heard from a few people about my previous diary entry, which made it into the salon article. it's good to know people still care despite all the ranting that goes on sometimes (some of which i've mentioned in previous postings here).
got my newpkgs script working again finally. stupid typos..... i need to figure out a better way to get that info. right now it is very hackish.... it's one of those projects i keep on telling myself i'd get to, but never do. *sigh*
spent some time working with joey and culus yesterday to speed up dpkg-preconfigure. found out that forking is terribly expensive, despite some things i have previously read. we ended up speeding it up about 3x with inprocess unpacking of the config/template stuff, but the program that is used to do it is about 36k after various optimizations. g++ really sucks when it comes to dealing with templates. culus has an idea that we should just make a non-templatized string class and link all our stuff against it. maybe i'll give that a shot this weekend.