crashdc

Sorry for those of you who are used to read me in french, but you will see appear here, from time to time, notes, posts and information about an opensource project that I’m working on : crashdc.

crashdc is a set of scripts to be used in conjunction with Dave Anderson’s crash tool. Without crash, crashdc is useless. With it, crashdc can automate data collection when a new kernel crash dump occurs.

Dave Anderson has kindly accepted to include crashdc in the crash package, so when crashdc will be ready, this is where you will be able to find it. I also created a sourceforge project for it called obviously crashdc, where you can find standalone bits and information about crashdc itself.

The Sf environment does not intend to ack as a parallel project, but just a place for me to host my development which itself will make its way to the crash rpm.

Right now, don’t look for the crashdc bits : they’re not available yet.  Being employed by a major computer constructor, I must first clear out the project internally so I can have the right to publicly distribute crashdc. This shoudln’t be too long. And since crashdc is mostly Alpha code right now, this would not bring you much to get it as it is.

So bear with me a little longer, and it should become available for a first round of testing soon.

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Little update on LinuxCOE

Of course, nothing has happened last month since I was on vacation. But just before leaving, I was able to get my RPM working on RHEL and SLES. More testing is required, but I’m getting there.

Now a suggestion from Bryan makes a lot of sense, but will probably delay availability of the RPM packages. We should not make the RPM for SystemDesigner available unless the RPM are also available for the overlays. This is true since not much can be done without an overlay.

So I now have to figure out how to generate the O/S images from a script, instead of including them right in the RPM as it is done currently. This is needed so the RPM don’t contain binary archives and, more importantly, don’t get to heavy in size.

So I will get my good ol Camel Book out and get going.

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Two days with BryanG in Grenoble

I’m back at my desk, after two days in Grenoble with Bryan Gartner and Bruno Cornec. This is really good to be able to see them face to face. Virtual communications are great, but it always help to share some portion of reality for a little while.

We had a lot of discussion on short term goals for LinuxCOE, waystation setup and such. Got some tests packages going while they were at work setting up a waystation on eurolinux.

Now I have working packages for :

  • SystemDesigner
  • RHEL overlay
  • Fedora Overlay
  • The Documentation

I should be able to have a few more soon, since the overlays are rather easy to create, once the first one is OK.

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The docs & RHEL modules are mostly there

A little LinuxCOE update.

I got the docs module working earlier today, and it looks like I got the first overlay module almost working also : the RHEL module.

Now I need to figure out what is needed to do in order to get normal setup working, document the whole thing and add it to the docs module.

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Joining LinuxCOE

I recently indicated in a previous post that I was joining the LinuxCOE Open Source effort.

It has been a few weeks since (well actually almost a month now) this post and some work has already been done on creating a RPM package for SystemDesigner. We now have a roughly working package but without any of the Distro modules, it is not of much interest. The next step is to get one of the Distro module packaged and to see if I can get a working COE environment.

Now regarding this specific post, it is in english, as will probably be most of the LinuxCOE related posts, mainly because I don’t want to restrict my audience to the french speaking people. Right now, I don’t think that LinuxCOE has much of an audience in this area.

I also decided to mix these posts in my public personal blog, because I’m lazy and don’t want to go through the trouble of writing and maintaining two blogs. It is better for me to concentrate on working on LinuxCOE rather than being a full-time blog manager.

So keep posted for more LinuxCOE news.

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