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KOReader 2019.07

As one of the maintainers of KOReader, a versatile a document and image viewer, I’m proud to announce the latest release.

The Android version now supports asking for permissions.

We’d like to thank all contributors for their efforts. Some highlights since the previous release include:

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Setting up Syncthing on a Debubuntu VPS

It couldn’t be much easier. First of all, you install the application using the official Apt repository. You want the repo so security updates and the like are automatically applied alongside your regular unattended upgrades. You are automatically applying security updates, aren’t you?

# Add the release PGP keys:
curl -s | sudo apt-key add -

# Add the "release" channel to your APT sources:
echo "deb syncthing release" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/syncthing.list

# Update and install syncthing:
sudo apt update
sudo apt install syncthing

Following installation, I’ve seen it suggested to temporarily change the configuration to allow remote web access, but it seems to me that SSH tunneling is much easier to use than changing the configuration every time you might want to enter the settings. Something like this should do. (Update: the manual already mentions it.)

ssh user@hostname -L 8500:localhost:8384

Subsequently, use localhost:8500 to access the configuration. You can of course use the same trick to make phpMyAdmin more secure. With that out of the way you can follow the manual for setting up Syncthing as a systemd service.

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KOReader 2019.06 “Sea Buckthorn”

As one of the maintainers of KOReader, a versatile a document and image viewer, I’m proud to announce the latest release.

koreader-2019 06-duindoorn

This release adds support for various Android Freescale devices, such as Nook, Onyx and Tolino thanks to the hard work by @char11 and @pazos (#3517, #5056). Besides that there have been various bug fixes.

Image credit: adapted from Bilder ur Nordens flora. Sea buckthorn berries are deliciously acidic and full of vitamin C!

We’d like to thank all contributors for their efforts. Some highlights since the previous release include:

  • newsdownloader: rebuild URL on redirect to bare path (#5012) @avsej
  • Bump crengine (#5017) @poire-z :
    • Ensure text decoration (underline) is continued over word gaps
    • Invalidate TOC page numbers on rendering change
    • Ensure reproducible cache files when same rendering settings
    • LVBlockWriteStream: workaround to exclude fatal error
    • Use utf8proc for string uppercase/lowercase/capitalize
  • [UX] Update Greek keyboard with swipes & popup (#5028) @noembryo
  • NewsDownloader: Improve info shown on UI during processing (#5030) @Thra11
  • [Kobo] Tweak the Aura viewport (#5034) @NiLuJe
  • [fix] util.getSafeFilename() default to worst-case scenario (#5036) @Frenzie
  • NewsDownloader: Allow including images when using text from feed (#5040) @Thra11
  • bump crengine: hyphenation, kerning and epub.css fixes (#5043) @poire-z
  • [fix] InputText: fix ignoring first char when carat not in front of hint (#5052) @limerainne
  • [i18n] Add Korean keyboard (2-beolsik) (#5053) @limerainne
  • Fix shutdown action on Kobo (#5055) @NiLuJe
  • Kindle Basic 3 support (#5057) @NiLuJe
  • Minor networking fixes on legacy Kindles (#5059) @NiLuJe
  • [fix] Save document properly in end of document – go to file browser & Wallabag – go to folder (#5062, #5063) @Frenzie
  • [feat, UX] Paste in folder shortcuts (#5047) @Frenzie
  • [Android] Add full support for eink refreshes on compatible devices (ntx) (#5068) @pazos @char11
  • [fix] DjVu color gamma correction (#5069) @Frenzie
  • [fix] util.getSafeFilename() maximum extension length (#5067) @Frenzie

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KOReader 2019.05

As one of the maintainers of KOReader, a versatile a document and image viewer, I’m proud to announce the latest release.

The standard QWERTY keyboard now supports swiping and holding for diacritics. The basic grid of 9 surrounding keys is equivalent to swipe direction.

It recently came to light that the Ubuntu Touch build has been broken for a while. Some minor fixes were applied (e.g., #4946, #4947, #4963) but without a developer who can test on an actual device this is unlikely to be fixed properly. The Ubuntu Touch builds will still be available on the nightly build server, but not as part of the official release.

We’d like to thank all contributors for their efforts. Some highlights since the previous release include:

Full changelog

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Bash autocomplete broken?

There’s the obvious check if bash-completion is installed, but what I didn’t realize is that .bashrc needs to contain a few things as well. If you lost it, the simple solution, at least in Debuntu, is as follows:

cp /etc/skel/.bashrc ~/

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KOReader 2019.04

As one of the maintainers of KOReader, a versatile a document and image viewer, I’m proud to announce the latest release.


