[libre-riscv-dev] Building Docker Containers

Cole Poirier colepoirier at gmail.com
Mon Mar 30 20:31:11 BST 2020

> On Mar 30, 2020, at 11:58 AM, Luke Kenneth Casson Leighton <lkcl at lkcl.net> wrote:
> On Mon, Mar 30, 2020 at 7:43 PM Cole Poirier <colepoirier at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Don’t worry I kept my ssh keys. But I was having additional problems
>> that I believe were self-inflicted through careless pollution of my global
>> package namespace among other things, so I wanted to do a clean
>> install so that I don’t have erroneous bugs crop up due to this during
>> the HDL workflow setup.
> don't do it!  teach yourself where things live, and how to find them,
> and how to safely remove them, rather than assuming that it's ok to
> blow away a box like it's a "toy Windoze machine" ok?
> because you ain't doing that to a server, i can tell you that *right*
> now!  if people are depending on a server to be up, you are *not*
> going to be able to quotes blow it away quotes.
> i managed once to overwrite the contents of /sbin and /usr/sbin and
> other places, once, on an x86 system by unpacking a cpio-formatted ARM
> initrd on it (cpio unpacks to *absolute* paths by default...)
> i absolutely was *not* going to quotes reinstall it quotes because it
> was a mac, which at the time was a f*****g nuisance to put UEFI
> bootable linux on it.  so i rescued it by mounting then chrooting into
> a live bootable install disk, unpacking some of the relevant .deb
> archives (by hand) and manually copying files over, one by one.

Don’t worry, I would never think to do this to a server, let alone one of 
yours, Jacob’s, someone else’s, or another libre-soc server. Unfortunately,
I already have done this to my local pc, but I don’t plan on doing this again. 
I had spent the past week doing the manual investigation and recovery 
method and was still encountering transient bugs and problems. If this 
were a server I would have—preferably not have been so careless 
in the first place, but barring this—continued on in my debugging, and 
reached out to the list for help if I was still unable to solve the issues 
after a second concerted effort. This is the procedure I will follow should
I unfortunately find myself with a buggy OS in the future, however I am 
planning to be much more careful and mindful about my installations 
and configurations moving forward. 

>> It was my mistaken assumption that changing
>> my username would interfere with the proper functioning of my ssh
>> key because it has my old username instead of my new one. I’m happy
>> I was wrong :)
> yes.  ssh keys have absolutely nothing to do with usernames.
> l.

Good to know, thank you very much!


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