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Changing konqueror web browser's engine to WebKit

Konqueror is a native KDE web browser and it uses KHTML as the rendering engine. Fortunately, the smart developers of Konqueror has made it possible to change not only the interface but also the engine that renders the webpage we visit and so far only webkit is supported. We hope many more in the future. or maybe not. :)
What is Webkit? Webkit engine is derived from KDE's KHTML engine and contains many enhancements that made it better than its mother. It has been used for Apple's Safari and Google's Chrome web browsers.
For Mandriva 2011 users, to be able to change the engine to Webkit is by installing the engine package. It's called webkitkde. (for other distro, the package name might be a bit different) You might have installed it. Install it using this command:
urpmi webkitkde
Now open Konqueror (or restart if it is open) and go to Settings --> Configure Konqueror --> General --> Default web browser engine. You should have 2 options in there. KHTML and WebK…

Mandriva 2011 codenamed Hydrogen is out

I just copy this as announced on Mandriva blog:

Hooray! As promised earlier, we are happy to announce that Mandriva 2011 is out. You can download ISO images from here. When downloading an iso-image, perhaps you will want to read the Release Notes. We prepared a small manual of how to upgrade to the new release for users of the Mandriva Desktop 2010.2. If you have never tried Mandriva, take a look at the Mandriva 2011 Tour.Happy upgrading :)

Merging video files

Recently I downloaded 2 video files which is actually a video file splitted into two for faster upload by the uploader. To merge them on Linux, we can use the command cat like this:

cat video1.mkv video2.mkv >> video.mkv

And it took seconds to complete merging. Now I can watch the video in 1 file.

Have fun!.

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Mageia 1 is out!

A distribution forked from Mandriva, Mageia, released its important milestone, Mageia 1 stable. Read the Changelog here to get an insight of this release after 9 months it was born.

My Mandriva desktop

Sorry for not posting anything for a rather long time. I have been using Mandriva Cooker 2011 for about 2 months now since I bought my new ASUS laptop from someone with half the current market price. :) With RPM5, ROSA, and many exciting features of KDE 4 in Cooker, I didn't want to miss the chance to test and have fun with them.

Here is the screenshots of my desktop with urpmi and 3D effects in action.

Please click on the image to see bigger picture.

Load balance 2 WAN links BASH script

BASH script to load balance 2 WAN links.
#!/bin/bash # # bal_localLoad-balance internet connection over two local links # # Version:1.0.0 - Fri, Sep 26, 2008 # # Author:Niels Horn #
# Set devices: DEV1=${1-eth0}# default eth0 DEV2=${2-ppp0}# default ppp0
# Get IP addresses of our devices: ip1=`ifconfig $DEV1 | grep inet | awk '{ print $2 }' | awk -F: '{ print $2 }'` ip2=`ifconfig $DEV2 | grep inet | awk '{ print $2 }' | awk -F: '{ print $2 }'`
# Get default gateway for our devices: gw1=`route -n | grep $DEV1 | grep '^' | awk '{ print $2 }'` gw2=`route -n | grep $DEV2 | grep '^' | awk '{ print $2 }'`
echo "$DEV1: IP=$ip1 GW=$gw1" echo "$DEV2: IP=$ip2 GW=$gw2"
### Definition of routes ###
# Check if tables exists, if not -> create them: if [ -z "`cat /etc/iproute2/rt_tables | grep '^251'`" ] ; then echo "251rt_dev1" >> /etc/iproute2/rt_tables fi if [ -z "`cat /etc/iproute2…

Moving your mysql database to another hard disk

Recently, my server's only hard disk was almost full. I bought a new hard disk with bigger size and I decided to just add it as a second hard disk. Since I need to move it to the 2nd hard disk, I need to find a proper way to move the db with minimum downtime. So I googled around and found a solution.
First, I needed to format the 2nd hard disk and I chose xfs as the filesystem. I created 2 partitions using Linux's fdisk for this task. First partition is 10 GB and 2nd one is around 900 GB. That's approximately added up to 1 TB. Then I mounted the 2nd partition in current partition eg /media/hd2 as follows:
mount -t xfs /dev/sdb5 /media/hd2
where /dev/sdb5 is the partition and /media/hd2 is the mounting dir.
Stop mysql db before doing anything:
service mysql stop
Afterthat, I copied the entire db to newly mounted hard disk:
cp -rv /var/lib/mysql /media/hd2
It will take a while if you have huge databases.
Then, change the ownership of the dir to user and group of mysql:
chown -R mysql:…

The easiest way to 'burn' iso to USB disk.

The easiest way to 'burn' iso to USB disk is by using dd command. Let's say you don't want to burn your newly downloaded iso to CD/DVD but want to use USB disk instead, you can run this command :
dd if=/path/to/file.iso of=/dev/sdb
This assumes your USB disk is /dev/sdb. You can use mount command to check what device your USB disk is using. Now you can install your new distro using USB disk.

Note: You can burn iso this way if the iso is of type hybrid. Read here for more information.
Have fun!

/usr/include/linux/netfilter_ipv4.h:53: error: ‘INT_MIN’ was not declared in this scope

This error happened when I was compiling dansguardian with Linux netfilter support.
In file included from ConnectionHandler.cpp:48: /usr/include/linux/netfilter_ipv4.h:53: error: ‘INT_MIN’ was not declared in this scope /usr/include/linux/netfilter_ipv4.h:64: error: ‘INT_MAX’ was not declared in this scope /usr/include/linux/netfilter_ipv4.h:65: error: ‘INT_MAX’ was not declared in this scope make[2]: *** [dansguardian-ConnectionHandler.o] Error 1
To solve it, you have to edit netfilter_ipv4.h and type #include <limits.h> just below or after other #include lines.
Have fun!.

How to change the plymouth default theme

Plymouth is a graphical boot system that runs very early in the boot process. It provides graphical animation while the boot process happens in the background. Starting from Mandriva 2010 Beta, it replaced splashy to manage boot splash. Many latest distributions now are using plymouth. Since it displays graphical boot login, users usually do not bother to tinker with it.
What is the default theme? To know the current default theme, run this command without any options:
Changing theme To change plymouth theme, we have to know what themes are installed. To list them, run (as root):
plymouth-set-default-theme --list
You'll get something like this:
details fade-in Mandriva-Free spinfinity text
So to change to a particular theme as the default, for example fade-in, run :
plymouth-set-default-theme fade-in --rebuild-initrd
--rebuilt-initrd option is a must or the change won't take effect. You can explore other options by running plymouth-set-default-theme -h
Have fun!