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Ubuntu Linux, SimpleShare NAS, and NFS

June 27, 2007 at 06:06 AM | categories: Home Computers | View Comments

Had an upgrade to Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon go badly. Now I’m digging out from under. Part of what was lost was my /etc directory getting scrambled so I couldn’t read my old /etc/fstab entry. Been fighting to remember how things worked to mount my SimpleShare for backup and access to my ripped CDs. I finally found this article on Ubuntu Linux, SimpleShare NAS, and NFS which includes this key part:

mediaserver:/shares/SimplePool/Photos/ /mnt/photos nfs rsize=8192,wsize=8192,timeo=14,intr

It still didn’t work for me, though. Was getting “can’t read superblock” which was a little scary after not being able to boot due to Grub error 17 or the system just not coming up. Found the solution on LinuxQuestions: try using the -o nolock option from the nfs mount command. So the command is now:

mediaserver:/shares/SimplePool/Photos/ /mnt/photos nfs rsize=8192,wsize=8192,timeo=14,intr,nolock

and everything seems to be working well. Well, with NFS, anyway.


HowTo Mount NTFS Filesystem Partition Read Write Access

June 27, 2007 at 06:06 AM | categories: Home Computers, Ubuntu | View Comments

Found this article on HowTo Mount NTFS Filesystem Partition Read Write Access very helpful as I continue to dig out from under the Feisty Fawn -> Gutsy Gibbon explosion … er, upgrade. The key thing here is the ability to mount the files so that they’re readable and writeable by an ordinary user. I am in the process of moving photos and music off my second NTFS-formatted drive. I may reformat it as ext3 or I may not but I want to know that I’ve got copies on my first NTFS-formatted drive (which is split with an ext3 partition) and my SimpleShare NFS NAS. Also am putting copies on a DVD to take to work. Last step is to have a USB drive capable of backing up the SimpleShare and taking that to the office. DVDs hold a lot of pictures but CDs ripped in FLAC format take a lot of space.


Test for blogrefs.com

June 27, 2007 at 06:06 AM | categories: General | View Comments

This is a test for BlogRefs


Local DNS Cache for Faster Browsing using dnsmasq

June 26, 2007 at 06:06 AM | categories: Ubuntu | View Comments

Looking for a way to speed up recurring DNS lookups on my Ubuntu box. I found a reference to Local DNS Cache for Faster Browsing on Ubuntu Blog. Works like a champ. I like that dnsmasq allows me to configure the size of the cache easily. I don’t like that I had to chattr +i /etc/resolv.conf to make it immutable so that the system wouldn’t drop looking at 127.0.0.1 (localhost) first. I tried using the package resolvconf but it caused all lookups to fail. So I used apt-get again to remove it and stayed with just the dnsmasq package.


Inside the Monkeysphere

June 25, 2007 at 06:06 AM | categories: General | View Comments

Seriously good article on why we don’t think of other people as “people”. Inside the Monkeysphere is terrific.