DeaDBeeF compiled from source

Yesterday was the big day, Fedora Schrödinger's Cat 19 stable release was released. Since I had a free afternoon I decided to install it on my Thinkpad, and luckily everything was fine, even Anaconada installer issues with UMTS modules are gone, VMware Workstation 9.0.2 was working fine and so on. The only issue I had was with DeaDBeeF audio player, I am using it from quite a long time and I like it a lot; too bad it’s not included in the default Fedora’s repos nor in the epel ones so every time I have to install it manually. …

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Apache + nginx as reverse proxy

One of the things I was planning to do but never did is installing nginx as reverse proxyin front of Apache. nginx is present in the epel repos for CentOS, so the installation process is just a matter of:yum install nginx mysql mysql-server phpmyadmin httpd wget -q -O - http://www.atomicorp.com/installers/atomic | sh yum install mod_rpaf mkdir /etc/nginx/v.hosts vi /etc/nginx/nginx.con http { include v.hosts/*.conf; include /etc/nginx/mime.types; default_type application/octet-stream; log_format main '$remote_addr - $remote_user [$time_local] "$request" ' '$status $body_bytes_sent "$http_referer" ' '"$http_user_agent" "$http_x_forwarded_for"'; access_log /var/log/nginx/access. …

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Wireshark as unprivileged user

Documentation on the Wireshark wiki seems to not be really up to date, or at least it’s not completely applicable to Fedora 18, so here is what I did to make it work. After installing Wireshark (and its GUI) with the usual: yum install wireshark-gnome It should automatically create a group called wireshark and we are supposed to add our user (mafio in my case) to this group: usermod -a -G wireshark mafio newgrp wireshark ### used to force the new settings without having to logout/login Then issue this last command: …

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OpenVPN server and CentOS

OpenVPN is the de facto standard VPN free open source software; it is widely used, tested, well documented and also included in the CentOS repos (EPEL). .:. Server side configuration yum install openvpn easy-rsa dnsmasq When yum is done installing the required packages, copy the sample config file. cp /usr/share/doc/openvpn-*/sample/sample-config-files/server.conf /etc/openvpn Uncomment/edit the following lines in /etc/openvpn/server.conf: port 1194 proto udp dev tun ca ca.crt cert server.crt key server. …

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Logitech G500 and Linux

Despite not being a gamer at all I see having a decent mouse as an important thing, I spend 10 to 15 hours a day in front of my PC and probably for at least half of the time I’m using the mouse, so I don’t get why I should not have the best input peripherals on the market. My current mouse is a Logitech G500 (NP 910-001262), of course it being the best mouse on the market is an highly debatable thing since, along side with the keyboard, mouse choice is highly subjective. …

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XRDP and CentOS 6

Yesterday’s night I installed a test machine to play with KVM and some other stuff, obviously the OS of choice is the trusty CentOS. I did a pretty minimal net-install but decided to install gnome desktop environment anyway because why not, not that it will be of much use, but still. Anyway, since the machine is an headless server it’s mandatory to be able to control it remotely, like the past 2 or 3 times, I installed XRDP expecting everything will be fine and working without any problem. …

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Linux Kernel 3.8.* – VMware failed to build vmci

Every time a new Kernel goes out there seems to be a new issue with VMware Workstation 9. Today I updated a couple of Fedora 18 boxes, applied the usual workaround (I wrote a post about it one month ago or so) which consists in ONE OF the following steps: ln -s /usr/src/kernels/_kernel_version_/include/generated/uapi/linux/version.h /usr/src/kernels/_kernel_version_/include/linux/version.h ### OR cp /usr/src/kernels/_kernel_version_/include/generated/uapi/linux/version.h /lib/modules/_kernel_version_/build/include/linux/ Rebooted and then issued the usual command (vmware-modconfig –console –install-all) to rebuild the needed VMware modules just to find out that it isn’t possible to rebuild the VMCI module. …

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Fedora 18: TRIM and luks

At a first glance enabling TRIM on a luks encrypted volume looks quite easy, and, as a matter of a fact it is. The shitstorm starts when trying to enable TRIM on the root volume, but, let’s go one step at a time. First of all, enabling trim on a regular not encrypted volume is pretty easy; just open the file <em>/etc/fstab</em> and add the flag <em>discard</em>. You may also want to add the flag <em>noatime</em> to prevent the OS from writing additional informations regarding last access date and such, it’s not strictly necessary but it will save the SSD’s cells some useless write operations. …

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