Tag Archives: Fedora

Rearrange Thunderbird accounts

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Unfortunately, the Folderpane Tools-plugin I used for rearranging my accounts in Thunderbird isn’t TB3 compatible (yet?!). Although it claims to work with all Thunderbird versions starting from 1.0 it just throws out parsing errors with the current Tunderbird beta. But the plugin doesn’t do any magic tricks, of course. It simply reorders the accounts in the corresponding preferences file prefs.js…. Read more »

Adjusting your fanspeed with trinity (lm_sensors, pwmconfig and fancontrol)

Modern CPU throttling technology like Intel’s SpeedStep or AMD’s Cool’n’Quiet are quite fancy. They not only reduce the CPU frequency and the core voltage, the mainboard also detects an idling, cool CPU and therefore reduces the fanspeed. But what if the fanspeed is still to high while the CPU is doing nothing? Or maybe the fan doesn’t spin fast enough… Read more »

Mounting xen images

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Mounting images that contain only one partition is rather easy. But how to mount image with multiple partitions? kpartx is the solution! You can list all partitions within the image with kpartx can be used to create maps from the block devices And those maps can be mounted as usual

Upgrading your BIOS on linux

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It was already quite some time ago that flashrom 0.9.0 was released by the coreboot-project developers, but anyway… Flashrom is a utility for identifying, reading, writing, verifying and erasing flash chips. Since Fedora already contains flashrom, there is no need to compile it yourself. Simply pull it from the repo: Usage is rather simple. For a list of all flags… Read more »

Working with lzma tarballs

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The Lempel-Ziv-Markov chain algorithm is a (at least in the Linux-world) relatively new compression method. It features a very high compression ratio that is generally much higher than bzip21. Unfortunately there a quite a few different implementations. So creating and extracting lzma archives on different Linux distrubutions will vary. While the latest Fedora comes with GNU tar 1.22, which has… Read more »

Running a script on shutdown

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It’s rather easy to run a command or a script on boot without going through the full Sys V style init stuff. /etc/rc.local is executed after the init scripts on boot, but unlike BSD, Linux doesn’t have a rc.shutdown. So how can we execute a command on shutdown? Usually, /etc/init.d/halt is used for shutting down, which calls /sbin/halt.local (if it… Read more »

Disabling GDM greeter sound on Fedora 11 [Update]

Due to a bug in GDM there currently is now way of preventing GDM from playing a sound when you login to your Fedora 11 box. This is especially annoying on notebooks, e.g. when you’re sitting in a meeting or in a (quiet) public place like a library. The only workaround (a bit dirty, granted) is to delete or rename… Read more »