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Here is a PHP stylesheet for a2ps.

Why isn't it included in the standard a2ps distribution, I don't know.

Just download the php.ssh file and copy it into /usr/share/a2ps/sheets/.


Benjamin Otte told me on #freedesktop that there's this SoC project called GSmartMix that might end up doing what I want. Stefan Kost (the mentor for the project) told me a short bit later that the first basic demo is done and that they want feedback.


GSmartMix blog

GSmartMix on

Does anybody know of a list of D-Bus events it would be useful to subscribe to? I am thinking of events that say "network is down/up", "sound has been muted", ...

There probably isn't a D-Bus event for "sound has been muted", but I think there should be. Audio/video players and (some) games should pause themselves when they receive that event. I don't think they should unpause themselves automatically when the sound gets unmuted, though.


Mike: man setcontext.

Breezy AMD64 qemage

The AMD64 Breezy qemu image I prepared is ready for download at

28 Mar 2006 (updated 28 Mar 2006 at 17:07 UTC) »


firefly@charybdis:~ $ man perltoc | wc
Reformatting perltoc(1), please wait...
  12228   37991  385536

firefly@charybdis:~ $ man gcc | wc Reformatting gcc(1), please wait... 10475 60878 494066

firefly@charybdis:~ $ man perlfunc | wc Reformatting perlfunc(1), please wait... 6655 42081 345448

firefly@charybdis:~ $ man mplayer | wc Reformatting mplayer(1), please wait... 6498 32376 297288

firefly@charybdis:~ $ man smb.conf | wc Reformatting smb.conf(5), please wait... 6252 39674 290421

firefly@charybdis:~ $ man ex | wc Reformatting ex(1posix), please wait... 5098 33570 235212

firefly@charybdis:~ $ man bash | wc Reformatting bash(1), please wait... 4818 36418 275736

firefly@charybdis:~ $ man perldiag | wc Reformatting perldiag(1), please wait... 4041 27130 192905

firefly@charybdis:~ $ man lsof | wc Reformatting lsof(8), please wait... 2531 17406 132807

firefly@charybdis:~ $ man 5 terminfo | wc Reformatting terminfo(5), please wait... 2090 13421 129703 firefly@charybdis:~ $

firefly@charybdis:~ $ man gpg | wc Reformatting gpg(1), please wait... 2035 11708 102345

firefly@charybdis:~ $ man sh | wc Reformatting sh(1posix), please wait... 1172 8335 60875

firefly@charybdis:~ $ man cat | wc Reformatting cat(1), please wait... 74 218 1838


[1] Rob Pike and Brian W. Kernighan, "Program Design in the UNIX Environment"
(Derived from the talk by Rob Pike, ``Cat -v considered harmful''), Bell Labs Tech. J., 1984.


Yes, I know that the only really new thing here are the symlinks instead of the union mount. Just wanted to make that clear.

David Zeuthen stole my idea yesterday...

...and I only got it ten minutes ago. Damn, that man is fast!

Intelligent Directories

Basically, what I've just described is "just" a variant of "intelligent directories". Why should directories just be passive containers? Why not allow extra work to take place behind the scenes when certain magic directories get updated?

I hate configuration files and I hate programs that I manually have to run to catch updates.

I want intelligent directories that automatically email/rsync/backup when I copy/move files to them. I want intelligent directories I can drop fonts or video codecs into.

And I want intelligent directories I can drop applications in.

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