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The pointlessness of gnuCash

Posted 12-18-2008 at 11:12 PM by lumak (Lumak's Guide to Random Things)
Updated 12-20-2008 at 02:06 AM by lumak

Generally this points to gnuCash on slackware BUT I feel it goes towards everything.

gnuCash doesn't work.

I don't mean that if you actually get it compiled and running it doesn't work. I mean it doesn't work to begin with. A program should either be easy to compile and install with minimal fuss or it should be prepackaged binaries to install. gnuCash is neither!

From slackware's end here is a list of required dependencies.
- libgsf-gnome
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Fixing the MBR without loosing data.

Posted 12-14-2008 at 02:21 PM by lumak (Lumak's Guide to Random Things)
Updated 12-16-2008 at 01:50 PM by lumak

First let me explain my situation. I was playing with Slackware 12.1 and making partitions on a new system, I got lost somewhere withmy partitions and had the crazy idea of dualbooting slackware to have a safe build environment from my system. (I ended up just using the build environment which lead me to wanting a chroot jail instead... ANYWAY)

I screwed things up and had lilo installed on boot records in several different places. How do you fix this then?!

You restore...
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Mmmm Fluxbox

Posted 12-14-2008 at 01:25 AM by lumak (Lumak's Guide to Random Things)

Why didn't anybody tell me fluxbox is everything that blackbox could be with active development. Every feature I tried to add to blackbox my self (basically through scripts) is already in fluxbox and then some!

I tried openbox briefly because the reviews and descriptions made it sound more of what I wanted... BUT I'm sold on fluxbox now. what was the last feature that I found in it that spurred this message? A customizable tool bar + system tray to-boot! It also doesn't freak out...
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One Liner Dependency Check for existing binaries

Posted 12-03-2008 at 11:15 PM by lumak (Lumak's Guide to Random Things)
Updated 12-03-2008 at 11:16 PM by lumak

I ran across this a while ago and was reminded of it recently. I'm placing it here for safe keeping in case I ever need to do a full install of gnome to compile a program just to find the 26 specific dependencies it needs so that everything else can be uninstalled (did I say gnuCash? you lie! it works on all modern OS's... well except for slackware

# Find out all the needed dependencies of a binary

objdump -x $1 | grep NEEDED
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USB drive auto mounter script!

Posted 11-30-2008 at 11:35 PM by lumak (Lumak's Guide to Random Things)

Yes that's right! I kid you not! A marvelous bash script to automatically mount a usb flash drive (or at least set it up to mount it by users) it is commented and should be 'easy' to follow. There are probably better ways to do this, but at the time I didn't want to install anything (e.g. pmount) and I didn't feel like using autofs.

what does the script do if it doesn't automatically mount the drive?
- It determines an appropriate mount name from the file system label or...
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