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Subject This week in KISS (#15)
From Dylan Araps <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date Tue, 16 Mar 2020 15:07:09 +0100
It's been a weird week.
All stores (excluding Super Markets, Pharmacies, etc) have been
closed here. People are keeping their distance and most people have
decided to not leave the confines of their homes/yards (me included).
The repositories are now ready for GCC 10. Each package has been
tested and fixes have been made to any with issues. GCC 10 snapshots
are available in the testing repository for those wanting to dive
The perl dependency has been removed from libvpx. Perl was required
solely for the generation of four header files. The package now
simply includes these header files in generated form.
Firefox is now the only package with a dependency on perl. This is
also only a build dependency meaning that there is no runtime
dependency on perl anywhere in the system.
Our gzip implementation has been changed to pigz which is a parallel
version of gzip. Expect speedups when working with large gzipped
sources (depends on your core count of course).
The compression method used for KISS packages is now configurable via
the KISS_COMPRESS environment variable. The current valid values are
gz, xz and bz2.
This same code is shared by the source extraction function which has
the upside of making our tar command usage more portable between tari
The final step for maximal tar portability is the removal of the
'--strip-components' flag which limits our compatibility to busybox
tar, libarchive tar (bsdtar) and GNU tar. This is tricky to solve,
any suggestions welcome.
KISS-FORK and KISS-LINK
I added two new utilities which aid in the forking and linking of
packages between repositories.
'kiss-fork ' will copy the package's repository directory into
your current directory.
'kiss-link ' will link a package's repository file to the next
repository in KISS_PATH.
LICENSE.md README.md libsass mesa pp sassc st wine
-> kiss-fork libdrm
forked package to /home/goldie/dylan-repo/libdrm
-> cd libdrm
build checksums depends sources version
-> kiss-link checksums
linked checksums to /home/goldie/projects/kiss-new/extra/./libdrm
-> kiss-link depends
linked depends to /home/goldie/projects/kiss-new/extra/./libdrm
-> kiss-link sources
linked sources to /home/goldie/projects/kiss-new/extra/./libdrm
-> kiss-link version
linked version to /home/goldie/projects/kiss-new/extra/./libdrm
checksums -> /home/goldie/projects/kiss-new/extra/./libdrm/checksums
depends -> /home/goldie/projects/kiss-new/extra/./libdrm/depends
sources -> /home/goldie/projects/kiss-new/extra/./libdrm/sources
version -> /home/goldie/projects/kiss-new/extra/./libdrm/version
The result is a fork of the libdrm package to the user's repository
with every file (except for build) symlinked to the repository
This allows the user to make changes to the build process of libdrm
without having to maintain the entire package. The rest of the files
are linked to the official libdrm so any version updates trickle
REMOVING THE NETWORK REQUIREMENT FROM A RUST PACKAGE
First some context. The KISS repositories (excluding community) have
the requirement that no package require an internet connection during
the build process.
What this means is that all network connections made by the package
manager should only be to the static list of sources defined for the
This allows the sources list to be signed via GPG and further allows
the package manager to verify the checksums of everything downloaded.
This finally allows the sources to be cached.
In short, no package should download random stuff during builds. The
package manager should handle this.
Some packages make this a very difficult thing to pull off. Most
notably Rust and cbindgen. The latter being the package I will talk
about in this post.
The cbindgen package requires a total of 35 crates. This results in
35 additional source downloads we need checksums for. I've come
across packages requiring 200+ crates in my travels.
The process looks like this:
1. Generate a list of each required crate and the required versions
of each crate. This must be done for the whole dependency chain.
2. Turn the generated list into a list of download URLs for each
3. Append the URL list to the sources file. Each crate source should
also be copied to 'vendor/' so the second field of each source
must include it.
4. Set the 'CARGO_HOME' environment variable's value to '$PWD' to
prevent cargo from accessing the user's home directory. We need to
contain things to the package manager's domain.
5. Extract each crate (really tarballs in disguise). Cargo expects
them to all be unpacked prior to 'cargo build'.
6. Generate a '.cargo-checksum.json' file for each of the extracted
crates. The checksum should be of the unextracted crate.
