January 2006 Archives

Sun Jan 29 01:39:01 CET 2006

Cleaning IssueZilla (yes, it is FAST now!)

IssueZilla is unbelievably fast today. So I decided to clean MyIssues again, closing old issues etc.

Our of curiosity, I made a query for all issues I ever reported. Unbelievable number of 933 issues! And what is important, IZ displayed them all *fast*.

Posted by Pavel | Permanent link | File under: OpenOffice.org

Thu Jan 26 21:40:07 CET 2006

OpenOffice.org site downtime today

Louis announced: The OpenOffice.org site, mail lists, cvs, IssueTracker, will be offline for 30 minutes or less today beginning at 21:45 UTC. We very much regret the sudden notice and inconvenience. The downtime is to install a patch that should speed up dynamic pages.

We all hope this patch will allow us to stop singing, composing poems and continue with development efforts heading to OpenOffice.org 2.0.2.

Posted by Pavel | Permanent link | File under: OpenOffice.org

Tue Jan 24 21:13:40 CET 2006

Stop everything, sell hardware!

Selling hardware is the job we all should do! Just for fun, I investigated several webshops selling Apple hardware and here are the results. I have chosen not-yet available MacBook Pro and compared prices. I have chosen this model because I can't find it on local Apple web store in our country.

So, to start - Apple's worldwide store has the price USD 1999 (~1650 EUR) and free shipping. Amazon offers USD 150 rebate, but the final price is not shown, so I'll ignore it for now.

Lets look in other countries: Germany EUR 2099, Nederland EUR 2139, Austria and France EUR 2149, Italy EUR 2159, Poland EUR 2250.

And now look in my country - official web shop doesn't yet contain the product, but at least two web shops already contain it - for 2360 EUR and for 2150 EUR.

Of course you can't compare 1:1, but the range from USD 1999 to EUR 2250-2360 is somewhat large. The difference is approximately the average monthly salary in our country ;-)

Anyway - the market will solve it...

Posted by Pavel | Permanent link | File under: Mac OS X

Tue Jan 24 13:48:08 CET 2006

Slow or completely broken?

Czech state-owned company České dráhy has the similar problem like OpenOffice.org developers see now - someone sold/provides them something and it doesn't work as it is expected to work (web should provide service, mail archives should archive mail, trains should move passengers from one place to other place) ;-) All five Pendolinos do not work now (after the last one broke in the same way as previous four). It will be interesting to compare the result/solution of both problems.

This is so interesting problem in our country that major Internet news server iDNES.cz created a special page for the whole story (in Czech only).

Posted by Pavel | Permanent link | File under: OpenOffice.org, Lost in Thoughts

Mon Jan 23 08:52:13 CET 2006

IZ feed - another new feature

OpenOffice.org IZ feed has another new feature - it's link tag is a link to IssueZilla's list of new bugs. So with one click, you can see the overview of the status of new issues.

In the OpenOffice.org Planet, you can just click on "New issues - date" summary line.

Thanks Martin K. for the idea!

Posted by Pavel | Permanent link | File under: OpenOffice.org

Sat Jan 21 21:36:38 CET 2006

Song II.

Where are you web mail archives,
where have you gone?
OpenOffice.org developers are lost,
without you we feel alone.

Posted by Pavel | Permanent link | File under: OpenOffice.org

Sat Jan 21 17:37:17 CET 2006

IZ feed - new feature

OpenOffice.org IZ feed has new feature - new issues that are already closed when the entry is generated are overstriked so you do not have to look at them.

If you have new ideas, do not hesitate to send them to me (with Subject: OpenOffice.org IZ feed, please).

P.S. IZ feed is not currently displayed on OOoPlanet, probably because of Planet software update.

Posted by Pavel | Permanent link | File under: OpenOffice.org

Tue Jan 17 12:29:16 CET 2006

Sing with Pavel and Laurent!

Any musician reading this? Can you help us to create MP3 from this?

Dead, Dead, Dead, Slow, Slow, Slow

the complain comes from Pavel.

CollapseNet does play rock but slow

sending *asleep* devs into hell.

Or other rhythms based on the current status (do you have something new to add?):

More information about this error may be available in the server error log,

OpenOffice.org developers can't work because they see only the fog!

The server encountered an internal error or misconfiguration and was unable to complete your request,

be patient and try to do you best,

at the end it will be our conquest!

Thanks goes to Laurent for his words!

Posted by Pavel | Permanent link | File under: OpenOffice.org

Mon Jan 16 22:31:30 CET 2006

371 issues to go!

Right now, we still have 371 issues opened with target 2.0.2. Please help to minimize this amount! And be patient!

