EasyTAG WMA files

Hi all.

I have been through my entire music collection consisting mostly of flac
files and entered the correct metadata.

Now I am stuck on the last 3 albums which are in wma format.

When I open the directory in EasyTag the files do not show up for me to

Does EasyTAG not support WMA?

If not what program can I use to edit the tags?


QT modules not found when compiling qxmledit

Hi there

on my 18.10 box I try to compile qxmledit.

Doing so I get the following error:

Project ERROR: Unknown module(s) in QT: xmlpatterns scxml

Unfortunately I could not find any info on how to install these modules.

Can someone give me a hand?



Second display sometimes does not work


My second display sometimes works and sometimes not. It is also the same in
the case of Windows so I am not sure if it is a computer issue and not

Currently, the second display is not working. The second display is shown
on the settings-devices-display though. It is connected via HDMI. My GPU is
a Nvidia GTX 1070 Max Q. Laptop - MSI GS65 Stealth thin 8rf.

modeset(0): Modeline "1680x1050"x0.0

Since update to 18.04.1LTS in Aug periodically what's shown here
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gets output to syslog. I can see that it appears to be informational or
at least I assume that's what the (II) stands for. I can find nothing
that actually causes it. At first I thought it was possibly the XFE
file browser as it seemed to show up when bringing it up but that's
been proven not true. It's not hurting anything I'm just curious what's
the cause. Didn't happen with 16.04LTS.

Output VGA to TV

Hi all.

So I have a small foxconn nettop NT-3700 PC which I wish to use on
ubuntu in the bedroom, mainly to run kodi.

It has VGA output on the onboard AMD 6000 series graphics card which
supports C-Sync on the H pin.

I have set up the graphics card to output PAL 576i at 25fps 50HZ

However I cannot work out how to change the Horizontal sync from 31KHz
to 15.6KHz, with the result being that I can see the picture but it is
continuously scrolling across the screen very fast.

Is there a way do do this with a command? Of course if the graphics card
supports it.

Second Display stopped working.

Hi all.

So I have been using my PC all day on and off. I just woke my PC from
sleep half an hour ago and the second display wouldn't come on. It does
not show up in Settings > display Settings any more.

The gpu is a Nvidia GTX 760 graphics card with 2x Dell 24 inch monitors.
The first is connected by HDMI, the second by Display port.

I rebooted. Still not working

I ran sudo apt upgrade then rebooted. Nope.

I went into additional drivers and removed then re-installed the Nvidia

Disposable email provider domains - Was: Censorship and old less

On Thu, 8 Nov 2018 19:18:24 +1000, Jared Norris wrote:

Skype requires keyring but keyring doesnt seem to work

I use skype for certain clients.
After installing and before I could use it the
create keyring box came up. I created a password
and then went on. Now, each time the keyring comes
up it will not accept the password. And while skype is
on the notice comes up every few minutes asking for
keyring access. I do not have a single other app that
has ever asked for access to keyring. How can you
error check this?


Synaptic package reload errors

Hello Ubuntu users
The errors shown below occurred when I tried to Reload Package
Information in Synaptic. I tried to check /etc/apt/sources.list
and /etc/apt/sources.list.d/xenial-partner.list but found none of the
Target Packages.

login to server ok but cannot login to another server from the first

I have two servers A and B and I am able to login
to both servers from my client machine using key
pair. However if I log into server A then try to
login to server B from A, the authentication check
drops to password only. The same thing happens if
I log into server B and then try to login to A.
However if I use server B console, then I can
access server A with a key without any problem.
Server A is headless so I am unable to try the
same test from A to B. SSH log does not give much
information. This was working when server A was
running Ubuntu 16.04.

Boot taking a long time

Hi everyone.

I am having some trouble with Ubuntu Server 18.04 networking.

The system has two onboard NICs used in a network bond (bond0) in
balance-rr mode. The network bond is working fine with both or either
NIC connected.

When I boot the system from off or reboot I am presented with:

A start job is running for Wait for Network to be Configured

This is displayed on the screen for approximately 3 minutes at which
point the system boots normally.

simple scan epson


it seems simple scan isn't working in 18.04.1 LTS (Bionic Beaver)
anymore with Epson V10/100 Perfection. In the last LTS it was working
without any problems. Now, I'm using it in a virtual machine. Is this a
known issue? I've downloaded the deb-packages from EPSON. Simple Scan
says Contacting Scanner ...

- Chris

how much space are my .isos taking up?

