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#1 Hardware & System Configuration » KDE desktop - right-click and extract here of zip files not working » 2021-06-10 20:17:40

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I have to download jobs from SharePoint which get downloaded as Zip archives. When I had my earlier iteration on the drive that failed, I had no issues of going to the download location, right-clicking and selecting 'Extract Here' from the context menu. I can no longer do this with the most recent release of Devuan 3. I have to double-click the .zip archive to view contents and then select the object to be extracted. Is this due to new security measures? I can see why that should be just wondered.

#3 Re: Off-topic » Show your desktop (rebooted) » 2021-06-06 11:12:44

Wallpaper: wallhaven-3kmypd.jpg (from
Steam Punk theme: SteampunK [9157926-SteampunK.tar.gz]
Orrery Clock: timekeeper-0.7.plasmoid
Tiled Menu.
Devuan logo replaced KDE logo for menu

#4 Hardware & System Configuration » keyboard settings showing 2 instances of Caps Lock in Panel! » 2021-06-06 10:58:44

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Have enabled keyboard-settings widget in the panel. Num lock only appears once as it should but if I press Caps Lock key to remain in Caps mode there are two Caps keys shown in the panel. Bug?

#5 Off-topic » Guide on how to recover a corrupt pdf » 2021-06-06 10:48:10

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In this instance I am referring to an Application I purchased this year. pdf Studio Pro 2020 by Qoppa, one of the few pdf editor software that still supports GNU/Linux (the other is Master pdf editor). I went for the Qoppa one based on high scoring reviews on 'alternative to' website. My corrupt file occurred because I had a failing hard drive which I was not aware of at the time. The application uses java and during failing hard drive phase I could not render the partially altered pdf (an Exam paper for a student with low vision). I did some searching and found this useful command line tool,


To fix a corrupt file:

pdftk <name of file> output fixed.pdf

i used 'fixed.pdf' as an example as it makes it easier to find.

Next I opened up the fixed.pdf in LibreOffice Draw and exported as fixedA.pdf on which I then open in Okular.

From here I could use the selection tool in Okular for highlighting text to copy to clipboard then drop into place in pdf Studio Pro 2020.

Now as for images I had enhanced using GIMP to delete labels, then enhance in Inkscape, because I now have the fixed.pdf open in LibreOffice draw I can select the modified images only without the labels to copy and paste into pdf Studio Pro 2020 - saved a lot of time of not having to start from scratch!

pdftk is available via Synaptic Package Manager.

#6 Hardware & System Configuration » Printing issues - can't print more than 1 copy from an application » 2021-06-06 10:34:55

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Hi everyone,

Had to replace a failing hard drive this week and decided to download the latest version, 3.1.1 DVD iso. Installed the same way as previously, choosing separate /var and /home. Printer picked up correctly as Canon TS8000 series (TS8151). Haven't installed the PPD from Canon. If I unlock the printer, the number of copies is set as 1 which is what I would want as default but if I need to make more than one copy, even choosing from the Application being used to print from it does not change - any ideas?

Thanks for reading.

#7 Off-topic » My Ryzen 7 1700-X Cooling experience! » 2021-03-15 21:01:47

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When I upgraded this rig, by that I mean the CoolerMaster Case i've had since about 2006, I bought an Asus X-470 Pro Motheboard, and what I though was going to be a an AMD Ryzen processor with cooling fan. The processor arrived and all the other bits but the processor box on one side said "With fan" and on the other side "no fan is in this box"! All i got from the supplier was a £5 refund! So i have foolishly been using the old motherboard's CPU Cooler, an Asus Red Lion Square cooler but recently had a lot of re-starts and warning on CPU error on reboot. So I thought it was time to get something decent. I did not want to risk liquid cooling as have heard quite a few horror stories about leaks. So in the end I purchased a Noctua AH-15 with two 140 mm fans - but sadly could only use the one as the RAM modules are that little bit too high. That aside I was really impressed with the Cooler and the AMD kit which thanks to Boris's Botched Brexit plan took 2 months to arrive from Austria in stead of a week or two so Saturday just gone was spent installing the wondrous beast. Can highly recommend this piece of kit as it is a welcome relief from having to use that annoying, 'spring clip' that has to get 'forcefully' hooked on to the notched retainers attached to the Motherboard.
My gallery of the recent install can be found here:

#8 Re: Hardware & System Configuration » How to get second nVidia 1030 card to be recognised. » 2021-03-15 20:42:08

Hi Head_on_a_Stick,

Thanks for the quick response. I booted into the predecessor to Devuan which I have as a spare goto for Work, FerenOS - ironically that picked up the second graphics without any issues. Then I thought, oh, if I install Arandr (Gtk front end to xrandr) I could save the script from FerenOS and use that. I think I need to be doing somethings in root. Anyway no rush, there's an online LUG meeting coming up in my region so will ask for some steps there what to do on the command line - most guides quote HDMI but i want both on VGA. Just using the original card for dual monitor setup at present - one monitor connected with HDMI, the other VGA (Primary).
Thanks again for your response. Much appreciated.

