A rough account of what I did with Emacs recently.
- August 31
- This Is Spinal Tap was a hell of a lot of fun. I won't be buying it,
but I had a few laugh-out-loud moments and the music was great
even while it was being completely tongue-in-cheek. Definite
find has got to be one of the most non-intuitive commands
ever built. I just spent ten minutes trying to figure out how to
get it to list files newer than a target file that weren't
The officebot now
has Chatbot::Eliza support. Oh the humanity.
- August 30
- Converted some old GLUT-using code to no longer use
GLUT. Doesn't improve performance, but it does cut back on the
flicker, despite the fact that the GLUT stuff was using
- August 29
- Raikkonnen takes the race, but Schu gets his 7th World
Championship title in a rather eventful Spa Grand Prix: no rain,
but plenty crashes, safety car runs, and blowouts. Plus a few
mechanical failures. Ultimately, Schu gained a late boost from a
safety car incident, and lost the advantage when the safety car
was brought out again with just five laps to go.
Thirteen Days was actually a pretty good movie, helped by the fact that
I was interested in the subject matter and didn't know a whole lot
about it. And, apparently, they've not messed with the facts a
- August 28
- Oddball weather at Spa has Schu on grid slot 2, something like
0.004 of a second slower in qualifying than Trulli.
- August 27
- We rearranged the office today. That was fun. The inflatable
sofa is now inflated, too.
- August 26
- With some minor abuse I got the XMMS AudioScrobbler plugin
working. Seems like I have a version of curl that uses
free() rather than curl_free().
- August 25
- Yay, sorted epiafb. Also sorted homemade
intltool-like thing. Damn I'm good.
- August 24
- Looked at intltoolize and friends. Decided I didn't
quite feel up to converting my project to autoconf just
for the sake of using it. Wrote a tool to manage my multiple
translation files instead. Yay me!
Also finally got around to writting a bit of Perl to log into my online banking
and fetch a balance for me, since the website that I have to
endure to do same manually is a pain to use.
Oh, and I got my epiafb back, but other stuff is still
- August 23
- Somehow, I broke the epiafb-kernel-from-boot I'd built
somewhere in the process of figuring out what other things should
be attached to it, so now I've got to find out what I broke,
exactly, and unbreak it. D'oh.
- August 22
- Woo, 7.3 upgrade more-or-less hitch-free. Some weirdness due to
the fact that I'd installed an up-to-date version of OpenSSH which
linked against a version of Kerberos that'd been yanked, but that
aside it appears that everything is intact.
Of course, I did very little of the stuff that needed
- August 21
- Most of the breakage now repaired, so I'm back to working on the
buildfarm itself. It's not really a buildfarm, just a bunch of
net-based projects that I'm tracking and doing nightly builds of
because, you know, I'm just that mad.
As a sort of incentive to do other stuff, I'm upgrading blimp (my
fileserver) to Red Hat
7.3. This means all my MP3 files, buildfarm, etc. will be
inaccessible for the next while, which may spur me into doing
stuff around the house that needs doing. Or possibly getting out
into that bright yellow stuff outside. Sun, I think it's
- August 20
- Messing about with various Fedora Core packages on my RH9 boxen
has lead to some minor breakage. Unbreaking has proven to be a bit
of a pain, alas. I've so far uninstalled my complete compiler
toolchain and rolled back a libc version.
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen was not quite the pile of fetid
donkey rot I'd been led to expect, but it wasn't High Art
either. Probably it helped that I'd had some beer before watching
it. The underwater CGI stuff was awful, actually.
I added bylines to the RSS toy, in part so I could
tell which Boing Boing contributor was irritating me. Now Boing
Boing is running bylines as part of its RSS feed.
- August 19
- Much dinking around with <redacted> reveals that my Perl code is just fine, it's the
gimpy hardware on the other end of the cable that's not conforming
to spec. Bah.
- August 18
- Tweaked the evil cd-thing a little more, then played with OBEX
for a bit. Oh, and my net.connection vanished for 45 minutes, but
no big deal.
Wahey, a SourceForge
( 2004-08-18 13:35:13 - Project CVS
Service ) As of 2004-08-18 the current estimate on when the
outstanding pserver/ViewCVS/nightly tarball issues will be
resolved is on 2004-08-20. Until then, you may want to consider
generating your own snapshot for your end users, as documented in
the site docs (do note that since cron is disabled on the shell
server you will have to kick off the cron job from a non-SF.net
- August 17
- Sourceforge's AnonCVS
servers for certain projects have been on the blink since
It's now 5 days since the problem was
first noted, 4 since it was last updated, and it's still
broken. The status page doesn't even link to any associated
trouble tickets, and the only tickets I can find have a canned
response giving no information on progress, if any. Now, before
you point out that you get what you pay for with a free service
(yes yes, thank you for stating the obvious), compare with the
status/maintenance page of another free service. Perhaps SourceForge should consider
hosting a similar livejournal?
