apr 21 2012

CBS – CentOS Build Service – Ready for Testing

Hi all

A quick howto, on installing CBS/OBS on CentOS 6/RHEL 6:


wget -O /etc/yum.repos.d/RHEL-CBS.repo http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/martin-juhl:/branches:/openSUSE:/Tools/RHEL_6/home:martin-juhl:branches:openSUSE:Tools.repo



wget -O /etc/yum.repos.d/CentOS-CBS.repo http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/martin-juhl:/branches:/openSUSE:/Tools/CentOS_6/home:martin-juhl:branches:openSUSE:Tools.repo

yum install obs-web-httpd obs-server obs-worker obs-api mysql-server

chkconfig obsworker on
chkconfig mysqld on
service mysqld start




/etc/init.d/obsapisetup start

mv /etc/httpd/conf.d/ssl.conf /etc/httpd/conf.d/ssl.conf.bak

chkconfig httpd on


Now go the servers IP-adresse/Hostname for the web-interface…

Login: Admin

Pass: opensuse

apr 19 2012

New Project – OBS for CentOS/RHEL

Hi all

Time for YASP (Yet Another Sparetime Project)…

I have now for some time been using OBS (OpenSuSE Build Services) in my local home environment, as well as at several customers…

If you are using a packaged based distribution (RHEL/CentOS/SLES/OpenSuSE/Ubuntu/Debian and more) and in some way are creating your own packages, I will really suggest you to take a look into this project..

It’s basically a build server with a web interface. Packages are built in small environment and all dependencies are handled by the server (of caused speficied by the user)..

SuSE has been behind this project for some time now, and it’s generally working pretty good.. Either you can use SuSE’s own server to build your packages or get your own local installation..

This local installation is limited to a SuSE machine at the moment, and this is where I see a small problem..

In my work as a Consultant I see a lot of customers using Red Hat or CentOS, and some of these guys will not easily allow installation of a SuSE based distribution.

Therefore I have taken up the challenge to port the OBS server to CentOS/RHEL.

For now I have gotten the packages built (which wasn’t always easy), and have started modifying the startup scripts. In time I plan to start modifying the theme as well, and maybe come up with a name for this fork (Maybe CBS, CentOS Build Services)..

If anyone has an interest of following the progress, and maybe trying out the result, then to repository is available here and the source code here.


jan 19 2012

Ironhide is sleeping – but not forever

Hi all..

Just wanted to write a few words..

First of all, thanks for all the support and the great feedback I’ve had over the last 7-8 months.. It has really been a ride..

Over the last few month my job situation has changed, I’m a Consultant and right now I’m at a place where I don’t have as much spare time as I used to have.. mainly caused by longer transport times..

So for the next 3-4 months there probably will be very limited support and probably no updates to ironhide…

I will be back though, and hopefully even stronger than before..

In the meantime, please help each other out (as you are doing) or check out TBP (The Bumblebee Project).. The guys over there are doing some great work, so go check it out..

Also just to clarify.. I haven’t got anything to do with the Bumblebee project anymore (expect for providing the original solution)… But we might merge again in the future… only time will tell..

Again.. Thanks for your support, and you’ll hear from me again in May….


okt 6 2011

Moving to Oneironhide

Yesterday I moved from Natty to Oneiric. I know that some users are already running Ironhide on Oneiric, but was still a little excited to how easy/hard the process would be.

It turned out to be an pretty easy job.. but still not without problems.. those problem where not caused by ironhide though, but by a change to udev, or rather to the folder structure of /var/run..

The /var/run directory has been moved to /run and /var/lock to /run/lock.. Either the Ubuntu people forgot this in their update scripts, or something didn’t go as planned.

When rebooting after the upgrade, I was stuck at the Ubuntu splash-screen. It took me a while to figure out what was wrong.. but here’s a quick howto.. I guess you could do this before rebooting.. but else reboot in recovery mode afterwards (holding Shift to get into the Grub boot menu) and select remount the root partition. After that, drop to a command prompt.

mkdir -p /run/lock
mv /var/run/* /run/
mv /var/lock/* /run/lock/
rm -rf “/var/run”
rm -rf “/var/lock”
ln -s /run /var/run
ln -s /run/lock /var/lock


After that I had to re-add the ironhide ppa:

apt-add-repository ppa:mj-casalogic/ironhide

and rerun ironhide-configuration, to get graphics running…

Everything else seems to work fine…

aug 20 2011

Ironhide reporting for duty

I have released the first version of Ironhide, which is going to be my branch of bumblebee..