#9 Hardware & System Configuration » How to get second nVidia 1030 card to be recognised. » 2021-03-13 20:40:57

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Been searching and could only find this article (based on Ubuntu - yes I know!): … -in-linux/

When I do a 'nano' of X11.conf it states I am creating a new file. Having looked in /etc I can see quite a lot of different things so not sure where to go from here.
The reason behind installing a second 1030 graphics card was to dedicate one to Virtual Machine Manager for improved Graphics, but when not being used would like to use it for second monitor. Prior to second graphics had the one 1030 with VGA to primary and HDMI to secondary (right screen).


#10 Re: Devuan » Why are systemd files present in Devuan? » 2021-01-24 13:49:15

I've had some issues with Jitsi in terms of sound and finally had to install the Pulse package for ALSA to get it working (sound) whilst in a Jitsi meeting. I don't use VLC any more. The only media players on the system are: mpv media player, SM Player, Dragon Player, Videos. Appears I have Pulse Audio Volume Control but I think I had to install it too regarding the Jitsi issue.

#11 Other Issues » Midori issue » 2021-01-24 13:25:24

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Hi, I was helping out on a local City forum where someone was having issues in another OS with a video. I did a search for Light Browsers and Midori came top of the list. I have used this in the past on other distributions of GNU/Linux but not had brilliant performance. When I installed from apper the machine froze. So I downloaded the one from the official website which indicates version 1.1.4 - no issues. My only issue now is that the Updater is pointing to the one in the repos, 7.2 which has a freeze bug. No such issues in 1.1.4 from the Official Midori site. I am continually getting reminders to update this and can't remember the syntax for blocking this so it doesn't keep coming up. For the tine being I am just unchecking it in Apper when other updates come through. Thanks.

#12 Re: Other Issues » Is VirtualBox (or alternative) in the repo? » 2021-01-24 13:20:52

I've had an issue with Aqemu in that I am not doing something correct i.e., thinking I had created an installed 'drive' when it starts in live mode again (image). However I found VirtManager (Virtual Machine Manager to give it it's full title) great at importing my VB .vhd into quemu using the qcow2 converter. It is so much nicer not to have to press the right Ctrl key to free the mouse back to the desktop - the mouse can easily move from a VM to the desktop. (I do have 2 monitors I hasten to add!)

#13 Documentation » How to enable sounds ... if you want to that is ... login and logout » 2020-12-20 14:48:32

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Go to System Settings > Notifications > Applications: Configure > Plasma Workspace > Configure Events > Login.
(and Logout)

(acknowledgement to post on this reddit thread: … an_enable/

For me I am currently using login and logout sounds from Ultimate Edition Oz B-II edition which you can download from here:

I just wish there was a way (possibly a script? I'm no script writer) to get the desktop-greeting to work at login! Much nicer than Knoppix greeter!

#14 Re: Other Issues » [SOLVED] UsingAqemu interface to import a .vhd to become an .img how? » 2020-12-18 23:09:12

The solution has been mentioned elsewhere, but by trial and error ... virt-manager .... ROCKS! The first time a VM with decent graphics as if running on native hardware - well it is - ditch Virtual Box anyone reading this. Virt Manager is COOOOOOOOL! big_smile

#15 Re: Other Issues » [SOLVED] UsingAqemu interface to import a .vhd to become an .img how? » 2020-12-18 21:35:21

Hmmm! Looks like I have managed to create a couple of .img files but when I try to create new VM's and use the .img files Aqemu reports 'no boot device found' - where am I going wrong?

#16 Other Issues » [SOLVED] UsingAqemu interface to import a .vhd to become an .img how? » 2020-12-18 21:21:43

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Not sure where I am going wrong on this - using the konsole I fall foul of su limitations for creating mnt and vhd directories which I can't access as a user for drag and drop option. I discovered the graphical method - a lot of 'processing' goes on but nothing appears to happen apart from the system losing monitor output when going to sleep then when waking only one monitor showing up. I can identify the .vhd file but not sure:

a. What I should call the new file (*.img?) or where it should be saved/
b. What method I should be using: nbd, nfs, null-aio, null-co, nvme, on, parallels, project, qcow, qcow2 (default), qed, quorum, raw, rbd, replication, report, sheepdog, ssh, the, throttle, to, vdi, vdhx, vmdk, vpc, vvfat.  There's also a 'See' section below the options but nothing shown. Also whether should be compressed.
I am trying to import Windows 7 Pro 32-bit VM that was created in Virtual Box on another Linux OS but not getting very far. The image from VBox has the following files:

*.vhd (the one I use as source for conversion.

