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About La Salle Debain

This is a weblog I'm keeping about my work on Debian and any other useful Debian related info I come across. It is not meant to compete with other news sources like Debian Weekly News or Debian Planet. Mostly it is just a way for me to classify and remember all the random bits of information that I have floating around me. I thought maybe by using a blog it could be of some use to others too. Btw. "I" refers to Jaldhar H. Vyas, Debian developer for over 8 years. If you want to know more about me, my home page is here.

The name? Debain is a very common misspelling of Debian and la salle de bains means bathroom in French.

If you have a comment to make on something you read here, feel free to write to me at

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Tuesday, November 18 2014

And The Papers Want To Know Whose Shirts You Wear

Bayeux Tapestry: Guy in sexist shirt sees a comet

Today I was walking past the Courant Institute at NYU when I saw a man wearing a t-shirt with a picture of a cow diagramming all the various cuts of beef.

Now I've lost all interest in science. Thanks a lot jerks.

posted at: 00:52:42 | #

Friday, October 24 2014

Sal Mubarak 2071

Wishing all of you a happy Gujarati New Year (Vikram Samvat 2071 called Parabhava.)

May Lakshmi Mata protect you and your loved ones from poverty, misfortune, and systemd in the upcoming year.

posted at: 23:12:06 | #

Thursday, September 18 2014

Scotland: Vote A DINNAE KEN

From the crack journalists at CNN.

[CNN Scottish poll fail]

Interesting fact: anyone who wore a kilt at debconf is allowed to vote in the referendum.

posted at: 18:39:41 | #

Wednesday, September 17 2014

Scotland: Vote NO

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If you don't, the UK will have to rename itself the K. And that's just silly.

Also vote yes on whether Alex Trebek should keep his mustache.

posted at: 23:21:01 | #

Sunday, September 7 2014

Debconf 14 - Days 1 and 2

Unfortunately I was not able to attend debconf this year but thanks to the awesome video team the all the talks are available for your viewing pleasure.

In order to recreate an authentic Portland experience, I took my laptop into the shower along with a vegan donut and had my children stand outside yelling excerpts from in whiny Canadianesque accents. Here are some notes I took as I watched the talks.

Welcome Talk

Debian in the Dark Ages of Free software - Stefan Zacchiroli

Weapons of the Geek - Gabriella Coleman -- Database Ho! - Don Armstrong

Grub Ancient and Modern - Colin and Watson

One year of fedmsg in Debian - Nicolas Dandrimont

Coming of Age: My Life with Debian - Christine Spang

Status report of the Debian Printing Team - Didier Raboud

posted at: 22:47:52 | #

Friday, May 30 2014

OOH OOH Microagression!

Debian recently instituted a code of conduct which makes the astute observation that "a community in which people feel threatened is not a healthy community". So imagine my shock when I read Russell Cokers blog via Debian Planet, where commenting on a link from the intellectual powerhouse known as he said "The next logical step is to treat conservatism as a mental health problem."

Being a conservative myself I immediately lost all my self-esteem and Dovecots SSL cert handling stopped working. What if I attend debconf and Coker uses his white privilege to sic Mental Health Services on me? I'm scared, so very scared and I don't know if I can continue not working on Debian Minix any longer.

I demand that the Debian project, nay the world, should be OUTRAGED—I'm talking spelling naughty words in hexadecimal levels of outrage— and force this maniac to shut up before any more innocent flowers are brutalized by his "opinions."

posted at: 08:06:19 | #

Monday, March 10 2014

7DRL 2014/Procedural Death Jam

Each year the 7DRL competion gives me an opportunity to abandon developing a roguelike game part way through. This year I am going to strive mightily to actually complete a playable game though owing to family commitments I have already gotten off to a rocky start which does not bode well.

But enough negativity...

So this year 7DRL coincides with the first ever Procedural Death Jam. This is a similar type of thing except the genre is Procedural Death Labyrinth. Procedural Death Labyrinths are a subset of Roguelikes (or is it the other way round?) If you have taken advantage of the wonderful offer Valve has given to Debian developers, you can find a number of examples of Procedural Death Labyrinths on Steam.

The most important part of any software development project is of course choosing a cool name. My game is called "The Girl Who Played With The Dragons Nest" (Can you guess what I've been reading?) It is written in C++ with the Curses toolkit. It will of course be open source.

I intend to blog my progress here if you care to follow along.

posted at: 01:25:28 | #

Monday, November 4 2013

Sal Mubarak 2070

Wishing everyone a happy Gujarati New Year (Vikram Samvat 2070 called Vishvavasu.)

You'll get your Diwali present tomorrow :-)

posted at: 21:45:26 | #

Wednesday, October 30 2013

If You Like Your Init System You Can Keep It

posted at: 19:20:59 | #

Monday, December 17 2012

Heads Up: Latest Dovecot Package Loses Features

Sometimes it's easy to forget that Debian's unstable branch is...unstable. Unfortunately today I have to remind you of that unpleasant fact. Dovecot 2.1.7-6 which I just uploaded has removed some features present in -5.

The reason for this is that I am trying to get dovecot in shape for Wheezy. Unfortunately, as I have been severely pressed for time these past few months, the process did not take place in quite as orderly a fashion as I had hoped. My -5 packages were deemed by the release managers to have too drastic changes for this stage of the pre-Wheezy freeze and this is an attempt to make things more acceptable to them. Hopefully this version will pass into testing without incident and as soon as it does, I will prepare -7 which will put these features back. So if you need any of them, you are advised to skip -6 and stay at -5 until that happens.

If you are following testing there is another possible problem you might encounter. When -1 of this version was uploaded, certain extra conf files were accidently omitted from the package. This is also true of -2 which is currently in testing. It was fixed in -3 but that version (or -4 or -5) never made it into testing so -6 is potentially the first time you might be dealing with the conf file fix. If you have manually made changes to files in /etc/dovecot/conf.d make sure you have backups because they may get overriden (as dpkg will be unaware at that point that they are conffiles.) This is a one time only packaging error and will not be a problem going forward but I apologize in advance for any inconvenience caused.

And this is a good time to ask anyone interested in Dovecot on Debian (and Ubuntu etc.) to volunteer to help maintain it. It is getting more and more popular at a time when I can give it less and less attention. It is vital that an important package like this needs is team-maintained and it kind of is but so far other people who have expressed an interest in joining the team have been similarly strapped for time so we still need more recruits. All the code is publically accessible at git:// and I would be happy to sponsor any non-DD/DMs who need it.

posted at: 01:28:21 | #