Bayard Kids
Amarok [Music]
...Lisp modules
......Sublime Text Color Theme
...Emacs configuration file
...Read IMAP mail with Emacs
...Emacs Shortcuts
Flash Player [Web]
The Gimp
ROX Filer
Sync Any
This page details the installation and configuration of various Unix applications. At the top of each application detail, a table summarizes how to install on Solaris, OpenSolaris, Debian or Ubuntu. No details for a given OS does not mean the application does not work for that OS, but probably just that I haven't tried or that it is very straight forward.
ApplicationTypeSolaris 10OpenSolarisDebian/UbuntuLinux Mate
Brasero CD/DVD burning application There's a package. Requires Gnome. Launch with command brasero.
Cal Calendar
cal | xmessage -file "-" -title 'calendar' &
Elisa Media Center Requires OpenSolaris 2009.06
Evince PDF and PS reader Download the package from Blastwave:
  • /opt/csw/bin/pkg-get evince
  • the package is installed (by default) in /opt/csw/bin
Installed by default in /usr/bin
Eye of Gnome Image viewer of Gnome. To launch it, run eog. Installed with Gnome Installed with Gnome Called Eye of Mate: eom
ffmpeg Video manipulation command line utility install: apt-get install ffmpeg (NB. now replaced by avconv)
convert to FLV:
ffmpeg -i input.avi -f flv output.flv
You can also specify rates:
ffmpeg -i video.m4v -f flv -b 768 -ar 22050 -ab 96 -s 720x576 video.flv
copy film starting at a given position: ffmpeg -i input.swf -ss 00:01:00 -f swf output.swf
copy a given duration: ffmpeg -i input.swf -t 00:01:00 -f swf output.swf
Unfortunately, depending on codecs, audio conversion of avi to flv or swf may or may not succeed.
For more info, see Hacquebart
To convert a .mov to a .mp4:
ffmpeg -i lazysteps.ogg -vcodec mpeg4 -acodec aac -strict -2 lazysteps.mp4
Without sound, use option -an:
ffmpeg -i MVI_3723.MOV -vcodec copy -an -strict -2 blinking.mp4
To disable sound from a video, use '-an'
ffmpeg -i shuriken.mp4 -f flv -an -s 720x576 shuriken.flv
ffmpeg is being replaced by avconv which uses the same syntax (approx). For example, to convert webm to .mp4:
avconv -i file.webm file.mp4
You can also display metadata:
avconv -i music.mp3 -f ffmetadata
gcalcli Google Calendar command line utility python gcalcli calw
In ~/.gcalclirc:
24hr: true
cal: "NAME of CALENDARe"#green,"OTHER CALENDER"#magenta
mon: true
https: true
ignore-started: true
Also, make sure to use those patches:
GThumb Thumbnail and image viewer. To launch it, run gthumb Installed with Gnome
gnome-volume-control Sound volume Installed by default (with Gnome) in /usr/bin Installed by default (with Gnome) in /usr/bin Installed by default (with Gnome) in /usr/bin mate-volume-control
Handbrake HandBrake is a GPL-licensed, multiplatform, multithreaded video transcoder.
sudo apt-get install libavcodec
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:stebbins/handbrake-releases
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install handbrake-gtk
ghb &
iftop, iptraf Network traffic monitoring
IRC Chat xchat hexchat
Locate and Updatedb Locating files Get the package findutils from Blastwave or OpenCSW. The commands are named glocate and gupdatedb in /opt/csw/bin command is slocate and slocate -u for an update of databases. locate and updatedb
LiVES Video Use repository package
Mplayer Use repository debian-multimedia To play a CDROM:
mplayer -cdrom-device /dev/cdrom cdda://
mplayer -cdrom-device cdda://5 -cache 5000
Nautilus Gnome's file manager.To launch it without loading the GNOME desktop or background, do:
nautilus --no-desktop
Installed with Gnome Installed with Gnome
OpenShot Video editing
RealPlayer to install, modify HEX_LIBS to ~/softs/RealPlayer and not /usr/lib/real
rhythmbox Music/Radio player Installed by default on Debian and Ubuntu
SANE Scanning utility pfexec pkg install pkg:/image/scanner/xsane/sane-frontend
Skype Voice calls No version for OpenSolaris. Previously, https://imo.im/ used to support Skype but it no longer does. Install Linux package Install Linux package
ssdeep Fuzzy hashing To compare two lists of hashes against each one:
ssdeep -k list1 -k list2
To compare a list of hashes internally:
ssdeep -x list [and potentially more lists]
To generate hashes:
ssdeep -l is for long relative name
-b is for basename
-r is for recursive
Synergy Pilot several computers with the same mouse and keyboard pkg install synergy
and then:
svc:/system/keymap:default> listprop keymap/layout
keymap/layout  astring  French
svc:/system/keymap:default> exit
snownews RSS reader Install ncurses:
apt-get install libncurses5-dev
Tor sudo service tor stop (or start)
totem Video viewer An alternative is smplayer: apt-get install smplayer
Twitter Social networking / Instant Messaging twidge
apt-get install twidge
twidge setup
twidge lscommands
twidge lsrecent
twidge lsreplies
twidge update 'my tweet'
VLC Video With hardware acceleration:
cvlc --vout omxil_vout
To listen to a radio, find the m3u file, and use the first URL in there, to launch with cvlc.
For streaming:
vlc MP3FILE.mp3 --sout '#standard{access=http,mux=mp3,dst=YOURIP:PORT}
Then on the remove host, simply launch clvc on http://YOURIP:PORT
Wireshark Network capture To see only HTTP POSTS:
http.request.method == "POST"
Xchat IRC client Not tried but probably works To compile:
./configure --disable-perl --disable-python --disable-tcl
Xeyes See where your pointer is xeyes -geometry 40x40+0+0
XvidCap Video capture
xvidcap --audio no --gui yes --file ~/myvideo.mpeg
xvidcap --audio no --gui no --file /tmp/trying.avi --cap_geometry `xwininfo | fgrep geometry | cut -c12-`
xvidcap --audio no --gui no --file /tmp/trying.mpeg --cap_geometry 116x48+247+64
XnView Image viewer tar.gz.
To install the soft, unzip the package.
Then modify the ./install script and modify directory /usr/lib/X11/app-defaults/XnView to /usr/X11/lib/X11/app-defaults/XnView (Solaris 10 u5). To launch XnView, run /usr/local/bin/xnview.
xpdf Lightweight PDF reader Yes Install IPSxpdf from Blastwave Yes
xv Image viewer and browser (visual schnauzer, with thumbs) Yes Yes, from Blastwave Yes