Posted by Pavel | Permanent link | File under: OpenOffice.org

Mon Jan 16 20:53:39 CET 2006

Another week starts, ...

.. and CollapseNet is trying what we are able to live with. Something like: "What is the minimal level of service you are able to live with?".

As always: the site is slow, 500 Internal error codes returned, the site is slow, logged people see issues they can't edit, the site is slow, connnection failed by cache5.sjc.collaps.net (squid/2.5.STABLE3), the site is slow, relogins, the site is slow etc.

Enough is enough!

Looks like we have to migrate stuff away from this collapse. Before doing so, we should know the reasons. What are the reasons? Vote (blog to OOoPlanet with Vote X in the subject and your opinion inside):
  • A. Too many requests for OpenOffice.org site.
  • B. Wrong design of the infrastructure.
  • C. Incapable administrators.
  • D. Network infrastructure
  • E. Money.
  • F. Other reasons.

Posted by Pavel | Permanent link | File under: OpenOffice.org

Fri Jan 13 10:54:04 CET 2006

Morning, Hamburg all around me

When I woke up today, I have seen many Hamburgs around. Suddenly I realized that I see Hamburg every morning for quite a long time...

Posted by Pavel | Permanent link | File under: OpenOffice.org, Jokes

Tue Jan 10 21:48:15 CET 2006

Apple: New computers with new CPUs without 64bit extensions!?

4-5x faster than powerbook
G4 Is there any company in the world/on the planet (I'm getting better at marketing!) that could afford announcing new computers with new 32-bit only processors ie. without 64bit instructions today? Only Apple can do that with their new MacBook Pro and iMac. You also must have very good self-confidence to announce "new product is 2-3x faster then our previous product". Why? Because this means "our previous products were very slow"! But this doesn't work for Apple ;-)

I admire that their infrastructure is able to cope with *millions* of people reading about new Mac and etc... And all this without Internal server errors. But the keynote itself is somewhat inaccessible - I'm at 01:04:03 and can't get more ;-)

Posted by Pavel | Permanent link | File under: Mac OS X

Tue Jan 10 07:43:16 CET 2006

OpenSolaris for PowerPC

Blastware: Ladies and Gentlemen, The OpenSolaris kernel for PowerPC has been built.

I wonder if Steve Jobs will announce Mac OS X for SPARC architecture as well today ;-)

Posted by Pavel | Permanent link | File under: Internet technologies

Tue Jan 10 07:21:43 CET 2006

Good start of the day

I wonder why CollapseNet doesn't put copyright footer also to error messages. Yes - I was again unable to work when I wanted to work! I feel like someone is limiting my freedom (this is hint to Americans - what you do when you feel someone is limiting your freedom? People here use strikes. Maybe we should organize one! Yes! I'll set the homepage of cs project on OpenOffice.org to "Internal server Error" message!).

Internal Server Error

The server encountered an internal error or misconfiguration and was unable to complete your request.

Please contact the server administrator, webmaster@openoffice.org and inform them of the time the error occurred, and anything you might have done that may have caused the error.

More information about this error may be available in the server error log.
Apache/2.0.47 (Unix) mod_auth_svn/0.1 SVN/0.23.0 mod_jk/1.2.0 mod_auth_mda/2.0 DAV/2 mod_ssl/2.0.47 OpenSSL/0.9.7 Server at www.openoffice.org Port 80

Posted by Pavel | Permanent link | File under: OpenOffice.org

Sun Jan 8 09:27:23 CET 2006

CVS tree corrupted? Missing dbtreemodel.cxx

All my builds of SRC680_m149 failed because of #i56810#. The file dbtreemodel.cxx disappeared from CVS completely also for old tags!

I put the file here for your convenience - put it into the tree as dbaccess/source/ui/browser/dbtreemodel.cxx.

This week was like walking in the mine-field where soldiers with CN marks on their backs throw new mines all around you. Ironic "thanks"!

Posted by Pavel | Permanent link | File under: OpenOffice.org

Sat Jan 7 20:31:00 CET 2006

Universal binaries problem?

I spend a lot of time these days on universal binaries stuff and general Mac OS X OpenOffice.org work. Thus I'm building with gcc-3.3 and gcc-4.0.1 and mix various setups on one machine. Today, I forgot to gcc_select back to gcc 4.0.1 and tried to build universal binaries with gcc-3.3. This was the result:
cc -isysroot /Developer/SDKs/MacOSX10.4u.sdk \
   -arch i386 -arch ppc -c -o ex.o ex.c
cc: cannot specify -o with -c or -S and multiple compilations
First I was surprised what I have done wrong and then I realized I forgot to gcc_select 4.0.1. This works with gcc-4.0.1 without problems.

