[aur-general] TU application sponsored by David Reisner

Anatol Pomozov anatol.pomozov at gmail.com
Tue Feb 4 07:24:56 EST 2014


On 2/4/14, 12:54 AM, Ike Devolder wrote:
> On Mon, Feb 03, 2014 at 11:26:22AM -0800, Anatol Pomozov wrote:
>> Hi everyone
>> I would like to apply for a Arch Trusted User position. It is
>> sponsored by my co-worker and bright engineer David Reisner.
>> My name is Anatol Pomozov, I grew up in Belarus but live in USA now. I
>> am an open-source enthusiast who uses Linux since about 2005. I've
>> been using several distros mostly Debian based. About 2.5 years ago,
>> when Ubuntu in-place upgrade killed my system once again, I've decided
>> to give a try to a rolling-release distro.
>> I had heard that Arch was difficult to use and unstable so I've been
>> skeptical that Arch would survive at my computers for a long time. At
>> my surprise Arch installation was easy and system was fast and stable.
>> Documentation is clean and very helpful. And package manager is
>> *FAST*! Yeah!  I fell in love with Arch from the very first day. A few
>> months later all my home computers were moved to Arch. And despite
>> that I usually do crazy experiments at my home machines I've never had
>> serious problems with Arch. Well, the only problem with Arch was in
>> systemd-207 that prevented my btrfs-root machine from booting.
>> About a year ago I started playing more active role in Arch community.
>> I adopted a lot of broken and out-of-date packages. Currently I own
>> 350+ packages [1]. A lot of packages are for ruby gems that previously
>> were out-of-date or had broken dependencies. I improved existing
>> gem2arch tool [2] and it helps me with ruby packages herding.
>> At my day job I work on Linux kernel development/support at a large
>> server farm. My daily activity includes a lot of debugging,
>> performance profiling, code archaeology both for linux kernel and
>> in-house userspace code. Some of my linux changes went upstream, here
>> are few of them:
>> https://lkml.org/lkml/2013/4/12/391
>> http://marc.info/?l=linux-fsdevel&m=134750749009884&w=2
>> https://lkml.org/lkml/2013/4/1/171
>> Google Chromebook developers reported that my last patch fixed one of
>> their top kernel crashes!
>> Recently me and my 6 y/o son started learning microelectronics and
>> digital design. Maybe some day we'll create MIPS-like CPU.
>> Why do I want to become a TU? I like Arch and would like to keep it
>> improving. It means making packages better, participate in important
>> discussions that define where the distro moves.
>> The short/mid terms plans for me are:
>>  - move some of my aur packages to community: rethinkdb, codespell,
>> tup, mldonkey, v8. There are some other aur packages that I use and
>> would also like to see in [community]: fatsort, digital design related
>> tools, ...
>>  - add android-sdk-* packages. Current AUR packages download binaries
>> and install binaries to /opt/bin. The binaries are 32-bit. Instead we
>> should build SDK from sources and provide proper 64/32-bit binaries.
>> This might be tricky as Android build system is complicated.
>>  - request moving Apache to [community] and finally update this package to 2.4
>> I can help with linux kernel issues, especially if they are related to
>> storage/block subsystem.
>> I also have experience with Ruby. This is my favorite scripting
>> language that I use for 10 years now and I'll be glad to help with
>> Ruby in Arch as well.
>> [1] aur.archlinux.org/packages/?SeB=m&K=anatolik
>> [2] https://github.com/anatol/gem2arch
> WOW, many packages :)
> I just found something somewhat fishy in your subtle package:
> patch -p1 < ../do_not_relink_binaries_on_install.diff
> I'm not entirely sure i can break the build but i think it would be best
> practice to do "$srcdir/do_not_relink_binaries_on_install.diff"

The only thing that comes to my mind is if the folder where we 'cd'
before doing 'patch' is a symlink. In this case '..' will differ from
$srcdir. But unpacked source directory can't be a symlink, is it?

I do not mind to change it to the longer version "$srcdir/foo" if this
is a recommended way to do, but first I want to know why it is recommended.

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