Last Week in Arch, March 15-21, 2011

While we await approval in Rolling Release, here’s what went on in the world of your favorite Linux distro last week:

Latest News

wicd split in ‘wicd’ and ‘wicd-gtk’ – announcing a split of the wicd package in the official repository, so you don’t have to use the wicd-nogtk from AUR

Hot Forum Topics

How to find file duplicates only matching size, not md5
Arch Package Signing issue getting big on Reddit
So, FFmpeg has finally blown itself to pieces…

Unanswered Forum Topics

juk music player help needed
Dual Monitor Hook-up, DVI/VGA/HDMI?
Looking for opinions on daemontools vs runit.
Transparent Squid Proxy question
few questions about alsa and vlc
konsole fails to start

Interesting Packages

lshw – A small tool to provide detailed information on the hardware configuration of the machine
lshw-gtk – GTK GUI for lshw
fall-of-imiryn-svn – A classic role-playing style game of three aspiring young warriors.
fwfstab – graphical file system table (/etc/fstab) editor
redditaddictlite – track your karma in real-time.
ryzom_client_open – Free to Play MMORPG, This version is for Testing on open core(dev) server
rmlint – Tool to remove duplicates and other lint, being much faster than fdupes
silicon-empire-git – Set of tools to manage and organize your optical discs like CDs, DVDs and Blu-rays.
golang-hg – A compiler toolchain from Google for the Go programming language
g4l – G4L (Ghost 4 Linux) is a hard disk and partition imaging and cloning tool.
storybook – Open Source Novel Writing Software for Novelists, Authors and Creative Writers

Wiki Changes

Touchatag RFID Reader‎ – new page for this RFID Reader
Firewalls (Svenska) – Translation of the English firewall page to Swedish
Browser Plugins‎ – few updates about troubleshooting
PolicyKit – created page for this privilege controller
Keymap (Português)‎ – Portuguese Keymap page created
Pam mount‎ – pam_mount installation
User Madek has been very busy creating a bunch of new Spanish wiki page translations, including Xcompmgr (Español)‎, Xgl (Español), ATI (Español)‎, NVIDIA (Español) and Improve Pacman Performance (Español)‎,

No more Xorg Mousekeys [Solved]

Want mouse key (ie, move mouse via numpad keys)  functionality back? Do what forum user haroldw did:

So, I added following section to /etc/X11/xorg.conf:

Section "InputClass"
Identifier "Logitech Logitech USB Keyboard"
MatchIsKeyboard "yes"
Option "XkbOptions" "keypad:pointerkeys"
EndSection

via No more Xorg Mousekeys [Solved]

Forgetful Bash

Interesting forum topic about saving the bash history. I guess there is currently a “bug” where if you close the terminal window, rather than exit the shell, bash doesn’t save the history file, like it normally does.

A workaround is to add the ‘history -a’ command to your prompt command. The -a option tells bash to append any new history lines to the history file, thus you append to it every command. This has the side effect of having every opened terminal inherit the current history of all your bash shells, as well as save the commands from all of them into a central place. I like this idea, as I have always been bothered by the fact that the history is only from the last closed bash shell, losing any interesting commands I had previously.

Another option discussed is the -n option, which tells bash to read any new commands added to the history. This essentially means that all opened terminal windows share a history.  So here’s the line to add to your .bashrc:

export PROMPT_COMMAND="history -a; history -n; $PROMPT_COMMAND"

I’ll have to try both.

[SOLVED] Terminal doesn’t remember last commands

Last Week in Arch Linux – March 7-14, 2011

While this article awaits publication in Rolling Release, here it is now:

Latest News

syslinux now includes a default configuration file

Hot Forum Topics

Linux Survey – fill out a survey, get some data
In search of a truly innovative Desktop – interesting discussion on what makes a good desktop
flash isn’t working anymore – long discussion about broken Flash. Stupid Flash.
[Solved] Gnome 2.32 “About me” problems – problem with gnome-about-me solved
Sound not working for USB Headset – the always interesting “solving an audio problem” topic

Interesting Packages

oilrush – a real-time strategy game based on group control
python2-wikipedia-rewrite-svn – A rewrite of the Python Wikipedia Robot Framework
theide-svn – Modern IDE designed for developing large U++/C++ applications
apvlv – A PDF Viewer which behaves like Vim
blobwars – Platform action game featuring a variety of different weaponry and multiple objectives
cherrytree – A hierarchical note taking application featuring rich text and syntax highlighting
fatrat – QT4 based download manager with support for HTTP, FTP, SFTP, BitTorrent, rapidshare and more

