front derailleur - shimano lx gold top pull
shifter - shimano deore dual control levers
everything hooked up and tight, cable lubed inside the casing, derailleur moves fine and free with fingers.
this is how the cable is attached to the derailleur, click for larger image, yellow line is cable.
coming from the top, lopped under the bottom guided by a groove in the body of the derailleur, bolted down when it comes around and is on top.