Michal Čihař - Blog Archives for Debian

Hiding configuration

I know that GNOME is trying to hide as much configuration as possible, but Epiphany today suprised me. I started to use is as default browser some time ago, but now I needed to print something for first time. Everything in my system is configured to use A4 paper, so I didn't expect any problem with this configuration.

Unforutanety Epiphany has separate configuration under separate menu item. I don't know why it is separated from print dialog, maybe to confuse users. Also I have no idea why it has default size Letter. Anyway you can set paper size under Print Setup...

This is really great step for usability.

Switched to Epiphany

Today I got finally enough fed up with Firefox^WIceweasel and started to look for alternative. Konqueror might be a solution, but I don't use anything from KDE, so it would be paintful. So only browsers which remained were Gecko based. Not that big improvement, but at least I will get rid of some stupid ideas which were implemented when Firefox 2.0 came out.

As first I tried Gnome default browser - Epiphany. I already thought about using it several times, but I was never able to customize it to my needs. But now I have all needed functions after installing few plugins and bookmarklets. I especially like Python plugins, this way it is quite easy to write/change a bit some plugin, which does what you need.

The only thing I currently miss is some bookmark synchronisation, because I use browser on several computers. But I will hopefully find something soon.

I'm the Debian Developer!

After half year (well almost), I passed through all pitfalls of new maintainer process and I became Debian Developer. From all rumours I heard before starting this process, I thought it will take longer.

In fact only lengthy part was three months waiting for my account being created, but I expected it because of many people were busy when preparing stable release.

Thanks to everybody who helped me going through this process.

xfs troubles

On my testing computer lived till today quite outdated Debian Unstable. As I needed to perform some testing with that which required recent version of some tools, I bravely did upgrade using aptitude.

After two hours of downloading, packages started to install, but it crashed while installing linux-kernel-headers. Well as I didn't know in what shape my last tests kept Debian and XFS filesystem it uses for root, I rebooted using live CD and ran xfs_repair.

It found several errors, I rebooted and reran aptitude. To my suprise the problem did not went away, and after another boot using live CD, I saw that xfs_repair still sees those problems.

Fortunately I noticed that live CD contains quite old xfs_repair and I used the one which is currently in unstable. And it seems to finally fix my problem! Now I can finally start my upgrade and it works :-).

Sonata 1.0 for Debian

I finally forced myself to prepare packages of new Sonata release. I hoped I will be able to upload them myself, but NM process will probably need some more time, so I just sent request for sponsoring to Daniel, who kidly uploaded previous version.

You will probably miss some of new Sonata features in Debian, because some Python modules which are needed for it are not available. Maybe somebody will package them, if not, I will do it on my own sometimes :-).

Happy new year!

Maybe I'm a bit late, but happy new year! I was quite silent in last days as I was having rest from computer and enjoyed real life.

What will this year bring? I will hopefully become Debian Developer, as only required step right now is account creation. This is good news for Gammu users who run Debian, as I would like to upload testing versions to experimental (as well as appropriate python-gammu builds).

What else? Some new releases of my projects :-). I'm still working on Wammu and configuration wizard. There is a bit more work than I expected, but it should be ready during January. I don't expect much new features in python-gammu, it will be just kept in sync with gammu.

The only remaining project is Ukolovnik, which is in perfect state for me, however other users request more features and I should sometimes get at least to patch merging :-).

Sonata in Debian!

Sonata has today been accepted to Debian! It is not much likely that it will be in next stable release so late, but even this might happen. Thanks to Daniel Baumann for uploading!

Closer to being DD

Christoph Berg has just recommended me to DAM, so I'm really close to be Debian Developer. Thans a lot to all people who helped me to go so fast through all needed steps!.

Double check your init scripts

You might have notice that this server had outage for whole night. I was affraid of some hardware issues, but the reason was much simpler - my init script hang and because of that server can not start. Next time I will write init script, I will definitely check whether it works correctly ;-).