Posts Tagged ‘ubuntu’

python zeromq (pyzmq) install problem

December 13, 2011 1 comment

After some issues with pip and apt, I came across this –> and it works fine now.


easy_install vs pip

November 12, 2011 Leave a comment

After reading the following posts it was pretty clear why pip should be preferred over easy_install –>

After reading this i tried looking at —

Yes, it’s right, you have an uninstall option and things are cleaner.

I had pip installed. When I started using the pip search it said it doesn’t recognize search. I got —

pip: error: No command by the name pip search

I realized, I was using pip version 0.32 and the world had advanced too much since this was installed! pip search wasn’t available back then. This older version was due to the pip I had installed using apt-get and it would take ages for them to realize there is a new version of a particular package there(no offence, i love apt). So i removed the python-pip package and then did a

sudo easy_install pip

(probably for the last time) It reminds me my earlier days when the first thing I would do after installing windows was to open IE and download firefox!

Anyhow, so now I have pip 1.0.2 installed and it is great to search python packages, install (obviously) and uninstall (not so obvious Mr. Easy_installer) and be happy from now on!

Paint in ubuntu

February 5, 2010 Leave a comment

If you are searching for a normal paint program on linux like MS paint, there are many, but the best and easiest, clean thing is “kolourpaint4”
Actually it is more than a Microsoft Paint clone. It is a photo editor and a paint software with much more than what MS paint offers. Visit this for more reviews.

At your terminal type –

sudo apt-get install kolourpaint4

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msttcorefonts removal

October 12, 2009 5 comments

Installing msttcorefonts never happened instead it created lots of troubles for me. It just never let me silently update, upgrade, install using APT

[zubin@mordor ~]$  sudo dpkg –purge msttcorefonts
(Reading database … 147255 files and directories currently installed.)
Removing msttcorefonts …
W: /usr/share/fonts/truetype/msttcorefonts/Verdana.ttf: not registered.
W: /usr/share/fonts/truetype/msttcorefonts/Arial_Italic.ttf: not registered.
W: /usr/share/fonts/truetype/msttcorefonts/Arial.ttf: not registered.
W: /usr/share/fonts/truetype/msttcorefonts/Arial_Bold_Italic.ttf: not registered.
W: /usr/share/fonts/truetype/msttcorefonts/Comic_Sans_MS_Bold.ttf: not registered.
W: /usr/share/fonts/truetype/msttcorefonts/Andale_Mono.ttf: not registered.
W: /usr/share/fonts/truetype/msttcorefonts/Times_New_Roman_Bold.ttf: not registered.
and many more…

dpkg: error processing msttcorefonts (–purge):
subprocess pre-removal script returned error exit status 1

These fonts were provided by Microsoft “in the interest of cross-
platform compatibility”.  This is no longer the case, but they are
still available from third parties.

=> `./andale32.exe’
Connecting to… connected.
Proxy request sent, awaiting response… 407 Proxy Authentication Required
11:15:26 ERROR 407: Proxy Authentication Required.

=> `./andale32.exe’
Connecting to… connected.
Proxy request sent, awaiting response… 407 Proxy Authentication Required
11:13:00 ERROR 407: Proxy Authentication Required.

similar errors… you just cannot do apt stuff without doing something about this.

andale32.exe: No such file or directory
All done, errors in processing 1 file(s)
dpkg: error while cleaning up:
subprocess post-installation script returned error exit status 1
Errors were encountered while processing:


The best way out of this annoying trouble is to remove these packages completely from the system which won’t get installed neither get removed

[zubin@mordor ~]$  sudo vi /var/lib/dpkg/info/msttcorefonts.prerm

remove or comment the defoma-font purge -all line 🙂

[zubin@mordor ~]$  sudo dpkg –purge msttcorefonts
(Reading database … 147255 files and directories currently installed.)
Removing msttcorefonts …
Purging configuration files for msttcorefonts …

[zubin@mordor ~]$  remove msttcorefonts
Reading package lists… Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information… Done
Package msttcorefonts is not installed, so not removed
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.

[zubin@mordor ~]$ 🙂 🙂

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Ubuntu fun stuff!

June 10, 2009 2 comments

Some stuff I stumbled upon in the past few days. It may seem lame but anyway try it out! 😀

  1. Xjokes: These are some graphic jokes as the name is quite clear.
    sudo apt-get install xjokes
    After installation, type the following one by one at the terminal!
  2. Free the fish: Hit ALT + F2. This will open the run dialog box. type: free the fishLook at the cute thing on your screen. Well its good for sometime but after a while it really annoys! “Unfreeing” the free fish is not so obvious or may be i don’t know how to! Type this at the terminal ->
    killall gnome-panel
  3. gegls from outer space Same thing run this in run box.
    gegls from outer space
    and play the game. Also please comment back iof you ever complete the level 1. 😛 I don’t think anyone can finish the game.

FLash AMD64 ubuntu! phew!

After solving the graphic card problem I had (did not quite solve it! it just worked…go by the book and restart :P) I thought of making flash work in ubuntu. All the standard ones u’d probably apt-get wont make youtube videos work. Finally, I do what all ubuntu users would hate to do…yeah get the .deb and make install it. But does not provide flash support for AMD 64 systems which was really sad. So the only way out was using nspluginwrapper on the flash core packages –>

I found a web-page which has a script written to do it all. But as it says you will need getlibs before you get lucky –>

Awesome script 🙂 Videos and flash works! Things are good.

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Ubuntu lost password!

November 28, 2008 1 comment

This is one sad thing you come across after may be realising that you badly need linux for some work which is impossible in windows(believe me there are some such things…) So you realise that you do have linux installed(you were feeling all geeky some time in your past) At once you restart your computer and switch to linux. Then they ask you for the username and password! Most probably your username is your name but as i said you were feeling geeky when installing it long ago you have definitely kept some not-to-be-known-super-nerdy-password huh..!

Now you don’t remember it! Unlike other OS, no hint questions, but only an adamant screen asking the same question and wont let you proceed. Realize that passwords should be always from some of your standard known ones (or rather md5() of your name or md5 of “your_name;” – quite geeky and no need to remember;)

Steps to do:

  1. Restart your computer
  2. When you reach your grub press ‘ESC’ then press ‘e’ to enter the edit mode
  3. Go to your ubuntu kernel line and press ‘e’
  4. go to the end of line and add -> rw init=/bin/bash
  5. Press enter
  6. press ‘b’ to boot
  7. Now as it boots it will lead you to the full access root terminal, obviously as root
  8. at the prompt type passwd username and it will ask for a new unix password, set it and done
  9. Suppose you do not know the username, then type -> passwd -a -S which will list all the users and from there you can check it out!
  10. Restart your computer and login with new password

Now that you have done so much to get into linux again, please do something productive there and stay there for some time…it isnt for geeks but for work!

PS: rm -rf  – whoever you are, whatever you do, please please do not try this at home or at workplace!

PPS: An easier way out – courtesy – A.Y. Siu, see comments

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