Long Live ControlPlane!

I’ve written about Locamatic before, and while it’s good at what it does, there are some definite drawbacks. For one, the most recent version is alpha quality and stated for use on Mountain Lion since prior versions won’t work anymore on a newer system. But as of this writing, Mountain Lion was two major releases ago. I think it’s safe to say that development has stalled, and that’s OK. Continue reading “Long Live ControlPlane!”

Re-map the Caps Lock Key to Esc on Mac

Seil IconSeil is a very cool utility for key re-mapping / enabling international keys on a Mac. I wanted to re-map the mostly useless Caps Lock key to Esc, which I use constantly in vi. If you’re a regular vi user, you know exactly what I’m talking about. Now I just have to develop the muscle memory to start using it regularly instead of reaching way up for the usual Esc key.

Fix the broken APF package on Debian/Ubuntu

R-fx networks logoThe Debian / Ubuntu package for Advanced Policy Firewall (APF) seems a bit unmaintained. By default it won’t run without some initial tweaking. Note that they probably want everyone to just download and run the installer from their site nowadays, but that’s not how I roll (usually).

In functions.apf, change the line


That allows the basic functionality of the software to work. Next, for the sake of upgrade-ability, I copy /etc/apf-firewall/conf.apf to /etc/apf-firewall/conf.apf.my. Then the only change needed to the installed config is to source the .my file. Here’s the bottom of the file:

Since it won’t work if you try to source the internals.conf file twice, you need to make sure that the last line in the .my file is commented or removed. Now you can edit the other values in the .my file to your liking. Remember to turn off devel mode and change /etc/default/apf-firewall when you’re satisfied with any config changes, then restart the service in the usual way.