( 2004-08-13 07:16:12 - Project CVS
Service ) As of 2004-08-13 the CVS issue documented yesterday
has not been fully resolved. As such, we had to disable pserver
based CVS for those letters again to further look into the issue
and resolve it. We anticipate this service to be back up sometime
( 2004-08-12 12:42:49 - Project CVS Service )
On 2004-08-12 at about 10:00 Pacific the pserver based CVS server
that hosts projects that have a first letter of c,d,g,a,w,x and u
had a hardware malfunction that is currently being worked
on. Projects whose letters match those previously mentioned will
not be able to have their pserver CVS repositories or ViewCVS
interface functional until the issue is resolved. We anticipate
this issue to be resolved by sometime
Did a little work on cd-thing.pl, a nasty piece of work that
attempts to identify a MP3 file based on existing tags and the
filename - no fingerprinting, just a little searching in FreeDB and some heuristics. It's
actually pretty damned good. Noisy, though; I need to switch off a
ton of debug stuff. It currently spits out a command line for mp3name.pl if there's
only a single match; ideally the two would be merged - indeed,
there's a precursor to cd-thing still in mp3name.pl. I also need
to have mp3name.pl
check the quality of files in a namespace collision and give
precedence to higher bitrate, more precise length match,
Oh, and no, there are no good uses for this sort of thing. Because
all your ripped-from-your-own-CD-tracks are properly labelled,
Happy Birthday, Orla!
- August 16
- I gave up on the Gtk2 stuff for XMMS. I'm running into too many
other problems with having Qt 3.2 installed (Skype and mplayer are unhappy,
for example) so I've gone back to Qt 3.1, which removes the need
for a ported XMMS. I've moved
the patches to my patches
page for now. Note that the XMMS patches are against
À Bout de Souffle (Breathless) lacks many of the features of a
modern movie: colour, clean cutting, special effects, and a large
budget. However, the dialogue is fantastic, and delivered
believably by the suitably gallic-looking male lead and his rather
cute leading lady (who bears a pretty strong resemblance to Sharon Stone). I
think I rented this because it made it in some random "Top
100 Movies", possibly for the closing scene which is verging
on being inscrutably French; the rest of the movie has far more
going for it. As with last night's unintended viewing, definitely
one to watch.
- August 15
- And w00t, Schu takes the win. 12 wins in the season, a new
record. Ferarri have now accrued enough points to run off with the
constructor's championship, and Herr Driver Boy is apparently torn
over the choice of winning the Driver's Championship in the next
race or the one after it.
Stayed up later than I'd intended because I started watching Wild About Harry and discovered it was engaging and
entertaining. Definitely one to see if it comes your
- August 14
- Friends visiting from the US, so I spent the first part of the
day dragging them around the Dublin Mountains (including lunch at
Johnny Fox's) and the
second part of the day dragging them around Temple Bar.
Apparently while I wasn't paying attention, Schumacher put himself
on pole again.
- August 13
- Build new GCC. Install. Use new GCC to build new
glibc. Install. Pray that RPM-vs-2.6 issues go away, because I'll
have burnt a lot of cycles needlessly if they don't.
- August 12
- Attempting to create a kernel config matching a prebuilt kernel
by frobbing options, rebuilding and diffing the symbol maps is
not hugely exciting. It does strike me that there's possibly an
automation tool to do this. Of courses, it sort of goes away with
2.6 due to the /proc/config interface.
- August 11
- Tooling around with some Palm stuff in lieu of doing any of the
101 other things I could be doing.
- August 10
- Hurf. I rebuilt gcc34 from the Fedora Core SRPM, but the
libstdc++ stuff is complaining about a missing linker
symbol and there were, uh, issues with libgcc - no RPM
was built, but according to rpm -qi on my FC2 box, libgcc
is supposed to come from a gcc34 build. *shrug* The only thing it
really affects is that I can't build lufs with the new
compiler. Writing kernel
modules in C++ should be some sort of crime, anyway.
I discovered Mail::Webmail::Gmail today, and thought,
"cool, I can script up a quick POP-to-Gmail proxy with
that". Enh. Don't bother. It doesn't automatically pick up
your proxy settings (Hint: if you use LWP::UserAgent, use
env_proxy. If you don't use LWP::UserAgent and
you're dealing with the Web, I don't even want to touch your code,
thanks) and it doesn't use any of the Mail::Tools stuff
to handle the messages, so you're left with having to manhandle
them into that before you can do anything useful with them. I'm
torn between fixing it and throwing it away in
Minor update to mailman.pl: it now
supports a --dryrun flag so you can see what it wants to
do (caution: this will update your SpamAssassin Bayesian
database(s)) and it doesn't feed a From_ header to SA 2.4, which
SA 2.4 seemed to be upset about.
- August 9
- w00t! I've managed to bolt the abandoned epiafb framebuffer
driver onto a 2.4.22 kernel,
giving me a framebuffer from boot that's not all wacked out on an
LCD screen. Go me!
