Saturday, May 5, 2012

me-tv 1.4.x built from source on xubuntu 11.10

Q: How to run the latest me-tv on xubuntu 11.10 (64bit)?
For solution, go on reading :)

Motivation for me-tv
I'm the user of me-tv as for me it's the most comfortable solution of watching dvb-t on linux. It has simple ui showing me all the needed in one screen:
- video in the upper part as well as
- per channel schedule shown bellow.
For me it means no time wasted in menu clicking / new dialogs / ...

Motivation for latest version
vlc backend support (as opposed to xine only backend support in 1.3.x versions)

Status research
As in repos there is still 1.3.x version available and I'd like to use the latest one, let's do some research.

Q: What is the latest version?
Short A:  Currently it's 1.4.x
Long A: Based on this link: there is new maintainer (original is gone) - Frédéric Côté (frederic-cote) and he restarts development of me-tv in 1.4.x branch that seems to be merge of stable 1.3 (xine based) and 2.0.x (xine/vlc/gstreamer based). The good news here is the usage of vlc as backend. Finally! :)

hey, after writing this post, I've found that there exists me-tv development PPA:
And for the that's my choice. For those still interested in compiling from source, go on reading.

OK, let's do the job.
Installation steps of me-tv 1.4.x (working for me):
1. download latest stable tgz archive, for me it was (however link is on the main page, check for the latest one:
2. unpack it and get in dir
3. install dependencies (I installed all the dependencies listed on:

sudo apt-get install build-essential gettext debhelper autotools-dev libxml-parser-perl pkg-config devscripts libtool intltool libgnomemm-2.6-dev libgnomeuimm-2.6-dev libgtkmm-2.4-dev libgnet-dev libsqlite3-dev libvlc-dev libxine-dev libdbus-glib-1-dev libunique-dev

moreover I had to install these:
sudo apt-get install libxml++2.6-2 libxml++2.6-dev gnome-common libgstreamer-plugins-base0.10-dev libgstreamer0.10-dev

4. prepare / start compile/install
./configure --prefix=~/Desktop/apps/me-tv_1.4
make install

5. now it's time to cross fingers, try to start it:
cd ~/Desktop/apps/me-tv_1.4/bin/

got error:
2012-05-05 08:19:06: Me TV Server started
2012-05-05 08:19:06: An unhandled exception was generated
2012-05-05 08:19:06: Error: The Me TV database version does not match the Me TV server version.

OK, seems we need to cleanup configuration (as I've used on the same PC also older version):
mv ~/.me-tv/ ~/.me-tv_backup
it didn't help => as suggested here ( I did also:
mv ~/.local/share/me-tv ~/.local/share/me-tv_backup

one more try:
no error
we're done! :)

OK, now let's make sure no confusion with the older version happens:
sudo apt-get remove me-tv

There are still things to be fixed, like server auto start as well as integration with UI, however these I'd await from upstream.
For me it's worth using 1.4.x version and that my cpu doesn't need to be burning on 100% with xine any more. Cool!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

music sync for android on linux

Q: What are the options for managing music on android based device on linux?
A: Banshee, Clementine, ...

First make sure device is connected via usb cable :)

For Banshee:
- start banshee
- import music via: right click (and hold) Libraries -> Music and choose Import Media -> Folders -> Choose Folders (please note that it won't scan the music if it's too deep in subdirs, for me it worked only up to level artist/album/songs)
- wait for scan to complete
- as you connected the device, you should see it in Devices -> [Device name] -> Music
- drag and drop anything from Libraries -> Music to Devices -> [Device name] -> Music
- moreover you can manage (remove,...) your library on the device by activating Devices -> [Device name] -> Music and doing the needed

For Clementine:
- start clementine
- import music via menu: Tools -> Preferences -> Music Library
- choose Add new folder
- wait for scan to complete
- as you connected the device, you should see it in Devices -> [Device name]
- in Library right click on album and choose Copy to device
- choose Destination (your [Device name]) and click OK
- moreover you can manage (remove,...) your library on the device by activating Devices -> [Device name] and doing the needed

Then sync happens, whenever device is disconnected you're done

phone contacts migration - Sony Ericsson W580i to Samsung Galaxy Y

Q: What is the simplest way to get all the contacts from Sony Ericsson W580i to Samsung Galaxy Y?
A: Send them via bluetooth.

I've seen various ways to achieve this on web, however the most of them are via some PC tools. This seems to be at least for me unnecessary. I've found the answer in the comments of one that kind of PC tool based approach.

When trying to migrate all of my contacts I just needed to copy them via bluetooth:
- in w580i went to contacts
- chose More -> Options -> Advanced -> Send all contacts -> Via Bloetooth
- found the target device, sent and voila! done :)

xml anonymization

You might already have been in the situation, where you needed to ask very specific question at some public forum/mailing list that is however coupled with particular XML content.
And possibly the content should not be seen by public.
I needed to, so I checked the options.

How can I anonymize xml?
Google pointed me to - xmlanonymizer (
After some stuggling I even found the way to use it.

To get the very latest version, you need to import svn hosted source and build yourself:
- import svn project to eclipse (, I imported it as Java project afterwards
- Configure -> Convert to Maven project (you need m2e plugin in eclipse installed to do this)
- build as maven project (for example via cli: mvn clean install)
- anonymize your content:
java -jar target/XMLAnonymizer-0.0.2-SNAPSHOT.jar in.xml -outfile=out.xml -overwrite=true
 where in.xml is the xml you need to anonymize and out.xml is the output file

OK, so now you (should) have it running.
 As per default only xml text and argument values are anonymized

But what if you need to go a step further?
I summed up my needs in the bug report there (
- I'd need to have also element names anonymized
- I'd like to do anonymization via random digit/char rather than next digit/char in the sequence (as for the xml with maaaaany elements I came to situation, that there were no more element names left => endless loop)
- I'd like to keep anonymized character case sensitivity (lower/upper case)

and finally attached the patch, as the implementation was quite easy