Debian bugs

    On Sat, 29 Jan 2005, Michael Still wrote:
    >> Package: dovecot
    >> Version: 0.99.13-3
    >> Severity: normal
    >> Having just upgraded dovecot and let it replace my config file with the
    >> default it no longer starts.
    Well don't do that then.  I always recommend to users that when they get
    the config file upgrade dialog from dpkg, they select N or D for a diff
    and not blindly accept the maintainers file.  Otherwise as you found out,
    unexpected things can happen.
    >> This is because there are no protocols
    >> specified in the default config file, and this results in dovecot
    >> silently failing to start. I can't find any error messages being logged
    >> at the time, and just got lucky when starting dovecot manually from the
    >> command line to find this.
    It's documented in /usr/share/doc/dovecot-imapd/README.Debian and
    /usr/share/doc/dovecot-pop3d/README.Debian  You should always read the
    README.Debian file of a newly installed package for timely information.
    I'm actually not to fond of this change as it does detract from the "just
    works" nature of dovecot but I had to make it for Debian policy reasons.
    So I'm closing the bug.

And I’m wondering why I bother reporting bugs. It seems pretty broken to me that the package system breaks a package, and doesn’t warn you not to accept the default broken state, nor tell you that there’s an file describing that broken state. It also seems pretty stupid that they can’t specify a protocol by default — that like a web server not serving web pages by default.

And we don’t have Linux on many desktops because?


More on straw


Ahhh, I understand more now. The hotel Internet feed I was using this week seems to have been issuing a HTTP permanently moved to their login page if I hadn’t authenticated yet. Straw then used this to clobber my subscriptions without asking based on the bogus information. This is pretty broken for two reasons:

  • The hotel system was wrong. It hadn’t permanently moved. It was a transitory thing. Hotel Intercontinental Wellington, shame on you.
  • Straw should ask before clobbering things

I’m changing aggregator now anyways, because I no longer trust Straw, but I’m pretty annoyed, as I now need to go an reinvent a bunch of my subscriptions.


Straw causing me pain


Herm… For a couple of days now straw (the aggregator I use) has refused to update about half the feeds I read. I’ve tried upgrading, and I would file a bug, but there are so many already tracked by Debian ( that there doesn’t seem to be much point.

So there’s my quandary… I need to find an open source aggregator which runs on Linux and doesn’t suck…


A long day in someone else’s office


To give you an idea of how much fun I’m having gallivanting around New Zealand, here’s what has happened so far:


  • 08;00 Get to work like normal
  • 13:00 Australian time: Get out of staff meeting at TOWER and call
  • 23:45 New Zealand time: Arrive at Auckland airport


  • 00:30 New Zealand time: Arrive at the Centra hotel Auckland airport having cleared customs and immigration
  • 01:00 New Zealand time: In bed!
  • 06:30 New Zealand time: Up and at em! Quick shower and then get my nice work clothes, instead of my ratty office clothes together.
  • 07:00 New Zealand time: Checkout of hotel
  • 07:15 New Zealand time: Checkin at airport
  • 08:00 New Zealand time: Flight leaves for Wellington
  • 09:00 New Zealand time: Arrive into Wellington
  • 09:30 New Zealand time: Arrive at offices of customer
  • 23:45 New Zealand time: Knock off for the night
  • 00:00 New Zealand time: Checkin to the Intercontinental Hotel Wellington


  • 01:00 New Zealand time: After failing to get the Internet connection in my room working, off to bed.
  • 08:00 New Zealand time: Get up, feeling a little less enthused than yesterday
  • 09:00 New Zealand time: In the office
  • 19:30 New Zealand time: Leave the office
  • 20:30 New Zealand time: Having gone back to the room and checked email, wander off and find dinner. Discover there is nothing but the hotel restaurant and go there.
  • 22:30 New Zealand time: Dinner was really good (the hotel restaurant won best restaurant in New Zealand in 2001 and 2002), and the bath after dinner was even better. Off to bed.


  • 07:00 New Zealand time: Up again
  • 08:00 New Zealand time: Rick kindly gave me into the office because of the rain
  • 19:30 New Zealand time: Home

    Monday (a public holiday in Wellington)

  • 07:00 New Zealand time: Up again
  • 08:00 New Zealand time: In the office
  • 16:30 New Zealand time: Knock off and find food


  • 08:00 New Zealand time: Up again
  • 09:30 New Zealand time: In the office
  • 16:30 New Zealand time: Knock off and find food


  • 08:00 New Zealand time: Up again
  • 09:15 New Zealand time: Fire alarm!
  • 09:30 New Zealand time: In the office
  • 16:30 New Zealand time: Knock off and find food

New Zealand!?!


Yesterday was one of those days when you wake up in your home town, expect to go to sleep in your home town, but end up in a foreign country for an undetermined amount of time at two hours notice.

I’m in Wellington. In New Zealand. Not Canberra in Australia. Which is a little odd. Why? Well, I’m currently working on finalizing the beta program for the TRIM Connectivity Toolkit, which is our .NET Web Service interface to the TRIMSDK, and one of our better partners (a contender for best partner world wide I would suspect) is having some pain with getting things to work in their particularly ambitious time line.

Ultimately the web service product will be better if we can resolve the issues they’re valid, and it will be good for TOWER as well. It happens to help them out as well, but as a product engineer I try to focus on the future of the product more than the fate of a single site. When that site is indicative of what the rest of the world is likely to do however, they become very interesting indeed.

The beta program also explains why I haven’t posted at all this week. Let’s just summaries that I’m a little busy…


A complete and utter lack of perspective


This is another entry about sometime I heard of newsradio while driving to work. Apparently a bunch of Federal Labour MPs want to oust their leader because he dared to have a life threatening illness. The possibles symptoms of the pancreatitis that he is suffering from I have heard described on the radio as ranging from a one time episode, to chronic pain for the rest of his life. Surely he has enough problems at the moment without dealing with you losers too?

How can I ever trust you to lead the country when your first reaction to someone who is sick is to kick him when he is down. Get a grip people…