March mainly brought various under the hood improvements like faster blitting and better line-height handling, but also a more visible dual pages display toggle. On supported platforms, most two-finger swipes are now also configurable in the gesture manager.

Flower illustration credit: Almeidah.

We’d like to thank all contributors for their efforts. Some highlights since the previous release include:

  • [feat] PocketBook: implement Wi-Fi connection toggling (#4775) @tob1az
  • [UX] Gesture manager: add action – show book information (#4777) @Frenzie
  • Slightly prettier virtual keyboard (#4776) @NiLuJe
  • Enable addNote button, by letting it edit highlight (#4773)
  • Fix fb rotation on the Forma w/ KSM (#4779) @NiLuJe
  • cre landscape view: adds 1 page / 2 pages toggable (#4782) @poire-z
  • [UX] Gesture manager: add action – cycle default highlight action (#4791) @Galunid
  • Gesture manager: add actions: Book cover, Book description @poire-z
  • Add more granularity in line-height settings with CRe (#4785) @NiLuJe
  • [fix] GestureDetector: fix typo in ges_coordinate_translation_90 (#4804) @Frenzie
  • ConfigDialog ButtonProgress: black border on default item (#4805) @poire-z
  • bump crengine: Harfbuzz light & line-height fixes (#4816) @poire-z
  • [Android] add support for likebook mars/muses (#4818) @pazos
  • [UX] Gesture manager: add two-finger swipe left and right (#4815) @Frenzie
  • [UX] Add Device:openLink() stub for Linux SDL (#4822) @Frenzie
  • [Android, UX] Add Device:openLink() implementation (#4824) @Frenzie @pazos
  • [feat] Kindle suspend using lipc (#4825) @Galunid
  • Fix Color rendering toggle not toggable (#4836) @poire-z
  • There’s no viewport on the H2O² @NiLuJe
  • Faster blitting @ BB8/BBRGB32 when no processing is needed (#4847, #4850) @NiLuJe
  • [UX] Gesture manager: add diagonal two-finger swipes (#4820)
  • [feat] plugins/wallabag: addArticle() method (#4852) @Frenzie
  • [feat, UX] Add external link to Wallabag (#4863) @Frenzie
  • bump crengine: allow drawing images inverted, various fixes (#4853) @poire-z
  • [Android] use the same tag for all logs (#4862) @pazos
  • [UX] Links menu and handling tweaks (#4867) @poire-z
  • [Android] Add F-Droid latest file (#4869) @Frenzie
  • [fix] OPDS last-modified check (#4874) @Frenzie

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A while back a typo evaded me. GNU Tar is a utility originally conceived for writing (t)ape (ar)chives, a type of backup, whereas GUN Tar presumably doesn’t exist. Even if it did, it wouldn’t have anything to do with the GNU part of the equation.

Curious about the prevalence of this typo, I quickly found some unrelated but very interesting pictures. A guntar is a a combination of a gun and a guitar — obviously. 😉

Btw, there’s a picture of a guntar here (via)

a guntar, a guitar with a hunting rifle on it

a guntar, a guitar with a hunting rifle on it

Here’s a random video of Frank Klepacki playing some songs from Red Alert on his “Vengeance” guitar. I’m not really into guitars, but they can be quite interesting visually.

The typo itself is actually surprisingly rare. I searched for "gun tar" -guns -military -shot -shoot -shooting -foam but it’s still showing a lot of noise. Only one result was about GNU Tar, namely and embarrassingly, the typo made it into a published book: Utilizing Open Source Tools for Online Teaching and Learning: Applying Linux. Adding an extract at the end, i.e., "gun tar" -guns -military -shot -shoot -shooting -foam extract greatly improves on the ratio of typo results.

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KOReader 2019.03 “Marsdiep”

As one of the maintainers of KOReader, a versatile a document and image viewer, I’m proud to announce the latest release.

The Marsdiep is a strait between the North Sea and the Wadden Sea (Wikipedia). When high tide approaches water flows east, and when the tide lowers it flows back west. Inspired by this natural phenomenon, our March release introduces multiswipes, short for multiswipe gestures. A swipe east, directly followed by a swipe west without taking your finger off the screen, will now take you directly to your latest bookmark. All of these are fully configurable in the gesture manager, which can now be found in the new SettingsTaps and gestures menu.

Various Android E Ink ereaders were added to the list of supported devices. Please keep your feedback coming in our dedicated issue!

Android and AppImages can now check for nightly and stable updates from within the program (#4620, #4639).

