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#1 Re: How do I..? » [SOLVED] Allowed YouTube, but videos won't play in Firefox » 2020-01-14 12:07:05

The best I can suggest now is to follow these instructions and send the results in for analysis.

#2 Re: How do I..? » [SOLVED] Allowed YouTube, but videos won't play in Firefox » 2020-01-13 09:56:17

Hmmm. That is certainly not the expected behavior.

Are you on Level 1 or 2?
When you try to view a video in Youtube on Firefox and it fails, does the Pluckeye history button give any insights?

#3 Re: How do I..? » macOS, EverAccountable, and images in Mail » 2020-01-05 22:10:04

I don't see 0.99.14 in the queue anymore, but here are some recent 0.99.x versions:


#4 Re: How do I..? » Can no longer block sites » 2019-12-17 00:54:08

Sounds like it is time to submit a Sysinspect report to Jon.


#5 Re: How do I..? » Allow everything but certain websites using Onetime. » 2019-12-10 10:18:20

Jon: Thanks for catching my mistake there. Haste encourages error.

#6 Re: How do I..? » Allow everything but certain websites using Onetime. » 2019-12-09 11:04:36

I have the latest (experimental) version of Pluckeye, and trying to add the rules as you suggest is causing an error. So I am guessing that there is an interplay with the rules that Pluckeye is having trouble resolving.

We'll have to wait for Jon to chime in.

Here is some output for Jon from Pluckeye 0.99.11 for consideration.
(NOTE - These commands will not work for others until the experimental version is publicly available.)

somebody@this-hp-pavilion:~$ pluck add block
somebody@this-hp-pavilion:~$ pluck add onetime now+30m whiteout
somebody@this-hp-pavilion:~$ pluck add onetime now+30min deny whitehouse.gov
0d57:9: fd3ac4de BAD_CALL
052e:28: fd3ac4de WARNING 0x30d57009
059c:8: fd3ac4de BAD_CALL
03b4:198: fd3ac4de WARNING failed to parse when:    action:block    host:whitehouse.gov
Segmentation fault

- - -
The error becomes a rule??

$pluck export
[blah, blah]
block port 554
03b4:198: fd3ac4de WARNING failed to parse when:    action:block    host:whitehouse.gov
when 20191209055534-20191209062534 allow everything

#7 Re: How do I..? » [SOLVED] Unable to set level 2 on macOS: status 40192 » 2019-12-08 19:46:56

This may be platform specific. Can you report back with your operating system version, Pluckeye version and browser version? Then when Jon checks in he'll have more data.

Another thing to try would be to turn off any monitoring/accountability software that could be competing with Pluckeye and try again.

#8 Re: How do I..? » [SOLVED] What if blocked application/ ? » 2019-12-07 22:59:33

We have to remove Deny and Block rules. When both allow and deny exist, the more restrictive rule wins.

pluck del "Deny application/pdf"

#9 Re: How do I..? » How to block downloading of videos » 2019-11-11 23:00:08

Pluckeye should block videos by default. If this is not your experience, let us know.

If you are setting up some personalized rules and really just need to block all videos, you can do this at your command line.

pluck add "Block video/"

#11 Re: How do I..? » Pluckeye stuck » 2019-10-05 23:06:24

Can you go down to level 1?
What do you get at the command line with

Pluck export | findstr elay 

Perhaps you should send in the SysInspect file.

#12 Re: How do I..? » Allow some apps/softwares on NHB version » 2019-10-02 11:23:56

Unfortunately, per-program rules for MacOS are not on the "soon" time table. Jon's major push right now is reworking some of the inner core of Pluckeye, not adding new features. Since MacOS users are a minority of Pluckeye users, new features are implemented slower on that platform.

#13 Re: How do I..? » Blocking Google Images » 2019-09-19 09:25:41

Actually, the best way to help Jon see what is going on would be to follow the directions on this page and send him the resulting file:


#14 Re: How do I..? » Blocking Google Images » 2019-09-18 21:51:55

Try going to images.google.com and selecting "revert" in the Pluckeye menu. That should turn the images off. If not, use the "history" button to block images.google.com. That should still let you get to mail.google.com, and the images for gmail are turned on by default with Pluckeye.

If you can still see Google images after reverting, please report back with your OS and Pluckeye version so we can look in to that.

Thank you.

#15 Re: How do I..? » Google images not blocking at all » 2019-08-29 09:30:46

If you remove all of the google related rules that you added, that should put Pluckeye back into "factory mode" for that site.

pluck export | findstr /I google

will list all the google related rules.

pluck del "Deny google.com image"

will remove the unwanted rules. (Obviously, you have to edit the above to reflect the rules you find in the export!)