Any help would be greatly appreciated as I can't migrate to Devuan for work purposes until I can get Windows 7 VM up and running as I need to access a mailbox that is secondary to my main one which I have successfully set up on the other Linux OS and also on Devuan - the mailbox relates to work requests that have to be processed which means having to use Outlook 365. I have attempted in the past to export the associated .pst file for said mailbox as a possible work around but no such luck.

#17 Other Issues » Aqemu not identifying Logitech Webcam in VM (Host device) » 2020-11-28 13:36:51

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Sadly this last week I had to install Teams on Devuan as it did not pick up the Webcam as I am currently undertaking Mandarin Class via Teams. This meant quickly having to install Teams on Devuan which I didn't want to do as my experience is that it takes over the machine (even after removing it from startup applications!) Aaaaarrrrrrrggggghhhh!

lsusb in Konsole on the Host picks up the id and correctly identifies the device:

swarfendor437@devuan:~$ lsusb
Bus 006 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0003 Linux Foundation 3.0 root hub
Bus 005 Device 002: ID 046a:0114 Cherry GmbH 
Bus 005 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0003 Linux Foundation 3.0 root hub
Bus 003 Device 002: ID 046d:09a4 Logitech, Inc. QuickCam E 3500
Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0003 Linux Foundation 3.0 root hub
Bus 001 Device 002: ID 05e3:0723 Genesys Logic, Inc. GL827L SD/MMC/MS Flash Card Reader
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub

In Qemu Under USB connections I have:

Connecting USB host device
     Manufacturer:       Product:             bus:  addr:  path:
1   Generic                 USB Storage     1       2        13
2   Unknown               Unknown           3       2        1     (If I select it it indicates it is the webcam - Vendor Id: 046d Product id: 09a4
3    Cherry GmbH       Cherry Wireless 5       2        3                                                                      bus.addr.path: 3.3.1 speed: 480
4   Linux 4.19.0-12    xHCI Controller   1       1        0
5   ditto                       ditto                    2       1        0
6   ditto                       ditto                    3       1        0
7   ditto                       ditto                    4       1        0
8   ditto                       ditto                    5       1        0
9   ditto                       ditto                    6       1        0

I am aware that when using VB I had to change the USB settings toi 1.1 (shows how old the webcam is). Would I be better off upgrading the webcam  to a newer model?

Thanks. smile

#18 Re: Other Issues » [RESOLVED] Having issues installing Braille Blaster for Linux » 2020-11-20 21:06:15

Having researched and found that I can import .vhd's created in VB can be imported into Qemu, I will be using the Brailleblaster version for Windows on a Windows 7 VM (which is what I am currently doing on another drive with different OS on it so I will be migrating all my stuff off of that drive to Devuan 3.0. wink

#19 Re: Other Issues » [CLOSED] Logging into Cinnamon DE reports in software render mode! » 2020-11-20 21:00:47

Thanks Head_on_a_Stick. Have done per your instructions - the confusion came about through a link someone else posted and that linked to similar layout for Debian Buster - hence the question. Your solution provided the answer. Just looked at packages that get installed with Cinnamon and as PulseAudio and rtkit are present by Lennart I have avoided installing. Such a shame Gnome devs are such Numpties! (Just been reading on articles for friend who wants to leave systemd behind for sysinit).

[Just as I was posting this my pc auto shutoff and rebooted - had a similar issue with CoolerMaster PSU earlier this year that got replaced under warranty. This is a thermaltake 650 W - the only other issue might be poor performing antisurge 8-way socket (unswitched) or the Ryzen 7 CPU getting a bit toasty creating thermal cutout!]

#20 Installation » Friend wants to know ... » 2020-11-20 20:50:18

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Will Devuan 3.0 run ok on hardware of following specs:
Notebook with i5 processor and 8 Gb of RAM?
Friend in a rush (other side of the world) so once I get actual make and model will post back.

#22 Re: Other Issues » Is wicd needed for LXQt/Kwin? » 2020-11-18 22:42:33

Thanks Head_on_a_Stick - I'll play safe and take the second option. wink

#23 Re: Other Issues » [RESOLVED] Having issues installing Braille Blaster for Linux » 2020-11-16 20:52:34

If people want to look at this package I can upload it to my pCloud account and provide a link so it can be downloaded and examined.

#24 Re: Other Issues » [CLOSED] Logging into Cinnamon DE reports in software render mode! » 2020-11-16 20:51:08

I can only speak of previous experience of using prorprietary drivers in the past ended up giving me a worse experience than Nouveau drivers. Even changing the rendering mode bit in Firefox didn't help either. No worries. I am quite happy with the way things are. If it changes I'll read up on it again. Thanks.

