Linux, Programming, Scripting

Howto: Fix MySQL Server dependency problems on Ubuntu LTS

Have you encountered this error? An error occurred while setting the password for the MySQL administrative user. This may have happened because the account already has a password, or because of a communication problem with the MySQL server. Or maybe seen this? Errors were encountered while processing: mysql-server-5.5 mysql-server Or this? dpkg: error processing package mysql-server (–configure): dependency problems -…

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Defaults changed for OpenSSH config in Kubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr

I rebuilt a box this morning, and when I installed openssh-server, I found a different option set as default in the config file–one that I believe is less secure. Where previously, the default Authentications section looked like this: # Authentication: LoginGraceTime 120 PermitRootLogin yes StrictModes yes The default now looks like this: # Authentication: LoginGraceTime 120 PermitRootLogin without-password StrictModes yes…

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How to play Amazon Instant Videos on Ubuntu/Kubuntu Raring Ringtail 13.04 with Firefox

We’re all aware that there are issues with Flash and playing streaming videos on Linux. You can’t play AIV on Chrome; you’ll get that annoying “If you’re using the Chrome browser with Linux, you must disable PPAPI to continue using Amazon Instant Video. You can also use a different Web browser, like Firefox. Learn more” message. Just use FF for…

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Set up Kubuntu 12.10 and an HP printer for batch scanning in Xsane

This process needs to be much easier, but until then, here’s a script to get you set up. This is an update of an older post here: http://thetarah.com/2010/10/12/how-to-batch-scan-using-xsane/ to make this more intuitive. Instead of having you follow a long list of instructions, I’ve been testing out scripts to get my common tasks done upon my numerous Kubuntu rebuilds. I…

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Google Chrome Will Not Start In KDE (Kubuntu 12.10)

Have you had this problem in KDE? I’ve clicked a few times on a Google Chrome shortcut, and after 20-30 seconds of a bouncing Chrome icon, it disappears. The Chrome process never shows up in the System Monitor or in running processes, either. / Greetings, Madam. $google-chrome –enable-logging –log-level=0 Fontconfig warning: “/etc/fonts/conf.d/50-user.conf”, line 9: reading configurations from ~/.fonts.conf is deprecated.…

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Lenovo Z570 phy0 hard blocked solution

If you’ve had issues with wireless being grayed out and you’re unable to enable it on your Lenovo Z570 or any other box, there is a simple solution. You must reset your bios. There’s an oddity in the bios for Lenovo Z570 machines; even after unblocking all interfaces, you can still see that phy0 is hard blocked, like below: 0:…

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