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About La Salle Debain

This is a weblog I'm keeping about my work on Debian and any other useful Debian related info I come across. It is not meant to compete with other news sources like Debian Weekly News or Debian Planet. Mostly it is just a way for me to classify and remember all the random bits of information that I have floating around me. I thought maybe by using a blog it could be of some use to others too. Btw. "I" refers to Jaldhar H. Vyas, Debian developer for over 5 years. If you want to know more about me, my home page is here.

The name? Debain is a very common misspelling of Debian and la salle de bains means bathroom in French.

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Fri, 07 May 2004

Vmware and udev

Recently on my laptop I switched over to udev which is kernel 2.6's replacement for devfs. Things mostly went smoothly except I kept having to reinstall vmware everytime I rebooted. That's because the current version doesn't support sysfs so the device nodes aren't automatically created by udev. vmware then thinks it is unconfigured makes you do the install again. Until a new version comes out, the following workaround may help.

  1. rm /etc/vmware/not_configured if it exists.
  2. copy the following code into /etc/init.d/vmware around line 805. Just before where the case "$1" in start) line is.
for a in `seq 0 9`; do
mknod /dev/vmnet$a c 119 $a > /dev/null 2>&1
mknod /dev/vmmon c 10 165 > /dev/null 2>&1
  1. Now run /etc/init.d/vmware start and the program should work again.

posted at: 20:25 | #

Tue, 12 Aug 2003

Two New Howtos

People on the Debian-User mailing list have posted two howtos recently. Using OpenLDAP on Debian Woody to serve Linux and Samba users by Markus Amersdorfer and Configuring SSH2 for Public Key authentication from Jadev.

posted at: 20:54 | #

Thu, 03 Jul 2003

Guide to Gnu/Linux desktop survival

This is an introductory book with a Debian focus and lots of useful information for desktop users.

posted at: 21:07 | #

Tue, 25 Feb 2003

Converting a CD image in BIN/CUE format to ISO

Some programs in the windows world such as Nero store CD images as a big .bin file and a smaller .cue file. To convert these files into an .iso suitable for burning with e.g. xcdroast, apt-get install bchunk and read its' man page.

posted at: 21:45 | #

Wed, 12 Feb 2003

Howto Build A Multilingual Search Engine

Emma Jane Hogbin has written a HOWTO on building a multilingual search engine.

posted at: 15:07 | #

Sat, 18 Jan 2003

Passwordless SSH

In debian-user, Jean-Marc Liotier offers the following recipe for logging in to a remote host via SSH without having to give a password.

# Local end :
cd ~/.ssh
# Enter an empty password when prompted by the following command
ssh-keygen -t dsa -f id_dsa
# Repeat last command for all remote ends
# Remote end
test -d .ssh || mkdir .ssh
chmod 700 ~/.ssh
cd ~/.ssh
touch authorized_keys2
cat >> authorized_keys2
chmod 640 authorized_keys2
rm -f
# Local end :
ssh -l user
# Look ma, no password !

posted at: 23:00 | #

Wed, 01 Jan 2003

Using The chroot Environments on Debian Machines

To use the chroot environments set up on the Debian machines run the dchroot program. In each chroot, there is a file /etc/debian_chroot, the contents of which will tell you which chroot you are in (see /etc/profile for an example of how to add this to your prompt).

posted at: 23:00 | #