Daily blurbs Mar. 2008


daily blurbs

9 Mar 2008 (Sun)

18:18:05 # Life Having to work around gnome2 configuration on display. Apparently GNOME doesn't yet grok xrandr 1.2 very well. Letting GNOME handle my display results in a blank screen (it tries to output to the other monitor), thus I am forced to work around it. I can get up to GDM, but logging in leads to a blank screen. To make GNOME forget about display settings, I can hack it with gconftool. I have the following configuration in my .xsession to work around gnome.

	  gconftool --recursive-unset /desktop/gnome/screen # to remove GNOME config
	  xrandr --output DVI-0 --mode 1280x1024 --output VGA-0 --off  # to configure through xrandr properly.

Where do I file this as a bug report? I have no idea. xrandr probably needs a stable way to save-restore the state. A restore should check that the system is exactly the same as the system where the data it was generated on, or do something very intelligent about it.

5 Mar 2008 (Wed)

20:26:51 # Life Japanese Magazine article on 'Git'. 'Software Design' magazine, a hard-core technical magazine in Japanese, is doing a 'Git' feature article for April 2008 (on sale 18 Mar 2008). I took part in writing this article, and was too involved in doing anything else for the past two months or so. Hopefully this will help enable Japanese-speaking users to use Git.

4 Mar 2008 (Tue)

07:13:52 # Life ABI changes that break woody chroot. There's some talk on older releases chroots, so I'll add a note. We can't create woody chroots, because 'mmap' behavior on 0-byte file has changed in the Linux Kernel since, and dpkg depends on it. I wonder if people keep older Debian releases (bo, hamm, rex, ??) in virtual machine these days. It's probably not possible to run them inside chroot.

Junichi Uekawa

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