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Git server with FreeBSD, nginx and cgit

Well, I had to put up a git server at work.

So I wrote three html pages:

Git server setup with FreeBSD, nginx and cgit (broken link)

Git client setup with FreeBSD or Linux (broken link)

Git client setup on Window$. Pure $hit with TortoiseGIT (broken link)

Git is fun, actually. I even made a github repository, but I must admit I don’t code much: I tried to start developing on ioquake3 code… not much has been done so far.

Well, if you’re interested… My github

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NVidia on Linux: IRQ error «nobody cared»

Well, I’ve got a marvellous nVidia 9800 GTX. I run KDE4 with KWin effects enabled.

It has happened many times that after some random hours of usage overall KDE performance dropped to the floor: moving windows was nearly impossible, desktop effects stopped working, writing in the Konsole was slow…

But the system was not unresponsive: SSH (and everything not related to the X server) was working as usual.

Since I was too lazy to investigate it, I simply restarted the X server (or closed and reopened my KDE session) when it happened.

Some days ago I took a look at dmesg | tail and found this string:

kernel: irq 16: nobody cared (try booting with the "irqpoll" option)

followed by a (stack?) trace.

So it was an IRQ problem. Looking at /proc/interrupts revealed that the interrupt #16 was shared between my nvidia card, a pata_jmicron thingy and an usb port.

After googling a little I found that you can (actually you should) put the nvidia card on MSI system (see this wikipedia entry).

You simply tell the nVidia module (loaded at startup) to use MSI rather than old pci irqs, by writing a file in /etc/modprobe.d/:

# nano /etc/modprobe.d/MSIfixes.conf
options nvidia NVreg_EnableMSI=1

Then you should unload the module and reload it (well, it’s easier to do a reboot).

I haven’t had that annoying freeze issue ever since I put MSI in the game.

On a side note, hda_intel module supports MSI too:

options snd_hda_intel enable_msi=1

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Finalmente PHP5.3 è entrato in FreeBSD, e con questo anche PHP-FPM!


Spiegazione: per poter usare script php con il vostro webserver preferito (ovvero nginx, se lo usano wordpress e youporn un motivo c’è: dà pesantemente merda a apache) prima di FreeBSD 8 l’unica era compilarsi a manina php5.3, che contiene php-fpm.

FPM significa “FastCGI Process Manager”: la maniera più comoda, più naturale, più sensata per avere uno o più processi php verso cui nginx può indirizzare le richieste tramite fastcgi.

E ho pianto sangue e sperma dal culo, e ho compilato, e ovviamente non funziona mai un cazzo al primo colpo perché murphy ci odia inspiegabilmente, e dio più che dare una mano ti dà un fracco di legnate.




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JPEG Recovery With Foremost: Filtering Results

Following my previous article, I’m writing my experience with foremost.

My mother had its Windows XP/Vista ravaged out by her son. She was very happy with Linux Mint until she asked me: «Where are our dog’s photos? They were stored in $randomproprietaryapplication with the extension .ads and I can’t find them».

Ooops. I wiped it. «Gimme the laptop mom, I’l, find them.»

I used foremost as follows:

foremost -v -t jpeg -i /dev/sda1 -o /media/Enermax/BKP 

According to the audit.txt file, it scanned 108GB of disk in 1 hour, and found 19517 jpegs. OMG OMG OMG.

So let’s narrow it down a bit, shall we? I made a little script that moves files bigger than a predefined size (in this case, 500000) in another directory (jpg500):

for filename in $( ls jpg/* ); do
	filesize=$(stat -c%s "$filename")
	if [ $filesize -gt 500000 ]; then
		mv $filename jpg500
echo $i

Well, here are the statistics:

  • JPEGs bigger than 500KB: 1773, only valuable pics
  • Between 400KB and 500KB: 0
  • Between 300KB and 400KB: 0
  • Between 200KB and 300KB: 776, valuable pics
  • Between 100KB and 200KB: 1441, valuable pics
  • Between 50KB and 100KB: 0
  • Between 40KB and 50KB: 1087, here you find thumbnails and crap
  • Below 40KB: 14440, crap to be shredded

So, rule of thumb, know your target. If you want to recover pics taken with your digital camera, go for the 500KB+ files. If you want to recover everything, stay above 100KB. Below 100KB, it’s only waste.

How To Recover My Files, The Very Best Way.

0. Avoid crapware.

Say, those Winblows thingies like “ImageRecall Don’t Panic”, “WinUndelete”, “Professional Voodoo”, “I Eats Dead Files”… There is absolutely no need to throw away your money. Open source software is the answer.

«Blah blah open source, what’s so special about open source, it’s hype with no facts, developers’ dream. I need working apps, for fuck’s sake!»

Well, pal, I didn’t want to call them in, but we’re talking about the  Special Investigations Office of the United States Air Force. USAF.

