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Zaurus - pdaXrom / Pppoe?
« on: November 24, 2006, 12:50:33 am »
Anyone know how to do pppoe on pdaxrom?

Zaurus - pdaXrom / Xye Or Python Kye
« on: August 29, 2006, 10:48:54 am »
I'm trying to compile Kye (or a derivative). Python Kye ( doesn't quite work because some of the graphics assets are in SVG format and the Python image libs for the Z don't understand SVG so the game wouldn't start.

I then tried Xye (, it compiles and runs fine on my desktop. But when compiled and run on the Z, after I select the level pack, the game just hangs eating all the CPU.

Any ideas how to get either of these working? I've attached Xye for anyone brave enough to try - when game hangs just kill it from the command line  

Zaurus - pdaXrom / Xpdf Broken?
« on: April 04, 2006, 02:59:32 am »
Has anyone else noticed that xpdf (I'm using 1.1.0beta1, rc12 had the same problem) cuts off the right side and bottom of the page. See screenshots.

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here is what page looks like in kpdf

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xpdf on pdaXrom, note the text is cut, the keyboard and the mouse is missing. NB changing the zoom doesn't rectify the problem, it just cuts off varying amounts.

BTW xpdf on Pocket Workstation doesn't have this problem. Any ideas?

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Zaurus - pdaXrom / "lamp" Stack
« on: April 01, 2006, 03:53:32 pm »
Until now I have been using Pocket Workstation for web development, but since more and more apps are now available natively for pdaXrom and the fact that Pocket Workstation takes up about 700MB of precious disk space I have decided to "rm -rf /mnt/hd/debian" and work on a pdaXrom replacement.

So far I have got Postgresql (8.1.3) and Apache (1.3.34) working. I'll be adding MySQL (most likely 4.x) and PHP (most likely 5.x).

My question to interested parties is:

what kind of extensions/modules you would like to see compiled into PHP?

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Zaurus - pdaXrom / Run Only One Copy Of Program?
« on: March 24, 2006, 03:41:24 am »
Having mapped some often used programs onto the application keys the problem is that whenever the application key is pressed it just keeps starting a new copy of the mapped program.

What I would is that when an application key is pressed:

1) if mapped program is not running, start it
2) if already running bring it to front

Is this possible?

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Zaurus - pdaXrom / New Packages Announcement
« on: March 22, 2006, 10:58:15 pm »
This thread is reserved solely for announcements of newly available or updated contributed packages
  • so that people can just check one thread to see what goodies are available.

One package (or set of closely related packages) per post.

If you want to discuss/report bugs etc on the packages then start a new thread.

The current list of contributed packages is here:

For a vaguely categorised list go here:

If you would like to contribute a package (or documentation) but don't have (or don't want to use) your own webspace then see this post:

  • contributed packages are those that have been made by regular pdaXrom users and are not yet in the official feed

    ps: Laze, could you please pin this thread  

Zaurus - pdaXrom / Any Lightweight Alternatives To The Gimp?
« on: March 16, 2006, 02:52:47 am »
I'm looking for a lightweight image editor that I can use to crop images and also adjust gamma/contrast/brightness levels.

Any suggestions?

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Zaurus - pdaXrom / Gnupg And Gpgme
« on: March 14, 2006, 09:17:24 pm »

GnuPG is a complete and free replacement for PGP. Because it does not use the patented IDEA algorithm, it can be used without any restrictions. GnuPG is a RFC2440 (OpenPGP) compliant application.

*** version 1.4.5 is now available ***

gpgme 1.1.2

GnuPG Made Easy (GPGME) is a library designed to make access to GnuPG easier for applications. It provides a High-Level Crypto API for encryption, decryption, signing, signature verification and key management. Currently it uses GnuPG as its backend but the API isn't restricted to this engine; in fact we have already developed a backend for CMS (S/MIME).

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Zaurus - pdaXrom / Aspell 0.60.4 And English Dictionary
« on: March 14, 2006, 04:37:31 am »
aspell 0.60.4

GNU Aspell is a Free and Open Source spell checker designed to eventually replace Ispell. It can either be used as a library or as an independent spell checker. Its main feature is that it does a superior job of suggesting possible replacements for a misspelled word than just about any other spell checker out there for the English language. Unlike Ispell, Aspell can also easily check documents in UTF-8 without having to use a special dictionary. Aspell will also do its best to respect the current locale setting. Other advantages over Ispell include support for using multiple dictionaries at once and intelligently handling personal dictionaries when more than one Aspell process is open at once.

aspell6 English disctionary 6.0-0

Works nicely with sylpheed-claws  

Here are instructions for building the English dictionary and installing it directly into the default directory /usr/local/lib/aspell-0.60, you can adapt it to build for other languages:

