Older blog entries for terceiro (starting at number 6)

12 Jul 2005 (updated 15 Jul 2005 at 01:43 UTC) »
Bypassing bad (or null) UTF-8 support on text-mode applications

Well, I'm a big fan of text-mode applications like centericq, links, etc. But some time ago I decided to dive into UTF-8, but it caused me problems: those applications don't handle UTF-8 well yet. Since mutt handles UTF-8 very well, it wasn't that bas. But having to switch Gnome-Terminal tabs to iso-8859-1 encoding every time I wanted to use centericq or links was kind of annoying.

I've just found a workaround for this. It's not the final solution, but a nice temporary one while there are applications that don't "speak" UTF-8.

The secret is to use luit, a great utility that is already included in XFree86 distribution. luit converts the terminal I/O of between UTF-* and the current locale.

For example, :

As I do use an UTF-8 locale, what I have to do to make centericq run nice inside my UTF-8 terminal:

$ LANG=pt_BR.iso88591 luit centericq


Now I have in my .bashrc:

  • alias links='LANG=pt_BR.iso88591 luit links'
  • alias centericq='LANG=pt_BR.iso88591 luit centericq'

BTW, Debian has a centericq-utf8 package, which doesn't work at all. That's not because of the packaging, but because centericq-utf8 doesn't use the right ncurses features to abstract the input encoding, what would make the simple fact of linking the application to libncursesw intead of the plain libncurses enough to make it UTF-8-aware.

2 Jul 2005 (updated 2 Jul 2005 at 22:26 UTC) »

I've just released a new TopicTranslationsPlugin version. It now redirects automatically to the best available translation of a topic, based on the Accept-Language header sent by the User Agent. I've added also the possibility of dealing with the missing translations.

I'm beginning to think that it definitely can be the base of a localization framework for TWiki ... wheee! :-)

19 Jun 2005 (updated 16 Nov 2005 at 18:34 UTC) »

I've just uploaded my first release of html2latex. My quest with it started when me and Pedro were managing to get Projeto Software Livre Bahia's booklet on Free Software typesetted and printed.

We decided to use html2latex, among other conversion tools. It has some bugs that we fixed. We've added some features as well.

Well, after that I tried to get in touch with it's original author and didn't succeeded. So I'm starting to mantain this new version. I hope it can be useful for several people and I get help with it. :-)

23 May 2005 (updated 23 May 2005 at 21:09 UTC) »

It's amazing how free software can be flexible. The last weeks I've needed several times do configure printers remotely. Sometimes it's "scary" what can be done with CUPS, ssh, and LinuxPrinting.org.

As I know (since last year, in fact) live 3000 km away from my hometown, and these days my parents bougth a new printer, those software came into hand to solve the problem. :-)

To configure "locally" a remote printer:

ssh remotehost   -L 9999:localhost:631

This way the CUPS web configuration interface on remotehost will be available on http://localhost:9999.

8 Jul 2004 (updated 8 Jul 2004 at 20:21 UTC) »
Changing locale notation to names suitable to TWiki webs

perl -p -e 's/_//; s/^(.)(.*)$/\u$1\L$2/;'
It will be usefull ... ;-)


pt_BR -> Ptbr
en -> En

I'm used to imperative programming Languages, but I've started to read the book An introduction to functional programming systems using Haskell.

Functional Programming Languages have looked ugly for me, because of my (small) previous experience with Lisp. All those parentheses were very boring.

But Haskell has an extremely simple syntax, is very expressive and has direct and straighforward constructions. I've thought about programming something "real" to experiment using Haskell for programming usual stuff.

I hope I get used to program without attributions. :-)

6 Apr 2004 (updated 6 Apr 2004 at 17:40 UTC) »

I'll start to write here about all stuff I do with/for free software.

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