My Overlay

July 30, 2006

So, just about every developer has an overlay, and I am no different.  I actually have around 4 different overlays, that I put things in – things for my computer at work, things that I test before putting into portage, things that I test before putting into Gentopia, and things that I just all around test.  Then I have the other overlays that other people have provided as well.  Well, when Google announced project hosting, I headed on over there and signed myself up for hosting, mainly because of subversion access.  I combined all my overlays into one (almost – I left out the sexy-fonts overlay due to the questionable nature of some of the patches wrt patents) and committed them.  Now it is your turn.  You get to use my overlay finally.  One thing that may be of interest that is in there, is the latest hal, and dbus – which is split out.  Also, there are a few packages in there with patches that are required for the new dbus, since there is one minor change that some apps require (and I haven’t submitted the patches to bugzilla just yet as I am still testing everything out)

Now, I am sure you are wondering, what is the url?  I am getting to that – but the thing is – because of the new dbus in there, I need to provide some instructions.  Mainly because this DOES cause breakage.  Your apps WILL stop working.  I do have a mono bindings snapshot ebuild in there, as well as qt3 bindings (both ebuilds are probably horribly written so now is your time to shine 😉 ) — You WILL need to run a revdep-rebuild after installing the new dbus.  It WILL fail to build apps that actually SHOULD build fine against the new dbus, mainly because for whatever reason (I am guessing the –alphabetical flag) it builds the packages in the incorrect order.  So, after you emerge dbus, the FIRST package you should re-emerge is hal, then avahi if you use it, and THEN everything else should emerge fine – if you have any issues with any packages, take a walk through the overlay, I should have a few apps in there with patches.  Anything that uses the mono dbus bindings will have to be rebuilt – Tomboy is in this list (I *love* tomboy) – and it has been working just fine for me for the past few days, so that is good.  NetworkManager also needs to be rebuilt, dhcdbd needs to as well (Both have patches in Gentopia already but without a revbump as it isn’t truely required unless you are building against dbus .91 (and works fine if you are using dbus .62))

If you have any issues with anything in my overlay, use the issue tracker that Google provides for the “project” – Thanks.


My Overlay


Love dbus? Love mono? Please help!

July 27, 2006

Okay, as some of you may know, dbus had a new release…  I know some of you are screaming ZOMG its been out for like, a week, why isn’t it in portage yet!?  The answer is quite simple.  There is no upstream maintainer for mono bindings for dbus – also, there are no qt3 bindings.   Both of those are a bit of a deal breaker for me – I *need* the mono bindings for apps that I use on a daily basis.  The main application being Tomboy notes.  So please, if you know mono, and you love dbus, try to give the bindings some love, or help us find someone who can.  I will probably put the new dbus in p.masked as the bindings are split out now – so dbus itself will become a meta package, and the use flags will pull in the various bindings.  The bindings that DO exist for it currently, are – python, glib, perl, java 1.4 and java 1.5 – qt4 does have the bindings, but they are in the qt package itself now as of 4.2.  I need to talk to the java herd^Wteam (to be all politically correct and make people feel warm and fuzzy inside) and see how exactly to go about doing the java bindings as I don’t use them myself.

So, again, please help us get  some mono bindings love!


July 13, 2006

So, apparently, the planet wants people to see us (oh noes!) and I figure, I might as well allow everyone to bask in the (inner) beauty that is me…

But, I suck at graphics, always have… Can someone maybe hook me up with a hackergotchi from this image

Greatly appreciated

Edit: Firstly, thank you for the 2 submissions so far – I realize thats not the greatest picture in the world (I was holding the camera myself, and it was a few years ago)  There are 2 additional pictures of me at one is named Misc\ 103.jpg the other is named medium_pimpin.jpg (you’ll see)

Please help…

July 10, 2006

So, thanks to a local LUG member, I have a “new” Dell Inspiron 8100.  I had to buy a new motherboard for it though – and it is a C800 motherboard.  The shell and keyboard however are fromt he 8100.  This thing is awesome… But I have one major problem… zsh.

I simply cannot get zsh to work properly with it.  Actually everything works spectacularly, except for the home and end keys.  And it is different between terminals.  xterm is the only one that works perfectly.

That is the output when I hit home/end in mrxvt, xterm, and gnome-terminal.  As previously mentioned, only xterm works properly when I hit home/end.

This is a screenshot of hitting home/end in gnome-terminal.

Any help getting this working is greatly appreciated – the zshrc file I use, can be found at