Sunday, November 18, 2012

My first successfull LibreOffice build 4.0

This is my first successfull LibO build from source  on my Debian sid laptop (it took a while to get all set and waiting for the copile to finish)

After all finished i started it

with make dev-install

/home/mariuz/work/libo/solver/ &

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Firebird 2.5.2 stable for all Ubuntu releases is uploaded into ppa

I recommend Ubuntu 12.04 LTS or 14.04 LTS

The other are builded OK but with some modifications to the Debian scripts

I give some examples of modifications for Lucid and Hardy in the

debian scripts area

Hardy it will be EOL soon in April so for the next Firebird release it

will be skipped

(it doesn't support the quilt 3.0 format and and is hardest to build for )

The older the Distro the harder it it is to build the software for it .

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Lazarus FreePascal IDE on Raspberry PI

I have installed the version from debian respository

sudo apt-get install lazarus-ide fpc

The install and developing process is the same like on any Debian machine
I have started the ide over the ssh

ssh -X pi@

I have the Firebird components i can start doing Database apps like on any desktop

Using Lazarus IDE with Firebird in Ubuntu and Debian

Install the ide
sudo apt-get install lazarus-ide
Start the ide from the console/terminal

 lazarus-ide &
If everything went well you'll see a new tab called SQLdb. This tab will contain two components a TSQLConnection and a TSQLQuery.

SQLdb tab also contains a component TIBConnection that you can place it on the form

We will connect to /var/lib/firebird/2.5/data/employee.fdb
On the form put an TIBConnection, TSQLTransaction,TSQLQuery,TDatasource and an TDBGrid

TIBConnection is configured to have DatabaseName=/var/lib/firebird/2.5/data/employee.fdb
and Transaction=SQLTransaction1
You can put it to be Connected = True

Then configure SQLTransaction1
to use

Active =True;

Configure TSQLQuery this way

SQL=select * from employee;
Active = True;

Configure TDatasource

Configure TDBGrid

DataSource = DataSource1

Next you can put an button and make them active from run time

procedure TForm1.Button1Click(Sender: TObject);

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Debian and raspberry pi = love , a small ARM Firebird super server

I have installed debian on my raspberry
here is the login and cpu info

ssh pi@
pi@'s password: 
Linux raspberrypi 3.2.27+ #250 PREEMPT Thu Oct 18 19:03:02 BST 2012 armv6l

The programs included with the Debian GNU/Linux system are free software;
the exact distribution terms for each program are described in the
individual files in /usr/share/doc/*/copyright.

Debian GNU/Linux comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY, to the extent
permitted by applicable law.

NOTICE: the software on this Raspberry Pi has not been fully configured. Please run 'sudo raspi-config'

pi@raspberrypi ~ $ cat /proc/cpuinfo 
Processor : ARMv6-compatible processor rev 7 (v6l)
BogoMIPS : 697.95
Features : swp half thumb fastmult vfp edsp java tls 
CPU implementer : 0x41
CPU architecture: 7
CPU variant : 0x0
CPU part : 0xb76
CPU revision : 7

Hardware : BCM2708
Revision : 000f
Serial  : 000000008c86c7c9

First thing i search in a debian is the firebird packages
 apt-cache search firebird
falconpl-dbi-firebird - Firebird SQL database abstraction layer for Falcon P.L
firebird-dev - Development files for Firebird - an RDBMS based on InterBase 6.0 code
firebird2.5-classic - Firebird Classic Server - an RDBMS based on InterBase 6.0 code
firebird2.5-classic-common - common files for firebird 2.5 "classic" and "superclassic"
firebird2.5-classic-dbg - collected debug symbols for firebird2.5-classic and -superclassic
firebird2.5-common - common files for firebird 2.5 servers and clients
firebird2.5-common-doc - copyright, licnesing and changelogs of firebird2.5
firebird2.5-doc - Documentation files for firebird database version 2.5
firebird2.5-examples - Examples for Firebird - an RDBMS based on InterBase 6.0 code
firebird2.5-server-common - common files for firebird 2.5 servers
firebird2.5-super - Firebird Super Server - an RDBMS based on InterBase 6.0 code
firebird2.5-super-dbg - collected debug symbols for firebird2.5-super
firebird2.5-superclassic - Firebird SuperClassic Server - an RDBMS based on InterBase 6.0 code
flamerobin - graphical database administration tool for Firebird DBMS
libdbd-firebird-perl - Perl DBI driver for Firebird RDBMS server
libdbi-perl - Perl Database Interface (DBI)
libfbclient2 - Firebird client library
libfbembed2.5 - Firebird embedded client/server library
libib-util - Firebird UDF support library
libwtdbofirebird-dev - Firebird backend for Wt::Dbo [development]
libwtdbofirebird32 - Firebird backend for Wt::Dbo [runtime]
php5-interbase - interbase/firebird module for php5

