Gaim: get back Ctrl + Enter to send message

Some time ago I think it was when I made the switch from Gaim 1.x to 2.x sending my instant messages with Ctrl + Enter stopped working. I have lived with it for along time but it kept annoying me… a good friend of mine found the solution on another website and today I took the time to actually do it.

The thing beneath is kinda ripoff / copy-paste :D

Create the file .gtkrc-2.0 in your home directory with the following content:

gtk-key-theme-name = "Emacs"
gtk-can-change-accels = 1
binding "gaim" {
    bind "Return" { "message_send" () }
    bind "Return" { "insert-at-cursor" ("\n") }
widget "*gaim_gtkconv_entry" binding "gaim"

Mono coding: Capturing right clicks in a Gtk.TreeView

I had a hard time figuring out how to capture a right click on a TreeView, which I needed to be able to make a context menu or popup menu or what ever you wanna call it. The way I expected it would work didn’t… I think it have something to do with a change in Mono some time ago (Why don’t I get ButtonPressEvents from my Button/Treeview?).

This example is based on the “Shortcuts - Writing Less Code” example from the website. The main difference is that the TreeView is no longer setup in the main class but is now a separate class with the function OnButtonPressEvent overwritten.

public class TreeViewExample {
	public static void Main ()
		Gtk.Application.Init ();
		new TreeViewExample ();
		Gtk.Application.Run ();

	public TreeViewExample ()
		Gtk.Window window = new Gtk.Window ("TreeView Example");
		window.SetSizeRequest (500,200);

		MusicTreeView tree = new MusicTreeView ();
		window.Add (tree);
		window.ShowAll ();

// Creating a new class MusicTreeView which is derived from the TreeView class
public class MusicTreeView : Gtk.TreeView {

        public MusicTreeView ()
        		Gtk.ListStore musicListStore = new Gtk.ListStore (typeof (string), typeof (string));

        		this.AppendColumn ("Artist", new Gtk.CellRendererText (), "text", 0);
        		this.AppendColumn ("Title", new Gtk.CellRendererText (), "text", 1);

        		musicListStore.AppendValues ("Garbage", "Dog New Tricks");
        		this.Model = musicListStore;

        // The TreeView has a build in function which is called upon a OnButtonPressEvent
        // We override the function to capture right clicks with the mouse
        protected override bool OnButtonPressEvent (Gdk.EventButton evnt)
                if(evnt.Button == 3) {
                        System.Console.WriteLine ("Right click");
                        return true;
                // Now if we would ever get this far
                // we run the TreeViews OnButtonPressEvent function
                // to make sure everything else works as normal
                return base.OnButtonPressEvent(evnt);

Update: I wrote a new “right click in Gtk.TreeView” example.

Searching packages on RHEL CD's

Sometimes you have to get primitive … duh.

Today I got really annoyed about the “Package Management” tool on Red Hat EL 4 update 4. When I tried to install the “Development tools” I just got an error that krb5-libs could not be found which was a dependencie of krb5-workstation (1.3.4, 33). Both krb5-libs and krb5-workstation was installed…?!? I’m not Red Hat expert… and that is probably my biggest problem here :)

Back to the commandline… it always works. I had to search the CD’es (afterwards I found that all the packages I needed was on CD3). I made a little search script… dont think anyone can use it… just thought it was fun:

for i in 1 2 3 4 5
    mount -o loop /root/RHEL4-U4-i386-ES-disc$i.iso  /mnt/
    echo "Results on cd $i"
    find /mnt/RedHat/RPMS/ -iname $1\*
    umount /mnt/

Shuttle wireless not working with WPA in Ubuntu Edgy

Today I used my Ubuntu Linux workstation at home for several hours. I usually only use it for playing World of Warcraft (which until now have been on Windows). When even I need to do some Linux stuff I usually just fire up my trusty IBM x40 laptop, which only takes a few seconds since I always suspend to RAM.

Well while I was playing around with some different things (including getting “World of Warcraft - The Burning Crusade” to run with wine), I got the crazy idea to try use the wireless net instead of the wired. My workstation is a Shuttle and I bought the “special” Shuttle wireless (USB) card, which doesn’t take up the precious single free PCI slot.

The module the card is using is:


When set up from the commandline WPA is working just nicely… but together with Network Manager I can only connect to WEP encryptet networks… this is a know bug :(

VMware guest install from CD-ROM hangs

Today I wanted to install Suse Linux Enterprise Server 10 (SLES10) from my USB DVD drive on my VMware Server (the free edition). I went though the wizard and powered on the machine but when the SUSE installer started to read the initial ramdisk it never got any further.

Troubleshooting VMware issues… First I seached Google but didn’t really found anything usefull. My problem was to generic. Then I found that each VMware machine has its own log file at the same location as the vmx files etc. I found that when the machine stopped responding the log file would say something like this:

Jan 19 12:04:22: vcpu-0| VIDE: (0x170) Rep INSW ATAPI Unknown Cmd 0x52 Data len 8
Jan 19 12:04:22: vcpu-0| VIDE: (0x170) Rep INSW ATAPI Unknown Cmd 0x52 Data len 28
Jan 19 12:04:22: vmx| CDROM_SG: AIOCallbackSGIO: Unexpected errno: Input/output error (5)
Jan 19 12:04:22: vmx| VIDE: ATAPI DMA 0x28 Failed: key 0x2, asc 0x0, ascq 0x0

Okay now this seems to be a CD/DVD drive problem. I found another working version of SLES 10 on VMware and compared the 2 vmx files.

diff working.vmx not_working.vmx
< ide1:0.fileName = "/dev/cdrom"
 ide1:0.fileName = "/dev/scd0"
> ide1:0.deviceType = "cdrom-raw"

Now shut down the virtual machine and edited the vmx fil to use atapi-cdrom and now I was able to install.