Gamecube games were the staple of my childhood — and they’re still a big part of my life now =P.
I was recently part of the discussion on a curriculum change in the Columbia School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS), whose Committee on Instruction decided to remove the school-wide requirement for a so-called “pre-professional” course for all undergraduate students in the school.
Wow. It’s been a little more than a year since I last posted here on aeturnalus—a year since I’ve posted anything significant on the internet, really. I’m a little disappointed in myself: I wasn’t really that busy that I couldn’t take a few minutes and write down my thoughts… just a bit too lazy to actually do so.
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Edit June 6, 2012: SCM Creator has been updated to not conflict with Redmine Git Hosting.
Oftentimes it’s beneficial to use more than one type of version control system within a given organization—SVN and Git being the two most popular. For the purposes of Redmine, the Redmine Git Hosting plugin is significantly more useful for handling git repositories, as it can manage public keys and is able to serve git files via the Smart HTTP Protocol. However, for the other repository types, it is generally easier to use the SCM Creator plugin, which allows the project manager to control repository creation and deletion.
Previously, these plugins were incompatible, both overriding the same method. Moreover, SCM Creator has compatibility issues with Redmine 1.4.0+. Thanks to the work of its creator, Andriy Lesyuk, however, both of these issues have been resolved!
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Managing repository management is always a hassle for network administrators, as it usually involves going into into the shell to create the repository itself.
Redmine solves this problem using reposman.rb, which can be run regularly by a cronjob and thus automate repository creation. But this is still inconvenient—you still need to wait for the repository to be created, and you can only manage one type of SCM at once. Thus, we are going to install and configure the Redmine SCM Creator plugin to manage repository creation for us.
This tutorial is oriented primarily towards setting up SVN repository creation, as git repository management is better done by the Redmine Git Hosting plugin (Setup Guide). For instructions on how to set up Redmine, visit this tutorial before continuing on.
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Redmine Git Hosting is a plugin for Redmine authored by Eric Bishop, further extended by John Kubiatowicz, which integrates the Git SCM system into Redmine’s project management system. At the end of this guide, you will have a server which can, from the Redmine GUI,
- Create git repositories for projects
- Serve git repositories via SSH, GIT, and HTTP(S)
- Add users to git repositories
This guide is a continuation of the one here, which shows how to install and configure Redmine in Ubuntu with Virtualmin.
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Installing Redmine is relatively simple on Ubuntu / Debian servers as compared to any other operating system, due to its inclusion into the APT repositories. As before, all terminal commands below are assumed to be executed from the root user via SSH.
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Linode is one of the best low-cost Virtual Private Server Hosts available, offering Xen VPS Hosting for a number of popular operating systems. With the release of Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, I felt that it was past time that I upgraded my webserver (the one that runs this website, actually!), and document the little tweaks that I discovered along the way.
What we’re setting up
- Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
- A standard LAMP Stack (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP)
- BIND DNS resolution—combined with Virtualmin below, you’ll be able to manage your own domains!
- Linode reverse-DNS resolution
- Virtualmin / Webmin backend server management
Due to various reasons, not the least of which was a desire to make my code easier to access for those who want to see it, I’ve decided to move my ROS repository from my own server to GitHub.
One of the simplest bits of functionality that is useful for small-scale robotics is the ability to control robots over the serial port, which can easily be made wireless using Pololu Wixels, XBee, bluetooth, or any other wireless serial connection. Since the Arduino Serial Monitor only sends out messages rather slowly, and it’s usually nice to have a fast response from computer to robot, I wrote a short Java application that handles the communication for you.