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Xfprint bug deletes files, fixed with a2ps

August 16th, 2007

Using xfprint4 to print text files had a serious bug: by default, my default printer was selected, and the options area was greyed out and “Apply filters” was deselected. The file got printed, but was then deleted! This seems to be fixed in later versions of Xfce, according to this changelog. Selecting “Apply filters” in my version of Xfprint resulted in a “client-error bad request” message and no printing.

Installing a2ps fixed this:

sudo aptitude install a2ps

Mozex extension for Firefox

August 15th, 2007

Since discovering Mozex, I can use gnuclient to fill out online text areas and view the source code of websites, which makes for easy copying and yanking to and from local files (to say nothing of being able to use XEmacs key bindings).


Make sure you get the development version.

“Dialup” via DSL

August 1st, 2007

Note: Post written under Xubuntu Dapper; see addendum for Gutsy.

I’m currently online using a pay-per-minute “dialup” via DSL.

First, I have to run:

sudo pppoeconf

This is self-explanatory with good instructions. It sets up a profile called
dsl-provider. To connect:

pon dsl-provider

While you’re connected (or not),


tells you the status of the connection and the connection time.


is similar, but gives you details of the last connection.
To disconnect:



In Xubuntu Gutsy, this worked, but caused problems with nm-applet. Make sure you remove extra stuff from /etc/network/interfaces that gets put there by pppoeconf before trying to connect to a non-dialup DSL connection or to a wired LAN.

Addendum 2

In the bug report cited above, someone proposed the following solution (and it works for at least one person, though I cannot currently test it myself):

After you’ve run pppoeconf, edit your /etc/network/interfaces to contain only the following:

auto lo
iface lo inet loopback

iface dsl-provider inet ppp
provider dsl-provider

Then, it seems network manager and the nm-applet handle “standard” wired connections correctly, and you can also right click on the nm-applet and connect to your “dialup” connection with the dsl-provider item in the nm-applet context menu.

Slax on a USB drive

July 31st, 2007

Basically, I followed these instructions, but here is the official record of what I did.

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Moving this blog to

July 20th, 2007

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