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#1 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/"

#3 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.

#4 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.

#5 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:


#6 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.

#7 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

#8 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.


#9 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.

#10 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.

#11 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.

#12 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.)

#13 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.

#14 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.

#15 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.

#16 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.

#17 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?

#18 Re: How do I..? » [SOLVED] Blocking images after site has already been fully allowed. » 2019-06-20 21:46:12

So that means that you did not allow Twitter individually. It is being allowed by your all access rule. To block pictures on twitter, enter a command like

pluck add "block twitter.com image/"

There is a similar discussion taking place at reddit's Pluckeye page if you want another person's experience.

#19 Re: How do I..? » [SOLVED] Blocking images after site has already been fully allowed. » 2019-06-20 08:49:18

If you are on Windows, open a command prompt and type

pluck export | findstr witter 

or on Mac/Linux

pluck export | grep witter 

then post the results, it will help us understand what rules you made for twitter.

These are the sorts of things that helpers could see easily at u.pluckeye.net.

#20 Re: How do I..? » Delay, Blocking/Allowing. Need Help. » 2019-06-15 15:47:24

82nate wrote:

I guess now I just need to know how to set things up so that when the next 7 days is over I can quickly uninstall Pluckeye with all the messed up settings I've applied and reinstall a fresh copy and go from there.

When your delay is zero, type this command in your terminal

pluck uninstall

#21 Re: How do I..? » How do I make temporary blacklisting intantaneous? » 2019-05-30 09:17:39

Rules that restrict Pluckeye take effect immediately. Rules that loosen Pluckeye need to wait for the delay.

Since you want to add restrictive rules, they will go into effect right away. So you can use the Onetime command to block a site for a period of time, .eg.:

pluck add "Onetime now+60m Block youtube.com"

If you find that you have several sites to restrict, write a .bat or .sh file to add the commands.

#22 Re: How do I..? » Allow internet access for all non-browser programs » 2019-05-23 00:26:23

Non-browser programs being blocked is a function of being at Level 2. So I'm afraid your options are to go down to Level 1 or to keep whiteouting programs as they come up.

#23 Re: How do I..? » Blocking IRC Web clients & IRC sites » 2019-05-17 00:07:51

Are you using the NHB option? That may block IRC clients...I don't have one installed to test.

It may also be helpful to know your OS if Jon wanders in and wants to suggest something.

#24 Re: How do I..? » [SOLVED] multi-user setup problems » 2019-05-12 18:02:17

The notes on the website (https://www.pluckeye.net/multiuser.html#sec-2) state:

Scenario 3: Peter and Susan both use Pluckeye at installation level 2
   1. Peter: Install Pluckeye, and leave at level 1 so that Susan can install Plucki.
   2. Susan: Install Plucki.
   3. Peter or Susan: Set Pluckeye to level 2 (in Firefox or Chrome or via `pluck set "level 2"`).

So did you leave your Admin account at Level 1 until you had the Studies account set up? I am unclear on that.

#25 Re: How do I..? » TEMPORARILY block all websites except a few select ones » 2019-05-01 00:03:37

If I am understanding you correctly, then you could write a .bat (or bash script) for each category and run it when you want to. The bash scripts would have commands in the form of

pluck add "onetime now+x min block personal.site.1.com"
pluck add "onetime now+x min block personal.site.2.com"

More onetime syntax options are at http://www.pluckeye.net/eg.plu.

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