Postings by Jim Byrnes

Build id vs Version number in Synaptic

Why do some packages use a build id to show the latest version and
others seem to use a version number? For example Libreoffice Calc shows
a build id while Firefox shows a version number.

This sometimes makes it difficult to determine how current a package in
a repository is when comparing it to a version of a program you may have
seen on the net.

Regards, Jim

How to change the permissions of files in a directory recursively

How can I leave the permission of a directory at 755 and change the
permissions of all of it's files to 766? Everything I have tried and
what I have found googling ends up setting the dir and file permissions
the same.

So if I have /var/www/html/foo/ I want foo to remain at 755 and files
in foo to change to 766.

Thanks, Jim

How to boot a win 7 hard drive that was in Ubuntu system?

I have a system that has 3 hard drives. Ubuntu 12.04, Ubuntu 14.04 &
Windows 7. Haven't used Win 7 for a long time, but now I have a sudden
need to do so.

When I booted win 7 it installed updates and failed on SP 1. Googling
says a possible cause is SP 1 can't deal with grub. A suggested solution
was to unplug the linux drives and boot with just windows present. When
I try that I get the message: BOOTMGR is missing.

All the solutions I have found require that I use a Win 7 install disk
to fix it, I didn't get one when I bought this system many years ago.

prompts.tab_modal.enabled = false has no effect in Firefox 51

I have Ubuntu 16.04 & mint 18.1 installed. In Ubuntu it has the desired
effect but not in Mint. I think the difference is because in Ubuntu it
was set to false in Firefox 50 and then upgraded to 51, but in Mint it
was set to true in Firefox 50 and was upgraded to 51 in that state.

Google has been no help and trying a new profile does not work either.
Is anyone else seeing this and maybe have a work around?

Regards, Jim

Behavior change in Synaptic

In 14.04 I could click Status-->Installed then do a search for say {uno}
and it would return a list showing just the 4 uno packages I had installed.

In 16.04 if I do the same thing I will get a list of what looks like all
uno related packages available. If I scroll through them I see the same
4 packages installed.

Is there maybe something I set in 14.04 that needs to be set in 16.04
that I forgot about.

Difference between installation restart vs desktop restart

I am trying to install Ubuntu 16.04.1 to a machine I just built. It has
an Intel Xeon E3-1220v5 LGA1151 processor, 32 GB ddr4 dram and a Geforce
GTX 750Ti video card.

The first thing I did was to just "Try Ubuntu". The screen flashed dark
pink then went black. The harddrive led flashed for a while but in the
end the screen remained black.

Then I tried to "install Ubuntu". This seemed to work. The install
screen was at a nice resolution. I checked the "download software while
installing option" and the "third party software option". When prompted
I restarted the machine.

Can't boot 14.04

This morning when I turned on my computer it booted to a guest session
login in prompt on both monitors. When I entered my password the screen
blanked for a short time and then the guest login prompt appeared again.

Software updater ran yesterday or the day before and I think one of the
things updated was the nvidia driver so that seems to be the likely cause.

Right now I am booted to 12.04 on the same machine. What do I need to
do to fix the problem?

Regards, Jim

port 7547 open

Using Ubuntu 14.04
Using an Xfinity Gateway - voice-internet-wireless

While reading an article on the recent ddos attacks I came across
mention of this service <a href="" title=""></a>.

I connected to it and ran the scan and it said I was public on Shodan
and my network was reachable through port 7547. I tried another service
and it also said port 7547 was open.

Can a repository package be upgraded from outside the repository?

When I did a fresh install of 14.04 I choose to install jEdit 5.1 from
the repository. I am not ready to upgrade to 16.04 yet but I see it has
jEdit 5.3 available. I checked and there doesn't seem to be any backports.

I the past I have installed jEdit by adding dl.sourceforge to my sources
list and using apt. So if I did that now would my present install of
5.1 be upgraded to 5.3?

I don't want to uninstall 5.1 and then install 5.3 because of a lot of
customization I have done to 5.1.

Regards, Jim

spaceFM drag&drop to jEdit

I am using Ubuntu 14.04, jEdit 5.1.0, java 1.8.0_101 and spaceFM 0.9.4.

