Wary/Racy 5.2.2 Release-Candidate

I have uploaded both Wary and Racy, with same version numbers,, which I consider to be 5.2.2 RC.

They are pretty good. I was tempted to bump them immediately to release versions. But, decided it would be wise to release an RC first. Anyone who wants to give these guys a run, please do.

Of course, if it turns out that these are pretty perfect as-is, then you can consider that you have got the release, then no need to download the actual 5.2.2 when I release that!

Anyway, here they are:

Wary: http://distro.ibiblio.org/quirky/test/wary-

Racy: http://distro.ibiblio.org/quirky/test/racy-

Wary is built with uniprocessor kernel. Racy is built with 3.0.7 SMP (multiprocessor) PAE kernel. Also, the former uses Aufs, the latter Unionfs.

Posted on 11 Nov 2011, 6:18 - Category: Wary - Comments - href="?edit=02590">Edit - Delete

WebKit compile fail

So far, anyway. I did compile WebKit successfully once before. This time, I compiled all the dependencies, no problem there. Then started WebKit compiling, and it went on for ages.

Finally, stopped with:
make[1]: Entering directory `/mnt/sda10/downloads/input216/0-midori/webkit-1.7.1'

CXXLD Programs/DumpRenderTree
./.libs/libWebCoreInternals.a(libWebCoreInternals_la-Internals.o): In function `WebCore::Internals::createShadowContentElement(WebCore::Document*, int&)':
Internals.cpp:(.text+0xcba): undefined reference to `WebCore::ShadowContentElement::create(WebCore::Document*)'
collect2: ld returned 1 exit status
make[1]: *** [Programs/DumpRenderTree] Error 1
make[1]: Leaving directory `/mnt/sda10/downloads/input216/0-midori/webkit-1.7.1'
make: *** [all] Error 2

This is WebKit version 1.7.1. That error message is double-Dutch to me. I will try a different version of WebKit.

Posted on 31 Oct 2011, 8:01 - Category: Wary - Comments - href="?edit=02577">Edit - Delete

Wary Service Pack 5.2 - 5.2.1

This Service Pack upgrades Wary from version 5.2 to 5.2.1.

Download, then click on it to install it. It might not seem to do anything, but fixes various minor bugs -- and one big bug, printing was broken when try to print from some apps such as Abiword.

Download PET (134KB):

Posted on 28 Oct 2011, 22:30 - Category: Wary - Comments - href="?edit=02573">Edit - Delete

Wary/Racy printing fix

Wary 5.2 users have reported that printing works from some applications, not from others.

The one guy who knows all about printing is forum member rcrsn51, and awhile back he advised me that the file /usr/lib/cups/filter/pdftops is missing in Wary.

Fine, except that the cups compiled in T2 does not have that file. I checked, no previous compile of cups in T2 has it either. However, the file does exist in the Poppler package -- and there is a comment in the Poppler docs that their utilities may work better than those of the same name in the cups package (at least, that is the comment I remember). So, I applied my own reasoning, created a symlink from /usr/lib/cups/filter/pdftops to the Poppler file at /usr/bin/pdftops.

When I tested printing prior to releasing Wary 5.2, it worked. However, I just happened to only test printing from ePDFView and maybe one other app that does work. It turns out that printing from Abiword and many other apps is broken.

So, I was left puzzled. This is where rcrsn51 has come to the rescue, and we are indebted to his knowledge and helpfulness. Here is his response and fix:

Just install the 'cups_pdftops_filter-1.3.11.pet' that rcrsn51 has posted.

This leaves me wondering what went wrong in T2. Perhaps there is a pre-compile configure option missing.

Posted on 27 Oct 2011, 6:58 - Category: Wary - Comments - href="?edit=02567">Edit - Delete

Wary Puppy 5.2 released

The last official release of Wary Puppy, our build or "edition" of Puppy Linux that targets older hardware, was on September 1, 2011, see announcement:

Since then, development has continued at an intense pace. As this extraction from the Wary 5.2 Announcement page states:

This is a massive upgrade relative to the 5.1.x series. All of the base packages were recompiled in T2. Certain choices were made in T2 with the plan of seamless upgrading from Xorg 7.3 to 7.6 -- that is, the default Wary system has Xorg 7.3, but it is planned that Wary can be upgraded to Xorg 7.6 by installation of a single PET package, and all applications will work before and after. This required some very careful configuration. The idea is to "have our cake and eat it too" -- Xorg 7.3 for old hardware, easy upgrade to 7.6 for newer video hardware. The plan actually seems to be working.
As usual, huge changes yet only a small version-number change. Many bug fixes, upgrades, new packages.

There are fascinating new features in this Puppy. Take the time to peruse the Announcement and Release Notes page:

Also, for an introduction to what Wary is all about, read this page:

The live-CD ISO file is 123.6MB, which might seen pretty small, yet it could have been much smaller -- the build has the "kitchen sink" in terms of kernel drivers, for example very large 3rd-party analog modem drivers. Download:

All the tools needed for C/C++/Vala/BaCon coding and compiling are in this SFS file (109.7MB):
(SFS files are introduced here:

Extra release notes

1. The Puppy Package Manager can install PET packages from the 'wary5' repository. However, we need to test all of the packages in that repo, that they still work. One issue is that 'ffmpeg' got updated in latest Wary, which might have broken a couple of the media player PETs (Gnome-mplayer, Smplayer). This testing will be done ASAP.

2. The pup has the kernel, configured with SMP (multiple CPU cores) support enabled. I did also compile a uniprocessor kernel, however in alpha/beta testing no-one reported a failure with the SMP-enabled kernel on a uniprocessor system that was fixed by using the uniprocessor-enabled kernel. Hence, I have not built a uniprocessor version of Wary 5.2.

