Apt Playbook

I use ansible to keep all my computers consistent and install the same packages on all the systems. First I install my ssh key. Then I allow the sudo group to run sudo without supplying a password. Then I run the following ansible playbook (of course the ip address OR ‘HOSTS’ is assigned by DHCP):

Windows Search

I clicked on the “Start” button and the menu came up but when I started typing nothing happened. And when I selected “settings” from the menu I could not type any characters in the search box where it said “Find a setting”. Also, I could not type in the search box at the bottom that …

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Avahi mDNS issue

Two copies of the same share would show up when I browsed the network. I added the following: to I found this link that told me what to do: https://askubuntu.com/questions/1138394/seeing-ubuntu-server-19-04-twice-on-clients-probably-avahi-mdns-issue

Firefox and kernel updates

Ok so two things. Firefox ESR and mainline. If you are on an unsupported version of ubuntu, like my web server which hosts other peoples stuff, and cannot upgrade. You can keep the kernel up-to-date with mainline. https://github.com/bkw777/mainline/releases/ It parses the ubuntu kernels from the from the Ubuntu archive and lets you select one and …

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I found a page that showed me how to update the /etc/apt/sources.list file to support ubuntu 19.04 – codename disco which is EOL. https://zzz.buzz/notes/ubuntu-releases-and-apt-sources/

NFS V4 with root

I followed this site: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/SettingUpNFSHowTo I set everything up as recommended. But I was unable to change the permissions. I was using sudo rsync -azv So, after a bit of googling I changed /etc/exports /export,fsid=0,insecure,no_subtree_check,async) /export/backup,nohide,insecure,no_subtree_check,async) /export,insecure,no_subtree_check,async,no_root_squash) /export/backup,nohide,insecure,no_subtree_check,async,no_root_squash) The key was no_root_squash Then I could read and write as root.

Convert a Portrait Video into Landscape with ffmpeg

Susan had two videos in portrait format that needed to be in landscape per requirement. I used this page: https://www.rigacci.org/wiki/doku.php/doc/appunti/linux/video/fix_smartphone_portrait_videos I set offset_y=0.0 and crop_aspect=1.0. Here are the finished videos uploaded to Youtube.

Zoom and XScreensaver on Linux

Zoom and XScreensaver do not get along well. When my screensaver would sometimes activate it would sometimes start Zoom and crash XScreensaver. I found this: https://www.gunnard.org/zoom-launches-as-screensaver-in-linux-solution/