Azureus: LAN peer finder

Submitted by Druss on Sun, 2007-01-28 05:35

Azureus is definitely one of the more popular torrent clients out there, and it just became a lot cooler in my eyes: I finally explored the LAN peering plug-in that it is packaged with. This is way beyond cool and accomplishes the equivalent of link bonding using torrents. So, essentially, consider the following scenario:

  • You have two PCs on your local network.
  • You have two Internet connections (both 1Mbps, for e.g.), one for each PC.

Windows XP : command vs. cmd

Submitted by Druss on Sun, 2007-01-14 02:15

I was asked by some dude online today as to what the difference was between typing command and cmd in the Start -> Run menu. To repeat my answer to him:

  • Typing command runs COMMAND.COM. Typing cmd runs cmd.exe.
  • command is basically the 16-bit command-line interface. It is essentially a legacy application. cmd, on the other hand is the 32-bit CLI, and is comparatively modern and more user friendly.

Mounting a Windows samba share in Linux a.k.a. how to avoid having to download a shared file in order to access it

Submitted by Druss on Wed, 2007-01-10 01:59

Problem: I've set up Samba on my Linux box and can access my Windows shares fine. However, every time I want to access a file from my Windows share, Linux, difficult motherfucker that it is, downloads the file, stores it in a temp directory and then plays it.. So, if I want to play .. say a 1.4 GB movie, I have to download the entire damn thing across my network to see it.. Not Good Enough.

apache2: Could not determine the server's fully qualified domain name, using 127.0.1.1 for ServerName

Submitted by Druss on Mon, 2007-01-01 03:38

Setting up apache 2 on my Kubuntu box lead to the following error whenever I restarted the daemon:

apache2: Could not determine the server's fully qualified domain name, using 127.0.1.1 for ServerName

The fix is to edit the conf file and add in the ServerName setting (as the error message requests). In other words,

sudo vi /etc/apache2/httpd.conf

followed by adding the following string:,

# ServerName is to be specified to avoid warning during reload
ServerName MYSERVER

I am not entirely sure about the status of the httpd.conf (vs. apache2.conf where the above line can also be inserted) file in Debian based distros.. Is it deprecated or something?

Edgy: System settings -> Sharing is greyed out

Submitted by Druss on Sat, 2006-12-30 22:56

Edgy (and apparently Dapper as well) have this rather annoying issue where the "Sharing" screen in System settings (Kubuntu) is greyed out even after entering admin mode, or if you open the fileshare module using kcmshell as root. The fix for this is to just open up your package manager and install the base Samba package which hadn't been installed.

Setting up Samba will be a very annoying procedure otherwise.

Azureus: An unexpected error has been detected by HotSpot Virtual Machine

Submitted by Druss on Thu, 2006-12-28 23:10

Following my recent adventures with Azureus, I found that Azureus was crashing on a regular basis and often not starting up at all. Running it from the command line gave me an error similar to the following:

An unexpected error has been detected by HotSpot Virtual Machine

and a lot of mumbo-jumbo following that.

This error has been reported all over the place, including at bugs.sun.com (who decided to close it.. thanks guys! :S). But no apparent solution was being provided anywhere. Azureus was definitely stable when running 1.4.2, although it wasn't exactly performing up to par. So, this was definitely a java compatibility problem.

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