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Archive for the ‘SuSE Linux’ Category

Just I in case I need to port to OpenSuSE properly

Posted by jpluimers on 2018/07/24

I came across a nice tool that combines httpd.conf files:

python /etc/apache2/httpd.conf /tmp/apache2.combined.conf

In case I ever need to fully port it to OpenSuSE, I’ve put it in the gist below.

For now it works fine on OpenSuSE when used with the above command. I might make the default depend on the kind of nx it runs on.



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Posted in *nix, *nix-tools, Apache2, Development, Linux, openSuSE, Power User, Python, Scripting, Software Development, SuSE Linux | Leave a Comment »

PowerShell on Mac OS X and other non-Windows systems

Posted by jpluimers on 2018/07/17

I wasn’t expecting it to be so easy to install PowerShell on Mac OS X:

brew install Caskroom/cask/powershell

In the background it executes this script: which indirectly goes through the URL template{version}/powershell-#{version}.pkg.

On other non-Windows systems, you have to go through GitHub yourself: The PowerShell team at Microsoft has many more repositories including the Win32-OpenSSH port which you can find through

At the time of writing, PowerShell was available for these platforms:

Platform Downloads How to Install
Windows 10 / Server 2016 (x64) .msi Instructions
Windows 8.1 / Server 2012 R2 (x64) .msi Instructions
Windows 7 (x64) .msi Instructions
Windows 7 (x86) .msi Instructions
Ubuntu 16.04 .deb Instructions
Ubuntu 14.04 .deb Instructions
CentOS 7 .rpm Instructions
OpenSUSE 42.1 .rpm Instructions
Arch Linux Instructions
Many Linux distributions .AppImage Instructions
macOS 10.11 .pkg Instructions
Docker Instructions

The first version I installed on Mac OS X was this: ==> Downloading

By now I really hope it is out of Alpha state.



Posted in *nix, Apple, CommandLine, Development, iMac, Linux, Mac, Mac OS X / OS X / MacOS, MacBook, MacBook Retina, MacBook-Air, MacBook-Pro, MacMini, openSuSE, Power User, PowerShell, PowerShell, Scripting, Software Development, SuSE Linux, Ubuntu | Leave a Comment »

btrfs free space. It’s complicated. Still.

Posted by jpluimers on 2018/07/09

Everytime a btrfs based volume runs out of space, I’m reminded of these:

There are a few scripts that help you assess quota usage. If you think they are wrong, then you need to btrfs quota rescan / which tells you that it started, but won’t tell when it’s finished (nor wil journalctl -xe a.k.a. journalctl --catalog --pager-end), but dmesg does:

# dmesg | grep qgroup
[ 316.608122] BTRFS info (device sda2): qgroup scan completed (inconsistency flag cleared)

For now I’ve this quick script to start investigation:

~/Versioned/btrfs-du/btrfs-du && df -h | grep "\/$\|^[^\/]" && btrfs quota rescan -s /

It assumes there is quota on the root (enable with btrfs quota enable /) and is based on my fork The df will limit itself to the root (trailing / matched by \/$) or disks not mounted from / (matched by ^[^\/]).


References (not solutions):

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USB serial converters from FTDI – how to select them and get rid of fake chips

Posted by jpluimers on 2018/06/08

Be sure to read the comments at USB serial converters from FTDI are quite popular – Thomas Mueller (dummzeuch) – Google+ [WayBack] as it tells more about how to set genuine and fake FTDI chips apart (often before buying them, you cannot tell) and how to replace fake ones buy genuine ones.

Getting back to original means de-soldering fake chips, and soldering new genuine chips on the boards.

Fake chips:

  • have limited batches of the same serial (although there are ways to reprogram the serial, see links below)
    • connecting multiple adapters with the same serial causes trouble
  • are mangled by various FTDI drivers (either their PID is reset, or fake-data is inserted in the serial stream)
  • have problems operating at higher data rates

Note that the workarounds for these fake chips mean you cannot use more recent chips.

Links from Thomas’s post and other relevant links on the various kinds of genuine/fake and getting fake ones work again

Fake chips can cause you a lot of headaches – and time – sorting out communication problems: [WayBack] esptool-ck, esp8266, and FTDI Bug Hunting – vilimblog

Two years ago, this shoot-out (with results on github) had a great conclusion:

Buy either an adapter with a genuine FTDI chip, or one of the Silicon Labs CP2102 chips.

The FTDI chip is the only one attaining 3M baud rates.

Overview articles:

SiLabs chips seem to be the only without much trouble:

  • [WayBack] SiLabs CP210x USB Adapters For The Win – vilimblog
  • Review of a Generic USB RS 232/485/TTL Adapter (“Winners” branded) – YouTube:
    • Almost anything with FTDI/Prolific chips that comes from ebay/aliexpress should be assumed to be counterfeit – easy way to test this is to buy 2 and see if their serial numbers match. You don’t really want to waste your time with fake ones, you’ll end up spending more on those if you try to get them for as cheap as possible. Itead sells an adapter for 6.8 USD with genuine FT232RL chips, but they aren’t in as convenient dongle form factor, but might be worth more than your own time replacing fake chips with genuine ones.Although not mentioned here, CH340/1 should generally be avoided, while they work fine for short periods of time, for longer use they seem to be as unreliable as the counterfeit FTDI/Prolific chips on Linux.

      I haven’t seen or recognized a fake CP210x chip yet, so my guess would be that these are generally fine no matter where you get them. One big advantage of those is the integrated voltage 3.3V regulator, which can save some space when rolling your own boards.

FTDI related:

Genuine FTDI seems to be the easiest to find:

Prolific has similar issues, driver v3.4.25.218 still works with fake chips:


Related posts where I mentioned some of the trouble with FTDI chips:

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Hmm, latest Tumbleweed on Raspberry Pi 3 has an odd thing booting: Ansi termi…

Posted by jpluimers on 2018/05/25

Reminder to self: since the [ArchiveARM Cortex A53 problems are fixed, check out if this is also fixed:

[WayBack] Hmm, latest Tumbleweed on Raspberry Pi 3 has an odd thing booting: Ansi terminal characters aren’t being processed any more. – Jeroen Wiert Pluimers – Google+

Related: Git repository with fixed binaries for Tumbleweed on Raspberry Pi 3 – Bug 1084419 – Glibc update to 2.27 causes segfault during name resolution


Related as a different Pi died after a sudden power down:

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