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by plugwash
Thu Dec 13, 2018 7:17 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Why Avoid BASIC on RPi?
Replies: 722
Views: 16548

Re: Why Avoid BASIC on RPi?

I would advise not relying on oabi compatibility support going forward. Apparently it's still enabled in raspberry pi foundation kernels but other kernels may have it turned off (it comes at a performance penalty) and arm64 kernels don't support it at all.
by plugwash
Thu Dec 13, 2018 6:52 pm
Forum: C/C++
Topic: Compiling target ARM PE EXE/DLL?
Replies: 5
Views: 144

Re: Compiling target ARM PE EXE/DLL?

Might also be worth checking out the gcc-arm-none-eabi package to see what options that offers.
by plugwash
Thu Dec 13, 2018 6:37 pm
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: Packages following Debian stable
Replies: 14
Views: 684

Re: Packages following Debian stable

Does the package from Debian stable armhf actually work?
by plugwash
Tue Dec 04, 2018 8:54 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Why Avoid BASIC on RPi?
Replies: 722
Views: 16548

Re: Why Avoid BASIC on RPi?

Well there is quite a lot of 64-bit arithmetic (unsigned long long) going on, so its reasonable that its a lot faster. Agreed. It should be possible to switch the code to use 32-bit integers and a smaller base. Some debugging might be needed as well as tuning. However, even when the processor is in...
by plugwash
Tue Nov 20, 2018 11:12 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Why Avoid BASIC on RPi?
Replies: 722
Views: 16548

Re: Why Avoid BASIC on RPi?

Ok fair. May I ask why many packages releated to BASIC (at least last I looked), from Diabian ARMHF are not present in Raspbian? If they in Debian armhf but not in the same release of raspbian it's probablly one of the following. 1. They failed to build. 2. They built but the resulting packages wer...
by plugwash
Sat Nov 17, 2018 6:34 am
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: Hash mismatch of ps2eps, update fails
Replies: 8
Views: 776

Re: Hash mismatch of ps2eps, update fails

re-builds of the package with new never used before versions should be in the public repo now, so I have re-enabled the mirror.
by plugwash
Sat Nov 17, 2018 2:48 am
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: Hash mismatch of ps2eps, update fails
Replies: 8
Views: 776

Re: Hash mismatch of ps2eps, update fails

Ok, this is partly our fault. One of the corner cases our infrastructure does not handle correctly. Our autobinnmuer has no interlocks to make sure the same binnmu version is not used in multiple suites. The archive software will prevent the same version being used for different package content in t...
by plugwash
Sat Nov 17, 2018 2:29 am
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: Hash mismatch of ps2eps, update fails
Replies: 8
Views: 776

Re: Hash mismatch of ps2eps, update fails

I have disabled the mirrors entry in the mirror redirection system and contacted it's admin. I suspect the most likely cause is an out of disk space issue.
by plugwash
Thu Nov 08, 2018 2:31 am
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: Possible to break dependencies? I.e., Install a package w/o its dependencies?
Replies: 10
Views: 289

Re: Possible to break dependencies? I.e., Install a package w/o its dependencies?

The debian packaging system gets most unhappy when dependencies are unsatisfied.

So you basically have two options.

1. Build a dummy package that satisfies the dependency without really providing the service in question
2. Rebuild the package with the dependency to remove it.
by plugwash
Wed Nov 07, 2018 1:34 pm
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: pygame 1.9.4
Replies: 11
Views: 780

Re: pygame 1.9.4

pygame 1.9.4 is now in Debian buster and Raspbian buster.
by plugwash
Tue Nov 06, 2018 4:46 am
Forum: C/C++
Topic: Problems cross-compiling for Zero with gcc
Replies: 5
Views: 1026

Re: Problems cross-compiling for Zero with gcc

The problem is that when you pass flags on the compiler command line to change the minimum CPU requirements they change the minimum CPU requirements for the code generated by the compiler, but they don't change the minimum CPU requirements for the libraries/startup code supplied with the compiler.
by plugwash
Tue Nov 06, 2018 3:26 am
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: pygame 1.9.4
Replies: 11
Views: 780

Re: pygame 1.9.4

That's so funny. Nobody would want that on an IBM mainframe. S390X is the big-endian architecture for S/390 and zSeries mainframes that cost hundreds of thousands of dollars (millions for the top end) and run commercial & manufacturing systems like banks, insurance, supermarkets and aircraft makers...
by plugwash
Mon Nov 05, 2018 4:33 am
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: pygame 1.9.4
Replies: 11
Views: 780

