Monthly Archives: April 2005

29 April 2005

Ubuntu Down Under I have been in Sydney for the past week for UDU, which wraps up tomorrow. It has been great meeting up with everyone again, but has also been exhausting. Some of the stuff on the horizon will be quite ground breaking. For instance, I don’t think anyone has attempted something like Grumpy […]


One of the changes in the recent pkg-config releases is that the –libs output no longer prints out the entire list of libraries expanded from the requested set of packages. As an example, here is the output of pkg-config –libs gtk+-2.0 with version 0.15: -lgtk-x11-2.0 -lgdk-x11-2.0 -latk-1.0 -lgdk_pixbuf-2.0 -lm -lpangoxft-1.0 -lpangox-1.0 -lpango-1.0 -lgobject-2.0 -lgmodule-2.0 -ldl […]

The Colour Purple

If you look at the bottom of Cadbury’s website in the footer of the page, you find the following text: …, and the colour purple are Cadbury Group trade marks in Australia. Apparently Cadbury believes they can trade mark a colour, and according to a story on the radio they’ve been sending out cease and […]

New pkg-config

I recently pointed jhbuild’s bootstrap module-set at the new releases of pkg-config, which seems to have triggered some problems for some people. In some ways, it isn’t too surprising that some problems appeared, since there were two years between the 0.15 and 0.16 releases. When you go that long without testing from packages that depend […]

8 April 2005

Tracing Python Programs I was asked recently whether there was an equivalent of sh -x for Python (ie. print out each statement before it is run), to help with debugging a script. It turns out that there is a module in the Python standard library to do so, but it isn’t listed in the standard […]