cowbuilder with sid under Ubuntu/Mint

Just for reference cause I had to figured it out again after upgrade from Mint Lisa to Mint Maya (which in Mint world means reinstalling whole system).

This is the way to create cowbuilder environment with Debian Sid/unstable under Linux Mint Maya or any Ubuntu based system:

sudo sed -ie 's/MIRRORSITE.*/MIRRORSITE=' /etc/pbuilderrc
sudo apt-get install debian-archive-keyring
sudo cowbuilder --create --distribution sid --debootstrapopts --keyring=/usr/share/keyrings/debian-archive-keyring.gpg

sshfs is now comaintained

Since my yesterday upload sshfs is now comaintained with Dmitry Smirnov and in fact he prepared the latest upstream version which is 2.4.
If anyone else would like to join and help improve the package further then Dmitry created Git repository for that purpose.


As usual… if I’m trying to solve some issue there is a technology that solves it.
But… it’s in early stage of development, poorly packaged, stable versions lack most of the features, and basically it’s recommended to use git snapshots and to patch all the software that is going to use it.

I’m talking about usbredir and SPICE.

Changing the job

It was almost 6 years in NetArt company (probably known better as
Time for changes. Starting on May I’ll be working for Akamai.

Wish me luck… few hundreds of servers against almost 100 thousands looks like a real challenge 😉


How about switch translations to Weblate?

Maybe it’s time to move on some more user friendly translation system?

I believe Michal Čihař (cheers!) is going to help us (as a community) to make changes relevant to Debian’s infrastructure.

httpie package

Tired of using curl to debug webapps?

curl -i -X PUT -H 'Content-Type:application/json; charset=utf-8' -d '{"hello":"world"}'

Looks quite complicated and for sure it is error prone.

http PUT hello=world

This looks much better, and I’ve just created package with this useful tool. It’s called httpie and is already in NEW queue. Besides simplifying syntax it has also color output which makes results more readable.

For the impatient I put this package also on my people.d.o page.


I’ve just started to use it. Next time I’m able to show you how stable is Zenbook under Linux.

Right now it’s not helpful:

fenio@zenbook ~ $ downtimes
Maybe the system has not been down yet?
downtimes: can not open /var/lib/downtimed/downtimedb: No such file or directory
fenio@zenbook ~ $

Next time it will… really 😉

reaver ACCEPTED into unstable

Just got mail about it:

to main/r/reaver/reaver_1.4-2.debian.tar.gz
to main/r/reaver/reaver_1.4-2.dsc
to main/r/reaver/reaver_1.4-2_amd64.deb
to main/r/reaver/reaver_1.4.orig.tar.gz

Override entries for your package:
reaver_1.4-2.dsc – extra net
reaver_1.4-2_amd64.deb – extra net

Announcing to
Closing bugs: 653758

Thank you for your contribution to Debian.

Now let’s see how portable is it 😉