Scripting in GNOME

Every time now and then we want to automate tasks. Sometimes it is just a repetitive task and sometimes we want to do a complex task without having to remember each particular step. If the task is not general enough (say – applies to a single workflow) it does not have specialised GUI. On the other hand if one of steps involve GUI it cannot be done from commandline (shell script) alone.

Currently various desktop environments provides their own scripting methods (PowerShell, AppleScript, KJSEmbed. It might be good to look if it fits GNOME as well.

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So the blog is on WordPress.com now

Unfortunately  the previous host was unreliable to say the least. During last crash I lost two posts (one note very interesting about libgee 0.7 and one about general thought on debugging). The recent security breach caused lost of trust into it from many users (including me) and caused the closure of project.

Therefore the blog was moved to wordpress.com – please wait until the change is propagated through DNSes.

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Hosting problems

I finally restored blog after my provider total RAID failure which resulted in xfs corruption of partition where the databases were located (as well as corruption of partition where the blog was). Unfortunately not all data was retrieved so there are a few things missing from previous blog (comments and users).

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I'm going to Desktop Summit

I'm goint to Desktop Summit

I’m going to Desktop Summit

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I am not member of my generation

That’s not one of the promised posts but anyway I’d like to share a few thought after reading a series of articules about the internet and discovering what some people may think about the network. I am aware that the articles I’ve read are biased sample but nonetheless I belive that they still worth to read to find out what people may think about the internet.

I am sorry for lack of the exact quotes or references but I was unable to find them. They were spread over several weeks and I found only paid archives so I am not able to pinpoint exact newspapers.

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Gnome and gnome-shell

Since some time I try to follow gnome 3.0 development and gnome-shell in particular. However I started to be growingly sceptical about 3.0 release (well – possibly again) and fear repeat of KDE 4.0. I hope I am wrong and I have hevily biased view.

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My blog is dead, long live my blog

I’m finishing migration of blog to the WordPress from Jogger.pl. Jogger was a good platform but I used a few benefits and it was hard to handle interface with two blogs. WordPress at this moment have larger number of advantages and have numerous plugins. Additionally it is open source.

Hopefully everything will work out-of-the-box, although I have my doubts about the rss/atom – I hope they will work/be updated. I also expects that DNS change have fully propagate by now.

I hope that my blog will be updated more often however I cannot promise anything. So far I have 2 drafts of posts.

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SixXS – How to disable your own account by request to change an e-mail

I had from some time SixXS account and I was happy user. Until I tried to change e-mail

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C++ – circular dependencies

Since the down of time mankind seek the solution to the circular dependencies in C++. Well – may be ot exactly since the “down of time” and definitly not the whole of the mankind – but it have been “always” a problem.

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LVM 2 – Why do not use partitions

Traditionally if one want to use a hard drive (s)he has to partition it. “Since the dawn of time” the problem was – how. Partition cannot be easily moved around (moving 40 GiB chunk of data takes a long time), and it cannot be done while FS is mounted. What is worst repartitioning the disk while any of the partition is mounted prevents Linux from rereading the partition table – which basicly means that I have to do it from Live CD. While it is inconvenient for desktop user it is impossible for servers.

However I thought I do not need it. Well – what are my needs? 10 GiB for /usr for sure is enough, /var etc. on separate partitions with appropriate size. Rest for /home. As many times before live proved me wrong. Recently I started running of the space on /usr – and have plenty of space on /home – which was not only not-optimal but started stopping my system from working.

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