Posted: 2005-12-29
Resizing boot/root partition

Background: A debian machine (unstable) with a 100Mb root/boot ext3 partition (hda1), a 500Mb swap space (hda2) and the rest of the disk under lvm2 (hda3). Problem: I use a custom kernel (needs the…

Posted: 2005-12-09
mplayer and rtc

mplayer works best with the real time clock (rtc) device /dev/rtc. It also wants to be able to set frequency up to 1024 as a user. First make sure the rtc module is loaded - one way is to add rtc to…

Posted: 2005-12-07
Handling mail for non-system users with Exim4

An article popped up on I'm going to have to take a closer look at one of the comments: If this can work well…

Posted: 2005-09-17
Setting up encrypted partitions using dm-crypt

All you need to know is found here Comments Stock debian 2.6 kernel works just fine Stock debian kernel is modular - so looking in /proc/crypto…

Posted: 2005-09-03
Copying partition contents with tar

Note to self - here's the tar command you keep having to lookup

Posted: 2005-08-29
Planet - RSS Aggregator

Trying out the RSS feed aggregator Planet from This is the same aggregator used by Planet Debian amongst many others.

Posted: 2005-08-23
Monitoring Exim4 mailstats with munin (greylisting)

The script for monitoring exim4 mailstats does not take into account the greylist temporary reject - it shows as a true reject. The affected file is symlinked in at /etc/munin/plugins/exim_mailstats…

Posted: 2005-08-23
WLAN using a 3Com Office Connect 11g

I have a 3Com OfficeConnect Wireless 11g PCMCIA card lying around - 3CRWE154G72. I wanted to get it up and running using debian unstable. I've never got this card to play nice with the prism drivers…

Posted: 2005-08-03
Recovering box after powercut

Had a powercut over most of Oslo. When this box came up the partition table on /dev/hdb was totally gone. Now - this is not good since most of the partitions on the box are lvm2 partitions using…

Posted: 2005-06-30
IE Conditional Comments

Something new learned today: Example - include an IE specific stylesheet (to correct for IE's CSS border model) without hacking the stylesheet to…

Posted: 2005-06-30
Re-generate openssl certificate for apache

Just a note to self - to generate a new certificate

Posted: 2005-06-21
Fixed RSS feeds

Update to WP seems to have fixed the RSS feeds

Posted: 2005-06-14
Sarge - munin - spamstats

For some reason the munin packages in debian sarge don't seem to include the spamstats plugin. I fetched the latest file from CVS - this is not ready to run as it needs to be processed by…

Posted: 2005-06-07
exim4 - dnslookup - ignore_target_hosts

The dnslookup section of the exim4 config contains To allow one specific subnet thru change it: Here it allows the 192.168.3.x network.

Posted: 2005-06-06
Gnome default browser - under xfce4

Running xfce4 - and have no gnome control panel - but I needed to change the default browser. will tell you what is set - in my case "epiphany %s" I tend to use opera - so did the trick

Posted: 2005-05-23
LILO to grub the debian way

Full details on If you have LILO on the MBR then the grub-install device is the disk e.g. /dev/hda - not the root partition.

Posted: 2005-05-22
libapache-mod-jk under sarge

Sarge installation. Apache is 1.3.x (packaged). JBoss is 3.2.7 with tomcat. Aim: ajp13 working For each (or at least several) virtual host under apache we have an equivalent webapp running under jboss…

Posted: 2005-05-22
Adding a new disk with LVM and XFS

This machine is a debian sarge install (2.6 kernel). During installation - it was set up with root as ext3, some swap - and the rest of the disk as an lvm area. All partitions within this area are xfs…

Posted: 2005-05-20
Subversion with svn+ssh

Setting up subversion with svn+ssh access (non-DAV) on unstable. In migrating from woody with a combination of CVS and a backport of SVN 1.0 I would like to use SVN 1.1 to get the file system backend…

Posted: 2005-05-19
sendmail -> exim4

Have been running sendmail for a long time on woody. However - with the upgrade to sarge I've been taking a look at exim's configuration - since the sendmail config is a nightmare :) Status so far…