spinifex | 22 Jan 22:03 2015

[clug] USB wireless stick

     My thanks for the replies and leads - I will follow them up.
Keith Sayers               keith@...
6 Clambe Place
Australia             http://www.keithsayers.id.au


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Bryan Kilgallin | 29 Jan 16:16 2015

[clug] Wired network OpenMoko update errors

Top right on my Ubuntu desktop is a `⇅' icon.
Clicking that reveals:
     * Wired Network (Intel 82540 EM Gigabit Ethernet Controller); and
     * Wired Network (Linux 2.6.24/s3c2410 udc RNDIS/Ethernet Gadget).
I have the former connected vis TransACT DSL to my ISP Netspeed.

While the latter is disconnected. Otherwise if the latter is connected, 
then a moving echo symbol like `⋒' intermittently replaces `⇅'. 
Disconnecting the latter Netspeed wired network results in a "Wired 
network Disconnected" message.

What are these above Wired Network items for (or what do they mean)? 
Specifically when should I connect "Wired Network (Linux 2.6.24/s3c2410 
udc RNDIS/Ethernet Gadget)" to my ISP? And how can I then deal with the 
intermittent drop-out?


My mobile phone is an OpenMoko GTA02 Neo FreeRunner. Whose 400 MHz 
processor runs Linux 2.6.24.

I had been connecting it to my PC via USB cable according to the 
procedure described at the following address.

In order to make this work, I used to start by deselecting "Enable 
Networking" from the ⇅ menu top right on my Ubuntu desktop. Otherwise 
the terminal window logged into the phone tended to hang. Necessitating 
launching another terminal window and killing the process running SSH 
into the phone!
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Alex Satrapa | 29 Jan 07:29 2015

[clug] [For Sale] EPOX EP-MVP3G5 & Matrox AGP video card

I have two items to clear out, and I’m hoping someone can claim them before the weekend is out.

1: EP-MVP3G5 main board with an AMD K5 or K6-II processor. No RAM.
2: Matrox video card, P/N G4+MDHA32G (way back in time this was a high-end dual VGA 2D video card)

If you’re even remotely interested in the main board, I’ll pull the fan off the processor and tell you
what I can find. It’s a pain though, and I’d prefer to just drive it over to your place and let you
discover what it is :)

Both items free to a good home. They were both working last time I used them which was around 2004. I will
deliver to you by hand, or if you ask really nicely I’ll post them.


PS: yes, they’re ancient. Both have been sitting in my box of project parts waiting for that “home
server” project which never quite happened. The main board and processor in a an anti-static bag, the
video card in a bubble-wrap antistatic bag.


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Hal Ashburner | 29 Jan 00:03 2015

[clug] Diagnosing display freeezes

I'm running centos 7 on a core i7(1) with an nvidia graphics card(2)
and using the nouveau drivers. Gnome 3 desktop with dual (2560 x 1440)

The display randomly freezes.The characteristics of the freeze is that
when typing, keystrokes eventually appear but this is delayed for
seconds at a time. The freezess are more than occasional, at least
every 5 minutes, but sometimes 3 or 4 in a minute. Typing this email
in firefox is quite jerky with multiple sub second delays. When the
display is frozen the mouse pointer position continues to update. (3)

Previously I was running centos 6 with nvidia proprietary drivers and
had display updating issues of a slightly different nature. This makes
me suspect the nvidia hardware. This would be the third nvidia
graphics card in one of my machines that is faulty in the last 2
years. Maybe I'm just unlucky.

How do I find out more about this to diagnose that the card needs
replacing properly or alternatively that there's a driver problem, or
an X problem or something else? Any pointers better than "buy a new
card and see what happens"?

processor       : 0
vendor_id       : GenuineIntel
cpu family      : 6
model           : 45
model name      : Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3930K CPU  <at>  3.20GHz

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Bryan Kilgallin | 27 Jan 15:11 2015

[clug] Software ergonomics

Following is an explanation of an error message. I am sure that on 
receipt, I would have quickly sussed what was wrong and corrected it.

{I'm typing the following command under Ubuntu Linux:

    route add default gw eth0

But it is giving me out the following error:

    *SIOCADDRT: File exists*

How do I fix this problem?

This error normally displayed when you try to modify or or add a new 
routing IP address. For example, when you set the same route multiple 
times you will get this error.

