Raging Goblin

1 December 2018

Breeze theme for Thunderbird

Filed under: Linux — Raging Goblin @ 14:28
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Lately I switched back to KDE as I like to switch between desktop environments from time to time. One thing that always bothered me was how awful Thunderbird sticks out when using the default KDE Breeze theme. It is a beautiful theme but Thunderbird looks horrible with its GTK-ish icons. Especially because the folder icons are taken from the system theme:


Yesterday I saw a nice adjustment of the Monterail themes on Github (https://github.com/BDeliers/thunderbird-monterail) that gave me enough information to make at least the folder tree a bit more pleasing to the eye.


Thunderbird still does not fit in very well, but it looks tolerable. I have tried switching to KMail over and over again but keep coming back to Thunderbird as it is just a superior email client. And with these Breeze icons I can use it on KDE as well.

Code and usage information is on my Gitlab page: https://gitlab.com/raginggoblin/thunderbird-breeze


7 February 2011

Infolog version 2.1 released

Filed under: Egroupware,Java — Raging Goblin @ 21:55
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Recently I have been fooling around with the Google WindowBuilder Pro. This is the best GUI builder for Java I have used so far. My only complaint: it is quite unstable! For the rest, it is very easy to use, especially support for LayoutManagers is superb. I used it to create some configuration dialogs for the Infolog Desktop application and today I released Infolog version 2.1. Configuration of the look and feel and the synchronization is now much easier through these dialogs:

Configure look and feel

Configure Synchronization

4 January 2011

Python imap changes with python 3 (II)

Filed under: Linux — Raging Goblin @ 21:51
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Due to a new update my conky.rc broke (again). The script that shows the status of my email box (imap.py) now failed with the following message:

Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "./imap.py", line 37, in <module>
  File "/usr/lib/python3.1/imaplib.py", line 517, in login
    typ, dat = self._simple_command('LOGIN', user, self._quote(password))
  File "/usr/lib/python3.1/imaplib.py", line 1067, in _quote
    arg = arg.replace('\\', '\\\\')

This guy explains how to solve it. As a quick fix I added a new line to /usr/lib/python3.1/imaplib.py on position 1067.

arg = arg.decode("utf-8")

Though this solution will only work until the next update, for now it will do.

21 December 2010

Systray not supported with OpenJDK and Compiz

Yesterday I stumbled upon a bug in the the OpenJDK. A system tray icon is not supported while using Compiz. I found out about this because I was playing around with the Google WindowBuilder. It kept freezing while using the Sun-JDK. With the OpenJDK it only freezes with opening a separate preview window. Then I noticed that my Infolog program wouldn’t start anymore. So when you are using the particular combination of Compiz and OpenJDK you won’t be able to use a system tray icon with Java. These options are open to you:

  1. Install Sun-JDK and don’t use the Google WindowBuilder.
  2. Install both JDK’s and use the Sun-JDK with programs that need a system tray icon, and the OpenJDK with Eclipse and the Google WindowBuilder.
  3. Install the OpenJDK en don’t bother with a system tray Icon.
  4. Stop using Compiz.
  5. Install Sun-JDK and use Windho$e in a virtual box.

The last one is not a real option of course, I only mentioned it to be complete ;-).

16 December 2010

Infolog version 2.0 released

Filed under: Egroupware,Java — Raging Goblin @ 20:58
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Yesterday I released Infolog version 2.0. With version 2.0 I took a different approach how to communicate with the server. Instead of updating items on the server directly and communicating this to all connected clients, a client is now completely independent. A client is capable of synchronizing with the server on regular intervals. By making the client completely independent of the server it is now much easier to run it as a standalone application when someone does not want to use it in conjunction with Egroupware.

Further enhancements include:
– Better readable README with explanation about using the application over ssh.
– Small improvements such as nicer icons to be used on the taskbar.
– Several bugfixes, e.g. using non-standard ports for Java RMI did not work in version 1.0.

12 November 2010

Python imap changes with python 3

Filed under: Linux — Raging Goblin @ 09:43
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Recently I upgraded my Arch linux box and python switched to version 3 causing my conky.rc to break. Conky shows the status of my email box through the usage of a python script imap.py that failed with the following message:

Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "imap.py", line 37, in 
  File "/usr/lib/python3.1/imaplib.py", line 512, in login
    typ, dat = self._simple_command('LOGIN', user, self._quote(password))
  File "/usr/lib/python3.1/imaplib.py", line 1072, in _quote
    arg = arg.replace(b'\\', b'\\\\')
TypeError: Can't convert 'bytes' object to str implicitly

Found this issue about it. Changing the script with the diff suggested solved the problem. I added the following line right before logging in:

password = bytes(password, "ASCII")

22 May 2010

My .conkyrc

Filed under: Linux — Raging Goblin @ 19:41
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Here is my conkyrc. The output looks like this:
It is a modified version of conky-colors. As you can see, I cheat here and there a little by printing a couple of parameters of which I know they don’t change. E.g. my internal ip is static (I set my router up that way).

