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Thursday, November 12th, 2009 | Author:

If you ever find yourself updating a single application in Arch Linux (a very bad idea, btw) and it upgrades readline you might end up seeing an error along the lines of:
/bin/bash: error while loading shared libraries: libreadline.so.5: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory
Hopefully you still have a bash prompt open and you haven’t closed them all. If you still can, immediately run the following:
pacman -S bash
else you won’t be able to run bash any more because bash would still be linking to the old version of readline.

Sidoo kale, in future, don’t run
pacman -Sy application
(python in my case)
instead, run:
pacman -Syu
which will ensure that all applications are upgraded.

Personally, I think that bash should have had a dependency set saying that it required the old specific version of readline and the same for the new bash, requiring the new version of readline. Regardless, rather play it safe. 😉

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Friday, June 05th, 2009 | Author:

Well it turns out that the problem is a little more subtle than that. It is only the root user that does not have syntax highlighting.

You see, vim does have syntax highlighting but vi and vim are different binaries. A shell startup script only aliases vi to vim if the user id is higher than 100 – which excludes root. The simplest workaround is to just add an explicit alias to root’s .bashrc at /root/.bashrc :

alias vi='vim'

run the command manually or just log in again toactivatethe alias.

Btw, I’m starting to like via lot. For a long time it made no sense to mebut now I am found. 🙂

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Saturday, March 28th, 2009 | Author:

Its amazing how much you can do by combining the small yet powerful commands Unix has available.

This little-used command, time, finally became useful today as a way to report the length of time that certain automated operations are running. In my example, I’m timing how long it takes to build the Linux kernel:

$ time rebuild-kernel26
...
couple-thousand-lines-of-scrolling-text
...
==> Finished making: kernel26 2.6.28.8-1 x86_64 (Sat Mar 28 17:19:52 SAST 2009)
real    62m21.994s
user    43m31.846s
sys     6m1.096s

Yup, that took a little over an hour to build. The values are:

  • realthe actual time elapsed while the command was running – 62 minutes
  • userthe amount of userland time the command used – 43 minutes
  • systhe amount of system time the command used – 6 minutes

(I was busy doing other things while this was happening which is why it took 62 minutes for the desktop to do (43+6=) 49 minutes-worth of work)

If you’re using the GNU version (most likely), it also gives you the option of displaying the results in a custom fashion. Mostly, this command could be useful in scripts where you need to report how long a task tookor maybe? just a geeky way to time something random. 😛

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Wednesday, March 18th, 2009 | Author:

[edit] So much for that. It turns out that openssl is able to determine that the key and certificate are already in a single file. Therefore, no csplitting required (iyo sidoo kale, I hope somebody reading this at least learned about how nice csplit is). In fact, the whole script might as well be obsoleteblaargh. Well, at least it gives a nice warning about not giving a blank passphrase. 😀

Here’s the new version:

pem2pfxconverts a .pem-formatted file containing a private key and signed certificate into a Windows-compatible .pfx certificate file.

#!/bin/bash
#pem2pfx
#v0.2
#Tricky - brendan@swiftspirit.co.za
# Converts a .pem certificate file to .pfx format
# $1 is the source file
set -e
 
if [ $# = 1 ]; then
  outputfile=`echo $1 | sed 's/.pem$/.pfx/'`
 
  echo "Please specify a password below. Windows refuses to import a .pfx certificate with a blank password."
  openssl pkcs12 -export -out $outputfile -in $1
 
 else
  echo "pem2pfx - converts a .pem formatted private-key and certificate file to an IIS-compatible .pfx file."
  echo "Usage: pem2pfx inputfile.pem"
fi

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Saturday, February 21st, 2009 | Author:

and my Personal Rating (PR) out of 10 😉

I use Firefox so most of these won’t apply to non-FF users. However, I’d be very very interested to hear what other addons my friends, subscribers, and random websurfers find interesting or useful to them. Have your say and let us know why you love the addons you love. 🙂

Personally, I prefer addons that aren’t intrusive. Ideally, an addon must have a minimal interface and give me a measurable benefit for me to keep it installed.

Cacheviewer – 7

This is a GUI front-end for the Cache Firefox keeps of the last few pages and media. I’ve found this addon more interesting than useful right now so I’m probably going to remove it soon.

ColorfulTabs – 9

I love the colours. The tab colour-grouping doesn’t work very well when you reach about 30 tabs though… :-/

Download Statusbar – 10

I prefer having everything in Firefox in a single window in tabs. Having a download box in a separate window is a big no-no for me. It also saves screen real-estate since it is very minimal. 🙂

Video DownloadHelper – 10

Video DownloadHelper eegayaa Streaming warbaahinta – si gaar ah u raadinaya wax content badan in la soo bixi. Marka aad guji icon, waxaa idin tusiyo durdurrada hadda-degsado iyo ku siinayaa ikhtiyaarka in ay saf sida a “caadiga ah” download.

Tan iyo aad marna ma ogaan haddii FF waxaa laga sugayaa inay shil ama awood u socda si ay u dhinto, Waxaan doorbidayaa inuu badbaadiyo nuqul aan desktop ka dibna waxaan arki kartaa video oo aan la isticmaalayo bandwidth dheeraad ah in ay mar kale soo bixi video ah. Sidoo kale, shaqada, marka dadku soo diro ayaa i xidha in youtube ama warbaahinta kale, Waxaan inta badan ma dhibaato daawashada ilaa badan ka dib – at my firaaqada gaar ah ama inta lagu jiro nasasho.

Dhammaadka Canary – 9

Tani Addoon nidaamsan oo yar kuu sheegayaa haddii Shahaadada SSL for goobta aad hadda arkaysid waxaa ugu dhaqsaha badan socday uu dhacayo. Haddii goobta adiga kuu gaar ah uu leeyahay Shahaadada SSL, Waxaan ku talinaynaa in aad isticmaasho iyo Addoon this si ay uga caawiyaan looga fogaado Shahaadada SSL your site ee dhacayo ay sabab u tahay la'aanta fudud ee wargelinta ama afgaranwaa.

Fasterfox – 8

Fasterfox adds some network optmisation options. Some of the options could make your corporate network admin a little mad with you though. 😉

Firebug – 9

Waayo, horumarinta web iyo tijaabo la pages. Awesome for jirrabaya gelinno yar ee code sidoo kale debugging pages.

FoxClocks – 6

errtells you the time in other time zones. o.O Was useful for a short timenow its redundant since my head is working it out faster than I can glance. rm -f

FoxyProxy – 9

Awesome waayo Author pages gaar ah iyada oo loo marayo server wakiil gaar ah. This is useful for when some sites are blocked or the SAIX Transparent Proxy servers aren’t working properly. 🙂

Waxaan u isticmaalnaa si wadada qaar ka mid ah gaadiidka ka badan server wakiil aan lahaa aan halkii marayo wadooyinka default tago. Its also very flexible. Haddii aad leedahay in ka badan hal server wakiil la heli karo iyo mid ka mid ah oo aad caadi ahaan si lama filaan ah u isticmaali tagaa on bilig bilig ah, kaliya beddelaan in ka badan in mid ka mid ah ee soo socda. 🙂

Greasemonkey – 10

Right now, I use this only for the GooglemonkeyR script. This script reformats Google‘s search results to your specifications and also has an option to show small thumbnail of the pages Google links to. Greasemonkey can do a lot more and there are plenty of scripts readily available for many many sites.

Live HTTP headers – 8

I’ve used this a few times to diagnose gzip compression issues with IIS web servers. Not much else to say though: It works.

Live PageRank – 10 (so faronly installed it yesterday)

This addon seems simple enough. It gets the PageRank from Google and shows it in the tray.

NoScript – 10

NoScript waa laga cabsado ee xayaysiisyada ka xanibeen. Its yar diiqayo ah ee ugu horeysay tan aad leedahay si aad Liiska Mudnaanta oo dhan goobaha aad rabto – but in the long run it is soooo worth it. 🙂

Bixin Pages – 10

Aad faa'iido badan ee haddii aad caleenta goobta iyo waxa ku dhacaya hoos ahaan. Haddii goobta waa ma guurto ah-content-oriented markaas taas oo ka dhigaysa waa u fududahay in ay si deg deg ah ka heli content haddii ay online kaydin.

Tab Mix Plus – 8

Awesome for if you have more than 7-or-so tabs.

ShowIP (using a version modified for work purposesdisplays company server’s canonical name when browsing) – 10

I cannot imagine the hell I’d have to go through to identify a server without this plugin. Okay, I can. Used to have to do this all the time. I eventually scripted it but I can’t find the original script. Here’s my 60-second attempt at recreating what was in that script:

$ cat /etc/hosts | grep `dig A $hostname @mycachingnameserver | grep . | grep -v "^;"`
$ dig -x `dig A $hostname @mycachingnameserver | grep ^$hostname | grep A | \
  awk '/[.]/{print $5}'` @mycachingnameserver | grep . | grep -v "^;"

Web Developer – 9

I used this once to diagnose some issues with a page. I don’t do much web development so I’m going to remove this one. Its no comment on its capabilities since I believe this is a top notch add-on if you’re doing a lot of web development work.

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