All posts by Philip Shaffer




Simple Samba server

Following how-to was done on Ubuntu Server & Xubuntu 14.04
1) Install samba – [ sudo apt-get install samba ]
2) make a backup copy of default smb.conf – [ sudo mv (or cp) /etc/samba/smb.conf /etc/samba/smb.conforig ]
3) add all linux user accounts that will be accessing server – [ sudo useradd ‘username’ ]
4) create all linux user passwords – [ sudo passwd ‘username’ ] – you will have to enter the user’s password twice
5) create Samba user accounts & passwords – [ smbpasswd -a ‘username’ ] – this will prompt for the Samba password also
6) create new samba.conf file – [ sudo nano /etc/samba/smb.conf ]

Basic smb.conf file to get you going with one share

workgroup = home
server string = garage
log file = /var/log/samba/log.%m
max log size = 1000
syslog = 0
panic action = /usr/share/samba/panic-action %d
socket options = TCP_NODELAY SO_RCVBUF=8192 SO_SNDBUF=8192
preferred master = Yes
hosts allow = 10.1.
dns proxy = no
security = user
username map = /etc/samba/smbusers
encrypt passwords = true
guest ok = no
guest account = nobody

path = /pathtosharedfolder
writeable = yes
valid users = user1,user2,user3,user4 – you can also use groups with ‘ @groupname ‘
read list = user3,user4
write list = user1,user2

7) restart samba dameon for any changes to take effect – [ sudo service smbd start/stop/restart ]
8) Samba share file permissions, I use [ sudo chown myusername:group -R /pathtoshare
9) I place all Samba users in the ‘ Users ‘ group, including my account


How to watch Netflix in Linux: (origanlly shared by Nathan VanCamp on G+)• Google Chrome 37 or higher:
• User-agent switcher for Chrome plugin:
• add a new user-agent string: ( Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.3; Win64; x64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/37.0.2049.0 Safari/537.36 )
• Then navigate to and watch movies

If you have any troubles getting it to work for you check out the link to the original G+ posting some distros are missing a key componet
• libnss3
• libnss3-1d




Thanks to flipsidecration & jlinday from IRC for the help with this command.

rsync command to save a users data files from Windows Vista or 7 while booted from a live Linux environment

rsync -v -a -z –delete -h -i –progress –stats –exclude-from=[FILENAME] [/source] [/destination]

I created a text file listing all the folders in the users “home” folder using:
ls -la [source path] > [destination path/foo]

excludes sample file for Windows 7 (should work for Vista also)

rsync man page

Openspeak server address change:


New podcast: Blue Drava with Stephen Ward “A rambling Brit talks tech, gaming and fatherhood with some Free Culture thrown in for good measure.”

In Arch, you can use “pacman -Syyuu” to rollback packages that create dependancy incompatibilities. While doing additional research, I found this great Arch Wiki article that explains to origins of the Arch repositories. has gone to


Vim resources Wiki

Stack Exchange Vim tagged posts




Report on OggcastPlanet Live 2014 –


PuTTY from within LinuxThe PuTTY client is a well known xterm client that was designed to work inside of Windows to connect to Unix-Like systems. Did you know that the client is available in a number of Linux distributions as well? Here are some of my uses and thoughts on this tool.

Putty Homepage –

One-liner to call up a group of putty sessions based on ip address range.

In this script we are opening a single connection on the default port of 23 to each host in the range of $i. As soon as the the first session is killed the next one will start as it iterates through the list. This script will also change the background color to blue and the foreground color to white. To adapt this to your use you will need to adjust the first 3 octets of the network address to the networks you are trying to reach. The range of $i represents the hosts through .225.

for i int $(200…225); do putty -telnet -fg white -bg blue “192.168.100.$i”; done

One-liner to call up a group of putty sessions based on tcp port range.