I was surprised when I ran "locate .iso" to see twenty or so in the
list. Does anyone know a handy way to get a listing with file sizes?



Menu editor not working

Good morning everyone.
I am trying to use Mint 19, but since this seems to be based on Ubuntu,
someone suggested I may not be thrown out of here right away.

I made (as far as I can tell identical) clean new installations of Mint
19 (formerly used Mint 17.2) on 3 different PCs, all o which are
somewhat older.
The menu editor does work in 2 out of them, including one very old PC,
but not the one here in my office.

When I try to add some "New Item", there is no response to clicking that
button at all.
Other buttons like "Properties" do not work.
When asked whether I would like to

failed to upgrade code error (2)

Dear, good morning.
I tried to upgrade ubuntu 18.04 and it was failed.
From terminal I received the message:

dpkg: eror: parsing file '/var/lib/dpkg/status' near line 20967 package
'bzip2': field name 'aper' must be followed by colon
E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (2)

What do I need to do to solve this problem ?


Why can't apache access files in /tmp?

I want to put some temporary html files in /tmp (well, a sub-directory
of /tmp) and view them using apache2.

Touchpad disabled after suspend


OS - Ubuntu 18.04
Desktop Environment - GNOME

My computer -
[ 0.000000] DMI: Micro-Star International Co., Ltd. GS65 Stealth Thin
8RF/MS-16Q2, BIOS E16Q2IMS.10E 08/27/2018

Touchpad - Synaptics

My touchpad gets disabled when I wake my laptop from suspend.

Upgrading BIOS on Dell 7240 and HP Elitebook 830 G5 with Ubuntu - Success


I mentioned that I have these laptops running Ubuntu flawlessly with all
features up and running in a prior discussion. I remember also a discussion
talking about updating BIOS from Ubuntu machines and struggling with not
having DOS or Windows to do these updates, and people suggesting all kinds
of possibly working Linux tools to do so.


HP Elitebook... You boot into BIOS... you go to network BIOS update
(provided you have wired - ethernet - connectivity) and BIOS update works
like a charm. Just did it now.

Ubuntu 14.04 apt-get problem...

Amoungst a number of Ubuntu machines I manage at the local library are a pair
of laptops. Back a few kernel updates ago, there was a "bad" kernel (caused
Java to crash). Since these laptops have the Arduino IDE installed, this was
a problem. I could not figure out how to make them boot the previous kernel
by default (the grub2 config process basically sucks and Ubuntu 14.04
incarnation of it is basically broken in this regard, but that is neither here
nor there), so I just did an apt-get purge of the "bad" kernel.

Upgrade to python 3.6 wants to delete python3-dev & python3-venv

This happened on a machine running Mint 18.1, I haven't had a chance to
check if it happens on one running Ubuntu.

I installed python 3.6 to use in a virtual environment. Now an update
wants to delete python3-dev and python3-venv. Checking to see if anyone
has done the update and whether or not it has caused any problems.

Thanks, Jim

Ubuntu Hardware database


Good news for everyone interested in Linux-compatibility and reliability of hardware!

The database has been divided into a set of databases, one per each Linux distro. You can now select your favorite distro on the front page:

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In this mode you'll not see data collected from other Linux distros.

One can submit computer hardware info to the database by:

1) <a href="" title=""></a> (limited functionality due to strict confinement)
2) <a href="" title=""></a>


How to force a reinstall of the system


I am running a minimal version of Ubuntu on a single board
computer. There is no complete version of Ubuntu available for that SBC.

I have spent some time trying to install all I need to turn it into a
normal Ubuntu, but some bits and parts are missing that I cannot manage
to locate.

Is there a way to force a complete installation of Ubuntu (desktop
version) on a system? Like
"apt-get insall all-that-is-missing-to-make-normal-Ubuntu"



Google backup and sync

Hi all.
I need to sync my google backup and sync folders to my ubuntu. I tried a
couple of options gdrive and some others but it seems I can't see backups
but only my google drive.

Any good solution?

4.19-rc8 - debugging kernel issues - how do I get the logs off before my system crashes?

Hi all!

