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#1 Re: Freedom Hacks » Do not use pulseaudio » 2021-02-08 02:29:24

Head_on_a_Stick wrote:

For those who have laptops with HDMI outputs see this guide for setting the non-HDMI output as the default: … sound_card

Even with pulse I ran into an Issue getting Audio out  of my HDMI to the TV.
I used Alsa to push audio out the HDMI port as a test. I was able to push sound out through HDMI and it came out the Tv.
However, I was unable to get the media player to push it through the TV. smile
Was odd sure it is an Easy fix. Pulse wouldn't do it. I tried changing every setting possible found no sound.
I had pulse installed I maybe should try removing pulse and changing default to HDMI and rebooting.

#2 Re: Desktop and Multimedia » SOLVED: Wicd Network Manager on MATE is unreliable » 2021-02-08 01:30:47

I use that program (I'd be nice if it was in the repos I found it on an Old Iso in Ascii and I transferred it over to BeoWulf)
Thanks to Vincenzo "KatolaZ" Nicosia
Connecting never was easier.
Although it lacks features like Hostname spoofing Channel selection. but it's really good program. Unfortunately the github version seems slightly older the one I have is from 2018. It might of migrated to gitlab or something

Any issues I have usually come from intel Wifi Cards. Not as stable (oddly no other cards drop connection for me) and funny that hostname spoofing is quirky on intel Wifi cards starting a new tty it will change your tty hostname. hmm so yeah Free Wifi cards are a good place to start.

#3 Re: Desktop and Multimedia » Alternative browser for Devuan/Debian - Brave » 2021-02-08 01:23:50

Chromium will give more ads on Google. None relevant but I wanted to try ungoogled. However,
I see iceweasel is in the repos. How does it differ from firefox? All my add-ons previously installed work. All my bookmarks and history are intact? It seems identical to mozilla. I cannot discern a difference but I think I will use iceweasel for now just for the Spirit of it.

#4 Re: Desktop and Multimedia » [Ceres] Xfce4: not more xfce4-panel | kernel 5.9 » 2020-12-18 04:46:44

I am on 5.9 on this laptop.
I have not noticed any issue with Xfce4-panel (4.12 version)
I am using openbox session. w/ Ati gpu.

#5 Re: Freedom Hacks » package usbmuxd - used for IPhone Tethering » 2020-12-18 04:33:26

hmm If i can mount it. That means I can jail break it. smile Great hack.

#6 Re: DIY » Kill openvpn in one line in Terminal » 2020-12-18 04:23:26

Thanks for this.
I have been using chattr to prevent DNS leakage wink
Seems like you are doing it the proper way. I just found a way to prevent my resolve.conf from changing on me after setting it.

Thanks guys I learned a bit from you smile

pkill will be useful for me.
Also, as I use public Wifi often the DNS is quite common for cisco routers.  It helps me from manually having to change it all the time.
Awesome thank you very much.

#7 Devuan » script depreciated? » 2020-08-07 02:11:25

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I've noticed the script has depreciated in beowulf. which came standard in ASCII
However is there a reason it was not carried over? (Is it a potential security issue keeping WPA keys in a wpa_supplicant conf file?)
It still seems to work if you put all the files in the right spot, slightly off topic but thought this thread was a good place to mention.

#8 DIY » Kill openvpn in one line in Terminal » 2020-08-07 02:00:11

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I finally decided to automate something that had been a bit of a time waster for me.

nano /usr/local/sbin/Killvpn


openvpn_pid=$(pidof openvpn | awk '{print $1}')
kill $openvpn_pid

chmod +x /usr/local/sbin/Killvpn

Also you can add local host DNS resolving to the vpn kill script.

echo "search lan
nameserver" > /etc/resolv.conf 

Super simple, new to awk but reading a script from GNU user pretty much taught me all I needed to know to get this working. (
found out you wont even need awk for something this simple) Thanks wink

#9 Re: Devuan » Why are pulseaudio files present in Devuan? » 2020-04-14 02:02:11

Head_on_a_Stick wrote:
empty@E485:~ $ apt-cache rdepends gimp | grep pulse                                      
1|empty@E485:~ $

I've definitely run GIMP without PA.

I would try re-installing it again afterwards, that should work.

I'm stuck there.. I have removed every part pulse. Except libpulse0 if I am running gimp.
I have installed around dependencies however, libpulse0 is hard wired into gimp as far as I can tell.
I tried

 apt install gimp libpulse0- 

fails to install. It's quite unfortunate tongue Removing pulse sometimes breaks Xfce metapackage. But if you install it in parts it doesn't seem to need it at all for xfce4.

But libsdl1.2debian requires libpulse0 and I can't seem to get around that. Which gimp needs.

#10 Re: Installation » How do I make a triple-boot system, starting with Devuan? » 2020-04-04 11:14:22

I haven't managed to have more then one encrypted r0ot partition booting from a single grub install.
I imagine, sharing a single encrypted home between 3 different OS is very possible.

