Flavio Castelli

Debugging my life

Mar 26, 2008 - 1 minute read - Comments - life

Two new entries in my life

Last week two new entries entered my life.A shiny brand-new _Macbook pro _arrived on Thursday. I’ve always dreamed of one of this wonderful laptops (I’ve been an happy iBook user for a long time). Two weeks ago I finally surrendered (I’ve always been scared of the high price) and I’ve ordered this new toy. Now, after one week of usage I’m really happy about it. Currently I’m using Linux as primary Os, but I’ll give a try also to KDE4 on Mac ;)

Jan 18, 2008 - 1 minute read - Comments - KDE strigi xesam

My current tasks

Usually I write blog posts announcing what I have done, but this time it is useless. So I’m going to blog about what I’m going to do. After latest Strigi irc meeting, I came out with this task: KDE integration: Flavio will coordinate the definition of interfaces over which KDE will handle searching and metadata. He can ask Aaron, Evgeny and Jos for help with the interface design. The interface will cover:

Jan 11, 2008 - 1 minute read - Comments - KDE strigi

Strigi irc meeting

Just giving more voice to original announce: Tomorrow, Saturday 12 January, at 17 UTC an irc meeting will take place on #strigi channel (it’s on freenode if you don’t know). During the meeting Strigi developers will discuss about the future developments of Strigi. Special guest: Aaron Aseigo. You’re all welcome.

Jan 10, 2008 - 1 minute read - Comments - c++ KDE strigi

Tyding up Strigi analyzers

As you may know, KDE4 will use Strigi for meta information extraction instead of the old KFilePlugin classes. Since Strigi’s analyzer work in a different way, lot of code has to be ported. Unfortunately, after a good start, some relevant analyzers were still missing. But in the last weeks Strigi gained support of: wave file avi files txt files dds files rgb files sid files ico files I’ve also updated this summary page.

Nov 26, 2007 - 1 minute read - Comments - c++ KDE strigi

Strigi gains FAM support

Last Monday I submitted lot of changes into Strigi’s trunk. I’ve heavily refactored some classes in order to obtain a more flexible file system notification infrastructure. Thanks to this work now it will be easier to add support for new file system notification facilities. For example, in order to add File Alteration Monitor (aka FAM) support I had to write only 576 loc (including license and documentation stuff). So, by now, Strigi supports the following file system monitoring facilities:

Nov 23, 2007 - 1 minute read - Comments - git svn howto KDE

Updated git-svn howto

Maybe someone has already experimented this situation: You’re hacking on your local working copy and you want to keep it up-to-date but, since you have some uncommitted changes, git-svn rebase cannot be executed I was just thinking to write something about_ _this problem when I read a post on digikam blog. In this post Marcel proposes a workaround using a bash function. In fact there’s a “cleaner” solution, if you’re interested read the last part of my git-svn howto.

Oct 29, 2007 - 1 minute read - Comments - bglug Italy KDE Linux Day

Linux Day 2007

Last Saturday Linux day 2007 took place. Linux Day is an Italian manifestation that promotes Linux and FOSS. During this day different organizations (mostly Linux User Groups) arrange events with speeches, installation parties and more. Since lot of people requested it, I gave a speech about KDE 4 during the Linux day organized by my LUG (BGLug). The presentation covers the main changes and features introduced by KDE 4. I took inspiration from Troy’s “Road to KDE 4” articles (I like them really much).

Sep 4, 2007 - 2 minute read - Comments - howto KDE git svn

Howto use Git and svn together

In these days I’ve heard lot of rumors around Git. After reading some manual/tutorial/guide I discovered that it can be really useful, especially if you spend lot of time coding off-line (that’s my situation). This is a really small howto that describes how to work on a project versioned with svn (maybe taken from KDE repository ;) ) using git. What’re the advantages? Since Git is a distributed revision control system (while svn is a centralized one) you can perform commits, brances, merges,… on your local working dir without being connected to internet.

Aug 31, 2007 - 2 minute read - Comments - c++ KDE strigi xesam

Strigi gains full Xesam queries support

As I said in this previous post, Strigi’s Xesam support was half-done since XesamUserSearchLanguage wasn’t yet handled. Well, this is no longer true… ;) In these weeks I’ve been working on XesamUserSearchLanguage support. Ehm… to be honest, I’ve been fighting with Bison. But in the end I tamed the beast and now Xesam support in Strigi is full. IMHO XesamUserSearchLanguage can be considered more important than XesamQueryLanguage since common users will write queries in this way.

Aug 10, 2007 - 1 minute read - Comments - howto strigi xesam KDE life

Xesam and bathroom hacking

Yesterday morning I was quite arrived at work when Laura (my gf) called me. Something went wrong in our bathroom and water was everywhere. She closed the main water tap and I took the first train for home (yes, since I’m an outlier I take the train two times per day). Once arrived at home I performed some hacking on the guilty washing machine, checked some pipes and than took the next train for office.