python-gammu 0.18 has been just released. New features:
- Cleaned up build system.
- Support for crosscompilation using MinGW32.
- Compatibility with current gammu releases and CMake build system.
This release first comes with precompiled Windows binaries and Windows installer!
After some playing with distutils to make cross compilation using them possible, I finally gave up. Maybe I did not understand some part of guide, but resulting library only crashes Python.
So I googled once more and I found another approach to cross compile Python extensions for Windows on Linux.
And it was quite simple to do it. First you need Windows installer for Python. Now you need to get dll and includes out of this. I decided to leave hard work on Wine and hoped it will work:
/usr/bin/msiexec /i /tmp/python-2.5.msi
Thanks to Matthew Mueller for great howto! BTW: I tested it with Python 2.5 and MinGW 3.4.5.
On my testing computer lived till today quite outdated Debian Unstable.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 :-).
This time it won't be about food, but only about entertainment. Čistá duše is music club in Prague centre (on Charles square). I think it can be called as meeting point of African culture (well at least it looked as such to me :-)).
Every evening (probably) you can listen there to rhythms of African drums and enjoy dancing on them.
Drinks are for reasonable price for this part of town, but you won't get there anything to eat, so you should choose something else to fill your hungry stomach.
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 :-).
Thanks to CMake, it's part CPack and a bit of my hacking, I can now easily produce installers for Gammu on Windows. I haven't much tested result, but it installs and uninstalls fine and Gammu seems to be working.
How it is done? Eveything on Linux. All you need is small patch on CPack to allow using NSIS also on Linux. If you have this one, just download Gammu, cross compile it and start CPack. Everything is so easy:
mkdir build-mingw cd build-mingw cmake .. -DCROSS_MINGW=ON make cpack
And you will get Gammu installer for Windows (please note that this is not even testing release, it's more some kind of snapshot of my development tree, so it does not have to be release quality).
The only tricky part was to include compiler settings from Windows and force setting of library and executable prefixes and suffixes. Then only build time configuration had to be disabled. If you want to do this for other project, see changeset for changes needed for this.
Resulting binary works without problems on Windows, the only problem right now is disabled IrDA and Bluetooth support, but I hope I will resolve this soon.
While translating CouchSurfing to Czech, I again noticed funny mistake which often repeats in Czech translations of web mails or similar applications.
In English there is "File into folder". Some translators tend to translate this as "File in folder", which changes meaning a bit :-).
I have no idea why this is so popular, but I saw this for first time in Sieve plug-in for Squirellmail and several times since this time.