Apt Offline 1.8.2

Offline APT Package Manager

apt-offline 1.8.2 I am pleased to announce the release of apt-offline version 1.8.2 This release has many bug fixes along with a long standing issue of signature validation 2017 - The year of realization and change Back in 2017, the bug was reported that apt-offline did not validate apt meta Packages files. apt-offline was only doing a signature validation for the Release files but did no validation of the apt meta Packages files, which had their checksums listed in the Release files. [Read More]

Laptop Mode Tools 1.73

Laptop Mode Tools: Power Savings Tool for Linux

Laptop Mode Tools 1.73 I am pleased to announce the release of Laptop Mode Tools version 1.73 This release includes many bug fixes. For user convenience, 2 command options have been added. rrs@priyasi:~$ laptop_mode -h **************************** Following user commands are understood status : Display a Laptop Mode Tools power savings status power-stats : Display the power statistics on the machine power-events : Trap power related events on the machine help : Display this help message (--help, -h) version : Display program version (--version, -v) **************************** 15:22 ♒ ॐ ☺ 😄 rrs@priyasi:~$ sudo laptop_mode status [sudo] password for rrs: Mounts: /dev/mapper/nvme0n1p4_crypt on / type btrfs (rw,noatime,compress=zstd:3,ssd,space_cache,autodefrag,subvolid=5,subvol=/) /dev/nvme0n1p3 on /boot type ext4 (rw,relatime) /dev/nvme0n1p1 on /boot/efi type vfat (rw,relatime,fmask=0077,dmask=0077,codepage=437,iocharset=ascii,shortname=mixed,utf8,errors=remount-ro) /dev/fuse on /run/user/1000/doc type fuse (rw,nosuid,nodev,relatime,user_id=1000,group_id=1000) Drive power status: Cannot read /dev/[hs]d[abcdefgh], permission denied - /usr/sbin/laptop_mode needs to be run as root (NOTE: drive settings affected by Laptop Mode cannot be retrieved. [Read More]

User Mode Linux 5.2

User Mode Linux 5.2 User Mode Linux version 5.2 has been uploaded to Debian Unstable and will soon be available on the supported architectures. This upload took more time than usual as I ran into a build time failure caused by newer PCAP library. Thanks to active upstream developers, this got sorted out quick. In the longer run, we may have a much better fix for it. What is User Mode Linux a. [Read More]

Bpfcc New Release

BPF Compiler Collection 0.11.0 bpfcc version 0.11.0 has been uploaded to Debian Unstable and should be accessible in the repositories by now. After the 0.8.0 release, this has been the next one uploaded to Debian. Multiple source respositories This release brought in dependencies to another set of sources from the libbpf project. In the upstream repo, this is still a topic of discussion on how to release tools where one depends on another, in unison. [Read More]
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Cross Architecture Linux Containers

Linux and ARM With more ARM based devices in the market, and with them getting more powerful every day, it is more common to see more of ARM images for your favorite Linux distribution. Of them, Debian has become the default choice for individuals and companies to base their work on. It must have to do with Debian’s long history of trying to support many more architectures than the rest of the distributions. [Read More]

Linux Desktop Usage 2019

If I look back now, it must be more than 20 years since I got fascinated with GNU/Linux ecosystem and started using it. Back then, it was more curiosity of a young teenager and the excitement to learn something. There’s one thing that I have always admired/respected about Free Software’s values, is: Access for everyone to learn. This is something I never forget and still try to do my bit. [Read More]

Laptop Mode Tools 1.72

What a way to make a gift! I’m pleased to announce the 1.72 release of Laptop Mode Tools. Major changes include the port of the GUI configuration utility to Python 3 and PyQt5. Some tweaks, fixes and enhancements in current modules. Extending {black,white}list of devices to types other than USB. Listing of devices by their devtype attribute. A filtered list of changes is mentioned below. For the full log, please refer to the git repository. [Read More]

Freezing of tasks failed

It is interesting how a user-space task could lead to hinder a Linux kernel software suspend operation. [11735.155443] PM: suspend entry (deep) [11735.155445] PM: Syncing filesystems ... done. [11735.215091] [drm:wait_panel_status [i915]] *ERROR* PPS state mismatch [11735.215172] [drm:wait_panel_status [i915]] *ERROR* PPS state mismatch [11735.558676] rfkill: input handler enabled [11735.608859] (NULL device *): firmware: direct-loading firmware rtlwifi/rtl8723befw_36.bin [11735.609910] (NULL device *): firmware: direct-loading firmware rtl_bt/rtl8723b_fw.bin [11735.611871] Freezing user space processes ... [11755.615603] Freezing of tasks failed after 20. [Read More]

Fixing Hardware Bugs

Bugs can be annoying. Especially the ones that crash or hang and do not have a root cause. A good example of such annoyance can be kernel bugs, where a faulty hardware/device driver hinders the kernel’s suspend/resume process. Because, as a user, while in the middle of your work, you suspend your machine hoping to resume your work, back when at your destination. But, during suspend, or during resume, randomly the bug triggers leaving you with no choice but a hardware reset. [Read More]

Linux IO + Memory + CPU Contention

I very recently met someone, and we had a good productive discussion on the features and (long standing) bugs of the Linux kernel. No doubt, Linux is the most featureful kernel in the market. Is also a lot appealing given its breadth of platform support. Of that discussion we had, it led about Linux’s behavior in tighter stressed scenarios where there is a lot of contention among the core subsystems. From the conversation, I got the feedback that perhaps the issue is no more valid. [Read More]