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Build libpst for Windows?

We’re about to do a new Xena release at work, but before that happens I need to (somehow) create a Windows binary of readpst (from libpst) to normalise Outlook PST files. Normally I’d just do it under cygwin, but as of version 0.6.x that requires the cygwin server to be installed and running on the client’s machine (which introduces a whole new level of pain).

We have a native build of readpst from before I worked there, but no-one on “the Google” appears to know how to build it. It’s certainly not my strong point! It’s starting to get tricky..


KHexEdit = Okteta
Okteta = KHexEdit

Okteta is a simple editor for the raw data of files. This type of program is also called hex editor or binary editor. Okteta is an independent new project, with a completely different codebase and architecture, written from scratch, by a different author.

KHexEdit is discontinued for the KDE 4 series, as it hasn’t had a real maintainer and the port to KDE 4 was only incomplete. Okteta is first included in the 4.1 release of KDE. So in fact Okteta is the successor to KHexEdit for KDE 4.

No wonder I couldn’t find you, KHexEdit!
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Amaroking Arch Linux

I’ve been using Arch Linux on my desktop at work for a while now and I really, really like it. It’s a bleeding edge, rolling release binary distro that also has a ports style build system for custom packages. Sweet.

I also switched from wmii to KDE 4.1.2 some months back. I’ve been keeping tabs on it for a while because, like many others, I thought 4.0 was a disaster (well, the disaster was that distros packaged it instead of KDE 3.5.x). Anyway, now at version 4.2.2 I have to say KDE is really awesome. I really love the new way of working, the widgets, the look, everything!

Well, not quite everything.. I’d really like to build a super light-weight KDE4 desktop without all that extra cruft like akonadi and nepomuk. I think that would be great for a netbook to compete with Windows 7, when it comes out.

Anyway this post is not about KDE4, it’s about Amarok – probably the best music player there is. For version 2.x they re-wrote it for Qt4. They made some controversial decisions like using embedded MySQL for the database backend, but I’ve no problem with that. Anyway, version 2.0.2 was recently released and it’s great. There is a PKGBUILD for it in the ArchLinux User Repository, but because of the hassles compiling it with needing to link to MySQL client libraries and older libgpod 0.6.0, etc, I built some binary packages for it for i686 and x86_64 architectures.

Recently, 2.1 Beta 1 was released (version 2.0.90) so I built packages for these too. If you use Arch, give them a try! And if you don’t use Arch, then try Arch first and then give them a try!

Amarok 2.1 Beta 1