#25 Re: Other Issues » Is wicd needed for LXQt/Kwin? » 2020-11-16 20:46:28

Hmm! I think I will abstain from its removal! I can always remove the icon from the panel I guess!  This is the return of that command:

the following packages will be REMOVED:
  cjs{u} dnsutils{u} file-roller{u} gir1.2-accountsservice-1.0{u} 
  gir1.2-caribou-1.0{u} gir1.2-clutter-1.0{u} gir1.2-cogl-1.0{u} 
  gir1.2-coglpango-1.0{u} gir1.2-gdesktopenums-3.0{u} gir1.2-gkbd-3.0{u} 
  gir1.2-gnomedesktop-3.0{u} gir1.2-gtkclutter-1.0{u} gir1.2-harfbuzz-0.0{u} 
  gir1.2-json-1.0{u} gir1.2-keybinder-3.0{u} gir1.2-nm-1.0{u} gir1.2-nma-1.0{u} 
  gir1.2-upowerglib-1.0{u} gir1.2-xapp-1.0{u} gir1.2-xkl-1.0{u} gist{u} 
  gnome-backgrounds{u} gobject-introspection{u} gvfs-bin{u} hddtemp{u} 
  icu-devtools{u} inxi{u} iso-flags-png-320x240{u} libatk-bridge2.0-dev{u} 
  libatk1.0-dev{u} libatspi2.0-dev{u} libcairo-script-interpreter2{u} 
  libcairo2-dev{u} libcaribou-common{u} libcaribou0{u} libcjs0{u} libdbus-1-dev{u} 
  libdbus-glib-1-dev{u} libdbus-glib-1-dev-bin{u} libdrm-dev{u} libegl1-mesa-dev{u} 
  libepoxy-dev{u} libexpat1-dev{u} libfontconfig1-dev{u} libfreetype6-dev{u} 
  libfribidi-dev{u} libgarcon-common{u} libgirepository1.0-dev{u} 
  libgl1-mesa-dev{u} libgles1{u} libglvnd-core-dev{u} libglvnd-dev{u} 
  libgraphite2-dev{u} libgtk-3-dev{u} libharfbuzz-dev{u} libharfbuzz-gobject0{u} 
  libice-dev{u} libicu-dev{u} libirs161{u} libkeybinder-3.0-0{u} liblzo2-2{u} 
  libmozjs-52-0{u} libmozjs-52-dev{u} libmuparser2v5{u} libnemo-extension1{u} 
  libnotify-bin{u} libopengl0{u} libpango1.0-dev{u} libpixman-1-dev{u} libsm-dev{u} 
  libstatgrab10{u} libsysstat-qt5-0{u} libtagc0{u} libunique-1.0-0{u} 
  libwayland-bin{u} libwayland-dev{u} libwnck-common{u} libwnck22{u} 
  libx11-xcb-dev{u} libxapp1{u} libxcb-dri2-0-dev{u} libxcb-dri3-dev{u} 
  libxcb-glx0-dev{u} libxcb-present-dev{u} libxcb-randr0-dev{u} 
  libxcb-render0-dev{u} libxcb-shape0-dev{u} libxcb-shm0-dev{u} libxcb-sync-dev{u} 
  libxcb-xfixes0-dev{u} libxcomposite-dev{u} libxcursor-dev{u} libxdamage-dev{u} 
  libxext-dev{u} libxfixes-dev{u} libxft-dev{u} libxi-dev{u} libxinerama-dev{u} 
  libxkbcommon-dev{u} libxnvctrl0{u} libxrandr-dev{u} libxrender-dev{u} 
  libxshmfence-dev{u} libxtst-dev{u} libxxf86vm-dev{u} mesa-common-dev{u} 
  pango1.0-tools{u} python-notify{u} python-wicd{u} python3-markdown{u} 
  python3-pampy{u} python3-psutil{u} python3-pygments{u} python3-pyinotify{u} 
  python3-setproctitle{u} python3-xapp{u} python3-xlib{u} python3-yaml{u} rfkill{u} 
  ruby-json{u} tree{u} wayland-protocols{u} wicd{p} wicd-daemon{p} wicd-gtk{pu} 
  wireless-tools{u} x11proto-composite-dev{u} x11proto-damage-dev{u} 
  x11proto-fixes-dev{u} x11proto-randr-dev{u} x11proto-record-dev{u} 
  x11proto-xext-dev{u} x11proto-xf86vidmode-dev{u} x11proto-xinerama-dev{u} 
  xapps-common{u} xsane{u} xsane-common{u} 

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