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Another scoop of Django testing

2013-02-19

Two scoops of Django is a good book, and I recommend it to anyone who's working with Django. So when I finally got around to using travis-ci I turned to the packaging and testing chapters, but couldn't find anything that would really help me. Travis is a continuous integration service … more

Font I use reStructuredText on parts of this site to write HTML content. But as the main headers don't originate from the rst content I need to start with an h2 tag. It's just a matter of rtfm but here's a solution. more

Values instance has no attribute 'default_reference_context'

2013-02-17

I was just editing some reStructuredText content for my website when Django threw a strange error at me. Values instance has no attribute 'default_reference_context' What was really bizarre is that exactly the same rst content could be published as HTML just fine in a test script: from docutils.core import publish_parts … more

Here's a little snippet for cache busting without abusing a query string which can lead to caching problems. The example below will rewrite paths like /css/foo_20130401-5.css to /path/to/static/css/foo.css on the static.example.com host. more

At last - fixed RSS feeds

2013-02-16

It's been more than two years that this site has been running on Django, but I had never gotten around to making really good RSS feeds. Some entries didn't contain the relevant content, others didn't format it properly, etc. Fortunately I have learned enough about Django by now that it … more

Django has a {{ spaceless }} tag that's a little too greedy for my taste. Removing all whitespace between HTML tags can actually change what the browser renders, so here's a less greedy variant. However, it removes all whitespace, not just between tags, so if you use the pre tag … more

So I got myself a new keyboard. It's an Apple MB110 (D/B variant). Works flawlessly in xorg after configuring it. more

I thought that I had to dump specific columns from a table. In the end I needed to parse the resulting XML with a script anyway to convert it to CSV, but here is a reminder for myself (and maybe you): more

Installing FreeBSD on a Thinkpad X121e

2013-01-02

I decided it was time to try FreeBSD. And what better way is there to learn about an operating system than to use it every day? So I decided to put it on my x121 and to dual-boot with Debian. Networking I was pleasantly surprised that the NIC (Atheros AR8151) … more

There were packages of salt 0.10.1 in backports but they were removed, and the only saltstack packages in Debian are now in unstable. However, building your own backport is quite easy. This assumes you have an up to date Debian squeeze install without any backported saltstack or other packages. Use … more

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