Netbeans 7 and the missing JAX-RPC plugin

I haven’t used Netbeans JAX binding for over a year.
And the last time I used it, it was easy to find in the plugin menu of Netbeans 6.
Now I’ve upgraded to Netbeans 7 and wasn’t able to find the plugin.
Happily I found a page that advised me to add

to the Update Center.
After that I got a huge list of updates, and my missing JAX-RPC.
Now just: install, restart, update-again.
Et voila, there is the missing “JAXB Binding” menu point that was searching for.

Tomcat Cannot assign requested address – made me crazy

Today I migrated a Tomcat Server to a new host. Everything was in place but it won’t start showing me the following error:

Tomcat Cannot assign requested address

I’m happy ‘Nir Levy‘ had nearly the same problem 4 years ago. Here he describes what went wrong with his /etc/hosts configuration.
My problem was that I did not update the host name in the configuration for my module
After that everything was fine 🙂
I *heart* blogs !

mcrypt and PHP, on Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.4

I found this great tutorial on how to install mcrypt into php under OS X 10.6.1
Works like charming with OS X 10.6.4 and PHP Version 5.3.2.

mkdir src
cd src
tar xzvf php-5.3.2.tar.bz2
tar xzvf libmcrypt-2.5.8.tar.gz
cd libmcrypt-2.5.8
MACOSX_DEPLOYMENT_TARGET=10.6 CFLAGS='-O3 -fno-common -arch i386 -arch x86_64' LDFLAGS='-O3 -arch i386 -arch x86_64' CXXFLAGS='-O3 -fno-common -arch i386 -arch x86_64' ./configure --disable-dependency-tracking && make -j6 && sudo make install
cd ../php-5.3.2/ext/mcrypt
MACOSX_DEPLOYMENT_TARGET=10.6 CFLAGS='-O3 -fno-common -arch i386 -arch x86_64' LDFLAGS='-O3 -arch i386 -arch x86_64' CXXFLAGS='-O3 -fno-common -arch i386 -arch x86_64' ./configure --with-php-config=/Developer/SDKs/MacOSX10.6.sdk/usr/bin/php-config && make -j6 && sudo make install
echo "Completed install, now make sure to edit your php.ini"
echo "and check for \"enable_dl = On\" and add \"\"" to the dynamic extentions"

This is the little bash script I wrote according to his tutorial. This comes without any warranty!!!
Be aware that you have to enter your root password twice while installing this script.

Big Thanks to Michael Gracie

iTunes Sharing over ssh

Today I realized that I had not a single song on my notebook hard disk. Thanks to Last.FM 🙂
Unfortunately “Simplify Media” has been adopted by Google Inc. and they do not offer a similar service yet. So I needed a solution to stream my iTunes from home to the office. If found a great solution by “Robert Harder” which works like charm. (source).
This is the bash script:

dns-sd -P "Home iTunes" _daap._tcp local 3689 localhost.local. \ "Arbitrary text record" &
ssh -C -N -L 3689:localhost:3689
kill $PID

LE Mensa

This week I released my first OS X Dashboard Widget.
It’s called ‘LE Mensa’ and it displays all menues for all cafeterias in Leipzig, which are part of the student union.
If you want to give it a try then visit the project page:
Today I updated it to version 0.15 !!

It works this way:
1. I wrote a python script which extracts information from the student union homepage and transform it into xml.
2. A .php script can call this .py script and give back those infos.
3. The widget was written in Dashcode with jQuery as an additional package. So it’s mainly javascript, some html and css. The widget now calls this php script, retrieves the xml and displays it in a (hopefully) pretty way.

This is how it looks:
Front View

Atbash Cipher

Just al little python script for preforming a Atbash encryption (roman alphabet). This type of cipher is older than Caesar cipher
Maybe you can use it.
-> Wikipedia article

clear="abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 1234567890"
for i in sys.argv[1].lower():
print c


$ ./ "This Is A Little Test"
$ ./ "$(./ "This Is A Little Test")"
this is a little test

hexadecimal xor de/encryption

Here’s are 2 little scripts I wrote today for encoding/decoding XOR encrypted text.

