1. My OpenEmbedded enviroment

    From time to time someone ask me why their attempt to use OpenEmbedded fail — I’m a bit tired of saying the same each time so I decided to write how I have directories setup.

    I use ~/devel/ to keep all things where I’m involved:

    bitbake/ -- Subversion tree of Bitbake
    build/ -- place where I do all OE builds
    build/0912/ -- currently used build (c7x0 related)
    build/oz353/ -- OpenZaurus 3.5.3 upgrades
    build/armv4l/ -- testing "collie" build
    build/native/ -- native i686 build for developing OPIE
    build/wrt/ -- build for my OpenWRT powered router
    doc/ -- misc documentation (QT/E, Qtopia and other)
    fonts/ -- DejaVu fonts which I convert from TrueType to QPF
    oe/ -- OpenEmbedded directory
    oe/org.openembedded.dev/ -- development repository
    oe/branch.oz354fam083/ -- frozen repository for release
    oe/hrw-packages/ -- my misc testing packages
    oe/hrw.db -- database with all OE stuff
    openwrt/ -- copy of OpenWRT build system
    opie/ -- development for OPIE
    sources/ -- DL_DIR, CVS_DIR for OpenEmbedded
    tmp/ -- place for all misc tweaking

    This gives me easy way of doing builds. All to do is:

    cd ~/devel/
    . setup-oe.sh build/0912/

    and everything is configured — BBPATH set, bitbake and gcc 2.95 added into PATH so I can start bitbake shell and do OE related work.


    # Set this to the location of bb
    # The location of the packages
    cd $BB_DIR
    svn update
    cd $HERE
    cd $OE_DIR
    monotone pull monotone.vanille.de org.openembedded.dev
    monotone --lca merge
    monotone update
    cd $HERE
    cd $1
    #use this if using the openzaurus cross compiler
    # Blank this so we don't link non-arm libraries
    # Don't export TARGET_ARCH -- it *will* cause build failures
    #make error messages understable for everyone
    export LC_ALL=C
    #one command to make rebuild
            bitbake -b $1 --cmd=clean
            bitbake -b $1
    export BBPATH=`pwd`:$OE_DIR
    unset BB_DIR
    unset OE_DIR
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  2. CompactFlash database

    I started writing database of CF cards — which driver they need etc. It contain info from pcmcia-cs 3.2.8 package and other OpenEmbedded generated packages with CF/PCMCIA drivers.

    Current version only can show data.

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  3. Prism firmware features

    WiFi cards which use Prism chipset can have miscelanous versions of firmware. Hopefully they can be flashed to newer version — this page have instructions how to make it.

    But which version to choose? I tried to collect some infos about firmwares and here are results:

    • 1.3.1- Added ability to perform non-destructive AP scanning (i.e., maintain current association state)
    • 1.4.9 — Earlier version (1.4.2?) has some problems with PCI-based cards. The symptom is corrupted packets. If you have PCI cards, upgrade to this one.
    • 1.5.6 — This version and later ones enable hostap driver to use standard 4-address packet format for WDS packets.
    • 1.6.3 — Supports hiding ESSID.
    • 1.7.0 — Supports WPA encryption.
    • 1.8.4 — Latest flashable version.
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  4. Firefox extensions

    Today I looked into my FF 1.5beta extensions list and after little cleaning (removed few not recently used ones) I have 21 external extensions installed. Some of them are little tweaks which imho should be integrated in FireFox itself (like AutoMarks, Bookmarks Full Titles or LiveBookmarkThis).

    Many extensions does not work out-of-box with 1.5beta — I changed MaxVersion for them and tested does they work.

    Enabled Extensions:

    Content related:

    • Adblock Filterset.G Updater 0.2.6: — Synchronizes Adblock with Filterset.G
    • Adblock Plus 0.5.10: — Filters ads from web-pages. Now with whitelisting and synchronization.
    • Flashblock 1.3.3: — Replaces Flash objects with a button you can click to view them.

    Bookmarks related:

    • AutoMarks 0.1: — Use the Location bar to autocomplete with URLs from your bookmarks.
    • Bookmark Backup (Test Build 4) 0.4: — Creates a backup of your bookmarks each day.
    • Bookmarks Full Titles 1.1.1: — Shows bookmarks’ full titles in the Bookmarks menu and Bookmarks Toolbar menus.
    • BookmarksHome 1.4.3: — Makes pretty startup page out of bookmarks
    • LiveBookmarkThis 0.2: — Gives an Add Live Bookmark option when right-clicking links
    • OpenBook 1.3.4: — Allows for customization of the Add Bookmark dialog
    • Sage 1.3.6: — A lightweight RSS and Atom feed aggregator.

    UI related:

    • CuteMenus 0.4: — Adds icons to menus and popups.
    • Menu Editor 1.2: — Customize application menus
    • Tab Mix Plus — Tab browsing with an added boost.
    • Uppity 1.2: — Navigate up one level (directory).

    Development related:

    • Live HTTP Headers 0.10: — View HTTP headers of a page and while browsing.
    • Web Developer 0.9.4: — Adds a menu and a toolbar with various web developer tools.


    • All-in-One Gestures 0.17.3: — This extension allows you to execute common commands using mouse gestures, rocker navigation, scroll wheel navigation and page scrolling.
    • ConQuery 1.5.8: — Context sensitive webquery extention
    • FlashGot — Enables Firefox, Mozilla Suite, Netscape and Thunderbird to handle single and massive (“all” and “selection”) downloads using the most popular external download managers for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and FreeBSD (dozens currently supported, see Extension’s Home Page for details). FlashGot offers also a Build Gallery functionality which helps to synthetize full media galleries in one page, from serial contents originally scattered on several pages, for easy and fast “download all”.
    • MR Tech Local Install 4.0: — Local Install power tools for all users.
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  5. SL-A300 on Allegro

    Today friend sent me a message that Sharp Zaurus SL-A300 appeared on Allegro (Polish biggest auction site). This is the only one model of Zaurus not supported in OpenZaurus.

    Someone want to donate? :)

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  6. I really don’t like CVS

    After using BitKeeper (when it has free license), Subversion and monotone each time when I have to work with CVS repository I feel sick. Simple operations takes time — comparing changes need contact with remote repository which sucks especially with SourceForge CVS service (avoid if you can).

    But sometimes there is no other choice ;(

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  7. KOffice 1.4.1

    Today I decided to try KOffice 1.4.1 on my desktop as I wanted spreadsheet which can open MS Excel or atleast OASIS OpenDocument files and wont be called “OpenOffice.org Calc”.

    After few hours of compile I started KSpread, loaded OpenDocument saved by OOCalc2 and I got so many error messages in terminal that I decided to skip another release of KOffice.

    Who knows — maybe KOffice 2.0 will be finally working…

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