What is next ? installing firebird 2.5 super server of course
sudo apt-get install firebird2.5-super
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
The following extra packages will be installed:
  firebird2.5-common firebird2.5-common-doc firebird2.5-server-common libfbclient2 libib-util
Suggested packages:
The following NEW packages will be installed:
  firebird2.5-common firebird2.5-common-doc firebird2.5-server-common firebird2.5-super libfbclient2 libib-util
0 upgraded, 6 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
Need to get 3,300 kB of archives.
After this operation, 12.8 MB of additional disk space will be used.
Do you want to continue [Y/n]? Y
Get:1 wheezy/main firebird2.5-common-doc all 2.5.2~svn+54698.ds4-1 [636 kB]
Get:2 wheezy/main firebird2.5-common all 2.5.2~svn+54698.ds4-1 [95.7 kB]
Get:3 wheezy/main libfbclient2 armhf 2.5.2~svn+54698.ds4-1 [223 kB]
Get:4 wheezy/main libib-util armhf 2.5.2~svn+54698.ds4-1 [3,814 B]
Get:5 wheezy/main firebird2.5-server-common armhf 2.5.2~svn+54698.ds4-1 [488 kB]
Get:6 wheezy/main firebird2.5-super armhf 2.5.2~svn+54698.ds4-1 [1,853 kB]                             
Fetched 3,300 kB in 13s (238 kB/s)                                                                                                                  
Preconfiguring packages ...
Selecting previously unselected package firebird2.5-common-doc.
(Reading database ... 57783 files and directories currently installed.)
Unpacking firebird2.5-common-doc (from .../firebird2.5-common-doc_2.5.2~svn+54698.ds4-1_all.deb) ...
Selecting previously unselected package firebird2.5-common.
Unpacking firebird2.5-common (from .../firebird2.5-common_2.5.2~svn+54698.ds4-1_all.deb) ...
Selecting previously unselected package libfbclient2:armhf.
Unpacking libfbclient2:armhf (from .../libfbclient2_2.5.2~svn+54698.ds4-1_armhf.deb) ...
Selecting previously unselected package libib-util:armhf.
Unpacking libib-util:armhf (from .../libib-util_2.5.2~svn+54698.ds4-1_armhf.deb) ...
Selecting previously unselected package firebird2.5-server-common.
Unpacking firebird2.5-server-common (from .../firebird2.5-server-common_2.5.2~svn+54698.ds4-1_armhf.deb) ...
Selecting previously unselected package firebird2.5-super.
Unpacking firebird2.5-super (from .../firebird2.5-super_2.5.2~svn+54698.ds4-1_armhf.deb) ...
Processing triggers for man-db ...
Setting up firebird2.5-common-doc (2.5.2~svn+54698.ds4-1) ...
Setting up firebird2.5-common (2.5.2~svn+54698.ds4-1) ...
Setting up libfbclient2:armhf (2.5.2~svn+54698.ds4-1) ...
Setting up libib-util:armhf (2.5.2~svn+54698.ds4-1) ...
Setting up firebird2.5-server-common (2.5.2~svn+54698.ds4-1) ...
adduser: Warning: The home directory `/var/lib/firebird' does not belong to the user you are currently creating.
Setting up firebird2.5-super (2.5.2~svn+54698.ds4-1) ...
Created default security2.fdb
[ ok ] Firebird 2.5 super server not running.
[warn] Not starting Firebird 2.5 super server ... (warning).
[warn] Use `dpkg-reconfigure firebird2.5-super' to enable ... (warning).
So let's enable Firebird super server
pi@raspberrypi ~ $ sudo dpkg-reconfigure firebird2.5-super
[ ok ] Firebird 2.5 super server not running.
[ ok ] Starting Firebird 2.5 super server...done.
[ ok ] Firebird 2.5 super server already running.
Yes it's on
ps axu | grep firebird
firebird  2830  0.0  0.1   4528   796 ?        S    19:18   0:00 /usr/sbin/fbguard -daemon -forever -pidfile /var/run/firebird/2.5/
firebird  2832  0.2  1.0  62444  4540 ?        Sl   19:18   0:00 /usr/sbin/fbserver

Still got 256m of free memory for nginx , php , or something better a node.js experiment Let's create/use a database and see simple firebird at work
sudo apt-get install firebird2.5-examples firebird-dev
cp /usr/share/doc/firebird2.5-common-doc/examples/empbuild/employee.fdb.gz
gunzip employee.fdb.gz
sudo chown firebird.firebird employee.fdb
mv employee.fdb /var/lib/firebird/2.5/data

Use CONNECT or CREATE DATABASE to specify a database
SQL> connect "/var/lib/firebird/2.5/data/employee.fdb " user 'SYSDBA' password 'masterkey'
CON> ;
Database:  "/var/lib/firebird/2.5/data/employee.fdb ", User: SYSDBA
show tables;
       COUNTRY                                CUSTOMER                       
       DEPARTMENT                             EMPLOYEE                       
       EMPLOYEE_PROJECT                       JOB                            
       PROJECT                                PROJ_DEPT_BUDGET               
       SALARY_HISTORY                         SALES                          

