Systemd Waisted 5 Hours Of My Work Time Today

Well, neither have I :)
But then I use stable in order to avoid such occurrences. Your luck had to run out sometime…

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No Display Manager For 3 Days

Ever since a dist-upgrade that installed systemd and removed sysvinit-core, I have been unable to get a display manager. I have tried slim, lightdm, and even installed gdm3. Nothing works.

# /etc/init.d/slim/start

gives no error messages, but

# systemctl status slim.service

tells me that slim exited with status=1

The pertinent line appears to be

/usr/bin/X11/X: symbol lookup error: /usr/lib/xorg/modules/extensions/ undefined symbol: LoadExtension

which is similar to what happens if I try xinit directly.

Trying lightdm I get

lightdm.service start request repeated too quickly, refusing to start.

I think this is a systemd problem, but maybe it’s a video driver problem?
I’m using the proprietary nvidia driver, which has been recompiled multiple times now. Help, please. I’d kinda like to have a working X11 again.



Inserting Kernel Modules On Startup

After the latest round of upgrades in Jessie, I rebooted. That’s when the problems started. I’m having problems getting the 3.14 kernel to boot, so I’m booting from 3.13. However, that’s not the big issue.

The really annoying problem is that I have to boot to the command prompt, insmod radeon, then exit back to a regular boot in order to get the radeon module loaded.

Radeon is listed in /etc/modules.conf – has been for years. However the module isn’t being loaded anymore. The Debian wiki, admin docs and other documentation on kernel modules in Debian all refer to the update-modules program which no longer seems to be around.

How do I get kernel modules to automatically load on startup in Jessie?

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New 64bit Installation. Root Partition Too Small–what To Do?

Yes, indeed. I previously complained about its partitioning with little capability to revise it! (I did not use LVM because it put everything in one big physical partition which I also did not like.)

So, want to install a more recent kernel? No room.

While I was able to bind /opt and /usr/local to folders on my /home partition
(which is most all of the disk!), root obviously cannot be so bound. Must be available to boot. (No huge loss with no /opt or local available to start.)

So now, what can I do, short of moving everything to another disk (this is the one which had unwritable block which necessitated the new install!)??
Could I move /var like I did /opt, etc (probably a good idea) and move rootfs to there? Would know how to set it up in lilo but in grub?

Must have at least one fully working kernel around before trying any other and cannot fulfill this at present! :-(


Special Hotkeys For Openbox And LXDE Users

Hi all,

I made a bunch of hotkeys for Openbox and LXDE (which uses Openbox) to make it easier for this kind of person:

* Touch typist who keeps his hands at home position
* Keyboard centric where possible
* When a mouse is needed, uses a real mouse, not a touchpad
- Therefore a lot of the hotkeys involve only the left hand

A little additional information:

* turns a laptop mousepad on and off
* runs dmenu however you like it
* root-menu is the Openbox menu, not the LXDE menu.
* runs my homegrown UMENU program. Change to meet your
* GoToDesktop up shows you your current desktop number
* S-C-l and S-C-h go desktop right and left, respectively, like Vim’s l
and r usage

The reason I use Shift+Ctrl combos so much is it’s very easy to snake your left hand around and down, press Ctrl with your pinky and Shift with your ring finger, and then return to home typist position. It’s very fast.

By the way, you can implement these on almost any desktop environment or window manager, but of course the config file won’t be the same.

By the way, I forgot to put in the hotkey to toggle the focused window’s maximization:

Hope some of you enjoy it.


Steve Litt *
Troubleshooting Training * Human Performance



Exact Name Of Headers For 3.14-1-486

Sorry if my subject sounds a little pompous but I keep hitting this warning when trying to install vbox guest addtitions where is says it cannot find the headers for my running kernel.

It’s a little exasperating because when I first saw that I installed a bunch of header from a pile of pkgs.

uname -r:


aptitude search headers |grep ^i

i linux-headers-3.14-1-486 – Header files for Linux 3.14-1-486
i A linux-headers-3.14-1-686-pae – Header files for Linux 3.14-1-686-pae
i linux-headers-3.14-1-all-i386 – All header files for Linux 3.14 (meta-pack i A linux-headers-3.14-1-amd64 – Header files for Linux 3.14-1-amd64
i A linux-headers-3.14-1-common – Common header files for Linux 3.14-1
i A linux-headers-3.14-1-common-rt – Common header files for Linux 3.14-1-rt
i A linux-headers-3.14-1-rt-686-pae – Header files for Linux 3.14-1-rt-686-pae

Shouldn’t it be the very first one on that list?

