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#1 Hardware & System Configuration » NIC replacement issues » Today 17:48:14

Replies: 1

Got a M5A99X EVO R2 board running ASCII. The onboard NIC (Realtek) suddenly stopped working. I had an Intel GBit NIC around I did install in the PC and disabled the onboard chip in the BIOS. This is no more detected by lspci.

But now ASCII insists on replacing eth0 with eth1. Had to modify the interfaces settings.

Where do I need to look to stop ASCII/(eudev?) doing this?

Thnaks, rolfie

#2 Re: Hardware & System Configuration » hanging on boot (openrc) on eth0 » 2020-01-11 12:29:12

jamesthedisciple wrote:

Also it waits at:

I have no idea what this means!

MTA = Mail Transfer Agent, typically exim. Starting up exim can take a while when no network is detected until some timeouts have passed.

Regards, rolfie

#3 Re: Installation » /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf different in Cinnamon versus MATE » 2020-01-09 20:01:52

I just use Mate in ASCII and Beowulf. There is no difference, you find the lightdm.conf in /etc/lightdm. There you need to uncomment:




That works fine and display a list of full usernames on the login screen.

I have just done an apt install lightdm, there are no options.


#4 Re: Installation » "Warning": Failed to connect to lvmetad » 2020-01-01 15:29:43

@OP: as you say you are using a LVM, then the message is normal. As long as the LVM finally is opened, everything is fine.


#5 Re: Other Issues » How can i remove the Google Search Plugin from AbiWord? » 2019-12-28 17:45:19

Is moving to LibreOffice an alternative solution for you? I am happy with LO.


#6 Re: Installation » sources.list for bloody germans » 2019-12-12 18:13:18

Hi roluan17,

I'm from Germany also. I have dropped all tries to add a country code or a specific mirror. I simply use:

deb ascii main contrib non-free
deb ascii-security main contrib non-free
deb ascii-updates main contrib non-free
deb ascii-backports main contrib non-free

This works fine.

Regards, rolfie

#7 Re: Installation » Updating ASCII to ASCII 2.1 point release » 2019-12-03 21:22:41

rich43 wrote:

I've used Debian for a number of years and am used to updating Debian releases using their announcements
and apt's update, upgrade (or full-upgrade), using apt/aptitude..

If you have been using apt update/upgrade regularly since installation, you have an up to date ASCII installation, which only has very minor differences to the 2.1 point release. i.e. if you have selected openrc during your initial installation, you still got it and its up to date. If you want to install it now and change to using it, it is more work to do.

Under normal circumstances there is no point in re-installing with 2.1 if you are happy and have not totally screwed your system. This point release has the charm that when you do a fresh installation, you have an easier access to openrc and you have much less updates that need to be installed vs a 2.0 installation. Thats it.

I'm running two PCs at home that have been installed with a 2.0 beta which is my wifes PC and mine that was build after the release of 2.0. Both work fine and are up to date without re-installation. 


#8 Re: Installation » Hash Sun mismatch » 2019-11-29 20:24:53

Which release do you intend to use? ASCII = stable, Beowulf = testing, ceres = unstable/experimental?

Check if changing the sources to

deb ascii

helps. This is the official notification, refer to

#9 Re: Hardware & System Configuration » APT doesn't install from testing repository » 2019-11-24 17:17:20

Looks like you need to invest some time to understand the various terms and definitions.

Here are some hints:
Jessie = Oldstable, ASCII = Stable. Unfortunately Devuan has dropped all hints to Beowulf and Ceres on the main pages.

Have a look at this page:
When you look through the options from the drop down list, you see that Beowulf is Testing, and Ceres is Unstable.

Your sources.list does not point to Testing:

deb ascii-updates main
deb-src ascii-updates main

This belongs to ASCII, refer to

If you want Testing there, you have two options:

deb beowulf main [contrib non-free]
deb testing main [contrib non-free]

Both options are possible, but I need to warn you: having that in the sources.list and running apt update/apt upgrade will cause havoc.

You better read a lot how to configure the sources before you start to install individual packages from different releases.

Good luck, rolfie

#10 Re: Hardware & System Configuration » amdgpu-pro + ascii on kernel 4.19 bpo ? » 2019-11-16 20:35:22

Got myself a R570 card on a Ryzen system with ASCII and backports kernel. Works fine with just the amgpu firmware.

There is a later kernel thatn bpo.5, try to upgrade.


#11 Re: Desktop and Multimedia » Very odd problem with Evolution (solved) » 2019-11-10 08:40:30

A first look at gateway and DNS of the two connections?


