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systemd 219 && systemd-networkd changes

Posted 02-22-2015 at 07:45 AM by serafean
Tags systemd

The recent update to systemd sent it to version 219. Per the changelog, .network files gained two new configuration values
After the upgrade, my Gentoo box stopped routing packets to the internet. NAT was setup correctly, so the issue couldn't be there.

It appears that systemd by default sets the forwarding sysctl of each interface to 0. In order for packets to be forwarded, this must be set to 1. /etc/sysctl.conf was of no help.
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nftables series - part 1 - baby steps

Posted 12-24-2014 at 07:53 AM by serafean
Updated 12-24-2014 at 07:55 AM by serafean

Nftables introduction

I assume a kernel >=3.18 and nft >= 0.4.

I decided to try out nftables, the would-be iptables successor on my home router/server PC.
As a basic guide I used this guide and the pretty good basic documentation on

Nft comes with a completely empty ruleset. Meaning no predefined tables, chains or rules.
You as a user create tables, populate those with chains (which hook into kernel netfilter hooks)...
Posted in nftables
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Slow DNS lookups

Posted 11-16-2012 at 05:11 PM by serafean

Since quite some time I had been experiencing slow DNS lookups on some linux boxes. Today I finally got around to fixing it.
Symptoms : KDE fails to load google/wikipedia sometimes. firefox too, less often.

ping was the main tool in this case.
What I found was that
got an IP to ping very fast, however before anything appeared onscreen, it took up to 5 seconds. Pinging the IP address however returned immediately.
On a hunch, I tried disabling...
Posted in Random fixes
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Lirc & xbmc time

Posted 09-21-2011 at 12:34 PM by serafean
Tags htpc, imon, lirc, xbmc

The Enna media center project stagnating, and the KDE Plasma Media center being developed in GSoC bursts, I got back to using xbmc. xbmc supports lirc, and having an imon panel with a remote, I finally decided to set it up.

The key here was understanding that the iMon device is now supported in the kernel using the new infrastructure. What this did is make the iMon device send normal input events. (I think this is mostly because it does the IR decoding directly in hardware). What...
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A little ALSA magic

Posted 03-11-2011 at 06:27 PM by serafean

Wanted configuration :
  • user kde can play sound using the Optical output
  • user enna can play via analog and optical simultaneously (optionaly HDMI)
  • Both users can play via Optical at the same time
  • Both have access to an upmixing device that encodes the stream into A52 and sends via the Optical output

first we name the outputs (link numbers to names, this will be different on your hardware) and add a dmix device for the digital output to the global asoundrc:
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