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frugal technology, simple living and guerrilla large-appliance repair

Regular blog here, 'microblog' there

Many of my traditional blog post live on this site, but a great majority of my social-style posts can be found on my much-busier microbloging site at updates.passthejoe.net. It's busier because my BlogPoster "microblogging" script generates short, Twitter-style posts from the Linux or Windows (or anywhere you can run Ruby with too many Gems) command line, uploads them to the web server and send them out on my Twitter and Mastodon feeds.

I used to post to this blog via scripts and Unix/Linux utilities (curl and Unison) that helped me mirror the files locally and on the server. Since this site recently moved hosts, none of that is set up. I'm just using SFTP and SSH to write posts and manage the site.

Disqus comments are not live just yet because I'm not sure about what I'm going to do for the domain on this site. I'll probably restore the old domain at first just to have some continuity, but for now I like using the "free" domain from this site's new host, NearlyFreeSpeech.net.

Sun, 25 Aug 2013


I'm having a problem with permissions on images when I work over sftp with Xfce's Thunar file manager, namely the lack of read permissions, which I've had to use an alternative ftp client (in my case FileZilla) to fix.

I uploaded this photo of myself with GNOME's Nautilus file manager to see if the permissions out of the box were correct in that application.

They are.

I'll have to figure out what's going on with Xfce's Thunar file manager, ftp/sftp and permissions.

Later: I didn't have permission issues in Thunar when uploading a PNG image a couple days ago. Maybe this was a temporary thing? I'll have to upload some more images to test.

Regardless, Thunar has come a long way in recent years.

Even later: I just uploaded a JPG via Thunar, and permissions were fine. Crisis over.