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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 tt-rss.org 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.

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 install.sh instead (you’ll need to rename it). The current version of the Samsung ULD is 3.00.37.