Bowlfish assumes that after it boots, the single hard disc in a system will be wd0a. Not true on a Soekris net6501 when using a USB volume. It’s sd0a. You need to update /etc/fstab to mount / from sd0a instead of wd0a. You can do that with a site.tgz file, or just mount and edit the disc before you boot. Or mount -o rw,noatime /dev/sd0a /mnt on the booted system, make the change to /etc/fstab, and then mount -o rw /dev/sd0a. Read the rest of this entry »
I use a tool called Bowlfish to build OpenBSD images which run with the drives mounted read-only. This lets me use cheap Compact Flash or USB drives in a Soekris single board computer instead of a real disc or a more expensive SSD.
Bowlfish has been a lifesaver and has worked perfectly for years. The current version, however, didn’t. I was shocked. Then I fixed it! Read the rest of this entry »
Found a section that annoyed me in perlsyn today, in the documentation for the foreach loop: Read the rest of this entry »
I wrote about a visit to a Shinto shrine last week, and hadn’t touched the topic here before, and thought I’d change that. Since I’m wordy, there’ll probably be several parts. This one is to discuss what Shinto is, at least, what my understanding of Shinto is. I feel like it’s a new topic for me, and one that I don’t know much about, but I’ve been reading about it steadily for months now, so I’m probably better informed than I give myself credit. Read the rest of this entry »
I’ll be teaching a very informal class on Perl to a couple of folks I know. We’ve got two days scheduled, and I’ve suggested they get chromatic’s Modern Perl as a ‘textbook’. I plan on covering what variables are, how program flow works, functions, and objects via Moose. I’ll also discuss installing Perl on Windows and Linux. What am I forgetting? Read the rest of this entry »
I got home last night from my long trip, safe and sound. The end of the trip had an extra hassle or two, but they are overcome and will only cost a little to fix…
Saw The Dark Knight Rises with Mom and Dad. In short, very well done movie. I enjoyed the ending, which had a twist that caught me and then was satisfying. It left enough hooks for a sequel but doesn’t require one. A satisfying Big Summer Action movie and conclusion to this Batman series. Read the rest of this entry »
Yesterday, my Mother and I drove to the Tsubaki Grand Shrine of America. It is a Shinto shrine – the only one in the continental United States – located in Granite Falls. It’s a little over a half an hour from Mom and Dad’s house, up into the mountains. It’s in a lush green spot, right on the Pilchuck river. Read the rest of this entry »
Went out this evening with Mom and Dad and saw Wes Anderson’s “Moonrise Kingdom”. It was a charming little film with all sorts of characters in odd situations. I enjoyed it very much, but I like Mr. Anderson’s movies.
The cast was full of excellent people, and the plot was sweet and odd at the same time. A pair of misfit kids falls for one another and won’t be kept apart. Love conquers all.
I’ve had to work this week, so haven’t done much interesting. Today’s been a bit odd as we’ve had flaky electricity and Internet due to a huge thunderstorm that’s moving past. Giant, rolling peals of thunder shaking the buildings. It’s made work a challenge.
More next week, when I’m on vacation again.