Ubuntu :: Multiple Frontends Mess With Settings?

Feb 19, 2010

for the first time I've gotten my hands on a ASRock ION 330HT and set it up as a front end to my existing front/backend which sits in the living room. I have EVERYTHING working but I've found an annoyance which is probably as a result of one of my screw-ups.

Basically - the backend (/frontend) stores it's videos in the default /var/lib/mythtv/ blah blah blah. This has always worked. I copy my video files there, rescan and bob's your uncle.

With the ASRock, I'd like to store some files locally, so currently the videos folder is set to /var/jan/Videos. I'll work on smb mounting later.

When I scan that, the videos also show and bob's my second uncle.

HOWEVER. After the scan from the ASRock, my MAIN box also is looking for files in /home/jan/Videos (which doesn't exist there) and finds nothing. If I rescan - all is good again. Then going back the the ASRock, IT is then looking for the files in /var/lib/mythtv etc. and finds nothing.

Why should setting in EITHER frontend mess with the setting in the other? That kind of defeats the purpose of having multiple front ends with multiple hardware/software configurations right?

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OpenSUSE Hardware :: Scanadf (part Of Sane-frontends) / Rpm Of Sane-frontends?

May 22, 2011

Does anybody know where to find an rpm of sane-frontends?I want to use my auto-document-feed functionality on my scanner using scanadf, which is part of sane-frontends.Otherwise I'd also welcome alternative suggestions for scanadf.

I'm running Suse 11.2 and using a Brother DCP7065DN scanner/printer, which actually comes with stunning drivers and support for Linux.

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Mar 9, 2010

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Oct 19, 2010

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Oct 12, 2010

I got my desktop all set up the way I like it, and it took a lot of tweaking and I can't even remember where I set all of the settings.

Is there a hidden file (or folder) or something like that in my home folder I can copy over to another Ubuntu machine to duplicate it?

I'm looking at settings like theme, colors, menu transparecies, etc.

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Jan 8, 2010

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Jul 17, 2011

My laptop now has 8GB of memory, so I think mounting a tmpfs over /tmp is a reasonable thing to do. I also want to prepare for getting a SSD in the near future.The computer has a 1GB swap partition and I've set vm.swappiness=20

1) There is also a tmpfs mounted to /dev/shm. Both have the default size of 50%. Is there a way to get /dev/shm and /tmp to share the same capacity without doing a symlink or bind?

2) Is the swap partition a good size (is that swappiness value ok)? What happens if /tmp runs out of room? Should I increase the swap size to something really large like 15G (because I have swappiness so low...)?

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Jun 8, 2010

The 'Multiple Screens' tool, aka grandr, is very handy for setting up my dual monitors. But restarting my system restores the monitor setup to the (crummy) default settings. Is there a way to save these settings and make sure they are always applied when the OS boots? Putting these settings in my xorg.conf would be fine, but I'm not sure where or in what form the settings generated by grandr might be located, or if they're at all xorg.conf compatible.

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Aug 30, 2015

I've always used Debian with a single monitor and no need of proprietary drivers, because I usually don't do graphics or multimedia. Now I'm asked to set-up a machine with 3 nvidia video cards (770) and 4 monitors and everything went south. I started with just 2 monitors connected to 2 different video cards, not wanting to push my luck.

I installed a fresh Jessie and followed the instruction to install the nvidia drivers and tools from the Wiki. Everything went smooth. After reboot I executed (as root) nvidia-settings and I configured the two monitors to be one to the right to the other, with BaseMosaic option (at this point just one monitor was active) I saved the configuration to /etc/X11/xorg.conf , I even executed nvidia-xconfig as suggested, I rebooted and nothing happened, only one monitor was working, while the other -- looking again in the nvidia settings -- was still disabled.

I then tried with xinerama option and things are even worse, since now both monitors are black. I can login in one textual shell, but then I don't know what to do, since in my 10+ years of linux ... I never had to mess with X server. Is there a way to at least recover a working X without reinstalling everything?

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Nov 22, 2010

A month or so ago I installed the beta version of FF4 - it was too buggy and gave me problems so I uninstalled and went back to FF3.x.x -or so I thought. For some reasons it set the PPA for daily updates and I ended up with Namoroka updating nearly every day, at present version 3.6.13pre.

I disabled the repositories and have been using it but I have noticed at times it 'freezes' i.e. high CPU use and also when typing into a textbox, like this the text is slow to appear. I want to go back to my original FF3.x.x version that came with 10.10. Can anyone point me to a tutorial or take time out to reply here with a procedure to do this?

Edit: I have checked with nautilus and I seem to have various firefox folders all over the place - and a bunch more mozilla folders :

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Feb 16, 2011

I edited my /etc/sudoers file the other day to add timestamp_timeout=0 to cause sudo to ask for a password every time. I used visudo in sudo mode and when it came to saving it appeared to want to save the file as sudoers.tmp so I edited this to sudoers. Anyway some how may edit failed. I booted up into terminal and reedited and somehow lost all access to the sudo mode. I think the file ended up with the wrong permissions.

