Voyage on ALIX Setup Notes

Can’t login using SSH

When you can’t login using SSH after installing Voyage Linux on a CF Card, this might come from extracting the voyage-XXX.tar.bz2 not as root. This results in some /dev/ nodes not being created.

Simplest solution: re-extract as root and run installation again.

cpio failes to update

If you’re getting the following error after apt-get update/upgrade from Debian Etch:

Unpacking replacement cpio …
Replaced by files in installed package tar …
dpkg: error processing /var/cache/apt/archives/cpio_2.6-18.1+etch1_i386.deb (–unpack):
unable to create `./usr/share/locale/da/LC_MESSAGES/’: No such file or directory
dpkg-deb: subprocess paste killed by signal (Broken pipe)

Then run these commands:

mkdir -p /usr/share/locale/da/LC_MESSAGES
mkdir -p /usr/share/locale/gl/LC_MESSAGES
mkdir -p /usr/share/locale/ko/LC_MESSAGES
mkdir -p /usr/share/locale/nl/LC_MESSAGES
mkdir -p /usr/share/locale/ru/LC_MESSAGES
mkdir -p /usr/share/locale/sv/LC_MESSAGES
mkdir -p /usr/share/locale/tr/LC_MESSAGES
mkdir -p /usr/share/locale/zh_CN/LC_MESSAGES

Now you the update should work…


How to fix broken NX user authentication after OpenSSL fix

It looks like OpenSSH Keys generated on Debian derived distros (Ubuntu/Voyage etc.) are REALLY bad. I’m currently rolling out OpenSSL key updates as adviced on

One casualty of this update was my NX server using freenx. It just tells me that I can’t be authenticated. In the log /var/log/freenx.log it shows the following:

— NX SERVER START: -c /usr/lib/nx/nxserver – ORIG_COMMAND=
HELLO NXSERVER – Version 2.1.0-71 OS (GPL)
NX> 105 hello NXCLIENT – Version 2.1.0
NX> 134 Accepted protocol: 2.1.0
NX> 105 login
NX> 101 User: shuerlimann
NX> 102 Password:
NX> 404 ERROR: wrong password or login
NX> 999 Bye

This post talks about the NoMachine NX Server, but gave me the necessary clues:

The magic command for freenx from
on Ubuntu is

sudo rm /var/lib/nxserver/home/.ssh/known_hosts

This is necessary, as the SSH host key has been updated… Well, a more informative error message would’ve been nice, but I’m thankfull to the guys who produce freenx, anyway;-)

Take part of the KDE relicensing effort

KDE needs a relicensing! While I’m not happy that the release of the GPL3 made such an effort necessary… But now it’s important to handle it fast and correct. Please give your feedback to techbase or use SVN:

svn co svn+ssh://$
vi scripts/ & add your name to all the four lists (that is if you agree to all four options)
svn ci scripts -m “I agree to a relicense”

As Tom Albers says:
“Really, it’s not more than a minute of work for you.”

Using KDE4 daily

I’m running KDE4 RC1 as my main desktop for 2 days now. Only few crashes, so productivity is good. But there are many small bugs. And it’s not very fast/responsive. But this is at least partially to blame on all the debug code.

Quite happy so far! It’s shaping up! Please test!!!

Packages from Kubuntu: HOWTO
KDE Four Live: openSUSE based Live CD
KDE4Daily: full virtual machine image with efficient update mechanism to SVN head

Please report any possibilities to try out KDE4 the easy way in the comments section:-)

The promised HL7 update

Well, I’m multitasking heavily between project. I told you about my HL7 explorations. That project is on hold for a few weeks (due to my oscommerce setup for Agrabah and other projects). But here’s the link to some interesting opensource medical software: Elexis. It contains some HL7 importers and helps me a lot to see an actual implementation. Another helpfull source is the ruby-hl7 library. More later…

osCommerce Tools available

I’m setting up an online store for oriental lifestyle products for Agrabah.

osCommerce is an opensource online store implementation. It’s implemented using PHP and there is a tonload of contributions available.

Most contributions are simple zip files containing additional or modified files. There’s a big problem when using multiple contributions modifying the same files. I’m using a distributed revision tool to merge those contributions. Here is the first release of some of the osc-tools

I’ll publish branches of those osCommerce contributions I’m using at the Agrabah Online Store.