Getting to know your portmgr@ — Mathieu Arnold

November 4, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

In this interview, we take a short break from the usual, and interview a portmgr-lurker@, Mathieu Arnold.  He was one of the founding members of perl@ back in the day


Mathieu Arnold

Committer name


Inspiration for your IRC nick

Well, not very inspirational, but everybody’s been calling me mat since
high school, well, except my grandmother, maybe.

TLD of origin



Sysadmin/Developper/Network Admin/Stuff doer.

When did you join portmgr@

Ah, can we put a time in the future ? :-)

<editor note, this is a stock question>

Inspiration for using FreeBSD

Around 2000/2001 I needed something to replace a Linux firewall, the
Paris team, roberto@, pb@, were advocating FreeBSD, so I went that way,
with ipf. We were so pleased with everything that, well, over the time
we switched over, we’ve been a FreeBSD shop for a bit more than 10

Who was your first contact in FreeBSD

That must have been roberto@ or pb@, don’t know which one :-)

Who was your mentor(s)

demon was.

What was your most embarrassing moment in FreeBSD

I’m not sure there was one, maybe this year in August, when I added perl
5.18 and broke the ports tree in r324662 and fixed it in r324667.

Boxers / Briefs / other


What is your role in your circle of friends

Being the clown.

vi(m) / emacs / other

vim. What Else…

What keeps you motivated in FreeBSD

Hum, I get bored easily, so, things changing and going forward.

Favourite musician/band

My favorite band of all time would be Dire Straits. More recently,
though, Moriarty, Of Monster and Men, Owl City, Passenger (Mike
Rosenberg), so, pop/folk/rock would be my treat.

What book do you have on your bedside table

Right now, I’m at about 3/4 of The Department of Mad Scientists, The
World Without Us, and about half of Cryptography Engineering. On my
daily commute in the subway, I read science fiction or fantasy. Iain
Banks, Terry Pratchett, Peter F. Hamilton, Neil Asher, Lois McMaster
Bujold, Charles Stross, David Weber, John Ringo…

coffee / tea / other

Tea. Mostly green tea, Long Jing, a bit of white  Bai Mu Dan, and in the
mornings, some Far Too Good For Ordinary People Darjeeling teas.

Do you have a guilty pleasure

Like to cook, and to eat. People following me on instagram think it
should be renamed instakilogram because of me.

How would you describe yourself

Quiet, thoughtful, kind, witty, oh, wait, this isn’t a dating site.

sendmail / postfix / other

sendmail when cron’s the only one sending stuff, postfix otherwise.

Do you have a hobby outside of FreeBSD

Photography and hiking. (Mostly at the same time.)

What is your favourite TV show

Doctor Who. Then House, or The Big Bang Theory.

Claim to Fame

Ah, a long time ago, I translated linux HowTos, people are still quoting
me the white lies that I wrote in them, and I still try to correct

What did you have for breakfast today

Earl gray, a toasted slice of whole bread, with a touch of butter and
melon jam with orange zests, and a yoghurt.

What sports team do you support

Ah, so, sport, the thing with the silly people encouraging other silly
people running around… None, really, maybe the French rugby team
during the rugby world cup or the rugby league world cup.

What else do you do in the world of FreeBSD

Beside being part of perl@ team, I try to advocate a bit…

What can you tell us about yourself that most people don’t know

Let me think about that, and get back to you :-)

Any parting words you want to share

I’m not feeling really like lecturing right now, so, no…

What is your .sig at the moment

Mathieu Arnold

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