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Katoob 0.5.9 is out

Submitted by msameer on Fri, 11/01/2008 - 1:59am

This is a recommended update.

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ChangeLog:


More packages for Chinook.

Submitted by msameer on Sun, 16/12/2007 - 4:47am

I was trying to package hunspell-ar for Chinook so I ended up packaging:
* hunspell (libhunspell and its development headers)
* enchant (hunspell and ispell providers but I'll disable ispell soon)
* hunspell-ar
* dictionaries-common and dictionaries-common-dev (hunspell-ar depends on them)

As for dictionaries-common and dictionaries-common-dev, they are different than the Debian ones. Yes I'm using the same source but I'm only providing the bits related to myspell. I didn't include the policy too.

uri = ftp://foolab.org/pub/apt
dist = chinook
components = spell

him-arabic is also available as well as a few Arabic fonts:

uri = ftp://foolab.org/pub/apt
dist = chinook
components = arabic

hildon input method and new languages...

Submitted by msameer on Fri, 14/12/2007 - 7:25pm

I noticed this because of my work on him-arabic.

If your plugin provides a language other than the 16 "known" languages, It will be displayed as " ()".

Ideally, The fix should be somewhere else but not all of the components are open so even if I can fix it, I won't be able to publish patches or packages.

It seems that the source provided with the SDK is a bit outdated so I had to grab the latest trunk: https://stage.maemo.org/svn/maemo/projects/haf/trunk/hildon-input-method/

And here's a patch. It'll return the language code if it fails to get the language description. (I know it's a bit hackish :|):

diff -Naur him.orig/src/hildon-im-languages.c him/src/hildon-im-languages.c
--- him.orig/src/hildon-im-languages.c  2007-12-14 19:09:29.000000000 +0200
+++ him/src/hildon-im-languages.c       2007-12-14 19:12:31.000000000 +0200
@@ -82,7 +82,18 @@
   }
   if (translate_function)
   {
-    return (*translate_function) (lang);
+    gchar *res = (*translate_function) (lang);
+    if (!res) {
+      return res;
+    }
+    else if (!strcmp(res, " ()")) {
+      g_free(res);
+      res = g_strdup(lang);
+      return res;
+    }
+    else {
+      return res;
+    }
   } else
   {
     gchar path [sizeof(GCONF_TRANSLATION_STATIC_PATH) + MAX_LANG_LENGTH];

Apply, build the packages and install hildon-input-method_1.99.33-2_armel.deb and libhildon-im-ui3_1.99.33-2_armel.deb

I hope it will be fixed otherwise I'll be providing packages soon. I know I promised to provide a lot of things (-:

Have a nice weekend.


My Arabic related TODO list for maemo

Submitted by msameer on Tue, 04/12/2007 - 7:45pm

This is my Arabic related TODO list for maemo. It's my personal one not the Nokia employee one :-)

* katoob should be fully functional (I'm learning here). Actually I did more work today and I guess it's fine.
* Package and publish some Arabic fonts (I know there's one provided by the browser team).
* See what can be done regarding input (Low priority. Sorry to say that I don't like the HIM plugin interface).
* Check arabeyes.org apps. Is there anything useful and needs "porting" ?
* glibc/x11 Arabic locale ?
* Any suggestions ?

I'll not translate the UI for 3 reasons:
* I'm not of a translator.
* The license you agree to while downloading the OS image prevents me from doing that.
* Because we are using logical IDs in the code, we will f*** up the UI unless all of the strings are translated.


mbox splitter

Submitted by msameer on Mon, 23/07/2007 - 12:56am

Just because I can't run sa-learn on my 15,000+ messages spam folder. It'll crash due to some hardware problems.
I thought that splitting the mailbox into smaller files will allow me to feed it to sa-learn.
I'm not sure something similar doesn't exist but I wrote mine anyway ;-)

The only problem is it consumes a lot of CPU and RAM, it was killed/crashed multiple times but it worked and allowed me to feed my spam mailbox to spamassassin!

Here it is in case someone needs it: split_mailbox.py. Needs python 2.5


katoob 0.5.8

Submitted by msameer on Sun, 29/04/2007 - 9:52pm

* Implemented a multipress input method.
* Reorganized the input menu.
* A couple of bug fixes.
* Added a window to show the multipress and emulator mappings.

Available from the usual location!


katoob 0.5.7 is out...

Submitted by msameer on Tue, 03/04/2007 - 7:23pm

ChangeLog: A bug that could crash the application when OK or Apply is clicked in the preferences dialog under UTF-8 locales was fixed. A lot of small features and enhancements were made as well as some code cleanups. GtkSourceView is now used instead of gtksourceviewmm.

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Of scratchbox, stupidity and empty cpu transparency list!

Submitted by msameer on Tue, 20/03/2007 - 1:41pm

OK. Here we go:

To select a devkit when you are setting up a scratchbox target via sb-menu, the target MUST NOT BE in the list for it to be selected (Pressing Enter should remove it from the list for it to be active!!!).

And I had to spend days wondering why is the cpu-transparency list empty even though the cputransp devkit is there in the devkits selection menu!

/me is really pissed off.


So yesterday.

Submitted by msameer on Wed, 14/03/2007 - 2:00am

* A month since I've been here in Finland and started working for Nokia
* I've got my creditcard PIN code in the morning (From the nordea bank suckers). At last they accepted my application but they decided to send the card to the wrong branch. 7 minutes on the phone to convince them to send it to another branch. It takes them also 2-3 days to send it to another branch!
* My debian.org account has been created and NOW I'm at last an official Debian Developer (Technically, this happened on the 14th. An hour ago ;-))


tatooine is back up.

Submitted by msameer on Sun, 25/02/2007 - 2:27pm

Yes, tatooine is back up!