After a fresh install I don't want to mess this up again. So please, please tell me how to save it. Should I save as sudoers.tmp or sudoers? I presume a could have made a typo, but am assuming not. I don't want to reinstall ubuntu and all the packages again.

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Oct 27, 2010

Is there a way to permanently mess up a pre-made dvd?
i would like to be able to mess up a dvd through software, that way there would be no proof of tampering. (i want a few new movies on blueray )
i would like it to run in ubuntu, but a windows program is fine.
these are factory dvds btw, not dvdrw.

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Feb 24, 2010

I had grub trouble with a hardware change and have been trying to solve this. I think I have done more harm then good. I can not boot into Ubuntu or Windows 7. Here is the boot info script and other info on my problem. Can someone please help me with this,

Processing triggers for libc-bin ...
ldconfig deferred processing now taking place
ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ sudo os-prober
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Apr 14, 2011

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Dec 17, 2010

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Jan 20, 2011

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Jan 31, 2011

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May 11, 2011

This post is a follow up to this one: [URL] My computer is an IBM R52 running Windows Professional (previously dual-booting with Ubuntu 10.10, but that's gone now, and I don't dare reinstall it until the HDD partitions and mbr are properly working again). I think that the shred command mentioned there simply messed up my MBR, and maybe my partition table. Here's the partitions on my HDD:

Disk /dev/sda: 60.0 GB, 60011642880 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 7296 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x7e93bd30

My question is, is it safe to use something like SuperGrub to repair the MBR? I really don't want to mess up the Windows and recovery partitions. I've done plenty of research on this, but am not confident until someone says that it works in my case.

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Mar 21, 2010

I have seen the polls for all kinds of software to get the all time favorite of the year. Fun but as a business I have no real use of that polls. What I need to see is something similar but than with business software that can be used worldwide. So with multiple settings for the different countries.

Software that can make yearly tax reports, make client registration incl. connection to banks to import spendings incl. sending invoices and, making stock reports so on. Keeping track of and recording driving miles. And most of all output has to be compatible with global Windows applications so our tax agents can import all data. I think if you run a business you can fill in your missing "BEST" software.

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Mar 29, 2010

I've played around with some themes, installed, activated and deactivated the emerald theme manager, etc. (I'm tired and did a lot of stuff). Now several things aren't alright:

- I've chosen to initiate the windows-switch-thing with mouse button 2. It dowsn't work anymore.

- The transparent background of my temrinal is too transparent - meaning: It always shows the desktop picture

- I've assigned all my media players to workspace 4 - it doesn't work anymore

Is there a way to just reset compiz to its original settings? PS: I know the informations I've given are kind of vague, but I'm too tired to do more. It's Ubuntu 9.1 and I'm using Gnome, not KDE.

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Feb 14, 2009

I'm trying to dual boot Fedora 10 and Ubuntu 8.10. I have installed Ubuntu first than Fedora (with GRUB installed on it's partition) but Ubuntu's GRUB got messed up. I reinstalled Ubuntu and now Ubuntu works fine but I cannot boot my Fedora. I have set "/fedora" as a mount point for the fc10 install and I can see that from Ubuntu but I can not boot into it. I no longer have any idea where to search for some way of getting it to work without reinstalling ....

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Debian :: Squeeze Upgrade Causes Kernel Mess?

Feb 13, 2011

Finally ran the upgrade from lenny to squeeze and ran into a few issues. I have to admit this is the first dist-upgrade I've ever had go this badly (kernel issues, xorg issues, mysql transition problems, mythtv... Yikes!).Anyway, the first problem I'm trying to fix is getting dpkg to like the new squeeze kernel. Here's the errors

Errors were encountered while processing:


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Ubuntu Multimedia :: Rhythmbox Making A Mess Of Folders And File Names

Jan 8, 2010

I've been enjoying using Rhythmbox to rip a stack of CDs. Initially I had problems getting it to recognise Lame but following uninstalling and reinstalling it, it seemed to be working well. That is, until I looked in my Music folder.

It turns out files have been placed in individual folders, named "number - title.udio" (e.g.: "11 - She Can Do What She Wants.udio". The mp3 file itself is named identically throughout - it's the string for the gstreamer settings, i.e. "x-raw-int,rate=44100,channels=2 ! lame name=enc preset=1002 ! xingmux ! id3v2muxmp3".

The settings within Rhythmbox's properties for folder and file naming are all set to the sensible default. This is a pain. In the short term I'm going to try EasyTAG to sort it out, but ultimately I need to sort this or find alternative software.

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Ubuntu Installation :: Unable To Install Packages / Tries To Mess Up Boot Manager

Apr 22, 2010

I cannot get package installer, either Synaptic, Ubuntu Center, sodo aptitude install or plain double clicking on .deb files I have already downloaded on my PC to work.I get this:dpkg was interrupted, you must manually run 'sudo dpkg --configure -a' to correct the problem.When I do(even after a clear)sudo dpkg --configure. Ubuntu goes and tries to mess up with my boot configuration. wtf does installing a package have to do with messing up my lilo? I get this regardless of how I try to install the package and it makes no sense(ok, If I do this graphically, I get the same errors from a widget window)

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OpenSUSE :: Multimedia Codec Mess - Ffmpeg Options?

