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#2 Installation » Ansible role to migrate Debian to Devuan » 2022-06-17 10:04:55

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dear Devuanistas,

Recently I adopted ansible to build a script for non-interactive migration from Debian to Devuan. I works well on freshly installed servers and takes care of some little details needed and tedious to repeatedly type by hand.

I shared it on this public gist: Ansible for the non-interactive migration of Debian 11 "Bullseye" to Devuan 4 "Chimaera"

If there is enough demand for such a solution, I may put some extra effort in maintaining a repository with some ansible roles and a quick makefile automation for the different versions of Debian->Devuan migrations.

I hope the sysadmins can enjoy more slack thanks to this :^) in case you do let me know here, I'm happy to read your experiences.


#3 Installation » APT install timeout » 2022-05-28 09:43:11

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Hello everyone!

I had this problem using Devuan on Docker images and bare-metal installations when connecting to certain mirrors and even on pkgmaster.

Not sure if anyone has a better solution, so far mine is this adding an "Acquire::Retries" policy of "5" to apt.conf.d

echo "Acquire::Retries \"5\";" | sudo tee /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/avoid-timeouts

Hope this helps anyone experiencing the same problem.


#4 Re: Devuan » Devuan Conference 2 » 2022-02-10 21:29:01

hi Plentyn!! we all want a new Devuan conference. Can we call sometimes soon? send me an email, ciao!!

#5 Re: Other Issues » There is no access to, » 2021-04-06 16:41:28

There is absolutely no reason for blocking, this shouldn't happen! Can you post a traceroute or detail how access is denied?

To avoid censorship and blocks to the Internet the Devuan website is also accessible using Tor at the address http://devuanzuwu3xoqwp.onion

#6 Re: Devuan » Debian has fallen. What now? » 2021-01-29 10:01:36

Amazing historical trace, thanks for keeping that around. Problems in Debian's governance and its lack of integrity are well known and have motivated us to fork a project that seems too big to fail, dasein's posts are the resource number one to explain why.

#7 Re: Devuan » Devuan + s6? » 2020-12-30 18:51:20

There is also this rewrite by Danyspin once mature, well documented and tested for integration we intend to propose it as an alternative in Devuan, but it will take a while more I guess.

#8 Re: Devuan Derivatives » Release » Refractux GNU/Linux » 2020-12-30 18:48:24

Very intresting! FYI another encryption tool is Tomb best GUI for it is this but there is also Zulucrypt that supports a bunch of other encryption file formats. Let me know how goes and if you have suggestions how to improve!

#9 Re: Installation » [Solved]Grub failing to boot - grub_calloc not found » 2020-08-28 10:19:12

Head_on_a_Stick wrote:

Looks like you need to attempt a reinstallation of the bootloader.

Load up a beowulf live ISO image then

sudo -i
mount /dev/sdXY /mnt
apt update && apt install grub-pc
grub-install --boot-directory=/mnt/boot /dev/sdX

^ That presumes you have a non-UEFI system and /boot is on the main root partition, replace X & Y with the drive letter and root partition number.

I have stumbled into this horrible Grub bug myself and tried recovery from the Devuan Live 3.0 Beowulf image.

It worked! but for those in my same situation is worth knowing this slight variation:

I do not have EFI (and do not like to use UEFI) but the latest Grub keeps selecting it by default.

In my case this command worked:

 grub-install --target=i386-pc --boot-directory=/mnt/boot /dev/sdX 

Else I kept receiving an error message from grub-install mentioning the boot directory "is not an EFI partition".

As you mentioned later in this thread, i386-pc does not relate to the CPU architecture, this is also required for AMD64 platforms.

#10 Re: Devuan » Debian has fallen. What now? » 2020-08-18 06:47:09

bimon wrote:

I would like very much to have a copy of DVD set ISOs of Devuan ASCII when it reaches its EOL, the same for Beowulf later.

I need a true NON rolling distribution so that I can reproduce at least a process of installation anytime I ever need later, 5 or 10 years later I shall have all the deb files available (both from Devuan and Debian parts of the currently dynamically combined repository).

We shall not depend on any online services in production environment, for now I just have a set of Debian ISOs and several ZFS replicas of Devuan apt cache.

This makes a lot of sense. It would be very good to have Devuan do this.

#11 Re: Devuan » Debian has fallen. What now? » 2019-12-31 16:05:08

farmatito wrote:

Please stay with Debian to preserve the working work setups of many people like me.

This is certainly Devuan's path. We will stick to the plan: this is our promise and its proven to bring power and stability to all.

No surprises ahead.


