[Ubuntu] Spell-check from command-line using hunspell

If you are a developer or simply a command-line geek/fan, there are times where you type some documents using the command line, like for README’s or for documentation. It is also important to have a very good writing in English if you wish to distribute those files.

Hunspell can help you with spell-checking. It is based on MySpell and contains a nice terminal interface to spell-check your files.
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Claws-Mail review (after a few months)


Last month, I decided to drop Evolution and start using claws-mail. Now that I’ve been using it everyday, I see that it fits very well my needs as a mail user agent.

I will list the features I like in Claws-Mail, instead of writing a huge boring paragraph:

  • Tree view (or Thread view) for emails that are related (replies for examples)
  • GPG support through plugins (MIME or inline, and with SHA512 support too!)
  • Very lightweight (almost all of the time less than 10mb ram used)
  • Can display HTML emails in plain text (by stripping the html) and it works really good
  • Rules/Actions can be added for a lot of events
  • Bogofilter spam filter support through plugins
  • HTML viewer, just in case! (added through plugin)
  • Choose which headers to show when reading email (see screenshot: I chose to show the SPF header)
  • “Next” button to quickly read the next unread email
  • Extract email addresses from received mails and add them into your addressbook.
  • Different Layouts, even one for small screens
  • Many other features…

Claws-Mail is well worth the try, there are lots of nice features like those. And I’m quite happy to have switched to it.

You can either find claws-mail through your package management system (synaptic, yum, rpm, …) or through the official website.
I also packaged it for Ubuntu/Debian without the maemo support for LPIA architecture (this was for my HP mini 1000).

scanerrlog – Generate summaries/reports from Apache error logs

scanerrlog offers the possibility to generate a summary or report about Apache errors and sort them depending on how frequent they are.

To install it (for Ubuntu users):

sudo apt-get install scanerrlog

or use Synaptic and search for scanerrlog.

It’s written in Python, and it is very easy to use it. (type ‘man scanerrlog‘ in a terminal to see the manual page)

I tested it with Apache2 log files using the following command:

scanerrlog -f text -o /tmp/log.txt /var/log/apache2/*.log
  • -f : format (text, pdf, html, xml)
  • -o : output file
  • args : log files

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Nature knows what’s best!

My wife and I recently went to Fort Wayne, Indiana and we enjoyed it a lot. Amongst all the things we’ve visited, we went to a flower conservatory and they had butterflies there. A couple of them really seemed to like the Ubuntu logo on my T-shirt. …And everyone knows that nature knows what’s best!

See for yourself.

Butterfly on Ubuntu logo (shirt)

Full size image.

The two pictures are also licensed under CC BY-SA.