Can anyone recommend a good native backup utility for 10.04. I would like compression, the ability to image partitions and/or drives and a simple way to restore in the event of total drive failure. A nice incremental backup facility would be good too. I would be backing up to an external USB hard drive but of a smaller size than the source drive so compression and the ability to choose what and what not to backup is needed.
I am in need of some input as to what may be a good cd/dvd label printing program or utility.I have used nero and surething on windows. I already tried glabel, the only template it has is for doulble sheet cd/dvds.I am looking for a single template or instructions for making labels in gimp or inkscape.
I am working from a laptop where all my work is stored on a 80GB drive. I am now also an owner of an external 250GB USB hard drive, formatted with FAT32. I want to keep it FAT32, so that I can offer some of my files to people that run Mac OS or Windows and I don't want to have them install ext3 for windows and what not.I am in need of a strategy which will allow me to keep a mirror of my laptop drive on my new external drive, i.e. no history / versioning required. However, I do care about file permissions. The files don't have to be stored as-is, they can be stored within a large (80GB?) tar file, that is fine - it would be easier for me to coerce people to open a .tar file than to install an ext3 driver for their OS, I suppose. I don't think I can keep file permissions otherwise, can I?
I have previously used a self-written sh script that used rsync to keep an up-to-date copy of my laptop filesystem on a USB flash drive, but in that case I had the flash drive formatted with ext3, so no problem with file permissions there. This time, it's trickier.
I've noticed the Packman mplayer's ffvorbis doesn't seem to be working on 11.2 (x86)-any vorbis seems to be decoded as very quiet noise that roughly matches the sound that ought to be made. Audio output (-ao) doesn't make any difference, and I've the same problem on three different machines. Xine, vlc, ffplay, etc. all work, as does -afm tremor (the reference decoder) with mplayer. The verbose output from mplayer seems to be the same between these systems and an older 11.0 system with a not-very-recently-upgraded version of mplayer. Unfortunately, packman does not keep old versions of packages, and compiling mplayer is somewhat of a chore, so it is not immediately easy to test an old version of MPlayer on 11.2 for me.
I'm using the samples from Vorbis.com: Music to test with, so I assume there is nothing peculiar about the files.
Is anyone successfully using current (1.0rc2_r29796) Packman MPlayer to play either vorbis .oggs or video with vorbis audio on 11.2? If so, was it a fresh install or an upgrade system? Architecture? Etc.-I've run out of machines to easily test on, and it doesn't work on any of them.
I realize that this is better-addressed to the Packman mailing list, but very few users seem to read it, and for whatever reason, the packagers never seem to have any problems with their own packages (even when they are clearly broken for many others); so I thought I would give it a try here first.
I'm not asking for help here, just documenting something I just discovered. Yesterday I wanted to batch-convert a bunch of old wma files to ogg vorbis. Not wanting to go through intermediate wav files, I tried to use ffmpeg to do it in one go. I first tried using the following command (in a loop, which I won't print here).
Code: ffmpeg -i $file -f ogg -acodec vorbis -ab 192k outputdir/$file "vorbis" turns out to be the built-in libavc implementation of the codec. In the process I discovered that the -ab value is always ignored. No matter what value you put, the output is always the default 64k (average, but of course it's vbr). You can however use the poorly-documented -aq option to set the audio quality used. The values don't correspond to the oggenc values though, being a number ranging from 10-100 (or more, I don't know what the maximum is). It's not exactly clear what number corresponds to what average bitrate, so you have to experiment. ~30 seems to give you an average-rate file, while anything above 60 is probably overkill.
Switching to the external libvorbis gave me more flexibility, although at a cost of much longer encoding times (note that ffmpeg must have been compiled with libvorbis support first).
I could use both -ab and -aq (with the numbers corresponding to the oggenc values), with no problems. ffmpeg does display some wrong values in it's output text, however. In addition, there's one more difference. The vorbis (libavc) codec provides an entry in the header of the ogg container reporting the average bitrate, but it doesn't appear to provide a similar bitrate header in the vorbis stream itself. Some programs may not report the bitrate value because of this.
libvorbis provides both headers, avoiding that problem. So to summarize, libvorbis appears to be a better codec choice than vorbis.
or any conversion I suppose. My question is simple: How do I use this command: mplayer -ao pcm *.m4a -ao pcm:file="*.mp3" to convert whole directories and place the converted tracks into another directory. The way it's listed above it will convert all songs with a .mp4 extension into a single file with a .mp3 extension. Which of course, is not what I want, but I know of no other way to use this command.
I have daul boot systems on Dell computers. Dell includes a Utility partition on /dev/sda1 which you are supposed to be able to boot by pressing F12 when booting. I've tried various ways to boot into it. Most recently I put
title Dell Utility rootnoverify (hd0,0) chainloader +1
I have installed Fedora 14 along with Libre Office along with some other applications so I am learning slowly, re-learning really. However I am having a difficult time understanding partitioning. I would like to make another partition for Windoze. I also cannot get a USB mouse to work. I have run some commands to gather disk info I will refrain from list it here as it is a lot of data. At least until asked to do so. What I have run so far is fdisk -l, df, blkid, & cat fstab.
My laptop is a unibody macbook and has an intel core 2 duo processor. The CPU Scaling Utility never drops below 1.60Ghz. Is this normal? Also. in the ferquency governors, powersave does not appear. Can I install it?
I need a utility to record the traffic on a particular TCP port. I know there are packet sniffers that can do this, but I don't need to monitors the wire, just the traffic to and from my own computer. I would assume there is something out there that can hook into the TCP stack and copy the data to a file just before/after it goes out/in, but my google fu has failed me.
I plugged in an LCD to my x41 thinkpad's VGA port and GNOME was smart enough to add it to my laptop without much prompting. A little fiddling around gave me a large spanned desktop so the cursor can pan from side to side of the two joined screens.I was wondering if I could somehow make my other window managers use this configuration, but there is hardly an xorg.conf, only the things I had in xorg.conf.d. I would like to somehow 'grab' this config and share it across WM's. My second best option would be to grab someone's dualhead xorg.conf for an intel 915GM graphics chip.
I don't know whether this should be filed under hardware or laptop, but my wireless mouse is acting sluggish. At first I thought that it was because I chose LXDE as my gui and maybe its pointer was just inherently bad or something, and began to regret my decision. However, upon trying the laptop's built-in touchpad, I found it to be smooth as butter. So, the problem is with the mouse. The mouse worked fine on Windows, so the problem is with the interface between OS and mouse.
Would the problem be fixed by installing a different Desktop Environment? Or is it something else? Is there a better driver I can download or something?One last thing of note: the mouse settings utility is severely malfunctioning. I change the sensitivity and hit OK, but when I check it again, the mouse sensitivity is reset.
New Fedora 15 user today and I noticed that FireFox 4.0.1 looks like it was written in the late 90's. I'm using KDE 4. See pic: What's causing this? Is it possible to do something about it? BTW, I installed Gnome 3 and KDE 4. Not sure if that has anything to do with it.
I am a new user of Fedora 11. I am a Ubuntu user and could not get my GeForce 9100 on board graphics to work on my new computer with out crashing my computer so I decided I would try fedora. I downloaded the driver from NVidia and I am attempting to install it (Fedora didn't automatically find the driver). I get the following message: "Error Unable to find the system utility 'ld'; Please make sure you have the 'binutils' installed. If you do have the bin utils installed, then please check that 'ld' is in your PATH." I am running the driver from $Download as root. I don't know what ld or bin utils is or the check if I have it or if it is in my PATH.