Re: pygame 1.9.4

pygame in debian sid is now building on all architectures, so it should be in debian buster in a few days and raspbian buster a day or so after that.
by plugwash
Mon Nov 05, 2018 4:30 am
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: Unable to install libgtk2.0-dev on Raspberry Pi 2
Replies: 11
Views: 2765

Re: Unable to install libgtk2.0-dev on Raspberry Pi 2

Can you post the output of

apt-cache policy libcairo2.0-dev libcairo2 libcairo-gobject2

I think I know what the issue is, but I would like to get confirmation.
by plugwash
Fri Nov 02, 2018 3:27 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Sandisk Ultra problem
Replies: 19
Views: 710

Re: Sandisk Ultra problem

I would recommend only buying SD cards from Amazon themselves if you go down that route, just to be on the safe side. Unfortunately Amazon has something called "stickerless commingled inventory". So even if you buy an item from Amazon there is a risk you will get an item that was sent in by a third...
by plugwash
Tue Oct 30, 2018 3:32 am
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: pygame 1.9.4
Replies: 11
Views: 780

Re: pygame 1.9.4

Pygame 1.9.4 has now been uploaded to Debian sid but is currently blocked from migrating to buster by a build failure on s390x, I just whipped up a patch for that, hopefully the maintainer uploads it soon.
by plugwash
Wed Oct 17, 2018 10:55 am
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: Packages following Debian stable
Replies: 14
Views: 684

Re: Packages following Debian stable

Unfortunately I am seeing reports that the updated firefox from Debian stable doesn't actually work on arm, so for now I am having to put any updates to it on hold.
by plugwash
Wed Oct 17, 2018 1:06 am
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: Packages following Debian stable
Replies: 14
Views: 684

Re: Packages following Debian stable

It's useful to post, i'm the main developer of raspbian but i'm often guilty of putting all my focus on testing and just expecting stable to sort itself out.
by plugwash
Tue Oct 16, 2018 4:39 am
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: Packages following Debian stable
Replies: 14
Views: 684

Re: Packages following Debian stable

Generally we do follow debian stable, but sometimes things get snarled up. In this particular case local modifications were blocking the import of a new version of cargo from debian which was blocking the firefox build. I have just unblocked cargo so hopefully it and the new firefox will be built so...
by plugwash
Sat Oct 13, 2018 1:45 am
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: pygame 1.9.4
Replies: 11
Views: 780

Re: pygame 1.9.4

The major thing is support for python 3.7, so this needs to get packaged before the move to buster, hopefully that can be handled Debian side but if that is not possible then a local raspberry pi package will be needed.
by plugwash
Wed Oct 10, 2018 2:49 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: I think I Crippled My Pi... :(
Replies: 11
Views: 479

Re: I think I Crippled My Pi... :(

The problem when people accidentally yank on cables is that they usually don't pull straight, so rather than just pulling the connector out it wedges the two halves of the connector together and puts considerable stress on the whole assembly. One approach I remember seeing on the original xbox was t...
by plugwash
Tue Oct 09, 2018 11:53 pm
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: PSA, reverting raspbian gtk+ changes in buster
Replies: 0
Views: 193

PSA, reverting raspbian gtk+ changes in buster

A long time ago I modfied the raspbian gtk+3.0 package to disable mesa egl/gles, I did this because at the time installing those libraries caused big problems for Pi users. However the situation has changed in a number of ways. 1. The raspberry pi foundation libraries were renamed so that they no lo...
by plugwash
Tue Oct 09, 2018 1:59 am
Forum: Networking and servers
Topic: 4G Hat
Replies: 4
Views: 1004

Re: 4G Hat

A quick search for "SIM7600 linux" found https://techship.com/faq/how-to-use-sim ... -over-usb/ which looks like it may be helpful.
by plugwash
Fri Sep 21, 2018 1:07 am
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: systemd uankpgrade 239-7 to 239-8 failed
Replies: 2
Views: 270

Re: systemd uankpgrade 239-7 to 239-8 failed

Forcing gcc-7 seemed to solve the issue, I am in the process of uploading now, hopefully it should hit the public repo soon.

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