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Thursday, 15 September 2005

I love devscripts

Every time I fossick around in the devscripts package I find something new and useful. Today's find was the tagpending script.

I've been getting into the habit of the good practise of tagging the bugs I've fixed as pending. Particularly so for dhcp3, as it has a truckload of bugs, and I tend to spend a lot of time working on them to knock off as many as possible before making an upload. Until now, I'd been fixing the bug, adding it to the changelog, and then marking it as pending with the also lovely bts command.

Well tonight, while trying to re-find dd-list, I discovered tagpending, which scans the changelog, queries the BTS via LDAP, and automatically marks and bugs closed in the changelog as pending that aren't already.

Nice one Joshua!

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Back at the office - the first fortnight in review

So, as I mentioned previously, my stint working on site at one of my company's clients ended at the end of last month due to contractual headcount reductions. I returned to the general Professional Services pool in at the office.

It's been an interesting couple of weeks, and I get the distinct impression that they don't really know what to do with me. This is partly of my own making, as I have been totally frank an honest with my management about an opportunity to work overseas that arose months ago. That has gotten to the point where I'm just waiting for the visa to get sorted out, and then I'm pretty much going to resign. Problem is, I have no real idea of when the visa is going to be ready, so therefore I can't give anyone, myself included, a better idea of time-frames than "probably November".

So for the first week and a bit, I sat at the desk of a project manager who was on leave, and did bits and pieces of a number of projects. The work was very stop-start though, and I found this a bit unsettling, as Professional Services is all about billable hours, and I didn't want to have big wads of unbillable time on my timesheet where I'd been twiddling my thumbs.

On Monday, when the project manager returned, I relocated to the "hot desk" - a desk intentionally kept vacant for visiting members of staff from other offices. That lasted until about lunchtime yesterday, when I was asked if I could help out with a stack of documentation relating to the old client whose site I used to work at, that needed to be done by the end of the month. So then I relocated upstairs to the NOC.

Then my old boss called me this afternoon and asked me if I'd prefer to go back to the client's site for a couple of weeks to help bail out a hardware upgrade project that had gone off the rails. I'd much rather to that than go batty trying to write gateway design documentation, so I agreed. I just have to wait for a new building pass to be issued.

So, in summary, I feel like I'm a bit... unallocated. But I guess that is the price I have to pay for being upfront and honest about probably leaving the company. I get to keep getting paid until I leave, and they get to throw me wherever suits them. C'est la vie.

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