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Setting up a tt-rss daemon on Arch Linux

Posted in Arch Linux by downforce on October 22, 2009

NOTE: I originally wrote this on the forums, but thought I’d post it here too.

There doesn’t seem to be support for TT-RSS on Arch Linux, particularly in creating the /etc/rc.d/ daemon. So I hacked together this:

I edited the init.d files for TT-RSS to run on Arch Linux, which uses rc.d and doesn’t have start-stop-daemon. This is the first time I’ve done anything like this so please feel free to 1. provide constructive feedback and 2. be nice

Basically following the instructions as per UpdatingFeeds but use my attached files and place in rc.d instead of init.d

* Extract tt-rss-rc.tar.gz
cp tt-rss.default /etc/default/tt-rss
cp tt-rss.rc-d /etc/rc.d/tt-rss
/bin/chmod +x /etc/rc.d/tt-rss

* If you want Tiny Tiny RSS update daemon to start when you computer start :
Edit /etc/rc.conf
Add to "DAEMONS=(... tt-rss ...)"

* Once all this done, you can use this command line to start the update daemon :
/etc/rc.d/tt-rss start

* And this command line to stop the update daemon :
/etc/rc.d/tt-rss stop

Been working great for me for a couple weeks.


Installing ESXi 4 in a Home Network

Posted in Virtualisation by downforce on October 22, 2009

NOTE: I actually wrote this back on 16th August but did a Save Draft instead of Publish … DOH!


I’ve run my linux server + Windows VM for a couple years now and the Windows VM does as much as the Linux host does. Coupling this with some issues with VMWare Server 1 on latest kernels and failed attempts to keep VMWare Server 2 stable, I decided to take the plunge into ESXi and virtualise my Linux machine too!

Initial Research

So my initial research indicated my NIC was fine but I can’t use linux software raid, which is how my linux box has been setup! Oh noes, oh well, time to get a hardware RAID controller. The cheapest one on the VMWare HCL is the Adaptec 2405, and found one 2nd hand for around 60% of the cost of a new one.

Problems Problems Problems

1. Virtualising my linux box. The VMWare Standalone Converter can’t convert Linux machines running mdadm/software RAID. BOO. Time to copy my important files off one of my RAID1 array to another single HDD.

2. Can’t initalise the disk. This is the problem and solution:

3. Accessing the ESXi box via remote SSH:

4. Can’t access my non-mdadm drive in ESXi. RDM (Raw Device Mapping) is the answer. Here is the solution I used:

After solving all these issues though, I have to say, that moving to ESXi was the best thing ever. I’ve only had 1 problem since installing it and that was due to the USB drive becoming corrupted.

That was easily fixed by creating a new USB boot key and copying the local.tar.gz file from the old to new key. Boot up and wallah, good as new! Now I have a backup copy anyway 🙂

Arch Linux and Samsung Unified Linux Driver

Posted in Arch Linux, Howto by downforce on October 22, 2009

I’ve finally taken the plunge back into linux on my main desktop, after a loong looong break.

Everything has been going swimmingly well (and I’ll comment more on this another time) but one of my last ‘issues’ was getting my Samsung SCX-4521F printer working.

The AUR doesn’t explicitly have it, the closest being this.

So I tried using the Samsung driver out of the box and surprise surprise, no support for Arch Linux.

So I got out trusty old vim and added support for Arch Linux. The main issue is that:
1. It doesn’t detect Arch as a distro; and
2. It hardcodes the use of /etc/init.d.

So I just added an extra check for Arch Linux and set that variable then added a IF statement at the end to set a new variable INIT which sets it to rc.d or init.d and then updated all instances of init.d with $INIT. There is still a couple of WARNINGS produced but the driver works 😀

THe last thing I needed to change comes care of this article and thats:

10. Open /etc/cups/printers.conf Under “DefaultPrinter scx4x21” change the “DeviceURI” so it looks like this:
DeviceURI file:/dev/usb/lp0

Want to use it?

Download the Samsung Unified Linux Driver from the Samsung site and use this instead (you’ll need to rename it). The current version of the Samsung ULD is 3.00.37.