Because there is so much to cover, here are a few things that stand out to me personally:

  • @Galunid added the ability to allow for adjusting highlights (#4582).
  • @poire-z fixed up an issue with ligatures and hyphenation, so that “best” font kerning is now truly best (#4593).
  • @NiLuJe added hardware dithering on supported platforms (#4541).
  • @houqp decoupled the render core & hardware from UI (#4580). This sounds a bit cryptic, but it means you can now much easier use KOReader’s backend as a Lua module to build entirely new GUI concepts on top of it.

Default multiswipes


These are simply the gestures we thought to be most useful, but they’re hardly the be all and end all. You can add your own gestures using the multiswipe recorder (#4644).

We’d like to thank all contributors for their efforts. Some highlights since the previous release include:

  • Page overlap menu (cre): set nb of overlap lines (#4538) @poire-z
  • bump crengine: count nb of images drawn & others (#4542) @poire-z
  • [Android, feat] Set APK version to a sane automated value (#4546) @Frenzie @pazos
  • Adds CreDocument:getScreenPositionFromXPointer() (#4544) @poire-z
  • cre: allow text selection/highlighting across pages (#4544) @poire-z
  • [i18n] Add Slovak to translations (#4548) @fofo444
  • [Android] Add E Ink support for Inkbook Prime HD & exit after crash (#4552, #4559) @pazos
  • Enable HW dithering in a few key places (#4541, #4554, #4561) @NiLuJe
  • [Android] nightswatcher: switch to uber-apk-signer for v1 & v2 signing (koreader/koreader-misc#26) @Frenzie
    This allows for faster installation on Android 7 and higher.
  • [build, Android] Use faster lzma2 compression (#4562) @Frenzie
  • [UX] Don’t show low battery warning when charging (#4563) @NiLuJe
  • [chore] Some Wi-Fi tweaks (#4564) @NiLuJe
    • On Kobo, try to avoid booting in an inconsistent state (“Wi-Fi connection” checked, because the modules are loaded, but no actual network connection, for whatever reason).
    • Don’t enable auto_restore_wifi by default.
  • [Android] kodev run android: show all errors (#4569) @Frenzie
  • [UX] Add Prev/Next page actions to GestureManager (#4570) @NiLuJe
  • [Android] Boyue Likebook Plus (#4573) @pazos
  • bump crengine: fix search stuck on some pages and others (#4572) @poire-z
  • [fix, AppImage] writable zsync outbox location (#4568) @Frenzie
  • Some more repaint/refresh tweaks (#4578) @NiLuJe
  • [Android, fix] Fullscreen, bigger aspect ratio (#4589) @pazos
  • [fix] Eliminate ghosting on eInk when showing an image ScreenSaver (#4591, #4592)
  • bump crengine: fix font clipping and hyphenation with HB (#4593) @poire-z
  • README: add a cute little version tag badge (#4596) @Frenzie
  • Allows adjusting highlight start and end (#4582) @Galunid
  • move Cervantes4 to new natural light interface (#4588) @pazos
  • cervantes: add usb storage on devices w/updated 3rd party tools (#4588) @pazos
  • [UX] ReaderGesture: add back to previous location as an option (#4600) @Frenzie
    • add option – suspend action
    • add option – show history
    • add option – toggle rotation
    • [UX] Gesture manager: add paged zoom gestures (#4610)
    • [feat, UX] Gesture manager: add option – open previous document (#4641)
    • [UX] Gesture manager: re-order actions, add Skim option (#4654)
    • [UX] Gesture manager: add action – go to latest bookmark (#4657)
    • [UX] Gesture manager: add north west = folder up as file manager default (#4662)
    • [UX] Gesture manager: add action – show frontlight dialog (#4664)
    • [UX] Gesture manager: add action – show menu (#4665)
    • [UX] Gesture manager: add action – go to file browser (#4678)
    • [UX] Gesture manager: add action – toggle reflow (#4688)
    • [UX] Gesture manager: add action – go to (#4690)
    • [UX] Gesture manager: add actions – prev/next chapter (#4692) @poire-z
    • [UX] Gesture manager: add action – show dictionary/Wikipedia (#4699)
    • [UX] Gesture manager: add action – follow nearest link (#4714)
    • [UX] Gesture manager: add action – fulltext search (#4715)
    • [UX] Gesture manager: add action – clear location history (#4716) @poire-z
    • [UX] Gesture manager: add action – file search (#4720)
    • [UX] Gesture manager: add Exit and Restart action and a few gestures (#4725) @poire-z
    • [UX] Gesture manager: add action – folder shortcuts (#4733, #4759)
    • [UX] Gesture manager: add actions – toggle wifi and wifi on/off (#4739)
    • [UX] Gesture manager: add action – book status (#4746)
  • bump crengine: font, text and highlights fixes (#4609) @poire-z
    • Highlight adjusting: avoid start and end crossing each other
  • [feat] GestureDetector: add multiswipes (#4606, #4612, #4613, #4623) @Frenzie
  • [feat] ReaderGesture: add multiswipe support (#4607) @Frenzie
    • [feat, UX] Add multiswipe recorder (#4644)
    • [UX] Gesture manager: show selected action in menu (#4655)
  • display network settings based on device capabilities + fix android basic network info (#4550) @pazos
  • Use a temporary copy of our tar binary during OTA updating, to avoid the potential for a SIGBUS error… (#4602) @NiLuJe
  • [fix, Android] Bump luajit-launcher to unbreak fullscreen toggle in api14-15 (#4619) @pazos
  • [fix] Fix partial refresh when coming out of ScreenSaver in landscape (#4622) @NiLuJe
  • [Cervantes, Kobo] Stricter WiFi callback (#4616) @NiLuJe
  • [feat] Update check (#4620) @Frenzie
  • [fix] PicDocument: Pass a copy of image_bb in getCoverPageImage() (#4628) @NiLuJe
  • [fix] ReaderZooming: work around tiles that are too large (#4608) @Frenzie
  • [fix, AppImage] Add & dummy (#4634) @Frenzie
  • [Android] (re)enable update downloads using full apks (#4639) @pazos
  • [UX] Alternative update message when ota_version < local_version (#4661) @Frenzie
  • bump crengine: fix text selection and cache issues @poire-z
  • cre scroll mode: fix highlights not shown when small pages @poire-z
  • cre scroll mode: fix last line of book hidden by footer @poire-z
  • [UX] Introduce Taps & Gestures menu (#4677) @Frenzie
  • [UX] Navigation settings for all devices (#4680) @Frenzie
  • [fix] GestureDetector: add PAN_DELAYED_INTERVAL (#4666) @Frenzie
  • add support for likebook mimas e-ink updates (#4686) @pazos
  • [UX] creoptions: add more margin values (#4691, #4702) @Frenzie
  • [UX] ButtonProgressWidget: thin grey buttons instead of black (#4700) @poire-z
  • [UX] GestureDetector: add diagonal multiswipes (#4704) @Frenzie
  • [feat, UX] Gesture manager: add support for diagonal multiswipes (#4710) @Frenzie
  • [fix] ReaderFooter: Don’t hide progressbar if it’s the only ticked option (#4648) @Frenzie
  • Fix slow keyboard when double tap not disabled (#4711) @poire-z
  • bump base: PocketBook resume freeze fix (#4712) @tob1az
  • [Android] Bump luajit-launcher for build flavors (#4719) @pazos
  • [feat, Kobo] On Kobo, drop fb to 8bpp on startup (#4637) @NiLuJe
  • Decouple render core & hardware from UI (#4580) @houqp
  • cre: fix highlights in 2-pages mode (#4753) @poire-z
  • [fix] cre: fix position and page number after window resize (#4754) @poire-z