OpenSolaris 2008.11 Ubuntu Debian
Compiled from sources. Configure it without kerberos. Then do make Works fineCompiled from sources.
Set configuration in ~/.pinerc.

To access a Google Mail account with IMAP:

personal-name=<YOUR NAME>
smtp-server=smtp.gmail.com/submit/user=<YOUR GOOGLE USERNAME>@gmail.com/novalidate-cert
inbox-path={imap.gmail.com/user=<YOUR GOOGLE USERNAME>@gmail.com/ssl/novalidate-cert}Inbox

All other entries can left by default. However, it may be interesting to set a few other fields such as:

customized-hdrs= From:
alt-addresses=myemail1@blah.com, myemail2@blah.com
Those fields ensure that when one enter Ctlr R in the headers, the rich headers are displayed with, in particular, the From field set to the default email.
For support of French accents in mails:

To create filters, use the setup menu: Setup > Rules > Filters. It is also possible to automatically highlight, answer (etc). Those are located as pattern-filters in .pinerc.
To answer some emails using a given identity, set up a Role. Those are mentioned as pattern-roles in .pinerc.
To create a new personal label, add a Keyword:
Use * and then Ctrl T to access flags (labels).
To debug alpine and write debug info to .pine-debug1:
alpine -d tcp,imap=4


To synchronize music with the HTC Touch,
  • install amarok
  • connect the mobile phone using WMStorage: the devices is mounted as a USB device (for e.g in /media/disk)
  • in amarok, configure it as a generic audio device. Connect it.

