Show hidden files in vifm

-Type ‘za’ in normal mode. I still haven’t found how to do it from the config file.
If you have pointer, leave me a comment.

OpenBSD 5.4 : rocks, as always

-To my eternal shame, I forgot what day it is. Started work early, you know, that kind of stuff. But in the end I remembered and downloaded the small ISO from a nearby mirror and rejoiced at the speed and simplicity of the installer. A few commands to customize my environment and that was it. So, if you want to see how a Unix-like OS should be, or already know but hven’t upgraded yet, go to your nearest download mirror and get it.

ArchBSD is here!

-Hello, everyone. I just stumbled upon a post announcing the ArchBSD project, which is, just as the name implies, the FreeBSD kernel on top of the Arch userland. If this sounds cool to you, head over to their website
and give it a try, I’m sure testers are welcome.

New BSD podcast

I just found out (and am listening to) a new
BSD-related podcast : .
Seems very interesting, with everything you’d expect from
a good technical show. Check it out!

DesktopBSD is back!

…and you can find the project’s web page, as usual, at this
. If you feel like contributing, see the forums.

Upgrading to NetBSD 6.1

Now that NetBSD 6.1 is out, and given the fact that I was running -RC4,
I thought about a way to do a binary upgrade that would be as fast as
possible. I stumbled upon sysupgrade (/usr/pkgsrc/sysutils/sysupgrade),
which is an easy to use tool designed exactly for that. I can’t tell how well
it works on major release upgrades, but in my case, it did work very well.
I just did sysupgrade auto\
and that was it. It downloaded, upgraded, took me
through updating /etc files and all that. Hope you also find it useful.
Give it a try and give some feedback, as it’s a new tool and needs users
and testing.

OpenBSD 5.3 and NetBSD 6.1 RC4

As most of you know, these last few days marked two important releases for OpenBSD and
NetBSD. What I wanted to ask is to download them, especially in NetBSD’s case, since it’s
a RC, install and test extensively. Only so can the developers know on what hardware their
OS is running and what glitches people encounter. So please test and help. Thank you.

mutt and OpenBSD redux

-The fact that I’m doing this on an OpenBSD system doesn’t mean it shouldn’t apply
to other BSDs or Unix systems. I just found a simple way to use mutt with
Gmail/IMAP (single account, but multiple isn’t much different) and wanted to share.
Nota bene, the system I’m doing this on is a HP Vectra with 192 MB RAM and
a Pentium 2 CPU, and the inbox is 51205 e-mails big, and it works humanly.
Basically, your ~/.muttrc should contain something like this:

set imap_user = ""
set smtp_url = "smtp://"
set from = ""
set realname = "Your Real Name"

set folder = "imaps://"
set spoolfile = "+INBOX"
set postponed="+[Gmail]/Drafts"

set header_cache=~/.mutt/cache/headers
set message_cachedir=~/.mutt/cache/bodies
set certificate_file=~/.mutt/certificates

set move = no

set sort = 'threads'
set sort_aux = 'last-date-received'
set imap_check_subscribed

ignore "Authentication-Results:"
ignore "DomainKey-Signature:"
ignore "DKIM-Signature:"
hdr_order Date From To Cc

Thanks go to Shreevatsa for this.
When installing mutt, make sure SASL support is there (use the -i flag
with pkg_add or edit the Makefile). That’s all.

OpenBSD 5.3-beta is here!

…so what are you waiting for? Let’s download and test! Perhaps not all mirrors are
synced, but the main FTP server sure is.

/usr/ports and symlinks on OpenBSD

I installed OpenBSD current on an old P2 HP Vectra (yeah, THAT old…) and
of course I install my packages the recommended, binary way, given
the restrictions imposed by RAM, CPU power and disk space (3.2 GB).
But I wanted to personalize some of the binaries beyond the flavours
packages can offer, so I wanted ports as well. But since I lack space,
I mounted my NFS share and created a symlink to /usr/ports.
Apparently some ports don’t like this (see the MLs),
so I had to make /usr/ports a NFS mountpoint. Speed is not-so-good,
but it works, and I get to test my patience. The command was
# mount -t nfs IP:REMOTE_LOCATION /usr/ports .
I recommend you do the unpacking on the server (I presume it’s
faster than a P2). Have fun.


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