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He said he'd think about it.

28 December 2008 21:50

Back a while I created an updated mutt package which builds upon the previous work with mutt-ng.

The package which I had constructed had two new features, well if you're generous. I guess there was only technically one new feature:

  • The ability to cause the sidebar to only display folders with new mail in them.
  • + Updated navigation to make next/prev work correctly with only new mail-containing folders.

I still hate quilt with a passion, but I've synced my patches with the current unstable Mutt - and there are now source & binary packages (x86 + amd64) in my apt-get repository for Etch. I can rebuild for Lenny if there is any interest. But it might take me a while to setup lenny chroots.

As a graphical example this is what you will end up with:

OK I've tweaked the settings a little, but only a little:

# set up the sidebar, default to being visible
set sidebar_width=45
set sidebar_visible=yes
set sidebar_delim='|'
color sidebar_new red default

# ctrl-n, ctrl-p to select next, prev folder
# ctrl-o to open selected folder
bind index \CJ sidebar-scroll-down
bind index \CK sidebar-scroll-up
bind index \CP sidebar-prev
bind index \CN sidebar-next
bind pager \CO sidebar-open
bind index \CO sidebar-open

# Remap bounce-message function to "B"
bind index B bounce-message

#  Toggle visability of the sidebar.
macro index b '<enter-command>toggle sidebar_visible<enter><refresh>'
macro pager b '<enter-command>toggle sidebar_visible<enter><redraw-screen>'

#  Show folders with new mail only
macro index E '<enter-command>toggle sidebar_newmail_only<enter>'
macro pager E '<enter-command>toggle sidebar_newmail_only<enter>'

ObFilm: Joan of Arc

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Don't you want to hear my excuse?

20 May 2009 21:50

Etch -> Lenny

This Saturday I'll be upgrading my main box to lenny.

Mostly this should be painless, as the primary services aren't going to change too much.

I've tested the upgrade of the virtual hosting configuration which I use for exim4 on lenny and that works, as-is. I also have a local version of qpsmtpd which I'll be deploying and that works on lenny with my custom plugins.

A new version of Apache 2.x shouldn't cause any problem, although I will need to test each site I have to make sure that Perl module upgrades don't cause any breakage.

I expect random readers will neither notice nor care if my sites go down for an hour or two, but for local people consider this notice ;)

In other news I put together some javascript plugins for jquery recently:


This allows dl/dt/dd/definition lists to have their contents collapsed easily.

Currently I use some custom code to do that (e.g. as used here) but this jquery plugin is far neater, even if the plugin code isn't perhaps the best.


This plugin converts plain links to things that make AJAX requests. In theory this allows graceful enhancements.

e.g. <a href="foo.html#bar">link</a> becomes an AJAX request that loads the contents of "foo.html" into the div with ID bar.

It seems this is a cheap clone of ajaxify, but I didn't know that when I put it together.

ObFilm: The Breakfast Club



Everything is different, but the same.

24 May 2009 21:50

I've successfully upgraded my primary web/mail/misc host from Debian Etch to Debian Lenny. There were a few minor problems, but on the whole the upgrade was as painless as I've come to expect.

In the past I'd edited my Exim4 configuration to add quite a few ACL checks, for example rejecting mails based upon spoofed/bogus HELO identifiers, and rejecting messages that didn't contain "Subject" or "Date" headers.

The Debian Exim4 configuration may be split into multiple files (which is how I prefer it on the whole). The idea that you just add new files into the existing hierarchy and they'll magically appear in the correct location when a real configuration file is generated. On the whole this works well, but sometimes editing files in-place is required, and it was these local edits that caused me pain.

Fixing things up was mostly not a challenge, primarily it was a matter of removing ACLs until exim4 started without errors - all my spam checking is handled ahead of exim4 these days, except for the last-ditch spam filtering with a combination of procmail-fu and the crm114 classifier package.

Taking a hint from Bubulle's weblog I decided to nuke my CRM114 spam database to avoid any possible version-mismatch issues so now I'm having to classify a lot of "unsure" messages. Happily my memory of doing this last time round is that the initial training of spam/ham takes a day or so to complete.

Anyway now I can start looking to advantage of the things new to Lenny. But probably not until I'm sure things have calmed down and upgraded correctly.

steve@skx:~$ uptime
 05:00:31 up 260 days, 14:23,  2 users,  load average: 0.95, 0.51, 0.31
steve@skx:~$ cat /etc/issue
Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 \n \l

ObFilm: Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

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