New GitHub account and some SlackBuilds updated

As I said in the previous post, I was in doubt regarding the fact of continuing or not to provide prebuilt packages. Nowadays there are more tools that help Slackware users with the installation of third-party software, compared to the past. This applies both to the installation via SlackBuild scripts and the one from prebuilt ...

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New fresh SlackBuilds!

Here we are! In the last period, during my spare time, I worked on various SlackBuilds. The first of these is I-Nex, a system information tool like the well-known Windows software CPU-Z. I had to wait to build it because it requires libprocps which was not included before the version 14.2 of Slackware. The second one ...

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Upgraded packages for Slackware 14.2

Slackware 14.2 has been finally released, so I decided to (re)create some new prebuilt packages for this version. The packages (for which I also maintain the SlackBuild scripts at SlackBuilds.org) are libcpuid, libmseed and packETH. As usual, the packages are available for both 32 and 64 bit versions of Slackware and you can find them into ...

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Virtual disk data recovery

The last weekend was terrible. On Friday evening I was writing some VHDL code for a small project and testing step-by-step all the stuff through a VHDL simulator running on Windows. Obviously, to do this I used a VirtualBox virtual machine, since my host OS is a Linux distro. Once I finished to work I simply ...

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Ant buildfiles usage: a brief example 2

Hi folks! After a few months of inactivity I come back with a new post concerning the anatomy of an Ant buildfile. Ant buildfiles are written in XML and are mainly used to build Java applications. In this post I’ll explain step-by-step how to write a buildfile for a simple Java application (a simple Web server ...

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A way to extract the playback time from mpg123

In the last period I was working on a project concerning UPnP. In particular I was developing a “smart speaker”, a wireless speaker which plays mp3 files by streaming them from a NAS (UPnP media server). The code is written in Java and leans to mpg123, a real time CLI MPEG audio player/decoder. The hardware ...

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Upgrade to PHP 5.6.2

In the last days I was trying to create some packages for Slackware 14.1. I’ve created two virtual machines with VirtualBox, one for the 32 bit version and the other for the 64 bit version. These VMs have a clean Slackware installation and are intended to be used only for building packages. I’ve configured slackpkg ...

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Sort tricks

This nice UNIX command allows you to sort the rows of a text file according to predetermined criteria. Let’s do a few simple examples. Imagine you have a text file called Data.txt structured as below: If you want to sort the rows according to the age (the second column), you can do it with sort ...

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Toshiba DVB-T TV tuner on Linux 4

My attention is focused on this specific USB device: Toshiba DVB-T TV tuner P/N PX1211E-1TVD. I got it together with my old laptop in the summer of 2006. Albeit this DVB-T TV tuner comes with a standalone mini antenna, I usually prefer to connect it directly to the TV antenna cable using the adapter. This ...

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The laptop reboots instead of shutting down: what to do?

A few days ago I finally fixed a problem that has plagued my laptop for a few months. I bought the PC last year at the end of December. The first thing I did once I got my hands on it, was to format Windows in order to install Slackware on the whole disk. After ...

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