In my seemingly never-ending quest to get Ubuntu running well on my
Alienware 17 R5, I reported
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any version of Ubuntu - 18.04, 18.10 etc, if you close the lid, the
machine crashes and gets put into a weird state when you open the lid
and hit the power button.
In that bug, they suggested I install the latest 4.19 upstream kernel,
which I did, and that DOES in fact fix the issue!
However, when I boot with 4.19-rc7/8 my system slows to a CRAWL and
eventually freezes up entirely after a time.

mount namespaces broken since 18.10 upgrade


I upgraded my Thinkpad X230 from 18.04 to 18.10 and afterwards several
services fail:

● geoclue.service loaded failed
failed Location Lookup Service
● systemd-swap.service loaded failed
failed Manage swap spaces on zram, files and partitions.
● systemd-timesyncd.service loaded failed
failed Network Time Synchronization
● upower.service loaded failed
failed Daemon fo

Shares from Windows

Just an observation

I was playing with shares on a mixed Windows & Ubuntu (flavours and
derivatives) home network.

Win to Win was troublesome but once I gave up on searching and just typed the
UNC of the Host (\\Host), all worked as expected (if not as advertised), all
normal shares were visible, next I tested using hidden shares, there they were
only viewable if the whole UNC (\\Host\hiddenshare$) was entered in address bar

(which is as it should be)

Now I tried the same thing from Bionic, I entered the bare Host UNC and nothing

found, then out of old habit I added smb: in front o

TLS failure

I have a very strange problem, which may well not actually be a Ubuntu
problem, but I would be grateful for any help in diagnosing it.
When I go to <a href="" title=""></a> in Firefox it shows
'Performing a TLS Handshake to' for a little
while then fails saying 'Secure Connection Failed, The connection to
the server was reset while the page was loading'. A similar thing
happens in Google Chrome.

Launchpad OOPS

I tried to report a problem with the archive manager by using
"ubuntu-bug file-roller"
and got an error reported on the web page. Has anyone else been seeing

Error text:

Sorry, something just went wrong in Launchpad.

We’ve recorded what happened, and we’ll fix it as soon as possible.
Apologies for the inconvenience.

(Error ID: OOPS-deb9c95631178e961b5dc69ae931cf89)

Launcher icon size


I'd like to decrease the size of Launcher icons on Ubuntu 18.04 to make
room for even more icons. I've looked in settings, looked at Gnome Tweaks
but haven't found anything there.

Also, is there a Gnome extension I could use to get a "start menu" type
menu, to make it easier to browse installed programs?



New laptop derecommendations

I'm looking for a new laptop.

I am NOT looking for recommendations (but if you have them, by all means
send them directly to my email address) because I suspect one or other
variant of Ubuntu will run on pretty much all modern laptops.

What I am looking for is warnings: DON'T use XYZ laptops because...

Knowing what to avoid is probably more useful than knowing what to
choose from, and I already have a checklist of things it MUST have.

I have been using an ancient but reliable Dell Latitude D810 through
many versions and distros of Ubuntu.

shell pipe "loses" parts of the data, was: help needed to debug Perl script

Hello all, again

(sorry, this is a bit long, but it can't be helped)

in another thread today, I wrote how a Perl script I had been using
for weeks without problems had suddenly started to drive me mad, losing
~80% of the data it was supposed to print.

Basically the script was telling me "I have built a hash with ~26K keys,
and now I am going to print them all, one per line", but instead of ~26k
lines of data, it would only print ~4700.

OT: help needed to debug Perl script


A few weeks ago I quickly put together a Perl script to parse big CSV
files, for a project I am working on (I need to do this several times a
day, always with new data).

Install a printer driver


I am having problems with getting a Brother MFC-J485DW printer to work
with Linux.  I am using Mint - Rebeca and the Mate desktop.

I deleted the profile for my old printer and then connected the printer
to my computer with a USB cable.  When I turned the printer on a pop-up
window said that "No printer driver for Brother MFC-J485D.  (It is
obvious that there is some communications between the printer and the
computer.) I clicked on the "search" button.
A new pop-up window that gave three choices 1. Select printer from
database  2. Provide PPD file and 3.

Restrictions with iptables

I need to restrict telnet/ssh access for a user account on my ubuntu
16.04.5 to devices on a particular network but they should be able to
access the entire WWW.


Restrictions with iptables

I need to restrict telnet/ssh access for a user account on my ubuntu
16.04.5 to devices on a particular network but they should be able to
access the entire WWW.


Cannot run a program at boot that uses a serial device

I have a couple of Python programs that will no
longer start at boot time.  This was working until
yesterday afternoon just after a did a reboot.
There haven't been any changes to either program,
but I did do an update (upgrade and dist-upgrade)
a few days ago. I cannot recall if I did a reboot
at the time though. I'm guessing that I did not do
the reboot until yesterday and that my problem
might be due to the upgrade.  Using systemctl
status command revealed that  USB serial device
could not be found which caused the abort.

