Tag Archives: Programmieren

Fake rpm database in ubuntu

At work I’m currently developing software which is supposed to run on openSUSE. I need to query the package database at some point which of course does not exist on my ubuntu machine. Here’s a quick setup how to create a fake local RPM database:

echo "%_dbpath /home/user/rpmdb" >> ~/.rpmmacros
mkdir /home/user/rpmdb
rpm -i --nodeps --justdb --force-debian *.rpm

And that’s it.

pmp 0.1 released

I just uploaded pmp 0.1 – Poor man’s prism desktop web application creator to github: http://github.com/phako/pmp

A release tarball can be found here: pmp-0.1.tar.gz

What is pmp?

pmp shares some similarities to Mozilla’s Prism. It creates a “standalone” app from a web application. Pmp uses Webkit as its rendering backend.

How do I use it?

To create an edge (that is pmp’s terminus for a captured app), run
pmp-create --url=<url to website> --name=<descriptivename>
You can also create a desktop icon by passing it the --desktop parameter. If you want to use the site’s favicon, use --icon=:favicon

To run the edge, call pmp-run --name=<DescriptiveName>

Known limitations:
It does not work properly with Google’s apps. Google does some weird URL redirects. I’m working on that. Apps known to work are WordPress and TT RSS.

Location-dependant IGMP

Could someone please enlighten me?

I spent a third of my work today wondering why

  • a modified QUdpSocket only leads to IGMPv1 membership reports
  • a self-written plain old socket multicast client only leads to IGMPv2 joins, but very seldom leaves

Now being at home, I tried both programs and both reliably send IGMPv3 joins and leaves…

Smart pointers…

Can someone explain me the following behaviour:

I have the following smart pointer:

class AlsaHwParams
    AlsaHwParams() : m_params(0) 
    { snd_pcm_hw_params_alloca (&m_params); }
    { if (m_params != 0) snd_pcm_hw_params_free (m_params); }
    operator snd_pcm_hw_params_t*() { return m_params; }
    snd_pcm_hw_params_t *m_params;

Thing is: It doesn’t work. Alsa behaves very strange if I use it. Even if I make the m_params member public and access it directly. The only way it works is to not allocate from inside the class but outside like

snd_pcm_hw_params_alloca (&(hwparams.m_params));

Update: Seems replacing _alloca with _malloc fixes it.
Update: Duh, that is because alloca allocates on stack and not on heap.