Honestly, logical partitions can be useful. You might be able to pull it off, using efi.

I can't seem to get a grub-pc / bios install to boot efi. I read lots on cfdisk and gdisk, can't seem to do it on GPT partitioning with encryption. I run into mdama errors and such.  I have empty space at start of disk. Manage to get grub booting MBR style. Had a bios grub partition as well, but grub would error out because it was ext2 o.o. Only to get dumped into initframs / busybox. Might be my firmware limitations, but MBR always seems to work on DOS partitioning when dealing with encryption. I prefer gpt, however I guess I haven't figured out how to get a minimal iso booting on a gpt disk yet.

How I always found is to use the grub-efi-amd64 package. With a efi partition (Fat32) and the boot, esp flag. You can have multiple boots on multiple hard drives pointing to the one efi partition. With a single grub finding all the efi boot parameters. However, I have only ever done this with one encrypted system. The encrypted system will see all the others but the others will not see the encrypted system.

You can also end up with the encrypted system boot option disappearing if you accidentally install grub on anouther system and you must chroot in, use efibootmgr, or your bios to point it back at the encrypted systems efi.

To run 3 would be cool. I imagine, again sharing a single home would be a bit easier to manage then 3 fully encrypted systems all on one boot manager. If all one boot loader would also be pretty impressive.

#11 Off-topic » This video got me thinking about Pulse » 2020-03-28 18:50:02

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Because pulse gets piped everywhere.
What is the potential for it being the basis of listening over USB?
I don't really know if a keyboard would emit different pulses per key stroke.
However, this video has me more paranoid about Pulses ability to pipe audio everywhere, to also listen everywhere as well in the same token.
Maybe pulse doesn't look for USB by default. Which would maybe be a good thing.

Fast forward to 6 minutes.

#12 Re: Installation » How is IBM support? » 2020-03-23 19:46:44

Wow, thanks guys.  That is exciting news to me.

#13 Installation » How is IBM support? » 2020-03-23 18:39:02

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I get an error on dmsg, but digging into it revealed it is a kernel function for IBM motherboard support.
Failed to map dmar2.
and Something about
Calgary: Detecting Calgary via bios EBDA area … -this-mean
So does this mean getting devuan running on system using IBM's Power CPU might be trivial? Is support enabled by default?

#14 Re: Desktop and Multimedia » mp3 tagging, and puddletag » 2020-03-23 18:31:15

I have been using gtkpod.. But this may be bloated for your needs.
It can edit the Mp3 files though. it's more for loading them into apple's ridiculous file system.. But haven't completely broken my Ipod yet so might as well use it.

#15 Re: Desktop and Multimedia » What games do you play on Devuan?? » 2020-03-23 17:40:04

I was playing Civ 6 maybe a year after it released and it was working fine. After few updates noticed sound got funky. And many voices were very quiet and sounds like it's coming through a tube. They told me to install pulse-audio to fix my problem. Lol  Guess I wasted my money ^.^

#16 Re: Hardware & System Configuration » Secure Boot » 2020-03-23 17:08:38

I think it's possible. The bios has ways to custom load keys, I just might not know what I'm doing. Do you have any good documentation maybe could point me in right direction?

I think I just missed a few steps, I followed a couple guides at the same time. Got all the keys built and signed the grub.efi However, shrugs* doesn't seem to be working as expected. The grub.efi.signed I can boot from, but behaviour seems no different then if secure boot is off. Which it tells me it is off in boot menu after I just turned it on.


My next experiment will be to try Secure boot on my Asus Motherboard,

PS: Fun fact. I saw a post on a debian thread regarding Nvidia persistenced.
I thought this was a devuan issue. Got no answers however, turns out the user got it running by turning off secure boot in Bios.  Which I refuse to run nvidia drivers anyway anymore.

#17 Re: Hardware & System Configuration » [Solved ]Mainboard ASUS with AMD Ryzen 3: root device not found » 2020-03-09 06:48:27

hmj wrote:

2018 there seemed to be some errors with randomize-numbers,

I think that is a issue with AMD random number generation more then the kernel. Something to do with the secure processor cryptography.

I don't know for sure tho, I don't have any ryzen cpu.

#18 Re: Other Issues » system freeze with non-default 5.5.x kernel(s) » 2020-03-09 06:36:35

I had hangs on my desktop running Ceres while gaming, had to roll back to beowulf for stability. It would hang and than just start up again. Never crash.

Pretty sure it is a kernel issue. I looked into it and only solution I found was people rolling back the kernel. Something odd on the newer versions.

I have a dell laptop on Ceres. Never noticed hanging. Kernel is 5.X. No non-free repo though.

#19 Re: Desktop and Multimedia » Anoise or anything similar? » 2020-03-09 06:25:51

looks like you could probably just download the .wav files and use audacious to play them. If you don't mind a Daemon that looks like winamp.

