Cheetah Mode for Emacs

Here is a simple html derived mode for Cheetah templates files. The font-locking regexp can be improved thought but that’s a start.

(define-derived-mode cheetah-mode html-mode "Cheetah"
  (make-face 'cheetah-variable-face)
     ("\\(#\\(from\\|else\\|include\\|set\\|import\\|for\\|if\\|end\\)+\\)\\>" 1 font-lock-type-face)
     ("\\(#\\(from\\|for\\|end\\)\\).*\\<\\(for\\|import\\|if\\|in\\)\\>" 3 font-lock-type-face)
     ("\\(\\$\\(?:\\sw\\|}\\|{\\|\\s_\\)+\\)" 1 font-lock-variable-name-face))
  (font-lock-mode 1)
(setq auto-mode-alist (cons '( "\\.tmpl\\'" . cheetah-mode ) auto-mode-alist ))

Access Gajim within Emacs

Here is some function to launch a gajim window from Emacs :

(defvar gajim-remote "/usr/bin/gajim-remote")
(defvar gajim-user-list ())

(defun my-gajim-get-list()
      (call-process gajim-remote nil t nil "list_contacts")
      (goto-char (point-min))
      (while (re-search-forward "^jid[ ]*:[ ]*\\(.*\\)$" (point-max) t )
        (setq gajim-user-list (append gajim-user-list (list (match-string-no-properties 1)))))))

(defun my-gajim-talk()
  (let* ((ff (if (not gajim-user-list)(my-gajim-get-list) gajim-user-list))
         (answer (completing-read "Jabber: " (mapcar (lambda (tt)(list tt)) ff))))
    (message answer)
    (start-process "*GAJIM*" nil gajim-remote "open_chat" answer)
(global-set-key '[(control x)(j)] 'my-gajim-talk)

If Emacs had a dbus support that would have been cool.

Assignement in Python with list.extend()

This is weird for me :

d = ['foo', 'bar', 'ba', 'c']
print d
f = d
print d

give me the result

-*- mode: compilation; default-directory: “/tmp/” -*-
Compilation started at Mon Jul 31 16:49:41

python “/tmp/”
[‘foo’, ‘bar’, ‘ba’, ‘c’]
[‘foo’, ‘bar’, ‘ba’, ‘c’, ‘foo’, ‘bar’, ‘ba’, ‘c’]

Compilation finished at Mon Jul 31 16:49:4

It seems that extend assign as well the non extended part (d) which is confusing because to merge list i need to use temporary variable.

crypt(3) on unix maximal length

When i have a password comparaison function using crypt(3) i really should remember that the comparaison stop at the 7 bytes, because that stuff is weird for me :

In [1]: import crypt
In [2]: seed=’foo!bar’
In [3]: crypt.crypt(‘abcdefghaa123456681’, seed)
Out[3]: ‘foEoVhbk7ad7A’
In [4]: crypt.crypt(‘abcdefghpax;lalx;al’, seed)
Out[4]: ‘foEoVhbk7ad7A’
In [5]:

any stuff after the 6 char will always get ignored by the hash algorithm. is moved.

I have finally changed over a new provider. The new
provider is called WebHost and i got a VPS with 50GB of
bandwith and 2GB of storage for 10US$ a month.

My first task was to compile python2.4 on that box which look like
it’s based on RH7.3 with heavy customization. Hopefully python really can compile everywhere.

I would like to thanks Vincent Danen for all his free hosting
during all theses years. He has been answering me every
questions i had and provided me a nice hosting for all theses years i was in travel.
I hope to pass by Alberta one day and invite him for the couples
of hundred beers that i own him now.

So now that i have a private server what can i do with that ? not too
much since webdev is not my hobbies (i have to do that at work and i
find it a pain in the a***), but well it’s cool to have a ssh
from everywhere in the world.

Going over Israel

Tuesday i will fly from Sydney, Australia to Jerusalem via Jordan.

For a lot of people it does not look it is the right time to get there but i am sure it all going to be fine.

As my experience when people say ”don’t go to a country” it is exactly the right time to get to the country.

I will try to keep updated here of my travel.