Use Grive to sync files or folders between the Linux computer and Google Drive

It’s been more than a while waiting for Google to come up with a Google Drive sync client for Linux. While the clients are available for Android, Windows, Mac and more, Linux does not have an ‘official’ Google Drive client.

If you need a PC application to synchronize files and folders between your computer and . . . → Read More: Use Grive to sync files or folders between the Linux computer and Google Drive

Error Couldn’t open DVD device: /dev/dvd (No such file or directory)

Below error appears when creating a avi out of a DVD, is an mencoder error: MEncoder 1.1-4.8 (C) 2000-2012 MPlayer Team libdvdread: Can’t stat /dev/dvd No such file or directory libdvdread: Could not open /dev/dvd Couldn’t open DVD device: /dev/dvd (No such file or directory) No stream found to handle url dvd://2 Cannot open file/device.

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Clonezilla – Clone your hard disk for free

Finally, I got down to save myself the pain of re-installing operating systems if my installation got corrupt. You can do so, by using any disk imaging or cloning tool like Ghost for Linux, Symantec/Norton Ghost or even a free tool like Clonezilla available at http://www.clonezilla.org.

It is free Saves diskspace by compressing the images . . . → Read More: Clonezilla – Clone your hard disk for free

How to check if swap is encrypted in Ubuntu

Start up a terminal window and then enter the commands as shown in italics below. The following command will tell you if your swap is encrypted in Ubuntu 12.04.

$ swapon –summary <enter>

Filename Type Size Used Priority /dev/mapper/cryptswap1 partition 3904508 0 -1

Above indicates swap is encrypted. If it returned nothing except the heading, . . . → Read More: How to check if swap is encrypted in Ubuntu

Things to do after Fedora Linux install

So you have now upgraded to the latest Fedora Linux Operating System? Congratulations. You will now need to learn how to use the Gnome 3 desktop environment and also customize your desktop and install additional software. Below is a list of things you can do after you have install Fedora 16 on your computer.

Improve . . . → Read More: Things to do after Fedora Linux install

Fedora 16 and USB drive data files not accessible

Migration to Fedora 16 has one known issue when restoring your backups from a USB hard drive or device. When the files were originally copied in earlier versions of Fedora, they all had the starting UID as 500 and GID as 500. However, Fedora 16 creates the first user with the UID of 1000 and . . . → Read More: Fedora 16 and USB drive data files not accessible

Kernel panic when safely removing an External USB Drive

Had an experience today! When selecting the “Safely Remove” menu option to unmount an external USB Drive and then removing the USB cable connecting to the drive from the computer, the system gave a ‘Kernel Panic’ error and froze.

Found that the problem was due to the partition type on the external hard disk being . . . → Read More: Kernel panic when safely removing an External USB Drive

Partition Transcend USB external drive (Storejet) into 2 partitions

You can partition a transcend USB external disk drive into 2 partitions using gparted. Visit http://www.gparted.org to get the software.

Using gparted, the USB drive can have 2 partitions one ext4 for Linux and one NTFS for Windows. Using NTFS allows the backup of larger files to happen without intervention.

Had you used a FAT32 . . . → Read More: Partition Transcend USB external drive (Storejet) into 2 partitions

Data Recovery in Linux

# sudo apt-get install ddrescue

Connect the disk whose data is to be recovered to the computer.

# sudo dd_rescue /dev/sdb diskimage.img # mount -t ext3 -o loop diskimage.img /mnt/tmp

/dev/sdb will vary depending on the devices connected on the computer.

PuppyLinux to read LUKS / dm-crypt files / volumes

Download PuppyLinux from here http://distro.ibiblio.org/pub/linux/distributions/puppylinux/puppy-4.3.1/pup-431.iso Cut to CD or start virtualbox and run it. Get the device-mapper pet file from here http://puppylinux.asia/tpp/bugs/device_mapper-1.02.27.pet Get the cryptsetup pet file from here http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?mode=attach&id=11585 Start up the File Manager in Puppy Linux and to install the PET files, just double-click on them. They will get installed. You will . . . → Read More: PuppyLinux to read LUKS / dm-crypt files / volumes

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