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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.

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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 | #

Wednesday, November 14 2012

Sal Mubarak 2069

Wishing everyone reading this a happy Gujarati New Year (Vikram Samvat 2069, called Krodhin,)

Diwali was a bit of a squib this year thanks to the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy but we survived relatively unscathed so I pray that in the upcoming year Lakshmi Ma will give a portion of my good fortune to those who are still suffering.

posted at: 14:46:36 | #

Saturday, November 3 2012

A Tale To Strike Terror Into The Hearts Of All Men, Ninjas, and Disney Princesses

Normally around this time of year I would post a picture of one of my children in their Halloween costumes but alas this All-Hallows Eve, Hurricane Sandy has put an end to such frivolity. For, from out of this hell-born wind comes the tale of a creature so horrifying that even puissant warlocks of dark power cower in their Batman pajamas at the sound of his doom-laden moans rending the night as he wanders pitiously through the blackened streets searching for his forbidden love. I speak of the one known only as...


Halloween Pic

posted at: 23:46:58 | #

Sunday, July 15 2012


With all the recent talk about running on Planet Debian I am proud to announce that I did a 10K run today. It took me just about an hour—a pace which for Bubulle, Noel etc. is approximately equivalent to standing still—but I managed to finish without collapsing in a puddle of sweat and shame, so I consider it an achievement.

posted at: 18:17:03 | #

Sunday, June 3 2012

Managua (doo dooo do doo-doo) Managua (doo do-do doo)

Mahna Mahna

The writings been on the wall for a while but now it's official. I will not be able to attend DebConf this year. Or YAPC::NA either. I am still holding out hope of being able to go to Disneyland however.

posted at: 17:41:47 | #

Wednesday, May 30 2012

Dovecot 2.1.7 Uploaded to Unstable

This is the latest upstream version and will, barring any unforseen circumstances, be the version in wheezy, the upcoming stable release of Debian GNU/Linux. In order to ensure it is the high quality our users have come to expect from Debian stable, I need your help.

First and foremost, please test the hell out of it. Upgrades during a stable release are in general not allowed unless the problem is security related so we need to shake all the bugs out now. I am particularly interested in knowing if there are any issues with upgrades from squeeze.

I waved my hands ineffectually at the bug list but it needs more attention. Could some kind person go through them and let me know which ones are no longer valid, need further attention etc.?

I attempted to add hardening flags but lintian still complains a lot. I think the warnings are probably false positives but I'm not a 100% sure so I would appreciate some advice from those who know more about such things.

Those are the issues that come to mind at the moment but feel free to let me know if there's something I've missed.

posted at: 17:27:53 | #