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Introducing new Ports Commiter, Philippe Audeoud aka [email protected]

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I have been fortunate to work with Philippe since the fall, now I get to tor-ment him, along with Thierry Thomas.

This is my first mentee, so let’s hope it is a positive experience for all involved

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February 22nd, 2008 at 6:42 pm

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200 commits

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Woot!

200 commits since the first one, 5.34 months ago, according to cia.vc

I love these landmarks!

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January 29th, 2008 at 4:08 am

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Just because there is not enough blogs in the world

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I went created another one, hosted at my home site, you can visit it at http://www.goodking.ca/wordpress/

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January 24th, 2008 at 9:06 pm

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ULE for Yule

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At the start of Advent (the fourth Sunday BEFORE Christmas) I started building the ULE scheduler kernel for my system. I figure, if it is good enough for FreeBSD.org, it is good enough for me.

I won’t be providing any test results, or do any real benchmarking, but I will give it a try it out for a while.

Merry Christmas, one and all!

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January 7th, 2008 at 3:48 pm

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Procmail is your friend

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Little did I realize when I became a committer I would be the recipient of 200+ emails daily. Between my optional mailing lists, coupled with internal FreeBSD messages, cvs-commit control messages, and gnats notifications, I found my Inbox filled up, quickly.

I learned to use procmail. I highly recommend it. Apply some simple recipes, and voila, messages can be auto-filed for reference, leaving the Inbox a lot less cluttered.

Even if you don’t get a huge volume of email, check it out anyway!

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November 14th, 2007 at 1:16 am

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100 commits

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It took 2.1 months (according to cia.vc) for me to reach this milestone. I marked it silently by letting my mentor and my submitter know.

Ok, I guess I bragged here, too!

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October 24th, 2007 at 2:29 am

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Spoke too soon

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Right after I posted my first blog entry, there it was, pavmail. This message from Pav let me know a commit I made was broken. So, wouldn’t you know it on September 8, 2007, I earned my first pointyhat. I am sure my mother would be proud of me :-)

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September 10th, 2007 at 3:56 am

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Once upon a time

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I submitted a PR to assume maintainership of net/citrix_ica on May 25, 2006. It was my first real port PR, and it wasn’t even formatted correctly! I was fortunate, a sympathetic committer (clsung) committed it anyway. A little over a year, and almost 300 PRs later I have been elevated to the ranks of rookie Ports Committer.

Irconically, Cheng-Lung Sung, my first committer, has become my mentor. Seems like the great cycle of life. Under his mentorship I have committed some of my own ports, and closed about a dozen PRs. No pointyhats, yet! Yet is the operative word, I know it is looming out there, it is just a matter of when.

In the meantime, keep the PRs coming, and I will keep on committing.

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September 8th, 2007 at 3:20 pm

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