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preble / autostart
Created Aug 15, 2018
Autostart JMRI PanelPro on a Raspberry Pi -- without launching two instances.
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# Full path: /home/pi/.config/lxsession/LXDE-pi/autostart
@lxpanel --profile LXDE-pi
@pcmanfm --desktop --profile LXDE-pi
@xset s off
@xset -dpms
@xset s noblank

Was getting the following errors when calling AVAssetImageGenerator generateCGImagesAsynchronously. The stream in question was an HLS stream. When I switched to using the AVURLAsset of an MP4, the error disappeared.

With Apple-supplied HLS stream:

Error Domain=AVFoundationErrorDomain Code=-11819 "Cannot Complete Action" UserInfo={NSLocalizedRecoverySuggestion=Try again later., NSLocalizedDescription=Cannot Complete Action, NSUnderlyingError=0x1c0057850 {Error Domain=NSOSStatusErrorDomain Code=-12178 "(null)"}}

With another HLS stream generated by a video hosting provider:

Error Domain=AVFoundationErrorDomain Code=-11800 "The operation could not be completed" UserInfo={NSLocalizedFailureReason=An unknown error occurred (-12436), NSLocalizedDescription=The operation could not be completed, NSUnderlyingError=0x1c4a57e20 {Error Domain=NSOSStatusErrorDomain Code=-12436 "(null)"}}

View ProtocolExtensions.swift
protocol Protocol {
func methodInProtocol() -> String
extension Protocol {
func methodInProtocol() -> String {
return "Protocol"
func methodOnExtension() -> String {
preble / Mutated.swift
Created Apr 11, 2016
Need to mutate a value type but don't want to create a var in your scope?
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protocol Mutatable {}
extension Mutatable {
func mutated(f: (inout Self) -> Void) -> Self {
var copy = self
return copy
preble / NSTextStorageSubclass.swift
Created Feb 9, 2016
Base subclass of NSTextStorage in Swift
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import Cocoa
class SomeTextStorage: NSTextStorage {
private var storage: NSMutableAttributedString
override init() {
storage = NSMutableAttributedString(string: "", attributes: nil)
preble / Completion.swift
Created Jan 20, 2016
A cancellable completion for Swift.
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final class Completion<R> {
private let closure: (R) -> Void
private var cancelled = false
/// `closure` is called upon completion, if not cancelled.
init(closure: (R) -> Void) {
self.closure = closure
preble / PivotalTrackerMarkdownLink.js
Created Jan 20, 2016
Want an OS X Service to convert a Pivotal Tracker story id or URL into a Markdown link? Create a new Service in Automator and enter the following in a Run JavaScript step. Save, give it a name, and you'll be able to select it from the Services menu.
View PivotalTrackerMarkdownLink.js
View KeyValueObserver.swift
import Foundation
/// Helper object for more Swift-like KVO. To create, call NSObject.addObserverForKeyPath(_:handler:).
class KeyValueObserver: NSObject {
private weak var observing: NSObject?
private var keyPath: String
private var handler: () -> Void
private init(observing: NSObject, keyPath: String, handler: () -> Void) {
preble / ErrorType+LocalizedDescription.swift
Created Dec 16, 2015
Adds a sort of localizedDescription to ErrorType.
View ErrorType+LocalizedDescription.swift
extension ErrorType {
var myLocalizedDescription: String {
if self.dynamicType == NSError.self {
return ((self as Any) as! NSError).localizedDescription
else {
return "\(self)"
preble / DispatchSyncThrows.swift
Created Jun 27, 2015
An overload of dispatch_sync that throws any error thrown by the closure. (Swift 2)
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import Foundation
/// Call a throwing block synchronously.
func dispatch_sync(queue: dispatch_queue_t, block: () throws -> ()) throws {
var error: ErrorType?
dispatch_sync(queue) {
do {
try block()
} catch let caughtError {
error = caughtError
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