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tar jxf aspell6-en-6.0-0.tar.bz2
cd aspell6-en-6.0-0
make install

If you want to create a package (for ease of installation/uninstallation/distribution) use these instructions:

0) best read this making ipkg howto first

1) download this script and place it somewhere convenient - mkipkg

3) what the following does is download the raw dictionary data, create a temporary directory to hold the package, install dictionary to package directory

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tar jxf aspell6-en-6.0-0.tar.bz2
cd aspell6-en-6.0-0
mkdir -p /mnt/hd/ipkg-aspell-dict-en/CONTROL
make DESTDIR="/mnt/hd/ipkg-aspell-dict-en/" install
cp -a Copyright /mnt/hd/ipkg-aspell-dict-en/CONTROL/

4) now create the file /mnt/hd/ipkg-aspell-dict-en/CONTROL/control and populate it (obviously change the contents as necessary)
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Package: aspell-dict-en
Maintainer: Desert Rat desertrat_blog @
Architecture: armv5tel
Version: 6.0-0
License: Various, see file 'Copyright'
Description: English language dictionary for aspell

5) finally
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mkipkg /mnt/hd/ipkg-aspell-dict-en/
will create (in this example) aspell-dict-en_6.0-0_armv5tel.ipk which can then be installed in the usual manner.

6) Once you've ironed out any problems and your ipk installs correctly you can remove the working directories:

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rm -rf aspell6-en-6.0-0
rm -rf /mnt/hd/ipkg-aspell-dict-en/

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Zaurus - pdaXrom / Sylpheed-claws 2.0.0
« on: March 14, 2006, 03:37:46 am »
Sylpheed-Claws 2.0.0 (was 1.9.100)

Sylpheed-Claws - it bites! A GTK+ based, lightweight, and fast e-mail client and newsreader. Supports POP3, APOP, IMAP, SMTP, SMTP AUTH, NNTP, LDAP. Features multiple accounts, spell-checking, address book, SSL, GPG/PGP, filtering, scoring, i18n, & more.

- address book now works
- quick tests on gpg signing and encrypt/decrypt works
- includes dillo viewer plugin
- includes trayicon plugin
- includes spamassassin plugin (not tested)

libetpan 0.42

Zaurus - pdaXrom / Emelfm 0.9.2
« on: March 11, 2006, 08:50:48 pm »

emelFM is a file manager that implements the popular two-pane design. It features a simple GTK+ interface, a flexible filetyping scheme, and a built-in command line for executing commands without opening an xterm.

Installed size: 322KB

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Zaurus - pdaXrom / Zangband 2.7.4c
« on: January 22, 2006, 08:29:46 am »
Here's Zangband

The game of Zangband is a single player computer role playing game set in the world (although 'worlds' might perhaps be more accurate) of Amber created by the author Roger Zelazny. Zangband is a variant of the game Angband which is descended from the game Moria which is in turn based upon the game Rogue (hence Zangband's classification as a roguelike game). Rogue was, perhaps, the first computer game to use the terminal screen graphically with ASCII characters representing the player, dungeon features, objects and monsters as opposed to the text adventures of its day.

It has been compiled with support for graphical tiles but sadly it uses a rather large and non-resizable window.

Quickstart guide:

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zangband -?Play using terminal
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zangband -mgcuPlay using graphical mode
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zangbandNB in graphical mode use the menu [Options]>[Graphics] to select which tileset to use.

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Zaurus - pdaXrom / Frotz 2.43
« on: January 21, 2006, 03:14:11 am »
Here's Frotz

Frotz is an interpreter for playing all of Infocom's text adventures and other Z-Machine games. Frotz complies with Graham Nelson's Z-Machine standard v1.0, and runs well on most flavors of Unix. Use ncurses for best results.

NB Frotz doesn't like the root user playing games so you'll need to create a normal user to run Frotz.

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Zaurus - pdaXrom / Gsoko 0.4.2
« on: January 20, 2006, 01:02:15 pm »
Here's gSoko

gSoko is a gtk+ clone of the famous Sokoban game. The goal of the game is to push all the boxes on the squares with a red pattern.

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Zaurus - pdaXrom / Python Module 'tarfile'
« on: January 20, 2006, 06:50:27 am »
Anyone know which package the python module tarfile is found in?

Also I was wondering whether it's feasible to compile a "complete" python installation stick it into a squashfs file (similar to what was done for KDE).

I've already compiled the standard python distribution and it looks feasible, obviously the python-* packages from the official feed will have to be uninstalled first. What I'm not sure is how to handle stuff that's not part of the standard python distribution, like pygtk etc. Any ideas?

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