OpenSSH 6.8 Portable PDF Print E-mail
Written by Michael Felt   

OpenSSH 6.8p1 released March 18, 2015

OpenSSH 6.8p1 has been released. I have just finished packaging my first trial version using a new (experimental) portable option: --without-openssl

If you are wondering how OpenSSH can work without openssl - the answer seems to be it is only used for the random number generation and is not needed for the cryptopgraphy. What is needed is either arc4random() - which AIX lacks - or /dev/urandom - which AIX has.

So, now to get buildaix more functional and see if I can package this new openssh as a replacement for the belated openssh.base versions generally available. More specifically, a replacement that will use, read copy, existing configuration information from /etc/ssh to /var/openssh/etc.

Last Updated ( Friday, 10 April 2015 )
 
BUILDAIX - "New and Improved!" PDF Print E-mail
Written by Michael Felt   
The last two weeks I have been working on a next release of buildaix. Originally I was thinking of a "release" update from 1.0.X to 1.1.X. However, during the testing I have been coming up with several ideas that are 'major' enough to warrant a "version" update to 2.0.X.
Last Updated ( Monday, 23 March 2015 )
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Spring is in the air! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Michael Felt   

I have been reviewing my tool buildaix for packaging opensource source tarballs to hopefully make my aixtools repository a more useful thing to use. There was 'an incident' that forced my attention - and basically a lot of things I have been thinking about but never had enough reason to do anything about it.

What forced my attention - updating gettext from 0.18.1.1 to 0.19.4 and then having everything that worked fine on 0.18.1.1 break when that was updated. That was not my idea of easy to use updates - so I pulled the updated package and started looking at what was different.

Last Updated ( Friday, 20 March 2015 )
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Rootvg down for 24 hours PDF Print E-mail
Written by Michael Felt   

I had a problem with the database server (a Linux based NAS device). And it took awhile before I could get it reset. But finally, I found someone to go and give it a hard reboot and the sites www.rootvg.net, www.aixtools.net and download.aixtools.net are all back up again - although there may be a few IP delays while the DNS caches refresh with the active addresses.

My apologies for the inconvience!

 
AIX Service Pack Numbering is broken PDF Print E-mail
Written by Michael Felt   

AIX Service Pack Numbering is out of sync with the release date

IMHO - In my humble opinion - the AIX oslevel identifer is broken. As a simple example, AIX 7.1 TL2 Service Pack 6 was just announced - January 30th, 2015 - but the oslevel string we are suppossed to see is: 7100-02-06-1441

In short, oslevel -s no longer provides a good indication of a service pack release date

How is this broken?

For years (i.e., through 2012-2013 at least) the last 4 digits of oslevel -s output  indicated the year and week of the release date.  So, for this service pack, by the "old rules" we should be seeing either 7100-02-06-1504 or 7100-02-06-1505 (depending on whether they wanted to say it was released in week 04 or week 05 of 2015!).

Why worry?

Well, IMHO again, appearances matter.

Last Updated ( Friday, 06 February 2015 )
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