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HOWTO: Lookup Symbol Name and Address during Linux Kernel Debugging

Purpose: This is a short post in which we will see how to look-up a symbol name (function or a variable) from the address that it outputted in the kernel dmesg logs and vice versa. Note: Please note that this is not a HOWTO on how to debug Linux Kernel when it does a OOPS […]

HOWTO: Compiling a custom Linux kernel on Debian Linux System

Purpose: There are many ways on how to compile a Linux kernel on a Linux operating system. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to compile a custom Linux kernel, the “Debian way”, on  Debian Lenny. Step 1: Install Debian system I guess I don’t need to explain this. If you are at a stage […]

ACPI and APIC Issues – Part 2: Detecting faulty/buggy ACPI BIOS (firmware) code

Purpose: A while ago I posted a blog entry dealing with “Kernel Panic” error messages because of the faulty ACPI code in the BIOS. In that post I explained how we can get rid of the kernel panic error message but did not cover how to know if your ACPI BIOS code is really buggy […]

HOWTO: Execute a command automatically upon GDM/GNOME login

Purpose: Let’s say you want to execute a command or a script automatically every time you log into your GDM/GNOME environment. How do you do that? There is no intuitive way currently to do that. So let’s get started… Assumption I am assuming that you have already installed GDM and GNOME on your system. # […]

HOWTO: Enable LDAP/Active Directory Authentication with MediaWiki – Part 1

Oh Boy! It’s been over 4 months now since I wrote a blog post. Work and my other daily activities like exercise, cooking, cleaning, etc. has been really keeping me busy.  With this post my intention is to slowly start blogging back again. Purpose: Sometime back I had blogged about how to install and configure […]

HOWTO: Using wodim program to burn/write CDs and DVDs in Debian Linux

Purpose: In my earlier post, we saw 10 useful programs to burn CDs/DVDs in Linux amongst which cdrecord was one of them. In this blog post we will learn how to use the cdrecord program to burn CDs and DVDs. The package cdrecord is just a dumy package in Debian Lenny which provides wodim, the […]

Initramfs and Initrd Series: Part 2 – What is initrd and similarities with initramfs

Welcome to part 2 of Initramfs and Initrd series. In Part 1 of this series we saw what is initramfs and how to compress and de-compress it. In this part we will see what is an initrd and some of the similarities between initramfs and initrd. So as mentioned in first part, initramfs replaced the […]

Initramfs and Initrd Series: Part 1 – Decompress and compress initramfs images

Purpose: We will learn how to decompress and then re-compress an initramfs image from your Debian or Ubuntu systems. I find the whole initramfs and initrd topic to be one of the most fascinating one in Linux. I always wanted to write a series of post on these topics and I think this might be […]

HOWTO: Compiling Intel Atom Poulsbo GMA 500 graphics driver on Debian

Purpose: Finally here is a step-by-step guide to get the Intel Poulsbo (PSB) GMA 500 graphics driver working under Debian testing/unstable. Over the last 3 months or so since I wrote an introductory post regarding this whole issue, I have got several emails and comments with a request to put up such a guide. Sorry […]

HOWTO: Enabling Kernel Mode Setting (KMS) in Debian Linux kernel

Purpose: So some of you must have heard about a new feature that got introduced since 2.6.29 Linux kernel known as Kernel Mode Setting (KMS).I will not go into the details about the benefits of KMS in this post but rather I will show you how to enable KMS on your Debian system. However I […]

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