Debian Repos


Was just wondering how this debain repository is this small, after hearing that its huge one from mail list and from the debian site itself..

Finally i understood why it is like that.. I need to update the “package list” from all 14 cds.

The command used to do that it

#apt-cdrom add

after this command we were asked to give the command


and select package “update” menu there.
Iam not sure why both these commands are given… :-S


Java Programming in GNU/Linux


This is the link to my article in site, that we have been developing for sometime..

do check it out and let me know how it is, both pros anc cons.

Mouse Scrolled :)

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Yes, it did , but KDE is not working and only Gnome now..
Anyway Iam happy with my mouse working. This is wat i did

This is my XF86Config-4 file mouse section

Section “InputDevice”
Identifier “Configured Mouse”
Driver “mouse”
Option “CorePointer”
Option “Device” “/dev/psaux”
Option “Protocol” “ImPS/2”
Option “Emulate3Buttons” “true”
Option “ZAxisMapping” “4 5”
Section “InputDevice”
Identifier “Generic Mouse”
Driver “mouse”
Option “SendCoreEvents” “true”
Option “Device” “/dev/input/mice”
Option “Protocol” “ImPS/2”
Option “Emulate3Buttons” “true”
Option “ZAxisMapping” “4 5”

I just removed the entry for the “generic mouse” and had only the
configured mouse, i removed that entry in the default list also…
This helped me to boot in gnome with my mouse scrolling. But KDE
throws same set of errors!

Debian Sarge 3.1 + KDE issues

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Installed Debian Sarge 3.1 Stable release…

I was not much impressed since i never liked to sit before the monitor
and insert all the 14 cds. But i was a fool. I forgot that Iam not
going to install all the packages, which may take more than 20 GB HDD
space …!

Finally i selected the minimal (nothing but default) set of packages
and it took only one cd, believe me ONLY ONE CD….! It was rather a

So i jus booted, i got the grub, which is quite intelligent this time.
But not that much..

It showed all my Oses and the one which i removed before installing
Debian (Suse 9.3 prof) it showed that entry too. This is rather wierd,
because i removed and its that place where debian sits now. Ok Grubby
issues never ends…

Yes, Debian was kool,

Huh… I switched off the UPS , ouch, the pc is now off, showing the
black monitor. :((

Ok,… i just rebooted it (actually booted it!) and saw gdm was not starting..
so possibly i went to recovery mode and and started KDE, using “startkde”
i got a list of errors.. this not found, that not found, not able to
connect, etc.. etc..

Made a list and posted to ILUGC. One of them responded, asked me to
start gdm in /etc/xinet.d/ did it and it worked 🙂 Finally i made it!!

Except my mouse stuff, again problem
The scroll was not detected, which means iam not able to scrool the
contents. :-S

This is not encouraging, because I planned to use Debian as my primary
OS. And without a scroll how would i do those web magix.. 😦

Posted in Chennai LUG, and one of the Luggies replied this way

Your /etc/X11/XF86Config should look like this: (in particular,
“Protocol” must be “ImPS/2”):

Section “InputDevice”
Identifier “Configured Mouse”
Driver “mouse”
Option “CorePointer”
Option “Device” “/dev/psaux”
Option “Protocol” “ImPS/2”
Option “ZAxisMapping” “4 5”

Need to check it out.:-S

GNU Linux Club

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This is the short note about the website launch which i want the blogwatchers to hav a look!!

After a hard work of over a month ,We are now ready with our website

Please pass on comments to “webmaster [at]

Launch Of gnulinuxclub volunteer driven organization for the propagation for the use of Gnu/Linux and free software amongst users ranging from Newbies to Experts.

We intend to encourage everyone to pickup various Gnu/Linux distributions & Free Software and install it, configure it, and most of all, play around with it!.

Welcome to the gnulinux club!

There are many sections; but the noticeable features are sections for Newbies and Corporates apart from common help and news ! This shows the seriousness of the gnulinuxclub to deal with practical, implementational as well as theoretical issues that intrigue and amuse users.

