Michal Čihař - Archive for Oct. 3, 2008

python-gammu 0.27

New version of python-gammu has been just released. It fixes possible crashes and brings compatibility with Gammu 1.21.0. Full list of changes:

  • Compatibility with current gammu.
  • Use new GSM_MemoryTypeToString.
  • Fix several off by one errors.

Download from usual place: http://cihar.com/gammu/python/

Gammu stable version 1.21.0

Good news everyone, after long time of inactivity and huge development over past month, new stable Gammu release is out. Since 1.20.94, there are only minor fixes in handling some corner cases in AT parser, but full list of changes since last stable 1.20.0 is quite long:

  • Handle properly empty SMSC (bug #722).
  • Disable AT/OBEX for Motorola K1v (bug #721).
  • Automatically switch to nodtr connection if DTR/RTS setting fails.
  • More verbose debug messages in API.
  • Free phone data after testing model to avoid memory leaks.
  • Properly handle if IMEI is too long (bug #709).
  • Try to handle situation when CMGL does not list all messages.
  • Fix typo in MySQL file (bug #716).
  • Better parsing of USSD replies (bug #718).
  • Properly restore caller groups on Nokia 2630 (bug #706).
  • Fix listing of used calendar locations on Nokia (bug #710).
  • Properly encode class and coding to SMS (bug #714).
  • SMSD for MySQL no longer fails when sending message (bug #715).
  • SMSD stores signal and battery state in PostgreSQL.
  • Properly handle multiline firmware information.
  • Fix crash when decoding EMS pictures (bug #549).
  • Motorola phones sometimes reply in UCS2 instead of HEX (bug #712).
  • Use native functions sleep/usleep if available.
  • Improve FBUS initialization sequence.
  • Fixed reading for ringtones from Nokia 5510 (bug #529).
  • Do not crash if ringtone name is too long (bug #529).
  • Fix possible crash while reading of messages using AT.
  • Increase timeout when writing SMS message (bug #596).
  • Cleaned up issues with reading from Bluez (bug #670).
  • Fixed Windows binary (define properly MSVCRT to use) (bug #683).
  • Fixed compilation with CURL on Windows.
  • Windows binary now has only MySQL and CURL support (bug #683).
  • Fill in timezone information (bug #696).
  • Detect reserver message type (bug #691).
  • Increase timeout for switching to OBEX (bug #690).
  • Disable postal address for Nokia 2600 (bug #659).
  • Encode phone number only with phones which need it (bug #654).
  • Increase timeout for writing memory entry (bug #654).
  • Handle properly when phoned does not tell SMSC (bug #616).
  • Initial support for waiting calls in AT engine (bug #551).
  • Fixed dialing on some AT phones (bug #471).
  • Support for skipping location when reading (bug #467).
  • Improved detection of serial port Bluetooth channel.
  • SMSD reconnects to MySQL (thanks to Wouter D'Haeseleer).
  • SMSD stores signal and battery state in MySQL (thanks to Wouter D'Haeseleer).
  • Initial support for reading messages in simple text mode.
  • Report if monitor failed because of an error.
  • Handle not found errors on OBEX connect (bug #705).
  • Report more verbosely that some feature has been disabled on compile time.
  • Add ID for Nokia 5200 (thanks to Andreas Metzler).
  • Add two IDs for Nokia 2600 (bug #659).
  • Add ID for lot's of Sony Ericsson phones.
  • Use AT parser for AT+CPBS? reply.
  • Use all possible ways to get memory status (bug #687).
  • Detect more error codes from Nokia phones (bug #659).
  • Fix decoding of text using iconv (bug #687).
  • Fix linker flags check, caused failures on MacOS X.
  • Add second ID for Nokia 2610 (thanks to Nicolas Forget).
  • Add ID for Nokia 6060.
  • Try to use OPP and PBAP Bluetooth profiles also (not tested!).
  • DumpMessage is not printing last char (bug #692).
  • Support for favorite messaging number (bug #693).
  • Add ID for Nokia 2630 (bug #693).
  • First attempt for Bluetooth support on OS X.
  • Do not open debug file for second time when using global debug.
  • Fix DC memory name printing (bug #698).
  • Add API function GSM_MemoryTypeToString.
  • Report correct size of DC/RC/MC memory on DCT4 phones (bug #699).
  • Store favorite messaging as phone number, not only as ID (bug #693).
  • Avoid empty line at beginning of vCard backup (bug #701).
  • Add ID for Nokia 2760.
  • Catch not acceptable errors in OBEX (bug #702).
  • Operation not allowed is not an unknown problem (bug #678).
  • Add ID for Nokia 5000 (bug #677).
  • Increase limit of files for DCT4 and check array size (bug #676).
  • Allow to enter PIN code from stdin (bug #633).
  • Handle HEX reply instead of UCS-2 from Motorola (bug #697).
  • Avoid decoding of @ in email address (bug #697).
  • ABI change, because of increasing some limits.
  • Config file option rsslevel no longer works, superseded by 'gammu checkversion'.
  • Dropped GSM_ReadHTTPFile from API, gammu now uses CURL instead.
  • Support for longer notes on Nokia phones (bug #607).
  • Add deleteallmemory command.
  • Ignore trailing spaces in AT commands.
  • Fix crash on long lines in vCards.
  • Compatibility with broken iWOW responses (bug #650).
  • Do not use hard delete flag for updating entries (bug #634).
  • Identify Nokia 1200 (bug #649).
  • Fix parsing of date/time reply on Sony Ericsson G900 (bug #647).
  • Increased limit for folder name (bug #646).
  • Fix parsing of empty date (bug #643).
  • Recognize general number on Nokia 6230i (bug #655).
  • Fix writing of phone number using HEX charset (bug #512).
  • Recognize more CME errors, thanks to Paolo oopla@users.sf.net.

You can download from usual place: http://cihar.com/gammu/, Binary packages will be available soon.

Why to make sensible error messages?

Yesterday I faced problem with VMware server that it can not run 64-bit guest system. I'm using 64-bit SUSE and 64-bit VMware, so it should work, right? I can select 64-bit system in VMware, but the guest is simply 32-bit without any error.

In documentation, man can find only "VMware Server supports 64-bit guest operating systems only on host machines with supported processors.". How helpful! After a bit of googling, it turns out that VT needs to be enabled and usually it is not enabled in BIOS (any reason for this?).

So let's reboot, go to BIOS, enable VT and it should work. Unfortunately not, after reboot, still same problem. I was almost given up at this point, but I decided to recheck BIOS, whether I really enabled the right thing. Yes I did, but I did not notice small note, that to apply this setting, I need to power off and on the computer. That was the trick! Now it finally works. I just wonder why it has to be so complicated...