Wiki Changes

Bash – PROMPT instructions, esp. vis-a-vis color
Lotus Notes in 32bit Chroot – installing Lotus Notes(!)
Pacman GUI FrontendsWakka added
Help:Editing (Italiano)‎ – ArchWiki tutorial page for Italian added
Getting Involved (Italiano) – getting involved in Arch, Italian-style, added

Last Week in Arch Linux – March 1-8, 2011

While I await publication on Rolling Release, I’ll throw this out here on my blog:

Latest News

ArchServer RC3 – Release announcement for ArchServer redgum RC3
New Arch Schwag – New Arch Linux laptop bags, plus reduced price on older models and a sale on Arch Linux pens

Hot Forum Topics

Linux Survey – fill out a survey, get e data
In search of a truly innovative Desktop – interesting discussion on what makes a good desktop
flash isn’t working anymore – long discussion about broken Flash. Stupid Flash.
[Solved] Gnome 2.32 “About me” problems – problem with gnome-about-me solved
Sound not working for USB Headset – the always interesting “solving an audio problem” topic

Interesting Packages

oilrush – a real-time strategy game based on group control
python2-wikipedia-rewrite-svn – A rewrite of the Python Wikipedia Robot Framework
theide-svn – Modern IDE designed for developing large U++/C++ applications
apvlv – A PDF Viewer which behaves like Vim
blobwars – Platform action game featuring a variety of different weaponry and multiple objectives
cherrytree – A hierarchical note taking application featuring rich text and syntax highlighting
fatrat – QT4 based download manager with support for HTTP, FTP, SFTP, BitTorrent, rapidshare and more

Wiki Changes

Bash – PROMPT instructions, esp. vis-a-vis color
Lotus Notes in 32bit Chroot – installing Lotus Notes(!)
Pacman GUI FrontendsWakka added
Help:Editing (Italiano)‎ – ArchWiki tutorial page for Italian added
Getting Involved (Italiano) – getting involved in Arch, Italian-style, added

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Arch Schwag

You want to financially support Arch Linux but noticed that the Donate page no longer has a way to accept donations? Well, have you bought any Arch Scwhag lately? That is probably the best way to throw money at the Arch project, while getting some cool stuff and advertising your Arch love, all at the same time.

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I bought a very nice t-shirt and coffee mug a few months ago, and am ordering some pens today. The t-shirt looks real nice and is big enough for my daughter to wear as a nightgown!

YouTube – Deskmodding Linux

Very cool video of Arch Forum user DaemonSpain doing some seriously cool desktop modding. You can see his post here, where he lists is source material. Not a big GNOME fan, but this is a lovely video. Heck, I’d like to know how he made the video!

YouTube – Deskmodding Linux (O.o)

AUR – bootchart

Now this looks like a pretty cool package. Set bootchart up in your boot process and it tracks everything that happens. After you’ve logged in, you can run a utility that will generate a nice little chart, showing what and when for your boot up. There’s a very nice ArchWiki page for it (natch).

One caveat is that the project itself (bootchart.org) hasn’t been updated in like 5 years. But I guess if it works, it works. I’ll give it a try and post my picture here. Maybe I can then figure out why some daemons fail at startup…

AUR (en) – bootchart.

logger

nice hint from the Season 3, episode 1 Tuxradar podcast – logger. You can add notes to the system log, even as a user. So:

$ logger added a new kernel
$ sudo tail /var/log/messages.log
Feb 24 21:45:41 localhost kernel: usb 3-2.1: new full speed USB device using uhci_hcd and address 46
Feb 24 21:45:41 localhost kernel: hub 3-2.1:1.0: USB hub found
Feb 24 21:45:41 localhost kernel: hub 3-2.1:1.0: 4 ports detected
Feb 24 21:45:42 localhost kernel: usb 3-2.1.1: new full speed USB device using uhci_hcd and address 47
Feb 24 21:55:20 localhost -- MARK --
Feb 24 22:06:12 localhost jdarnold: added a new kernel

That’s pretty cool. As I showed, I just added a note that I have a new kernel now, so if there’s any question about compatibility, I’ll know!

UNIX man pages : logger (1).