Through the Community section ,you can join the Gnu/Linux community by using our Blog ,Forums ,Services and Wiki categories.
You can get daily random tips and commands from the Aaj ka tip and Aaj ka Command section. The programming section will help you with programming in Gnu/Linux.You can participate in Polls and support us in many ways.

There is one last point to note! This site is for those who want to learn knowledge related to Gnu/Linux and is linked with many number of Gnu/Linux Websites, Blogs, Forums and Wikis.

We believe that users who visit our site for technical reference/help will get to know about Gnu/Linux and free software also.So we can tell them what do we mean by Gnu/Linux and free software.There is a lot of confusion regarding Gnu/Linux and free software ,so we wish to clear that as well apart from providing them with technical references/help.

Anyone willing to contribute to the website can post their content/articles at our Wiki section,which will be published later at
our website.

Google book search

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As we know is the most popular search engine in the world.

Here are some tips to helps us find eBooks with Google:

Find Apache’s (default) Index page

Try this query:


+(“index of”) +(“/ebooks”|”/book”) +(chm|pdf|zip|rar) +apache

Find a particular eBook file

Try this query:


allinurl: +(rar|chm|zip|pdf|tgz) TheTitle

OSes in my PC


A notable question..

Previous Scenario

Suse 9.3 prof
Slackware 10.1
Windows xp

Current Scenario

Suse 9.3 Prof
Vector Linux (GLUB) Given by Gaurav Masand
Windows xp

The basic reason for not removing windows xp from my pc was

-> copying cds and Oracle
and the basic reason for not removing xp now is
-> Oracle

I feel linux , especially when i use KDE, things are self sufficient..
And Suse 9.3 prof uses KDE 3.3 and the vector one uses KDE 3.2
they simply rock!!!!

Suse 9.3 prof || Vector

This is a notable comparison
why people go for suse? (wat i feel!)
-> good GUI
-> similar to windows in lot of aspects, like displaying hard drives
in the “My Computer” section…
-> automounting.. which fc3 dint do and no idea about fc4, but
mandrake did it in 9.0 itself
-> easy package management (YAST)

why people go for vector? (wat i feel!)
-> very fast , the fastest linux i ever tried , thanks to gaurav for
giving it to me. It also solved one of my gubby problems.
-> it is light and provides only basic packages ( but KDE is there! )
-> maximum space it would occupy is 3 GB (min installation 2 GB)
-> this is a single cd distro and installation took only 20 mins
-> whereas suse is 5 cds one and installation took some 1 hr atleast
-> there is a package management too (VAST?), but i never tried it,
since gaurav asked me to do it command line ( this is how i learn

Grubby Issue

I always use grub, because i feel comfortable to edit, reinstall when it is gone ..
but now there came and end to it

i installed slackware 10.1 after suse 9.3 and the grub dint have
slackware entry (unexpected..) i thought the recent grubs would detect
all the os in the pc and provide entry for them to help us in booting
them. Anyway Anindya told me there is another way out, jus editing the
grub and posting few entries. ya i did it, but forgot the “initrd”
entry. But here i save the grub.conf and reboot and i see no slack
entry. ok. i try to go to suse and i get this…

Freeing Initrd memory: 1284k
FAT: Bogus logical sector size 12644
UMSDOS: msdos_read_super_failed, mount aborted
FAT: Bogus logical sector size 12644
FAT: Bogus logical sector size 12644
sh-2021: reiserfs_read_sector: cannot find reiserfson ram disk(1,0)
kernel panic: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on 03:08

i dont know wat to do, and asked gaurav.. and his solution solved the
issue, but that is not a better one to get rid of such problems. his
solution was to install the *explorefs* and copy the grub.conf and
edit and put it back. This might sound ok, but that same piece of
software prooved to be a failure in my pc few months back ( i had to
reinstall everythign from the root). His other solution was to install
his vector linux and he assured that his Lilo would detect all the os
installed in the pc. Anindya told me to boot from a live cd and edit
all the stuffs i wanted to….!

After hearing everything, i figured out that i would better try the
vector one and see ( this is the only distro i havent installed in my
pc!). And ever since the installation was over, things are
successfull…. 🙂

oooooof its over 😀