Oct 272012

Sometimes it’s useful to tell to our GNU/Linux system that we want to keep some packages on Hold or that we do not want to update them , for example you could have added a custom kernel and you don’t want that during an update the standard kernel takes its place, or perhaps you want to test some specific version.

These instructions are tested with distributions that use packages in the .deb format (such as Debian, Ubuntu and Mint), .rpm based distributions that use yum (Red Hat Enterprise, Centos, Fedora) and Gentoo.
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Jun 022012

Article based on the work of  Angelo D’Autilia  posted on Salug Journal in Italian.

An useful tool for the management of a shared server is etckeeper.
This software is a collection of bash scripts that allow you to control through a distributed revision system our directory /etc/ where there are the configuration files of most of our Linux daemons. You could do the same thing without etckeeper leaning on a revision system such as darcs or git, but you must remember that for this directory is essential to maintain, for each file, its permissions and also its owner and group as well as the entire structure including empty directory.

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May 012012

It’s useful sometime to convert some type of audio files in another, and perhaps you don’t want to search for the correct command to use from the terminal, don’t worry there is a small and nice application that can do this for you: soundconverter

SoundConverter is an audio file converter for the GNOME Desktop. It reads anything GStreamer can read (Ogg Vorbis, AAC, MP3, FLAC, WAV, AVI, MPEG, MOV, M4A, AC3, DTS, ALAC, MPC, Shorten, APE, SID, MOD, XM, S3M, etc…), and writes to WAV, FLAC, MP3, AAC, and Ogg Vorbis files.

More than enough for my standard tasks.

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shelr, broadcast your Linux shell on the net

Thanks to Edmond, i’ve found a new and interesting online service shelr.tv. Shelr.tv allows you to record something interesting from your terminal and share it to your followers. It is almost the same thing as YouTube but for plain text shellcasts. You can copy and paste everything you see. The nice thing is that you [...]

How to mounts an archive for access as a file system

Sometimes it happen to have the need of check what’s inside a .tar.gz file archive or perhaps you just need to extract a couple of files from another archive, this is possible you just have to remember all the flags or simply extract all in /tmp and then discard the files that you don’t need. [...]