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November 17, 2010

Qt 4.7.1, alix and Qt for el6 and other housekeeping

Filed under: ALIX,Centos,Configuration,qt,Tools,Web Publishing — jfreivald @ 9:59 pm

Sorry for the delay in getting 4.7.1 out. I’m jammed up at work. I hope to get it out in the next week or so.

When Centos 6 is released I’ll be building Qt packages and ALIX images for it but I will not be abandoning el5 until it is EOL. Lord thank you for Virtual Machines!

I will also be re-configuring the repositories to make them non-centos specific.  I’ll be using ‘qt-el’ instead of ‘centos’ to eliminate confusion for RHEL users who have never heard of Centos. The update will involve moving the RPM packages to a new directory structure and updating the repository package.  The old /centos directories will have only the updated repository package in it, so when a ‘yum upgrade’ is performed on an existing machine the new package will redirect the machine to the new directory structure.  A second  ‘yum update’ will then upgrade the packages normally.

With any luck it will be entirely seamless to the community.

On a side note, we’re over 200 registered users, over 700,000 non-bot hits per month (over 670k from Yum and wget alone!), and easily keeping over 50GB of transfer per month, with a peak in October of over 110GB.  We’re #1 on Google’s search with “Qt Centos” and “ALIX Centos” and several others.  We have users in Russia, Germany, Italy, France, India, South Africa, the U.S., and dozens more, with hits coming from .com, .edu, .org and several other top-level domains.

Thank you to everyone for making this project worthwhile.


October 4, 2010

Qt4 4.7.0 and qt-creator 2 for Centos and RHEL 5.5

Filed under: Centos,qt,Tools — jfreivald @ 7:53 pm

I’ve updated the x86_64 and i386 repositories to Qt 4.7.0 and qt-creator 2.0.1.

UPDATE [6 OCT, 11:34]: This morning I finally added Yum groups to the repository, so all you have to do for the base library is (as root):
yum groupinstall Qt4
and for the development environment:
yum groupinstall Qt4-Devel
The mysql and postgresql packages do not install by default because they pull a bunch of extra libraries if you don’t have the databases already installed, so you might also want to include:
yum install qt4-postgresql qt4-mysql

If you are doing any application debugging you may want to install qt4-debuginfo as well:
yum install --enablerepo qt4-debuginfo

NOTE: I’ve changed the 32 bit packages to be optimized for i686, which might register conflicts against the old i386 packages. If that happens, uninstall the conflicting i386 packages using ‘rpm -e –nodeps ‘, which will keep dependencies from preventing the uninstall. Then install the new packages as normal.

If this causes too much headache then I can create a separate repository for each. Let me know.

These packges were created on Centos 5.5 but should be completely compatible with RedHat Enterprise Linux 5.5.


February 25, 2010

Qt 4.6.2 packages for Centos 5.4

Filed under: Centos,Configuration,Installation,qt,Tools — jfreivald @ 2:25 pm

UPDATE: New post for the new packages:

The Qt4 packages for Centos are updated to 4.6.2 and Qt Creator is updated to 1.3.1.

To install:

rpm -ivh
yum update fontconfig fontconfig-devel qt4 qt4-devel qt4-doc qt4-postgresql qt4-odbc qt4-sqlite qt-creator

Verify that the versions are coming from and enjoy. 🙂

August 24, 2009

Copying Nikon RAW pictures to JPEG

Filed under: Tools — Tags: , , , , , — jfreivald @ 2:19 pm

My wife loves her Nikon camera.  She also loves Photoshop.  The two go together really well.  She takes pictures in the raw “NEF” format, and photoshop works miracles on them.  Unfortunately, for sharing snapshots it’s always a pain in the butt to get each and every picture that we want to share converted to JPEG so that everyone who doesn’t have photoshop can use them.  Not to mention that even as JPEGs, a 10 megapixel photo is too big to go e-mailing to Aunt Laura on her Dial-Up.

The dichotomy is clear: Quality vs. Portability.

So like everything else that takes for ever and is tedious, I wrote a script.  This one looks in the underlying tree and checks to see if each NEF file has a corresponding JPEG file.  If it doesn’t, then it creates one using ImageMagick.  If there is one, it ignores the file and moves on to the next one. Now she can have the super-high quality RAW pictures, and I can e-mail them to grandma.  Once again, everyone is happy in Joeland.

In this case we also convert the size of the image to two megapixels, which is plenty for sharing photos, but not great for printing blow-ups.  But that’s okay, because we still have the original NEF to manipulate if we want to!

On Centos I had to do a ‘cpan install autodie’ and ‘cpan install IPC::System::Simple’ to get this to compile right.  Autodie is nice because if you hit Ctrl-C to stop the script then it will actually stop instead of continuing on to the next picture.

Here is the script:


use autodie qw(:all);

@FILES = split(/\n/, `find . | grep "\.NEF\$"`);
foreach $file(@FILES) {
    $rawfile = $file;
    $file =~ s/NEF$/small.JPG/;
    if (-d $file) {
        print "Entering directory $file.\n";
    } elsif (! -f $file) {
        print "\t$rawfile -> $file\n";
        system("convert \"$rawfile\" -normalize -resize \"\@2000000\" \"$file\"");
    } else {
        print "\t$rawfile skipped.  $file already exists.\n";



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