Category Archives: Tips

EFI mode boot on Macbook3,1 with Debian

After my last post I got curious about booting the Macbook in EFI mode. Because, well, why not? So I googled for a while and found this blog post which served as a great reference and comment on two other. … Continue reading

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Enabling SATA AHCI on a Linux Macbook3,1

I have a Macbook3,1 with the following SATA controller: 00:1f.2 SATA controller: Intel Corporation 82801HM/HEM (ICH8M/ICH8M-E) SATA Controller [AHCI mode] (rev 03) This chip can work either in AHCI or IDE mode. Even though (in numbers) AHCI and IDE should … Continue reading

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WebKitGTK+ failing to build, argument list too long

The last few days I have been unable to build WebKitGTK+ from git. The problem is that make chokes the command line with an insanely long list of file names. You need a patched version of make. Pictured: myself debugging … Continue reading

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Removing the hidden/system bit of vfat/fat32 files on GNU/Linux

I just fixed an USB drive that apparently had been hit by a virus. All the top-level directories were invisible on Windows, but visible on GNU/Linux. First I thought that it was just the “hidden” bit. But turns out it … Continue reading

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Posting to pastebin from git

I usually need to show someone a simple patch from a local git repo, my method was to run git format-patch and upload the result to my gnome.org userdir with a script conveniently called internets. This of course filled my … Continue reading

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Saving your neck when git-svn dcommit fails

Over the weekend I had to send some changes to an SVN repo. Thing is that I use git-svn to have all those XXI century benefits like local commits. Sadly I had some problems with git-svn, concretely it failed half … Continue reading

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How to know the return value of a command

Just do: $ echo $? and that’s it.

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Slow X rendering with sis driver

Everything slow when using X with the sis driver? Well, here it’s awfully slow, made me want to trash my old pc… but then I discovered this bug in Launchpad : lp #26637. Turns out that vesafb and vga16fb modules … Continue reading

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