# Use Xft?
use_xft yes
xftfont Terminus:size=11
xftalpha 0.8
text_buffer_size 2048

# Update interval in seconds
update_interval 1

# This is the number of times Conky will update before quitting.
# Set to zero to run forever.
total_run_times 0

# Create own window instead of using desktop (required in nautilus)
own_window yes
own_window_transparent yes
own_window_type override
#own_window_hints undecorated,below,sticky,skip_taskbar,skip_pager

# Use double buffering (reduces flicker, may not work for everyone)
double_buffer yes

# Minimum size of text area
minimum_size 250
maximum_width 250

# Draw shades?
draw_shades no

# Draw outlines?
draw_outline no

# Draw borders around text
draw_borders no

# Stippled borders?
stippled_borders 0

# border margins
border_inner_margin 5

# border width
border_width 1

# Default colors and also border colors
default_color white
#default_shade_color black
#default_outline_color black
own_window_colour black

# Text alignment, other possible values are commented
#alignment top_left
alignment top_right
#alignment bottom_left
#alignment bottom_right

# Gap between borders of screen and text
# same thing as passing -x at command line
gap_x 35
gap_y 50

# Subtract file system buffers from used memory?
no_buffers yes

# set to yes if you want all text to be in uppercase
uppercase no

# number of cpu samples to average
# set to 1 to disable averaging
cpu_avg_samples 2

# number of net samples to average
# set to 1 to disable averaging
net_avg_samples 2

# Force UTF8? note that UTF8 support required XFT
override_utf8_locale yes

# Add spaces to keep things from moving about?  This only affects certain objects.
use_spacer none

SYSTEM ${hr 2}
${voffset 2}${font OpenLogos:size=16}B${font}   Kernel:  ${alignr}${kernel}
${font StyleBats:size=16}q${font}   Uptime: ${alignr}${uptime}

DATE ${hr 2}
${alignc 40}${font Arial Black:size=22}${time %H:%M:%S}${font}
${alignc}${time %d - %m - %Y}

CPU ${hr 2}
${font StyleBats:size=16}A${font}   CPU: ${cpu cpu1}% ${alignr}${cpubar cpu1 8,60}
${font weather:size=16}y${font}   CPU Temp:${alignr} ${hwmon 0 temp 1}.0 oC
${font StyleBats:size=16}O${font}   CPU Fan:${alignr}${hwmon 0 fan 1} ${font}RPM

GPU ${hr 2}
${font StyleBats:size=16}E${font}${font}    nVidia Geforce${alignr}7300GT
${font weather:size=16}y${font}    GPU Temp:${alignr}${execi 30 ~/.scripts/gputemp.sh}.0${font} °C

MEM ${hr 2}
${font StyleBats:size=16}g${font}   RAM: $memperc% ${alignr}${membar 8,60}
${font StyleBats:size=16}j${font}   SWAP: $swapperc% ${alignr}${swapbar 8,60}

HD ${hr 2}
${voffset 4}${font Pie charts for maps:size=14}7${font}   ${voffset -5}Root:
${voffset 4}${fs_free /}/${fs_size /} ${alignr}${fs_bar 8,60 /}
${voffset 4}${font Pie charts for maps:size=14}7${font}   ${voffset -5}/var:
${voffset 4}${fs_free /var}/${fs_size /var} ${alignr}${fs_bar 8,60 /var}
${font Pie charts for maps:size=14}7${font}   ${voffset -5}Documents:
${voffset 4}${fs_free /home/rijk/Documents}/${fs_size /home//Documents} ${alignr}${fs_bar 8,60 /home//Documents}
${font Pie charts for maps:size=14}7${font}   ${voffset -5}Backup:
${voffset 4}${fs_free /home/rijk/Backup}/${fs_size /home//Backup} ${alignr}${fs_bar 8,60 /home//Backup}
${font Pie charts for maps:size=14}7${font}   ${voffset -5}Films:
${voffset 4}${fs_free /media/Films}/${fs_size /media/Films} ${alignr}${fs_bar 8,60 /media/Films}

