GNU Xnee 3.16 (‘No Show Jones’) released

We are pleased to announce the availability of GNU Xnee 3.16

GNU Xnee is a suite of programs that can record, replay and distribute
user actions under the X11 environment. Think of it as a robot that can
imitate the job you just did. GNU Xnee can be used to:
    Automate tests
    Demonstrate programs
    Distribute actions
    Record and replay 'macro'
    Retype the content of a file

Getting the Software

   ftp://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/xnee/xnee-3.16.tar.gz
   ftp://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/xnee/xnee-3.16.tar.gz.sig

or one of the mirror sites as found in:

   http://www.gnu.org/prep/ftp.html

Checksums

  md5sum:
d70f26e135ebf5b1a307f1434c451eaf xnee-3.16.tar.gz
  cksum:
368848631 1798348 xnee-3.16.tar.gz

New in this release

New features:

Gnee can record XInput events

* Fixed bugs:

Savannah:

Fedora:

https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=962456

And the name “No Show Jones”? It’s a tribute to one of my favorite singers of all time, George Jones. He passed away in April earlier this year. George earned his nickname from his habit of not showing up at shows.

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GNU Xnee 3.14 (‘Lord Pi’) released

We are pleased to announce the availability of GNU Xnee 3.14

GNU Xnee is a suite of programs that can record, replay and distribute  user actions under the X11 environment. Think of it as a robot that can imitate the job you just did. GNU Xnee can be used to:

  • Automate tests
  • Demonstrate programs
  • Distribute actions
  • Record and replay ‘macro’
  • Retype the content of a file

Getting the Software

http://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/xnee/xnee-3.14.tar.gz
http://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/xnee/xnee-3.14.tar.gz.sig

or one of the mirror sites as found in:

http://www.gnu.org/prep/ftp.html

Checksums

md5sum:

04d3256be296d624979940ac2c6b5e8b xnee-3.14.tar.gz

cksum:

3927134133 1772509 xnee-3.14.tar.gz

New in this release:

If XInput is present, record only XI events (discard core events).

Forced core replay is now done using XI events (if no core events are available).

* Fixed bugs:

Bug-xnee mailing list: “WARNING: Enough valuators … still not printing”

About calling the release “Lord Pi”

We’re still following the tradition to pay tribute to old heroes who have passed away. A while ago Jon Lord (Deep Purple among other bands) passed away. Even though Deep Purple never was one of my favorite bands, they and Jon still had an impact in my life. Listen to Stormbringer, Perfect stranger and Machine head and you’ll know why. Jon’s keyboard playing is a vital part of the Deep Purple sound. That explains the “Lord” part of “Lord Pi”. The “Pi” part is of course due to the version number “3.14”, which is the three first digits of Pi.

 

Searduino needs a gui

Do you want to write a gui front-end to Searduino?

 

About Searduino:

Searduino is made to ease and speed up development for the Arduino boards. In short, with Searduino you get

  • C/C++ interface – use C/C++ to program your Arduino boards
  • Makefiles – easy to use Makefiles for inclusion in your project
  • Stand alone program – build your Arduino code to run on your local computer instead
  • Simulator – run your Arduino code in a simulator to test it
  • Simulation API – write your own test cases in C/C++
  • Python simulation API – write your tests in Python
  • Arduino example (to C/C++) translation

About the gui

In a way searduino has a gui – We have been developing a gui written Python (pygtk) to make sure we write the underlying library in a way that makes it easy to develop a real gui. So there is a gui but no proper one. Anyhow, here’s a snapshot of the (non proper) Python gui:

Searduino's simulator GUI - written in PyGtk

 

We believe that the gui needs to be written in C/C++ and using a thread safe graphical toolkit. The speed which which the callbacks call the gui require as short path as possible from the source to the handler and as already mentioned that the toolkit is thread safe (the Arduin ocode is executed in a thread). There is however a threshold for max updates per second which can be used but we still believe that C/C++ is the best way – but don’t hesitate to contact us (see email address below) if you believe differently.

Want to join?

If you like creating guis and want to help out on Searduino – send an email to hesa -at- sandklef.com

Btw: the python gui was also used to test Searduino’s Python extension

 

This post was originally posted at: http://itupw185.itu.chalmers.se/searduino/

GNU Xnee 3.09 (‘Moore’) released

We are pleased to announce the availability of GNU Xnee 3.09

GNU Xnee is a suite of programs that can record, replay and distribute  user actions under the X11 environment. Think of it as a robot that can imitate the job you just did. GNU Xnee can be used to:

  • Automate tests
  • Demonstrate programs
  • Distribute actions
  • Record and replay ‘macro’
  • Retype the content of a file

Getting the Software

http://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/xnee/xnee-3.09.tar.gz
http://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/xnee/xnee-3.09.tar.gz.sig

or one of the mirror sites as found in:

http://www.gnu.org/prep/ftp.html

Checksums

md5sum:
c59b875a522dc71be545921c30a0c807  xnee-3.09.tar.gz

cksum:
111533042 1782493 xnee-3.09.tar.gz

New in this release

* Fixed bugs:

Reported on Savannah:
#31231: Replay in demo mode malfunctions
#28238: XI2 extension support
#28431: Separate tests needing a running X server
#32291: Xnee fails checking gtk.h
#28242: Missing makeinfo dep in configure

Reported on xnee-devel mailing list:
cnee loves Xephyr ?
lists.gnu.org/archive/html/xnee-devel/2011-02/msg00000.html

Debian bug report:
# 613237 “3.08 is available which works fine in unstable”

About calling the release “Moore”

Following the tradition to pay tribute to old heroes who have passed away this release is named after Gary Moore. I used to listen to Thin Lizzy and from there I discovered Moore. Somewhere in a box somewhere I have a shaped picture 12″ vinyl of Shapes of things. This song is written by Yardbirds member so I discovered them through Moore ….

