Category Archives: UNIX

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UNIX-history source codes on GitLab

I found that there are some people on GitHub that collect source codes from early UNIX ages, like first compilers, first shells, or PDP7-UNIX. Just to made them available in one place (slightly decentralize access to them) – I decided to create gitlab.com account `UNIX-history` for them.

You can find there source codes from 1970, nicely commented and manually formatted, before this all happened.

Also, enjoy this presentation about future of programming:

Insulting sudo mode

Sudo has an easter-egg that’s disabled by default. It can insult you each time you provide incorrect password. Just like that:

[sudo] password for agilob: 
You can't come in. Our tiger has got flu

[sudo] password for agilob: 
You do that again and see what happens...

[sudo] password for agilob: 
You can't get the wood, you know.

[sudo] password for agilob: 
Speak English you fool --- there are no subtitles in this scene.

[sudo] password for agilob: 
I think ... err ... I think ... I think I'll go home

[sudo] password for agilob: 
Where did you learn to type?

[sudo] password for agilob: 
stty: unknown mode: doofus

[sudo] password for agilob: 
Listen, burrito brains, I don't have time to listen to this trash.

[sudo] password for agilob: 
sudo: 3 incorrect password attempts

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Automated delivery and publication of apps using FDroid and GitLabCI

In my spare time I develop applications on Android. I also “maintain” F-Droid repository for some of my public projects. I wanted to automatically publish each build after:

  1. Compilation passed
  2. Test on a connected device passed
  3. Signed build completed

So I made a simple setup with help of GitLabCI and own F-Droid repository. This post does not describe how to configure F-Droid repository or configuration of GItLabCI-runner, because official documentation is much better than I could write it. This post just describes how I use both services to automate boring deployment.

GtiLabCI is run on your own hardware, so it can have access to your files, configuration etc. It’s an advantage over Travis, as you can run any custom command, like testing on connected device or on pre-configured emulator, connected to remote hosts where CI slave is on a trusted machine.

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Automated updates on Debian using Tor and official hidden services

I like to automate some boring and easy tasks we all have to do often, so I would like to share with you an easy but not too widely known trick in Debian/Ubuntu for automated upgrades, that can be performed without any manual actions.

This post describes the following configurations for a server:

  1. Installation and configuration of unattended upgrades on Debian
  2. Setup of Tor service that will be used for Debian upgrades
  3. Removal of unused dependencies

Unattended upgrades are well described on Debian wiki, but to keep those steps in one place, I’ll copy some parts of it here.

First, you have to install the following packages:

apt-get install unattended-upgrades apt-listchanges

Installation process should create new file /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/50unattended-upgrades where we configure how automated upgrades work and what can be upgraded.

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Timelapse using Raspberry Pi from my sea-front flat

I made a timelapse video using Raspberry Pi from my sea-front flat in Aberystwyth where I studied for 4 years.

Bash script was called every 30 seconds to take a picture for 4 days. To prevent running out of space on a SD card there was another cron job setup to move all existing images to my laptop using scp. After some selection (removed some first and some last images) I got 17.4GB of pictures which were composed into this timelapse without any scaling.

Timelapse from sea-front in Aberystwyth