Script 1 ( takes a string/text and a integer key value. Then it preforms and xor encryption on the string with the given key.

import sys
#Copyleft m.puchalla 2010                                                                                                                                                                     
#Preforms a XOR Encoding with a specific string and returns a hexadecimal representation of it                                                                                         

    print "Usage:",sys.argv[0]," [String] [integer key]"

def baseN(num,b,numerals="0123456789abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz"):
    return ((num == 0) and  "0" ) or ( baseN(num // b, b).lstrip("0") + numerals[num % b])

for i in range(0,len(s)):
print sol


$ ./ "this is a little test" 25

Here’s script number 2 ( which simply reverses the process.

import sys
#Copyleft m.puchalla 2010                                                                                                                                                                     
#Decrypt a hex xor coded string with a key                                                                                                                                             

    print "Usage:",sys.argv[0]," [XOR Code String] [integer key]"

def baseN(num,b,numerals="0123456789abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz"):
    return ((num == 0) and  "0" ) or ( baseN(num // b, b).lstrip("0") + numerals[num % b])

for i in xrange(0,len(s)-1,2):
print sol


$ ./ "6d71706a39706a39783975706d6d757c396d7c6a6d" 25
this is a little test

If you like it, use it.

test proxy speed with bash and wget

I need to test the speed of some proxy server. Here’s a little script on how I achieved this.
I have a text-file ‘proxy.list’ which looks like: (I took out the last two digits of the ip).

...[lot's of ip's]...
193.196.*.*:3124       Germany
143.205.*.*:3127      Austria
64.161.*.*:3128         United States

Here is the script which will run through the list of all proxy and will download 5 test pages from a specific site. Then it will determine the period of time which is needed for execution. It’s create/append to a file ‘time.list’ which will contain the needed Information to determine the best proxies. You also need to create a subdirectory called ‘raw_proxy’ where the raw html code is save that you retrieve from the proxies. The files are named ”raw_proxy/$ip.$port.$i.tmp’ where $i is the test page you downloaded. I need to keep those files to determine if the proxy send me the right file or e.g. a login page .

size=$(cat proxy.list | wc -l)
while read proxy
    #determine the first parameter (IP:Port)
    ad=$(echo $proxy | awk '{print $1}')
    ip=${ad%:*}   #extract ip
    port=${ad#*:} #extract port
    #set and export the proxy settings
    http_proxy=$ip:$port && HTTP_PROXY=$http_proxy && export http_proxy HTTP_PROXY
    #save start timestamp
    start=$(date +%s)
    #download 5 pages #(yes I know 'seq' but I'm on Mac and I needed a sth. quick&dirty)
    for i in $(echo "1 2 3 4 5")
        #use wget to retrive the page. We want to try 1 time and set some specific timeouts. + we force to use a Mozilla User agent to hide that we are using wget.
    	wget -O "raw_proxy/$ip.$port.$i.tmp" --tries=1 --dns-timeout=10 --connect-timeout=8 --read-timeout=15 -U "Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; Konqueror/3.2; Linux)" "$i.txt" &> /dev/null
    #save end timestamp
    end=$(date +%s)
    #calculate the difference
    diff=$(( end - start ))
    #append this info to time.list
    echo -e "$ip:$port\t$diff" >> time.list
    #to have a nice and shiny output I use figlet, this is optional, if you don't want it comment out next 3 lines or just remove ' | figlet'
    echo "PC: #"$size" - "$diff"s" | figlet
    sleep 1
    size=$(( size-1 ))
done < proxy.list

If you used figlet your output looks like this:

 ____   ____       _  _    __  _____ _           ____   ___      
|  _ \ / ___|_   _| || |_ / /_|___ // |         |___ \ / _ \ ___ 
| |_) | |   (_) |_  ..  _| '_ \ |_ \| |  _____    __) | | | / __|
|  __/| |___ _  |_      _| (_) |__) | | |_____|  / __/| |_| \__ \
|_|    \____(_)   |_||_|  \___/____/|_|         |_____|\___/|___/

It shows how much proxies need to be checked and shows the last execution time.

After the script has finished you need to get a list of which proxy was best.
This is the command line which evaluates everything and gives me back a list of ip's sorted by access time. It also removes all proxies where the downloaded page had a size of 0B.

#command line to list proxy with lowest time to download
clear && while read line; do ip=${line% *};time=$(echo $line | awk '{print $2}');ip=${ip%:*};echo -e $ip"\t"$time"\t"$(ls -alshr raw_proxy/ | grep 1.tmp | grep $ip | awk '{print $6}'); done < <(tr -s ' ' < time.list | sort -n -r -k2 | cut -d' ' -f3) | grep -v "0B"

This is the output:

201.22.*.*	43	52K
196.213.*.*	43	13K
147.102.*.*	1	2,1K
132.227.*.*	1	2,1K
130.75.*.*	1	52K

If you know the filesize the you can append a

 | grep "52K"

to the last command to show only files which have the right size.
This is it 😉

I know that out there are better and fast implementations to do this but ...
but it was fun