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I have a text file full of tips where I jot down commands that I need to remember.
I've decided to turn them into blog posts instead.

Post install

Posted 07-10-2017 at 04:48 PM by zapwai
Updated 07-10-2017 at 07:21 PM by zapwai

When there's a major update I usually like to simply reinstall the OS. I'll backup my home directory and anything else relevant (perhaps just a few config files in /etc).

So I've installed, got access to the internet, and updated the official packages. Now what?

In Slackware I access slackbuilds from the command line using sbopkg
The program sqg is fantastic - it produces a queue file for the package you want to install.
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Kernel update

Posted 07-10-2017 at 04:43 PM by zapwai
Updated 07-10-2017 at 07:25 PM by zapwai

After the first few kernel updates you put yourself through you will definitely feel much less anxiety, and it basically feels like updating every other piece of software in the system. (Choosing your own options and building your own kernel will also help to remove any fears, but has a steeper learning curve.)

Still, I tend to forget what steps I took, as it's generally been 6+ months since I last updated the kernel.

In Slackware, there is occasionally an official...
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Hot keys and shortcuts

Posted 07-09-2017 at 08:06 PM by zapwai
Updated 07-10-2017 at 07:38 PM by zapwai (It's a never-ending list)

I picked these up from using crunchbang; my favorite macros / hot keys are as follows.
The windows key is meta.

meta + e = editor (emacs)
meta + f = file manager
meta + w = web (firefox)
meta + t = terminal (konsole)

meta + d = desktop (minimize all windows)
meta + m = minimize window
meta + o = maximize window

meta + k = simple-screen-recorder (though lately I just use ffmpeg directly in a script)
meta + F1 = cb-fortune...
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Weird WM troubles? Delete that folder!

Posted 07-09-2017 at 07:19 PM by zapwai

Today was at least the second time that I've removed a folder in my home directory, such as .kde, to fix my issue. The first time was probably six years ago in Mandriva. Somehow I forget to even try this. If I'm looking through log files and can't find the issue, and the OS is otherwise fine, especially if another WM does work, this should be an obvious step to try.

Of course it's wiser to move it, that way you can just copy over some of your old settings.
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