SQL> show version;
ISQL Version: LI-V2.5.2.26508 Firebird 2.5
Server version:
Firebird/linux ARM (access method), version "LI-V2.5.2.26508 Firebird 2.5"
Firebird/linux ARM (remote server), version "LI-V2.5.2.26508 Firebird 2.5/tcp (raspberrypi)/P12"
Firebird/linux ARM (remote interface), version "LI-V2.5.2.26508 Firebird 2.5/tcp (raspberrypi)/P12"
on disk structure version 11.2
SQL> create database "/var/lib/firebird/2.5/data/first_database.fdb" user 'SYSDBA' password 'masterkey'
CON> ;
Commit current transaction (y/n)?y
SQL> connect "/var/lib/firebird/2.5/data/first_database.fdb" user 'SYSDBA' password 'masterkey';
Commit current transaction (y/n)?y
Database:  "/var/lib/firebird/2.5/data/first_database.fdb", User: SYSDBA
SQL> show tables
CON> ;
SQL> select * from test;

          ID NAME                 
============ ==================== 
           1 John                 
           2 Joe                  


Later i will try firebird c api examples
cd /usr/share/doc/firebird2.5-common-doc/examples/api 
cp *.gz ~/
chown pi.pi *.gz
cd ~
gunzip *.gz
gcc -L/usr/lib -lfbclient -I/usr/share/doc/firebird2.5-common-doc/examples/include/ api1.c
ISC_USER=SYSDBA ISC_PASSWORD=masterkey ./a.out /tmp/new.fdb
Created database '/tmp/new.fdb'.

Successfully accessed the newly created database.
So all it works as it should without errors and at the speed of pentium 2 like system or even faster I love the small server and i can leave it on 24x7 without the need to think too much for the energy costs
Next i have tested the firebird python driver fdb
sudo apt-get install python-pip

pip install fdb
con = fdb.connect(dsn='/var/lib/firebird/2.5/data/employee.fdb', user='sysdba', password='masterkey')

cur = con.cursor()
SELECT = "select * from employee"

# 2. Equivalently using fetchall():
# This is potentially dangerous if result set is huge, as the whole result set is first materialized
# as list and then used for iteration.
for row in cur.fetchall():
    print 'ID:%d Name %s.' % (row[0], row[1])

ID:141 Name Pierre.
ID:144 Name John.
ID:145 Name Mark.

Next on my testing list is compiling the node.js (doing it rightnow) and the pure JavaScript Firebird driver with an express demo Update : compiling node is done here are my results

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

TopDAY: Drupal Meetup in Târgu Mureș

Great PHP local event will take place in Târgu Mureș, in November 8: TopDAY - Drupal Meetup. The event is focusing on short presentations about Drupal and is supported by Reea

Saturday, November 03, 2012

Upgrading from ubuntu 12.10 to debian sid

A good idea is to install a light desktop manager like lxdm or xfce so at least you have a DM in case
gnome will not work out

Install debian keyring

modify /etc/apt/sources.list
delete all the lines and
add these ones 

deb sid main contrib non-free
deb-src sid main contrib non-fre

apt-get update
apt-get -f -o Dpkg::Options::="--force-overwrite" upgrade

there will be a lot of issues and it might bring your  machine unbootable
So be prepared with a testing debian stick or cd

Make a list with packages removed by the dist-upgrade
in my case i have noticed that network manager will be removed

apt-get -f -o Dpkg::Options::="--force-overwrite" dist-upgrade

From the removed packaged i picked the critical ones that i know i need and i download them before to start the upgrade so i can install them with dpkg -i

Here is my list that i needed on my system (that i know that are critical to me and to make the system functional)
apt-get  install --download-only network-manager network-manager-gnome lxde modemmanager ssh openssh-server alsa-utils anacron at

Here are some of the issues that could happen while upgrading the machine there are many dpkg-new files in the /etc/init.d/ folder so here are some tips bellow

Init scripts and networking system
Get rid of upstart first. I had problems with sysv-rc and needed to force reconfiguration. Some init scripts were installed with "dpkg-new" in the name, I had to rename them. As with X, I tried few solutions, this is distilled but stil redundant version:
dpkg-reconfigure sysv-rc
cd /etc/init.d
mv acpid.dpkg-new acpid
mv anacron.dpkg-new anacron
mv atd.dpkg-new atd
mv cron.dpkg-new cron
mv dbus.dpkg-new dbus
mv module-init-tools.dpkg-new module-init-tools
mv procps.dpkg-new procps
mv rsyslog.dpkg-new rsyslog
mv udev-mtab udev
apt-get --reinstall install base-files ifupdown initscripts netbase sysv-rc sysvinit sysvinit-utils