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Unable to execute /bin/sh - Permission Denied

Submitted by Druss on Sat, 2008-05-24 22:46

If you follow the posts on this site, you'd have noticed my issues with the recent Hardy upgrade. While I thought they'd been fixed in my fstab, this was apparently not the case. When I rebooted the machine next, I couldn't even get to the shell as I encountered the message - Unable to execute /bin/sh - Permission Denied.

dmraid: Trials and tribulations

Submitted by Druss on Fri, 2008-02-01 03:15

I have a Gigabyte board with an nForce 430 chipset that supports RAID. I was hoping to use it to create a simple RAID1 mirror using two hard drives to protect my previous MP3 collection. The system in question is an updated Kubuntu Gutsy box.

Before we start, this is the first time I am playing with RAID and the information below might very well be wrong. Please feel free to correct me :)

hal-storage-fixed-mount refused uid 1000

Submitted by Druss on Tue, 2007-12-11 13:09

Twice over the last couple of weeks, I've added a new drive to my Kubuntu box and run into the error hal-storage-fixed-mount refused uid 1000 when I attempted to access any existing partitions via Dolphin or Konqueror. The first time this happened was with a Windows drive with NTFS partitions and the second time with a drive from another linux box with reiserfs partitions.

Mplayer: gnome_screensaver_control() error message

Submitted by Druss on Mon, 2007-11-12 12:39

If you constantly see a gnome_screensaver_control error dialog when you open Mplayer in Kubuntu, you can fix it by unchecking the "Stop XScreenSaver" option in Mplayer preferences (under the Misc tab). The preferences and other menu options can be reached by right-clicking on either the video or controls windows.

Looks like a packaging issue.

apt-get-upgrade : "The following packages have been kept back"

Submitted by Druss on Sun, 2007-11-04 12:08

If you ever find yourself running into a monotonous

"The following packages have been kept back"

error message when you run sudo apt-get upgrade, then the "fix" is to either run apt-get dist-upgrade which is quicker, but sounds more ... dangerous or to run apt-get install [package list] where package list is a list of all packages that have been kept back.

Setting up temperature sensors with Ksysguard

Submitted by Druss on Sat, 2007-11-03 18:49

Following my recent adventures with my motherboard, I wanted to set up a temperature sensor on my Kubuntu desktop, so that I could keep an eye on my motherboard temperature. Searching the repository came up with a number of potential options including ksensors. However, when I installed ksensors I couldn't find a temperature option; just memory usage and stuff.

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