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Re: WIP: shell.nix 8 days ago

From Ben Sima to ~sircmpwn/sr.ht-dev

Thomas Bereknyei <tomberek@gmail.com> writes:

> - backport dependencies to nixpkgs

Note that work is underway to port sourcehut to NixOS: https://github.com/NixOS/nixpkgs/pull/54425/files

[PATCH core.sr.ht] Use psycopg2 non-binary version 3 months ago

From Ben Sima to ~sircmpwn/sr.ht-dev

The package description on pypi says "The binary package is a practical choice
for development and testing but in production it is advised to use the package
built from sources."
 setup.py |    2 +-
 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/setup.py b/setup.py
index d6dfc36..0b39638 100755
--- a/setup.py
+++ b/setup.py
@@ -24,7 +24,7 @@ setup(
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Hello world 3 months ago

From Ben Sima to ~ben/pprjam-dev

Test message

[ANN] New search page 4 months ago

From Ben Sima to ~ben/pprjam-users

This morning I deployed a new search page, with instructions on how to use
search properly. Check it out! 


Search is important. If you can't find what you're searching for, it's
considered a bug. Send an email to this list or to me directly with the paper
you are trying to find, and I will fix it.

Also, the search instructions could probably use some improvements. If something
isn't clear, let me know and I will fix.

Thanks and have a good weekend!

Group or organization support? 4 months ago

From Ben Sima to ~sircmpwn/sr.ht-discuss

One nice feature of GitLab/GitHub is the ability to create "organizations" which
don't have a single owner. This way we can separate collaborative projects
(companies, larger OSS, etc) from individual projects.

Does something like this make sense for sr.ht? If so, do you, Drew, plan on
adding the feature before or after public release?

Go 1.11 got me to stop ignoring Go 4 months ago

From Ben Sima to ~sircmpwn/public-inbox

What would get you to stop ignoring Rust? (If you are ignoring it.)

Related article I found on lobste.rs:

First post!!1 4 months ago

From Ben Sima to ~ben/pprjam-users

This kicks off the mailing list for beta users of pprjam.com!

To subscribe, send an email to:


Anyone can post their ideas, issues, or experiences using pprjam. I will post
questions and updates from time to time. To post, send an email to:


If you are new to mailing lists, here is a helpful article about mailing list
etiquette: https://man.sr.ht/lists.sr.ht/etiquette.md I'm pretty chill though,
don't make a sweat over an email.

Re: Conservative web development 5 months ago

From Ben Sima to ~sircmpwn/public-inbox

Drew - I like this article but I’m worried that this style of development won’t win because the people that care about this stuff (devs like you and I) are in the minority. The average user cares about eye-catching content, likes, and retweets. As long as more compute power makes it into their phones, the weight of web pages won’t matter. 

This kinda reminds me of “worse is better” - worse web pages and JavaScript will win because the underlying hardware will make up for speed losses, and average users don’t care about purity. How do you think this will play out over time?