Hey Archer, when did you install glibc?

Quick question for anyone who's been running Arch Linux for some time now: do you know when you installed glibc ?

This isn't a trick question or anything of the sort. Yes, glibc is a pretty essential package, required by lots of things (directly or not), and you most likely did install it when you installed your system. Remember, back in the days...

But when was it, actually?

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Posted 15 April 2014


donnatella 0.2.0 released

A new version of donnatella, your GTK3 file manager, is available. A few things have happened since the last push to branch next (and obviously even more since v0.1.1).

Let's have a go over the main changes; First of all, since the last push to next there were a few fixes & optimizations, as well as some fixes/adjustements done regarding the latest GTK+ release (3.12.0), although some dialogs (e.g. error messages, etc) might still not look too good, I'll have to work on that.

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Posted 03 April 2014


Visual Filters, extended patterns and more in donnatella

Freshly pushed to the branch next on donnatella's github are a few commits, some fixes and other improvements here and there of course, and a few things worth spending a few more words about.

First of all, you could use patterns in a few places in donna, such as when filtering via names (or any text property) or to define arrangements. A pattern was a string that could contain wildchars in a glob-like manner. They've now become a bit more powerful...

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Posted 23 March 2014


donnatella adds embedded terminals

Freshly pushed to the branch next on donnatella's github are a few commits, some fixes and other improvements here and there of course, but mostly the addition of embedded terminals.

Let's rewind a bit: you could already run external process in donna by using the domain exec which supports a few modes: simply run the specified command line, run & wait for it to be over, run it in a(n external) terminal, or capture its output and process it as search results.

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Posted 09 March 2014


kalu 2.4.0 released

A new version of kalu is available, with a few fixes, more visibility for the system upgrade simulation feature introduced in 2.3.0, and the addition of FIFO commands.

FIFO commands will allow you to send commands to a running kalu simply by writing text to its FIFO. One use for this might be to assign keyboard shortcuts to some common commands, so you can e.g. (un)pause kalu, run the checks or start a sysupgrade from your keyboard, instead of having to go click on the systray icon.

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Posted 02 March 2014


Coming next to donnatella...

A couple of weeks ago was the first public release of donnatella, and for those of you trying it out, you don't have to wait for the next release. The branch next on github already contains a few things.

For Arch Linux users, you can use donnatella-git in the AUR to easilly get it.

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Posted 22 February 2014


donnatella 0.1.1 is out

A new release of donnatella is out, fixing a few bugs. Most notably might be that if you tried donna without the GTK patchset, no click would work on the list!

This is a silly mistake on my part, setting the default click mode to a non-existing one. New installations won't have the problem anymore, but for others this can easilly be fixed (even without the update, though you should upgrade as well) by editing your ~/.config/donnatella/donnatella.conf file, and looking for option click_mode under section [defaults/lists]

It will be set to "donna_unpatched" while it should be simply set to "donna"

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Posted 09 February 2014


donnatella: A brand new Linux file manager

So I have been working on this little project for some time now, and I am happy to finally have a first (pre-alpha) release to share with the world. That makes a first (and important) milestone I can check.

donnatella - donna for short - is a free software, file manager for GNU/Linux systems.

Did the world really need (yet) another file manager, you ask? Well, obviously I felt it did. I have my reasons, so let me explain why I decided to work on this, and see if donna might (or not) be of interest to you.

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Posted 08 February 2014


Make jekyll fast again: Compile rb-gsl with Ruby 2.1

In order to make this blog, I use jekyll. It does the job quite well, but it's not the first time I find it's becoming a PITA to keep it updated and running.

Today it wasn't so much one of the many dependencies that caused issues though, but the very much required rb-gsl, if you don't want jekyll to take about 2 to 6 months to generate a small site like this one.

Arch Linux is now offering ruby 2.1, and rb-gsl doesn't compile anymore. Looking into it, I found a few reports of the errors I got, such as this one. Unfortunately, there was no solution.

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Posted 03 February 2014


Restore "Click to Activate" per-element in Firefox

This certainly comes a little late, but it took me this long to finally look into it, and I'm glad I did, so let's share.

As you may know, with Firefox 24 the behavior of the "Click to Activate" feature for plugins, most notably Flash, was changed. I don't remember when it was first introduced, and am too lazy to go look for it, but for a little while know there has been an option plugins.click_to_play that one could/should set to true in order to have plugins not enabled by default.

And if/when you wanted to activate something, all you had to do was click on it. This would not enable the plugin for the whole page, but just that one element you clicked on.

As they explained, Mozilla did change this behavior - apparently too confusing for some users - and now there's a supposedly much better UI, I suppose.

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Posted 24 October 2013

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