If it won't be simple, it simply won't be. [Hire me, source code] by Miki Tebeka, CEO, 353Solutions

Friday, December 31, 2010


# Template for "svn commit"
# Add "export SVN_EDITOR=/path/to/this/file" to your .bashrc

# Fail one first error
set -e


mv $filename /tmp

# The template
cat << EOF > $filename
Bug # 


# Add file list to template
cat /tmp/$filename >> $filename
mtime=$(stat -c %y $filename)
$editor $filename

# Restore old file so svn will see it didn't change
if [ "$(stat -c %y $filename)" == "$mtime" ]; then
    mv -f /tmp/$filename $filename

Wednesday, November 03, 2010


Sorry for long pause.

I just stared a new job which is not in Python. My interested was also shifted to Clojure.

I'll try to post here more from time to time, but the frequency be lower for the seen future.

In the meanwhile, keep on hacking!

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Getting last N items of iterator

islice allow you to get the first N items of an iterator, but since it doesn't accept negative indexes - you can't use it to get the last N. The solution is very simple - use deque.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Configuring Ubuntu For Asus Eee

Lately I lost my main laptop (belonged to the workplace), my older one allows me to use her Eee for now. The Eee came with Windows 7 starter edition, which I grew tired of fast. I've decided to try Ubuntu on it. Trying not to cause too much damage, I used Wubi.

Installing the main distro went without a problem, and after a reboot I had default Gnome desktop up. What I'm describing next is my attempt to get as much screen real estate as possible. Note that I'm spending most of my time in Firefox and in the shell.

General Setup

  • Delete the bottom panel (right click and "Delete This Panel")
  • Auto hide the top panel (right click, "Properties" and "Autohide")
  • Install "Gnome Do"

Firefox Setup

  • Right click on the toolbar, "Customize..." and check "Use small icons"
  • Click on the "View" menu and leave only the navigation toolbar
  • Uncheck the "Status bar" in the "View" menu
  • Install the "Hide Menubar" Firefox addon (clicking on "ALT" will show the menu)
  • I use GMail and Google Reader, so "Better GMail" and "Better GReader" addons helped
  • Install "Adblock Plus" to get more content inside web pages
  • This is just a personal preference, but I think installing "Chromifox Extreme" theme freed up some space as well

Terminal Setup

In the "Edit" menu click on "Profile preferences". And on the "General" tab, uncheck "Show menubar by default on new terminals" (use SHIFT-F10 to get a context menu to enable it)

Two More Things

If your kids play webkinz, install Google Chrome. It works much better there (there's always a scroll bar they can use).

As you probably figured out, I am looking for a job right now. If you know someone who is hiring, please point them to my resume.

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

curl and couchdb - a love story

CouchDB API is JSON over HTTP. Which makes curl my default tool to play with the database.

Here's a small demo:

Friday, June 11, 2010


Import any file as a Python module. This is a nice big security risk, so beware ...

from types import ModuleType

def import_any(path, name=None):
    module = ModuleType(name or "dummy")
    execfile(path, globals(), module.__dict__)

    return module

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Tagging last good build in git

git (and mercurial) has a nice feature that you can "move" tags (using -f). At Sauce Labs we use that to have a track of our last good build and the last deployed revision.

In our continuous integration system, we mark the last good build in the last step which is executed only if the test suite passed.

# Error on 1'st failure
set -e

revision=$(git rev-parse HEAD)

echo "Tagging $commit as $tag"
git tag -f $tag $commit
git pull origin master
git push --tags origin master

To deploy, we use the following script who also tags the last deployed version.
# Deploy, meaning sync from last successful build


# Fetch get the latest changes from remote but does not update working
# directory, just the index
git fetch --tags

# Merge to the last successful bulid
git merge ${tag}

# Tag currently deployed revision
git tag -f deployed ${tag}
git push --tags

Saturday, May 15, 2010


A simple script to "nuke" a couchdb server, use with care!


# Delete all databases on a couchdb server

# Exit on 1'st error
set -e

if [ $# -gt 1 ]; then
    echo "usage: $(basename $0) [DB_URL]"
    exit 1


echo -n "Delete *ALL* databases on $URL? [y/n] "
read ans
if [ "$ans" != "y" ]; then

for db in $(curl -s $URL/_all_dbs | tr '",[]' ' \n  ');
    echo "Deleting $db"
    curl -X DELETE $URL/$db

Monday, April 12, 2010

Run a temporary CouchDB

One nice solution to isolate tests, it to point the code to a temporary database. Below is a script to launch a new instance of CouchDB on a given port.

