google Maps anymore. The problem of depending on external services that can be turned off or changed.
- This Page is Designed to Last. I have this worry about the Digest. (via)
- Working on our Thoughts, a publish-in-multiple-formats (website, book, etc) method. (via)
- Back In Time For Xmas. Linked for the picture of fiber wrapped around a large auger; the stuff of nightmares for anyone responsible for network infrastructure.
- Public Sans, a typeface from the U.S. Government. (via)
- PinePhone review.
- Plasma Mobile as Daily Driver on PinePhone. (via)
- Anyone Can Build This Open Source, DRM-Free Kindle Alternative. That is kinda linkbaity but what the heck. (via)
- Inkplate 6, crowdfunded, via comments on the previous source.
- reMarkable: the perfect tablet for academics. (via)
- 2019 Retrospective. Interactive Fiction. (via)
- Miller, a command line tool for tabular data. (via)
- The tyranny of ideas. (via I lost it, sorry)
- The Blue Tape List. When I do this at a new job, I call it the Crazy List. You have only the first 6 months at a new job before everything that struck you as crazy becomes accepted, and you won’t be able to see the problem any more. (via)
- In Memoriam of Chuck Peddle. He created the 6502, which powered it seems like almost every home computer. (via)
- Tiny Tiny RSS + Readability == The best way to read RSS feed. I use Tiny Tiny RSS and had no idea how nice the Readability plugin is. (via)
- Filenames and paths should be a unique type and not a form of strings. Ugh but convincing argument.
- Separate or merge audio and video using ffmpeg and Crop a video using ffmpeg. Linked cause you’ll need it sooner or later.
- The man who made Wolfenstein. One of the few commercially purchased Apple ][ games I ever had – and still have. (via)
Your unrelated music link of the week: Cosey Fanni Tutti ?– Tutti. Found via Ted Gioia’s Best 100 Albums of 2019, which was discovered via Conversations with Tyler. There, now you definitely have enough to listen to until 2020.
You should set hostname in /etc/rc.conf. I am mentioning this now because not doing it kept me from running X apps from a DragonFly system on a Windows 10 system with vcxsrv, and I wasted half an hour of my life figuring that out. Apparently this is a lesson I need to keep relearning.
This week is a nice mix between useful and entertaining.
- Oregon Trail, the cabinet game. (via)
- Cover story: The curious case of a shared database. (via)
- The Art of Warez. (via)
- The humane way to take control of your phone. (via)
- A terminal user interface for Mastodon. (via)
- Write Fuzzable Code.
- At least one Vim trick you might not know.
- Reliable after 50 years: The Apollo Guidance Computer’s switching power supplies.
- GPG2 cheatsheet.
- Workarounds for semantic problems and More workarounds for semantic problems.
- Found in previous link: this is working Perl and PostScript at the same time.
- A List of My Twenty Favorite Works of Interactive Fiction.
- One byte used to cost a dollar.
- The “Tonya Harding Solution” to computer benchmarks.
- The History of Tetris Randomizers. (via)
I’ve seen a similar config other places, but it never hurts to note: scrolling in X requires just a few xorg config lines.
If you upgrade DragonFly and one of the shared libraries used by pkg gets updated, you can’t run pkg until you get files, but pkg is the program you use to bring in new files. This chicken-and-egg problem is solved with pkg-static, a version of pkg built without shared libraries.
You may have noticed some format flip-flopping between pkg and pkg-static if you had to run it after the most recent DragonFly upgrade; that is fixed. There’s a larger issue of certificate installation identified there; I don’t know a solution to it, but I do want to mention this for next time pkg breaks for someone – pkg-static will work as backup, including to bring in a new version of pkg.
You’re probably used to the ‘make buildworld; make buildkernel; make installkernel; etc etc’ dance on each upgrade at this point. ‘Tse’ has created a script that rolls that all up into a single action.
In a larger users@ thread about multiple BSD development systems and how to set them up, I spied this tip on making multiple local virtual machines all reachable via SSH.
A question on starting up a virtual kernel on DragonFly and sticking it in the background led to some suggestions – follow the thread.
I am posting this so it can help someone else, someday.
I have a DragonFly-5.4 system. I installed mysql56-server, and started it up. By default, it listens on “*”, which meant it listens on a local socket and IPv6 ::1 – not 127.0.0.1.
2019-06-04 13:35:03 15833 [Note] IPv6 is available.
2019-06-04 13:35:03 15833 [Warning] Failed to reset IPV6_V6ONLY flag (error: 45). The server will listen to IPv6 addresses only.
I put bind_address=127.0.0.1 into my.cnf to get IPv4 loopback to work. Local socket connections still worked either way. I’m not using IPv6 on this machine, so this solution works in this situation. I’m not sure my mysql decides to go only IPv6 based on a strange flag, but mysql is reliably unreliable.
Remember the commit that autocreates human-readable disk device names under /dev? (Here’s a reminder.) It’s now in 5.4 – technically, since 5.4.2. Anyway, it will automatically identify the root USB disk when you boot from a USB .img file, so you no longer have to guess which /dev/daX file it was – usually da8 but sometimes you got a surprise instead.