A long night … fedX + get rpmfusion repo

I became desperate yesterday night to do some useful things, anything. Had a long offline Puja Holidays. I was struggling to understand “How to write Makefiles”, and yesterday it clicked and I ended up writing a Makefile for the ongoing fedX project. Though the makefile which I wrote is not that great, but I have a start now. Committed the changes to the fedX repository at

http://gitorious.org/~rtnpro/fedx/rtnpros-fedx-clone/

It was around 4:00 AM in the morning already. Made some changes in my gitorious project clones. Apart from that, I was trying to download the rpmfusion repositories for Fedora 11. I was using rsync on multiple screens for the purpose. But again and again, rsync used to stop downloading after working for sometime. Then I tried a Firefox addon “DownThemAll” and was very happy to see it work. All I needed was to browse the repository page listing all the packages, right click and select DownThemAll. And then I just needed to select where I want to save the downloaded files and start it. It downloads multiple files simultaneously and does not halt when one of the files cannot be downloaded, rather it pauses it and moves to others. It also supports resume, and has an option to skip the already downloaded files.

But I could not download the directories with DownThemAll. I guess it works only for files. Need to do some research on it. Any way, you can try to use DownThemAll. I think you will like it.

Finally, I went to sleep at 4:45 AM with my laptop running DownThemAll to download the rpmfusion repository. When I got up today morning, it was running fine. πŸ˜€

Puja Holidays in Guwahtai

Happy Durga Puja to all.

It has been a long run since I left for Durgapur after the Software Freedom Day,2009 at Kolkata. I reached Howrah station at around 8:15 PM on 15th September 2009. Though I got anΒ  e-ticket for Durgapur in the Danapur Express which was about to leave from Howrah at 9:35 PM, I still didn’t have a hard copy. I thought I could get a print out at the station from the .html file of the e-ticket I was having in my mobile phone. As ill luck would have it, the one cyber cafe that was there in Howrah station was being demolished (might be for repairs … drastic). I had plenty of time though, so I went outside the station to try my luck. With some help from the folks out there, I started my venture to find a place to print my ticket. Couldn’t find any in the proximity. Finally I found one, but the shop’s printer ran out of ink. What the hell! It was 9:15 PM and so I returned and boarded the train. My mobile phone was almost out of charge, and so I transferred the only document of my ticket to my laptop. When the TTE came, I showed him the html file and after some arguments, I was able to convince him. It could have been worse. I didn’t have my Identity Card with me.

I reached Durgapur at 11:30 PM. Then at around 3:00 AM in the morning boarded the JHAJHA-Guwahati Express for AlipurDuar Junction, my father’s home town. Quite uneventful days in AlipurDuar and Coachbehar ( my mother’s home town) except for family reunion. Finally came back to Guwahati on 20th September, 2009.

First thing I did was install linux (omega) in my father’s computer and explained the advantages of it to my father. Next day, my father told his colleagues that in linux, you don’t need to worry about viruses ( in general). I started getting calls from them to install Linux in their systems too. I did two installs of Omega coupled with the other packages installed from the Fedora 11 repository I am carrying in my portable HDD.

Internet connection had been quite unstable here. The BSNL link most of the times is down and since yesterday, the phone line is dead. This week, mbuf made some new plans for fedx and told me to go through Makefile HowTo. He assigned me some tasks. Today I have completed the first one of them … that was to write a makefile rule to check is vsftpd is installed in a system. If not, to install it in the system. Made a commit today in my fedx’s clone at gitorious. Thanks to smartnet, it came as life saver, when BSNL is down.

This week, did lots of fun with my brother. Went for long distance biking, to restaurants, to computer shops to enquire about notebooks for him. Today it was Ashtami, we fasted till noon and offered pushpanjali to Goddess Durga. Then in the evening, me and my BRO went to see the Durga Pujas in Maligaon in the evening.

Tomorrow I plan to go to Accoland with my brother. Looking forward to a great day πŸ˜€

Fedora Offline Repo Setup now known as FedX

This summer I am working on building a GUI for easy setup of a completely offline Fedora repository as a part of my DGPLUG summer training 2009. This, if successfully implemented, will greatly help us to spread Fedora and FOSS usage in areas where decent internet connections are not available in general.

I am being mentored by mbuf in this project. He gave a COOL name to this project

FedX

The project tree has been created at http://gitorious.org/fedx

Also, the project wiki will be kept updated.