Monday, October 14, 2013

The wrong OS

I always cringe when I see a crashed display in an airport, a store etc. That's what happens when you run a PC and Windows for a digital signage solution:

You can see the windows 7 start bar at the left side...

Friday, July 26, 2013


Blast from the past

Not an article today, just a question:

Does anybody know where I can find a copy of

It used to be at:


Tuesday, July 23, 2013

OI: Python modules that need cc


So, it is always tempting to be at the latest greatest of some software. For example, Sun (Solaris) Studio 12 update 3 is freely available to download. But sometimes the latest will leave you with some head scratching.

Python modules

Some Python modules require a C compiler in order to provide a faster runtime, or even to install at all. Numpy is one such module. It provides superb capabilities in Python, but even doing:

# pip install numpy

It will still invoke the C compiler. Due to how the Python interpreter was compiled on OpenIndiana, by using the latest compiler (installed, say, in /opt/solarisstudio12.3), your install will fail. Using the Sun Studio in the repository (yes, the old 12.1), things work great, as it is installed in /opt/sunstudio12.1

So if you encounter a failed install of a Python module under OpenIndiana, there is a good chance you hit the above problem.


Friday, June 14, 2013

dtrace with Python

dtrace: Python instrumentation

...where time becomes a loop

Last year, I mentionned that it was time for the Python community to embrace dtrace. I've gotten questions left and right, at user groups, through email etc as to what is dtrace and how it ties in with Python.

This week, a few posts on the Argentinian and Venezuelan Python lists on debugging Python and a total absence of a mention of dtrace and I knew I had to do a writeup. But before we get into the details, let's step back a bit.

Head over to my Python blog to read the rest of the article.


Friday, February 1, 2013

Illumos on RaspberryPi

Starting point

I have now dedicated two Raspberry Pi to work on some bare metal (C, assembler, no operating system) code. I'm hoping that publishing some of this work will help to start somekind of an effort to get the OpenSolaris ARM code out of the mothballs.


Obviously, long term will be to get the IllumOS kernel booting, but there is a lot of work between now and then.

On this blog

So, usually I post all the Raspberry Pi stuff on the Raspberry Pi Python Adventures blog, but I want to keep it mostly Python, with the occasional C code (swig etc). Since we are going bare metal, I think it'll be better if I track this stuff here.


Wednesday, January 30, 2013


Mystery solved

The new open sourced solaris / illumos distribution is called OpenSXCE (as in Open Solaris Express Community Edition - a clin d'oeil to the original open sourcing done by Sun and the Express program)


brought to you by Martin Bochnig 30 January 2013
Here is the first release of OpenSXCE for SPARC.
OpenSXCE 2013.01 Live for SPARC (1.2GB) -- 30 January 2013

The site is

Note the md5sum : 330a82654405c77c8cea903ed18117f2


Monday, January 28, 2013

Mysterious post


It has to do with illumos, solaris and sparc

What he said

Martin Bochnig via

to discuss, developer

Hi Garrett,  
Release tomorrow.
Till then.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Git error setting certificate verify location


Under OpenIndiana, you might have  tried a git clone

and got this:

Cloning into something...
error: error setting certificate verify locations:
  CAfile: /etc/curl/curlCA
  CApath: none
 while accessing

fatal: HTTP request failed


The  fix is easy:

mkdir -p /etc/curl && cat /etc/certs/CA/*.pem > /etc/curl/curlCA

Thursday, January 17, 2013

LZ4 for ZFS

IllumOS update

Look what just happened last night:

LZ4 is a new high-speed BSD-licensed compression algorithm written by Yann Collet that delivers very high compression and decompression performance compared to lzjb (>50% faster on compression, >80% faster on decompression and around 3x faster on compression of incompressible data), while giving better compression ratio. For detailed benchmark numbers see the attached spreadsheet.

Updated by Christopher Siden about 16 hours ago

  • Status changed from New to Closed

What does it mean?

In plain english, the latest IllumOS kernel has LZ4 compression available for the ZFS filesystem.