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Samba Help Needed

Dear Lazyweb, sorry to bother you again, but I have tried to get this question answered on IRC, on Usenet and on the Samba Mailing List, and was not able to get an answer (not even a remotely clueless one) there. Can you help?

I currently have an "interesting" task to accomplish: An IT environment with about 90 % Windows and 10 % Linux machines would like to unify backup. Currently, the Windows world backs itself up to tape using Backup Exec; the Linux world has Amanda backing up to a big disk RAID.

This RAID is acting up and is scheduled to disappear. The current plan is to back up the Linux world with Amanda to a Samba share which is then backed up to tape by the Backup Exec installation running in the Windows world.

The Linux systems are in a diffent network, and the firewall people would like to keep the ports being open between the two networks to the bare minimum. I don't want to see NETBIOS Broadcasts inside the Linux world, I don't want to see this server in any network neighborhood, and the system acting as the Samba server for the backup should have as few open ports as possible. Of course, the share should be read only and to be as secure as possible.

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How to have socat open a listening socket in the file system?

Dear Lazyweb, can anybody with some advanced socat-foo tell me the command line needed to have socat create a socket in the local file system and to listen on it, so that I can have Virtualbox connect a virtual serial console to it?

The material available on socat on the web is sparse, and virtualbox-related docs usually contain "tick the create pipe option", which is not helpful here since I would like to see the first output the virtual machine prints to its serial port. It would be vastly more useful to have the socket already created with socat listening so that I can immediately see what is being printed to the socket.

synaptics and unstable?

Dear Lazyweb, I have just found out that ksynaptics has stopped working against the X in unstable, and that ksynaptics is not even in lenny, let alone in current testing and/or unstable. This currently leaves me with an unconfigured touchpad, which is a major nuisance since I have gotten accustomed to tap-dragging and touchpad border scrolling.

xserver-xorg-input-synaptics' README.Debian dates back to 2004, so I suspect that the information given there in does not any more apply to today's configfile-less X.

So, dear lazyweb, how do I get my touchpad back into the more intelligent mode? Clickable configuration preferred.

Pushing a packet back and forth between Linux subsystems

Linux policy routing is still incredibly painful if one wants to have more sophisticated routing than just "take source and destination IP address for the routing decision". The mechanisms that have been in use seven years ago still work though, and I didn't find any possibility to do it any easier. In this article, I'll try to explain the "old" mechanisms and hope that somebody from lazyweb will comment and say "it can be done so much easier".

This is a translation of the Usenet article <gu48cs$rul$> in de.comp.os.unix.networking.misc in the hope that the english-speaking blogosphere can give additional insights.

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LV naming, UUIDs, file systems labels

In the last few weeks, I spent quite some time wondering about how to arrange the hard disk layout of my productive systems in the future. This article outlines my thoughts and would like to ask the lazyweb for comments.

I try to keep my Debian servers as identically as possible, making it possible to talk non-linux persons remotely through the system without having to worry about this particular box' configuration.

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How to pin lenny?

Dear lazyweb, how do I pin lenny now and have that pin hold after lenny's release?

  • Codename lenny doesn't work, apt cannot do this (#433624, 18 months old, without any reaction yet)
  • Version 5.0 doesn't work, lenny's Release file doesn't have a Version field yet
  • Suite testing will match lenny now and then track squeeze once squeeze is testing
Is there any method that will get me testing lenny now and stable lenny later and not testing squeeze?

Recording digital audio with Linux impossible?

Dear Lazyweb, in late 2001, I bought a shiny new computer to replace my VHS VCR and to finally help me in getting my last 200 hours worth of music form analog audio tapes into the digital domain. I have to admit that I have failed to do this.

While the TV ambitions were originally spoiled with the rotten Windows TV software that came with the Hauppauge PVR PCI card, audio with windows used to work rather decently. Until I decided to ditch Windows and to use Linux. Which looks like a mistake. Not even the audio stuff works any more.

I have bought a new TV card and a new sound card, but all I currently get (with the old sound card, btw) are audio recordings that sound way too fast.

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