📌 Hiatus (updated in April 2024)

NOTE this post is pinned, it's not the most recent one.

Due to real life issues I took a long hiatus starting in September 2019 and extending so far into 2024, during which I'm having very little time to spend on any personal project (though occasionally updating them, and still reachable by email).

I'll look into reported bugs and fix them ASAP, but I won't able to do much more than that for the time being.

nautilus-follow-symlink/caja-follow-symlink 1.2.1 released

I've just published an updated nautilus-follow-symlink/caja-follow-symlink.

After more than a decade I'm updating this little project as my guinea pig for my conversion of older projects to git. It was no longer compiling with current versions of GCC so that I made a couple changes to get it working again.

You can download the updated version as usually at http://p.outlyer.net/nautilus-follow-symlink.
Can be downloaded as a source tarball or a pre-built binary for Debian Stable (amd64).

Besides the tarballs, the source is available at my new git repository and at GitHub:

vcs-creator: A GUI for vcs, by tudo75

This escaped my attention, but a user by the name of tudo75 left a comment mentioning they have created a cool GUI for vcs, in case you want to check it out. I haven't checked it thoroughly but it seems useful.

vcs-creator, Small gui for the VCS (Video Contact Sheet *NIX) script: https://github.com/tudo75/vcs-creator

Relevation 1.3.1 released

A small update to Relevation, to ease usage on contemporary systems it's now running on Python 3. Hopefully I didn't break it since I'm not used to Python 3.

No other big changes, just some internal ones.

Relevation 1.3.1
https://p.outlyer.net/files/relevation/relevation-1.3.1.zip (zip includes PDF and HTML manpage)

Debian users can use my apt repository located at http://packages.outlyer.net. Instructions are provided there.

VCS 1.13.4 released

Prompted by a couple reports, here's a new bugfix release of VCS. It most importantly fixes an incompatibility with Bash 5.0 which made the script put all the captures in a single row.

A couple minor bugs are also fixed, where using mawk would produce some errors and print the wrong file sizes, and the evasion offsets (which are used to avoid blank screengrabs) weren't really being used.

See the full changelog for more details.

vcs 1.13.4
vcs-1.13.4.gz (script only)
vcs-1.13.4.tar.gz (script, sample configuration, manpage and profiles)
deb, rpm, PKGBUILD & xz
as usual at p.outlyer.net/vcs

VCS 1.13.3 released

The latest version of VCS is available to download.
It's been a good while since the last release, but there aren't a lot of changes this time around, apart from the usual bugfixes there's better handling of errors and unsupported files.

The most important bug fixed is obviously the one I already previewed some days ago. The header was being cropped with current-day ImageMagick, and that problem should be gone.

See the full changelog for more details.

vcs 1.13.3
vcs-1.13.3.gz (script only)
vcs-1.13.3.tar.gz (script, sample configuration, manpage and profiles)
deb, rpm, PKGBUILD & xz
as usual at p.outlyer.net/vcs

Quick fix for cropped media info in VCS

Just a quick note for those encountering this bug where the codec information is misaligned and cropped, you can download a pre-release of the next version now. There's a couple more bugfixes and minor changes, and hopefully not much breakage.

This issue has been there for months (first pointed out, together with the fix, by Markus), but I haven't gotten the time to look into it until now, sorry to anyone affected.

Cropped media info box
Cropped media info box

Fixed media info box
Fixed media info box

You can grab the script from https://p.outlyer.net/vcs/files/pre-RELEASES/vcs-1.13.3-pre.2.bash.

Unofficial Ruby version of VCS

For anyone interested, Thomas has contacted me to let me know he wrote a "Video Contact Sheet Ruby" which reuses part of VCS' code and outputs contact sheets in the same style.
Being written in Ruby, its code will be less of a mess and, even more interestingly, it can run on Windows with less hackery than VCS.

So you're invited to take a look at his project at https://github.com/FreeApophis/vcs.rb.

Nubeox en Linux

En este post explico cómo he conseguido reproducir contenidos de Nubeox Premium protegidos con DRM en Linux.
El mismo método debería servir para otros servicios problemáticos basados en Flash, como Wuaki o TotalChannel aunque no lo he probado.

Como tantas otras veces, el Wiki de Arch Linux ha sido de lo más útil. El problema parece ser que el DRM en Flash requiere HAL. Pero HAL hace años que está en desuso y desaparecido o reducido a la mínima expresión en la mayoría de distribuciones.
La solución pasa por instalar una versión especial de libhal, que internamente usa el sistema más moderno udisks, pero que proporciona los elementos necesarios para que el DRM de Flash funcione.
Se puede encontrar en https://github.com/cshorler/hal-flash, y una vez descargada habrá que compilarla y reemplazar el libhal del sistema si es que aún sigue ahí. Ojo, otros programas que aún dependan de HAL podrían tener problemas. Por suerte en mi caso (Debian Sid) libhal ya no era necesario.

En sistemas basados en Debian (Ubuntu, Mint…) se puede crear el paquete deb fácilmente:

$ sudo apt-get install devscripts build-essential
$ unzip hal-flash-master.zip
$ cd hal-flash-master
$ debuild -us -uc -b
$ sudo apt-get remove libhal1
$ dpkg -i ../libhal1-flash_*.deb

Además hay que eliminar la caché del plugin Flash:

$ cd ~/.adobe/Flash_Player
$ rm -rf NativeCache AssetCache APSPrivateData2

Tras seguir estos pasos, la reproducción de contenidos de Nubeox empezó a funcionar, tanto los canales en directo como las películas y episodios de series. No he probado los alquileres aunque imagino que funcionarán.


Relevation 1.3 released

I've just published an updated version of Relevation.

The main addition is support for the newer format of data files used by Revelation, plus a slightly better handling of international characters in the data file.

This is, however, a somewhat rushed and unpolished release to support the newer file format as soon as ready. As a result running the script in Windows is now harder, untested and most likely broken.
I plan to update it ASAP.

Relevation 1.3

http://p.outlyer.net/relevation/files/relevation-1.3.zip (zip includes PDF and HTML manpage)


Debian users can use my apt repository located at http://packages.outlyer.net. Instructions are provided there.

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