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General Software Discussion / Re: Goodbye, Bitbucket!
« on: August 24, 2019, 06:37 AM »
That Heptapod looks interesting, but it confuses the hell out of me that they use "CVS" when they mean "VCS".  ;D

General Software Discussion / Re: Goodbye, Bitbucket!
« on: August 24, 2019, 06:04 AM »
There is no "the BSD license". Also, it is based on... Java?  :huh:

General Software Discussion / Re: Goodbye, Bitbucket!
« on: August 24, 2019, 04:49 AM »
SCCS originated in 1972!?!? And here I was thinking that CVS was old and feeble...

It does one thing well - on the limited set of supported platforms...  :-[ version control is not necessarily a huge task.

Been taking a look at this 'Fossil'. Looks interesting enough and likely suffices for a one-man shop or a very small team (caveat: I have been spoiled with am used to Jira). Thanks for that one, though.

Jira is expensive, but it is my favorite bug tracking system indeed. I like it when I see projects using it, like Vivaldi does. However, I can't trust Atlassian anymore. (And I don't need most of Jira's features. My projects usually are "one-man-shows". ;))

I just finished installing RhodeCode on one of my machines, and importing all 40 of my Bitbucket repositories into it.

It wasn't very painful or hard to configure or anything.

Gathered from looking at the website for a minute:

  • Their website menu doesn't work well on Safari. Hard enough to find some information...
  • The FreeBSD port is unmaintained.
  • RhodeCode is based on Python 2 which will EOL soon. Python 2 also comes with a huge lot of dependencies.

Sure: It is bearable. But it would not beat Fossil... unless I'd absolutely want to stay with Mercurial. And the past few years have shown that it does not matter at all. People don't come to my projects anyway.  ;D

General Software Discussion / Re: Goodbye, Bitbucket!
« on: August 23, 2019, 08:33 PM »

I'll move all of my projects over to Darcshub (the smaller ones) and probably somewhere else (the larger ones) before the deadline.

Let's talk about the "somewhere else" for a while, crossing out Darcshub which is currently unsurpassed for what it does.

The main reasons why I keep (soon: kept) some of my projects on Bitbucket and, partially, GitHub were pure egoism:

  • Those services provide(d) a low entry barrier for potential collaborators. Not that my projects had attracted actual collaborators, except for this one. It was really easy to find my code.
  • Self-hosting something like Kallithea, GitLab or RhodeCode would have required quite some effort, those services usually have a lot of dependencies. Also, data loss would be much more likely on one of my servers than on theirs.
  • Running a bare VCS like CVS or SVN on my servers would have almost no advantage over just throwing everything on Darcshub, minus a good (here: contributor-friendly) web interface.

Shuffling through my collected notes again, I found out that the newest version (2.9) of Fossil, SQLite's homegrown version control system, comes with an automatic GitHub mirror export function. In theory, this is a perfect solution:

  • Running Fossil servers is not really resource-consuming.
  • Making a backup of a Fossil repository is done by copying exactly one file.
  • Contributing would be easy and I would still have easily discoverable repositories.

In practice, I tested the documented two-step method to make an existing GitHub repository a Fossil repository which is then automatically (one-way) synchronized with GitHub on one of my less popular projects. Although the result came out almost as expected, I found a couple of obvious bugs on Windows, including one that prevents Git converstion from inside the PowerShell. This is bad, as Windows is still my main development OS. I wrote a lengthy bug report into their forums (which seems to be in a moderation queue or something), probably it will be awesome soon.

I have a few months left to decide ...  ;D


(Of course, I also tried to try SCCS. Does not seem to work well on non-Solaris systems just yet. I posted to their mailing list, maybe I can help.)

Maxim said they'd replace the existing toolbars by a new toolkit.

I wonder how many people will stand up against that.

What's the Best? / Re: Newsreader programs
« on: August 22, 2019, 09:21 AM »
What is a newsgroup?  I see that option in Thunderbird's create accounts window.  It's not the same as rss news?

No, it's the Usenet. :)

Here is the installer download for this:

That's what I had linked.

General Software Discussion / Re: Syncovery - OneDrive - Encryption
« on: August 22, 2019, 05:28 AM »
Never assume that anything which you don't encrypt before uploading will be encrypted on the remote server.

The next The Bat! (version 9) will have a ribbon layout. Ribbons!  >:( Blergh.

What's the Best? / Re: Newsreader programs
« on: August 22, 2019, 04:04 AM »
I have uninstalled GNU Emacs this week - the last thing I did with it was browsing the Usenet.

I was briefly considering to try the Forté Agent, but the free/open source XanaNews is more than enough for me.  :-* Granted, I don't use binary newsgroups, so if you misuse the Usenet as a filesharing software, it might not fit everyone's needs...

something that can take my perfectly ripped FLAC files and either export them as individual tracks using the metadata from the associated CUE file for proper filenames and tags, etc.