What are the differences between systemd and non-systemd Linux distros?

Good afternoon from Singapore,

What are the differences between systemd and non-systemd Linux distros?

Is systemd implemented in all the latest Linux distros?

Please advise. Thank you.

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18.04 has no support for my printer

Hello Ubuntu Support

18.04 looks good until I discover that I cannot print. Your advice will be
a huge relief.
Maybe I could restore files from 16.04 backup but have no idea which files
I would need?

I have added some lines from the HP diagnose utility that may be helpful?

Self Diagnose Utility and Healing Utility ver. 1.0
HP Linux Imaging and Printing System (ver.

18.04 has no support for my printer

Hello Ubuntu Support

18.04 looks good until I discover that I cannot print. Your advice will
be a huge relief.
Maybe I could restore files from 16.04 backup but have no idea which
files I would need?

I have added some lines from the HP diagnose utility that may be

Self Diagnose Utility and Healing Utility ver. 1.0
HP Linux Imaging and Printing System (ver. 3.17.10)
warning: 12-18.04 version is not supported.

File Manager with Operation History?

Are there any file managers supporting recording the opertion
history, which maybe looks like:

2018/10/01 Mon 08:46 MV ~/Download/zoo.mp4 => ~/family/zoo.mp4
2018/10/01 Mon 08:50 RM ~/Download/economist.pdf
2018/10/01 Mon 08:55 CP ~/Mail/yanhh0/92 => /media/samsung/

I did a search found nothing. If there is no such thing I will spend
next Saturday implementing one and make a PR to PCManFM.

Many thanks.

Desktop brief anomaly


Ubuntu has just behaved very strangely. I booted my computer, logged in and
all my desktop icons had disappeared.

I thought that was strange, went into Firefox and started using it.
Suddenly, without warning, I was logged out and facing the login screen.

Logged back in again and the desktop icons were back again and now I'm back
in Firefox, passing on this message.



no sound after installing new main board

hi there

I installed a new main board.

Now I have no more sound (the Bluetooth headset still works)

Any idea what do do to proceed.

Here is a file with output an alsa test utility created:

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m4a/aac file formats


I have a new MP3/AAC player with some problems reading the metadata on
some of the m4a files, so they come up "Unknown Artist" and "Unknown
Album", even though I've made sure the tags are correct using easytag.

The file command gives
ISO Media, MP4 v2 [ISO 14496-14]
for the ones the player handles correctly, and
ISO Media, Apple iTunes ALAC/AAC-LC (.M4A) Audio
for the ones the player mangles.

I may have ripped some of the files with grip a few years ago, but the
recent ones are all ripped from CDs using abcde.

changing default grub entry??

Hi sisters & brothers in unbuntu

I swaped my motherboard in a 16.04 box with 5 disks.

Now the boot sequence has changed.

I would like to have the 9th entry of the list that is displayed when I boot, to
be default.

this is what I tried (and failed):

1. in /etc/default/grub

    GRUB_DISTRIBUTOR=`lsb_release -i -s 2> /dev/null || echo Debian`

How do I disable hot key combinations

How do I disable what I believe are named hot key combinations?

I am using UbuntuMATE linux 16.04.x, and, I can be typing text into a
form, and then, a half hour or so, of text typed in, suddenly
disappears and the screen hanges to show that something has happened,
and I am not sure what has happened.

I am losing about an hour's typing, each day, because of whatever is
happening, and, I am assuming that it is due to some inadvertent and
unwitting key combination.

The mouse keeps bringing up menu's in web pages, when it is not
supposed to be doing that, but that is another problem.

Hibernate 18.04


Or maybe more accurately "Resume" after Hibernate

I've Googled (& DuckDuckGo'ed) for an answer that works, all tests of "if
hibernate should work" are positive

I could Hibernate & resume under 16.04 and the dual booted Win7, but didn't as
that screws access from Ubuntu to Win partition (as win cant read Ubuntu...)

Since I upgraded to 18.04 it stopped working, Hibernate does close down but
after re-boot it's just like a clean cold boot

Samsung NP N110 netbook (if that helps)

'Emacs style' delete line shortcut (CTRL/U) doesn't work correctly in Firefox

I have the 'Emacs style' keyboard shortcuts enabled on my [x]ubuntu
18.04 systems. The shortcut I use most often is the (not really
Emacs) CTRL/U for deleting a line of text.

