SLES10 and Xvfb

Recently I needed to run an application that needs X on a server running SLES10. Because it wasn't necessary to have the application output anything on a screen, the X virtual framebuffer was sufficient to accomplish this. You can easily install the X virtual framebuffer, which comes with the xvfb package in SLES10.
yast -i xorg-x11-Xvfb xorg-x11

Installing the xvfb package is sufficient to start the X virtual framebuffer server, but the application I needed to run also needed some fonts. So, I installed some extra packages as well with yast.
yast -i xorg-x11-fonts-100dpi xorg-x11-fonts-75dpi xorg-x11-fonts-scalable bitstream-vera fonts-config



Samba + CUPS + printing from Windows machine

Recently I have been migrating a Samba PDC and BDC from RHEL 4 to SLES 10 SP1. Everything went pretty well, until I started configuring the printers on the new Samba servers.

I took over both the CUPS and Samba configs, but somehow this wasn't enough for the printers to work. Both the Oce 3165 printers always printed a "Logical error" page instead of the document(s) or test page sent to the printer. After some digging, it turned out I could fix the problem by adding one simple line to the Samba configuration file:

cups options = raw



Emerging mysql-gui-tools

Some time ago I tried "emerge mysql-gui-tools" on my Gentoo x86_64 box. Unfortunately, the compilation process failed because of some errors (will include the error in this post when I find the time to reproduce it).

Today, I'm preparing myself for MySQL DBA certification, and I really need the MySQL Administrator tool, so at first I downloaded the precompiled tar archive from the MySQL website, which worked without any problems.

Later on, I downloaded the MySQL Community server RPM for RHEL5, which I installed on my CentOS 5 virtual machine running in KVM. To have the same version of MySQL on my Gentoo box, I decided to "emerge mysql-community" rather then the "normal" mysql ebuild.




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