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nvPY on Gentoo

December 14, 2013 Andy 0

nvPY is a fast, simple to use, no fuss, cross-platform note taking application. One of the big benefits is that all your notes are stored somewhere on the cloud – so you don’t need to worry about them! Unfortunately we can not simply use emerge to install nvPY, so there are a few prerequisites prior to installation. Prerequisites There are not many prerequisites to nvPY but here they are all the same. Simplenotes Account In order to use nvPY, you will first need to create yourself a simplenotes account at simplenote.com. Now armed with your simplenotes login credentails, you can […]

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Shutter with XMonad

December 7, 2013 Andy 0

For me, Shutter is the best open-source screenshot program available for Linux. When I used Windows, I really liked Snagit – Shutter is a good alternative. Installing Shutter Installing Shutter is straight forward enough. However, before doing so, I added a couple of use flags to enable the drawing tools and afford the functionality of taking screenshots of websites. This needed if you want similar functionality to Snagit where you can easily take a screenshot and then quickly and easily edit it. Such as highlighting an area or blurring-out sensitive information. echo “x11-misc/shutter drawing webphoto” >> /etc/portage/package.use To install, simply […]

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Gentoo: Temporarily Configure Networking

December 7, 2013 Andy 0

This can be useful if your working from a LiveCD or testing the network. Note, “temporary” means it will not survive a reboot! To configure networking, adjust the below command for your own environment. ifconfig eth0 192.168.1.109 broadcast 192.168.1.255 netmask 255.255.255.0 up route add default gw 192.168.1.254 The above commands assign the static IP address of 192.168.1.109 to the eth0 interface and defines the default gateway as 192.168.1.254. You might also need to add some nameservers to your /etc/resolv.conf configuration file. nameserver 192.168.1.254 nameserver 1.2.3.4 Again, this configuration will be lost after a reboot. To permanently create these rules, use […]

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Installing Xorg on Gentoo with the nouveau Driver

November 3, 2013 Andy 0

I configured my kernel as shown here. That was based on the information found here and here. Check out the resources section at the bottom. Because my kernel is good-to-go, I should just need to make the following changes to my make.conf file before installing xorg-server. nano /etc/portage/make.conf These are the changes I made. INPUT_DEVICES=”evdev” VIDEO_CARDS=”nouveau” Make sure you have the following USE flag. echo “x11-base/xorg-server” >> /etc/portage/package.use Before installing xorg-server. emerge –ask xorg-server Now refresh your environment. env-update source /etc/profile I choose to reboot here. Starting X Xorg “should” work out-of-the-box so there “should” be no need to manually […]

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Connect to a NFS Share with Gentoo

November 3, 2013 Andy 0

Install NFSv4 The below command will install with the default USE flags of ipv6, tpcd and nfsv4. emerge –ask nfs-utils Find NFS Shares If you don’t know or can remember the name of your NFS shared drives, you can use the below command to list the exports. storm ~ # showmount -e “192.168.111.200” Export list for 192.168.111.200: /personal shared /Web /Usb /Recordings /Public /Network Recycle Bin 1 /Multimedia /Download storm ~ # I want to connect to “/personal shared“, but note the space in the share name. mount -t nfs “192.168.111.200:/personal shared” ~/nfs/ To mount a share like this you […]

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Gentoo: Installing a File Manager

November 3, 2013 Andy 0

After a little research I have decided to install krusader as my file manager. Installing it should be fairly simple. emerge –ask krusader After seeing the below output… …I run the below to make use of the English/British USE flag. I install both en_GB and uk USE flags. echo “kde-misc/krusader en_GB uk” >> /etc/portage/package.use For some reason the change in USE flags were not picked up. However, I proceeded and installed it anyway. The below was the output. This seems to have worked anyway. Resources Tech Republic – 10 Linux file managers worth checking out http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/10things/10-linux-file-managers-worth-checking-out/993 Krusader.org – Twin panel […]

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Gentoo

November 2, 2013 Andy 0

A collection of Gentoo specific information. Installing Gentoo Gentoo: List of Issues After an Installation Gentoo: Making Sense of Portage Installing Xorg on Gentoo with the nouveau Driver Maintenance Fix a Broken Gentoo Installation Recompile the Gentoo Linux Kernel Gentoo: Upgrade the Linux Kernel Required Kernel Options Gentoo: Amend Global USE Flags Software Firefox on Gentoo Installing a File Manager Connect to a NFS Share with Gentoo

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Firefox on Gentoo

November 2, 2013 Andy 0

I recently setup Firefox sync on my work machine which runs Ubuntu, then did the same on my home desktop which runs Gentoo. Before I knew it, all my work add-ons appeared on my home desktop. This was a cool feature that I didn’t know Firefox sync had. However, upon closer inspection, I noticed that only half off my add-ons were working, the other half disabled with. … is incompatible with Aurora 17.0.9 For those that don’t know, Aurora is the bleeding-edge beta version of Firefox. I knew I was using this but until now it had not been a […]

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Fix a Broken Gentoo Installation

October 12, 2013 Andy 0

Here is how I gain access to my broken environment… mount /dev/mapper/vg–ssd-lv–root /mnt/gentoo/ mount -v /dev/mapper/vg–ssd-lv–boot /mnt/gentoo/boot/ mount -v /dev/mapper/vg–hdd-lv–home /mnt/gentoo/home/ mount -v /dev/mapper/vg–hdd-lv–var /mnt/gentoo/var/ mount -v /dev/mapper/vg–hdd-lv–usrportage /mnt/gentoo/usr/portage/ mount -v /dev/mapper/vg–hdd-lv–vhdd /mnt/gentoo/vhdd/ mount -t proc none /mnt/gentoo/proc mount –rbind /sys /mnt/gentoo/sys mount –rbind /dev /mnt/gentoo/dev ls /mnt/gentoo/ /mnt/gentoo/boot/ /mnt/gentoo/home/ /mnt/gentoo/var/ /mnt/gentoo/usr/portage/ /mnt/gentoo/vhdd/ /mnt/gentoo/proc /mnt/gentoo/sys /mnt/gentoo/dev swapon -p 1 /dev/sdc1 && \ swapon -p 1 /dev/sdd1 && \ swapon -v -s chroot /mnt/gentoo /bin/bash source /etc/profile export PS1=”(chroot) $PS1″ Fix what your gonna fix, un-mount and reboot. Fingers crossed! exit cd umount -lv /mnt/gentoo/dev{/shm,/pts,} umount -lv /mnt/gentoo{/boot,/proc,} reboot

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Gentoo: List of Issues After an Installation

October 12, 2013 Andy 0

Pretty much every time I install Gentoo I hit a new minor issue that requires my attention. Sometimes its caused by a new version of a particular package, sometimes I’ve simply forgot to configure something correctly. Either way, here is an on-going list of issues that I’ve faced after a new installation. Networking Interfaces Renamed The networking interfaces were renamed from eth0 to enp10s0 and enp09s0. While this did not make any difference as to whether or not they work, it is annoying! storm ~ # ifconfig enp10s0: flags=4163 mtu 1500 inet 192.168.111.4 netmask 255.255.255.0 broadcast 192.168.111.255 inet6 fe80::223:8cff:fe7b:5f0g prefixlen […]