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Pschedule overhauled

July 27, 2017 — BarryK
Puppy forum member zigbert has created lots of apps for Puppy, some of which are in Quirky. For example, Pburn, Pmusic and Pschedule.

Pschedule forum thread:
http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=22166

There have been reports, every now and again, about Pschedule not working correctly, but it never got resolved, not as far as I know.
Most-recent discussion is here:
http://murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?p=961909#961909

I have taken another look at Pschedule, and redesigned it to use /etc/init.d/80-crond, rather than /root/.config/autostart.
80-crond comes from jamesbond, and I modified it to suit busybox crond and Pschedule.

Here is the PET (7KB):
http://distro.ibiblio.org/quirky/quirky6/noarch/packages/pet_packages-noarch/pschedule-1.1.6-2.pet

Note also, radky has upgraded PupSysInfo, now version 2.7.2 (39KB):
http://distro.ibiblio.org/quirky/quirky6/noarch/packages/pet_packages-noarch/Pup-SysInfo-2.7.2.pet

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MRUF-lst recently-used files

July 26, 2017 — BarryK
Forum member musher0 has developed a very interesting app to show recently-user files and directories, and launch them.

Forum thread:
http://murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=108098

musher0 posted a PET without the binary executables, as they are in Quirky 8.2.

Great work. I took the liberty of massaging the PET a little bit. I wasn't happy that there are configuration files in /usr/local/bin, so I applied the simplest fix, moved all of /usr/local into /usr/local/MRUF-lst, and edited the scripts.
That's just my preference.

Also fixed where 'dirname' was outputing an error message that operand missing.
Changed pinstall.sh and pet.specs slightly.

Here it is (105K):
http://distro.ibiblio.org/quirky/quirky6/noarch/packages/pet_packages-noarch/MRUF-lst-0.9.7.8-1_no-execs.pet

This will be in the next release of Quirky, for testing.

Tags: quirky, linux

Planning for Quirky Xerus 8.2.1

July 26, 2017 — BarryK
Feedback for 8.2 is continuing to pour in:
http://murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=106460

I am getting so much help, bug reports, fixes, improvements, it is looking like 8.2.1 is going to be much more than just a "bug fix" release.

I will have to draw the line, probably whatever appears in the forum thread tonight. Then tomorrow will implement some of the latest fixes and enhancements.

Then maybe, 8.2.1 in a couple of days.

Easy
The thing is though, I also want to work on Easy Linux, my radical fork of Quirky. The previous release of Easy was built with packages compiled in OpenEmbedded, which has the great advantage of less bloat.

However, this time I am thinking will build Easy from the same Ubuntu Xerus 16.04.2 DEBs as used in Quirky 8.2.
This is the easiest approach, as all the work done on 8.2 will carry into Easy. Just have to live with a much bigger 'q.sfs' file.

Roughly, you have to multiply the size of 'q.sfs' by 1.5, going from OE 'Pyro' to Ubuntu Xerus packages.
So, for example, 300MB would become 450MB.

Tags: quirky, linux

SQLite Manager addon for SeaMonkey

July 26, 2017 — BarryK
And Firefox!

Forum member musher0 posted about SQLite-Manager, and mime-handling for sqlite3 files:
http://murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=111134

I hunted around, found that the developer of SQLite-Manager is now on github:
https://github.com/lazierthanthou/sqlite-manager

And frontpage:
http://lazierthanthou.github.io/sqlite-manager/

It has commits only 25 days ago.

I'm thinking of making it into a pet, for inclusion in next Quirky.

Tags: quirky, linux

Fontwizard improved

July 25, 2017 — BarryK
Fontwizard version 0.0.1 was released by 01micko in January 2013. This is a GUI app for enhancing fonts for LCD screens.

It has languished since then. I can't find where 01micko originally announced it, and there don't seem to have been any later versions.

There are some issues with fonts in Quirky Xerus 8.2, that we are discussing in the forum.

Forum member radky is the creator of some great apps that are in Quirky. The latest addition is JWMDesk, and using it has lead to the fonts discussion.

Here is a post by radky:
http://murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?p=961712#961712

This is excellent. I have put this new script, 'fontwizard' into the PET, and updated the version from 0.0.1-1 to 0.0.2 (2KB):
http://distro.ibiblio.org/quirky/quirky6/noarch/packages/pet_packages-noarch/fontwizard-0.0.2.pet

Tags: quirky, linux

pEqualizer fixed, maybe

July 24, 2017 — BarryK
pEqualizer is a GUI equalizer created by 01micko and zigbert, that can run standalone and is also used by Pmusic.
Forum thread:
http://murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=81889

Quirky 8.2 has version 0.9.0, which we have found to be broken:
http://murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?p=961642#961642

I searched online and found pequalizer-1.0.0.pet, which has a bugfix so it will work in Slacko. However, still broken for Debian/Ubuntu.

I have fixed pEqualizer and bumped the version to 1.0.1 (5KB):
http://distro.ibiblio.org/quirky/quirky6/noarch/packages/pet_packages-noarch/pequalizer-1.0.1.pet

Note to users of Quirky 8.2, you will need to install 'caps' and 'libasound2-plugin-equal' DEBs from the Package Manager.

I am still not sure if it is working, there may be a problem with using the utility 'amixer', that pEqualizer calls.

Tags: quirky, linux

Sound and keyboard buglets

July 24, 2017 — BarryK
Forum member Philb has been testing Quirky 8.2 and reported some little bugs.

For a frugal installation, audio level settings were not being preserved over a reboot. Fixed.

At first bootup, if a non-US keyboard is chosen in the main window of QuickSetup, it is followed by XkdConfigManager, which is to fine-tune keyboard layout localization.
There was a "Please wait" popup on top of the latter window. Fixed.
There were also a couple of missing icons on buttons in XkbConfigManager, also fixed.

Tags: quirky, linux

Quirky Installer improved

July 23, 2017 — BarryK
The Quirky Installer, which is launched via the "install" icon on the desktop, or in the menu Setup --> Quirky Universal Installer, has a couple of limitations in Quirky 8.2.

One of the Quirky testers complained that he had to download the ISO file a second time, to do an installation to a partition.
I don't know why, as he would have downloaded it to burn the live-CD -- presume he must have deleted it after that.
Anyway, I have taken it onboard to fix...

Installing to a drive or partition, it requires the downloaded ISO, from which to extract the files. The frugal install, on the otherhand, allows a choice of ISO, CD, or a folder (with vmlinuz, q.sfs and initrd.q).
I have enhanced install to drive or partition to also have this flexibility.

Another tester complained that installation is very slow. Yeah, even with my i5 CPU, a frugal install is painfully slow. A "Please wait..." message displays, and you have to wait, and wait.
The install script opens up q.sfs, using 'unsquashfs', modifies it, then creates a new q.sfs in the target location. The script has a 'sync' operation after running 'unsquashfs' and this is the holdup. q.sfs is about 400MB, xz compressed, and expands to about 3 times that, which the 'sync' flushes to the drive. I am surprised how slow that is. Um, but I am doing the work on an external USB drive.

Anyway, I have greatly speeded up the script by not having 'sync', instead just a 'fsync' on the target q.sfs. But then, my PC has 16GB of RAM, so a big advantage not syncing.

All of this work is happening in /usr/local/install_quirky

Tags: quirky, linux