Integrating Fink's svn-javahl package and Subclipse

Posted on: Wed, 30 Sep 2009 17:14 By: patrick

I have been fooling around a bit with Eclipse, Subclipse and the Fink package svn-javahl, trying to get Subclipse to work together with svn-javahl. Thanks to a fix by the package maintainer, Daniel Johnson, there is now a really easy solution available.

Note 1: You need svn-javahl-1.6.5-2 or later for the solutions in this article to work. If you use an earlier version of the package, Eclipse is likely to crash at some point. Read the article for more details.

Note 2: The original version of this article was posted on this website for less than 24 hours. It has been completely outdated by Daniel's fix, so what you are reading now is a totally revised version of the article.

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AppleScript for auto-mounting Samba shares

Posted on: Mon, 14 Sep 2009 19:55 By: patrick

My LAN consists of a Linux server that, among other things, exports a few Samba shares, and a number of Mac OS X and Windows clients that mount those shares when needed. On Windows it is possible to tell the system that it should automatically re-mount a share on login, but on Mac OS X there is no such option. Because of this, up until now I had to manually mount my shares each time I logged in on any of my Mac OS X clients. Not anymore!

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Comment spam found *sigh*

Posted on: Mon, 14 Sep 2009 17:07 By: patrick

Today I was surprised to notice that some blog entries on this website have received a couple of comments. On closer inspection, though, it turned out that the comments were merely comment spam. It is a mystery how the spambot responsible for the comments managed to circumvent my CAPTCHA system, but I guess I should have known that it would happen eventually. After all, the spam bastards of this world are wildly determined to destroy the fun and usefulness of everything, including this little, insignificant website :-(

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A plea for greylisting, or: One greylist to rule them all

Posted on: Wed, 09 Sep 2009 03:38 By: patrick

Yesterday I finally had enough! The spam situation had escalated to such a painful level that, even though I had long tried to avoid it, at last I made the decision to configure my system to use greylisting. Using the Debian package greylistd and studying this excellent HOWTO, I was able to whip up a suitable configuration for my MTA (Exim) in a very short time. After a few manual tests I let the experiment go live, and waited...

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PGP Episode III - A New Key

Posted on: Wed, 02 Sep 2009 13:13 By: patrick

Today I published a new PGP key (the ID is 0x1319CD4F3FF38573), the third since I started fiddling with PGP in 2002. The first key never made it to any keyserver, and the second key was published to keyservers but I never really used it except for encrypting some private documents.

The third key is what I hope I can stick to. I strongly intend to use it for signing future releases of my software projects (e.g. it is very easy to sign a tag in a Git repository), but I also hope to build a web of trust of my own and get into the strong set. For starters, I have got the CAcert signature... Feel free to contact me if you are interested in getting my signature (cross-signing would be appreciated), but first you might wish to read my PGP Key Signing Policy.

Note: Links to the published version of my key are available at the bottom of every page on this site.

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Bye bye Subversion

Posted on: Tue, 01 Sep 2009 03:25 By: patrick

A few months ago, after a brief encounter with svk, I became interested in distributed version control systems (or DSCMs). I soon decided that I wanted to move away from Subversion - not because I didn't like SVN anymore, but because I saw an interesting new technical challenge, and also because I thought (and still think) that knowing how to work with a DSCM is a valuable skill to employers. After a brief comparison of the most prominent open source DSCMs (Bazaar, Git, Mercurial), I decided to go with Git.

Today I finally completed the migration from Subversion to Git repositories. The following links are in operation as of now:

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dgsmonX 0.1 released

Posted on: Sun, 17 May 2009 08:46 By: patrick

I have just made the first public release 0.1 of dgsmonX, a little project that I have been working on over the past 2 years. The project has its own web page where you will find more details if you are interested.

Here is the project summary:


dgsmonX is a faceless Mac OS X application (i.e. an application that is not visible in the Dock) that monitors the games you have joined on any number of Dragon Go Servers (DGS) and alerts you when it is your turn to move.

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