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Praise for todo.sr.ht 25 days ago

From Callum Brown to ~sircmpwn/public-inbox

Hi Drew,

Just want to say a quick thanks for todo.sr.ht.
It's been very helpful organising my thoughts, planning what to tackle
next, and keeping track of problems. And this is for a small project
only I am working on!

- dense list lets me see lots of info at a glance and reduces scrolling
  and paging
- tabular layout makes it easy to mentally sort and compare items
- nice label system
- "Submit another?"

Solderpunk's request for opinions on TLS 1.3 7 months ago

From Callum Brown to ~sircmpwn/gmni-discuss


Solderpunk recently sent a "Request for feedback from server/client
implementers using non-OpenSSL TLS stacks" to the Gemini mailing list.


This might be of interest to people who use or develop gmni, and so I
thought it worth linking here for those (like me) who do not subscribe
to the gemini mailing list.


[PATCH] Fix missing braces error for old GCC versions 1 year, 9 days ago

From Callum Brown to ~sircmpwn/gmni-devel

With GCC 4.9.4 you get
src/certs.c:75:2: error: missing braces around initializer [-Werror=missing-braces]
  br_skey_decoder_context skdec = {0};
Or you could have
	br_skey_decoder_context skdec = {{{0}}};
and use -Wno-missing-field-initializers

Of course there probably aren't many people using error throwing
versions any more.
 src/certs.c | 2 +-
 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/src/certs.c b/src/certs.c
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Re: Strange crashes 1 year, 1 month ago

From Callum Brown to ~sircmpwn/gmni-discuss

I still haven't worked out what precisely is going wrong, but I have
managed to reliably reproduce the issue by sending a ton of requests
at once. Basically and extremely easy DoS attack.

while true
   gmni -j once gemini://xxxxx/ &

[PATCH gmnisrv] Set certificate expiration to maximum value 1 year, 1 month ago

From Callum Brown to ~sircmpwn/gmni-devel

Quoting RFC 5280 section [0]:
> To indicate that a certificate has no well-defined expiration date,
> the notAfter SHOULD be assigned the GeneralizedTime value of
> 99991231235959Z.

This fixes commit 8b65e303b01fc573cb1c40a365fb5db166146a37 where the
certificate expiration is set to LONG_MAX seconds in the future.
Using LONG_MAX avoids an integer overflow when using 200 years on 32
bit systems, however on 64 bit systems LONG_MAX is 9223372036854775807,
which is around 292 billion years worth of seconds. Unsurpringly, this
doesn't go down well with X509 certificates.

[0] https://datatracker.ietf.org/doc/html/rfc5280#section-
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Re: Strange crashes 1 year, 1 month ago

From Callum Brown to ~sircmpwn/gmni-discuss

Here it is:

coredumpctl info shows the following stack trace:

	#0  0x00007ff231f86005 __GI__IO_fread (libc.so.6 + 0x86005)
	#1  0x0000561b774b1611 client_writable (gmnisrv + 0x11611)
	#2  0x0000561b774b1fcd server_run (gmnisrv + 0x11fcd)
	#3  0x0000561b774a6621 main (gmnisrv + 0x6621)
	#4  0x00007ff231f270b3 __libc_start_main (libc.so.6 + 0x270b3)
	#5  0x0000561b774a42ee _start (gmnisrv + 0x42ee)

Re: Strange crashes 1 year, 1 month ago

From Callum Brown to ~sircmpwn/gmni-discuss

Ok. I've installed systemd-coredump and compiled gmnisrv with debugging
symbols, so hopefully I'll get something useful next time it crashes :)

Strange crashes 1 year, 1 month ago

From Callum Brown to ~sircmpwn/gmni-discuss


I, along with some others, have noticed my gemini capsule going down
regularly in the past two weeks. Unfortunately I don't yet have much
information about what's going on, but, after being told (indirectly)
that a couple other capsules have experienced what is likely the same
problem, it seems like a good idea to post what I do know here.

Since around 2021-03-26, my capsule gemini://calcuode.com/ has become
unresponsive a couple of times per day, requiring the server to be
restarted. At those times there are no errors shown, but looking
through the logs I can see systemd has restarted gmnisrv (sometimes
multiple times) after it failed due to a segmentation fault. I have not
been able to reproduce this failure. I can also see some SSL errors in

A proxy for Web pages in Gemini 1 year, 4 months ago

From Callum Brown to ~adnano/gemini

On Wed, 10 Feb 2021 22:46:34 +0000, <me at nader.pm> wrote:
> For example, if the proxy is at gemini://example.proxy, and the writer
> wants to link to https://example.com, they can add a link to
> gemini://example.proxy?https://example.com. When the proxy receives
> such a request, it can pass the link to Mozilla's readability script
> to clean it up, and then pipe the output through another script to
> convert it to gemtext. A link to the original Web page can be added to
> the top, in case the readability script couldn't do its job well
> enough. The output will be served to the user, and it will be cached
> for future requests (for one month, for example).

This uses Mozilla's readability script, but doesn't deal with caching.


Re: aura-web-client: failed to fetch 1 year, 5 months ago

From Callum Brown to ~callum/aura-web-client

On Tue Jan 26, 2021 at 8:10 PM GMT, R K Belew wrote:
> hi Callum,
> First use of sr.ht, that's how interested i am in your aura work
> connecting to beets! but can i really be the first to post
> to your list?! in any case:

Glad to hear you're interested in aura :-)
Out of interest, how did you find the sr.ht experience?

> i get a 'failed to fetch' exception, both when i use
> `xdg-open index.html` or open the `index.html` directly
> from a browser.