Bayard Kids

Bayard Kids is a Windows application, but you can get it to work under wine: follow this link


apt-get install cmus
To use CMUS remotely:
cmus --listen YOURIP:7890
In settings, do:
set passwd=12345678
Then, remotely, to pause:
cmus-remote --server YOURIP:7890 --passwd 12345678 -u
To play:
cmus-remote --server YOURIP:7890 --passwd 12345678 -p


CUPS is meant to help Unix users to print. But honestly, I'm probably dumb, because I've always encountered problems printing from Unix machines :( Anyway, this is how far I've been.

In OpenSolaris:
pfexec pkgutil -y -i cups

CUPS is typically managed by the web, on port 631. Try


$ sudo apt-get install postgresql davical php5-curl
Doc on installing Davical here. See also here and Davical administration.
To backup the database, put in the crontab:
pg_dump -h localhost -U postgres -Fc davical | gzip > davical-$(date +%Y-%m-%d).pgdump.gz
To restore a previous install of davical:
  1. Install postgresql, davical, apache
  2. Install davical as in here until you are able to log on the web site https://.../davical
  3. Create 2 "principals" - those are the users/calendars. Set passwords
  4. Set RW rights for one's own calendar and R for the other calendar
  5. Restore the database from an empty one:
    • log as postgres and drop the database:
      # su - postgres
      postgres@legumic:~$ dropdb davical
    • create the database:
      createdb --owner davical_dba --encoding UTF8 --template template0 davical
    • restore the database:
      sudo pg_restore -Fc -h localhost -U postgres -d davical davical-Saturday.pgdump
  6. Should be working


newgrp docker
docker run -it ubuntu bash


DOSbox helps run old DOS apps. It works in OpenSolaris. Installation:
  • ./configure
  • in src, make sure to disable everything that concerns the debug directory and gui_tk
  • make
  • go to src directory: run: dosbox
Running DOSbox:
keyb fr
mount c ~ /softs/dosbox/x-wing


OpenIndiana Solaris 10 OpenSolaris 2008.11 Ubuntu
Works fine
pkg install editor/gnu-emacs /opt/csw/bin/pkg-get emacs pkg install SUNWgnu-emacs SUNWgnu-emacs-x apt-get install ??
  • Homepage: See here
  • The configuration file is ~/.emacs
  • To reload .emacs: M-x load-file ~/.emacs
If Ctrl-Space does not work in Emacs, that's because of another key binding, typically in Gnome. Call ibus-setup and remove the shortcut for Ctrl-Space.

Lisp modules


This is a map like in the Sublime Text 2 editor. To launch the minimap:
M-x minimap-create
To destroy a minimap
M-x minimap-destroy
To .emacs:
;; ----------- Minimap -----------------
;; minimap http://www.emacswiki.org/emacs/MiniMap
(require 'minimap)
  ;; custom-set-variables was added by Custom.
  ;; If you edit it by hand, you could mess it up, so be careful.
  ;; Your init file should contain only one such instance.
  ;; If there is more than one, they won't work right.
 '(minimap-window-location (quote right)))


Displays line numbers for each line, on the left side. Get Linum from here. To enable line numbers:
(require 'linum)
;; active linum for all 
(global-linum-mode 1)
There are a few files I do not wish line numbers for, to inhibit it:
;; disable it for some specific modes
(setq linum-mode-inhibit-modes-list '(hexl-mode
Add this to .emacs:
;; ----------- Linum -----------------
(require 'linum)
;; active linum for all 
(global-linum-mode 1)
;; disable it for some specific modes
(setq linum-mode-inhibit-modes-list '(hexl-mode

(defadvice linum-on (around linum-on-inhibit-for-modes)
  "Stop the load of linum-mode for some major modes."
    (unless (member major-mode linum-mode-inhibit-modes-list)

(ad-activate 'linum-on)

