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15 January 2018 - 04:09

nubimax wrote:

no such file or drictory is the out come of:
with or without the locked.

Use the copy/paste for your file path that I suggested earlier. This may help and will give you the correct path regardless of if the command works or not.

The results from the

# stat

command would also be helpful.

15 January 2018 - 04:12

I am doing something wrong here. Appears it is tricky to simply type a command in.



command can actually be used at the user prompt. I just have never done that before because I use it when modifying permissions on system files that I don't want everyone and dog to be able to read.

15 January 2018 - 23:39


29 January 2018 - 04:19

Is it possible to put a password on an archive of any type that can be set to expire and have that expiration date hold up if you send it to someone else you may well be using some other OS?

This interests me because I could have use for such a thing if I wanted to send something to someone but didn't want them to simply pass the archive on to a bunch of other people without having to open it and then repack it.

Why would this come up? That is kind of still a question in my mind. Was a passing thought that I just can't seem to find information on that I really understand. So just call it curiosity. At least for now.

30 January 2018 - 04:42

sheybey wrote:

Not that is practically enforceable. If it can be decrypted at all, they could just replicate your data in an archive that doesn't self-destruct.

The only way to truly accomplish this is by either giving them air-gapped hardware that you then take back once you're finished showing them whatever you want, or by having trustworthy friends who will voluntarily destroy whatever you give them after they look at it.

I understand that. Just got wondering if I created an archive that had a time limit on the password if that limit would stand up after emailing the thing. Just can't seem to understand how that would work at all. But it is what seemed, on a rather dodgy site that I can't even remember, to be suggested as a good idea. All I remember is that it was when I first started using Ubuntu in 98 or maybe a bit later in 99 and was looking into password protected archives.

Was one of the lines of research that helped me learn to sort out sites that actually knew more than I did from those that were well written by people with little or no knowledge of the actual subject. The internet is full of such sites on just about any subject you can think of.

You can find some really, really bad advice from townies turned "homesteaders" on raising and using livestock. Dairy cow screeds are highly amusing to people that actually know something about the critters.

Blacksmithing comes and goes in popularity on the internet. Really is lot of good info out there about it. But what most people want is a simple solution to complex procedures and there are a lot of people that will tell you, at length, about some short cut twaddle. Some is just plain dangerous. The rest will give you a result that may be better than one you dream up on your own. (hint really don't quench red hot steel in motor oil - particularly with any portion of your body above said oil - is pretty flammable- popular with Smiths that teach as a demonstration of how to burn things down - or just for a fun way to get rid of used motor oil when finished with some joint project with a bunch of beer drinking Smiths).

Auto repair "advice" is also quite amusing on a lot of sites.

Had trouble sleeping the other night and it popped into my head for some reason.

If it would then it would be good for one thing I can think of. Irritating the piss out of people mainly.

Obviously anyone opening the thing and saving whatever is in it would then have the stuff for any use they wanted.

30 January 2018 - 06:13

Great. That is a load off my mind.

Doesn't take much to be a heavy load.

13 February 2018 - 02:51

JohnLandisJr wrote:

Sorry .
I want to see the device drivers installed.
Not the partitions with gPared
Excuse my english.
By example see if the usb wifi adapter drive is installed and functioning.
But first see if is installed.
In windows i can see these things through the device manager.
Best Regards

First off there is nothing wrong with your English. By that I mean that I have no idea what your native language is but your English is at least 100% better than my command of yours.

Wifi is a touchy subject with Debian. Most of the firmware (drivers) are not in compliance with the definition of FOSS used by Debian policy. So that stuff is not installed by default in Debian. Most Debian based distros, like Ubuntu, do install them by default.

The firmware is available in the Debian repos but is in the "non-free" repository.

To find the controller for your wifi you would need to use;

$ lspci

and then wade through the results or if you know what the controller is then you can do something like this which I can't demonstrate with wifi as I don't have it on my MB so I am using my Ethernet controller instead;

tom@openbox:~$ lspci | grep Ethernet
09:00.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Controller (rev 09)

using "wifi" instead of Ethernet may work.

Then if you want the package, in Debian, for that device you would search for the device itself. In my case above the Realtek device is not supported with a default install of Debian. Dhcp hooks me up automatically to the net but the gui tools like Network Manager and wicd do not "see" it so the simple disconnect/connect method of using the gui tool is no possible. But the firmware is available and will be found if you add "non-free" to your Debian
lines for the enabled repos after the word "main" with a space between so that a line looks like

deb buster main non-free contrib

Contrib is another optional repo supported on Debian repo servers but not installed in default installs.

For my Realtek ethernet controller I need the package

For your wifi in Debian it is probably not a specific package you need at all. Debian removes a number of "drivers" that are actually included in the Linux Kernel before they use it in their distributed versions. The installation of the package

will install that stuff on your system.

19 April 2018 - 03:10

As my father would have said "what in tarnation is this for?"

What is the purpose of this in other words? I have been looking into it and can see how it is configured and so forth but really can't come up with any real use for it that seems to make sense.

Just a bee in my bonnet caused by reading this stuff;

Which seems to be people getting their knickers in a knot just so that they walk funny.

Was a bit taken aback by that stuff. Don't think "firmware" upgrades are generally all that important at that level. And I was able, with a bit of struggle to actually do a bios upgrade on the Dell without Win installed on it. My Asus MB uefi is capable of being upgraded running only in the uefi system and I assume, perhaps incorrectly, that this is a fairly common feature for efi/uefi systems.

But it did get me to realize that this file exists and I would really like to know what it actually is for.

19 April 2018 - 21:33

warfacegod wrote:

GNOME Software & fwupd are installed by default on all modern major Linux distributions

This demonstrably untrue.

I couldn't find that fwupd is even a depends for anything in Mate which kind of surprised me.

I still want to know what that "machine-id" is actually used for.

20 April 2018 - 02:18

audiomick wrote:

What is in the "machine-id" file? Is it readable?

I may even have one on the desktop (Ubuntu), but I can't be bothered turning it on at this time of night just to look for that.

Yes you have this file. It is part of Linux and, very possibly, all other OSs.

If you run

$ man machine-id

you will get a man page for it. Didn't give me a clue as to what it is actually good for.

If you run

$ cat /etc/machine-id

you will get output of a 32 alpha/numeric character string. This is the unique, supposedly anyway, machine-id for your system.

If you look it up online you will find a lot of content on it but nothing that seemed to me to explain what the damned thing is actually for or why they tell you that you shouldn't disclose this in public which is the reason I am not posting my output of that file.

All I know is that I have checked via the cat command 3 of my installs and they do indeed have different output that seems to be persistent.

Some function(s) must call on this for some reason.