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101  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: *NIX: Relatively Minimal Host OS for VirtualBox Use on: May 23, 2014, 10:50:03 PM
For imaging, Clonezilla and DD are what I use. DD mostly if it's just for me. Clonezilla for clients and anybody else. Clonezilla can also install GRUB so that's a big plus when performing a disaster recovery. Clonezilla also has some nice features for use with Windows-based systems. (Check out their website for details.) And it's now UEFI (or 'URFU' as I like to think of it) bootable.  So if you straddle multiple OSes, having one tool to learn and standardize on is really nice too.

I tried version 2.2.3-10 to clone with some success -- the first time through I encountered a lot of fast-scrolling text when checking on progress (the resulting HDD seemed fine though).  Since the cloned results was for testing purposes, went ahead and used it.  Seemed ok for the most part.  An unintentional trashing of the backup (likely pilot errror) provided an opportunity for a second use -- this time no weirdness was encountered smiley

Thanks for the suggestion!
102  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / *NIX: Unexpected Behavior of HDD (internal VS enclosure?) on: May 23, 2014, 10:28:17 PM
Has any one noticed oddness when trying to use a HDD sometimes via enclosure and at other times directly (e.g. via a SATA cable)?  An example of oddness is that gparted will show a partition table via one means, but via the other gives errors (sorry, don't have them recorded).

Need to do more testing and research, but came across:

Quote
My hunch (and it is just a hunch) is that your problem results from switching between a USB enclosure and direct connection of the disk. Some enclosures translate 512-byte logical sectors on the disk into 4096-byte logical sectors presented to the computer -- that is, the opposite of what the firmware in an Advanced Format disk does. I'm not positive, but I suspect that some enclosures do this only on over-2TiB disks. Both MBR and GPT partitioning schemes refer to data by sector numbers, so changing the sector size invalidates the partitioning data. Thus, if you prepare the disk in a USB enclosure that translates in this way and then try to use the disk directly (or vice-versa), you'll see errors because the partitions (and even GPT backup data) won't be where the computer expects it to be

via http://askubuntu.com/a/337993

Is this a well-known gotcha?
103  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: SpeedCrunch: calculator (for keyboard) & formula book! on: May 23, 2014, 06:07:47 PM
Thanks for the news!

Been a happy user of the most recent older (portable) version Kiss



Have not been happy with the likes of http://<whatever>.blogspot.com/ redirecting to http://<whaterver>.blogspot.<2-letter-code-of-we-know-where-your-access-is-from>/...
104  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Per-User Software Installation (and the like...) Under *NIX on: May 23, 2014, 07:55:35 AM
May be you have the makings of tool smiley



On a slightly related note...I wanted to try the latest version of Sigil but found that it depends on Qt5 -- which appears to require a bit more work than I want to go through to install.  The work-around?  Run the Windows portable version of Sigil via Wine...
105  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: *NIX: Relatively Minimal Host OS for VirtualBox Use on: May 22, 2014, 09:11:42 PM
Some interesting related bits at (search for isohybrid):

  http://mjg59.dreamwidth.org/4957.html

As a side note:

  https://www.sabayon.org/a...boot-linux-nightmare-over
106  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: Debian Tails OS question on: May 22, 2014, 09:03:47 PM
On a parallel track a quick and dirty thing you could do is install ToolWiz TimeFreeze

Looks very interesting!  Thanks for sharing Thmbsup
107  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: Debian Tails OS question on: May 22, 2014, 07:08:47 AM
Mmm, Edvard, how about a separate thread for that list of yours? smiley
108  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: *NIX: Relatively Minimal Host OS for VirtualBox Use on: May 22, 2014, 07:06:48 AM
Very nice! Normally I'd just use USB Image Writer or something similar. But it's always good to know a command line way to do something just in case the PC you're using doesn't have all you favorite tools installed.

Indeed!  I tried just using dd with the iso image first without success -- not sure why that works for some things and not others.

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I wasn't aware of that isohybrid command.

It was new to me too.  FWIW, on Gentoo I found it in the syslinux package.
109  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: When you make your 100'th Post on: May 22, 2014, 07:03:05 AM
and now...

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110  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: *NIX: Relatively Minimal Host OS for VirtualBox Use on: May 22, 2014, 04:21:01 AM
A further option appears to be to use Knoppix -- version 7.2 appears to come with a relatively recent version of VirtualBox (something in the 4.2.x series).

FWIW, I tried the following instructions for getting Knoppix on a USB stick with some success:

  http://www.wgdd.de/2013/0...-usb-boot-stick-from.html
111  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Per-User Software Installation (and the like...) Under *NIX on: May 22, 2014, 02:55:48 AM
Yes, it's frustrating when the 'uninstall' target is not in the make file, but I can build an uninstall script (just a bunch of 'rm -rf' lines in a shell script) in less time than it takes me to build a binary .deb, which I have done when the situation calls for it (very few of 'em pass lintian, but as long as I know what's going on, I'm okay with that).

I haven't always found it easy to know exactly what files get installed (to know what to remove later).  IIRC, there are some programs that try to help with this during installation (e.g. checkinstall) -- but may be you knew about this sort of thing already smiley
112  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Per-User Software Installation (and the like...) Under *NIX on: May 21, 2014, 10:33:40 PM
When I go about installing the hard way, I either keep the source folder around so I can do a 'make uninstall' later, or I build an uninstall script from scratch and tuck it away in ~/.local/bin for later use.

Yes, this makes sense -- it's too bad that the uninstall target isn't always there.

Repeating this type of activity after a while can lead to wondering whether putting together PKGBUILDs, .ebuilds, or Nix packages might be worth the effort smiley
113  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Per-User Software Installation (and the like...) Under *NIX on: May 21, 2014, 03:20:57 AM
I'm a bit paranoid about mixing package managers, so Toast (interesting as it looks) prolly won't be my cup of tea (though I will take a look).