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gary_moore

GNU Xnee 3.07 released

We are pleased to announce the availability of GNU Xnee 3.07

GNU Xnee is a suite of programs that can record, replay and distribute
user actions under the X11 environment. Think of it as a robot that can
imitate the job you just did. GNU Xnee can be used to:
 Automate tests
 Demonstrate programs
 Distribute actions
 Record and replay 'macro'
 Retype the content of a file

Getting the Software
====================

 http://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/xnee/xnee-3.07.tar.gz
 http://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/xnee/xnee-3.07.tar.gz.sig

or one of the mirror sites as found in:

 http://www.gnu.org/prep/ftp.html

Checksums
===========

 md5sum:
 f9fca0c7475a90487c86eca2027d0fcd  xnee-3.07.tar.gz

 cksum:
 510662476 1779830 xnee-3.07.tar.gz

New in this release
===================

 * New features:
 Supports recording xnd replaying of XInput device events
 * Forced replaying of X11 core events can be done
 * Backward compatible with old session files

 * Build changes:

 --enable-man
 Checks for makeinfo once, uses result many times
 Can build guis and manual without all doc stuff

 --disable-xinput2
 By default Xnee is built with XI support

 Looks for gtk-config when configuring
 Checks for makeinfo once, uses result many times
 Can build guis and manual without all doc stuff

 * Issues
 Human printout of X Input events needs more work
 Need to make X Input code be totally ifdefed away

 * New options:
 --force-core-replay,-fcr
 Discard recorded X Input device data,
 use recorded core device data

 --disable-xinput-events
 Disable recording of XInput events

 * Fixed bugs as reported on ubuntuforums:
 http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1253453&highlight=xnee

 savannah bug: #30134 "Missing xnee.xpm in gnee"
 savannah bug: #30136 "Configure misses to check for gnome.h"

 * Reported problems on N900 are fixed

 * Patches from Tuukka Pasanen, Fabian Keil

 * Experimental and undocumented features (read the source):
 * replay backend
 * xswine - new swinput backend for Xnee

Call for testers: Xnee 3.06.96 (in prep for 3.07)

 Support for X Input* has been added to GNU Xnee. Tests have been performed on:
     Debian Lenny
     Ubuntu 10.04
     Mameo , N900
and things (finally) seems to be working.
Building
---------------
Download:
    http://alpha.gnu.org/gnu/xnee/xnee-3.06.96.tar.gz

... unpack and build:
tar zxvf /home/hesa/gnu/xnee/xnee-3.06.96.tar.gz
cd xnee-3.06.96/
./configure --disable-gui --disable-gnome-applet --enable-xinput2 && make

Before releasing 3.07 it would be great to have some more tests done on other environments. If you can, here's some test cases:

Preparation:
-----------------------------
Execute:
    ./cnee/src/cnee --record --mouse --keyboard -o test-xi.xns -sk q
Move mouse, press and release some keys, ... stop recording by pressing q
Test case 1 "XI Replay":
-----------------------------
    ./cnee/src/cnee --replay -f test-xi.xns
Test case 2 "Core Replay":
-----------------------------
    ./cnee/src/cnee --replay -f test-xi.xns  --force-core-replay
Send feedback to http://lists.gnu.org/mailman/listinfo/bug-xnee  (or to me and I'll compile and anonymize your report and forward it to the list)
*) Multi-touch, multiple input devices ....

xswine: new program for the GNU Xnee suite

I been writing a small program, xswine, that can take a recorded GNU Xnee session file and replay that to swinput . Swinput had its share of changes and a new swinput release will see the light of day any day. The difference betwen replaying using swinput compared to replaying using Xnee itself is that swinput fakes the device events from the kernel and Xnee fakes at X11 level using XTest.

There’s a some questions that need to be solved before a proper xswine release, such as:

  • how to map the device id as recorded from X Input Extension to the “correct” input device as presented by swinput
  • timing – what do we do when we drift away from the start time, but want to keep the recorded diff between events

Currently there’s not much of the recorded X11 events that can be replayed. Here’s the current list:

  • X11 motion event – no
  • X11 button event – no
  • X11 key event – no
  • X Input device motion event – yes!!!
  • X Input device button event – no
  • X Input device key event – no

This means xswine can replay (using the kernel) recorded Multi-touch events!

But if that’s all xswine can do do, why do I bother writing a blog entry. Two reasons:

  1. nobody reads my blog…so nobody will complain about this blog post
  2. I want to “claim” the name xswine

So, what does xswine mean?

X – is for Xnee

swin – is for Swinput

e – dear reader of this blog (just claimed I had zero readers!), help me out … what should e stand for?

If you compile GNU Xnee and swinput (and install) from CVS HEAD you should be able to do:

sudo modprobe swmouse devs=4 && sudo chmod a+rwx /dev/swmouse*
./cnee/src/cnee --record --mouse -o whoa-mule.xns
cat whoa-mule.xns | ./xswine/xswine