Archive for August, 2010

Ubuntu 9.04 + Firefox 3.6.8 + WMware server 2.0.2 + Web access + Remote Console –> Not so fun to get back from vacation

August 2, 2010

It’s always exciting to get back from vacation! Logging in to an old system, running the upgrades, getting your DE up and running.. today the problem was: vmware and firefox compatibility. Apparently my ubuntu decided this was a good time to upgrade ff to 3.6. Wmware however reacted not so well by.. stop working! took me to a blank page. allowed me to log in and start the virtual machine, but when I wanted to open the vmware console it responded “Cannot access virtual machine console. The request timed out.”

A couple hours spent searching and troubleshooting (installing vmware-player was not helpful at all) finally provided me with a working solution (the post by Mike Masseo): running vmware console directly from command line. The command line essentials:

1) cd /home/myusername/.mozilla/firefox/0qgd98ep.default/extensions/
2) ./vmware-vmrc

The 0qgd98ep will probably differ, I used tab to auto-complete after /firefox/.

Up and back to work I am!


What’s a bug like?

August 1, 2010

Today I decided to add a subversion repository to my newly upgraded Ubuntu 9.10 fit-pc according to this guide. When I was creating the new subversion-group it suggested the id to be 0. I didn’t think it mattered so I happily pressed ok. Without checking that the group was created properly, I logged out and back in. The group had not been created so I tried again, and got some error message. I rebooted the computer to get a fresh start..

On my next svn-instruction-command I got the exciting message that my user was not in the sudoers list! When checking through the users and groups, I saw that the subversion group had been created but that my password did not work as root password anymore!

To fix this I had to restart in recovery-mode and open a root terminal (hold/push shift during restart, choose recovery mode, press any button after text messages, choose “root” in the menu). I had found this helpful thread, and tried:

sudo adduser myuser admin

And got told that group admin does not exist! Some more searching took me to this place. I looked at the /etc/group file and saw that, indeed, the admin group was nowhere to be seen. I added the group with my username and finally I was root again.

So.. is this a bug I ought to report? I always assume that it’s a user problem (me). I checked the “add group” function again. Sometimes it suggested the group id 0, sometimes not.