Birch Street Computing -

about me

John M is a Linux fan in Lowell, MA.

I work at at a company writing software. I fool around with Free and Open Source software for fun & profit.

I was big into and you can still see some of what I listen to there. I can also be found using github and recently sourcehut as well as bitbucket (historically). I don't care for most popular social media sites. If I have an account on one or the other it's probably either old and unused or was created just for tinkering.


Links to things I like, use, or otherwise feel is worth sharing. Things I'd like to see get more popular.

my udev just exploded

Every time I reboot my server machine something explodes. It's my own fault, but its still annoying. This time I found out that the newer versions of udev really don't work with the deprecated SYSFS stuff. I found out because my system wouldn't create /dev nodes for /dev/sda1 and the like. I had to manually futz with udev to get the devices in dev, then mount the file systems, then ultimately I downgraded to udev-149.

I knew that version worked and found a bug ( with a similar issue. I know the right way to fix it is to build a kernel, but I wish the warning the udev ebuild printed was a little more prominent - maybe print something like : "No, Seriously this version won't work at all with the old SYFS layout, you jerk".

Maybe then I would have paid attention. :-)

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