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Wednesday, January 30th, 2008

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1:07a
Raster artwork tool?
Some tale of frustration with drawing tools I've tried to get up and running.


  • Krita: has such bells and whistles as filters written in Perl and Python, but as of the version that came with Kubuntu 7.10, shading is impossible as far as I can tell. The burn brush does not seem to work AT ALL.
  • Gimp: Clumsy but not impossible to work with...Alas once I am at the shading / highlight stage of a picture.. I see about 10 different tools and such to do the job, and the results are less ridiculous than in Krita.. Gimp cannot seem to do the job of shading well enough... (The solution could be as simple as finding or importing the shading brush I need. Since I have a tablet, I can really use a brush that does a tiny bit of retouching for every pen stroke. :P )
  • I've been using Jasc (now Corel) Paint Shop Pro 7.0 for all my artwork for a long time. It works for all but the text tool in Wine, but now that I have a tablet it seems to not detect pressure sensitivity at all, which is an important feature now... I haven't hacked around with it so much, though. (Check wintab.dll?)
  • Other commercial software... Well, I had to re-copy a backup .wine directory after I really messed up the system trying to copy a functional Photoshop CS from my Windows partition, so I'm reluctant to believe anything I read on http://appdb.winehq.org/ now. :P
  • Gimpshop: Requires me to completely uninstall all of Gimp, at least for the Linux version..
  • Once I had my tablet configured in Linux, OpenCanvas 4 worked beautifully.. The interface seems just a little too primitive... I haven't completed a work with it, but compared to other tools this one has the most potential.


I suppose given that, I should go all-the-way with OpenCanvas? I do wish Krita was a bit more functional heh.

Zbrush looks very interesting, I haven't tried it yet. appdb says it uses the Wine option "--dll wintab32=n", which may be the one hack I haven't tried to get pressure sensitivity working in PSP 7.. *sigh* I'm too tired for more hacking - Discuss. :P
1:59p
Kate Question
Hey folks...

I am trying to figure out how to replace two newlines with a single newline in kate and I can't figure it out. I can enter in a regular expression in the "find" box, but there doesn't seem to be a way to use a regular expression in the "replace" box. Ideally I'd like to do something like "find \n\n" and "replace with \n" (or vice versa) but I can't for the life of me figure out how to do this in kate. Does anyone know? Is there some other way to manipulate line spacing?

If it can't be done in kate I guess I'd settle for being able to do it at the prompt.
10:33p
rpmbuild hell
I've been trying to get NetworkManager rebuilt from the src.rpm for OpenSUSE 10.3 because the DHCP timeout is too short for one of the networks I need to connect to (Ubuntu 7.10 can connect fine with a 60 second timeout).

So.

Install source
rpm -ivh NetworkManager-0.6.5-37.4.src.rpm

Build prep
rpmbuild -bp --target=i586 /usr/src/packages/SPECS/NetworkManager.spec

Change #define NM_DHCP_TIMEOUT from 45 to 60
vi /usr/src/packages/BUILD/NetworkManager-0.6.5/src/dhcp-manager/nm-dhcp-manager.c

Build compile
rpmbuild -bc --short-circuit --target=i586 /usr/src/packages/SPECS/NetworkManager.spec

Build install
rpmbuild -bi --short-circuit --target=i586 /usr/src/packages/SPECS/NetworkManager.spec

Now, 'install' complains about not finding NetworkManager.spec in SOURCES (which it wouldn't, because it's in SPECS) and doesn't seem to actually install and rpmbuild -ba or -bb redo the prep stage narking any change made to the source before going through compile and install stages.

So, I can't get it installed through rpmbuild and 'make install' throws up errors I can't be bothered to deal with just yet.

Any ideas?

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