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Configuring Firefox to use Transmission-Daemon for Magnet links

Create a shell script /usr/local/bin/magnet containing:

#!/bin/sh
/usr/bin/transmission-remote --add "$1"

chmod +x /usr/local/bin/magnet

In Firefox go to about:config

Right-click on any link and select "New->Boolean".

Boolean name: network.protocol-handler.expose.magnet
Boolean value: false

Right-click on any link and select "New->Boolean"

Boolean name: network.protocol-handler.handler.external.magnet
Boolean value: true

Restart Firefox

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VMware Workstation 8.0.1 vs Linux Kernel 3.2.0

The patch attached to this blog post is needed to successfully run VMware Workstation 8.0.1 on the current Linux kernel 3.2.0-rc2. So, it will be needed for the final 3.2 release, too. If you need instructions how to apply the patch please consult my other blog entries. Have fun!

VMware Workstation 8.0.0 vs Linux Kernel 3.1.0

VMware Workstation 8.0.0 won't work on Linux Kernel 3.1.0 out of the box. But, some clever guy coded a very neat script that you can use to patch the workstation in a few easy steps:

$ cd /tmp
$ wget http://88.191.137.189/vmware3.1rc.sh
$ chmod +x vmware3.1rc.sh
$ su
# ./vmware3.1rc.sh

That should patch the modules source, recompile it and start the vmware services. I've also attached the courtesy copy of the script to this article, in case the remote location becomes unavailable.

Have fun!

VMware Workstation 7.1.4 vs Linux Kernel 2.6.39

VMware Workstation 7.1.4 worked correctly on kernel 2.6.38, e.g. the modules built without problems.

Unfortunately, it's not working correctly anymore, after you upgrade to the latest linux kernel 2.6.39.

How to shut up Python deprecation warnings

I don't know why Python applications are so verbose with deprecation warnings. Either the apps should be fixed, or the system should be configured to not emit those pesky warnings in production. Since the former is not happening, I found a way to do the latter. So, if you are sick and tired of warnings like this:

/usr/lib/pymodules/python2.6/rdiff_backup/SetConnections.py:148: DeprecationWarning: os.popen2 is deprecated. Use the subprocess module.
stdin, stdout = os.popen2(remote_cmd)

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Debian wheezy: Perl 5.12, X Server 1.10, Nvidia 270.41.06, Java 6.25, Glibc 2.13

This past week has been quite turbulent for Debian wheezy. Mostly because of the great Perl upgrade from 5.10 to 5.12. This included rebuilding of hundreds of Perl modules to play well with new version of Perl. Most of the time I had all this stuff put on hold, and only yesterday have I found guts to digest all 300 of new packages. For one day I was without trusty pidgin, but today even that popular messenger has been recompiled to work with Perl 5.12.

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Debian wheezy: GCC 4.6 now default

GCC 4.6 is now the default compiler in wheezy. This is what gcc --version says:

% gcc --version
gcc (Debian 4.6.0-6) 4.6.1 20110428 (prerelease)

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Debian wheezy: lots of fixes, new stuff

This last week has been fun. Lots of stuff has been fixed. Let's start with the packaging system...

The packaging system

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Debian wheezy: Iceweasel 4 final, LibreOffice 3.3.2, GTK+ 2.24

Lots of nice upgrades have landed in sid in the last week. GTK+ 2.24.3 has been packaged. At some point in time this created quite a dependency hell, but it was resolved only a few hours later. GMP library has been upgraded to 5.0.1, everything OK. There are new minor upgrades of gcc, qt4, php5, apache2, postfix, policykit and lots of other stuff, too numerous to mention. LibreOffice is up to 3.3.2, and has been working very well since the switch from OpenOffice.org. xserver-xorg-core is at 1.9.5.

Debian wheezy: dpkg/dselect 1.15.8.10

Been a long time since last report. And there are some good reasons for that. Debian wheezy has progressed at a slower pace, with mostly incremental updates. On the bright side, there has not been any real breakage in the last two weeks. Iceweasel 4 (still from mozilla.debian.net) is up to RC1, and it has been running great. Openoffice.org packages are no longer packaged. Actually, they have been converted to empty transitional packages to ease the upgrade to LibreOffice. And more than 60 new Perl modules have found a way to wheezy, Perl packaging team is certainly doing a great job.

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