Peter Oliver

You've reached my homepage: a rarely-maintained dumping ground for things that, at some point along the line, I felt I should share with the world.



I include these in the hope that people will find them useful.

Boardgames Online

Discover where to play your collection of boardgames via the Internet, until Covid-19 passes.

Music Family Trees

Chart the relationships between musicians and their bands. A bit like Pete Frame's Rock Family Trees, but without the detailed artwork or careful biographical details.

Music Scene Map

Plot on a world map a collection of similar artists.

Fedora Copr RPM packages

Assorted packages that haven’t gone into Fedora proper just yet.

Festival Clashfinder

Print your own music festival running-order.


Easy to find xterms.

Tango Colours for PuTTY

ls output that you can actually read.


Remove special characters from filenames so that they can be written to, e.g., a digital audio player that doesn't allow them.


Sniff the debug output of Enemy Territory to provide integration with Teamspeak

Workaround a problem in the Linksys BEFSR41 firmware version 1.45.11.

cddb2md is a tool for automatically setting the titles of tracks on a NetMD capable MiniDisc recorder. It fetches the titles from, and writes them to the disc via a USB cable.


auto.cifs is a Perl script that produces automount maps for mounting CIFS shares (also called an SMB shares and Windows shared drives) with Samba on Linux. It means that you can do things like ls /cifs/myhost:myshare and you'll see the contents of \\myhost\myshare. In other words, this works a bit like Network Neighbourhood in Microsoft Windows.


A Quick Guide to UNIX Pipes

This brief description of UNIX I/O streams was taken from a posting to the Wolverhapton Linux User Group mailing list. People seemed to think it was particularly helpful, and there wasn't a mailing list archive back then, so I thought I'd put it where Google would find it.

Contacting Me

My email address is (but you might like to put something else on the left hand side of the @).