In this script we are opening telnet sessions on port 2034, 2035, 2036, 2037, 2038 through the terminal server These sessions will run as background processes, so each putty instance will be displayed at the same time.

for i in $(2034…2038); do putty -telnet -P “$i” “”& done


glabels –
Find duplicate files –



Ep-007Honkeymagoo talks about using a Pi as an automobile PC

First step on this journey: GPS

Hardware:• Raspberry Pi
• 7 in touch screen monitor (brand is unknown bought it cheap off amazon about 5 years ago)
• Battery “EZO Power”
• mini keyboard with touch pad “Gear Head kb3700tp”
• USB GPS puck “usglobalsat bu-353”

Software:• Raspbian
• Navit


fail2ban – authentication failure monitor

Official Wiki –
Good How-To –

sSMTP – Sending Email From Your System with sSMTP

Debian Package Page –
Good How-To –
Arch Wiki –


Betty – a “Siri” like command line utility
• Usage examples and installation instructions at

error1: Failed to fetch
• Thanks to I found a solution
• apt-get install rubygems-integration
error2: Kept getting file notfund errors
• If I CD’d into ~/betty , I could make it work with ruby main.rb +arguements, so it was a path error.
• Tried in ~/.bashrc, replacing alias betty=\”~/betty/main.rb\” with alias betty=\”ruby\ ~/betty/main.rb\”
• What worked, chmod +x ~/betty/main.rb , then in .bashrc use the full path to main.rb

• <install dir>/lib/config.rb

Broam joins us to discuss the creation of the Downright tune we use for our into & outro.

Podcast Download Stats

Thought I would post some statistics we receive from our Blubrry WordPress plugin for everyone to see.  I am amazed at the number of downloads in our short time with this new endeavor.

Thanks to all our listeners as these numbers give us proof that we are providing something useful to the Linux community.

Overall Totals

  • 2,348
  • 1,548
  • 278

May Totals

  • 211
  • 138
  • 13

April Totals

  • 1,373
  • 874
  • 140
Last Updated on May 04, 2014 at 4:37 am.




Ep-006Honkeymagoo talks about Shred, MakuluLinux & users and groups

Shred “when you absoluytely have to kill everything on your hard drive.” This program will overwrite a hdd or partition with all 1’s so that all data is unreadable
• as root shred -n 2 -z -v /dev/sda
• the -n defines how many times you want it to write to the hdd. The default is 25.
• -z is to do one last overwite with zeros.
• -v is for verbose and shows progress.

• MakuluLinux is a Debian-based distribution providing a sleek, smooth and stable user experience on any computer. It includes pre-installed multimedia codecs, device drivers and software for everyday use. (I figured this would save me the time of doing all the work myself)
• You can download it in Xfce, Kde, Mate, Enlightenment
• I downloaded the Enlightenment version. It came preloaded with many themes, wallpapers, start up graphics, etc.
• the best part is the Sources.list file. its pulling from:
• Debian Testing
• Debian multimedia
• Linux mint Debain main
• Solydxk main upstream (an unoffical LMDE variant)
• Then ones for Opera, Google Chrome, Google Earth, Google Talk, Google Music, and Skype

users and groups:
• Makulu is nice but it comes with a pre setup user “makulu” and password for both user and root “makulu”. This of course is no good so I had to create a new user, give it sudo permission. Change the root password. Then I when I logged into e17 I found out that the created user could not shut down the system in e17. I had to log out then shut the system down from the login screen. So I had to create a group called “power add”, give the group permission in the /etc/enlightenment/sysactions.conf to halt, reboot, hibernate, and suspend.
• to add a user, as root type: adduser username
• to give a user sudo access it is simplle just as root or with root permission type: adduser username sudo (of course this assumes that you already have sudo installed or setup on your system)
• now to change the root password is very easy just type in: su root to switch to the root user than type in passwd and then enter in your new root password
• now I can’t say for other DE but in e17 a default new user does not have permission to do things in elightenment like shutdown or reboot the system. So this is what I had to do
• first as root or with sudo create a new group called power by typing: groupadd power
• then just like when you added a user to the group sudo what you want to do is add your new user to the group power by typing (once again make sure you have root permission): adduser username power
• Then using your favorite text editor edit the /etc/enlightenment/sysactions.conf file like this:
sudo nano /etc/enlightenment/sysactions.conf
• then go down to the part of the file that says group: plugdev allow: * add to the next line group: power allow: halt reboot suspend hibernate
• then reset the machine and log in as username and you will now be able to shutdown reboot etc
• Finnaly now that you have your new user added with sudo and power permission and the default root password has been changed it is time to clean up and kill the old default user.
• with root permission type userdel -r username this will delete the user and the users home directory

