Geany From Source on Ubuntu

I like using the Geany IDE, perhaps because it seems more like a nice source code editor than a full-blown IDE. The version of Geany in the repository for Ubuntu 9.10 and 10.04, which I use on a couple machines, doesn’t seem to include the Treebrowser plugin that I wanted to try. Might as well take a shot at building the current version from source.

The following steps assume you’ve started a terminal in your home directory.

Get the required packages.

sudo apt-get install build-essential autoconf intltool libtool libgtk2.0-dev libglib2.0-dev g++

I’m using a directory named src in my home directory to hold the downloaded source archives.

mkdir src && cd src

Download and extract the Geany source (be sure to check the Geany site to see if there is a more recent version than 0.19.1 referenced here).


tar xvf geany-0.19.1.tar.gz

Change to the extracted source directory, configure, build, and install.

cd geany-0.19.1



sudo make install

If these steps completed without errors you should be able to start Geany by typing geany in the terminal.

Next get the source for the geany-plugins package.

cd ~/src


tar xvf geany-plugins-0.19.tar.gz

cd geany-plugins-0.19


You can install all of the plugins by running make and sudo make install in the current directory, or you can install plugins individually from subdirectories configured for each one. The following steps install only the Treebrowser plugin.

cd treebrowser


sudo make install

This Ubuntu Forums post pointed me in the right direction for figuring this out.

BTW: Geany is my lazy fallback when the quest to master text surgery in Vim hurts my brain.

Git Resources

I have been learning to use Git. The following is a list of resources I found to be useful, interesting, or that I want to explore further as I get into Git:

Website: Git – Fast Version Control System – The home of Git. When you think source code management it’s only natural to picture a monster eating trees.

Book: Book – Pro Git – by Scott Chacon – Concise coverage of using Git. You can purchase the book or read the whole book online.

Book: Safari Books Online: Version Control with Git, 1st Edition

Tool: msysgit – Run Git on Windows from a specialized BASH prompt.

[Update 2010-07-03: Changed the order of the list so the resources I have used the most are above this note.]

Website: GitHub – Secure Git hosting and collaborative development

Video: Webcast: Git in One Hour – Scott Chacon shows a lot of what he covers in his book in this screencast.

Video: James Gregory on GitJames Gregory does a screencast on Git as well.

Website: git ready – learn git one commit at a time

Article: An introduction to git-svn for Subversion/SVK users and deserters

Article: – Hosting Git repositories, The Easy (and Secure) Way – Gitosis.

Article: Deploying A Web Application with Git and FTP – Rob Conery shows one way he uses Git.

Article: Git For Windows Developers – Git Series – Part 1 – Jason Meridth – Los Techies – Describes using msysgit.

Article: Branch-Per-Feature – How I Manage Subversion With Git Branches – Los Techies

Article: Git's guts: Branches, HEAD, and fast-forwards – James Gregory's Blog – Los Techies

Article: Martin Fowler – Version Control Tools – Not about Git specifically.

Article: ReinH – A Git Workflow for Agile Teams

Article: Jer on Rails – My Git Workflow

Article: – Git Aliases Rock

Article: GitHub – Guides – Put your git branch name in your shell prompt

Article: A Note About Git Commit Messages |

Article/Tool: Michael Bien's Weblog – NetBeans GIT support – I have not tried the NBGit plugin yet but I have been playing with NetBeans a bit.

Podcast: Hanselminutes Podcast 108 – Exploring Distributed Source Control with Git

Tool: git_remote_branch

Tool: tortoisegit – Maybe like TortoiseSVN. I have not tried it.

Tool: EGit – Git plugin for Eclipse. I have not tried it.

Google Docs Backup with GDocBackup

I was searching for a simple way to make local backups of my Google Docs and found gdocbackup on Google Code. According to the project docs it runs on Windows and Linux (with Mono) so I tried it on both Windows 7 and Ubuntu 9.10 Desktop.

On the Windows 7 PC, I downloaded the installer from the Google Code project page, installed the application, and ran it. After configuring the backup directory and export formats for the documents I executed the backup and it worked fine.

Running it on Ubuntu took a bit more setup since I did not have Mono installed. First I installed the required Mono packages.

sudo apt-get install mono-runtime libmono-winforms2.0-cil mono-devel

The mono-devel package installs the mozroots utility needed to install a certificate required to access Google Docs (see

Next I imported the Mozilla root certificates into Mono (see

mozroots --import --sync

I downloaded from the gdocbackup project’s Downloads page and extracted it to a GDocBak directory I created in my home directory. I also created a Data directory under GDocBak to hold the backup files. I opened a terminal in the GDocBak directory and ran GDocBackup.exe in Mono.

mono ./GDocBackup.exe

At this point the GDocBackup application worked the same as in Windows 7. It looks a little different but it downloaded the documents without errors. Now I just need to automate the backups.