I noticed that I cannot drag & drop a text file from the file manager
spaceFM to jEdit and have it open, but I can drag & drop a text file
from spaceFM to gedit and have it open.

If I use Nemo as a file manager I can drag & drop a text file from it to
jEdit and have it open.

I am wondering if there are any spaceFM/jEdit users on the list that
have solved this oddity?

Regards, Jim

PS I asked this on the jEdit list but apparently no one there is using
this combination.

Hardware Enablement Stack notice?

I've been running LTS releases since 10.04 and this is the first one of
these notices I have received. At first I was confused about it but I
read the wiki and some other links and I have a better understanding now.

I am running VirtualBox 5.0.26 which Synaptic shows in Local/Contrib.
How will running this update effect my VBox install?

Regards, Jim

All apps not showing on Ubuntu 16.04's Software Center

Just upgraded from 14.04 to 16.04 on my laptop via the Software Updater.

Looking under the all tab on the Software Center all I see is Featured
--> Firefox and Editors Choice --> Transmission and Calibre.

I thought I would see various categories of apps to page through and

Is this how it is supposed to work?

Regards, JIm

OT Gmane's future

I came across this earlier today and haven't seen anyone mention it yet,
so I will. It seems the operator of gmane is considering shutting it
down. While not directly about Ubuntu, many of us use it to access this
list, so it could affect participation here.

The link: <a href="" title=""></a>

Regards, Jim

Chrome tabs text size

A couple of days ago Ubuntu 14.04 received a few updates and Chrome
updated from to Now the text in Chrome's tabs appears to
be almost twice the size as normal. The way web pages display has not
changed, just the tabs and the bookmarks bar.

I looked through the settings and could not find one to change it.
Googling reveals that many people in the past complained abut the text
being too small and the moderator of a Chrome forum saying it could not
be adjusted.

Just wondering if anyone else has had this happen and maybe found a

Regards, Jim

Opera & cookies

Running Ubuntu 14.04

Ever since Firefox dropped the ability to ask if you wanted to accept or
reject cookies I have been looking for a replacement. Pale Moon has that
ability but on many pages it is really slow scrolling pages.

I started researching other browsers and found this info regarding
Opera: <a href="" title=""></a>

According to that page there is a "ask me before accepting cookies"
setting. I downloaded and installed Opera vers 38.

Replacing on board NIC

Running Ubuntu 14.04.

I recently upgraded my internet speed to 150 mbps.

How to recover from a display driver problem

Ubuntu 14.04 with Nvida GeForce 9100 graphics with 2 monitors.

I was having problems displaying double underlines in LibreOffice and
when nothing else worked I decided to try a different driver. I had
been running the Nvida proprietary driver. Like a dummy I did not write
down it's version number, but I know the version I switched to was vers
340.96. Numerically I remember the original drivers version was smaller.

Problem using Libreoffice calc with Ubuntu 14.04

Running Ubuntu 14.04, Libreoffice

The problem I am seeing is when I change the bottom border of a cell to
a double underline, I see a thick black line, not two individual lines.

I have discussed the problem on the Libreoffice forum and they seem to
think it is a display problem, but I'm not so sure.

Title bar/menu problem on 14.04

A couple of weeks ago I thought I was having and solved a problem with
the speed of mouse clicks on menus, but I was wrong. I still see the
problem but I think it has more to do with the titlebar/menus than the
mouse. I tried two different mice with the same result.

The problem only occurs in Firefox,Thunderbird and LibreOffice.

If I put the mouse pointer on any menu item in the titlebar and push the
left mouse button the pointer turns into a hand and the menu does not
drop down. In fact if I move the mouse I can drag the window even though
the pointer is over the menus.

How are programs executed in Ubuntu?

Running Ubuntu 14.04.

I recently started to learn the programing language livecode. I have
completed a couple of tutorials and got them to run in the ide. Then I
compiled them as standalone apps. Now I would like to launch the
standalone version.

My preferred method of starting programs is put them on the launcher or
put them in a program called "Drawers" that sits on the launcher and
contains programs to launch.

How to set the single click speed?