Any ideas why vbox continues to report not finding header files for my running kernel?


/var Partition Seems Locked Or Read Only


On a distant Debian testing/unstable, it seems that the /var partition can no longer be written: even “# touch /var/test” returns a message saying that there is no space on the drive, which is something that “#
df -h” deny:

# df -h Sys. de fichiers Taille Utilisé Dispo Uti% Monté sur
/dev/sda3 9,1G 954M 7,7G 11% /
udev 10M 0 10M 0% /dev tmpfs 397M 384K 396M 1% /run tmpfs 5,0M 0 5,0M 0% /run/lock tmpfs 2,7G 0 2,7G 0% /run/shm
/dev/sda2 4,4G 27M 4,4G 1% /boot
/dev/sda5 38G 22G 16G 58% /home
/dev/sda7 447M 17K 423M 1% /tmp
/dev/sda6 14G 2,7G 8,7G 24% /var

So, I am guessing that something is locking the partition, but I have no idea about *what* could do that. I tried disabling as many daemons that I can, so that “# service –status-all |grep ‘+’” returns this:

# service –status-all |grep ‘+’
[ ? ]
[ ? ]
[ ? ]
[ ? ]
[ ? ] ircd-irc2
[ ? ] killprocs
[ ? ] kmod
[ ? ]
[ ? ]
[ ? ]
[ ? ]
[ ? ]
[ ? ]
[ ? ] networking
[ ? ] rc.local
[ + ] rsyslog
[ ? ] sendsigs
[ + ] ssh
[ + ] udev
[ ? ] udev-finish
[ ? ] umountfs
[ ? ]
[ ? ] umountroot

but it changes nothing. Any idea/supposition/whatever?

Some other informations which might help:
The problem started with a network failure, which avoided aptitude to download, and so update, some packages, and now some packages are broken
(but dpkg was not concerned by the update). If I can still trust
/var/lib/dpkg/status, it seems that the most important breakage may come from libasan0 (Status: install reinstreq half-configured) which is needed by libgcc-4.8-dev, itself needed by linux-headers, so I do not think it is the source of the problem, but… maybe?

According to /etc/mtab, the var partition is mounted as rw: “/dev/sda6
/var ext4 rw,nodev,noatime,data=ordered 0 0″.


KFreeBSD: Can’t Create Swap Partition

Hello list.

I have decided to give a try to the amd64 kFreeBSD port, testing version, hosted by virtualbox on a Debian amd64 testing.

I had some warnings that the installer asked me if I wanted to ignore
(and that I stupidly forgot to write somewhere, but I’ll probably do more than one installation so I’ll find them anew later to report them)
and I did it.

I also tried to do a remote installation through SSH for better interface (virtualbox is horrible on that) but the installer wa

Now, when coming to the partition creation, it seems that it is unable to create the swap partition. I will probably try to continue without one, but in the meantime, if someone have any clue about the problem, it will interest me.

The log (TTY4) if filled with messages like this:
Processing event ‘!system



How To Remove Bottom Panel In Classic Mode Of Gnome 3.12 ?


My system is updated debian jessie. gnome updated to 3.12 today. seems that jessie will land on gnome-3.12. I just want to remove (or hide) the bottom panel in classic mode, to work with a white coloured gnome.

Searched with google, many result say that this key combination works:
Super + Alt + RightClick but it just worked on gnome flashback mode (e.g. wheezy gnome 3.4), instead of *gnome 3.12 classic* mode.

Another way I found that may work is modifying
/usr/share/gnome-shell/theme/gnome-{shell,classic}.css but I found NOTHING after scanning it several times, there is only a /* TOP BAR */ section.

Any one knows how to deal with it ?
Thank you. :-)

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Missing LSB Tags And Overrides

Any suggestions on how to fix this please?

insserv: warning: script ‘K01kerneld’ missing LSB tags and overrides insserv: warning: script ‘K01apache’ missing LSB tags and overrides insserv: warning: script ‘S15modutils’ missing LSB tags and overrides insserv: warning: script ‘S15libdevmapper1.02′ missing LSB tags and overrides insserv: warning: script ‘S15xfree86-common’ missing LSB tags and overrides insserv: warning: script ‘xfree86-common’ missing LSB tags and overrides insserv: warning: script ‘libdevmapper1.02′ missing LSB tags and overrides insserv: warning: script ‘modutils’ missing LSB tags and overrides insserv: warning: script ‘iptables’ missing LSB tags and overrides insserv: warning: script ‘kerneld’ missing LSB tags and overrides insserv: warning: script ‘apache’ missing LSB tags and overrides