These are all the default rules that ship with Pluckeye:

Allow https://clients2.google.com/service/update2/crx
Allow https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/images
Allow https://www.google.com/recaptcha

#16 Re: How do I..? » Level 2 Internet Blocked After Windows Update » 2019-08-21 09:12:50

Probably the best thing to do is to download the sysinspect tool, and then go into level 2. Confirm that the Internet is blocked, and while in that state run sysinspect. After you have the output file, return to Level 1 and send the results in. That will give Jon the best picture of what is going on.


#17 Re: How do I..? » Blocking and allowing mac programs » 2019-08-11 20:06:27

Per-program rules are not available for Mac OS yet.

#18 Re: How do I..? » Error message » 2019-08-07 21:48:13

A sometimes command includes the block command. Here's an example from http://www.pluckeye.net/eg.plu.

Sometimes MTWRF0800-1200&1300-1700 Block a.pluckeye.net

In regard to what is causing the error and how to fix it, we'll have to wait for Jon to chime in. Make sure he knows your OS, browser, and Pluckeye versions.

#19 Re: How do I..? » Temporarily allow a website » 2019-07-29 09:20:37

On the Pluckeye menu you click "always" and choose an option like ten minutes. Then Allow or Revert the site. But if can't wait for your delay, you'll need to enlist a helper to speed up the change.

#20 Re: How do I..? » Unblock network printer when NHB is enabled » 2019-07-25 09:35:07

Are you still using Windows 10?
What program are you trying to print with?
Did you tell Pluckeye to allow the ip address of the printer? (I'm not sure that is the issue, though.)

#21 Re: How do I..? » [SOLVED] How to download Steam games on Windows? » 2019-07-19 11:27:13

If you can put the word "block" in front of all of your steam IPs, then here are some general instructions for importing a list of rules. (Get rid of the "clear" command and it should not overwrite your existing rules.)

http://www.pluckeye.net/recipes/windows/all-access.txt (Back off one level to see a list of other recipe examples.)

If I have ever tried blacklisting Edge/IE I don't recall what the results were. But they are so tightly integrated into the OS that this probably won't work:


pluck add "Program iexplorer.exe blackout"

(Should that be iexplore.exe? I'm on my linux computer at the moment...)

You are not the first person to encounter problems with Steam.

#22 Re: How do I..? » Can I limiting user account access to Pluckeye on Linux? » 2019-07-14 21:56:18

Actually, I would have loved to use Pluckeye school wide when I was there. A teacher could have had certain allow lists pre-set that classroom computers would import from a server and put into action right away because of certain administrative rights. This would have let me set up computers for research projects much easier than the full proxy system I had set up on a separate server. And as a parent, there were times I wished I could lock Pluckeye's settings beyond the delay to use as a filter for my children.

But I have been a volunteer for Jon long enough to know that as a one-person software developer he has to focus on the core product capabilities. With the way browsers keep updating, a lot of his time is involved in creating patches just to keep the core capabilities working.

So I actually agree with you. Having the ability to lock Pluckeye's settings with a password is something I would have been able to (and actually still would) use. But there are only so many hours in a day to work on things that are helpful.

I suggest that you head over to https://pluckeye.uservoice.com and formally suggest your idea of a password that blocks setting changes there. Maybe it would be easy to implement and therefore a candidate for implementation.

#23 Re: How do I..? » Can I limiting user account access to Pluckeye on Linux? » 2019-07-14 01:09:27

I needed a quick whitelist for a student borrowing a school computer. Since the student was young and the family was not technically capable (recent immigrants and did not know English), Pluckeye worked in that instance. I made a 24 hour delay and had a script that re-imported the whitelist and set the delay each time the computer was turned on and at a set time each evening. Having a password like you describe would have made the whitelist super easy but the intended audience for Pluckeye is people who want self-help.

When I had more time later, I limited the computer to Firefox and used two extensions. One provided the whitelist and the other locked the settings.

I think the short answer to your question is that any user can change a Pluckeye rule...but obviously will have to wait one delay for it to take effect. But I agree with Jon that your use-case is a little bit unclear.

#24 Re: How do I..? » [SOLVED] Delay setting issues » 2019-06-30 21:08:18

Did you look at the small print under the delay on the settings page? It would normally say something like "This delay is pending and should take effect at about <time>. The current delay is 7 days.

As regular helpers, we would be able to approve access to websites before the seven days, but not change the delay.

You will need to post your u.pluckeye.com account name (or email it to Jon with supporting details) for him to set your delay to zero.

#25 Re: How do I..? » Level 2 and NHB not working » 2019-06-21 20:03:19

Edge getting online is a surprise. Others have reported problems with MS Store. Another user gave steps to delete MS Store, but I'm not sure there is a Pluckeye method that prevents you from re-installing it.

What version of Pluckeye are you using?

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