I moved from Ubuntu 12.04 to 14.04 and find I have trouble getting drop
down menus in the title bar to drop down.

If I click on a menu as I normally do it just flashes briefly but does
not drop down. To get it to drop down I must tap and release the button
very rapidly.

I've googled and checked various "settings" programs but can't find a

Regards, Jim

Upgrading from 12.04 to 14.04

On 12.04 I have Apache and MySQL installed which I access using
localhost. In 12.04 Apache uses www/files_go_here. In 14.04 Apache uses

Would the upgrade move the necessary files from www to www/html?

Regards, Jim


I am in the process of moving from 12.04 to 14.04. When I discovered how
crippled Nautilus is in 14.04 I started looking for a different file
manager. Raf mentioned SpaceFM so I took a look at it.

I have it setup and running. It looks like a good replacement for
Nautilus but I am having one problem I need to solve.

It does not seem to retain the column widths I have setup in the various

Grub problem since update

Yesterday I accepted some software updates to Ubuntu 12.04, one of them
was to grub. Now the grub menu I normally see is gone. From memory what
I used to see is:

Ubuntu # this is ubuntu 14.04
Ubuntu advanced
*Ubuntu 12.04 # this was the default
other options including memtest

Now, again from memory, I see:

previous ubuntu
ubuntu with linux generic ...

Memtest is now the default. If I select the very first entry I am
booted to 12.04.

What do I need to do to get back the grub menu I am used to seeing.

Thamks, Jim

Softmaker Office 2016 for Linux

I just saw an announcement for this suite. I wonder if anyone knows
anything about it's macro capability in Linux?

I've been on their web site and have done some googling but haven't
found much info. I've gotten interested in software in the past only to
find out the Linux version does not have all of the features of the
Windows one.

Thanks, Jim

Installing Ubuntu 14.04.3on multi hard drive system

I just added a 3d hard drive to my system so I can slowly migrate to
14.04.3. sda = ubuntu 12.04, sdb = windows 7 and sdc is the new hard
drive verified with gpartd.

When I boot from the live cd and choose to install ubuntu sdc is not an
option so I choose "something else". The next screen shows me sdc so I
choose it. sda is shown as the choice of where to put the boot loader.

I want to install 14.04 on sdc and keep booting to 12.04 by default
until I get 14.04 setup to my liking. So is choosing sdc and leaving
the boot loader installation on sda the correct choice?

Errors when trying to install atom

I am evaluating kubuntu14.04 in virtual box on my Ubuntu 12.04 system. I
came across an editor called atom and decided this would be a good place
to test it. Following the instructions on the atom website produced the
following errors:

jfb@Kubuntu14-04:~/Downloads$ sudo dpkg -i atom-amd64.deb
Selecting previously unselected package atom.
(Reading database ...

hplip install errors

A couple of weeks ago I bought an HP MFP M127fw printer. All the basics
seem to work fine but I noticed that it does not offer 2-sided printing,
while my ancient HP 6P does. I tried to fix this by updating to the
latest hplip driver but still do not have a option for 2-sided printing.
There were some errors reported during the installation process and I
am hoping fixing these errors will enable 2-sided printing. I have
included the problematic portions of the install log below.

hplip-install[2816]: info: :
hplip-install[2816]: info: :[01mHP Linux Imaging and Printing System

12.04 slows down when watching videos

Running Ubuntu 12.04, Firefox 36.0.1 and Chromium 37.02.2062.120 all up
to date.

Over the last couple of weeks when I watch youtube videos my machine
gradually slows down and become unusable. The mouse gets jumpy and if I
try to open or close a window it does it in stages and take 5 or 10
seconds to fade in or out. I've tried Firefox and Chromium with the
same results. Today I was watching a video on with Chromium and
the same thing happened.

Connecting a tablet to my home network

Running Ubuntu 12.04 and the tablet is a Samsung/Nook Tab 4.

The tablet will use my wireless router to connect to the internet, but
with one exception cannot see anything on my home network and nothing on
the network can see it. The exception is if I tap the Samsung printer
plugin the tablet can see my network printer.

Is it possible to get the devices to talk to each other on my home network?

Thanks, Ji9m