Categorie archief: Linux

using scp to upload to sourceforge to a path with spaces

The titles says it mostly, if you want to upload a file from a linux machine to the FRS on sourceforge, but you have spaces in your paths:

scp (file_to_upload) (my_user)”/home/frs/project/(project_name)/Path\ with\ spaces/”

Easy, really, if you know all the details to watch out for:

  • enclose the path (everything behind the column) in double quotes (“)
  • Escape each space in that path with a backslash (\)

If you don’t enclose the path with double quotes, you’ll get the following error message :

scp: ambiguous target

The following variables are used in the example:

  • (file_to_upload): the name and path of the file (if you’re not uploading from the folder the file is stored in) of the originating machine
  • (my_user) : your username
  • (project_name) : the path for your project. On sourceforge, sometimes you may need to add a few folders in front with the first and the first two letters of your project name : /p/pr/project

multiple folders in one zip file under linux

I keep forgetting the syntax for adding multiple folders under one zip file under linux.A small reminder to myself, and maybe it can help others as well (although it’s easy to find on the net).

The command to do that is quite straightforward/easy though :

zip -9 -r <zip file> <folder name>

the ‘-9’ tells zip to use the best compression, while the -r indicates you want to have zip do a recursive operation on all subfolders below the folder you mention.

Skype installeren op OpenSuSE 11.2 64-bit

Wanneer je de installatie van Skype doet via het pakket dat op de Linux pagina van Skype wordt aangeboden, weigert Skype na installatie te starten. Als je kijkt naar de command line, krijg je volgende foutmelding:

Dat blijkt een probleem te zijn met een slecht pakket van Skype. Alberto Passalacqua heeft in zijn blog de correcte installatieprocedure van Skype 2.1 op OpenSuSE 11.2 64-bit geplaatst.

Ik heb het op onze oudere laptop geplaatst, en dat werkt wonderwel. Dank je, Alberto!

OpenSuSE 11.3 released

Vandaag laat het OpenSuSE project zijn nieuwste telg officieel los op de wereld. OpenSuSE 11.3 is eindelijk beschikbaar.

Nadat mijn laatste installatie, toen nog van 11.2, meer dan een maand na de release nog altijd tegen een knoert van een fout aanliep (Oudere AMD grafische kaarten hadden kuren bij de originele 11.2 release installatie – zie hier en hier), zal ik eerst wat de kat uit de boom kijken en deze keer niet voor beta-tester spelen.

Het ziet er allemaal heel leuk uit, en je ziet duidelijk dat de linux wereld aan het opgroeien is. De distributies beginnen meer en meer deals af te sluiten met bedrijfjes om bepaalde services mee aan te bieden.

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No WPA with bcm4306 on OpenSuSE 11.0

A few days ago, there was a newly released version of the OpenSuSE kernel available in my update list. After download and installation, my bcm4306 wifi adapter was finding multiple broadcasted signals with associated networks. Sadly, it seems that encryption support isn’t yet working in this configuration, as I can’t seem to connect with my secured network at home.

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No connection with BCM4306 on OpenSuSE 11.0

I’ve been trying for several days on and off now, to get the previously working Wifi under OpenSuSE to work, now that I installed the new-and-shiny 11.0. I’ve had some success in the past days, but none of those efforts were reproducable i.e. I couldn’t repeat the actions it seems were needed to get a connection.

On the OpenSuSE forums, it seems there is a bug in the firmware of the Broadcom Wifi Chipset 4306, which fortunately can be fixed. I’ll keep you updated on that. If this should work, that means one of the most difficult things remaining during an installation of a new linux finally will be fixed with native software (bc43 driver instead of a hand-configured ndiswrapper). I’m looking forward to the next installation 🙂

eID on OpenSuSE 10.3 – second try

Today, I tried for the second time to use my electronic ID card (standard issue in Belgium since a few years) with OpenSuSE 10.3. I work on a project at the regional Flemish Government at the moment, currently with tasks concerning access control to applications. Even if the eID card is a federal program, the regional governments have access to the resources when they want or need to.

This brought back my interest for the eID. Last time, it was the fact that I had to file my tax declaration, so there was limited time to test. This time, there wasn’t any deadline or rush. Lees verder eID on OpenSuSE 10.3 – second try

e-ID with openSuSE 10.3

I like OpenSuSE. It, and its predecessors without the ‘Open’ part in their name have been my Linux environments of choice since my university days, back from SuSE 6.4. My use of Linux as an operating system has been steadily increasing, almost at the same pace of the quality and the possibilities of the applications the OS provided me with.

Belgium has invested quite some effort in what is called here the e-ID. It’s a smartcard used as identity card, with the added functionality of electronic signatures that are protected by a PIN code. One of the killer applications is considered Tax-On-Web, where one can do his tax declaration online.

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