#12 Re: Hardware & System Configuration » Passwordless root execution in scripts » 2019-12-15 12:50:58

HevyDevy wrote:

Tried this out today, parazyd version.  Would be even better if it were hooked into bash-completion somehow.
Bit tedious getting all the programs you want run as root via the user.

do you mean having "sup [tab]" and complete with a list of commands configured?

interesting feature indeed, shell code could be generated by sup.

#13 Re: Hardware & System Configuration » Passwordless root execution in scripts » 2019-12-12 10:23:27

This software may be useful for your use-case:

There is also a more minimalist (suckless) version that parazyd maintains here

#14 Re: Devuan » Clarification of the relationship between Dyne and Devuan » 2019-12-02 09:29:16

Thanks everyone for your replies, they help all of us understand better the "general sentiment" around Devuan as well these controversial episodes.

I'm listening and learning. Still coming from old-school hacker traditions, for me an April Fool is just that and anything strange I see on 1st of April is just that.

But OK. Points taken and I believe nothing like that anymore will happen to Devuan, so we grew some muscle now.

I like these wise sentences

freemedia2018 wrote:

I dont think anything would help devuan more than a better relationship with users and the broader community.
The surest way around that being important is to just strive for excellence, and focus on the least fair critiques-- understand where they come from, and refute them with decency.

It is a good proposition to stand together, learn from mistakes, learn to not cause more separation, but stay united.

We are showing to the world that minimalism is a great design pattern for reliability and security.

Today Devuan belongs to the community and it should always incarnate the minimum viable product wished by the community, stay simple and sugar-free. If the April Fool's joke was that sugar, then lets remove it. IMHO it could have all been done in a better way, however it's just water under the bridge for now.

The fact this post is pinned in the main Devuan section of the forum prompted me to answer, I wish it would be unpinned actually.


#15 Re: Devuan » Clarification of the relationship between Dyne and Devuan » 2019-12-01 11:15:40

To give a bit of context: I've written this post in response to the April fool's accusations against Devuan volunteers.

These accusations have lead to the resignation of a core Devuan developer and severely damaged our project.

Therefore I felt as necessary to specify that users, and even donors, cannot expect any warranty: if you donate, you support the project.

Those in need of a warranty that Devuan fits their purposes should hire a professional for it and with we'll try to facilitate that.

Also happens to be the organisation that invests most time and resources to facilitate Devuan's community, but neither me or my colleagues can be held liable for Devuan. We simply do our best and you can judge that from actions and results - and you can contribute too!

If you understand what I wrote above and the reasons for it: please help against trolls and hooligans, Devuan also needs this sort of help to survive.

#16 Re: Off-topic » Eben Moglen's presentation at re-publica in May » 2019-07-31 08:22:04

Thanks for posting, I love Eben Moglen's works and had the honor to meet him once in person; he is a great motivator of the work we do at and has inspired me through life. In these complex times I believe it is a solid choice to follow his thoughts.

#17 Re: Devuan » Devuan Presence at » 2019-07-31 08:00:28

I'd love to come over and say hi to you, Roland and friends. Just set it on my calendar, its close to a gig I have in BXL but will let you know soon enough.

#18 Re: Off-topic » Boom Times or financial apocalypse » 2019-07-08 15:57:26

Good food for thought! thanks for posting it here and for the thread. I do find Siva's insight fascinating: indeed there is a "third-party information market" already in place which is somehow submerged and very profitable for many less known firms. The value proposition of the zuckbucks will then be to provide better quality of data and more consistent updates; I am faithful this will be blocked by regulations, at least in EU, where not only monetary policy will kick in, but also anti-trust policies triggered by a monopolistic configuration of the market. Will the world be a better place then? probably not, but still not worst than it is now.

#19 Re: Other Issues » Install OpenStack on Devuan Hosts, and Devuan Guests Imgs on OpenStack » 2019-04-16 08:11:36

Hi! "virtual" images are provided here you may have to customise them for openstack with the right cloud-init package.

#20 Re: Devuan Derivatives » [Fixed] Upgraded "Miyo-XTRA Beowulf" boot suspend/resume delay » 2019-02-27 20:27:52

wow I remember those commands but never saw them in so much elegance 8^)

#21 Re: Other Issues » Running Quake 1 on DEVUAN Raspberry Pi III ? » 2019-02-27 19:50:20

have you tried to compile it from source with some compiler accelleration flags?
this thread here contains useful hints … 86#p952086

#22 Re: Off-topic » Educative devuan distribution for raspberry pi ? » 2019-02-27 19:22:03

have you tried sonic-pi? is great for music and programming

#25 Re: Devuan » Presence on Conferences and similar meetings » 2018-09-26 20:49:45

Hi Plentyn! that's good news! thanks and if you meet Roland send him my very best greetings :^)
If useful, I can share the latest slides I've used in some presentations, in libreoffice format.

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