Chef: How To Debug Active Attributes

If you experience problems with attribute inheritance on a chef client and watch the chef-client output without knowing what attributes are effective you can either look at the chef GUI or do the same on console using "shef" or in "chef-shell" in newer chef releases.

So run

chef-shell -z

The "-z" is important to get chef-shell to load the currently active run list for the node that a "chef-client" run would use.

Then enter "attributes" to switch to attribute mode

chef > attributes
chef:attributes >

and query anything you like by specifying the attribute path as you do in recipes:

chef:attributes > default["authorized_keys"]
chef:attributes > node["packages"]

By just querying for "node" you get a full dump of all attributes.

No More Liferea Tray Icon in KDE

With bug report SF #1118 Mike Robinson reported the tray icon not working on KUbuntu. Quote:

I'm using version 1.8.10 on Kubuntu and the "Integrate with the 
messaging menu" doesn't cause the program to appear in the KDE 
system tray. When I click to close the application, I can see that it 
is still running in the background, and when I try to re-open it, it 
immediately pops up the window. I would assume that it is trying to 
integrate itself into a non-existent Gnome system tray instead of 
playing nice with KDE. I feel having this is essential to KDE users.

And he is right, as reported in other locations too (e.g. Redhat ticket #716358) it turns out that using GtkStatusIcon (the long needed EggTrayIcon replacement introduced in GTK+ 2.10) breaks the tray icon in KDE.

As explained in the Redhat ticket Ubuntu and KDE boldly went ahead an implemented a new XEmbed specification, while GNOME/GTK (and GtkStatusIcon used by Liferea) stayed with the old. While KDE tries to be backwards compatible it still fail with sizing issues. This is known for many different applications with tray icons.

For Liferea we intentionally leave all the complexity to the GtkTrayIcon widget implementation by GTK. There is no other portable way to do it right in GTK+ AFAIK.

And yes, effectively this means you cannot use the tray icon with recent KDE versions. For Ubuntu itself Liferea has libindicate support solving the issue there.

Liferea 1.10.3 Released: Support For TinyTinyRSS Categories

This release improves the TinyTinyRSS support: now Liferea supports nested categories when subscribed to TinyTinyRSS! Grab the new release from SourceForge and try it. It should seamlessly display your categories once you start 1.10.3

The detailed changes:

* Asking for credentials again if TinyTinyRSS login fails
* Asking for TinyTinyRSS credentials only 3 times
* Checking wether TinyTinyRSS base URL is lost
* Added warning on TinyTinyRSS login when source is not self-updating
* "--debug-net --debug-verbose" now traces POST data
* Patch #230 Add GNOME AppData XML (Mikel Olasagasti)

* Updated Italian translation (Gianvito Cavasoli)
* Updated Italian localized feed list (Gianvito Cavasoli)

TinyTinyRSS Categories Support Finished

git master now has TinyTinyRSS categories (hierarchic folders) enabled. It will automatically reorganize your subscriptions into the folders.

Please help testing git master with this feature!

Liferea Trick #7: Force Read Full Posts

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The Problem

When you have subscribed to an interesting feed that does not provide full posts it can be frustrating. Short of using website scraping as described in the latest post there is nothing you can do to enhance the feed content.

There are legitimate reasons for feed publishers to do so. One might be that the site is earning by display ads, another might be that the publisher wants to engage users directly on their own website.

How To Solve It?

So why not follow that wish and simply read the entire website? Liferea allows you to do so by enabling an option in the subscription properties. Just open the subscription properties dialog by right clicking the subscription as selecting "Properties ..." and select the last tab "Advanced":

Here you can enable the second option "Auto-load item link ...". From now own you will read the website directly and see full content!

Liferea Distro Watch

Distribution adoption is slow as always, bugfixes released take time to end up at the users...

Ubuntu 13.04 1.8.10
Debian Wheezy 1.8.6
Debian Wheezy Backports 1.8.15
Debian Experimental 1.10.1
OpenSuSE 12.3 1.8.14
Gentoo Stable 1.8.8
Fedora 19 1.8.15
Fedora 20 1.10.2
FreeBSD 1.8.15
Arch Linux 1.10.3

1.8.15 is latest stable version of 1.8 line. So using Debian Backports, FreeBSD and Fedora 17-19 you are up-to-date. Only in Debian Experimental and Fedora 20 you get the most recent stable line.

Liferea Trick #6: Website Scraping

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Not every interesting website provides a feed. Some feeds are broken. And some websites do provide summaries only or no content at all. Besides asking the owner of the website to add a feed or provide more details the only choice left might be to "scrape" the website content.

Read about how to scrape websites with Liferea

Never Forget _netdev with GlusterFS Mounts

When adding GlusterFS share to /etc/fstab do not forget to add "_netdev" to the mount options. Otherwise on next boot your system will just hang!

Actually there doesn't seem to be a timeout. That would be nice too.

As a side-note: do not forget that Ubuntu 12.04 doesn't care about the "_netdev" even. So network is not guaranteed to be up when mounting. So an additional upstart task or init script is needed anyway. But you need "_netdev" to prevent hanging on boot.

I also have the impression that this only happens with stock kernel 3.8.x and not with 3.4.x!

Silencing the Nagios Plugin check_ntp_peer


The Nagios plugin "check_ntp_peer" from Debian package "nagios-plugins-basic" is not very nice. It shouts at you about LI_ALARM bit and negative jitter all the time after a machine reboots despite everything actually being fine.


result=$(/usr/lib/nagios/plugins/check_ntp_peer $@)

if echo "$result" | egrep 'jitter=-1.00000|has the LI_ALARM' >/dev/null; then
	echo "Unknown state after reboot."
	exit 0

echo $result
exit $status

Using above wrapper you get rid of the warnings.

Liferea 1.10 not Starting in Fedora 18/19

Several users reporting startup problems of a self-compiled 1.10 in Fedora (SF bug #1093):

(liferea:3798): GLib-GIO-ERROR **: Settings schema 'net.sf.liferea' does not contain a key named 'last-node-selected'
Trace/breakpoint trap

As you can see from the error message Liferea doesn't start because a dconf schema key is not known. A solution was suggested by nmdias: if you experience this problem please try to run

/usr/bin/glib-compile-schemas /usr/share/glib-2.0/schemas

to properly install the schema.

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