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We got reminded that NetBSD® switched to a 64 bit time_t by Hubert Feyrer as well. However, one should mention that MirOS BSD has been using this since past the MirOS #7 release, i.e. for more than four years. Including fixing format string bugs (i386 is not LP64 so a long doesn’t contain a time_t) in a plethora of ports. Some kernel parts however are Y2100 but not (yet) Y2200 safe (such as 4.2FFS aka UFS1).

Still nice to see others do follow our lead ;-) *wink*


A Debian person wonders about sendmail… but the answer is relatively easy.

Snippet from the config:

O CACertPath=/etc/ssl/certs
O CACertFile=/etc/ssl/deflt-ca.cer

Here, CACertPath is the name of a directory containing files named xxxxxxxx.y where x is the hash of the certificate and y is a number starting at 0 that is used to avoid collision if two CA certificates have the same hash. They are used for peer certificate verification alone.
CACertFile, on the other hand, contains the certificates that are sent to the SSL peer, in a single file, but excluding our own one. For instance, it would contain TWO certificates in my case (CAcert.org Root CA Certificate, plus CAcert.org Class 3 Intermediate CA Certificate), once they switch to the new roots; I’m currently still using an older Class 1 one which needs only one there. I hope this clears things up. However, sendmail(8) on Debian is not funny (I succeeded with it only once I disabled all of their scripts, including the sysvinit one, and scp(1)ing sendmail.cf from my MirBSD system…).


Looking at someone using Google Mail for all of his traffic, I can only stress again that Google is just plain evil. Especially the company offer. I mean, they can do anything with the stored data. They make deletion hard (BTDT, when I cancelled all of my Google accounts), and you never know if they don’t use anything of yours despite that. (And they owe me US$ ~130.)


Meh. No “Hello Planet Debian, I’m now a DM (not DD)” post for me. But I still work on the “wtf” repository from time to time. I need a package for our rdate(8), compress(1), and the mksh one could need updates.

Our company’s new MXens will run OpenBSD and MirBSD, respectively, with pf(4), spamd(8), sendmail(8), mksh(1), ports/mailnews/bmf, and OpenLDAP interconnection (slave slurping Univention UCS)… hard but nice. No SASL, it sucks (the UCS does that for the MUAs, and smarthosts off to our sendmail(8) plus spamlogd(8) instead). TLS Certificate Authentification is just so much more nice… or IP based, both are Xen DomU on the same box, the two BSDs (one offsite though) via HVM (replace Realtek with e1000).

Sometimes, OpenBSD does nice things: /var/backups/pkglist I will take.

VMware Server 2 is okay (MirBSD works fine) but the WUI is most annoying. And it eats lots of RAM. But hey, YGWYPF. And it’s better than no MirBSD (entropy collection rulez!!!!11!1einself), plus, the host has all the stuff needed (or can apt-get it), including jupp_3.1.10-1, mksh_36.2-1?buntu1 (from my “wtf” repo), satanic-wallpapers_666.4 (oO). The latter only on my workstation though, not the other vmws2 box, and only for the looks.

I switched my 22" (or so, dunno) widescreen reflexive TFT LCD with a 17" nōn-wide one that does 1280x1024 (we have a 15" one, but it has the same native resolution, so I took the one with bigger pixels as I do not run any LCDs in anything scaled instead of the native resolution). Now I at least see everything happening on my display ☺ and got brownie points with our HR lead (who got my old monitor in exchange for her 15" LCD).

Inactive MirOS Developer and FreeWRT Founder wbx@ (Waldemar Brodkorb) has also helped with setting up WDS and procuring some Asus WL-500gP routers, so we will also be using FreeWRT Embedded GNU/Linux.

Nathan Laredo (GNU member and author of tinyirc) and I have reached a consensus (compromise?) which enables me to include it on the special grml edition of our bsd.rd kernel (rescue system mode). That and e3 will make it; the bootloader needs macros (for calling grub), but that’s it probably. And I’ll try to get a MirGRML too. Maybe for FOSDEM.

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