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Unresizable dialog windows are the worst

Like the create a box dialog in Boxes, which I thought might be useful to quickly try a LiveCD.

Also see dialogs that only pretend they can resize.

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Geany Regex Replace

Geany has a nice story about named matching groups in the manual, but those don’t seem to work in the actual find & replace dialog. Instead, you can refer to them by number. Less convenient, but generally workable.

I’ll give you a concrete example. I copied my list of games from Humble Bundle to be able to examine them better locally. I didn’t see an obvious way, so I just copied them from the website (by deactivating the user-select: none CSS property). Long story short, I ended up with a list like this:

Anomaly Korea
11 bit studios

Anomaly Warzone Earth
11 bit studios

Another World

Bit Blot

Avadon: The Black Fortress
Spiderweb Software

Gaijin Games

Blackwell 1: Legacy
Wadjet Eye Games

Blackwell 2: Unbound
Wadjet Eye Games

Blackwell 3: Convergence
Wadjet Eye Games

Kerosene Games

Bridge Constructor
Merge Games

Using the regex pictured above, that turns into this:

Anomaly Korea;11 bit studios

Anomaly Warzone Earth;11 bit studios

Another World;DotEmu

Aquaria;Bit Blot

Avadon: The Black Fortress;Spiderweb Software

BIT.TRIP BEAT;Gaijin Games

Blackwell 1: Legacy;Wadjet Eye Games

Blackwell 2: Unbound;Wadjet Eye Games

Blackwell 3: Convergence;Wadjet Eye Games

Bladeslinger;Kerosene Games

Bridge Constructor;Merge Games

After optionally stripping out the double newlines (replace \n\n with \n), you can save the file as a .csv and open it in Calc. And there you have it. My complete list of Android games:

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