Category: Linux

MySQL fails after upgrade to 5.1 on Debian Squeeze

Are you running Debian Squeeze? Did you upgrade to mysql-server-5.1 ? Are you getting a message like this? Starting MySQL database server: mysqld . . . . . . . . . . . . . . failed! Did you

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uHOWTO: Recover stuck modified keys from VMware Player or Workstation

If you use VMware Player or VMware workstation under Linux and you’re an alt-tab fan like me, you might end up with stuck modifier keys, so you can’t use keys like Ctrl, Alt or Shift outside of VMware. Xiao Feng

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uHOWTO: Speed up RAID resync

So you’re tired of watching the grass grow while your Linux RAID2 array rebuilds itself. Let’s take care of it: $ echo 10000 > /proc/sys/dev/raid/speed_limit_min This should give you a 10x speedup over the 1000kB/sec default — subject to the

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A brief note about Spamhaus Policy Block List

After getting in closer-than-usual acquaintance with my mail server logs I thought I’d share a brief note I found in the Spamhaus PBL FAQ: The first thing to know is: THE PBL IS NOT A BLACKLIST. Oh, and since you’re

Posted in Debian, General, Linux, Rant, SysAdmin, Tech

uHOWTO: Use your N95 8G as a bluetooth modem under Linux with Telcel

For completeness, here’s a followup to my post about using a Nokia N95 as a bluetooth modem under Linux. This is a working wvdial configuration for use with Telcel in Mexico. Remember to enter your SIM’s PIN in pin-telcel, and

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HOWTO: Use your Nokia N95 Cellphone as a Bluetooth modem for Linux

Did you know that you can use your data-enabled N95 to get a thethered Internet connection from Linux? The access mode and speed will depend on your actual coberture, and as usual YMMV, but I’ve been using this setup for

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Enable APM level on Dell Latitude D620 HD

Rafael Garcia-Suarez shares a helpful tip to correctly enable APM in his D420 running Ubuntu, but I can confirm that my D620 behaves the same -ignoring APM level 255 and disabling APM completely instead- and that his fix runs equally

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Attansic L1 Gigabit Ethernet driver for Debian

I just got a new ASUS M2V motherboard to replace a braindead server that would lock up on POST about 75% of the time. The new motherboard has a built-in Attansic L1 Gigabit Ethernet Adapter that is supported in Linux

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Use the radioSHARK 2 under Linux (shark2.c)

Hisaaki Shibata took Michael Rolig’s shark.c -which I use to control my radioSHARK from Linux- made it work with the new radioSHARK 2 and released the new shark2.c (local mirror). With this development owners of the new radioSHARK 2 can

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Hello, Planeta Linux!

And now for something completely different: This site is now syndicated in Planeta Linux Mexico. If you haven’t heard about Planets, they are sites that publish aggregated news feeds around certaint themes in the now all-too-familiar reverse chronologic order. Planets

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