Michal Čihař - Blog Archives for English

Gammu test version 1.23.90

It looks like I'm definitely losing Monday release schedule, but it does not matter that much, new release is here anyway. I wanted to push some bigger changes into first testing release after 1.23, but instead of that I did bunch of bug fixes, documentation and test improvements.

Full list of changes follows:

  • Fixed decoding of Samsung memory entries.
  • Properly handle corrupted messages from Nokia phones (bug #811).
  • Fix parsing of calls from Alcatel C701 (bug #831).
  • Fixed handling of error states with -len and -autolen parameters.
  • Fixed possible crash in DBI engine.
  • PostgreSQL engine properly uses sequences instead of reinventing.
  • MySQL engine properly uses auto increments instead of reinventing.
  • Fix escaping of field name in PostgreSQL engine.
  • Better SMSD files logging.
  • Added testing of SMSD files engine.
  • Increase timeout for AT settings SIM card SMS storage.
  • Fixed date formatting in PostgreSQL SMSD service.
  • Add option to install without documentation.
  • Add -textutf8 option for TEXT sms.
  • Fix crash when some lines in config are too long.
  • Make smsdrc example better looking by removing obsolete docs.
  • Make dku2 connection types work on Linux (alias to fbususb).
  • Better calculation of signal percent.
  • Fixed getting of memory status for some Nokias (bug #836).

You can download from usual place: http://cihar.com/gammu/,

Debian users will find packages in experimental soon, SUSE, Fedora and Mandriva users can check experimental repository in OpenSuse Build Service.

Summer of Code for Gammu

After some thinking I've just filled in application for Gammu in Google Summer of Code 2009. I feel the project is recently getting some boost and it would be great if some students would help us with new ideas.

On the other side I'm afraid that chances to get accepted for such a small project is quite limited, but if you have some great ideas which could be implemented as a summer project, feel free to add them to our wiki, maybe they will attract somebody :-).

Ideas page: http://www.gammu.org/wiki/index.php?title=Gammu:GSoC2009

Wammu 0.30.1

Unfortunately Wammu 0.30 was not running on some Windows versions, so here comes fixed one. There is no need to update if you did not use Windows binaries. Full list of changes:

  • Fixed Windows build.
  • Fixed typo in desktop file.
  • Fixed spec file.

Wammu 0.30

I just released version 0.30 of Wammu. This release fixes various problems found by users. Full list of changes:

  • Do not fail if group ID can not be converted to name.
  • Updated to work with current python-gammu.
  • Translation updates.
  • Support for displaying picture on contacts.
  • Properly handle paths with special chars (bug #816).
  • Make build time dependency checks optional.
  • Drop wxPython 2.4 compatibility code.

This release also comes with binary for Windows with embedded Gammu 1.23.1.

Thought about email footers

Have you ever thought what you send in email footer?

The information contained in this e-mail is private & confidential and may also be legally privileged. If you are not the intended recipient, please notify us, preferably by e-mail, and do not read, copy or disclose the contents of this message to anyone.

If I'm not the intended recipient (supposing I know how to guess this), how am I supposed to notify you, when I should not read the contents, so I should not know about fact that I should notify you?

Summer of Code in phpMyAdmin

After quite successful debut in Google Summer of Code last year (even not directly, but though MySQL project), where both projects ended quite successfully and brought great addition to our code base, it's time to try to get again on the track. Hopefully we will manage to be direct participants this year.

If you have some great ideas which are missing in phpMyAdmin, feel free to fill them either in feature tracker or directly into our ideas page.

Gammu stable version 1.23.1

After recently introduced tradition, I again come with bugfix update for 1.23.0 called 1.23.1. This time there is no critical fix as in 1.22.1, but few fixes, which might annoy users, for example forgotten installation of gammu-smsd-monitor tool.

Full list of changes:

  • Documentation clarification.
  • Translations update.
  • Actually install gammu-smsd-monitor.
  • Fix recording received messages count for MySQL.
  • Fix SMS location handling for Huawei E160 (bug #825).
  • Do not probe for MPBR support all the time.

You can download from usual place: http://cihar.com/gammu/,

Debian users will find packages in unstable soon, SUSE, Fedora and Mandriva users can check repository in OpenSuse Build Service and Ubuntu in my PPA.

Fun with software catalogues

Recently, I made available information about Gammu and Wammu in machine readable formats (currently DOAP and PAD). In order to fully use advantage of PAD, I decided to push both Gammu and Wammu to some PAD enabled sites I found. At least it should give it a bit more visibility in Windows world.

When I started looking for these sites, I was surprised that there is so much of them. Yes it is quite easy to setup such site as ASP provides PHP scripts to make such site, but I expected that people would be a bit sane and would not start 1001th software catalogue. But anyway, let's submit my software there to spread the world a bit ;-).

The important site (at least as far as I remember them from times when I was using Windows) like Tucows or cnet downloads, have some lengthy review process, what is okay for me. But more funny are random small sites, where you immediately get 5/5 stars or sticker 100% Vista Compatible. Who cares, let's see if it will really attract some users.

Email easier than Google?

I really do not get, while people rather email somebody to ask question, which Google can answer in few seconds.

Today I got question that some body was not able to find phpMyAdmin demo:

Hello, I ran your phpMyAdmin demo from some link, but I unfortunately do not know where it was. Could you please send me link to this demo.

Is it really that hard to find it? Typing phpMyAdmin demo into Google, does give correct result on first place to me...

PS: I got to reading this email after five days, so that guy definitely did not save much time.

Gammu stable version 1.23.0

After two months of heavy development, new Gammu stable release is out. There are quite a lot of changes and I'm not really convinced it makes sense to include full list of almost 150 lines from ChangeLog, so here are the most important changes (I'm sure I missed something, but I think the list is already too big):

  • Lot of SMSD related changes.
    • New DBI backend which handles nicely many databases.
    • SMSD and inject tool are now separate binaries.
    • New monitoring tool for SMSD.
    • SMSD can now run as a Windows service.
    • SMSD behaves nicely as a daemon on Linux (syslog support, SIGHUP handling, proper daemonizing, etc.).
  • Merger of python-gammu.
    • Python bindings are no longer separate projects, they are now part of Gammu release.
  • Better support for Nokia USB cables on Linux.
    • Gammu now has libusb-1.0 based support for Nokia USB cables.
    • This gives us performance boost and support for DKU-2 cables.
  • Much more tests.
    • About 1/3 of code is now covered by test cases.
    • Dummy phone backend to allow testing without connected phone.
  • General code cleanup.
    • Fixed tons of problems found by test cases, valgrind and cppcheck.
    • Reorganised code structure a bit to make clear what parts are supported.
  • Documentation.
    • Several new man pages have been added, most important is documentation for SMSD and all it's features.

You can download from usual place: http://cihar.com/gammu/,

Debian users will find packages in unstable soon, SUSE, Fedora and Mandriva users can check repository in OpenSuse Build Service and Ubuntu in my PPA.