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Installing adobe-reader on Ubuntu 12.10 – 64bit

wget http://ardownload.adobe.com/pub/adobe/reader/unix/9.x/9.5.3/enu/AdbeRdr9.5.3-1_i386linux_enu.deb dpkg -i –force-all AdbeRdr9.5.3-1_i386linux_enu.deb sudo apt-get -f install

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Mythweb broken in Ubuntu 12.10 [solved]

HTTP 500s when trying to visit mythweb after upgrade to 12.10. Cause, removal of allow-call-time-pass-reference option in PHP 5.4 adam@brimstone$ tail -f /var/log/apache2/error.log [Sun Dec 02 16:59:29 2012] [error] [client 10.5.1.63] PHP Fatal error: Call-time pass-by-reference has been removed in … Continue reading

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Brasero cannot find DVD [solved]

Needed to use my DVD burner under Linux for the first time in 5 years, it’s still painful. The latest and greatest GUI is brasero which is default in Ubuntu 12.10. Still didn’t work “out of the box” though as … Continue reading

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Command line WPA connect

There may be circumstances where you need wireless connectivity but you’ve not got network manager running – perhaps you corrupted your installation :(… wpa_passphrase networkname password > foo.conf killall -9 wpa_supplicant sudo wpa_supplicant -Dwext -i wlan0 -c foo.conf

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Disabling services in ubuntu 12.04

There are still a mix of upstart and old-school services. To disable the oldschool services just chmod a-x the service. chmod a-x /etc/init.d/apache2 Upstart services are just links to upstart-job with config provided in the /etc/init directory… ls -l /etc/init.d/cups … Continue reading

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Ubuntu 12.04 – minor updates

Slight change in syntax to mythfilldatabase, not really ubuntu 12.04 related, but that’s when the version changed. # before ubuntu 11.10 /usr/bin/mythfilldatabase –file 1 grab.xml # after ubuntu 12.04 /usr/bin/mythfilldatabase –file –sourceid 1 –xmlfile grab.xml

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Static IP addresses with Ubuntu 11.10 regression

Static IP addresses. Things have changed slightly, before (11.04 and earlier) you could have a static IP address AND the DNS entry from your DHCP. Now if you have a static interface in /etc/network/interfaces the /etc/resolve.conf file get clobbered by … Continue reading

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Ubuntu 11.10 update – assorted fixes

Waiting for network configuration hang at startup. Caused by directories not being created in setup. sudo mkdir /run sudo mkdir /run/lock sudo mv /var/run/* /run sudo mv /var/lock/* /run/lock sudo rm -rf /var/run sudo rm -rf /var/lock sudo ln -s … Continue reading

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Fatal error: Call to undefined function curl_init()

If you’re using curl functionality in PHP you’ll need the cURL module installed otherwise you’ll see this error. “Fatal error: Call to undefined function curl_init()” sudo apt-get install php5-curl sudo service apache2 restart

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Ubuntu VPN server setup

Want to use VPN to circumvent geo-IP detection on channel 4OD, BBC iPlayer etc whilst abroad? Here’s a quick checklist. Make sure your UK home network isn’t using a standard IP subnet (192.168.0.*, 192.168.1.* or 10.0.0.*). This is important as … Continue reading

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