Michal Čihař - Blog Archives for English

New phone has arrived

Today evening I picked up my new phone on post office and as soon as I arrived home, I started to play with it. And well result for Gammu is poor, there is too much to implement. For now I only added identification, but I will work more on it.

Transfer of contacts was done by gammu --backup data.vcs on old phone and then tranfering to new phone using plain IrDA - ircp data.vcs. This is far from being perfect - I lost most of text in extended entries, half of names is also lost and I expect something might be missing. But I have at least something till I will write full support in Gammu :-).

Gammu talk online

I had talk about Gammu and Wammu this weekend on LinuxAlt. Video should be online on conference website after some time, but my presentation and text is available right now. You can find it in new section talks. I will have to solve navigation later :-).

Version control wrapper wanted

I'm using more and more version control systems and I'm more and more often mistaken which commands to use in which project. At work we still have CVS, for kernel it is git (or cogito), for phpMyAdmin we switched to subversion, for my old projects it is bazaar and for new projects I use bazaar-ng.

And not, my brain can not switch context fast enought to remember that in this repository I need svn up and in another one cg-update.

I doubt that I'm only one with such problem and hopefully somebody already wrote some meta version control interface, which would correctly detect which beast is current directory using, and invoke appripriate command for wanted action. However Googling didn't find anything like that, but hopefully I'm only using bad query. Anybody has seen such tool?

Happy release day!

We have two releases today - one fixes security bug in stable branch (2.9.0.3) and one to fix several bugs (2.9.1-rc2). Final 2.9.1 should follow soon if no major problem appears.

I also added MAINT_2_9_1 branch to snapshots and demo server, feel free to use them.

Package uploads

New month has come and thus there is new upstream release of stardict-english-czech package. While preparing upload for my sponsor, I decided to go also through rest of my packages. Wammu is for quite long waiting for my sponsor, so I pinged him. nanoblogger has some open bugs, so I fixed them and sent package to sponsor. And last but not least I sent ping to debian-mentors about sponsoring sonata, which is really cool application and I'd love to see it in next Debian release. However this target seems to be quite far away as nobody was attracted by it up to now.

I did it again

It happens too often in recent program releases - I do a release and few moments after it I notice some quite important bug. Today it is deadlock in upgrading in Ukolovnik. I should have seen it before (as I fixed simmilar problem for another part of config layer), but I haven't.

I'll wait for some time if something else appears and then make another new release. You can meanwhile apply patch from the bug manually or use daily snapshot.

Ukolovnik 0.4

Ukolovnik 0.4 has been just released. New features:

  • Modularized code.
  • Change of translation format.
  • Add installation script.
  • Move configuration to database.
  • Add configuration page.
  • Customizable add page.

Widescreen LCD setup on Acer AL1916W

I just got new LCD at work - Acer AL1916W. I thought it will be much easier to setup than it actually was.

First attempt was only to add "1440x900" to modes in X.org configuration. It failed as well when I added modeline for this mode. After some Googling I found that for my stupid onboard card - i945 - I need to do some voodoo with it's BIOS to make it work.

Fortunately there is tool 915resolution which does this black magic, so it was not that complicated at the end:

# aptitude install 915resolution

It complains that it can not detect display, so I had to modify /etc/default/915resolution manually:

MODE=5c
XRESO=1440
YRESO=900

After starting 915resolution init script, you should be now able to start X.org server with following configuration (kept only relevant parts):

Section "Monitor"
        Identifier      "Acer AL1916W"
        Option          "DPMS"
        HorizSync       30-82
        VertRefresh     56-76
        DisplaySize 410 260
        Modeline "1440x900" 136.0 1440 1520 1672 1904 900 903 909 934 +hsync +vsync
EndSection

Section "Screen"
        Identifier      "Default Screen"
        Device          "Intel i945"
        Monitor         "Acer AL1916W"
        DefaultDepth    24
        SubSection "Display"
                Depth           24
                Virtual 1440 900
                Modes           "1440x900" "1400x1050" "1280x1024" "1280x960" "1152x864" "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
        EndSubSection
EndSection

And finally I can use widescreen display!