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Watch for changed files in SyncThing

For syncing files between my devices I'm using SyncThing. This tool is reliable, available on Linux, Android, Mac and iOS. And it encrypts the communication. But sometimes I want to know when files in certain directories have changed - as example in my Obsidian vault. This allows me to post-process the files.

Migration from Twitter to Mastodon

Many people (I don’t like this phrase) are leaving Twitter these days, and looking for a new social media home. One of these places is Mastodon. This blog post aims to summarize the steps necessary for a migration, and includes pointers to websites which can help with said move.

Hanging script at the end of Python multiprocessing

While writing and stress-testing a Python script which uses the multiprocessing library, I ran into the problem that occasionally the script hangs at the end. Literally runs past the last line of code and then hangs.

Django: Change or translate the app name in the admin menu

Let’s say I have a Django app users. The admin menu shows this as category Users. That’s ok, but if the website users speak another language I want this name translated. Also I’m not necessarily using Users as name in the admin menu as section name, but can use something more descriptive. Website Users, as example.


Django: Remove default entries from admin menu

The Django administration site comes with a couple of default entries, depending on which apps and middleware is installed.


Django: disable inline option to add new referenced objects

The Django Web Framework makes it quite easy to add new referenced objects in the admin menu.


Use namespace as global variable in Ansible Jinja templates

A simple task, or so I thought: in a Jinja template keep track of the number of items in a loop. And then use that count afterwards.

Disclaimer: the number of items is not equal the number of times the loop runs, so I can’t use the loop variables.

Turns out that Jinja has other opinions, and variables inside a loop are all local. When a variable is changed inside the loop, the scope of the variable stays local, and once the loop ends the original value of the variable is restored. That’s even true for variables which are created outside the loop.


Raspberry - Raspbian - First steps

Installing a new Raspberry Pi is always the same few steps, and still I have to look them up almost every time. Here is the summary.


Certificate expiration date in Ansible

In one of my Ansible Playbooks I’m updating Let’s Encrypt certificates. Because the Playbook is rather long, I want to make sure that Ansible is not spending cycles on a certificate which is not about to expire. Hence I wrote a small filter plugin, which receives the certificate path and the number of days the certificate must be still valid.

This plugin is used to filter out any “good” certificate which does not need to be updated.


BOOLEAN datatype with PHP-compatible output

If you use pure PHP (no database abstraction layer) with PostgreSQL, you may run into the problem that your BOOLEAN columns are not recognized by PHP but the value is instead returned as a string.