12 June 2001
Put out another development pygtk snapshot. I actually released it yesterday, but my computer's clock was out by 12 hours when I made the release, but didn't notice it (something weird must have happened when bringing all the computers back up after the brownout on sunday), and the ntp server on the gateway didn't start up correctly so it didn't correct itself. I hate clock skew.
I have some ideas on how to decrease the amount of handcoded stuff in pygtk even further. The beginnings of this code is included in the latest snapshot (the GBoxed type). I haven't gotten round to converting any of the existing boxed types over to this new code or adjusted the code generator yet though.
Cyrille, Lars, Steffen and Hans have been doing great work on Dia. They are responsible for most of the work on the recent 0.88.1 release of dia. There will probably be a 0.89 release soon.
Chema posted an initial tarball of glade v2. I will have to look at it a bit closer. Libglade will have to be ready for the gnome 2.0 API freeze, which will probably be before glade2 is usable. The Sun guys want accessibility support in glade/libglade, so we will see how that shapes up.
At the office, I was attempting to get the amanda backup client agent to compile under cygwin (with the aim of adding some NT boxes to the network backup system). After patching it to take into account ".exe" suffixes on some programs and commenting out some of the fstab/block device code, it finally compiled. By hooking it up to cygwin's inetd, the amcheck, amdump, etc programs on the backup server could talk to the client agent on the NT box. Unfortunately, the backup was really slow and was using 100% CPU :( It sent the dump to the backup server, but then had to create an index or stats for the dump, or something, which was taking a long time and caused a timeout :(
Cygwin is a very useful tool on windows boxes, but it has its limitations. I found out about an Amanda Win32 client which I might try. It uses yet another POSIX emulation layer.