# A script to run a temporary couchdb instance

if [ $# -ne 1 ]; then
    echo "usage: $(basename $0) PORT"
    exit 1


base=$(mktemp -d)
mkdir -p $dbdir

cat <<EOF > $config
port = $port

database_dir = $dbdir
view_index_dir = $dbdir

file = ${base}/couch.log

trap "rm -fr $base" SIGINT SIGTERM

echo "couchdb directory is $base"
couchdb -a $config

Friday, April 09, 2010

Sourcing a shell script

Sometime you want to emulate the action of "source" in bash, settings some environment variables.
Here's one way to do it:

from subprocess import Popen, PIPE
from os import environ

def source(script, update=1):
    pipe = Popen(". %s; env" % script, stdout=PIPE, shell=True)
    data = pipe.communicate()[0]

    env = dict((line.split("=", 1) for line in data.splitlines()))
    if update:

    return env

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Showing Solr Search Results Usign jQuery

Solr is a wonderful product. However it does not have a integrated search page (there's one in the admin section, but it's nothing you want to expose).

Luckily, Solr supports JSON results and even JSOP, which means we can do all the code for searching in our web page.

Note that I'm using the Solr demo that comes with the distribution, your search results might have different attributes depending on the schema.

        <title>Solr Search</title>
        <h3>Solr Search</h3>

        Query: <input id="query" /> 
        <button id="search">Search</button>
        <hr />
        <div id="results">
    <script src="http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.4.2/jquery.min.js"></script>
        function on_data(data) {

            var docs = data.response.docs;
            $.each(docs, function(i, item) {
                $('#results').prepend($('<div>' + item.name + '</div>'));

            var total = 'Found ' + docs.length + ' results';
            $('#results').prepend('<div>' + total + '</div>');

        function on_search() {
            var query = $('#query').val();
            if (query.length == 0) {

            var url='http://localhost:8983/solr/select/?wt=json&json.wrf=?&' +
                    'q=' + query;
            $.getJSON(url, on_data);

        function on_ready() {
            /* Hook enter to search */
            $('body').keypress(function(e) {
                if (e.keyCode == '13') {


To run the Solr demo do extract the distribution, then
cd example 
java -jar start.jar > /dev/null &
cd exampledocs 
./post.sh *.xml

Friday, March 12, 2010


Just a quick note that I've uploaded the code to "Text Summarizer" here.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Parse HTTP Response

Steve commented (justly) that there is no Python library function to parse HTTP transportation. Here is one way to do it:

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Publish Buildbot builds to Twitter

Buildbot exposes a simple XMLRPC protocol. Using this we can write a small daemon that pools the build status and publish it somewhere (or do other interesting stuff with it). In our case we'll publish the results to twitter using its publishing API.
#!/usr/bin/env python
# Watch builds on buildbot and publish to twitter

from time import time, sleep
from xmlrpclib import ServerProxy
from urllib import urlopen

user, password = "tebeka", "SECRET_PASSWORD"
bbot_url = "http://buildbot.example.com/xmlrpc"
tweet_url = "http://%s:%s@twitter.com/statuses/update.xml" % (user, password)

def main():
proxy = ServerProxy(bbot_url)
last_time = time()

while 1:
now = time()
builds = proxy.getAllBuildsInInterval(last_time, now)
for build in builds:
builder, build, status = build[0], build[1], build[5]
status = "OK" if status == "success" else "BROKEN"
message = "[%s] build %s is %s" % (builder, build, status)
urlopen(tweet_url, "status=%s" % message)

last_time = now if builds else last_time

if __name__ == "__main__":

Friday, January 15, 2010


# Show github URL for a given file

if [ $# -ne 1 ]; then
echo "usage: $(basename $0) FILENAME"
exit 1

if [ ! -e $1 ]; then
echo "error: can't find $1"
exit 1

if [ -d $1 ]; then
cd $1
cd $(dirname $1)
dest=$(basename $1)

url=$(git config remote.origin.url | cut -d: -f2)
if [ $? -ne 0 ]; then
echo "error: can't get remote url"
exit 1

path=$(git ls-files --full-name $dest | head -1)
if [ $? -ne 0 ]; then
echo "error: git does not know about $1"
exit 1

branch=$(git branch --no-color 2>/dev/null | grep '^* ' | sed 's/* //')
if [ "$dest" == "." ]; then
path=$(dirname $path)

echo $url

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