Konsole column width

So after having read this I was trying to configure Konsole by editing my config files under


and I couldn’t get my column width config to apply.

The problem was that I was configuring column width with the TerminalCols setting, but the correct setting is actually TerminalColumns, which was difficult to figure out! Not sure how I managed to get that wrong in the first place, but it’s fixed now.

My new Konsole dimension settings are:


salt stack file_tree.py

So in my version of salt, v2017.7.4 (Nitrogen), I was getting this error when I tried to use the file_tree ext_pillar:

Failed to load ext_pillar file_tree: must be str, not bytes

So I monkey patched my version of /usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/salt/pillar/file_tree.py, changing the file from binary to text:

            contents = ''
                # 2020-05-15 jj5 - changed 'rb' to 'r', will only work with text files...
                with salt.utils.fopen(file_path, 'r') as fhr:
                    buf = fhr.read(__opts__['file_buffer_size'])
                    while buf:
                        contents += buf
                        buf = fhr.read(__opts__['file_buffer_size'])
                    if contents.endswith('\n') \
                            and _check_newline(prefix,
                        contents = contents[:-1]

HTML forms

Found a cool series of articles: How to Build HTML Forms Right. Only the first two of five articles have been published so far, but I’m looking forward to the next three. The articles are about how to do forms right in HTML 5.

The articles are rich with links, click through for heaps of info. Some things that I found: