Category Archives: All software sucks

Growl crashes Mail in os X

As if I didn’t have a crappy morning already, my Mac OS X Mail had to start bugging during my morning routines by the computer. After countless crash-reports and relaunches I even rebooted, but without success.

I found some hints on Google, including one on disabling Growl Mail. This seemed to be the most realistic solution, but didn’t work. I also tried many other suggested workarounds like deleting ToDos in iCal, clearing some caches, hitting some keys when Mail starts and so on. Nothing helped. After even more relaunching and sending bug reports to Apple, and another five minutes of Googling, I discovered a thread that had solved the problem by deleting the GrowlMail.mailbundle directory from HD/Library/Mail/Bundles.

Luckily, that worked for me as well. So now I can finally start my day and look forward to whatever else Murphy has got in store for me.



Filed under All software sucks, Mac

Week numbers in iCal

I can’t understand why Apple has not included week numbers in iCal. Not even as an option. Well, luckily I found a php script that generates a calendar that you can import into iCal and that way get week numbers as “whole day” events. Ugly? A bit, but it might be worth it.

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autossh + screen = fully automatic relogin

When working inside screen over ssh in the Mac OS X Terminal application, it for some reason always hangs after the computer has slept. There’s seems to be no way to resurrect it, other than closing the Terminal and opening a new one, letting the old ssh connection die in loneliness.

However, this problem is avoided by either not using screen (magically, a “normal” ssh connection doesn’t hang the Terminal), or by using autossh to automatically restart a lost connection. I decided to try out the latter option.

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Migrating part of repository in SVN

Phew, I finally did it. Migrating part of an svn-repository to a new repository while changing the destination paths isn’t as trivial as the svn manual implies. The workflow according to the book should look like this:

  1. Dump the repository while filtering with svndumpfilter
  2. Edit the dumpfile to change paths
  3. Load the dumpfile into the new repository

While this is basically what I did, it wasn’t as straight forward as it sounds…

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