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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.

Fri, 18 Nov 2011

Using the GNOME file manager's FTP capabilities to manage my Ode site

I've traditionally used stand-alone FTP clients like FileZilla and gFTP to interact with the servers I use.

Only recently have I decided to start using the GNOME Nautilus file manager's FTP/SFTP capabilities to manage the content in some of my servers.

Including my Ode server (a shared hosting account). Rather than write up text files in my favorite editor, save them, then start up FileZilla and transfer those files into the proper Ode documents folder, I've been using the file manager as my "window into Ode."

(For the record, I'm running the Debian Squeeze distribution of GNU/Linux with the default GNOME 2 desktop.)

You know about Ode, don't you? If not, start here.


I have my SFTP connection to the Ode portion of my shared-hosting account set as a bookmark in GNOME's Nautilus file manager. If I want to write an entry in Ode, I go to that bookmark, which connects Nautilus to the ftp site (via encrypted SFTP).

I use the file manager to navigate to the directory in which I want to write the entry, then I right-click in that directory and select Create Document - Empty File. A file is created on the server with the name already selected. I change the name to what I want it to be, remembering that in Ode's default configuration all entries end in .txt.

Then I open that file in GNOME's Gedit text editor (you can use any text editor you have on your system, I just happen to like Gedit), write it up and save it.

Nautilus detects that save and changes the file on the Ode server.

Since I'm using Ode's Indexette add-in to give my posts persistent dates (regardless of file time), I still need to let the add-in know to rebuild the index, which I do in the usual ways.