This version features:

* Graphical User Interface for Configuration and Submitsystem.
* Tests build into the Configuration, should help us narrow down problems.
* Major cleanup, removed all content not related to Ubuntu.
* Updated VirtualGL.

For now there is only natty packages available. This is soon to change…

The Ironhide packages conflict with bumblebee, so you should be asked to remove the old packages when installing Ironhide.. If your having problems getting ironhide to work, please reboot after uninstalling bumblebee… and then rerun ironhide-configuration..


Installation notes:

I have given up on supporting the nvidia packages myself.. The version in Natty works just fine, and if you want newer versions, I can confirm that the X-org edgers repository works great with Ironhide:


When new versions come out, just rerun the configuration.

Report problems/issues here:


The “New” Bumblebee Project is available here:


aug 15 2011

Reassemble of the Bee..

Quite a lot is happening around bumblebee these days…

I know that I haven’t been very active lately, partly due to vacation…

I’ve also been doing a lot of thinking about the way that bumblebee has been implemented.. The popularity really surprised me, and looking back a LOT of things where done too quickly and implemented wrong.. All in all it seems like every bugs-fix, triggered two new bugs…

I also allowed a lot of people to contribute to the project which, with all respect to their work, at times made me feel like I lost control a little over which way bumblebee was “flying”… I think this also was a reason why I lost some inspiration…

What is happening right now is that:

A lot of the people who has been contributing to the bumblebee-project, is now starting over from scratch in one combined project: https://github.com/Bumblebee-Project

Right now, I have chosen not to contribute to the Bumblebee-project, and try some stuff out on my own… nothing has really been published : https://github.com/MrMEEE/ironhide, this will include a graphical bumblebee setup and probably extentions to bumblebee-ui.. This project will probably be renamed to distinguish the two.. but just to be clear, I much appreciate the work the other guys are doing and there is no bad air between us.. I just need some “creative” time off…

So, right now, yes… things are broken, both in the ppa and in the git versions.. I hope that the above efforts will solve this as soon as possible, and a BIG thanks to every tester, contributor, programmer and user of bumblebee out there..


jul 7 2011

Bumblebee ‘in a box’


Today (night) I finally got bumblebee packaged into a Ubuntu Launchpad PPA. Something that I’ve been wanting to do for quite some time now… At the same time I have introduced a new installer/configuration utillity. Basically with the same functionality, but it has been cleaned up and should be much easier to use.

Now what does that mean?? For ordinary users, that means that all the installation process should be a lot easier now for Ubuntu-based distributions.



All you have to do is run the following commands:

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:mj-casalogic/bumblebee

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install bumblebee

Does it get any easier???

I’ve moved the version of bumblebee in the PPA to version 2.0, to indicate that this really is a major step forward..

Thanks to all for your feedback, I know that you haven’t heard much from me for the last two weeks…

So now it’s back to fixing bugs, but from now on, i’ll focus on fixing the bugs in PPA version.

The complete PPA is available here:


jun 17 2011

Bumble ****-up

Ok, ok…

I made a BIG bummer in the end of may… and apparently it has only been discovered now :D…

Commit – https://github.com/MrMEEE/bumblebee/commit/6cd6b2485668e8a87485cb34ca8a0a937e73f16d

That caused this problem:


Again I’m sorry that I didn’t give myself the time to test the code completely, but working on bumblebee in the middle of the night and working “real” work in the days, doesn’t always gives the best results.. but I’m trying my best.. which I think people understand… 😀

The positive thing here is how many people are active in the bumblebee community and that bumblebee have gotten even more attention:


jun 14 2011

Bumblebee in Linux News

Bumblebee was included in “This week in linux”..

maj 30 2011

Crazy Bumble-weeks

It has now been about 4 weeks since I sat in a small hotel room in Norway and implemented the first lines, of what was going to be the bumblebee project.

By now I have hit over 30.000 hits on the first blog page alone, have about 200 followers on twitter and about 200 issues have been created on github ( about 130 closed )…

z0rc has forked the project to debumblebee and is now supporting debian through that.

Joaquín is providing support for Arch Linux, and  backbone is handles Gentoo

arnauddupuis and paulvriens are helping me on bumblebee with Fedora and OpenSuSE support, and other people are also beginning to submit patches and suggestions (thanks!)..

This has really been some crazy weeks, and not looking to settle down right now.. 😀

Thanks to all for your support, suggestions and reports..


Arch Linux Support:




Debian Linux Support:


Gentoo Linux Support: