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Linux Gazette #57 (September) – File with Device info
Mon, 04 Sep 2000 13:24:36 +1100
From: Brendon Oliver (email@example.com)
Regarding the ‘File With Device Information’ in the September Issue, you should also mention that if you have the pciutils package installed, /sbin/lspci is much more useful than eyeballing /proc/pci. Just my thoughts….
samba printing under SuSE Linux 6.4
Sun, 3 Sep 2000 15:06:32 +0200
From: Matthias Arndt (firstname.lastname@example.org)
here is another 2cent tip.
I’m forced to print to a printer connected to a Windows box. This box is networked with my Linux box and I wanted to setup a working samba printer- I had problems setting up the printer under Suse 6.4 The passwords and resource names were correct, but smbclient couldn’t connect to the Windows box. I simply added the commandline option « -I 192.168.0.2 » in the file /etc/apsfilterrc.stcolor in the line REMOTE_PRINTER= (I’m using the stcolor driver from GhostScript. Check for the file corresponding to the printer driver you’ve selected in Yast.)
The option above specifies the IP address of the machine where the printer is connected to. It now works without any problems.
CB Radio Connection a bad idea
Mon, 04 Sep 2000 21:57:45 -0700
From: Steve Wilson (email@example.com)
First off – the guy was right, it IS illegal pretty much anywhere in the world.
Second – it won’t work because the modems are engineered for a different kind of communications channel – RF connections have different characteristics compared to phone lines.
Amateur radio ( which requires a license obtained by taking at test) has had a low speed connection for around 15 years called packet radio. There is quite a bit of support for this technology within Linux (including modems implemented using sound cards…) These will work over an FM radio channel. (CB is AM/SSB which has a much lower quality) and usually only work at 1200 to 9600 baud. Not blazingly fast.
Hope this clears up some points.
Steve Wilson, KA6S
Mon, 18 Sep 2000 23:57:34 -0300
From: « Toshiro Viera Stalker » (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Hi! I would like to access my graphics Linux desktop from my Windows box; I was able to do it using a software called Reflection (I guess you know it), is there any (free) software with the same capabilities of Reflection?
There’s MI/X, the MicroImages X server. Some people like it. I can’t personally vouch for it. MicroImages provides it as part of the Windows support of its GIS software.
X-WinPro is shareware. License is a lot less than Reflection/X. Personally I’ve found it useful.
— Dan Wilder
Question from a newbie – Exchange?
Wed, 30 Aug 2000 14:55:48 -0400
From: Duane Tackett (email@example.com)
I am a Linux newbie with a significant MS Windows background (several MS certs, etc) and I am trying to wean myself off of my Windows partition at work. The only thing holding me back is MS Exchange/Outlook. Is there an Exchange client for Linux? I have looked high and low and can’t find one. I hae configured the server (I administer it) to be a pop3 server, so I can get my mail that way, but I loose a lot of the functionality that way. Any help would be appreciated.
According to a message on the linux-admin list, TradeSuite (they have a server, too) can be found at http://www.bynari.com. Looks like the client is free though the Exchange support might not be. Oh yeah, and Exchange can be told to serve its mail up as webmail… maybe that will do until your company can transition to a more flexible mail system — Heather
Got more than just a tip in the « dealing with MS Exchange » category? feel free to send us an article … — Heather
International KB Layouts
Sun, 3 Sep 2000 18:43:08 -0700
From: « Ross Williams » (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Is there any easy-to-read FAQ or HOWTO about how to type international characters in XFree86? I am a Spanish student, and I would like to write my essays in LyX. I would just like an easy way to learn about things like `compose keys’ and `dead keys.’ Can you help me? Thanx.
The answer to that would be « yes ». Quoting from my own « Introduction to Shell Scripting »:
…for a fairly decent and simple explanation, see Hans de Goede’s « fixkeys.tgz », which contains a neat little « HOWTO ». For a more in-depth study, the « Keyboard-and-Console-HOWTO » is an awesome reference on the subject.
Don’t be scared off by the fact it hasn’t changed since 1998; the console itself doesn’t change much. For even more fun, the Danish-HOWTO was just updated in March and covers all sorts of other aspects about international needs. There are a few other specific nationalities covered at linuxdocs.org too. — Heather
Fri, 01 Sep 2000 07:40:46 -0400
From: Charles Deling (email@example.com)
I am looking for some software that will talk to my tape library. I have looked at several different commercial packages, but none of them really work the way I need them to. I would like to find an application that would tell me what tapes are in the library (by reporting back the bar codes), then load the tapes that I select into the drives I want. Then I can run taper/tar/cpio/mt to my hearts content. I could write my own software, but I am lazy.
Charles H. Deling
Perhaps amanda would do the trick. If not, perhaps its simplistic shell script mentality will make it easier to adjust to your needs. Gentle readers: any more suggestions? — Heather
Sat, 9 Sep 2000 01:10:48 -0400
From: Carl & Tracy KershawSmith (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Just read a reply about a true modem. I’ve been searching for one ever since a friend mentioned it to me. He has an ISA True modem. And wouldn’t you know it mine is not. It’s a PCI and so far no luck finding a PCI True modem. Any ideas on where I might score one?
Hoping for the right answer,
Yes, at least one of the links from linmodems.org is the homepage of a Wallace and Gromit fan who keeps track of which cheap store brand modems are complete « hard » or crippled « soft » modems, including, to my great annoyance, the fact that some pccards are software controlled. Arrgh — Heather
Palm OS Emulator
Mon, 11 Sep 2000 16:19:11 +0200
From: Andrew Higgs (email@example.com)
I was wondering if anyone knew of an Emulator for Palm OS. I would like to write apps for Palm OS and test them before installing. Is this possible?
Look at freshmeat.net for the app copilot. It needs a ROM though, which you can either upload from your real Pilot, or get from the Palm Computing developers’ site (once you agree to their restrictions for using the debug ROM, of course). — Heather
telnet server & inetd
Fri, 15 Sep 2000 16:13:03 -0700
From: Andrew Wilkes (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I used your answer for the ‘telnet – connection closed by foreign host’ to get telnet working on a custom red hat install I did.
I begin to think that I left off a package that I really needed when I selected packages in the ‘select package’ window during the install.
I haven’t yet found a description of which individual RPM modules (inetd in.telnetd) are rolled up into what packages that can be selected on the package selection window in the install screen. Any help you can give will be much appreciated.
If you know which file you want, but not what RPM it’s in, this script will do the trick ($1 = directory full of rpms, $2 = file you are seeking)
#!/bin/bash cd $1 for i in *.rpm ; do rpm -qpl $i | grep -q $2 && echo $i ; done
Hope that helps a few folks out there! — Heather
Mon, 18 Sep 2000 21:06:35 -0400
From: gsproc (email@example.com)
I have a BeOS partition on hda3. I also have windows on another partition. linux « sees » the windows partition and mounting it is no problem. But how can I make linux « see » the BeOS partition? I’ve been in etc/fstab to no avail.
Readonly support for the BeOS filesystem is available in the 2.4.0 test kernels. I have no idea how safe it is yet. — Heather
Wed, 20 Sep 2000 10:07:09 +0100
From: « Andy Larkum »
I have a small query. I want to log into a Linux machine, set a process = running, and log out again, leaving the process running. It has been = suggested that I can do this by simply using ‘nohup command &’ but this = didn’t work, because the process was killed as soon as I logged out = again.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
screen with autodetach mode turned on would work nicely. We use it here all the time. — Heather