I don't recommend toast now -- other things look more promising and maintained.



One of the aspects of using a package manager I appreciate is being able to cleanly remove packages -- so I like having a package manager that makes it easy to create packages for because often what I want to try is not packaged yet.  Even with Arch's AUR or Gentoo's overlays, there's still stuff people haven't gotten around to packaging (or in some cases may be they have but not shared their results).  PKGBUILDs and .ebuilds are way easier to put together than .debs IMO.



Thanks for the tip regarding chrpath -- hopefully I won't have to use it much, but it sounds like it could be handy!
114  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: *NIX: Favorite GUI File Managers? on: May 21, 2014, 02:45:07 AM
I tried Double Commander before under Windows and thought it was promising -- just tried to compile for *NIX via:

  http://doublecmd.sourceforge.net/mediawiki/index.php/Development#From_command_line_.28Linux.29

Unfortunately, no success so far.



Examination of Arch's doublecmd-svn PKGBUILD gave enough hints to build source obtained via Subversion.  For Gentoo, the following works (with appropriate things installed -- e.g. lazarus):

1. Obtain source via Subversion:
[copy or print]
svn checkout svn://svn.code.sf.net/p/doublecmd/code/trunk doublecmd-code

2. Edit the line in build.sh which reads:
[copy or print]
export lazbuild=$(which lazbuild)
to be:
[copy or print]
export lazbuild="$(which lazbuild) --lazarusdir=/usr/share/lazarus"

3. Compile via script:
[copy or print]
sh build.sh all gtk2

4. Execute resulting binary named: doublecmd

Haven't had much time to play with the result yet, but am a bit wary of the 0.6.0 alpha status...
115  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The AVE on: May 21, 2014, 02:17:19 AM
Is there some trick to using visual mode to select lines? It seems if you do the obvious of pressing v and then moving down using j, it selects the lines plus the first character on the next line. If I have to select the lines up to the last and then press $ to get the last line, that's just hopeless huh.

Edit: Ah, found it with google while fiddling with this post. Apparently you can use Shift-V to enter visual line mode.

This made it through my thick skull via:

  http://www.cs.swarthmore.edu/help/vim/selection.html

smiley



I noticed there's column selection too - Ctrl-v IIUC.
116  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Programmers: What size monitors do you guys prefer? on: May 20, 2014, 08:14:23 PM
Nice to have so much space!



On a side note, I've taken to trying to keep the length of my functions short enough so I can see each one in its entirety without scrolling.  I also try to keep my screens adjusted so the "viewable-without-scrolling" attribute remains true across a variety of screens (the smaller end being around 1024x768 with typical font sizes).  This has the side benefit of making it easier on other folks who might work with code developed in this environment -- also leads to more functions smiley
117  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Per-User Software Installation (and the like...) Under *NIX on: May 20, 2014, 06:59:38 AM
Just learned about Gentoo Prefix and have been testing the Nix package manager.  These both have the advantage of being actively maintained...
118  News and Reviews / DonationCoder.com Newsletters / Re: Super-sized Newsletter for May 20, 2014 - Codename: Slow and Steady on: May 20, 2014, 02:55:56 AM
Phew!  Hope you get some rest smiley
119  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: TextAdept: Lua-extensible Editor on: May 12, 2014, 07:24:14 AM
Wish you luck on this.

May be someone else with a *NIX environment can confirm whether the instructions work for them.
120  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: TextAdept: Lua-extensible Editor on: May 12, 2014, 05:39:34 AM
If only I could get Dina to work in Textadept embarassed.

The following seemed to work under a *NIX:

0. Ensure Dina is installed.
1. Open ~/.textadept/init.lua
2. Add the following:

Formatted for Lua with the GeSHI Syntax Highlighter [copy or print]
  1. ui.set_theme('dark', {font = 'Dina', fontsize = 13})

3. Save the file.
4. Start textadept.



AdeptedAdapted from instructions via:

  http://foicica.com/textadept/09_Themes.html
121  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: SpaceFM development (and developer) going on "hiatus" on: May 09, 2014, 11:02:08 PM
Thanks 40hz for this and mention of the Sunflower file manager Thmbsup

Will have to consider what to do for replacing udevil...
122  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: DVCS ? (All about Git, Mercurial-Hg and the like...) on: May 09, 2014, 09:06:52 PM
Funny and sad at the same time!
123  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: DVCS ? (All about Git, Mercurial-Hg and the like...) on: May 09, 2014, 06:48:32 AM
Thanks for that.

On a side note, I haven't gone through that one, but I've found a number of Vogella's Android tutorials to be worth looking at.
124  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The AVE on: May 08, 2014, 04:31:26 AM
I hadn't known that macros were available.

From phitsc's tutorial link, found a link to an article with a couple of examples:

1. Sequence number generation inside a file using Vim Macro
2. Repeat Vim Macro with different arguments
125  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The AVE on: May 08, 2014, 04:25:09 AM
Thanks for that -- it's nice to have a series of concrete examples.  Below are their titles:

1. Substitute all occurrences of a text with another text in the whole file
2. Substitution of a text with another text within a single line
3. Substitution of a text with another text within a range of lines
4. Substitution of a text with another text by visual selection of lines
5. Substitution of a text with another text only the 1st X number of lines
6. Substitute only the whole word and not partial match
7. Substitute either word1 or word2 with a new word using regular expression
8. Interactive Find and Replace in Vim Editor
9. Substituting all lines with its line number.
10. Substituting special character with its equivalent value.
11. Alter sequence number in a numbered list while inserting a new item
12. Substituting the sentence beginnings with upper case. ( i.e title case the entire document ).
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