28 03 2003



With a simple unassuming mke2fs, winnt (ntfs) partition is gone … forever… for good! That partition was just sitting there as dead space as I donot even remember what is the last time I logged into windows. Needed some space for ivr log scaning and decided to get rid of it and turn it into an ext2.

umount /mnt/winnt

mke2fs /dev/hda1

mkdir /opt2

umount /opt2


kbiff is impossible to install.

27 03 2003

kbiff is impossible to install. To start, there seem no woody package for kbiff in kde area. Compiling with downloaded source had failed dependency (during configure) for qt-mt. After I go pass this after installing libqt3-mt-dev now its stuck for kde-dev. kde-dev has too many failed dependencies and may perhaps never be installed. I think its not worth the effort.

gbiff from woody repository crashes right after starting. Downloaded source & compiled it. The compile went ok and it starts up good. After a brief look, tkbiff seem better. So settling for tkbiff for now.

IMAP aware biff?

27 03 2003

IMAP aware biff?


Thought it would be nice to have a biff (preferably docable) app to tell me of any new mails in the IMAP server. Tried biff and several variations (xbiff, gbiff, glbiff, xlbiff,…) but not sure how to configure (if any). Newsgroups point to fetchmail -c and comsat.

Found this tkbiff. Not exactly docable app, not exactly an eye-candy stuff. But does the job. It displays 5 recent mails in a small scorllable window.

Noticed alsa is broken.

19 03 2003

Noticed alsa is broken. No sound app (like xmms/realplayer) would work. kmix gives the same error cupsd gave a while back.

/lib/ version `GLIBC_2.3′ not found

Downloaded latest source from alsa-project (0.9.2 has just been released today). Compiled & installed (with OSS emulation) and things are back to normal.

Alsa 0.9.2 Installation:


Compile & install (configure; make; make install) drivers first.

copy snddevices to /usr/local/bin

check that /lib/modules/2.4.18-bf2.4/kernel/sound/pci has updated drivers.

Compile & install libs

Compile & install utils

Compile & install oss

Copy binaries from utils/* to /usr/local/bin

New init script is /etc/init.d/alsasound

Restart server with

/etc/init.d/alsasound restart

Check if any snd- modules are loaded. If not load them with

modprobe snd-intel8x0

modprobe snd-mixer-oss

modprobe snd-pcm-oss

Check with lsmod

Update /etc/modules file (add the following)





Use kmix to bump up volume (remember! by default everything is muted).

You are all set.

testing konqueror

19 03 2003

testing konqueror to see if I can use blogger with out the annoying popup about the cookie problem. OK.

konqueror connects to websites

19 03 2003

konqueror connects to websites (used to error out couple of days back). Not sure what fixed this?

cupsd is broken

19 03 2003

cupsd is broken now. /etc/init/cupsd restart gives the following error:

/lib/ version `GLIBC_2.3′ not found

I suspect old cupsus was comiple with newer libc from unstable/testing and after downgrading it is broke.

Did a make clean; configure; make; make install on /opt/cups


Also cleande up completed jobs files in /var/spool/cups/ dir.