7. Create the '.cargo' directory in '$PWD'. We need to create a cargo
configuration file for the build to work.
8. Create a configuration file called 'config' in '.cargo'. This file
will instruct cargo to avoid crates.io when looking for crates and
to instead look in 'vendor/'.
9. Use the '--frozen' argument with 'cargo build' to prevent cargo
from accessing the network to look for new crate versions.
Yes. This is the only way to remove the network requirement from a
build of anything using cargo.
If you'd like to see what the resulting package looks like, the
source is available below (comments included!).
NOTE: The maintainer of the software _could_ distribute tarballs
which include all of the crates via 'cargo vendor' though this
isn't a common practice from what I've seen.
REMOVING DBUS FROM IWD (AGAIN)
I posted a while ago about my fork of iwd called 'eiwd'. What it is,
is a fork of iwd with the dbus requirement removed. I decided to
start again this week with the intention of handling things
differently the second time around.
The new eiwd touches as little existing code as possible and is
merely a series of '#ifdef HAVE_DBUS' throughout the codebase. I've
also added the '--disable-dbus' configure flag.
It is now possible to use the eiwd sources as a drop-in replacement
for iwd in distributions wanting to optionally enable dbus based on
some kind of conditional (Gentoo USE flags as an example).
The daemon is fully functional and I will _eventually_ get around to
writing a new client to work without dbus.
KISS AND BEDROCK LINUX
A KISS user has successfully run Bedrock Linux with KISS as a strata.
Bedrock's handling of the system boot/shutdown also uncovered two
minor issues with KISS' init process which have now been fixed.
A big thank you to Bedrock Linux creator Paradigm for helping myself
and the mentioned user to solve any issues.
A full album of images can be seen here: https://imgur.com/a/vgf6pGU
NOTABLE USER REPOSITORIES
kiss-games is a user repository for KISS which includes a long list
of games and emulators. Any user can add the repository to gain
access to its list of packages.
This repository brings Wayland to KISS. It includes Sway, wlroots and
other required packages. Same as above, any user is able to enable
this repository to start running Wayland.
This is what I was hoping for when creating the repository system and
the imposed limits to the size of the official repositories.
An "ecosystem" of repositories (by users!) which complement and
extend the base system.
I can't wait to see where this will go.
A LITTLE ABOUT MYSELF
KISS has attracted a lot of new users recently. As distributions are
more or less centred around trust, I thought I'd end this week's post
by taking a moment to introduce myself.
* I was born February of 1998 in Melbourne, Australia. Both of my
parents are of Greek descent. I grew up living with my Mother
and grandparents. I am 22 years of age.
* I don't own a phone of any kind. The only piece of technology I own
is my laptop which runs KISS and which I use to work on my
software. When I leave the house, I'm completely disconnected.
* I've always had an affinity for computers and have tinkered with
them from a young age. Building my own PCs, messing with console
homebrew, iPod jailbreaks (what fun they were), etc.
* I dropped out of High School at the age of 13 (after the first
year) and dedicated all of my time to technology. I was in an
"accelerated learning" class for my only year.
* I started making websites at 13 from my PC which still ran Windows.
This progressed to making websites for local businesses.
* I first tried Linux when Valve ran the Tux promotion for Team
Fortress 2 (https://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Tux). I kept using
Linux from this point on.
* My first Linux project came late 2015 when I released the first
versions of Neofetch (a system information tool).
* Since 2015 I've written a lot of software. wal/Pywal, the Pure bash
bible, the pure sh bible, fff, pfetch, sowm, KISS Linux etc.
* I started university in 2016 and turned 18 during the first month
or so. I did two years of a Bachelor's in computer something
something before transferring to a Journalism bachelor and then
finally dropping out of that.
* I moved to Greece in 2018 with my Grandmother, Mother, Brother and
Cousin. I still live here. I didn't speak the language and couldn't
read/write it either. My Grandfather passed two months prior to us
* I've been homeless two times in my life. Once as a child and the
second time in 2018 prior to the Greece move. Funny enough we went
from homelessness in Australia to homelessness in Greece before
finally setting in somewhere.
