This is a new experience. I'm waiting for a ./configure-script-from-the-black-lagoon to finish (Subversion, in case you're interested). This wouldn't have been such a big deal if I were installing Subversion on my main system, since there are well-established binary packages for me to install. Instead, I am installing it on my grandfather's DEC Alpha box, which I want to use as a development server. There are no binary packages for the Alpha architecture, so I'm compiling it from source (more's the pity). It's a nice idea in theory, but trying to make Apache Portable Runtime or whatever (APR) understand that BerkeleyDB is installed in /usr/local/BerkeleyDB4.2 has been a Pain In The Arse. I'm now running ./configure for the fifth (sixth?) time, and the APR configure script is not short. Add to that the fact that I'm running Debian stable on the Alpha, since there's no Debian unstable for Alpha 🙁 and I'm purposely keeping it as minimalistic as possible.

Let's just say I don't have much to distract me. This blog post is being made from Lynx of all things, which really brings back memories from the good old days of connecting to the Internet using a text-mode account from NetINS, Procomm Plus, and a 9600 baud modem. DOS RULEZ!

w00t! YAY! Finally figured out the correct incanta^H^H^Hcommand-line option to pass to ./configure. It's –with-berkeley-db=/usr/local/BerkeleyDB.4.2/include:/usr/local/BerkeleyDB.4.2/lib in case anyone else has the same problem. Now to run the whole configure once more with the correct option and head the heck to bed. I've got to get up at 5 tomorrow morning because I have a music contest. Bus leaves at 6:20… urgh. I'm simply not a morning person. Thankfully all my performances are late enough that I'll be awake (hopefully). I'm doing a solo — the aria "Si trai ceppi" from Handel's opera Berenice. It's a good time. I work tomorrow, too, so it may end up being an 18 hour day. I'm tough, I can handle it. 🙂 No way in heck I'm looking forward to working again on Sunday, though.

Anyhow, I may yet learn to update this blog regularly. So much has happened in the interim (Des Moines Register Academic All-State, MIT financial aid mixup, UDel trip, and so on). Aha, there's the ./configure script, finally finished. I'm sleeping — more (maybe) later.