USB stick update: Debian is back, plus GRML

In the previous post on the multi-boot usb stick, Debian had to be dropped, due to missing support of iso-loading in the Debian installer iso images. Thanks to helpful comments from Jonathan McDowell and private emails, we found a way around this. In addition to having again an installable Debian image, I also added GRML support.

multi-usb-disk

There are a few tricks necessary to get this going, though. Read on …

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USB stick update: TAILS 1.4, GParted 0.22, SysResCD 4.5.2, Debian Jessie

I have posted a view times (here and here) about how to get a multi-boot/multi-purpose USB stick working. Now that TAILS has seens a major upgrade, and Debian 8.0 Jessie has been released, I think it is time to update the procedure to reflect the latest releases. That turned out to be a painful experience, in particular since Debian removed support for any reasonable boot method.

(Update: See this post for fixes to get Debian working again)

multi-usb-stick

So going through these explanations one will end up with a usable USB stick that can boot you into TAILS, System Rescue CD, GNU Parted Live CD, but unfortunately not anymore to boot into an installation of Debian 8.0 Jessie installation. But the USB stick will still be usable as normal media. Continue reading

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Debian/TeX Live 2015 preparations

I have uploaded a preliminary version of the texlive-bin based on the 2015 sources (plus the first fixes) to the Debian archive, targeting experimental. As there are four new packages built from the sources (libtexlua52, -dev, libtexluajit2, -dev) the packages have to go through the NEW queue, which at the moment is an impressive 500+ entries long (nearly top in total history). But ftp-masters are currently very active and I hope they continue for some time.

Debian - TeX Live 2015

Anyway, there are still many things to work out, especially a rework of tex-common for the new fmtutil, in the same way we did some time ago for updmap That also means that all packages shipping formats will need to be rebuild with the new tex-common. Fortunately there are not many additional formats shipped, I think all of them are under my control, so that should be easy.

For those who want to peak at the current packages, here they are compiled for amd64. Also available as apt-sources:

deb http://people.debian.org/~preining/TeX/ exp/
deb-src http://people.debian.org/~preining/TeX/ exp/

WARNING Do not try to actually run these binaries unless you know what you are doing 😉

In case you have some spare time and bit of programming experience, the Debian TeX Team is looking for a bit of support in these days.

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TeX Live 2015 DVD preparation starts

As the last step in the preparation of the TeX Live 2015 release we have now completely frozen updates to the repository and built the (hopefully) final image. The following weeks will see more testing and preparation of the gold master for DVD preparation.

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The last weeks were full of frantic rebuilds of binaries, in particular due to the always in the last minute found bugs in several engines. Also already after the closing time we found a serious problem with Windows installations in administrator mode, where unprivileged users didn’t have read access to the format dumps. This was due to the File::Temp usage on Windows which sets too restrictive ACLs.

Unless really serious bugs show up, further changes will have to wait till after the release. Let’s hope for some peaceful two weeks.

So, it is time to prepare for release parties 😉 Enjoy!

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クライミング 雑穀谷 (Climbing Zakkokutani)

昨日久しぶり雑穀谷へ。グルジアの友だちと福井の友だちと富山の山の会の友だち、ちょっと混雑になった。グルジアのTさんは、バレリーナみたいいろんなルートを登っていた。どんなにジョーズだな〜と思っていた。

(Climbing in Zakkokutani, an outside climbing spot near Tateyama Station)

Our Georgian friends showing us how to climb Jouzu 上手に!

他のルートの写真はここに続く

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コンスタンティノ・ウェッケル ー 年々に何が起こる?

Komm, wir gehen mit der Flut und verwandeln mit den Wellen unsre Angst in neuen Mut.

上げ潮で行って、波で僕らの虞を新しい勇気に変更しよう!

ドイツ・英語版
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Shishiodoshi or Us and They – On the perceived exclusivity of Japanese

The other day I received from my Japanese teacher an interesting article by Yamazaki Masakazu 山崎正和 comparing garden styles, and in particular the attitude towards and presentation of water in Japanese and European gardens (page 1, page 2). The author’s list of achievements is long, various professorships, dramatist, literature critique, recognized as Person of Cultural Merit, just to name a view. I was looking forward to an interesting and high quality article!

The article itself introduces the reader to 鹿おどし Shishiodoshi, one of the standard ingredients of a Japanese garden: It is a device where water drips into a bamboo tube that is also a seesaw. At some point the water in the bamboo tube makes the seesaw switch over and the water pours out, after which the seesaw returns to the original position and a new cycle begins.

Shishiodoshi

The author describes his feelings and thoughts about the shishiodoshi, in particular connects human life (stress and relieve, cycles), the flow of time, and some other concepts with the shishiodoshi. Up to here it is a wonderful article providing interesting insights into the way the author thinks. Continue reading

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クライミング 白山市女原の岩場 (+トポ)

白山市の手取川ダムのしたにある小さな岩場へクライミング行ってきた。金沢のKCウォールのマスターに開発されて、いいボルトとちゃんとした終了点(いつもふたつのボルトとチェーン、日本であまり見たこと無いこと!)の珠玉。

View onto the area from the opposite side

(A small climbing area below the Tedori-dam in Hakusan. Small but with good bolts and proper belays (2 bolts and chain), this is a little jewel in Ishikawa. Topo down there).

他の写真とトポはここに続く

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ハイキング 鞍掛山と県民の森

先週末妻と一緒に第66回全国植樹祭から逃げて、加賀の鞍掛山を登ったり、後山中の県民の森にそばを食べに行ったり、ゆっくり県民の森の中ゴロンしたり、してきた。朝のきれいな新緑の中に鞍掛山を登るのは、とっても魅力的だった。高度はそんなんに高くないけど、登山道はけっこう急で、よくロープを貼った感じだ。

(short description: short but nice hike onto Kurakakeyama, and easy hill in Kaga, but with quite steep hiking path and some ropes. Great views onto Hakusan and the Kaga plains. Track further down.)

Spectacular morning light in the forest

半分を登ったとき、加賀への景色が広がっている。 続く

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