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TFPT reports: Unable to determine the workspace.

August 14, 2008

Using TFPT from Microsoft Team Foundation PowerTools December 2006 with this or a similar command

> TFPT.exe /online

fails with the message

Unable to determine the workspace.

If this is the case for a workspace created with Visual Studio 2008 try to change the workspace from Visual Studio 2005. Even only changing the comment was sufficient in my case. After this change everything works again from TPFT and VS 2008, too.


Building libcURL for QNX 6.3.2 and Windows XP from source

August 14, 2008

To have access on files using FTP, HTTP and directly from file system I use the free library libcurl. Another important aspect is portability as the application should work on QNX using qcc/gcc 4.2.3 and on Windows using VC9/VS2008. So I give libcurl a try. The build process for libcURL is as stated in the documentation very straight forward. But there where two little pitfalls discovered when using VS2008.


Installing the VMware tools in Ubuntu/Debian using .deb archives

February 22, 2008

Searching VMware tools packaged as .deb archives for Debian or Ubuntu has failed for all of my searches. The solutions I found in the first place were all related to install the tools from the tar Archive provided by VMware, e.g.,
VMware – Community Ubuntu Documentation,
VMware/Tools – Community Ubuntu Documentation.

The problem is that the name of the package has changed to open-vm-tools and open-vm-tools-gui in the not upcoming Ubuntu release named Hardy:

Ubuntu — Informationen über Paket open-vm-tools-gui in hardy
Ubuntu — Informationen über Paket open-vm-tools in hardy

The packages are based on these source releases: Files for Open Virtual Machine Tools

Installing these packages from Hardy in a Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy ) system you may take the following way:

  • Add the following line to /etc/apt/sources.list to get the sources from Hardy:
    deb-src hardy main universe
  • Then it is possible to build the package from source (as it is decribed at
    $ sudo apt-get update
    $ sudo apt-get build-dep open-vm-tools
    $ sudo apt-get -b source open-vm-tools
  • Finally install the succefully build deb archives:
    $ sudo dpkg -i open-vm-tools_2008.01.23-74039-0ubuntu1_i386.deb open-vm-tools-gui_2008.01.23-74039-0ubuntu1_i386.deb
    Wähle vormals abgewähltes Paket open-vm-tools.
    (Lese Datenbank ... 114218 Dateien und Verzeichnisse sind derzeit installiert.)
    Entpacke open-vm-tools (aus open-vm-tools_2008.01.23-74039-0ubuntu1_i386.deb) ...
    Wähle vormals abgewähltes Paket open-vm-tools-gui.
    Entpacke open-vm-tools-gui (aus open-vm-tools-gui_2008.01.23-74039-0ubuntu1_i386.deb) ...
    Richte open-vm-tools ein (2008.01.23-74039-0ubuntu1) ...
    * Loading open-vm-tools modules
    FATAL: Module vmhgfs not found.
    FATAL: Module vmmemctl not found.                     [ OK ]
    * Starting open-vm guest daemon guestd                           [ OK ]
    Richte open-vm-tools-gui ein (2008.01.23-74039-0ubuntu1) ...
  • The FATAL messages above are showing that the named kernel modules are missing. As far as I can remember the module vmhgfs eases the use of host files within the guest system. I suppose that these modules will be available with the upcoming Hardy release.

Two tips for using ScribeFire

December 4, 2007

I’m using the Firefox Add-On ScribeFire to collect information before posting to my blog. I works perfectly for that task. It is available at no cost from (Homepage:

But there are two tips for using it:

  1. [Update: The following behavior is fixed in recent versions.] Do not forget to save all the things you entered in the editor. There is not auto save function. I you switch between different posts or notes you will lose any unsaved information from the editor.
  2. Using the wordpress feature you should use the “Source Editing” Tab for the Editor and not the “Rich (normal) Editing” Tab. The latter one will add <br> to every line of your source code. These will be visible if you publish the post to the blog.

Otherwise it works really good!

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