Mar 23, 2010

I'm writing a wrapper for FFMPEG and need help of a multimedia guru. The more I read about containers, formats and codecs the more confused I become, it all seems to be a pretty big mess. To convert a video file with ffmpeg you need to specify a few arguments for ffmpeg:

- input file
- some video/audio options (bit rates, sizes and so on)
- format (to force format)
- codec (to force codec)
- output file

My confusion is all about the format and output file extension. If I want to encode my file in MPEG-4, I'll use either 'libx264' or 'libxvid' codec. Then the encoded stream needs to be stored in a file. If I use '.mp4' as the output file, it'll be stored in that file. If I use '.mkv', the video will still be MPEG-4 but stored in a Matroska container. But what do I do with the format option? When I force the format to 'mp4', does it mean I don't have to enter output file, it'll be stored as '.mp4' anyway? Or if I use '-matroska' will I still have to put it into a container '.mkv'? Can I use a '-matroska' format but '.mp4' output file for example?

What's the difference between the format and output file in this context? Or what does forcing the format really do?

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Feb 11, 2010

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Oct 5, 2010

The new NVIDIA drivers don't seem to work as seamlessly as back in Jaunty and before. In Lucid when I activated the drivers I had to do some grub tweaks to make my splash look normal... But with Maverick it is even more messed up...

Problem: The splash either doesn't appear at all (black screen) or it appears in the text format rather than graphics... In some instances it even hopelessly tried to load the graphics splash - loaded the background but the instead of Ubuntu logo and the progress-bar animation it displayed a "Ubuntu 10.10" in a monospace font.

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Jun 12, 2010

I have official Compiz Fusion running on my Fedora 13 64-bit. I also installed some custom cursor themes and I'm seeing some strange behaviour. When mouse is on my Desktop the custom cursor theme is replaced by the default one. When I launch Firefox, for example, and move cursor inside Firefox window, then my custom cursor is being shown. Also, if I go to resize some window the custom "resize cursor" is being shown, or if system is processing something then custom hourglass cursor is shown again.

Basically while on Desktop or Gnome panels the custom cursor is being replaced by the default Fedora cursor.
This only happens when I choose Compiz as my window manager. With metacity my custom cursor theme is behaving properly. Is it possible to make Compiz Fusion not to mess with my cursor theme? Or maybe it is a Compiz bug?

Ok, this indeed is a bug, but I'm not sure if it's a Gnome or Compiz bug. Here is a fix (a bad one for now) which might save someone time. The credit for this does not belong to me, I got it form this link. So, here it goes:

1. Install gconf-editor by running "yum -y install gconf-editor"
2. Change your windows manager to metacity temporarily
3. Change your cursor theme to the desired custom one
4. Run gconf-editor and go to "desktop->gnome->peripherals->mouse" and remember the value of "cursor theme" option this gconf-editor branch.
5. Create directory with name "default" in "/home/yourUserName/.icons/" directory.
6. Inside newly created "default" directory create file with name "index.theme" with the following content:

[Icon Theme]
Name = <anything you want>
Comment = <anything you want>
Example = <anything you want>

7. After saving the file re-enable Compiz as your window manager and logout/login to your account. The problem with this fix is that you will have to modify "index.theme" file every time you will want to change your icon theme, but it works nevertheless.

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OpenSUSE :: ATI Fglrx Video Driver Install Made A Mess / How To Fix

Jun 13, 2010

OpenSuse 11.2
linux x86_64
ATI fglrx video driver v10.4
ATI radeon hd3200 video adapter

VirtualBox (any version) crashes at startup if the video acceleration options are enabled. This was not a problem before installing fglrx. The crash occurs when VirtualBox queries the video driver about OpenGL, I am guessing from the log file.

To (supposedly) have access to all of the features possible in the video adapter I installed the ATI fglrx video driver. I (apparently foolishly) chose the custom, installation-specific path rather than the more general default path.

After installing the driver I saw no observable improvement in performance or feature set. Worse, there are couple of new features that are decidedly undesirable, and cannot be disabled. At least one pre-loaded font simply disappeared.

So I reverted to the original (open source?) radeon driver ("sax2 -r -m 0=radeon" at runlevel 3). All seemed welluntil I ran VirtualBox.

One thing I have not tried is to run the fglrx default installation. I fear making things worse.

Can anyone suggest what might have happened with the fglrx installation, and how to fix it?

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Sep 10, 2011

On a Powerbook G4, I set hdparm to set the filesystem readahead (-a) to the maximum 2048 on boot. This produces a visible increase in performance... But today the hard drive started acting up - first generating I/O errors when trying to access various system binaries, and the second time bringing the desktop to a standstill and emitting loud clunking noises.In both cases the drive worked normally after a reboot... Even so, these are not what I'd consider good signs. However, the computer was working perfectly up until now, so I'm wondering if my tweaking was responsible. Can overly aggressive filesystem readahead settings damage an IDE hard drive?

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