Migrating videos from YouTube to PeerTube inside a Docker container

I have quite a few videos hosted on YouTube that I would like to upload to my new PeerTube location, but I don’t want to install all the PeerTube dependencies on my machine, so I did it all inside a Docker image.

First I built and started a Docker container:

$ git clone https://github.com/chocobozzz/PeerTube /tmp/peertube
$ cd /tmp/peertube
$ docker build . -f ./support/docker/production/Dockerfile.stretch --tag peertube
$ docker run --tty --interactive peertube bash

Then I ran these commands inside it:

# yarn install --production=false
# node dist/server/tools/import-videos.js -u "https://peertube.mastodon.host" -U "andybalaam" -t "https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TG0qRDrUPpA"

Of course, it would be better to write this up into its own Dockerfile to make this a one-liner.

References: PeerTube Docker setup, PeerTube video import.

How to write a programming language articles

Recent Overload journal issues contain my new articles on How to Write a Programming Language.

Part 1: How to Write a Programming Language: Part 1, The Lexer

Part 2: How to Write a Programming Language: Part 2, The Parser

PDF of the latest issue: Overload 146 containing part 2.

This is all creative-commons licensed and developed in public at github.com/andybalaam/articles-how-to-write-a-programming-language

Allow drag-to-side, but not drag-to-top in Ubuntu MATE (Marco)

I love the “tiling” feature in many window managers including Marco that means I can drag windows to the side of the screen and get them covering one half.

However, I never use the similar feature that allows dragging a window to the top, and it often triggers when I just want to move a window upwards.

Today I discovered that Marco (the non-fancy window manager in Ubuntu MATE and probably other places) does allow me to have one without the other, even though the UI configuration tools don’t expose the option.

Here’s what I did:

gsettings set org.mate.Marco.general allow-top-tiling false

Now my windows can be dragged to the side for half-screen maximisation, but not to the top for full-screen!

Connecting to Slack from an IRC client using slirc

I tried to get back to an IRC interface to Slack using Matrix, and it had some problems. Thanks to Colin Watson’s comment on that post, I tried Daniel Beer’s slirc, and so far it seems to be working pretty well.

Here’s what I did:

Get a Slack legacy token which slirc will use to connect to Slack as you. Follow the instructions given at that link, and you should end up with a token that looks something like “abcd-123456768-ETC-ETC”. Keep a note of it.

Install the prerequisites for slirc, and download it:

sudo cpan AnyEvent AnyEvent::HTTP AnyEvent::Socket AnyEvent::WebSocket::Client URI::Encode Data::Dumper JSON
mkdir slirc
cd slirc
wget -q 'https://www.dlbeer.co.nz/articles/slirc/slirc-20180515.pl'
chmod +x slirc-20180515.pl

Create a file in the slirc directory you created above, called rc.conf, and make it look like this:


Replace “abcd-123456768-ETC-ETC” with the Slack legacy token you noted down earlier.

Replace “somepassword” with something you’ve made up (not your Slack password) – this is what you will type as the password in your IRC client.

Run slirc and leave it running:

./slirc-20180515.pl rc.conf

(Make sure you are inside the slirc dir when you run that.)

Start your IRC client (e.g. HexChat) and add a server with address “localhost” and port 6667, with your slack username and the password you added in the rc.conf (which you wrote instead of “somepassword”).

This mostly works for me, except it has a tendency to open a load of ad-hoc chats as channels, so I have to close them all to get a usable list.