You might not even have noticed…
Exherbo / October 6, 2019

… but the git statistics for Exherbo’s repositories have been static for over a year. Since I found an easy way to revive them, they’re back, live and updated daily:

Bedrock Linux now supports Exherbo (Beta channel right now!)
Exherbo / September 12, 2019

Due to the attempts of an Exherbo user to get it supported in Bedrock Linux, I got curious about it myself. So, what’s Bedrock? “Bedrock Linux is a meta Linux distribution which allows users to utilize features from other, typically mutually exclusive distributions. Essentially, users can mix-and-match components as desired.”(Source: To me, that was immediately interesting as I simply cannot spend as much time on Exherbo as I used to (which was a whole damn lot). Bedrock looked like a potential solution to basically run two (or even more!) distributions at once – and, thus, be able to actually run a binary distribution but to use (and maintain!) some Exherbo packages (or a subset of those). Thus, I took a closer look, found it pretty easy to add “fetching” support (which means you can actually run a command that fetches our stage and adds it as a Bedrock “stratum”) for Exherbo. My first attempt wasn’t ideal but lead to a very constructive and pleasant discussion with Bedrock’s lead developer, Daniel “paradigm” Thau. Ultimately, we figured out caching support in order to not overly tax our, Exherbo’s, ancient server, mucked around with user support and lots of other stuff which…

Gerrit updated to 2.12.2 / Jenkins updated to 1.652
Exherbo / March 13, 2016

I’ve updated Gerrit from 2.11.5 to the latest release 2.12.2. These are the user-visible highlights: New Submit Whole Topic setting: All changes belonging to the same topic will be submitted at the same time. Currently disabled because it’s still experimental but I will enable this once it’s considered stable. Support for GPG Keys and signed pushes. You can add your GPG key in Gerrit and git push –signed to use this. This should work right now – but doesn’t for me at least. If you have more success, let me know. ūüôā New search operators, e. g. author:, committer:, commentby: and a few others. Your preferences for editing and diff presentation can now be configured in your user settings. Gerrit’s in-line editor has now support for Emacs and Vim key maps. There are several new API calls available for those using their own Gerrit clients (yes, I’m looking at you, Kylie McClain! ūüėČ ). You can find the complete release notes for the Gerrit versions¬†here: Gerrit 2.11.6 Gerrit 2.11.7 Gerrit 2.12 Gerrit 2.12.1 Gerrit 2.12.2 As for Jenkins, I’ve updated it to 1.652 as well. Nothing spectacular there but some bug fixes in the backend mostly; including two security fixes….

“Where have you been?!”
Exherbo / October 27, 2015

As many of you will have noticed, I’ve been “gone” for almost two months. To some of you, I’ve explained my absence but I’d like to present a “compact” version here as well. As many of you know, I’ve been the head of my department at work last year. Due to problematic circumstances beyond my control, I decided it best for me to formally resign from said position effective December, 31st 2014. Fast-forward to mid¬†2015: A new head of department has been installed. Naturally, I’m her deputy. The “problematic circumstances” mentioned above have gone even more “challenging” by now. Both my new team lead and I do all we can¬†for everyone involved. Mid September 2015 – things get rougher for a lot of reasons. The team lead goes on extended holidays and I’m taking over. There are lots of things to do and way too few hours in a day to work on them – even for a highly skilled and systematically working professional like myself. I’m working¬†very long each week (I won’t mention how long exactly to avoid all kinds of trouble ūüôā ) and, thus, have to cut down on all¬†other activities and since Exherbo is the most…

Jenkins updated to 1.627
Exherbo / September 1, 2015

Another quick news blurb:¬†I’ve¬†updated¬†Jenkins¬†to 1.627. It has a¬†few bugfixes¬†but nothing really spectacular. The full changelog can be found here.    

Gerrit updated to 2.11.3 / Jenkins updated to 1.626
Exherbo / August 30, 2015

I’ve just updated¬†Gerrit to the latest release 2.11.3.¬†These are the user-visible highlights: When you choose a user (e. g. to add a reviewer) inactive accounts are not suggested anymore. If you use side-by-side diffs (why ever would you?!), their performance has been improved If your browser supports the¬†JavaScript clipboard API (e. g. Chromium does) that’s preferred over the old Flash widget. Quite a few bug fixes. You can find the complete release notes for Gerrit 2.11.3¬†here. As for Jenkins, I’ve updated it from 1.623 to 1.626 as well. Nothing spectacular there but some bug fixes in the backend mostly. The full changelog can be found here.

Jenkins updated to 1.623
Exherbo / August 8, 2015

Quick news blurb:¬†I’ve¬†updated¬†Jenkins¬†to 1.623. It has quite few bugfixes¬†but nothing really spectacular. The full changelog can be found here.    

Gerrit updated to 2.11.2 / Jenkins updated to 1.620
Exherbo / July 14, 2015

This morning, I’ve¬†updated¬†Gerrit to the latest release 2.11.2.¬†These are the user-visible highlights: Automatic suggestions in the search box work again. Several issues that could potentially cause¬†data loss have been fixed. Newer jgit version You can find the complete release notes for Gerrit 2.11.2¬†here. As for Jenkins, I’ve updated it from 1.617 to 1.620 as well. Lots of bugfixes were implemented the most interesting of which concerned the console (log) output that could get¬†truncated. The full changelog can be found here.  

Gerrit updated to 2.11.1
Exherbo / June 13, 2015

I’ve just finished updating Gerrit to the latest release 2.11.1.¬†These are the highlights: You can now link accounts to each other (Settings / Identities / Link Another Identity). This means, if you want to be able to use both Github and¬†Google, just use that button. Furthermore, if you accidentally create a new account (you’ll know it happened if you can’t +2 changes for your own repository anymore), you can now just link both yourself. If things still somehow go wrong, just let me know and I’ll link¬†your accounts manually. Performance improvements for pushing changes to Gerrit and some other areas Newer jgit version Lots of bugfixes You can find the complete release notes for Gerrit 2.11 here.    

Gerrit updated to 2.11 – being in-line, changing change screens and the return of the king!
Exherbo / May 8, 2015

I’ve just finished updating Gerrit to the latest release 2.11. This gives us some amazingly cool new features to play with: In-line editing of changes! Till now, we could only edit the commit message; now we can¬†fix typos, etc. ourselves. Let’s rule the (changeset) world! The new(er) change screen is more gorgeous than ever! (And you better like it because the old one is gone.) The Return of The King or: The Empire strikes back! Authentication using Google’s Oauth2 is supported now. When logging in, you can choose between github (the preferred supplier) or Google. (This is going to change once more this year and then hopefully never again. User accounts have been preserved now, though, and will be preserved when I’m done with the authentication changes I’m preparing.) Gerrit is now back where it belongs – in Tomcat. That makes it faster and more reliable. There’s one caveat: You mere mortals can’t generate your http passwords yourselves anymore due to security considerations. If you need this functionality, you’ll have to poke zlin or me. You can find the complete release notes for Gerrit 2.11 here.