Archive for February, 2003

Essential Apps (1 of many)

Friday, February 28th, 2003

Galeon is my preferred web browser, I like to switch off between emacs
and xemacs, emacs-goodies-el looked interesting and sudo is a must

apt-get install galeon xemacs21 emacs-goodies-el sudo 

which pulls in 40+M of other stuff…

Post install:

Use visudo to add my account so I can do all thing root.

Essential Email apps

Friday, February 28th, 2003
  • evolution — Ximian’s excellent mail app
  • gnus — My former preferred email app, just now just for reading us
  • tnef — command line to unpack those pesky attachments from misconf
    igured Microsoft Exchange gateway servers
apt-get install evolution gnus tnef

Essential Multimedia apps (1 of many)

Friday, February 28th, 2003

To watch movies and listen to music…

apt-get install xine-ui xmms xmms-arts xmms-crossfade
        xmms-infopipe xmms
-status-plugin mikmod
        vorbis-tools zinf

Edit /etc/modules to add




. Also I n
eeded to add
myself to the audio group by using ‘vigr’ and making the audio line
look like this:


Essential Palmpilot tools.

Friday, February 28th, 2003

apt-get install these palm pilot related tools: jpilot ef="

pilot-link pilot-link-perl

debian configuration (1 of many)

Friday, February 28th, 2003
  • This morning’s install missed setting up a reasonable /etc/hosts file. Most no
    tably is the lack of localhost.

    Here is what mine looks like now:     localhost homebrew # home server
  • Get and configure ntp-simple — I’m using s
    ince they are
    about 60 miles and 8 hops from home.
  • Get mozilla-psm to add ssl support to mozilla/galeon
  • apt-get install wireless tools, now configure
    /etc/pcmcia/wireless.opts to look something like this:
  •   # Lucent Wavelan IEEE (+ Orinoco, RoamAbout and ELSA)
      # Melco/Buffalo Networks WLI-PCM-L11
      # Note : wvlan_cs driver only, and version 1.0.4+ for encryption support
        INFO="Wavelan IEEE example (Lucent default settings)"
            KEY="AAAA-BBBB-CC [1] key 9072-ae6a-ff [2] key aabb-ccdd-ee [3] key 777
    7-7777-77 [4]"
           IWCONFIG="key [1]"

    (where AAAA-BBBB-CC is my key1)

    Also configure eth1 in /etc/network/interfaces by adding this:

    auto eth1
    iface eth1 inet dhcp

Essential App: Nautilus

Friday, February 28th, 2003

While I’m not usually a fan of file browsers, Nautilus comes in handy
sorting large number of scanned genealogy documents.

apt-get install galeon-nautilus nautilus-extra nautilus-suggested

Recycled Spam

Thursday, February 27th, 2003

A person, unknown to me, by the name of “Lucas Ambe”
, sent this recycled spam to me and 44
unknown people. Interestingly most of those those other 44 folks are
from non-US domains —

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[... many forwarded headers missing ...]

Subject: Re: if u delete this u hav no heart!

In a message dated 01/06/2003 9:30:27 PM Eastern Standard Time,
LOVEABLE31011 writes:

Hello, My name is Krista Marie and I have anew born baby named Natalie. She
means the world to me, and just resently, the doctors have discovered that
my little Natalie has Brain Cancer. Unfortunatly my husband and I don't have
the money to pay for the bill. But my husband and I have worked out a deal
with AOL and they have agreed to give us 5cents to each person that recived
this e-mail. So please, forward this to everyone you know, and help out my
little Natalie and I.

-Krista Marie

This is the second christian (eagleforchrist) related spam I’ve gotten
recently. I hope this isn’t a trend.

The first was another stranger, “Jim and Chris” ,
sending me this:

There will be a World Day of Prayer, on 3 March 2003 at 3:03 P.M.  A prayer bad
ly needed to heal this world and bring peace.
Pray you will be able to join everyone.

God Bless You

Blosxom 2.0 beta *3*

Thursday, February 27th, 2003

Boy, Rael is really crankin’ out the releases — href="">blosxom 2.0
beta 3 is out and you’re using it right now.