This should delete the whole line of text even if the cursor isn't
placed at the end of the line. It *does* do this in other GUIs but in
Firefox it just deletes from the cursor to the start of the line.
This makes the shortcut much less useful as it means I need to move
the cursor to delete the line and this means I have to use the touchpad
or mouse.

who maintains mailman 2.1 for ubuntu 18.04.1?

I installed webmin-virtualmin-mailman and mailman in that order. I
have a problem with the installation and asked on the mailman list and
was referred to the maintainer of the distribution's version. I don't
know a) who that is or b) how to find out (apart from asking here).



Keyboard re-mapping OOps sorry

Apologies for the aborted post:

I'm trying to remap some of the keys on my keyboard.

Keyboard re-mapping

I'm trying to remap some of the keys on my keyboard.

Are these instructions meant to be executed on Ubuntu Server 18.04 LTS?

Good afternoon from Singapore,

I came across this Linux Journal article titled "DIY: Build a Custom Minimal Linux Distribution from Source", written by Petros Koutoupis.

Are the instructions in this article meant to be executed with ease on Ubuntu Server 18.04 LTS or perhaps easier on other Linux distros?

Please advise.

Which project should I use to submit sleep / power management bugs with ubuntu-bug?

Hi there folks.

I'm running Ubuntu 18.10 beta on my Alienware 17 R5 and I want to report
a bug about the fact that if the machine goes to sleep it won't come
back and I need to power cycle it.
I thought maybe Xorg but that path leads nowhere as there are no options
for power management.
Any suggestions anyone?

Thanks in advance!


Excessive Logging problem in /var/log

Dear all Ubuntu Users and developers,

I have a problem. More than 4G in this directory
*******@***:~$ sudo du --summarize -h /var/log
4.2G /var/log

Then I deleted most of the logging files with sudo rm /var/log/* and restarted the computer.

Software Updater broken on 16.04.x


On one of my computers running UbuntuMATE 16.04.x, the Software
Updater shows "Updated software is available for this computer. ..."
and "323.1MB will be downloaded.".

But, it now does not display a (selectable/deselectable) list of what
packages are to be downloaded/updated/installed/removed/changed.

This also occurs after the computer is rebooted.

I am not aware of any setting to conceal what packages are to be changed.

What is happening?

Release-upgrade broke internet connection


The hint, that /etc/resolv.conf should probably point to
/run/systemd/resolve/resolv.conf was correct. The connection is back.

Now, my desktop (after being online again) sucks all the mail from my
mail provider, and places it in my local IMAP server (Dovecot). Which
doesn't work yet. There are problems with kmail. So, at the moment, I
don't have a working email connection any more. (Last, I've used a
webmail interface).

I have to repair my mail connection, before I can answer any mail.

Bye, and thanks for that hint!


Re: release upgrade breaks internet and other things

03 October 2018 at 19:25, Volker Wysk wrote:
release upgrade breaks internet and (at least in part)

Do/did you connect voa WiFi?

If so try to re-connect to your router (delete and remake that connection)

release upgrade breaks internet and other things


I've done a do-release-upgrade on my 16.04 LTS system. This has broken
the internet connection, and more. I get immediate "unknown host"
errors when I ping to any host. When I lookup an adress in Firefox, I
get a "Page not found, The connection to the server ... failed."

Sorry, I don't know how to troubleshoot this connection problem.

Where should I look..?

Should i even look, or would it be easier to reinstall everything in a
new 18.04.1 system from scratch? (This would be quite a few things.)


Openbox quite messed up on Ubuntu 16.04, need sample config files..

..or so it seems on my own computer, at least.

I used openbox a lot years ago, customizing it with pipe menus and other
stuff as I needed, then migrated to other window managers. This week I
wanted to try it again, so installed openbox, obmenu etc.. but:

the openbox root menu is almost empty, and I haven't found any
*working* way to make it display the same menus of applications that
kde, enlightenment etc...

evolution error on first start

I've installed evolution and on first running it, from a terminal, I

(evolution:3870): e-data-server-WARNING **: e_module_load_all_in_directory: Error opening directory '/usr/lib/evolution-data-server/credential-modules': No such file or directory

I've looked in /usr/lib/evolution-data-server/ and sure enough there
isn't a file or directory called credential-modules. I'm not surprised
in a way because I haven't provided any credentials. My understanding
is that a first run wizard will start up to solicit such information
but this has not happened. Ideas?


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