Monthly Archives: January 2009

My rdiff-backup PPA

For my personal backups I usually prefer to use rdiff-backup.

Since current Ubuntu versions doesn’t provide any packages from the recent stable branch of rdiff-backup I nowdays like to create my own debs. Also, rdiff-backup tends to work best if you have the same version on both ends of the backup.

At first I maintained my own repository, had a whole set of different pbuilder chroots, etc. While it was a good learning experience I’m not really sure it’s worth the effort for just one package. Hence I now maintain my packages in a Launchpad PPA.

In case you’d like to use my rdiff-backup packages you are very welcome to do so. They can be found in the PPA for Andreas Olsson.

EDIT: Use PPA for rdiff-backup packages (also mine) instead.

Actually, you really shouldn’t use my PPA unless: 1) You have a somewhat good reason to trust me and/or 2) You have the means to get even with me if my packages break your system.


Apparently Ubuntu now has APT::Install-Recommends set to True by default. This happened in version 8.10 (Intrepid) and it results in that packages marked as Recommended are now automatically installed kinda like dependencies.

I guess that change can make sense on a desktop system, where it might be nice to by default provide the user with a few more useful features.  Dealing with servers on the other hand I very much like to be in control of what and what not is installed.

My way of disabling the automatic installation of Recommends is to put this into /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/01ubuntu:

Install-Recommends “false”;

Disclaimer: I don’t know the APT layout of Ubuntu well enough to know if that is the best place to put those settings. All I can say is that for now it seems to get the job done.

Yes, I have made a mention about it in Launchpad (#316472).

My Magnatune Membership

A couple of month ago I bought a Magnatune Download Membership. That was probably my most well spent money that year. Nowdays this is where I get almost all of my music.

Magnatune is hardly your average run of the mill record company.  Instead they seem to do pretty much everything the right way. Feel free to take a look at their page “Why Magnatune is not evil”. It is really quite impressive.

Besides being all around good chaps they have also managed to sign some really great musicians. I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce a few of my new favorites.

Barbara Leoni, Eternal Jazz Project, Jive Ass Sleepers, Lara St. John, Lizzi, Rebel Rebel, Shane Jackman, Tom Paul.

Who will be your new favorites? The way Magnatune works makes them an excellent place to experience new music. Besides, if you just want to listen for a while, you don’t even have to pay a dime.