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install pygit2 + libgit2 w/ SSH support on ubuntu

I wanted to use Saltstack‘s gitfs to easily reference salt formulas from my gitolite repository over ssh using key-based authentication. In order for salt-master to do this, you need pygit2, which needs libgit2, which isn’t yet packaged by ubuntu. You can download a libgit2 deb file, but that doesn’t have libgit2 compiled with SSH support, […]

installing wiringPi on openelec

I’ve been having fun with Raspberry Pis recently. I’ve got one setup with openelec that I bring on camping trips, with some movies on a USB hard drive. By default, the pi doesn’t provide enough power on it’s USB ports, so I had to use an external USB hub. This meant two AC adapters, and […]

working with R, postgresql + SSL, and MSSQL

I’ve been able to take a break from my regularly scheduled duties and spend some time working with R.  This is a short log of what I did to get it working. The main things I’m looking to do is regression modelling from a large dataset I have in postgresql and various stats calculations on […]

qpsmtpd-forkserver on debian

I had some problems getting qpsmtpd-forkserver to run on debian. The punchline: qpsmtpd-forkserver relies on an environment variable called QPSMTPD_CONFIG, which should point to the directory containing your config files. $ export QPSMTPD_CONFIG=/etc/qpsmtp $ qpsmtpd-forkserver … Problem solved. I didn’t want to run qpsmtpd for its standard usage (wrapping a mail server on the same […]

To Linux / Open Source Advocates

I just read another linux advocacy article off of reddit, in this case Five Reasons why Linux will eventually rule the world, and it hit a lot of my pet peeves about these kinds of articles. In a nutshell, for users, all that matters is that their work gets done, and all other arguments are […]