* KISS Linux was started from a single room in which myself, my
brother, cousin, grandmother and mother lived at that time. The
WiFi came from a cafe across the road, 3 floors down.
To complicate things further, my grandmother was also dying at this
time (after having a stroke) and a stray cat had birthed kittens in
this same room.
My Grandmother made a recovery though we had another scare in
January of this current year (2020).
I now have a permanent place to live and one which I won't jokingly
call a "Human rights violation". I am still living out of a single
* If I were to count the total "house moves" I've made throughout my
life, I'd end up with a number around 40. 2018 alone had me move
around 10 or so times.
It's been a wild ride so far, full of its ups and downs. I've omitted
quite a lot as I'll probably write something more in depth elsewhere
(at a later stage). Some things should also probably be left unsaid.
This wasn't meant as a sob story or anything of that nature. Just
a loose and rough timeline of events somewhat related to my Open
Source work. I'm very happy and wouldn't have my life any other way.
I hope this gave you a clearer picture of who I am and more
importantly, why I am.
Dylan Araps (55):
atk: Don't build tests
firefox: Fix error in dash
eiwd,openresolv: Move to extra
eiwd: bump to 1.5-1
curl: bump to 7.69.1
firefox-bin: Fix update issue
eiwd: bump to 1.5-2
eiwd: bump to 1.5-3
glib: bump to 2.64.1
eiwd: bump to 1.5-4
openesolv: Fix sysconfdir @konimex. Closes #168
kiss: bump to 1.7.8
gcc: latest snapshot
nodejs: bump to 13.11.0
cbindgen: Remove network requirement
kiss: bump to 1.7.9
gcc: bump to 9.3.0
rust: bump to 1.42.0
libdrm: GCC 10 fix
flex: Fix depends
flex: Make m4 make
binutils: Fix depends
binutils: Fix depends
bison: Fix depends
grub: Fix depends
cmake: Remove unneeded configure flags
glib: Don't build fuzzing stuff
libxkbcommon: Fix depends
xcb-util-wm: Fix depends
xcb-util-cursor: Fix depends
xf86-video-ati: GCC 10 fixes
xf86-video-amdgpu: GCC 10 fixes
xf86-video-intel: Fix LDFLAGS
xf86-video-nouveau: GCC 10 fixes
gcc: Fix depends
perl: bump to 5.30.2
baseinit: bump to 0.7.1
kiss: bump to 1.7.10
kiss: bump to 1.8.0
gzip: swap implementation to pigz
sudo: bump to 1.8.31p1
binutils: Fix depends
glib: Fix no libelf
firefox-bin: Fix naming issue. Closes #172
kiss: bump to 1.8.1
ccache: bump to 3.7.8
pfetch: bump to 0.5.0
ne: drop from community
eiwd,openresolv: Move to extra
gmp: new package at 6.2.0
mpfr: new package at 4.0.2
pfetch: bump to 0.6.0
icu: bump to 66.1
icu: Fix url. Closes #528
imagemagick: bump to 7.0.10-1
Adam Schaefers (1):
libcap: add perl dep, closes #544 (#546)
Anirudh Oppiliappan (1):
radare2: new package at 4.3.1 (#538)
Cem Keylan (2):
boost: don't link statically (#525)
libsoup: bump to 2.70.0 (#531)
Dilyn Corner (1):
extra-cmake-modules bumped to 5.68.0 (#519)
Eudald Gubert i Roldan (5):
btpd: new package at 0.16 (#520)
ledger: new package at 3.1.3 (#526)
font-awesome: new package at 5.12.1 (#530)
sc: new package at 7.16_1.1.2 (#535)
sc-im: new package at 0.7.0 (#536)
James Davies (1):
Fix qemu (#539)
Kiëd Llaentenn (1):
hexyl: v0.6.0 => v0.7.0 (#532)
Kris Heck (1):
jbig2dec: bump to 0.18 (#540)
M. Herdiansyah (2):
cryptsetup: update to 2.3.1 (#534)
lvm2: patch the bashism @ioraff (#533)
dump xtrlock to 2.13 (#545)
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