More D-Bus goodness in system-config-printer

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

Previously I’ve described the D-Bus activation of dialogs in system-config-printer-1.3.  That D-Bus interface has been extended to help improve GNOME.

Fedora 15 has been released for a little while now, including GNOME 3.  One of the great new features in this release of GNOME is the System Settings window.  It is easily accessed from the system menu in the top right corner of the desktop.

This shows a System Settings window containing an overview of all the various tweakable settings for the system, including personal preferences.  They are shown as icons, such as “Keyboard”, “Background”, “Printers” etc, organised into groups: Personal, Hardware, System, and Other.  Clicking on one of them changes the window so it shows the settings relating to that topic.  So if you click on Printers, you get this:

It’s great to have printer configuration in GNOME, and this interface is nice and simple.  There are a couple of things that it needs to learn to do though.


system-config-printer 1.2.0

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

I’ve just released the first version in a new stable branch of system-config-printer.  The changes are listed below. (more…)

Fedora Updates can be revised

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

Fedora package developers very often submit a test update for a package, get some feedback on it, then submit another test update incorporating further fixes.  This resets the “karma” back to zero, as well as making search results for packages in the Fedora Update system very cluttered.

Did you know that you can edit an existing test update?  Doing this keeps the list of fixed bugs, keeps any user comments about the update, and keeps the karma from previous testing.


After clicking Edit, make your changes but be sure to choose Testing or Stable for the Request field.

Mapping encrypted volume groups to disk partitions

Monday, November 9th, 2009

I’m about to try installing a Fedora 12 test image onto the spare disk partition in this computer, but it’s taken me a while to work out which partition actually is spare. The reason: most of my filesystems are in logical volumes on LUKS-encrypted devices.

So, for my own reference as much as anything else, here is how to map an encrypted logical volume back to an actual disk partition.


CUPS cancelled jobs showing up in the queue

Friday, October 16th, 2009

The newest stable branch of CUPS, 1.4, has a different job cancellation behaviour (hey, two words in a row spelt differently in American English!) than 1.3 did.  If you have cancelled a job but it still appears in the job queue, this might explain why.