ImageMagick bug?

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Subject: imagemagick: If the trailing character of a montage label option is a percent sign, the output image is erroneous
Package: imagemagick
Version: 6:6.2.3.6-3
Severity: normal

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Executing this command line:

montage -geometry +10+10 -tile 2 -label "-sepia-tone 15%%" \
ImageMagick_Chapter5_Insert20a.jpg -label "-sepia-tone 35%%" \
ImageMagick_Chapter5_Insert20b.jpg -label "-sepia-tone 55%%" \
ImageMagick_Chapter5_Insert20c.jpg -label "-sepia-tone 75%%" \
ImageMagick_Chapter5_Insert20d.jpg ImageMagick_Chapter5_Insert20.jpg
Whereas this command line:

montage -geometry +10+10 -tile 2 -label "-sepia-tone 15%% " \
ImageMagick_Chapter5_Insert20a.jpg -label "-sepia-tone 35%%" \
ImageMagick_Chapter5_Insert20b.jpg -label "-sepia-tone 55%%" \
ImageMagick_Chapter5_Insert20c.jpg -label "-sepia-tone 75%%" \
ImageMagick_Chapter5_Insert20d.jpg ImageMagick_Chapter5_Insert20.jpg

Produces the expected output:
-- System Information:
Debian Release: testing/unstable
  APT prefers unstable
    APT policy: (500, 'unstable'), (500, 'testing'), (500, 'stable')
    Architecture: i386 (i686)
    Shell:  /bin/sh linked to /bin/bash
    Kernel: Linux 2.6.11
    Locale: LANG=C, LC_CTYPE=C (charmap=ANSI_X3.4-1968)

    Versions of packages imagemagick depends on:
    ii  libmagick6                   6:6.2.3.6-3 Image manipulation library

    imagemagick recommends no packages.

    -- no debconf information
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Extended Stay Hotels — shame on you

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I’m a little horrified to have just received this email from Extended Stay Hotels (I stay at them under the name Homestead suites, there is one across the road from our Washington DC office, and another across the road from Microsoft’s Redmond Campus):

If you - or someone you know - are among the millions evacuating due
to the approach of Hurricane Rita, Extended Stay Hotels still has
room availability in the following metro areas:

	Kansas City, MO - From $38.99/night
	St. Louis, MO - From $44.99/night

Does anyone else think it’s icky that they’re advertising like this to people with their homes and livelihoods in danger? Perhaps Homestead should offer free rooms?

(Oh, and this indignant post is the 1,000th in the diary category here…)

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First beta of the LCA 2005 CD ROM

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The first beta version of the LCA 2005 CD ROM is hosted here at http://mirror.linux.org.au/linux.conf.au/2005/cdrom-beta-1/. Feedback is encouraged — please send it to mikal@stillhq.com.

This announcement is sitting at the front page of the Linux Australia Mirror Project server. I would appreciate any comments people have on the beta CD ROM, especially what extra content I can fill the left over 150 megabytes with. I’ve tried to fill the empty space with useful looking things, but my brain is rapidly emptying.

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ImageMagick book – Chapter 4: Other ImageMagick Tools

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It’s been a while since I wrote one of these chapter summaries here, and the reason for that is that I’ve been busy writing chapters, attending conferences, caring for a sick wife, and stuff like that. The book is still pretty much on track (I’m currently running about a week behind on the chapter deadlines, but I think I can have the whole thing done by the overall deadline).

Chapter 4 is an interesting one as it discusses all the tools which aren’t going to be covered elsewhere in the book. The reality of ImageMagick is that 95% of the functionality is exposed in the convert command, so you can discuss most things there. There are however some cool things which happen in commands of their own, and those are the things discussed in this chapter. The chapter is so early on in the book because I don’t want to give the impression that ImageMagick is a one trick pony, and because any book claiming to be a complete coverage of ImageMagick really does have to discuss them.

I wont go into a blow by blow account of what commands are covered, as that would be quite dull to read. Let’s just leave it as “the rest”.

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A 50km week

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I went about 50km this last week… I can only say about because my bike computer just reset itself while I was down at the shops — losing the odometer along the way (it said about 190km). Oh well. All of that riding was errands and travel to and from uni, with only one 13km pleasure ride.

[icbm: home]

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If I’m famous, then people have to be nice to me, right?

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So, I’ve just got off the phone with James Purser who interviewed me about the Linux Australia Mirror Project for the Linux Australia Podcast. It’s my first interview, and hopefully I don’t come across as a crazed moron or something. Anyways, it’s funny because James and Karin only realized that I’m the guy with the flowers around my head at the end of the interview.

I’ll try very hard not to get a swelled head and to keep it real, y’all.

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