They needed a piece of software capable of recovering data from an unreadable hard disk.
They made it.
They released it.
They use it to discover evidences.
They mantain it, and want it bug-free, because in courthouses every evidence must be bug-free.

So, what about a cup of shut the fuck up?

1. Always try to backup first.

That’s for sure, you always can fuck it up. No software will save you from doing something really stupid. Better said: every software allows you to do something really stupid.

Let’s talk about Windows. How many times you tried to make a dual-boot system, and how many times Windows asked to check the disk, fucking its partition table with random FAT32 partitions?

So, the very first thing you can try is to burn a LiveCD and boot from it, then copy everything you can find to an external backup disk.

From now on I’m assuming you use Ubuntu’s LiveCD.

Why Ubuntu?

Because it is widespread, it supports ntfs-3g out-of-the-box and it is easy to install new packages on it.

Well, sometimes the system complains that it can’t open the partitions. Have a look with gparted or  similar applications. Maybe the partition table is damaged.

2. Try Windows tools. LOL.

Of course, if you are using Windows® Crapware© Non-Operating Systems. You can insert the installation cd, boot from CD, press R or F8, follow instructions, be left with great disappointment in seeing that nothing has changed.

(Don’t tell me you haven’t your CD because you illegally downloaded it. That would be dumb.)

Well, of course Windows tools won’t fix a shit. I only wanted to laugh at it. Go on reading.

3. Try recovering your partition table.

It will work (at least if the disk isn’t broken) and it is relatively fast.

Let’s say you did a big beautiful disk format, and later you discovered you nuked the wrong hard disk. Duh.

Well, as soon as you didn’t write anything on that disk, you can still recover the previous partitions (and files contained in them) without much hassle.

The piece of software you need is called testdisk. Grab the .deb package for your Ubuntu LiveCd herelinkgo (mind the versions!), and install it. Then launch it on the Terminal, with “sudo testdisk“.

Most of the times you’ll have to do a “Deeper Search” to find all your partitions, and use the “P” key to see if those partitions do contain your files.

Just try to remember what your previous partition table was.
Try to find the pattern among all the partitions testdisk has found.
Verify it with “P”, see that the files are the ones you’d expect to find in those partitions.
Restore the old partition table and reboot.

If it works and the computer boots, you’re done.

4. Recover files.

Well, this is what happens if you wipe out that Microsoft crapware and install Linux, then discover that you didn’t do a backup of yourt documents/images/movies/etc.

You have 2 apps to do this job: one is photorec, installed alongside testdisk. Get the info you need about it herelinkgo, I won’t describe it deeply.

The other is foremost. The one developed by USAF’s Special Investigations Office.

Grab it herelinkgo, install it on your Ubuntu LiveCD, read the man page (man foremost).

Let’s say I want to recover all JPEG files from the partition /dev/sda1, and save them to an external disk:

sudo foremost –v –t jpeg –i /dev/sda1 –o /media/ExternalHD

5. Sneer at those who lost their files with Winblows® Certified Crapware©.

This is the most satisfying part of the process.


Italian version available as PDF

Come recuperare file da un hard disk danneggiato

Vai, Facciamolo!

Come buttare via i soldi faticosamente guadagnati?

  • Processore: Intel Core2 Quad Q9450 (12MB cache, 2,66GHz, 1333MHz FSB), circa 320€ 250€
  • Scheda Madre: Asus Rampage-Formula 90 (PCIe 2.0, chipset X48, 1600MHz FSB), circa 250€ 210€
  • Scheda Video: nVidia GeForce 9800 GTX (512MB della XFX), circa 270€ 250€
  • Monitor: Iiyama E2201W (22″, 1680x1050px), circa 320€ 286€
  • HD: due Maxtor SATA da 250GB (che ho già)
  • Case: ehehehehehehe! A Silvio non piacerebbe!

Finora questa è la lista delle cose da comprare. Mancano alcune cose importanti:

  • Memoria RAM? Trovata! Corsair Dominator DDR2 1066MHz, 60€
  • Alimentatore?

Invece sul sistema operativo non ci dovrebbero essere dubbi :D solo che…

  • Gentoo?
  • Sabayon?
  • Arch?
  • Debian?
  • Kubuntu?
  • vogliamo provare anche Fedora?
  • Slackware?

Il DE non sarà un problema: KDE4!

I programmi…

  • urban terror
  • enemy territory
  • gimp
  • blender
  • inkscape

E poi…

  • apache
  • php
  • mysql

Insomma, non è facile farsi un nuovo computer! No proprio! Avete dei consigli, voi?

Gentoo Per Pigri

Se siete come me non avete voglia di battere le dita sulla tastiera per fare un emerge –ask –update –world.

(Specialmente quando vi svegliate la mattina, guardate le Alpi fuori dalla finestra e il vostro stato di pace viene rotto dalla mutter che sbraita).

Bene, la killer app di oggi è Kuroolinkgo! E sapete cosa? È già presente negli ebuilds distribuiti da Gentoo! Quindi basta fare un emerge kuroo et voilà, gioco fatto.

Cosa fa? Esattamente le stesse cose di Synaptic e Adept. Su Gentoo+KDE, però.

Come le fa? Da dio! Upgradare il sistema non è mai stato così facile: sposta il mouse, click, mouse, click, mouse, click, caffè e sistema aggiornato.

Ah, last but not least: ha anche l’interfaccia a etc-update!

Oggi sono un pigro contento di esserlo happy

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Today I upgraded my Gentoo kernel to 2.6.23 version, but I had this problem when emerging madwifi-ng:

 * Messages for package net-wireless/madwifi-ng-

 *   CONFIG_CONFIG_KMOD:         is not set when it should be.
 * Please check to make sure these options are set correctly.
 * Failure to do so may cause unexpected problems.
 * Once you have satisfied these options, please try merging
 * this package again.
 * ERROR: net-wireless/madwifi-ng- failed.
 * Call stack:
 *         , line 1717:  Called dyn_setup
 *         , line  768:  Called qa_call 'pkg_setup'
 *         , line   44:  Called pkg_setup
 *   madwifi-ng-, line   34:  Called linux-mod_pkg_setup
 *            linux-mod.eclass, line  465:  Called linux-info_pkg_setup
 *           linux-info.eclass, line  576:  Called check_extra_config
 *           linux-info.eclass, line  475:  Called die
 * The specific snippet of code:
 *              die "Incorrect kernel configuration options"
 *  The die message:
 *   Incorrect kernel configuration options
 * If you need support, post the topmost build error, and the call stack if relevant.
 * A complete build log is located at '/var/tmp/portage/net-wireless/madwifi-ng-'.

Of course KMOD (automatic kernel module loading support) was set. Damn developers!bombabomba

So I had to:

  1. open /usr/src/linux/.config
  2. look for CONFIG_KMOD and check tiat it wass indeed set (CONFIG_KMOD=y), otherwise one should have to recompile the kernel.
  3. add a line below: CONFIG_CONFIG_KMOD=y (yes, it makes me laugh too)
  4. save & close /usr/src/linux/.config
  5. emerge madwifi-ng
  6. re-open /usr/src/linux/.config
  7. delete the previous added line CONFIG_CONFIG_KMOD=y, save and exit.

I guess the bug should be resolved by madwifi developers, but was caused by kernel developers happily removing a CONFIG_ here and there…

Skype 2 Beta + Kubuntu Gutsy + Audigy2 Platinum… IT WORKS (NOT!) (YES!)

I can’t believe it. The audio was not working anymore.

desperate videocaller without audio
The video was working fine from the beginning, however: I made a screenshot showing how desperate I was :o)

I downloaded the Feisty .deb package of Skype2.0 betalinkgo, installed it and it was NOT working, no sound, or sound the first time and then no sound at all, even Amarok wasn’t able to work after trying and I had to reboot.

I was dying of anger, I swear.

I have spent the whole day trying, tweaking, learning ALSA.

Well, I’m a perfect dumbass. If I had looked where I was meant to look the first timelinkgo, I would have been videocalling by this very morning.

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error while loading shared libraries: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

EDIT!!! The right way to fix this (and similar problems) is:

emerge gentoolkit
revdep-rebuild -X

It appears that the libexpat problem was caused by Gentoo developers releasing too many updates without cross-checking them.

I got this error in Gentoo, after doing an “emerge world”. I’m using an AMD64 Turion laptop.

/usr/bin/dbus-daemon: error while loading shared libraries: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

dbus didn’t start, so hald couldn’t start, and finally kpowersave wasn’t able to read the battery state.

You’ll agree with me that it is pretty annoying if you have a 3h25m battery life laptop.

Here’s how I solved the problem:

1) First of all, I found the path to it’s /usr/lib/

root@smokey# ls -l /usr/lib/libexpat* -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 250620 Oct 29 14:17 /usr/lib/libexpat.a -rw-r--r-- 1 root root    795 Oct 29 14:16 /usr/lib/ lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root     17 Oct 29 14:17 /usr/lib/ -> lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root     17 Oct 29 14:17 /usr/lib/ -> -rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 141456 Oct 29 14:17 /usr/lib/

2) As you can see, there’s no such thing as a in /usr/lib. But there is a referenced by itself. So I made a symbolic link named pointing to

root@smokey#  ln -s /usr/lib/ /usr/lib/

bell.png Be warned: this may not be the right thing to do. I should have checked the configuration file of the dbus daemon, and changed it to reference instead of But as you may guess i was pissed enough to dig deeply into crappy conf files. And what if there was another app requiring You can never guess when a developer/mantainer will fail you.

3) Finally, fire up those lazy dbus and hald daemons:

root@smokey# /etc/init.d/dbus start  * Starting D-BUS system messagebus ... root@smokey# hald start

Tch… That was easy, man. happy And my battery is the best, you’ll never beat me in powersaving.

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