First I would like to thank you all for your support! I believe that your emails, posts and comments, regarding yesterdays blog post, made a difference. It’s great to hear from you – it’s what makes writing software for fun, erm.. fun!
I just received a detailed message from the Director of Products at Ordnance Survey, apologising for the communication regarding the disabling of the service. He explained, that this is not a “derived data issue“, but rather to do with the licenses:
- A new “[s]end” mode that allows you to send host-names/connection strings to all windows
- ssh-options can now be configured or set on the command line.
- p in bounds mode shows you your current bounds, good for pasting into csshrc
- Ctrl-a Ctrl-m to minimise all windows including master
- Ctrl-a Ctrl-h to hide all windows and minimise master (my favourite :-))
- Infinite loop on “enable mode” when some windows have closed.
- Some document corrections
I just uploaded csshX v0.60.
Main new feature is draggable bounds changing. This allows you to resize or move your window set after it has been opened. Bounds changing is accessible using Ctrl-a b. Once you select the new area for the windows to use, press Enter to accept it.
* Note, dragging between Spaces on 10.5 does not work. I cannot find a way to ask a window which space it has been moved to, nor tell another window to move to a space.
You can also now hide your window (rather than minimise them) with Ctrl-a h. This is much faster than minimise, and I find Ctrl-a h, Apple-m is a great way to clear my csshX screens away temporarily. Window hiding has also allowed me to improve the retiling performance.
Other changes are minor, including one fix to the nasty infinite loop bug when using enable mode selection.
As always, please report any issues you may come across, preferably on the issues page.
Thanks to some great publicity from Mac OS X Hints, I have received lots of feedback and bug reports.
Number one issue has been multi-monitor support, and problems related to it. This is now working.
To use it, add a –screen n to your command line, where n is the screen number. It will default to screen zero if omitted.
This was actually a nasty problem since there is no quick AppleScript solution, and the only way to get screen counts and sizes is by calling the AppKit frameworks. This is Objective-C only and since csshX is written in perl, I had to mess with the PerlObjCBridge (or Foundation.pm as it’s known) to get the NSFrame. To make matters worse, NSFrame is not even Objective C, rather it’s a pure C struct. In the end, I use NSValue to give me a string “description” of the data, and parse this with regex’s (differenet for 10.4 and 10.5 naturally!).
- Cursor keys now working for terminal applications like more and vim
- Windows will no longer cover the dock (wherever it happens to be)
- A –debug option for when things go wrong
- Some documentation corrections.
The package is available at:
One of the all time great sysadmin tools is Cluster SSH. It allows you to open up ssh sessions on multiple machines and send commands to them all through a common master window. It’s a perl script that uses xTerms and Tk.
My problem was that OS-X has a bit half-hearted X11 support and I always wanted a version that used Terminal.app. Finally after messing with some Applescript the other day, I realised it is possible to do.
So I have created csshX – my OS-X homage to cssh.
As you may know, Google Streetview went live today in selected Japanese cities.
To celebrate this I bring you the “Random drives in Tokyo StreetView” page. (Intended as another page for WebSaver).
On your drives, if you get to Tsunashima, you may see this odd looking person:
Further back story on this page.
As could be expected, this is not the fastest solver in the world, but it will get there using brute force. You have an option to watch the internal decision tree or not.
Inspiration for the code comes from a beautiful perl three line sudoku solver by Eccles & Toad. The extremely hard test case from the list of incredibly hard puzzles strings at Sudoku Players’ Forums on sudoku.com.