#12 Re: Installation » ascii 2.1 iso with openrc install doesnt work » 2019-11-07 17:28:26

Look at the boot screen. Normally there are no boot logs written.


#13 Re: Installation » ascii 2.1 iso with openrc install doesnt work » 2019-11-06 17:21:27

danista wrote:

How to determine if openrc is running?

When booting past expanding the initramfs, you should see a message about init 2.88 starting and two lines deeper openrc 0.23 starting


#14 Re: Installation » ascii 2.1 iso with openrc install doesnt work » 2019-11-06 16:39:06

I am asking because in ascii 2.0 you had to do an expert install and select openrc. Looks like the installation with 2.1 has changed, the question is asked in the normal install already.

Just tried 2.1 amd64 in VBox: selection works fine, openrc 0.23 is starting.

You mention something about re-installation. What does that mean? Did you overwrite an existing installation? e.g. without formatting the disk? Please explain.

#16 Re: Desktop and Multimedia » Mate panel lockups » 2019-11-04 19:46:56

Update: looks like its always related to removing USB hardware, maybe stick or also disks, as pierlo mentioned.

Currently its rare, when it happens I open a terminal on the desktop which still works, enter su - and tell the PC to restart.


#17 Re: Installation » [SOLVED] Is "Devuan GNU/Linux 1.0 (jessie)" lastest stable version? » 2019-10-27 22:01:49


hughparker1 wrote:

I have tried $ sudo apt dist-upgrade but says nothing to updgrade

That will not help on its own.

You need to:
1.) Modify your sources list to ASCII repository
2.) apt update
3.) apt upgrade
4.) apt dist-upgrade

Search the web for instructions how to update from release to a later release.

Regards, Rolf

#19 Re: Hardware & System Configuration » BDRE mounted read only » 2019-07-01 19:54:11

Addition: Mate shows a popup telling me:

Error mounting system-managed device /dev/sr0: command-line "mount"/Media/cdrom0" exitet with non-zero exit status 32: mount: wrong fs type, bad option, bad superblock on /dev/sr0, missing code page or helper program, or other error. 

There is a hint to look into syslog, or dmesg, but there is no entry present.

Writing under Win7 works.


#20 Hardware & System Configuration » BDRE mounted read only » 2019-07-01 19:08:00

Replies: 2

Got a PC with an ASUS BW-16D1HT blue ray writer, that is capable to read/write BDRE media. Bought a set of Verbatim BD-RE25 disks, formatted them under Win7 to UDF2.5, and tried to mount them under ASCII amd64, latest backports kernel 4.19.bpo5. I always get:

# mount -t udf -o rw,noatime,async,users /dev/sr0 /media/DVDRAM
mount: /dev/sr0 is write-protected, mounting read-only

Formatting/writing a new UDF2.5 file system under ASCII works, but does not change the behaviour. udftools are installed.

Any suggestions?

Thanks, Rolf

#21 Re: Installation » Installing Devuan ASCII Amd64 from DVD (full ISO) - no CD-ROM found » 2019-07-01 18:56:47

Have successfully used devuan_ascii_2.0.0_amd64_dvd-1.iso from one of the mirrors listed on, also the CD or the netinstall version, cannot complain about the installer, it worked. There is no bug. You may also load the file directly from

Make sure your download is fine by checking the hash.

You say you got a newer PC. I would assume that PC has an EFI bios. Make sure you boot the DVD in the same mode the bios is set up, i.e. normally if the bios is set to CSM mode, or by boot override in EFI mode.

Good luck, Rolf

#22 Re: Other Issues » Advantages and disadvantages of backports » 2019-06-19 18:35:58

I typically just use the backports kernel. So far only good experiences.


#23 Re: Installation » (SOLVED) Install to an SD card » 2019-06-18 15:24:58

Well, I have made the experience that I should always removed all other media with OS installations and all USB sticks if I want a clean install. grub always gave me issues when I forgot to follow that rule.


#24 Re: Desktop and Multimedia » Is "apt autoremove" still trustworthy (as it used to be)? » 2019-06-17 18:10:22

I am happy with apt autoremove, its works fine in ASCII and Beowulf.


#25 Re: Hardware & System Configuration » Shutdown encrypted LVM on Beowulf » 2019-05-30 06:44:57

kuleszdl wrote:

I tried the proposed workaround on a freshly installed beowulf system. Unfortunately, it seems to make no difference. Anyone tried this recently?

Works fine on my Beowulf x64 system. Look at entry #7, filename to patch is /lib/cryptsetup/cryptdisks-functions. Shutdown is really fast.


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