Saturday, November 30, 2013

Source Checker Script

It's been a long time since i wrote a blog post on this one. It's been a busy life ever since i had a baby girl, but i enjoyed it so i am not complaining :)

Anyway, right now i'm making some simple script to test whether an upstream source is still available or has they been deleted or moved to another place and create a broken link on the SlackBuild script at SBo project. For most of the sites upstream, my simple script worked fine, but there are several sites that rendered my script unusable and they are not a simple website. They are big vendors, such as sourceforge and Google Code.

I'm not really sure about sourceforge, but Google Code is clearly not supporting HEAD method, thus making my script failed to download from their site using wget --spider option. It worked fine using a normal wget command, but then i will need to download the file, which is something i don't really need. I just need to know whether the files are still there or not.

Any ideas on how to solve this problem? Let me know if you do :)

Update (November 30, 1: 15 AM): I'm able to check on now, but i still need to work around Google Code as some SBo scripts are hosted there as well.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Winamp is Shutting Down

AOL, a big company who have acquired Nullsoft, parent company of a music service Winamp in 1999 has made a big decision by shutting down Winamp on December 20, 2013. This means that after that date, there will be no more Winamp releases and it will be history.

Just before the final date, Winamp has managed to release Winamp 5.66 and i guess this will be their final release before shutting down.

Winamp was one of my favorite multimedia player since i used computer back in junior high school. I followed it's development from winamp 2, 3, and lastly 5. It was a great software, easy to use, and it just worked. I guess it's time to say good bye to all of those and switch to other application that does the same thing.