Restored from backup

Hey all. My hosting fucked itself and managed to lose my entire disk. Which… shouldn’t happen. Anyway, I restored to a backup from August 2018 and I don’t think much has changed since then with respect to documentation / install etc. but I may have lost some comments etc.

Let this be a reminder to you: backup early, backup often. If I hadn’t made a snapshot when updating to Jessie this site would effectively be gone.

daemon 0.9.7

daemon 0.9.7

  • Fixed canto-remote status double counting items in user/category tags
  • Added script.py plugin to support executing scripts to generate feeds (details at the top of the plugin)
  • Add option to sync-rsync.py plugin to defer initial sync.

I’m happy to say that this is the first release for the daemon in more than a year, but the oldest new commit in this release is only about two weeks old, so it hasn’t been lingering.

The fix, and the new plugin are self-explanatory. The new option to sync-rsync.py is geared toward getting items to the client faster on startup (particularly noticeable when canto-daemon is started by canto-curses rather than on system/WM start). Rather than immediately trying to sync on startup before loading content from disk, allow the items on disk to be loaded and handed out to the client first. Technically this means “old” items can be seen again before the sync, but considering the alternative is seeing no items before that sync completes, I consider this better behavior.

Repos should already be updated.

Still need to write a post about future direction.

This will be the first release to charge patrons. Thank you!

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Repos updated

Just an FYI that I was able to get the Debian/Ubuntu repos updated. Latest 0.9.9 curses build, and a rebuild of the already existing 0.9.6 daemon.

NOTE: I have dropped support for Ubuntus utopic, vivid, wily since they’re officially unsupported and the vast majority of the repo traffic has been for trusty and xenial.

I have to give a shoutout to freight which greatly simplified the complicated task of taking already signed .debs and collecting them into a working repo. Converting to freight seems to have resolved the whole ‘weak digest’ problem with the repo, and I’m thankful that all of the GPG signing machinery is now abstracted from my build script.

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curses 0.9.9

Quick fix for losing symbolic keys outside of inputs after resize.

There will be a forthcoming post about how much curses/readline and Python are a volatile mix. I can’t seem to get Python/curses to detect further window size changes if you resize while the command line (i.e. readline) is open. Nothing crashes, but the window will be stuck at a certain set of dimensions.

Still haven’t looked at updating repos.

Won’t cost patrons a thing either. “Quick fix” should be synonymous with “oops, my bad”

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curses 0.9.8 + Patreon

curses 0.9.8

  • Fixed nonsense pending update numbers (gray numbers now reflect reality) (#40)
  • Fixed some issues with exceptions / lockups during rapid resizing
  • Fixed cursor being invisible and certain keys being uninterpreted (HOME, END) after resize
  • Fixed some moronic selection fallbacks (#42, #45)

Once again, mostly pending commits from almost a year past.

Unfortunately I lost a disk with my script/chroots for building .debs, so it will take me a bit to upgrade them. I’ll take another stab at getting apt to shutup about weak digests too, but I’m hoping that creating signed .debs isn’t still such a pain in the ass.

I also want to point out a new header tab: Support Me, which links to my new Patreon account. I’m not 100% certain this is the right platform for donating to an open source project, but I have some other things in the works that might fit it a bit better and figured I may as well link this. My wife seems to think that people actually use and enjoy Canto, but I’m pretty sure that can’t be right. I fully expect to have no patrons, however I have spent the last 10 years hacking text RSS readers and haven’t received anything but the rare kind email as support. Not to mention this site isn’t crawling with ads, even unobtrusive ones.

Prove me wrong. If Canto has been useful to you, consider buying me a cup of coffee each time I make a release. Seriously, it’s like once a year…

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daemon 0.9.6, curses 0.9.7

Before you know it, it’s been almost a year since the last release and there are a handful of bugfixes that need to be pushed out.

daemon 0.9.6

  • Fixed hanging file descriptors eventually killing the daemon (which fixes canto-remote misbehaving sometimes among other things)
  • Fixed occasional hang from writing to closed sockets
  • Better sync-inoreader behavior: killing unusable “???” items (me) and pushing changes back to Inoreader (thanks Fraterius)
  • SIGINT and SIGTERM paths are now identical, where before SIGTERM attempted to exit ASAP without regard to running threads
  • Daemon now dumps feed data into a temporary file and then moves it to replace the original data, to help prevent corruption if the daemon is killed in the middle of writing to the disk.
  • Daemon now marches on if it can’t use the feed data because of corruption, instead of requiring the user to delete it.
  • Minor Python 3.2 compatibility change (thanks Sathors)

curses 0.9.7

  • Fix tab completing empty command lines (closes issue 37)

I’ll get the Debian repos updated soon.

Repos updated, new pub key

Administering packages for a distro you don’t use is a clusterfuck. Anyway, someone kindly pointed out that my Debian sid packages were still built for Python 3.4, and they’ve sometime since moved up to Python 3.5. Of course I’m oblivious to this on Arch.

That’s not the problem though. It seems like the Python package to .deb path is constantly having little tweaks made to it such that it actually takes effort to support new versions of a distro for no other reason than whatever tool you’ve decided to use has fallen out of favor. Ugh. Give me a PKGBUILD already so I can escape the million stupid Debian only binaries I need to put this shit together. Could this process be any more baroque? I literally have to use a special utility just to update the fucking changelog because its format is so locked down.

Then, of course, the version of GnuPG that Debian variants are currently using is different than the version Arch has so suddenly my actual ~.gnupg breaks the entire signing process. Which is just as well because I lost the key I used to sign the old packages when my last laptop drive went south, but regardless now I have a separate directory of keys that are only for Debian that I have to keep track of.

Anyway, the repos have been updated. They now include the latest Ubuntu variants (wily and xenial) but they’ve been obviously very lightly tested.

You will have to re-import the repo public key:

curl http://codezen.org/static/canto-pub.gpg | sudo apt-key add -

daemon 0.9.5, curses 0.9.6

Yet more maintenance type fixes.

daemon 0.9.5

  • Minor cleanup to excessive debug info and error paths in sync-inoreader
  • The ItemLimit transform is now included by default, so you can, for example do “:set tag.transform ItemLimit(10)” to only show the first 10 items of the selected feed.

curses 0.9.6

  • Fix some old usage of tag_updater that caused weirdness like syncs happening when they shouldn’t and making your cursor jump.
  • The above also fixed direct usage of :transform/:filter/:sort
  • Fix waiting on pending configs (again) – hooks need to be called after the changes have been made.

daemon 0.9.4, curses 0.9.5

More fixes.

daemon 0.9.4

  • More fixes for sync-inoreader’s bad behavior with missing items (if you see ??? items that won’t go away, this is the fix)
  • Socket changes to avoid deadlocks when both server and client sockets are full.
  • Quiet exceptions on disconnects. These were mostly harmless, but scary in the log.
  • Minor changes to lock returns

curses 0.9.5

  • Fix some breakage and deadlocking caused by forcing threads to wait for written config changes to be processed (e.g. tag config changes like collapsed were broken in 0.9.4). Ironically my test suite actually caught some of the more obvious breakage, if only I’d actually run the fucking thing.
  • h/left and l/right are now bound, by default, to setting items read and unread respectively.

Short and sweet.

Thanks to everyone that submitted bugs.