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Command-Line blog posts

Command-Line blog posts

So, it only seems fitting that I should talk about a command-line interface to posting on this blog. No, I do not mean using links or the like, but a way to post from the command line.

So, this post is being typed up in vim on my Fedora 8 laptop. I will use this great little tool I found called wppost to post. wwpost is part of the perl module WordPress::Post.

A brief summary of its commands are bellow:

       -c category, can be a list separated by commas, no spaces
-t title
-i description, main body of post, if it has a slash, it is interpreted as a file to slurp
like a text or html file
-D iso formatted date for post, can be left out
-T if there are image attachments, place them as thumbnails only, with link, not just resized

Some usage examples taken from the man page:

    Most basic of usage, (provided you have a ~/.wppost file)

wppost -t 'hi everyone' -i 'i just wanted to say hello'

If you want to specify two different categories:

wppost -t 'Another Apple' -i 'Apples are really great. I do love them so.' -c food,rant -D 20071231

If the body of the post is in a file

wppost -t 'title here' -i ./content.txt

If the content of the post is in a file and you want to use the file
name as the title

wppost -i ./Title_Here.txt

If you want to have file attachments:

wppost -t 'recent photos' -i 'these are recent pictures i took' ./*jpg

Pretty cool, huh?

Peace out!

Pacman for Console

Pacman for Console

You are tired of hearing your GUI friends talking about their games? Tired of playing simple Adventure? Why not try Pacman for Console?

The game play is just like the old quarter game you played long ago, and the best part, you can develop your own maps! Check out the screen shot:

Screen - terminal multiplexer

Screen - terminal multiplexer

I usually have one screen running at all time, and in that screen session, I ssh to various hosts that I am working, and have screen running on those hosts.

Additional Links

gnu screen - Google Search GNU Screen - GNU Project - Free Software Foundation (FSF) GNU Screen - Summary [Savannah] GNU Screen - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia GNU Screen - Jonathan McPherson Screen User’s Manual start [GNU screen] Deadman.org: SSH-Agent Forwarding and GNU Screen http://www4.informatik.uni-erlangen.de/~jnweiger/screen-faq.html Remote terminal session management using screen How to use screen to detach from and share terminal sessions z o r g . o r g - A Brief Introduction to Screen www.zorg.org! Linux, Home Automation, VoIP, Radio Scanning, PMR446, CB Radio, Cryptography, Handspring Visor, Psion Series 3 and much more. screen - The Terminal Multiplexer [Power Sessions with Screen

BINS Photo Album

BINS Photo Album

The BINS Photo Album is a package to generate static web pages from the command line. Why would you want to do this? Well, most of the dynamic web photo albums require that the server do all the work when the client requests the images, thus either slowing it down, or requiring a very beefy server. Also, you introduce the chance for a script-kiddie from hacking your site. Not good.

Enter BINS. Some of its features include [from the web page]:

  • generated album is static : it’s just plain HTML/CSS/Javascript files (Javascript is not mandatory to view the album), no need of any dynamic language (php, asp, etc.) nor database on server side. Album can be burned on CD or DVD.
  • album can contains other albums (sub albums): the album can have a tree structure ;
  • generation of a thumbnail and of scaled images for each picture ;
  • generated album appearance is fully customizable by using HTML templates (5 different templates sets are currently provided) and configuration parameters: colors, number and size of thumbnails per page, number and size of scaled pictures (in pixels or percentage of the original image for the size), fields to display, etc. Those parameters can be set globally (system wide or per user), per album or sub album or per picture (for example, you can change the colors of one sub album or one just one picture page in an album by editing its description file) ;
  • several description fields (date, location, etc…) can be associated with the pictures (in text or HTML format). You can easily add or customize these fields ;
  • description fields can be set or modified via a command line interface or a GTK+/GNOME-based GUI ;
  • A search engine is included in the album : you can find some pictures by searching keywords in their description fields.
  • Album can be generated from pictures managed by Zoph.
  • speed up album browsing by performing a clean up of HTML code to reduce its size and by pre-loading thumbnails in browser cache using JavaScript code ;
  • Exif information and Digital camera support :

    • use the EXIF data structure found on some image files (usually, those produced by digital cameras) to fill automatically some fields (date and time for example).
    • BINS use the Orientation EXIF tag (which is normally set when you rotate a image on you DigiCam) to rotate the picture to correct orientation.
    • For each image, a page provides all information available on the picture and the DigiCam settings when the photo was taken.
    • Additional information are provided for Canon DigiCams.
    • Tooltips provide information about the meaning of some of the fields.
    • All EXIF information is saved in the XML description file, preventing they disappear when the image is modified ;
  • internationalization (generation of album in different languages) using gettext. Current languages supported are Catalan, Dutch, English, Esperanto, Finish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Russian, Spanish and Traditional Chinese ;
  • customizable charset encoding for HTML generation, including UTF-8 (Unicode) support by default. Generation of the Apache .htaccess file for correct encoding charset in HTTP headers ;
  • use of XML files to save user description of pictures and albums/subalbums and Exif data from image file ;
  • handle correctly file and directory names with spaces or other odd characters (excepted ‘/’), and create valid escaped URLs ;
  • generate valid HTML/XHTML code. The level of HTML depends of the style used. Some of the styles are valid, table free XHTML.

The web site has some great example. Go check them out.