October update

Nov 2, 2021

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Vacation for a few weeks. Lots of time with each other, lots of that in the ocean.

In our last Legacy Open Source Fridays before that, we filed our first pull request against notqmail. We'd been developing the changes since April (!). And in only our second PubMob session since, we already filed our second. Seems we learned something about taking smaller bites. It looks very likely both PRs will get merged upstream after we act on feedback from the other notqmail developers, one of whom intends to join our PubMob. Exciting times for this long-running weekly ensemble.

Due to the time off, I didn't organize anything in October for the Jersey City Java User Group. We'll be back to our regularly scheduled JC-JUG goodness in November. I'm also pleased to begin bringing you the Southern Connecticut Agile Meetup, for which our first speaker was Steve Doubleday with "Three Frames of Software Development." I'm eager to take advantage of having both a programmer-focused and an Agile-focused meetup to bring more speakers to more audiences.

For a bit of fun, I added Dark Mode browsing (with orange links on a black background, just in time for Halloween) to latentagility.com, agilein3minut.es, and schmonz.com.

Build farm

Upgrading OpenBSD 6.9 to 7.0 blew up. Did a clean install and the handful of manual steps to get it up and running with my usual pkgsrc packages.

Upgrading Tribblix m25 to m25.1 went like it always does: manually update a few files in /etc afterward, then get on with life.

Rebootstrapped pkgsrc on Solaris 11 using the Oracle Developer Studio (formerly SunPro) compiler. This will probably work better than what I'd been doing before with gcc, and will also add some useful variety. It already turned up a portability nit in skalibs.

Upgrading macOS Big Sur to Monterey on the Mac mini that hosts all these virtual machines has cost me the ability to start VMs headless. That's gonna be tedious until VirtualBox fixes it. Before this regression, before the shift from Intel toward ARM CPUs, I'd been wondering if I ought to migrate to qemu. It's looking more and more like it every day.

Handy with qemu? I could use your help!

pkgsrc updates

  • oksh to 7.0
  • py-approvaltests to 3.0.0
  • p5-libwww-perl to 6.58
  • p5-ack to 3.5.0
  • p5-Test-Compile to 3.0.1
  • p5-DateTime-TimeZone to 2.49
  • p5-Test-NoWarnings to 1.06
  • p5-XML-Feed to 0.63
  • p5-Test-MockModule to 0.177.0
  • p5-Feed-Find to 0.11
  • p5-Test2-Suite to 0.000141
  • p5-URI to 5.10
  • p5-GraphViz2 to 2.66 (all the way from 2.48)
  • libretls to 3.4.1
  • isync to 1.4.3
  • djbdnscurve6 to 40
  • graphviz to 2.49.2 (all the way from 2.44.1)
  • fehqlibs to 19
  • ucspi-ssl to 0.12.3
  • stunnel to 5.60
  • mob to 2.0.0
  • p5-Mojolicious to 9.22

pkgsrc fixes

  • lighttpd build on macOS
  • p5-Net-SSLeay on OpenBSD with native LibreSSL
  • Note a known macOS version where bison built with nls (as it is by default) always crashes

pkgsrc additions

  • httpfile
  • superscript-shttpd

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