All known Generics bugs fixed in GExperts code formatter

 Delphi, GExperts  Comments Off on All known Generics bugs fixed in GExperts code formatter
Sep 282022
 

I have just finished fixing all known bugs in the GExperts code formatter that were related to Generics. On top of that I fixed a few others.

I am sure there are still more though, but because I rarely use Generics I haven’t seen them yet. So I need your help: If you have a lot of source code with Generics, please compile a new DLL and try the formatter on that code. Report any bugs on SourceForge.

 Posted by on 2022-09-28 at 18:46

Change order of experts in GExperts Expert Manager

 Delphi, GExperts  Comments Off on Change order of experts in GExperts Expert Manager
Sep 282022
 

Prompted by a post on Delphi Praxis, I just added a new feature to the Expert Manager expert in GExperts (lots of experts here 😉 ): It can now change the order in which the experts are loaded into the IDE.

This may be important e.g. if you are using Andreas Hausladen’s Delphi Speed Up or IDE Fix Pack as those should be loaded before any other plugins.

Note that in order to these changes to have any effect, you need to save them! That’s no longer done automatically.

As there is no new release of GExperts yet, you need to compile your own DLL to get this feature.

Discussion about this post in the international Delphi Praxis forum.

 Posted by on 2022-09-28 at 11:11

RIP Michail Gorbatschow

 none  Comments Off on RIP Michail Gorbatschow
Aug 312022
 

I think we as Germans still cannot really appreciate the effect he had on our country. I also think the war against Ukraine would not have happened if he had been in charge for a few more years, but we will never know.

Rest in peace Gorbi!

 Posted by on 2022-08-31 at 09:13

Installing Webmin on Ubuntu 22.04 server

 Linux  Comments Off on Installing Webmin on Ubuntu 22.04 server
Aug 302022
 

As a follow up to my notes on installing Webmin on Ubuntu 16.04 and 18.04 (on 20.04 it worked as in 18.04) now two additional steps are necessary for Ubuntu 22.04. Those steps must be executed as root:

  1. Convert Webmin’s PGP key to a format that apt can use to verify files:
    cat jcameron-key.asc | gpg --dearmor -o /usr/share/keyrings/webmin.gpg
    
  2. Add that key to the entry in webmin.list like this:
    deb [signed-by=/usr/share/keyrings/webmin.gpg] https://download.webmin.com/download/repository sarge contrib
    

    I got that from a tutorial by DigitalOcean.

 Posted by on 2022-08-30 at 14:04

Where did Microsoft move the underline menu shortcut option?

 Windows, Windows 10  Comments Off on Where did Microsoft move the underline menu shortcut option?
Aug 282022
 

So I don’t forget:

Microsoft seems to love changing the place where they hide useful configuration options. One that I always turn on is “Underline access keys when available” and in Windows 10 it is now in “Keyboard” -> “Change how keyboard shortcuts work” which is about half way down the page just where it won’t be visible without scrolling.

 Posted by on 2022-08-28 at 11:55

Setting colors for Linux ls command

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Aug 172022
 

Those people who selected the default colors for the Linux ls command must have much better eyes than I. E.g. I think that dark blue text on black background is very difficult to read, but apparently they think it is fine.

Fortunately it is easy to change these colors by setting the LS_COLORS environment variable. To make that change permanent, I put it into my .bashrc file like this:

LS_COLORS=$LS_COLORS:'di=1;35:' ; export LS_COLORS

I have put this here so I can easily find it whenever I need it. If anybody else finds this useful, you are welcome.

 Posted by on 2022-08-17 at 11:33

added support for TColor and Local Variables to dzDebugVisualizer

 Delphi, dzDebugVisualizer  Comments Off on added support for TColor and Local Variables to dzDebugVisualizer
Jul 312022
 

After making the source code of dzDebugVisualizer available I got interested in Debug Visualizers in general and had a look at how they are supported in Delphi 11. I wrote a visualizer for TColor, based on an old EDN article (now only in the Internet Archive). And after that I simply added that functionality to dzDebugVisualizer. It supports both, the Watch window and Evaluate and Modify dialog. In the latter, there is now a new modifyer key ‘L’ for Co*l*or. The output shows three values:

  • The color name, e.g. “clLime”
  • The web color name, e.g. “clWebLime”
  • The RGB value, e.g. “RGB(0, 255, 0)”

On top of that I moved the new menu items to a “Visualizers” submenu and added support to the “Local Variables” window as well.

These changes have already been committed to the svn repository on OSDN.

 Posted by on 2022-07-31 at 17:57

dzDebugVisualizer source code available

 Delphi, dzDebugVisualizer  Comments Off on dzDebugVisualizer source code available
Jul 312022
 

Several years ago I wrote a Delphi IDE plugin to extend the functionality of the “Evaluate and Modify” dialog as well as the Watches window called dzDebugVisualizer and even released an update for it. Back then I wasn’t sure whether I wanted to open source it or possibly commercialize it. I am now sure that the latter isn’t worth the effort, so I have made it open source under the Mozilla Public Licence 2.

You can find the source code on OSDN. And since I was at it, I also added support for Delphi 2009. To install it, get the source code, open the appropriate package, build and install it into the IDE.

For the description see the links to my old block posts.

dzBdsLauncher 1.0.9 released

 Delphi, dzBdsLauncher  Comments Off on dzBdsLauncher 1.0.9 released
Jul 312022
 

I just released dzBdsLauncher 1.0.9.

If started with a .bdsproj file, it will now not just assume that a .dpr file must exist but will check for it and if it does not exist, will try for a .dpk file.

 Posted by on 2022-07-31 at 11:35

Thunderbird 102.0.3 no longer asks to accept a self signed certificate for IMAP

 Linux, thunderbird  Comments Off on Thunderbird 102.0.3 no longer asks to accept a self signed certificate for IMAP
Jul 282022
 

One of my computer’s hard disk didn’t survive a recent power failure so I had to set up its Thunderbird client again (a backup didn’t work, don’t ask). My internal IMAP server uses a self signed certificate which worked like a charm until now. Normally, the first time Thunderbird connects to the server after the account has been set up, it will display a warning for this certificate with an option to permanently accept it. This warning did not come, so no emails were available. The same procedure worked fine for the similarly configured SMTP server, so apparently the feature/workaround for self signed certificates wasn’t removed on purpose.

I found two workarounds for this:

  1. Start with an older Thunderbird version (102.0.0 worked fine for me) and upgrade to the latest one. Unfortunately older versions seem to vanish from the interwebs within a very short time when a new release comes out (or equally possible my Google Fu has failed me again [it did, here they are]).
  2. With Thunderbird 102.0.3, in Account Settings -> Server Settings set Connection Security from “SSL/TLS” to “none”, then try to get the emails. All of a sudden the missing dialog popped up, I could accept the certificate and emails started being downloaded. While that was running, I changed the setting back to “TLS/SSL” and all seems good now.
    I found this by pure chance because I was desperate enough to completely disable SSL just to get to my emails.

I am posting this so I can look it up later in case I need it again (Google will hopefully turn it up when I search for a solution). But if it helps others too: You are welcome.

I’m sure many people are now itching to suggest other possible solutions. If your’s is “Use Let’s encrypt certificates”, please read the following link on why you might not want to do that for internal servers.

 Posted by on 2022-07-28 at 09:57