NETWORK ${hr 2}

#${if_existing /proc/net/route wlan0}
#${voffset -6}${font PizzaDude Bullets:size=14}O${font}   Up: ${upspeed wlan0} kb/s ${alignr}${upspeedgraph wlan0 8,60 F57900 FCAF3E}
#${voffset 4}${font PizzaDude Bullets:size=14}U${font}   Down: ${downspeed wlan0} kb/s ${alignr}${downspeedgraph wlan0 8,60 F57900 FCAF3E}
#${voffset 4}${font PizzaDude Bullets:size=14}N${font}   Upload: ${alignr}${totalup wlan0}
#${voffset 4}${font PizzaDude Bullets:size=14}T${font}   Download: ${alignr}${totaldown wlan0}
#${voffset 4}${font PizzaDude Bullets:size=14}Z${font}   Signal: ${wireless_link_qual wlan0}% ${alignr}${wireless_link_bar 8,60 wlan0}
#${voffset 4}${font PizzaDude Bullets:size=14}a${font}   Local Ip: ${alignr}${addr wlan0}
#${voffset 4}${font PizzaDude Bullets:size=14}b${font}   Public Ip: ${alignr}${execi 1 ~/.scripts/ip.sh}
#${if_existing /proc/net/route eth0}
${voffset -6}${font PizzaDude Bullets:size=14}O${font}   Up: ${upspeed eth0} kb/s ${alignr}${upspeedgraph eth0 8,60 F57900 FCAF3E}
${voffset 4}${font PizzaDude Bullets:size=14}U${font}   Down: ${downspeed eth0} kb/s ${alignr}${downspeedgraph eth0 8,60 F57900 FCAF3E}
${voffset 4}${font PizzaDude Bullets:size=14}N${font}   Upload: ${alignr}${totalup eth0}
${voffset 4}${font PizzaDude Bullets:size=14}T${font}   Download: ${alignr}${totaldown eth0}
#${voffset 4}${font PizzaDude Bullets:size=14}a${font}   Local Ip: ${alignr}${addr eth0}
${voffset 4}${font PizzaDude Bullets:size=14}a${font}   Local Ip: ${alignr}
${voffset 4}${font PizzaDude Bullets:size=14}b${font}   Public Ip: ${alignr}${execi 3600 ~/.scripts/ip.sh}
#${font PizzaDude Bullets:size=14}4${font}   Network Unavailable

TOP - CPU ${hr 2}
${font StyleBats:size=16}A${font} ${top name 1}${alignr}${top cpu 1}  ${top mem_res 1}
${font StyleBats:size=16}A${font} ${top name 2}${alignr}${top cpu 2}  ${top mem_res 2}
${font StyleBats:size=16}A${font} ${top name 3}${alignr}${top cpu 3}  ${top mem_res 3}

TOP - RAM ${hr 2}
${font StyleBats:size=16}g${font} ${top_mem name 1}${alignr}${top_mem cpu 1}  ${top_mem mem_res 1}
${font StyleBats:size=16}g${font} ${top_mem name 2}${alignr}${top_mem cpu 2}  ${top_mem mem_res 2}
${font StyleBats:size=16}g${font} ${top_mem name 3}${alignr}${top_mem cpu 3}  ${top_mem mem_res 3}

MAIL ${hr 2}
${font Wingdings:size=16}-${font} ${execi 10 echo `grep total ~/.scripts/mail`}
${font Martin Vogel's Symbols:size=16}B${font}  ${execi 10 echo `grep unseen ./.scripts/mail`}

I use a couple of scripts and fonts. The fonts you get when you first install conky colors. These reside in ~/.fonts/conky_colors. Two other fonts I use are Wingdings, to get the mail box and Martin Vogel’s Symbols to get the envelope. All my scripts are in a hidden directory in ~/.scripts. The scripts I use are:


tempString=`nvclock -T|grep "GPU temperature"`
echo "${tempString:19:3}"

This one echoes the temp of nvclock.


curl-s myip.dk |grep '"Box"' | egrep -o '[0-9.]+'echo 

This one echoes my ip

The mail is checked by a script I found somewhere on the internet. Through a cron job this script writes the output to a file, which is read by my conkyrc. This seems to be little devious, but I do not know how to print these special fonts with an envelope and a mailbox in python. If anyone knows, please let me know.


# Author: Bhavik Shah
# Created: 3/5/09
# Description: Simple script that uses the python imap library
# to retrieve number of messages and unread messages from your 
# imap email account. 

