Posts Tagged ‘linux’

Reset Gnome desktop the easy way

Sunday, May 16th, 2010

I recently upgraded Ubuntu on one of machines from 9.10 (Karmic Koala) to 10.04 (Lucid Lynx). In the old version I had installed a lot of widgets, messed up the fonts, buttons – loads of things. I needed an easy way to restore/reset the Gnome desktop back to the default look and feel.

I could of course have used the gui’s to undo all the changes I made but why bother? This is Linux after all!

# cd
# [sudo] rm -rf .gnome .gnome2 .gconf .gconfd .metacity

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Ubuntu Server Minimal Install

Sunday, January 3rd, 2010

This is the install I like to use for an Ubuntu Server, usually run headless, with a *very* basic desktop and some other bits and bobs I like.

First of all install the basic Ubuntu Server edition

Then run the following script……….

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How to Quickly Setup Subversion Server on Linux (Ubuntu)

Saturday, January 2nd, 2010


First of all you’ll need to see if you’ve got Subversion installed. Check this article on how to query installed packages or just try executing:

% svn help

If you haven’t got Subversion installed then:

% apt-get install subversion

Users and Groups

% addgroup subversion
% usermod -a -G subversion yourUser

Create Repository

% svnadmin create /path/to/repository

Configure Repository

% chgrp -R subversion /path/to/repository
% chmod -R g+rws /path/to/repository
% vi /path/to/repository/conf/svnserve.conf

Edit/uncomment the following lines:

anon-access = none
auth-access = write
password-db = passwd

% vi /path/to/repository/conf/passwd

Add the following line:

yourUser = yourSecretPassword

Start Subversion Server as Daemon

svnserve -d


You will need sudo or root access (unless you want to see a lot of permission denied errors!)
If you see this error (when using Windows SVN client):

Can’t move
‘..\..\.svn\entries’ to ‘..\..\.svn\entries’:
The file or directory is corrupted and unreadable.

Then try excluding the local directory from the Windows Indexer.

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Show and search list of installed packages (Ubuntu)

Saturday, January 2nd, 2010

To show the complete list:

dpkg --get-selections

To filter the list

dpkg --get-selections | grep XXX

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Eclipse PDT or Webtools missing perspectives on Linux (Ubuntu)

Thursday, December 24th, 2009

This post is an aide-mémoire and hopefully helps anyone who has the same issue I had; namely that Eclipse PDT or Eclipse Webtools Project running on Linux (in this case Ubuntu) was not making all installed perspectives available. (more…)

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