Tips & How-To's
[How To] Opening and Reading CHM [Compiled HTML Files] In Linux
· β˜• 1 min read · ✍️ Sathyajith Bhat
In my stash of ebooks, quite a few of them are in chm (compiled HTML) file format. Being HTML files I though they’d open in Mozilla Firefox browser. Unfortunately that didn’t work, so I started looking for CHM viewers. I didn’t have to look far, a quick search on Google gave me couple of programs. KChmViewer: Since I’m a KDE user I tried out this application - and it works fantastic.

[How To] Removing Transparency In Games without disabling/switching off Compiz
· β˜• 2 min read · ✍️ Sathyajith Bhat
Admin's Note: This solution was emailed to me by Bharath, as he was facing this problem and found a solution to this. If you want to drop a tip or a hack, just send me an email via the contact-me form and I might just publish it Sometimes when playing native games in Linux they may appear transparent. This may feel good for some people. I felt games should be opaque so that the visibility of the game is more realistic and gameplay experience is better.

[How-To]Mounting LVM partitions from a command prompt or a Root Shell
· β˜• 2 min read · ✍️ Sathyajith Bhat
Today as I booted into my openSUSE box, for reasons unknown to me, my LVM partitions failed to mount. fsck didn’t help, and and LVM based container system meant that I couldn’t use the standard mount /dev/sdxx style of mounting as well. With my /home and / configured as a LVM, the root (/) partition was active, but the /home partition was not being mounted, as a result, X and KDM wouldn’t start, giving a console login.

File Associations:Changing/Removing/Adding default applications for particular filetypes in openSUSE 11 & KDE 4.1
· β˜• 2 min read · ✍️ Sathyajith Bhat
Consider this situation. You have multiple programs installed for a particular file type. Now double clicking it opens an application, but you want it to open in another application. For example, you want your images to open in showFoto instead of Gwenview, so how do you go about doing this? Let me show you how to do so! First, launch KDE settings, by clicking on the K menu and then Configure Desktop.

[How-To] Fix Nautilus File Manager Title Bar(Window Decorator) disappearing when Emerald is enabled
· β˜• 1 min read · ✍️ Sathyajith Bhat
Most of the how-to’s and fixes posted here, are generally my experiences and I post them on how I went about fixing it. This particular how-to was mentioned to me by my very good friend, Bharath, who had this annoying problem ofΒ the title bars of every window crashing and disappearing when Emerald is chosen as the decorator. Generally, I’d recommend running gtk-window-decorator --replace or metacity --replace in terminal - that generally does reinitialize the window decorators.

A Handy Wallpaper Displaying Most Common Linux Commands
· β˜• 1 min read · ✍️ Sathyajith Bhat
In the past I’ve done couple of posts explaining few of the common commands. A handy one-glance reference guide is always nice, and found this on Reddit.

How To: Access ext2/ext3 Formatted Linux Partitions in Windows
· β˜• 2 min read · ✍️ Sathyajith Bhat
Unlike Linux which can mount and access Windows' FAT, FAT16, FAT32 and NTFS filesystems, Windows is incapable of even acknowledging and detecting a Linux filesystem. Fear not, here are 3 softwares which can help in detecting your Linux partition under Windows Ext2fsd- The most capable software of the lot. Has read/write support to your Linux partition. The 0.45 version supports replay of journal of a ext3 filesystem in case of a unclean shutdown of your Linux partition.

Enabling And Disabling Root Account in Debian/Ubuntu
· β˜• 2 min read · ✍️ Sathyajith Bhat
Debian and other debian-based distros like Ubuntu have, by default, has the root account disabled as a security measure.(thanks to Subbu and PICCORO for the clarification) To re-enable the root account, just open the command prompt, and type sudo passwd root You’ll get the following set of messages: sathya@sathya-laptop:~$ sudo passwd root<br /> Enter new UNIX password:<br /> Retype new UNIX password:<br /> passwd: password updated successfully<br /> sathya@sathya-laptop:~$

Formatting USB pen drive in Linux using Terminal
· β˜• 2 min read · ✍️ Sathyajith Bhat
Insert your USB pen drive. Let it get detected and mounted. Open Terminal. Type The Following commands dmesg |tail -> here the β€˜|' key is the pipe, ie, the key before the backspace key(the upper one, so press shift) You’ll get something like sathya@shaman:~$ dmesg |tail [ 9921.681164] sda: Write Protect is off [ 9921.681174] sda: Mode Sense: 23 00 00 00 [ 9921.681178] sda: assuming drive cache: write through

5 Commands Every Linux Newbie Must Know
· β˜• 3 min read · ✍️ Sathyajith Bhat
Although Linux had progressed far from being a command-line only OS to a full fledged totally GUI based one, sometimes, the command line is the best way to get something done. Here are 5 of the must-know commands. These commands can b quite useful and handy. 1: mount: Used for mounting Windows/Other partitions, just in case it isn’t automatically mounted. Usage: mount here refers to the special device where your partitions are.