Installing Debian while a running Red Hat 8.0 system

Thursday, February 27th, 2003

I’ve been running a triple bootable Compaq Armada M700 laptop –
Microsoft Windows 2000, Red Hat 8.0 and Debian. On the internal disk
is W2k and RH8 a long with my /home partition. A second disk in the
multibay slot had Debian/sarge on it. I recently replaced the second
disk with a new 20G drive and thought it would be simpler to reinstall
debian on the new disk rather than try to restore it from the previous
disk. Here are my step by step instructions on on how I installed
Debian on the second drive while running Red Hat.

I’m also going to try to note all the packages/configurations needed for this d
ebian laptop which other people may find useful.

  • The first thing to do is read the instructions from “chroot
    Debian Install From A Booted System mini-HOWTO”
  • Partition disk as to create a 4G partition (/dev/hdb1) and a 512M
    swap disk (/dev/hdb2), the rest will be carved up later.
  •  mkfs.ext3 /dev/hdb1
     mkswap /dev/hdb2
  • Create a directory for the new partition and then mount it,
      mkdir /debian-root
      mount -t ext3 /dev/hdb1 /debian-root/
  • Grab the debian potato base
  • Unpack into a free partition
     cd /debian-root
     tar zxvf ~/base2_2.tgz
  • chroot into the environment:
       chroot /debian-root bin/bash
  • create a reasonable fstab for the new partition

    The debian root will be on my 2nd disk. There is also a swap disk
    on the 2nd disk as well as the first (currently used by Red Hat,
    more on that later)

      /dev/hdb1       /           ext3     defaults                       0 0
      /dev/hdb2       none        swap    sw                              0 0
      proc        /proc       proc    defaults                        0 0
  • /proc

  • Set timezone (the dpkg-reconfigure console-data didn’t work for me.)
  • (re)configure the debian base

    Copy what in Red Hat’s /etc/resolv.conf into the chroot’ed /etc/resolv.conf


    Set any proxies if you need them.

      export -p http_proxy=
      export -p

    Consider editing /etc/apt/sources.list if you have a local debian
    mirror that carries ‘potato’

      dpkg-reconfigure base-config

    At this point it will download a bunch of files from the debian mirror

    I get this error:

    /var/lib/dpkg/info/base-config.postinst: /usr/share/base-config/stage4: No su
    file or directory

    One thing this doesn’t do is remove /sbin/

  • Edit /etc/network/interfaces
    auto lo
    iface lo inet loopback
    auto eth0
    iface eth0 inet dhcp
  • /etc/hostname put some one word in that file for your hostname, in my case

  • While at ‘stable’:

        $ apt-get update
        $ apt-get dist-upgrade
  • Edit /etc/apt/sources.list to use ‘sarge’ instead and upgrade to

        $ apt-get update
        $ apt-get dist-upgrade
        $ dpkg-reconfigure -a     # just for good measure
  • Install a kernel and bunch of useful tools…
    $ apt-get install kernel-headers-2.4.20-686 kernel-image-2.4.20-686 aptitude ss
    h emacs21

    NOTE: Say no to any lilo configuration. I used grub which is on the
    MBR of the first disk.

  • removed /sbin/
     auto lo
     iface lo inet loopback
     auto eth0
     iface eth0 inet dhcp
  • In /etc/grub.conf of the redhat 8.0 system, add this:
    title Debian/sarge (2.4.20)
            root (hd1,0)
            kernel /vmlinuz ro vga=0f07 root=/dev/hdb1
            initrd /initrd.img
  • reboot
  • to get the network up, I needed to manually type ‘insmod e100′ and then ‘
    ifup eth0′.

  • use tasksel and pick X window system, laptop system and install a
    bunch of stuff.

  • Use dselect and add kdebase. This will require a bunch of other
    packages, add enough that kdebase can be installed.

  • I like the look of kde’s login manager better than xdm, apt-get
    install kdm.

  • apt-get these essential apps: rsync, kernel-pcmcia-2.4.20-686
  • getting networking (wired & wireless) going:

    Add to /etc/modules

         e100               # for builtin 10/100
         yenta_socket       #   pcmcia for Compaq Armada M700
  • Blosxom 2.0 beta 2

    Tuesday, February 25th, 2003

    I bit the bullet and installed href="">blosxom 2.0
    beta 2 and love the href="">new plugin
    ability. So far I’ve added the calendar and categories to the right
    side of the page.