- August 8
- In which Waterford are defeated through insufficient ability to
stand up and a rather slack defence. Bah.
Made a few changes to makerpm.pl, the most
notable of which is to add a --groupwith parameter so you
can tell it to use the same group as some other
- August 7
- Parents visited. Dad brought me a copy of Linux magazine which
features an article on scponly, a rather
nifty tool I can use for the office. Thanks, Dad!
- August 6
- I'm annoyed with xauth. I've done a before-and-after
ifup comparison of my .Xauthority file, and
there's no difference. Yet after I've done ifup on a live
X server, clients can't connect because the xauth info is
hosed. This is a non-trivial problem, particularly if I wanted to,
say, bring my laptop from home to the office without powering
down. I am assuming it's in the client-side xauth libs, but,
Enter The Dragon: how to comment on a movie that was made in all
earnestness when Blaxploitation was the norm? The dialogue is
laughable, or maybe it's the delivery that makes it so. The
fighting is awesome. The storyline is pretty much stock thriller
material. It's worth watching if only to see Bruce Lee in
- August 5
- <Brad Pitt>If I'm reading this right — and I'd like to
think I am...</Brad Pitt> the epiafb stuff - which is
derived from the tridentfb stuff - calls fb_find_mode
during module initialisation. Which is an __init function,
meaning that it gets thrown away when the kernel is reclaiming
memory. So, er, wtf?
Further investigation reveals that the other framebuffer drivers
appear to operate in the same way, so I'm a bit confused at this
point. If I call an __init function after the kernel's
done reclaiming memory, what gets called, exactly?
KLANG. I just found out where the default mode is coming from, at
least. And it suxx0rs.
- August 4
- Because it may not be immediately obvious where to find it: RealPlayer 10 for Linux. I
eventually resorted to googling for this, since the process of
going to Real's website, then clicking on the Free Player tab,
then attempting to find a version that wasn't 8 built for Red Hat
6.2 was simply not working. In fact, I can't trivially find a way
to get from the Real homepage
to the Linux subsite.
Ok. The constantly changing input channels thing seems to be an
artifact of the order in which modules get loaded. For one
ordering, the input I want is Television. For some other
ordering, it's tuner.
W00t. Finally managed to get all the bits marching in the same
direction at the same time: patch your
Linux-WLAN sources for Linux 2.4. I am aware of the, uh,
potential uselessness of this, before you point it
- August 3
- Many odd things.
gocr, an optical recognition tool, is interesting but is
flummoxed by JerkCity, even doing a little preprocessing on the
images to stop it from picking out boxed frames as single characters.
The v4l2 interface to the TV card in the PVR (got all that?) seems
to be unable to change channel.
convert -monochrome for some reason turns the JerkCity
images into negatives, and using -negate doesn't appear
pbmclean breaks with a non-intuitive error.
Cleaned out a bunch of old emails. Lots of things I should've
bookmarked, or at least investigated and dumped. Some notes on
image-frobbing from AjD
which are no longer relevant to anything I'm doing. Random
reminders to myself of geeky ideas that need implementing some
time before the heat death of the universe.
I've been tooling around with a buildfarm concept not dissimilar
to Dag Wieers'; it's an
interesting exercise in trying to encompass the wide variety of
what passes for packaging in the Open Source world. Adding
generally unpackaged products as I am doing leads me to discover
rather painfully why it is they're currently unpackaged,
viz. sanity of the would-be packager.
PVR still not working. DAMMIT. And this sort of thing doesn't
2357 root 15 0 291m 174m 12m S 0.0 71.8
WEP started working at home. I did nothing different. I don't
- August 2
- I've got a new wireless doohickey courtesy of Bob's Unused
Hardware, but it seems somewhat marginally incompatible with my
laptop's wireless card - I had to completely disable WEP to make
it all work, which I just know I'm going to forget to switch on
when I'm back in the office tomorrow. On the plus side, I've
finally managed to get Fozzie back into booting condition with a
2.4 kernel and WLAN drivers that actually load and don't
crash. Next step is, of course, to make the damn thing
work... what I don't quite understand is that I build a kernel,
depmod works fine, then I reboot into that kernel and
depmod turns up a bunch of unresolved
The Guru was light, predictable, cheesy, and a whole lot of
fun. Some great lines, a sprinkling of slapstick, and hey! There's
that guy from Office Space whose name noone can pronounce!
- August 1
- Hmm. Somehow I manage to keep building kernels for Fozzie that
are missing the IDE drivers. Which, er, is a little unsuccessful
in the booting department. Aside from that, I think I tracked down
the missing line from the WLAN drivers that was causing a kernel
panic, so once I have a working kernel again I'll try it
Haha. I was about to hack up an audio ping toy to assist in rough
coverage testing for wireless networking in my house, and
discovered that I'd not only already created one but I'd even
given it the same name as I was going to call the new one - sonar.pl.
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