This brought interesting question that I'm still not able to answer.

My goal is to have universal binary form of OpenOffice.org that will (in the future) work on both PPC and Intel based Macintoshes on both Panther (PPC) and Tiger (PPC and Intel). This means I have to use gcc-3.3 for PowerPC platform and gcc-4 for Intel platform. Xcode has the settings for this described in the Cross-Development Programming Guide. But how to achieve this on command line. Is it possible at all without using lipo?

Can you help with this problem?

Posted by Pavel | Permanent link | File under: Mac OS X

Sat Jan 7 18:55:39 CET 2006

Developer news from past week

I was a bit busy this week so I was not able to read all OpenOffice.org related mails in time. As there was a huge amount of interesting news, I'll try to summarize them here.

Oliver Bolte from Sun Microsystems published the evaluation document for Intel(R) C++ Compiler with interesting data.

Stephan Bergmann (also from Sun) created Wiki page about writing correct C++.

Specifications are an essential part of the OpenOffice.org development process. I know at least one person who's hair stand up on his head ;-) But I understand that specifications are needed and (when used properly) can save time in all phases of software development and usage. The people from specs project proposed new specification template.

Posted by Pavel | Permanent link | File under: OpenOffice.org

Thu Jan 5 22:09:43 CET 2006

The most advanced operating system?

I have read two press releases/documents today. Both contain this phrase "XYZ, the most advanced operating system"... One was from Apple (Meet the world's most advanced operating system.), the other one from Sun Microsystems (Solaris 10, the most advanced operating system on the planet). By definition, at least one company (or their employees/PR agencies/whoever wrote that) is not true (and as this was surely written on purpose, they are lying).

Now you know, why I hate marketing and people doing it. They do not have conscience. If they use sentences like mentioned above, they do not have technical background/data for their statements and thus must hide them under such fog. And at the end, they will surely talk about he difference of world and planet...

Both operating systems are interesting though ;-)

Keywords: half-truth, lie, marketing.

Posted by Pavel | Permanent link | File under: Lost in Thoughts

Thu Jan 5 21:17:34 CET 2006

News from Mac OS X porting team

Many interesting things happening in Mac OS X porting team.

Maxime Petazzoni has finished setting up Mac OS X tinderbox running on Dual G5 PowerPC with Mac OS X 10.4. he is using gcc 4.0.1 right now. I have asked for gcc-3.3 too (see e.g. #i60088#).

NAKATA Maho prepared file listings from both Panther and Tiger so we can check what is in which version and can continue making the Mac OS X users' experience much smoother by using system libraries instead of OpenOffice.org internal ones. I'm working on the ability to use system python and un-patching the internal Python so it uses the same extensions for shared object files as the system Python.

Mox proposed to use system zlib by default. Mox: go for it, file an issue (do not forgot to CC: me ;-), because:
pavel@paveljanik:~/.ooo/MacOSX> ./Where libz.dylib
Panther /usr/lib/libz.dylib
Panther.withX11 /usr/lib/libz.dylib
Tiger.withX11 /usr/lib/libz.dylib
so both systems have it ;-)

Other possibilities are curl and libxml2. We have to file issues for them so it is not forgotten (I have it on TODO, so if you do that first, please put me into CC:).

Hmm, we need some logo to identify Mac OS X porting team - any volunteer? ;-)

Posted by Pavel | Permanent link | File under: OpenOffice.org, Mac OS X

Wed Jan 4 08:20:27 CET 2006

Infrastructure problems again

OpenOffice.org site is under heavy problems again. Mail was slow yesterday (#i60009#) and doesn't work at all today. IZ doesn't work too as well as the complete website.

And what's worst, EIS was slow last 14 days and even worst, you can't log in today (probably because of the above mentioned website outage).

And to finish with outages, also CVS doesn't work at all. Ironic "Thank you for free day" for this!

This is unacceptable. Community doesn't have a contact where they could inform the maintainer of the site disaster. This has to be changed!

How is it possible that we get almost 100% reliable IRC service from Freenode.net for free and someone is paying for such disaster?

Posted by Pavel | Permanent link | File under: OpenOffice.org

Mon Jan 2 14:05:54 CET 2006

KDE will support Mac OS X Dashboard widgets

Zack Rusin writes in his blog: I'm planning to add full OSX Dashboard compatibility layer for Plasma (hence why I've spent most of the day yesterday on implementing the Canvas element).

GNOME: join the Dashboard supporters, please ;-)

Posted by Pavel | Permanent link | File under: Mac OS X