I use XRECODE (started with XRECODE2, happily continue with XRECODE3). It is not that great when it comes to smart tagging though. A good companion is beets which has replaced Mp3tag for me.

General Software Discussion / Re: forum software
« on: August 22, 2019, 03:29 AM »
Both SMF and its fork ElkArte are free software, in one way or the other. Still, if I had the choice, I'd write my own forum software, (more or less) a PunBB or Phorum in a less insane language. I had already started twice. But there's only so much lifetime ...

I had a XenForo once. It was nice, but it had no users. Also, that one XenForo design is everywhere today, all newer forums look exactly the same. That's boring.

like, can you just make the editor wrap like a normal window?

It automatically wraps - or rewraps - long lines when you press Alt+L, I find that handy, actually.  :huh:

General Software Discussion / Re: Goodbye, Bitbucket!
« on: August 22, 2019, 02:56 AM »
CVS is nice because of its low overhead. OpenBSD will probably migrate to their own "got" soon which is a NIH alternative to Git, effectively ending work on the last remaining CVS client.

Time for SCCS...  ;D

General Software Discussion / Re: Goodbye, Bitbucket!
« on: August 21, 2019, 05:48 PM »
I try to stay the hell away from Git, but I found out that GitHub supports SVN clients, so I might bookmark that for later...
Thank you, Deozaan.

General Software Discussion / Re: Goodbye, Bitbucket!
« on: August 21, 2019, 04:55 PM »
Just looked at Sourcehut again. A lot of "this is beta" and "actually, this is run by one person" yet. I'll keep an eye on it this time!

DC Member Programs and Projects / Re: Unping all the links!
« on: August 21, 2019, 04:54 PM »
Moved the repo over to Darcshub:

General Software Discussion / Re: Goodbye, Bitbucket!
« on: August 21, 2019, 03:53 PM »
Ahh, Sourcehut. Why do I keep forgetting that?

General Software Discussion / Re: Goodbye, Bitbucket!
« on: August 21, 2019, 03:04 PM »
I had registered an account at the Pijul Nest when I first read about it, but I'll wait until the blinking "beta quality" text is removed ... ;)
Technically, it sounds like an adequate "modern Darcs".

General Software Discussion / Goodbye, Bitbucket!
« on: August 21, 2019, 02:44 PM »
After years of making me sufficiently happy, my favorite project hosting platform declared yesterday that they'll phase out Mercurial support next year because "everyone uses Git. come to the dark side hurr durr".

I'll move all of my projects over to Darcshub (the smaller ones) and probably somewhere else (the larger ones) before the deadline. Expect surprising updates in some of my threads. Still, it's kind of a "self-fulfilling prophecy" in my opinion: Take away Mercurial support, spend all of your marketing money to promote Git - and then claim that nobody seems to use Mercurial anyway. Oh geez.


I have Ctrl+F'ed through the revision histories and "editor" is mentioned rather often - usually the HTML editor though. I'm not on my The Bat! computer here, so I could evaluate it later. Never searched for boxes, honestly.

Soon, they'll want more money from me. The Bat! 9 is around the corner. Sigh!

I messaged Pandora's author now, he said GnuPG will come in "late fall maybe".
Waiting ...

I admit that it is rather usable.  :-[


The editor in the Bat really is quite weird given that were in 2019.  I thought it was weird in 2009!  And guess what....NOTHING has changed lol. 

They changed quite a few aspects of it - not visually though.

I'd like to submit a feature request for GnuPG support to Pandora's author but the forum refuses to send me an activation e-mail.


GnuPG is nowhere to be seen except The Bat.  :Thmbsup:

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Living Room / N.A.N.Y. and the Too Many Projects Phenomenon
« on: August 13, 2019, 07:07 AM »
As some of you may know, I usually have a dozen unfinished projects in my pipeline. So many ideas, but only such a limited time!

When I started participating in the N.A.N.Y. contests, it motivated me to get some of these projects done instead of just having them float around as a rough TODO list. Now some of these projects take too much time, so I publish them early in the next year. That leads to a certain feeling that I should probably write more code until the end of the year is approaching fast, because it feels wrong to submit projects twice. ;)

Now my increased productivity - or, at least, I hope that's what it is - has an interesting side effect: When I'm working on a project and I am stuck, I start another one for the time being. I usually choose a different toolset for each, so I'm not stuck in the same place in more than one project at a time.

So I am currently trying to finish one COBOL, one Pascal and one Perl project until Dec 31, and I am mostly sure that only the Perl project will be done within the time frame (because it is already "done", I only need to adjust the GUI and tweak the performance before I consider it release-ready). One of the big problems with projects which have no paid deadline is that you just don't care enough anymore...

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