#20 Re: Devuan » Debian considering going systemd init only » 2020-03-08 22:19:58

I've had fully encrypted laptops die with battery dying on me.
I couldn't decrypt the system, I mounted from a USB though. was able to boot fine after that. Couldn't mount from grub cryptomount. Every time the passphrase was wrong.

As for homed, time will tell how it gets implemented. However, even if networkd isn't widely adopted. Doesn't resolvd solve so many problems present in linux? I kid.

anyway. On an encrypted system I can suspend to ram in xfce session. Return to normal operation with no hitches. Probably not the same as dismounting though! Although from a root terminal I'm sure you could remount it, but maybe would have to reboot and close a bunch of processes running from non-root user! I'm sure someone smart could write a script to dismount a home partition and remount the thing and get xorg back up and running without leaking the passphrase. Manually mounting from terminal isn't hard just takes time
is homed something like this? I stumbled on this browsing github. I usually don't install much from git if ever.

Thing is about convenience is you are trading something.

So far the only systemd feature I like is nspawn. It seems powerful.

#21 Re: DIY » Openbox Nightmare theme with XFCE? » 2020-03-08 04:32:37

I am doing that right now actually.. Been for a while.
First you need is openbox installed.
When starting a session, login with Openbox hitting F1 on slim or lightdm login should do the trick.

Now. Here is how you do it. You can remove a lot of XFCE4 bloat as well because you don't need most of xfce to accomplish this just a few parts.

cd /etc/xdg/openbox
nano autostart 

Go to the bottom and add your start programs here are some examples

xfce4-panel &
xfsettingsd & 
compmgr -f

If you want you can add other start up programs, since Openbox has no desktop wallpaper. I included nitrogen to boot as well so I can choose my background at login. Or

 xfdesktop &
tint2 &
compmgr -f

ext. You can customize as you like

You can remove a lot of Xfce4, I did this from a minimal install I have less than 1000 packages with a fully functioning DE. Funny thing is it will break log out in the applications menu, because you are not using an XFCE session. However, from a minimal install the log out option is absent from my applications menu which really just is the icing on the cake.

side note, you will need gtk2 engine components and gir1 packages for the theming to look similar to xfce with openbox as the WM. Your appearance settings for xfce will work after including xfsettingsd in the auto start. Although using xfdesktop will make openbox right clicking not work anywhere untill you kill it.

If any one can find out how to use open box right click on xfdesktop it would be a great combo.

I might of mis-read the OP. Your Xfce theme will have to match. I am using Adwita and Dusk i believe but I did go through the gtk-2.0 and gtk-3.0 to modify the colours to how I liked them. Openbox I am using Breeze with custom menu colours.

Inshort. Themes can be found in /usr/share/themes.
XFCE elements including thunar and various applications will use GTK theming. Inside your themes folder you will need a theme with both openbox themes and gtk-2.0 and gtk-3.0 themes if you wish to use openbox as your windows manager and retain some of your xfce4 theming.
It can be as simple as moving your nightmare theme into your xfce4 theme folder and combining the two. The combinations are endless and gtk-2.0 and openbox colour schemes are very simple to edit with simple hex value changes using your text editor of choice.  gtk-3.0 can be the same process but requires a bit more digging as they are a bit more complex.
Hex values will start with a #a522a5 where colours are divided into two. R, G, and B. With F being the highest value and #FFFFFF being white and #000000 being black as it gets. I'm sure you guys will find it really simple. Have fun,

#22 Re: Desktop and Multimedia » compile firefox-esr (52) --enable-alsa ? » 2020-03-08 04:02:16

Yes thank you. I had removed the fields in Network.trr* cells. Without any noticeable loss in functionality. I was really stoked I didn't have to re-compile firefox-esr myself though. I had no idea how to do so, and sound just started working again like magic.

#23 Re: Desktop and Multimedia » compile firefox-esr (52) --enable-alsa ? » 2020-03-08 03:54:57

I also heard Mozilla is trying to force a DNS on it's users like cloudflare
take a look here … -resolvers

#24 Re: Desktop and Multimedia » ascii/firefox youtube has no sound » 2020-03-08 03:49:47

Only complaint I hear from Alsa users is latency. However, I think it would be so slight that you would never notice it under normal use.
I'm just glad with people saying firefox won't work without pulse. Yet it continues to work without it on esr wink Just don't like seeing those empty pulse folders popping up everytime i make a new profile.

#25 Re: Devuan » They really will break everything » 2020-03-08 03:42:13

Maybe we can be even more free and have pacman as an option with apt
I like to use wild cards.
However, if you are worried about it you can always pipe.

apt list | grep installed | less
apt list | grep *pulse* 

for example I recently discovered I am running without libpulse0. I started from minimal and built up, a lot of those meta package dependencies are really truly a mess, Normally I'd have no problem with pulse audio. But the dependency breakage with apt is something quite odd makes me dislike it regardless of who made it.

However, you are right. I use wild cards sometimes for removing programs, I can't remember the name of exactly. But list will have to suffice if it changes.

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