3. I am still not 100% certain that an old save-file will upgrade correctly. If you have a save-file from an earlier version of Wary, booting up with 5.2 should upgrade it ok -- if X fails, try rebooting -- if X still fails, try with boot parameter "puppy pfix=purge".

4. Wary 5.2 has a new theme. I would especially like to thank forum member 'dejan555' for the lovely wallpaper. I posted about the theme here:

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Wary Puppy 5.1.106 (5.2beta2)

This seems pretty good to me, was tempted to call it an RC. But, you never know what you tester guys will discover -- and I have just been thinking recently how much I appreciate the effort you guys put in, testing one alpha/beta after another. With so much parallel development going on, you must sometimes think, "oh no, not another one!"

Well, this one should be an interesting variant, as it has PupCamera. I would like to find out if this works with cameras other than my own! If your digital camera has a USB cable, plug it in (after Wary has booted), find out if, firstly, it gets automatically detected, and secondly, can PupCamera access the photos.

...in case PupCamera does not automatically popup, you will find it in the Graphic menu.

The build also has the 'usbutils' package, which includes the 'lsusb' utility and 'usb.ids' chip database. I have finally succumbed to putting this in. PupCamera uses it (if present) to display extra information.

Numerous bugfixes, some packages upgraded since the last Wary (5.1.103, 5.2beta1).

Slow down
There's a lot of stuff pending. My mind is full of thoughts about what I would like to do to keep on improving Puppy. Like automatically detect when you plug in a printer for example. Then there's some interesting bootup internationalisation work that L18L is doing. And so on... however, I want to get Wary to 5.2final soon, probably also get Racy to release status, so will put a go-slow on changes/improvements for now, unless they are essential bugfixes.

This Wary has yet another theme:
Wallpaper: puppy_lights_blue2_dejan555.jpg
Desk icon set: LaGaBluenight
JWM: DeepBlueBold
GTK: FlatBlueContrast
ROX-Filer: desktop font DejaVu Sans Bold 12

...thanks for Forum member dejan555 for the very nice wallpaper. This theme will be in the final, or something very close, I might tweak it a tiny bit. I intend that Racy final will have the same theme.

Anyway, get Wary 5.1.106 from here:

...there are small delta files if you already have downloaded 5.1.103.

Posted on 12 Oct 2011, 8:06 - Category: Wary - Comments - href="?edit=02538">Edit - Delete

SeaMonkey 2.4.1 ...nup

I have compiled SeaMonkey 2.4.1 in Wary, running it now. I looked through the list of bug fixes since 2.3.2, not much at all. The main bug in Composer, the greyed-out "Image properties" in the right-click menu is not fixed.

So, I am not going to upgrade the PET for Wary/Racy.

Can't say that I'm impressed with the big version jumps with Firefox and SeaMonkey these days. They made hardly any changes and went from 2.3 to 2.4, now 2.5 is in beta. Probably not as bad as what Firefox is doing though.

Posted on 9 Oct 2011, 17:20 - Category: Wary - Comments - href="?edit=02534">Edit - Delete

Autodetect digital camera

Just a quick note, I have success with auto-detection of my camera. This udev rule does it:

ACTION=="add", SUBSYSTEM=="usb_device", ENV{INTERFACE}="6/1/1", RUN+="/usr/sbin/pupautodetect ptpcamera"

The "6" is bInterfaceClass, which is "Imaging"
The "1" is bInterfaceSubClass, which is "Still Image capture"
The last "1" is bInterfaceProtocol which is "Picture Transfer Protocol"

...all of this is found in /sys.

Posted on 7 Oct 2011, 8:53 - Category: Wary - Comments - href="?edit=02527">Edit - Delete

Gtkam --- useless!!!!!!!

I have got to let off some steam about this. Gtkam is a GTK GUI for libgphoto, for accessing photos in digital cameras. Some cameras have standard USB-storage interfaces, which does not need libgphoto of Gtkam to access. However, many cameras do need libgphoto.

I have only got one digital camera, a Fujifilm Finepix A610, that I have owned for a few years. When I first acquired it, Gtkam kind of worked -- but it crashed at the drop of a hat. Many others reported the same experience.

I think it was about a year ago that Gtkam actually became fairly stable and usable with my camera.

Now, the latest version 0.1.18 and the previous 0.1.17, won't detect my camera at all -- perhaps it doesn't like libusb-compat and libusb1. If I try and run the option to choose which camera, it hangs.

Yet, the CLI app, gphoto2, works like a charm. This lists my camera name and USB port:

# gphoto2 --auto-detect

Model Port
USB PTP Class Camera usb:002,014

Various other commands can access the photos, for example this downloads them all:

# gphoto2 --get-all-files

Then I tried 'gphotofs', a FUSE filesystem for gphoto2. I just did this:

# mkdir /mnt/photos
# gphotofs /mnt/photos

...hey presto, there were all my photos in /mnt/photos!

I don't know why no one has done this yet. A simple GUI for gphoto2 and maybe gphotofs. Well, if no one volunteers to do this, I'll knock up a little GUI and give Gtkam the kick.

Posted on 6 Oct 2011, 21:34 - Category: Wary - Comments - href="?edit=02526">Edit - Delete

Leafpad fixed

Terryphi reported that the icon for Leafpad is missing in the menu. Fixed.

I have not changed the package name, just reuploaded it (35KB):

A note about this PET. Leafpad has an optional dependency with libgnomeprintui. This is actually a deprecated library, but I have it in Wary/Racy, as some older apps use it. InkscapeLite can also optionally use it.
The above PET has that dependency, it gives better printing capability.

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