    Understanding SIOCADDRT: File exists Message

 1. SIOC: *S*erial *I*nput *O*utput *C*ontroller.
 2. ADD: *ADD* (addition).
 3. RT: *R*ou*T*e (routing ip).
 4. File exists - Routing is already configured so delete wrong one and
    add the new one.}


My concern here is for software ergonomics or human interface design. I 
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Bryan Kilgallin | 26 Jan 14:11 2015

[clug] Openmoko Networking Setup

I have successfully followed the procedure outlined in the wiki for this 
mobile phone.

But I do not have a solid grasp of the recommended code.

The text mentions that "" means the phone, while 
"" is the PC. Though why those particular numbers, I cannot 

The first code line below seems to be setting up the PC end. Though I 
don't know what "/24" is for.
The second code line seems to be linking this. Though I don't know what 
"up" is for.
The next code line seems to specify that the host computer to be 
logged-into is the phone.
And the final code line I get as logging in to the phone. Which I gather 
has to be by secure means (SSH).

Please would someone here either:
     * explain in plain English what is going on/required below; or
     * point me to an on-line beginner's/graphical introduction to this 

I feel shaky/ignorant about the commands and their arguments in the 
following code lines.
I presume that all this could be automated. Though I'm not confident to try.


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Bryan Kilgallin | 24 Jan 10:34 2015

[clug] Full Circle

I read Issue #12 of this Ubuntu magazine.
It was also published in other languages.

This issue had an annual theme. And the editorial was nostalgic. I liked 
the editor's long illustrated article about the history of developing 
this magazine. The article ended with graphics on downloading and 
popularity by country. A review article was on improvements to the 
various Ubuntu distributions. Finally, each of the preceding twelve 
issues was summarised.

It starts an article series on GIMP.

News was of version releases, and Linux miscellany.

A how-to article explained making .deb packages. Some requirements had 
to be complied with exactly! Making control and desktop files was explained.

An article showed how to make a virtual private network, using 
Point-to-Point tunnelling protocol.

Another article was about assessing disk usage, using GUI and 
command-line tools.

An article showed the GIMP raster graphics editor.

A long article showed saving partitions to an image file.

Another article was about a Wiki web application.
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Simon Oxwell | 22 Jan 04:13 2015

[clug] Surplus Cables

Hi all,

I've been going through my boxes of cables and getting rid of ones I'm  on
likely to use or have an excess of,  including:
* Ethernet cables
* rj12 phone cable
* old coax networking cable (with t pieces and terminators)
* various audio and rca cables
* a bunch of serial mice
* power cables and power boards

Rather than throw then out,  would anyone be interested in poking through
them if I brought them to clug tonight?


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Chris Smart | 20 Jan 11:55 2015

[clug] [JOBS] Data centre operations engineers

Anyone on the list looking for Linux work, that doesn't require a
security clearance? Let me know offline.


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Michael Still | 20 Jan 02:05 2015

[clug] January Canberra Linux Users Group meeting

Canberra Linux Users Group Meeting - 22 January 2015

Date:           22 January 2015 (Fourth Thursday of the month)

Time:          19:00 - 21:00 (or when it finishes)

Speaker:      ...various...

                This months meeting will be a recap of the highlights
of LCA2015 in Auckland.

Venue:          Room N101
                Computer Science and Information Technology Building
                North Road
                The Australian National University

                See http://clug.org.au/ for more directions and a map

Food/drink:     Pizza and soft drink/juice. Come hungry, and bring
                about $6 to cover the cost of your share if you
                want some.

(I am sending this out on behalf of Tony Breeds, so if you have
questions please ask them on list so that he can help answer them).

Rackspace Australia

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Scott Ferguson | 19 Jan 03:12 2015

[clug] X-Forwarding between two boxes via a third using reverse ssh problem

I need to support some GUI apps on a remote laptop connected to the
internet using a USB connection to an Android phone, and/or public wifi
hotspots (so port-forwarding on an ADSL modem is not a solution).
Connections are routinely very slow as the user is usually in remote

GUI tasks:-
;Install an Australian dictionary and configure spell check for
LibreOffice Writer
;Install and configure an unknown multi-function printer/fax/scanner
;Create a GPG key pair and configure encryption support for Icedove
;Configure and test WinFF presets
;Configure some sort of remote desktop sharing ability

The remote user is IT illiterate (illiterate in fact) and due to a
recent stroke has trouble even following pictorial guides on where to
click. So anything required of them has to be scripted. (and yes, it is
worth the hassle)

Normally I maintain the remote laptop using a reverse ssh (encrypted)
tunnel from the remote laptop (autossh) to a public webserver, and a
connection from my local computer to the public webserver. This works
fine for CLI.

The public webserver is headless (no X).

The remote laptop has X Forwarding enabled, X2Go server and desktop
sharing installed (also KDE desktop sharing).
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