Category Archives: Linux

Fully static build of tmux using libc-musl for Linux

Find a script that does the job here. It will download the source packages if they do not already exist and then unpack them into a subfolder of the current directory named tmux. Then it will one by one compile … Continue reading

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Critique of systemd

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Signing an RPM unattended …

It appears that there is no way to sign an RPM package unattended with the default tools. However, expect comes to the rescue. I found two descriptions on other blogs how to do it: from 2008 here: GPG signing RPMs … Continue reading

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Cheeky and stupid bot …

The bot with user agent Linguee Bot (http://www.linguee.com/bot; bot@linguee.com) just downloaded approximately 2 GiB of stuff from a ViewVC-listing on one of my servers. Just because it’s stupid, but also because it’s so cheeky to ignore robots.txt. So be it. … Continue reading

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How to get English error messages on a localized Ubuntu?

Have you ever noticed that oftentimes people in anglophone forums will almost be offended if someone quotes an error message in their local language? Well, on one hand I can understand it, on the other I see more value in … Continue reading

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Clever indeed

Just for giggles and some test I installed Kubuntu in Russian and it turns out that the “Д/н” prompts can also be acquitted with y or n as one would expect. Otherwise I would have been in a kerfuffle as … Continue reading

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Tmux is great … (but how to build on Lucid Lynx?)

… only a few troubles to get it to build on Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Basically you’ll want libevent2, which doesn’t come in the package repos, so fetch it from here. Then you obviously fetch the tmux source via tmux.sourceforge.net and … Continue reading

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SSL error with a newly signed cert?

Last night I literally spent hours figuring out an alleged issue with the certificate from StartCom. Of course the problem was entirely on my end, in the editor to be precise. But what happened? I fetched ca-bundle.pem and entered it … Continue reading

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Highly useful: ddrutility

During a rescue mission I encountered read errors on both hard drives of a degraded RAID. Since most commercial end-user tools limit your flexibility I went for Ubuntu Rescue Remix 12.04 in order to use ddrescue. However, to my delight … Continue reading

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Raspberry Pi shipping …?

Seems the first batches went to Farnell and RS. I registered my interest at RS already, let’s see. Seems like the demand is way above supply, so it’s pure chance. Besides, it appears that they sell only one per person … Continue reading

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prune-kernels function …

If you are like me, you will have noticed on Ubuntu (and sometimes Debian) that stale old kernels remain on the disk even when they aren’t needed anymore. I wrote a little Bash function to get rid of those kernels. … Continue reading

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Selecting the editor on Debian/Ubuntu non-interactively

Set the selected editor on Ubuntu/Debian for yourself and root in one line: echo ‘SELECTED_EDITOR=”/usr/bin/vim.nox”‘|tee $HOME/.selected_editor| \ sudo tee /root/.selected_editor or echo “SELECTED_EDITOR=\”$(which vim.nox)\””|tee $HOME/.selected_editor| \ sudo tee /root/.selected_editor // Oliver

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by the way …

Convenient little snippet to get my external IP: echo $(wget -q -O – ip.assarbad.net/text)

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CVS and SSH on a very old machine …

Had trouble getting it to work with ancient versions of ssh (OpenSSH_3.1p1) and cvs (Concurrent Versions System (CVS) 1.11.20). Until I figured that I could write a little wrapper script to see what’s wrong. The wrapper script looked like this: … Continue reading

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Re: Oracle bought ksplice … and apparently the source was pulled

I contacted one of the good people from ksplice (I’ve got an active subscription) and got pointed to oss.oracle.com/ksplice/software/ Unfortunately the access to a distributed version control is gone for good, it seems.

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FLOSS not sustainable for companies?

A few weeks ago I reported about ksplice whose Git repository had disappeared. Now the same happened for Likewise Open which was bought by BeyondTrust. After renaming the repository and moving its location from git://git.likewiseopen.org/likewise-open.git to git://git.likewiseopen.org/bt-identity-open.git it now also … Continue reading

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Oracle bought ksplice … and apparently the source was pulled

The source used to be at http://www.ksplice.com/git/ksplice.git, but now they pulled it. Only the disassembler library is now left. For now, here’s the download: 221b2b27906c76ac77b375c64dce9963 ksplice-git-backup.tgz // Oliver

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Finding the kernel command line …

Something I’ve been looking for for some time now: cat /proc/cmdline

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nullmailer-queue: Could not write envelope sender

Less than obvious reason, /var ran out of disk space. And /var/spool is located on that volume.

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Vim tabs and viewports …

Two very nice articles: www.linux.com/learn/tutorials/442415-vim-tips-using-viewports www.linux.com/learn/tutorials/442422-vim-tips-using-tabs // Oliver

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