FiftyOneFifty discusses the IRC bots Phenny & Madcow

• Phenny (by Sean B. Palmer, who has now moved on to saxo, ) is the template for most, if not all, Python based IRC bots
Download and extract, run downloaddir/phenny
• Edit ~/.phenny/
• edit nick =, You will need an unque nick, not registered to anyonre else
• host = ‘server’ ie
• channels = [‘#channelname’, ‘#otherchannelname’]
• owner = ‘yournick’
• password = ‘yourIRCpwd’
• admins = [‘yournick’,’friendsnick’]
• launch bot with ~/phenny/phenny
• set cronjob to reload phenny on reboot of local server
• We tried phenny on my server for a while, but it proved unreliable on rejoin after netsplits (we set up the IRC during a period of frequent DDoS against Freenode)
• We tried MadCow, but it was unreliable delivering messages — Botname tell user <message>

Kwisher talks about the IRC bot Jenni

Jenni IRC Bot – provided by Michael Yanovich
Jenni Wiki

• download & extract zip file from jenni Github – I chose to do this in my /home, not recommended to run as root
• cd to the jenni-master folder and view the file
• run the script file with ./jenni
• edit the main config file – ~/.jenni/
• to start jenni run ~/jenni-master/jenni
• LugB0t is running on a Raspberry Pi

• Tony Beemus provided a script that will start the bot at boot and check that it stays connected after a netsplit
• Delwin wrote us a python module to display the next show recording – type .ns in the irc chat input



My ShownotesKwisher discusses swapping a motherboard on a working system

Installed O/S Xubuntu 13.04 64-bit
• Old system was a Dell Inspiron 531s
• AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 4400+ 2.2 GHz 65 W
• 3gb RAM
• Samba file server
• NFS file server
• MythTV backend
• Virtualbox – etherpad lite

• New system is a BIOSTAR TA890GXB HD
• AMD Phenom(tm) II X4 810 2.6 GHz 95 W
• 8gb RAM

fstab file –
blkid command –
grub repair boot disk –

HonkeyMagoo talks about his expeience at NELF 2014

•Held at the Residence Inn Marriot Hotel in Cambridge, MA
•Got there early and talked for a while with a guy who works in IT for a school system in VT. He converted all his middle school kids to Ubuntu.
•Got to meet Tracy Holtz, Russ Wenner, Martin Obando, Pokey, Flying Rich, Door, Jonathan, and Bruce. I also got to talk to a person by the name of Will Weaver. He gave a talk on docker that I am sorry that I missed. Docker seems very interstinig and hope to try it out soon. I missed his talk but all of the talks are posted on

The talks I saw were:

• Jon “Mad Dog” Hall: My twenty years in Linux
• Chad Wollenburg: Open Source in Education
• Paul Asadoorian: The 10 Commandments of Embedded Device Security
• Tracy Holtz: Open Source in Small Businesses
• Door to Door Geek: Recording Professional Podcasts in Open Source
• Ask the Geek: A Panel Discussion Moderated by Russ Wenner

Fiftonefifty discusses the utility byobu

byobu – A wrapper for screen and tmux
•Usage byobu-tmux [tmux options] , byobu-screen [screen options] , just byobu defailts to tmux
•The Caption line shows your open windows, and highlights the one upon which you are focused, and optionally displays your user name, host name, IP address, and a hint that there is a Menu available if you press F9.
•The Hard Status line consists of color coded output and symbols with configurable and dynamically updated facts, statistics, and information about the local system.
STATUS NOTIFICATIONS are fully documented in the linked reference

Key Bindings that I find moste useful
F2 Create a new window
F3 Move to the previous window
F4 Move to the next window
F5 Refresh all status notifications
F6 Detach from the session and logout
Shift-F6 Detach from the session, but do not logout