Michal Čihař - Blog Archives for English

Python policy craziness

I have no clue whether python-support or python-central is better solution as new python packaging helper. I follow debian-python list too shortly to know all backgrouds between their authors. Despite of those current situation is really bad.

There were filed many bugs and tools and policy still change every day. Will it use Python-Standards-Version or debian/pycompat? Will there be XS-Python-Version or debian/pyversions? Now it looks that both. I thought that new policy shoud simplify things and not making them even more complex. Calm down people and try to find one solution.

F*cking MSIE

New beast called Internet Explorer 7 is not yet released, but it seems to show some of new features. They broke something in CSS and because of that text won't display in phpMyAdmin textareas. According to them it is problem in our CSS, but they won't tell where exactly. Why the hell our CSS works fine in all browsers (including MSIE 5.5 and 6) and now suddenly it is broken?

See bug report in phpMyAdmin's tracker for more info.

Phone database cleanup

I just did large cleanup of data in Gammu phone database. So there should be no duplicates and all phones should be in correct category. Please take care on selected manufacturer when you add new phones as otherwise people lookig for phone from specific manufacturer are confused.

I also fixed case of some letters in names, however I'm definitely not sure whether new variants are 100% correct as I don't know all phones :-).

Bicycle ways in Prague

As I live in another part of city since last Wednesday, I also have to find new ways for my bicycle. I know how poor situation in Prague is, but I hoped that marked way I noticed while moving will be good for travel to work.

But it looks like expected too much. Maybe somebody forgot to tell people marking this way that most people don't use bicycles on stairs. I don't know why does this way in about 3 kilometers I used it go over three stairs.

If you want to go through Prague on bike, forgot to use marked ways, you will most likely end with troubles. Better find some local people who will guide you.

Moving is hard

During yesterday afternoon I moved most of my things to new flat. I didn't expect I have so much things :-). However it went smoothly, I only feel really tired today.

There is still lot of work there, but we will hopefully manage it soon. One of first thing is internet connection, which is must for me. Until it is ready don't expect me to react quickly on emails and or bugs. Anyway I'll try to handle regullar mails during day at work.

Noarch packages for all

On request I enabled generation of package lists for all architectures in my repository. So you can now install startict-english-czech on all arches directly using apt without need to manually download this package.

And not this does not mean I will build binaries for other arches, they will be still i386 and amd64 only, others will contain just Arch: all packages.

I love to use CVS snapshots

Yesterday Google released beta version of Google Earth which runs natively on Linux. As it is great toy I wanted to immediatelly test it :-). However it ran damn slow and libgl was complaining about wrong structure sizes:

ERROR! sizeof(I830DRIRec) does not match passed size from device driver

After some Googling I found bug #359328 which tells to use CVS snapshot of Mesa from experimental. Any yay, it works then. Now back to work let's contiue with playing later.

I must be popular in Digital Infinity

It looks like somebody in company Digital Infinity Ltd loves to read my blog. Maybe they should consider setting up personal mirror as if every computer in their address space is going to download whole blog as they did it today, it will cost them lot of bandwidht and I will get really upset and iptables will get new rule about 208.66.195.0 - 208.66.195.15.

So it's up to you, you have been warned.

Make distclean

I just finished make distclean in my CDs. In past years I collected many data CDs which I will hardly use in future. Many of them contains various software for Windows I used in past, rest are free applications which were given with some computer magazines. They are anyway obsolete by now even if I'd use Windows.

So about hundred of CDs travels to waste bin for a long jurney to landfill :-).