Debian Jessie install from scratch

tux_and_beasty_costumesI had a bad debian testing install which required a reinstall – considering the am mount of updates involved it is a testament to the usual reliability of stretch that this post is a one off.  Sure things do get changed but are overcome-able usually.

It was a systemd fuckup (my blog) so not really debians fault

Jessie is stable and having a disk of the 64bit distro to hand i mad a backup and reinstallled from the beginning.

Most things just worked icedove and firefox needed there hidden dot directories and one edit to hosts meant i was back up in a day..

Only two things i cannot get working pi-hole and and kde keystate indicator to stop me WHEN I DO THIS.(that was intentional)

I can live without those.

The install was fast considering it was a net install disk but there’s a lot to like about debian.

hotplug weirdness

are-you-serious-wtf-meme-baby-faceRunning debian is fun but when a setting is needed and then not needed makes it infurating.

It seems the r8169 card (my blog) wanted a setting so that network manager would not control it. Ever since the setting was appended to interfaces the card has returned to being a model citizen.

I am either stupid or network manager is doing something it did not used to do since you dont screw with network settings when it works since 2012.

Hey it’s fixed for now – crosses fingers.

ooh err – or testing debian kde

midgetI like kde (my blog) rather than those midgets that come in sevens from Potterang (my blog) and his band of gnome sjw warriors and when the debian testing update for kde came down it was mainly broken even ffmpeg* is is a bit of a state in regard to the back end in kde so i ran lxde in the meantime.

This is not a rant, but when the keyboard does not work, applications work full sized only like the midgets like gnome then thank you and im off to something else.

It comes with the territory.  So one evening i removed all my xwindow and gubbins and reinstalled kde, where in testing \ stretch i found you dont need kdm as it runs non root and my music player changed from once more.

kde works but is radically different to old kde.  Still very compatible once you remove the old.  I like kde and debian.

*another change in progress.

an odd reboot

keyboardThe zoo’s server had a weird issue with its keyboard doing [^b [^a etc and so one evening i decided to fix it, fortunately it appears that a simple reboot restored it use without the [^ thing.

The keyboard on the server gets very little use and i am able to shut it down remotely and fix many things that way as well but it is nice to have a functional thing on it just in case.

Kate (a text editor)

somebody also called kate

somebody also called kate who needs a zoo visit and is not a text editor

Kate is a text editor i like and depending upon my version of linux (my blog) i use (my blog) one is not compatible with another, its a bit like minified files (my blog)

So one version can and another thinks there read only files although vi can read and write them. So i edit locally and test remotely.  Ho hum

debian 8.7

tux_and_beasty_costumesIs released, hplip (my blog) will not show ink levels any longer not that i care but t shows somebody at hp possibly trying to kill the zoo’s network printers with bullshit.

My issue (my blog) with

Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/usr/sbin/update-apt-xapian-index", line 97, in <module>

Continues. That is about all.



Game issues with 32 and 64 bit versions in debian testing

portal2My steam games mostly do not work (my blog) and when i tried a long term beta game (not steam)  it had no sound in and poor resolution in 64 bit and crashed before loading, in 32 bit the game ran but crashed in game.

I deleted my steam client but some fun with the demo of life is strange (which never worked) meant i had to su it and delete weird steam crap

/home/bananas/.steam/steam/steamapps/common/Life Is Strange/bin# ls
fontconfig  ??!I@?  ??Q?rA????-???Q?*?P ???20????0???  ???(0?-1???? ?0@??@??!?

Somebody at steam still loves microsoft

I discover a moustache hipster it project in the wild. (moustaches in the mist)


the suspect with a bicycle

I was reading a email newsletter (that i signed up for and not spam/uce) and a git* project sounded interesting.  But it used Docker when i went further than just the name.

OK yes they did have a shared server but the point of the project is made pointless by that do i trust them implicitly ?.

So since i have no idea how to run docker in debian** clearly these moustached it hipsters think i am a bit retarded and i am not running an appliance since your think i cannot set it up, so  get on your penny farthings and get your beards maintained there must be a docker enabled barber, and penny farthing bicycle maintainer  somewhere nearby surely.


I have nothing against moustaches but when you package code as one thing only expect the ire of the monkey house.

* a repo not a idiot, ** i guess configure,make x3  probably but its not a default