Archive for June, 2007

Unsettled weather

Thursday, June 28th, 2007

The weather has been quite unsettled and difficult to predict in the last few weeks. But I will say this: it makes for interesting clouds to look at.

Clouds

Eating outdoors

Thursday, June 14th, 2007

I love the idea of eating outside, but when it comes to it I don’t particularly enjoy having insects I don’t know what are buzzing round me. Next time I find myself in that situation I’ll have to remember to look at the Tree of Life Project (found via things magazine) to see if I can work out what species is buzzing me.

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“New Printer” bubbles: working (almost)

Thursday, June 14th, 2007

I just built hal-cups-utils-0.6.11-2.fc8 which finishes off the “new printer” notifications. It’s all working, except for bugs in other packages:

  • libnotify isn’t telling me when the user has clicked the “Configure” button (this bug is driving me mad trying to chase it down)
  • SELinux is now preventing HPLIP from probing for attached printers, so we end up using usb:// URIs instead

Unhooking the foomatic parser

Friday, June 8th, 2007

There is now a proper PPDs class in the printer admin tool, capable of indexing the PPDs that CUPS returns in a variety of useful ways. This means system-config-printer no longer needs to parse the foomatic XML database when looking for a printer driver, starting from version 0.7.67.

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foo2zjs: not my fault

Friday, June 8th, 2007

This sort of thing gets me down. I get a bug report that someone can’t use their printer, and it turns out it’s because it needs the foo2zjs driver. I can’t add foo2zjs to Fedora for legal reasons (as far as I can tell), and when I explained that to them, with a link to the original decision, I get:

Great. Just great. And they say Windows is bad. Ha!

I’m not sure I can even legally give them a link to a package they can use. Not fair. :-(