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Posts from 2011-11

Install NX Server NeatX on Ubuntu 11.10

sudo apt-get install python-software-properties
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:freenx-team

As long as oneiric is not in the list of you have to tell your packages sources to download and install the packages for lucid 10.04:
sudo sed -i 's/oneiric/lucid/g' /etc/apt/sources.list.d/freenx-team-ppa-oneiric.list

sudo vi /etc/apt/sources.list.d/freenx-team-ppa-oneiric.list
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install neatx-server


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Install ROOT CERN on Mac OS X 10.7 Lion


First, you need to install XCode 4 which can be found in the Mac App Store. You need it because it's providing the compiler and the git binary. Then install Homebrew using ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL".

ROOT Installation

Installing ROOT using configure and make is fairly easy. I recommend the...

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Install Pandoc on Mac OS X

Installing Pandoc is easy when you have Homebrew installed:

brew install haskell-platform
cabal update
cabal install pandoc

Alternatively use the way described in its installation instructions.



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Sort Installed .deb Packages by Size

GUI options

The easy GUI way is to use Synaptic and enable the "Installed Size" column by going to Settings → Preferences → Columns and Fonts.

You can then go to the "Status" filters and select the "Installed" filter then click on the column you want to sort by. It's interestingly...

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Solve a problem with USB HDDs on Ubuntu 11.10

[ 3.086754] scsi 16:0:0:1: CD-ROM Virtual CDROM PQ: 0 ANSI: 0
[ 3.282066] sr 16:0:0:1: Attached scsi...

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Data Recovery on Linux using TestDisk

Recover Files using TestDisk

Mount the partition with the lost files read only:

sudo mount -o remount,ro /dev/sdX

Install the requirements, the TestDisk suite:

sudo apt-get install testdisk

Start analysing:

sudo testdisk /dev/sdX
  1. Select your disk and enter Proceed.
  2. TeskDisk tries to find the correct partition type. If you are sure, the...

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Update the Firmware of an OCZ Agility 3 SSD via the Linux Command Line

Boot a Linux system (not from the SSD itself!). For example a Ubuntu Live distribution. Run the following commands in your terminal (consider choosing a later firmware version if available from OCZ):

cd ~/Downloads
tar -xf fwupd_v2.12.05.tar.gz
sudo su
### The next step is flashing the SSD:
~/Downloads/fwupd_v2.12.05/linux64/fwupd –log /dev/sd?
# ( ↑...

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Install Brother DCP-7054DN on Ubuntu Connected via Ethernet


These instructions are for 64-bit Ubuntu. (If you're using 32bit, download the i386 .deb package and you also don't have to copy the three files from /usr/lib64 then...)

sudo apt-get install xsane sane-utils xsane-common
cd ~/Downloads
sudo dpkg -i brscan4-0.3.0-2.amd64.deb
sudo cp /usr/lib64/sane/ /usr/lib/sane/
sudo cp /usr/lib64/sane/ /usr/lib/sane/
sudo cp /usr/lib64/sane/ /usr/lib/sane/
brsaneconfig4 -a...

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AutoFS with SSHFS on Ubuntu 11.10

AutoFS is a convenient tool to mount remote filesystems automagically.


sudo apt-get install autofs sshfs

Entire content of my /etc/auto.master:

/net    /etc/auto.sshfs --timeout=120 --ghost

Entire content of my /etc/auto.sshfs

Documents   fstype=fuse,rw,allow_other,IdentityFile=/home

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