# Script is free. Credit to bhaviksblog.com is appreciated =)

import imaplib

# Username should be your username with '@gmail.com' added
# I think the @gmail.com is required.
# If you're trying it with something other than gmail
# you should make the username the full email address
# example@domain.com
username = 
password =  # your pw
mailbox = 'INBOX' # inbox is default
output = '/home//.scripts/mail'

# only tested with gmail and my university email
# it should work with any imap server
# change mail server and port to match your server's info
mailserver = 
port = 993 #ssl

# connect to gmail's server (uses SSL, port 993)
server = imaplib.IMAP4_SSL(mailserver,port)

# gmail uses ssl...if your imap mail server doesn't comment the above
# line and uncomment this one.
# server = imaplib.IMAP4(mailserver,port)

# login with the variables provided up top

# select your mailbox

# pull info for that mailbox
data = str(server.status(mailbox, '(MESSAGES UNSEEN)'))

# print it all out to a file
tokens = data.split()
total = int(tokens[3])
unseen = int(tokens[5].replace(')\'])',''))
outputFile = open(output, 'w')
outputFile.write('unseen: ' + str(unseen) + '\n')
outputFile.write('total: ' + str(total) + '\n')

# clean up output with str_replace()
#print tokens[2].replace('(',''),tokens[3] 
#print tokens[4],tokens[5].replace(')\'])','')

# close the mailbox

# logout of the server

30 April 2010

Conky fan number changed again

Filed under: Linux — Raging Goblin @ 12:27
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Today my fan number switched back to 0. So I changed my conkyrc back to:

${font StyleBats:size=16}O${font}   CPU Fan:${alignr}${hwmon 0 fan 1} ${font}RPM

This starts to annoy me :(.

28 April 2010

Conky fan number changed after upgrade of Arch

Filed under: Linux — Raging Goblin @ 18:15
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I am using Arch linux for my system. This distro has a rolling release schedule. So every now and then you have to upgrade your complete system with ‘pacman -Syu’. This is always a little risky, but the advantage of running bleeding edge software, the minimalistic approach of Arch and the fact that you really install such a system only once made this one the distrohopperstopper for me. Yesterday I upgraded the system and I noticed conky wouldn’t run anymore. Running conky from the command line revealed the problem:

Conky: can't open '/sys/class/hwmon/hwmon0/fan1_input': No such file or directory

Looking in /sys/class/hwmon/hwmon1 revealed that all my sensors where there and not in hwmon0. No idea why, but changing the line in my conkyrc to:

${font StyleBats:size=16}O${font}   CPU Fan:${alignr}${hwmon 1 fan 1} ${font}RPM

made me a happy conky user again:


Anyone knows why this happened?

20 April 2010

Eartwallpaper revisited

Filed under: Linux — Raging Goblin @ 19:49
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Recently I found a script written by Claudio Novais to show a nice wallpaper which displays a picture of the Earth, in real time. On my system this looks like this:

Original wallpaper

Now, I recently got this huge monitor so this didn’t look so well and I decided to change it a little. On http://www.fourmilab.ch/earthview/ you can find an earth and moon viewer. You can alter the image to your liking. So I created an image of 800px x 800px with a view from 35785 km above, 53°23’N and 6°E (roughly Amsterdam, The Netherlands). With ctrl-u (firefox) I looked at the source from the website and found a line like this:


This was clearly the image I was looking at. So my wget line in the original script now looked like this:

wget http://www.fourmilab.ch/cgi-bin/Earth?di=09523FEE4A66A46BC0364BAA5DD73780BB5E4B6C16283003C802B34399E
-O world.jpg

The result was quite satisfactory:

Second attempt

But with all this space left I was wondering if I could do a little better. E.g. put a view of the moon on the left side. Using the same procedure as before I found that a picture from the moon, viewed from my place (change E to W and N to S) gave me the following id:


The moon is not changing every minute, so downloading it at startup would satisfy my needs. I put the following line in /etc/rc.local (I am on Arch Linux):

wget http://www.fourmilab.ch/cgi-bin/Earth?di=69325F8E2A06C40BA0562BCA3DB757E0DB3421067C425A69A268D908D
E182D6639D0D6F -O /home/-username-/.gnome2/moon.jpg

And a black picture with resolution 1820*956 as background.jpg. Find the needed resolution by subtracting the border (2*50px) from your full screen. Then altered the script to use ImageMagick and blend these pictures together:

cd ~/.gnome2/
while [  1 ]; do
 while [  $COUNTER -lt 60 ]; do
 wget http://www.fourmilab.ch/cgi-bin/Earth?di=752E4392361AD817BC4A37D621AB4BFCC72237106A544C7FB47ECF3FE5
88636F85BB29877916B -O world.jpg
 composite -bordercolor black -border 50x50 moon.jpg background.jpg backgroundWithMoon.jpg
 composite -gravity center world.jpg backgroundWithMoon.jpg completeWallpaper.jpg
 temp=$(stat -c%s world.jpg)
 if [[ $temp > 1000 ]]
 then rm world_sunlight_Wallpaper.jpg
 mv completeWallpaper.jpg world_sunlight_Wallpaper.jpg
 sleep 5</span>
<span style="color:#0000ff;"> let COUNTER=COUNTER+1
 sleep 900

The result :):

Earth an moon together

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