Re: [wmii] Re: wmii 2.2 packages in Debian ready for an upgrade?

From: Paul TBBle Hampson <>
Date: Mon, 23 Jan 2006 23:45:34 +1100

On Sat, Jan 21, 2006 at 07:50:39PM +0100, Anselm R. Garbe wrote:
> On Sat, Jan 21, 2006 at 07:08:52PM +0100, Daniel Baumann wrote:
>> Note: Unfortunately, there was some missunderstanding between me and my
>> sponsor, so the current wmii in unstable is broken, because 9base is
>> stuck at NEW[1]. In the meanwhile you can download the 9base package
>> from [2] (this is not a test-package, it is the one uploaded to Debian
>> and works well).

>> Third: wmii only depends on rc-shell from 9base

> I suppose you mean the version you packaged? In general the rc
> scripts shipped with wmii depend on most stuff from 9base for
> various reasons, especially because 9base uses a common regex
> syntax and is completely utf8 compliant, beside the speed
> side-effects through static linking small portions of code
> (compared to the GNU counterparts). Those scripts also depend on
> several flags of standard unix tools which have been seen in
> original Unix and Plan 9 only, but not in GNU tools, for
> instance 'date -n' for example beside of the unified regex
> syntax.

On the other hand, the 'date' in 9base gives ??? for the NZDT timezone I
happen to be in just now... Replacing the call in the status scrit with
/bin/date obviously works fine.

A quick look at the source and it's only allowing three characters for
the TZ, but the use of #define to override libc-provided functions with
9lib functions confused me just enough that I thought I'd throw it out
here now rather than let it simmer until I next have time to look at it.

Anyway, packages look good (although the failed buildd runs for 9base
are a problem) and although I had to build the pacakges locally here for
PPC, they _have_ progressed through into unstable.

Paul "TBBle" Hampson, BSc, MCSE
On-hiatus Asian Studies student, ANU
The Boss, Bubblesworth Pty Ltd (ABN: 51 095 284 361)
"No survivors? Then where do the stories come from I wonder?"
-- Capt. Jack Sparrow, "Pirates of the Caribbean"

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