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jwm version 2.3.7

August 20, 2017 — BarryK
Yippee, I have finally upgraded JWM!

Quirky has been using version 976 from git, for years. This is the "2.2.x" series. Now I have compiled version 2.3.7, released 20170721. This page explains differences between the 2.2 and 2.3 series:

All of my collection of JWM theme PETs will need to be upgraded. So far, have just done the 'brightdeepblue' PET, as used in the latest Quirky and Easy.

The 'jwmconfig2' PET is for the old version. Rather than fix it, I am now using radky's PupControl, which has JWMDesk in it.

Tags: linux

Hiawatha web server

August 19, 2017 — BarryK
I have compiled the latest Hiawatha, version 10.6, as the PET used in Quirky and Easy is ancient. Project site:

This is how I compiled it:
# mkdir build

# cd build
# cmake .. -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=/usr -DCMAKE_INSTALL_SYSCONFDIR=/etc -DCMAKE_INSTALL_LIBDIR=/usr/lib -DCMAKE_INSTALL_BINDIR=/usr/bin -DCMAKE_INSTALL_SBINDIR=/usr/sbin -DCMAKE_INSTALL_MANDIR=/usr/share/man -DWEBROOT_DIR=/root/Web-Server -DLOG_DIR=/var/log/hiawatha -DPID_DIR=/var/run -DWORK_DIR=/var/lib/hiawatha -DCONFIG_DIR=/etc/hiawatha
# make
# new2dir make install

Tags: linux

Desktop icons new layout

August 17, 2017 — BarryK
After an eternity, I am building a pup-derivative with a new layout of icons on the screen.

The partition icons are still there, above the tray.

The others are now just one line across the top of the screen, and those less-required are removed.

As SFS files are important in Easy, this is a new icon, labeled "sfsget". This is alongside what was named "install" but is now going to be either "pkgset" or "petget".

The renaming of "install" will remove confusion, due to the different meanings of that word.

I will also have radky's PupControl, which will launch via the "setup" icon. radky has just released a new version, that is Easy-compatible.

Tags: linux

SFSget rewritten

August 17, 2017 — BarryK

I have rewritten /usr/sbin/sfsget, the SFS downloader app.

This was not in Quirky, as Quirky is for full installations, though that changed somewhat later on.

Easy OS, however, is exclusively based on a layered filesystem, using aufs or overlay, and SFS files are making a big comeback.

Easy though, is very different from Puppy, and I had to rewrite SFSget from scratch.

Done, and it works real nice.

Tags: linux

Markdown to HTML

August 11, 2017 — BarryK
I wrote about redesigning the local help files in Easy:

Now I am thinking of dumping all of that.

Various reasons, one of which is that HelpSurfer is too unstable. Also too slow.

jamesbond's mdview is soooo fast, and help files in Fatdog are now based on markdown. Wrote about mdview here:

L18L wrote a custom converter to convert one of the Fatdog md files to html:

I wondered what is out there, to convert md to html. There are many converters that require an Internet connection, but I want one that works offline.

Found these:
Written in C:


Mele PCG35 Apo ordered

August 09, 2017 — BarryK
I wrote about this mini-PC recently:

Decided to buy it. Another system is needed for testing. Unfortunately, the Alpha Litebook has fatal problems with using Flash drives, so not using it. I posted about it here:

Also, a system with Windows 10 will be useful for testing dual installations with Easy OS.

Like the passive cooling too!

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Easy Help overhauled

August 08, 2017 — BarryK
In Quirky, and all pups, there is a "Help" entry in the menu, clicking on which launches the web browser and brings up a local web page, /usr/share/doc/index.html

I have overhauled the help mechanism. index.html has javascript in it, which HelpSurfer cannot handle.
index.html is now removed, and clicking "Help" in the menu runs /usr/share/doc/easy/, which launches a language-translated file 'help.htm' in HelpSurfer.
This has to work without being online, so there are translations of major languages for help.htm, in /usr/share/doc/easy.
This replaces 'welcome1stboot' and launches a translated 'welcome.htm'. Again, has to work offline.
index.html had pull-down menus to select a package, application or utility, and launch local or online help. That uses javascript, so there is now a script, /usr/sbin/
help.htm has a link to launch doc-launcher.

There has been a major cleanup of /usr/share/doc, old help files thrown out. Much of it is better suited to be online.


HelpSurfer 0.3

August 07, 2017 — BarryK
I posted about HelpSurfer 0.2 a few days ago:

There was something else that I wanted HelpSurfer to be able to do: execute local executables.
This is not a web browser, it is a local help viewer, so I can justify doing things that would be unacceptable in a browser.
Although it is not legitimate html, HelpSurfer 0.3 supports hyperlinks to

"exec:<executable>[ <parameters>]"

For example:

<a href="exec:leafpad /usr/share/doc/home.htm">EXECUTE LEAFPAD</a>

I have a requirement for this feature.

Announced on the Puppy Forum, with source and PET links: