The BSD build system in general, and pkgsrc in particular, have a large number
of Makefiles ending in
Recently, I was looking at a commit message in Gmail and noticed that these
names are linkified. At the time, I was looking at a Go module
package, where there is a
go-modules.mk file containing details about
dependencies. This got me thinking: Why is this file name turned into a link?
It turns out that
.mk is the ccTLD of the Republic of North Macedonia! So I
did what I had to do: I went to the website of a registrar in Skopje and
reserved the go-modules.mk domain.
For the DNS, I created a zone in Google Cloud DNS, which was simple and extremely cheap, on the order of a few cents per month. For the contents, I added the domain as a redirect to my existing blog on the Firebase console.
So there you have it: next time, you see one of those emails, clicking the file name will bring you directly to this blog.
I have not checked if other standard Makefile names are still free as domains.
So if you are interested in putting your pages at
bsd.prog.mk or similar, here
is your chance! :D