agile sysadmin

by Ferenc Erki

Gentoo has xsel-1.2.1 among the firsts

xsel works great to “manipulate the X selection”. Last week I stepped up as proxied maintainer to help bring already merged improvements to Gentoo users despite lack of new releases since 2008.

Thanks to support from soap during the past week, upstream has merged all ebuild patches, tagged 1.2.1, and Gentoo already ships the latest version — among the first distros, according to repology.

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Packaging vale-2.24.4 for Gentoo

Vale describes itself as a “syntax-aware linter for prose built with speed and extensibility in mind”. My overlay has the latest v2.24.4 release available for fellow Gentoo users.

I recommend previous users to continue reading about ebuild changes.

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Host Gentoo dependency tarballs as GitHub releases

People who create Gentoo ebuilds for software written in Go probably noticed deprecation notices and discussion About EGO_SUM, and also about a Proposal to undeprecate EGO_SUM.

While the mailing lists and IRC channels provide plenty of opportunity to discuss how to supply dependencies for Go software, here I share a way to use GitHub releases to host dependency tarballs as an external Gentoo contributor, like proxied maintainer, GURU contributor, or overlay maintainer.

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Final Term is available in Gentoo Sunrise

Final Term is an interesting and promising terminal emulator with advanced interactive features like semantic text menus, smart command completion, GUI terminal controls, reflow support and more.

I contributed an initial Hungarian translation for the project just to soon find myself hacking on an ebuild, and on minor features. All in all, as of 2013-07-11, Final Term is now available in Gentoo’s Sunrise overlay. You can find usage instructions here.

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Improved ebuild for Arno’s iptables firewall

Back in December 2012 I was frustrated by a few issues about using net-firewall/arno-iptables-firewall on Gentoo. Only an old version was available through portage and that had its problems working with recent versions of iptables as state matching module’s functionality was being replaced by conntrack module – among other problems like ancient homepage and initscript.

I collected the various pieces spread across a few bugs, patched them together and filed it as an overall version bump to 2.0.1d and volunteered for proxy maintainership as well. I also sent the initscript changes upstream (originally filed to Gentoo’s Bugzilla by Marius Brehler).

However I wasn’t fully comfortable with some details here and there in the ebuild and decided to give it a more thorough look. The result is 30-something commits for the 2.0.1d-r1 ebuild :) They contain roughly the following:

The revamped ebuild is already in the portage tree. Thanks goes to Arno van Amersfoort for the firewall script and to Markos Chandras (hwoarang) for reviewing and committing the ebuild, and of course to everyone else who helped me via the firewall mailing list and #gentoo-dev-help.