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Tangling with the Samba

Submitted by Druss on Tue, 2007-05-22 13:47

I upgraded to Feisty over the weekend. Everything appeared to have gone through smoothly. However, I found that I could not access my Feisty shares from my other Linux / Windoze boxen. The connection just failed. I could however access other samba and windoze shares _from_ the Feisty box (which was living up to its name :S). So, I tried going into System Settings, Sharing to sort things out by fiddling with the options, making everything readable and writable by everybody, enabling guest account access and so on and so forth.

All to no avail.

Adjusting display / screen position using xvidtune

Submitted by Druss on Mon, 2007-05-21 14:09

Many moons ago, I had to run an update to the nVidia driver for my Kubuntu box. After installing it, I found that the next time I ran X, my display was offset by about 50px to the right. Normally, it would have been possible to fix this via the monitor, most of which have a convenient "auto" button to solve such issues. However, my set-up involves the use of a KVM switch, which allows me to use a single keyboard, mouse and monitor for more than one PC (four in my case).

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.

Do yourself a favour ...

Submitted by Druss on Thu, 2006-12-28 20:56

... and don't bother installing a 64-bit version of a distro, unless you _really_ need it. I was aware that most people stated that it made no whit of difference to average desktops unless there was some serious number crunching involved. I knew all this, but still went ahead and installed it.. Serves me fucking right.

The performance (in terms of speed etc.) isn't the problem with my new Kubuntu install.. it's the package support that's the real pain. Talk about a waste of time :S

Installing Java 5 for example is a real pain, and apparently to get it working in FF, I'll have to install the 32-bit version anyways.

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