Living in a state of accord.


Stumbled across ArchUnit today which looks useful. In particular I think there’s power in being able to assert that certain packages really never depend on each other. Although gradle/maven modules would probably be a better level to assert at.  It’s depressingly common for code bases to be split into separate modules with the intention that they be a clear separation of concerns only for a web of dependencies to be added because someone wanted to reuse some class and didn’t refactor to a common module.

Of course, it may not be that difficult to write module level tests in Gradle – the dependency structure is already there and easy to work with…

Adding a DCO Signed-off-by to every commit in a git repo

If you’re switching from a CLA model to a DCO model you may want to add a Signed-off-by line to every existing commit so that you can run automated DCO checks over the entire repository.  Doing this obviously assumes that your CLA sets things up so that you are actually in a position to provide a DCO sign-off.

Once you’re happy with all the legalities, the change is a single command using git filter-branch:

git filter-branch --msg-filter "cat - && echo && echo 'Signed-off-by: Some Person <>'"

Fun with Nvidia Drivers and Fedora Upgrades

After any major Fedora upgrade my system loses the proprietary nvidia drivers that make X actually work (I’ve never successfully gotten the nouveau drivers to handle my card and multi-monitor setup) so the system reboots and simply presents an “oops, something went wrong” screen.

The issue seems to be that the nvidia driver doesn’t recompile for the new kernel, despite the fact that I’m using akmod packages which should in theory automatically recompile for new kernels.

The tell-tale sign is:

[   161.484] (II) LoadModule: "nv"
[   161.484] (WW) Warning, couldn't open module nv
[   161.484] (II) UnloadModule: "nv"
[   161.484] (II) Unloading nv
[   161.484] (EE) Failed to load module "nv" (module does not exist, 0)

in the Xorg logs.

Some digging reveals that the akmod recompilation process should be triggered by /etc/kernel/postinst.d/akmodsposttrans but for whatever reason that didn’t run.

The key piece of that script was running akmods similar to:

/usr/sbin/akmods --from-kernel-posttrans --kernels 4.8.11-300.fc25.x86_64

The last argument is the current kernel version, which should match the directory name in /lib/modules/ – there will likely be a few options, either run the command for each of them or pick the latest which is likely to be the one missing the nvidia drivers.

Run that script, reboot and everything came back just fine, though there is likely a better way to do it…