Category Archives: Programming

emacs anything with magit

I have been using quite a bit the anything-mode for Emacs, it’s basically a Quicksilver/Alfred or Gnome-do for Emacs and allow to configure a lot of different sources to complete some chosen ‘source’with different actions.

With my work on OpenStack I have found myself jumping a lot between git directories and due configured the variable ‘magit-repo-dirs for easy access to most of them easily.

Plugging those two just seemed natural I had already this in my emacs to quickly open those magit repository directories :

(global-set-key (read-kbd-macro "C-S-o") '(lambda ()(interactive) (dired (magit-read-top-dir nil))))

But going with anything is much nicer and I can add another action for openning the source to  magit so I quickly came up with this magit source :

so now I open my different OpenStack Swift projects quickly with only a few keyboard touch (I bind my custom anything function to C-z) which shows graphically like this :

anything switch to magit dirs.

as always my full emacs config is available here:

Rackspace CloudDNS python binding

I have released a python binding to Rackspace CloudDNS here which allow you to create/update/delete domains and records. It’s available on github

The binding is pretty simple and have unfortunately no documentation (or even tests) but you can figure out most of it from here :

I will be very welcoming pull request that add a bit of documentation.

Installing python-cloudfiles from pypi

I have just uploaded python-cloudfiles to pypi available here

This make things easy to add as a dependence of your project like you can have something like this in your :

requirements = ['python-cloudfiles']

and it will automatically download it as part of the dependence with easy_install or pip.

cool kids on latest debian/ubuntu can do stuff like this (from python-stdeb package) :

pypi-install python-cloudfiles

which would automatically download the tarball from pypi and install it as a packages (like the way it should be for prod machine!)

If you have a virtualenv environment you can easily do a (needs python-pip package) :

pip -E /usr/local/myvirtualenvroot install python-cloudfiles

and magic would be done to get you on latest python-cloudfiles.

As a bonus side you can browse online the python-cloudfiles library :

[Update] This has been renamed back to python-cloudfiles please update your or scripts.

Get latest lyrics of a scrobbled LastFM song

All my music players (Spotify, XBMC, Rythmbox etc…) are scrobbling over lastfm but not all of them display song lyrics properly so I came up with a quick Google AppEngine app that grab the latest or current song scrobbled over and display its lyrics. No fancy HTML or javascript just the lyrics displayed for your enjoyment.

This is available here :

for the scripter around you can just get (via curl or other) :

and it will automatically display it for that username.

connecting to self signed SSL certificate from Java on Debian/Ubuntu

You want to connect to self signed SSL certificate from Java using the standard HttpsURLConnection and you are getting this error, because the self signed certificate is obviously not recognized by Java :

SEVERE: PKIX path building failed: unable to find valid certification path to requested target PKIX path building failed: unable to find valid certification path to requested target

it seems that there is a lot of ‘solutions’ (read hack) or workaround around the web which is resumed well on this stack overflow article.

There is actually a very easy (and secure) way on Debian based systems.

- Go to your https url with Firefox
- Right Click to ‘View Page Info’
- In ‘Security’ tab you will see a button saying ‘View Certificate’
- Click now on the ‘Details’ tab
- Finally click on the ‘Export’ button which offer you to save the PEM certifcate of the website somewhere on your filesystem.

Call it or whatever should be and put the file in /etc/ssl/certs now you just have to run the command :

sudo update-ca-certificates

and it should add your certificate to the java keystore, you can check it with the command (Enter for Password) :

keytool -list -v -keystore /etc/ssl/certs/java/cacerts