Samba ‘libauthkrb5’ library breaks several apps

This morning I could not launch SMPlayer as it would complain about a ‘relocation error’.

smplayer: relocation error: /usr/lib64/samba/libauthkrb5-samba4.so: symbol tevent_req_is_unix_error, version TEVENT_UTIL_0.0.1 not defined in file libtevent-util.so.0 with link time reference

It’s been quite a few days I did not use SMPlayer and somehow a recent update of Tumbleweed could have updated that Samba library.…

Setting up a quiet auto-update for openSUSE

I was having a discussion about openSUSE with a colleague when he questioned me on software updates that just run silently in the background. I replied that yes, it’s possible, in fact on the command line one may use the --non-interactive flag with zypper.…

openSUSE debug repository

I am running openSUSE Leap 42.1 in a Vagrant box and while I had to debug a small executable file, I came across a message prompting me to install the glibc-debuginfo-2.19-19.1.x86_64 package.

(gdb) run
Starting program: /home/vagrant/hi 
Missing separate debuginfos, use: zypper install glibc-debuginfo-2.19-19.1.x86_64

Breakpoint 1, 0x0000000000400561 in main ()

I searched for the package and could not find it in the enabled repositories.…

Linux: convert column to row when needed

I was configuring a Linux server and it required me to install the same list of PHP 7 packages that were installed on a different server running Ubuntu. Installed packages on Debian based Linux distributions may be obtained using the dpkg command, as follows:

dpkg -l

The above generates a list with several columns, while the second column contains the package name that we need.…

The double standards

I know the pain of being separated from your family, not knowing whether you will see them anytime soon. Trust that I do not wish people to ever have to spend even a single moment in a Police cell, deprived of their rights and even barred from access to information with regards to the legislation.…

Customizing the GNOME Shell

A couple of weeks back I was customizing the GNOME Shell on my openSUSE Tumbleweed laptop by tinkering with the CSS files of the desktop theme. A colleague of mine who peeked onto my screen at that moment, as he needed to show me something, nudged at the ugly rounded-corner buttons he saw on the taskbar.…

Ministry of Public Infrastructure database hacked remotely, Minister says.

I read an article on lexpress.mu today that mentioned the Minister of Public Infrastructure saying a database of the ministry was “hacked”. The article is accompanied by a video in which we see the Minister clearly stated the word “hack”. While I am glad and I appreciate the guts of the Minister to make such a public declaration, I also realize that the lack of transparency might have covered up security breaches in the past.…