Sublime Text Color Theme

Actually, I use a color theme that mimicks Sublime Text 2. First, download color-theme from savannah, then unzip and copy color-theme.el and the themes directory in your path:
$ cp color-theme.el ~/elisp/
$ cp -R themes/ ~/elisp/
The color theme I use is the following (mostly taken from k-bx) For example, put this in ~/elisp/color-sublimetext2.el:
  (require 'color-theme))

(defun sublime-text-2 ()
  "Color theme that looks like the Sublime Text 2 editor."
     ((background-color . "#171717")
      (background-mode . light)
      (border-color . "#1a1a1a")
      (cursor-color . "#fce94f")
      (foreground-color . "#cfbfad")
      (mouse-color . "black"))
     (fringe ((t (:background "#1a1a1a"))))
     (mode-line ((t (:foreground "#eeeeec" :background "#555753"))))
     (region ((t (:foreground "#404040" :background "#CC9900"))))
     (font-lock-builtin-face ((t (:foreground "#52e3f6"))))
     (font-lock-comment-face ((t (:foreground "#ffffff"))))
     (font-lock-function-name-face ((t (:foreground "#edd400"))))
     (font-lock-keyword-face ((t (:foreground "#ff007f"))))
     (font-lock-string-face ((t (:foreground "#ece47e"))))
     (font-lock-type-face ((t (:foreground"#8ae234"))))
     (font-lock-variable-name-face ((t (:foreground "#8ae234"))))
     (minibuffer-prompt ((t (:foreground "#729fcf" :bold t))))
     (font-lock-warning-face ((t (:foreground "Red" :bold t))))
     (speedbar-directory-face ((t (:foreground "light blue"))))
     (speedbar-tag-face ((t (:foreground "#cfbfad"))))
To .emacs:
;; ------------ Sublime Text Color Theme -----------
(require 'color-theme)
(setq color-theme-is-global t)
(load-file "~/elisp/color-sublimetext2.el")


Speedbar: I'm not entirely a fan, but sometimes it's a cool add-on. To enable the speedbar in the same frame, call my-speedbar-no-seperate-frame. To .emacs:
;; ---------- Speedbar ------------
(require 'speedbar)

(defconst my-speedbar-buffer-name " SPEEDBAR") ; try this if you get "Wrong type argument: stringp, nil"

(defun my-speedbar-no-separate-frame ()
    (when (not (buffer-live-p speedbar-buffer))
      (setq speedbar-buffer (get-buffer-create my-speedbar-buffer-name)
            speedbar-frame (selected-frame)
            dframe-attached-frame (selected-frame)
            speedbar-select-frame-method 'attached
            speedbar-verbosity-level 0
            speedbar-last-selected-file nil)
      (set-buffer speedbar-buffer)
      (speedbar-set-timer 1)
      (make-local-hook 'kill-buffer-hook)
      (add-hook 'kill-buffer-hook
                (lambda () (when (eq (current-buffer) speedbar-buffer)
                             (setq speedbar-frame nil
                                   dframe-attached-frame nil
                                   speedbar-buffer nil)
                             (speedbar-set-timer nil)))))
    (set-window-buffer (selected-window) 
                       (get-buffer my-speedbar-buffer-name)))


Tabbar: tabs in emacs. Same, I'm not entirely a fan, but it can be useful. Add this to .emacs:
;; ---------- Tabbed bar ------------------
(require 'tabbar)

Configuration file

;; Set up the keyboard so the delete key on both the regular keyboard
;; and the keypad delete the character under the cursor and to the right
;; under X, instead of the default, backspace behavior.
(global-set-key [delete] 'delete-char)
(global-set-key [kp-delete] 'delete-char)

;; turn on font-lock mode
(global-font-lock-mode t)

;; enable visual feedback on selections
(setq-default transient-mark-mode t)

;; always end a file with a newline
(setq require-final-newline t)

;; stop at the end of the file, not just add lines
(setq next-line-add-newlines nil)

;; to display time in the status bar

;; disable the menu bar. To re-enable, M-x menu-bar-mode
(menu-bar-mode -1)

;; disable the icon bar.
(tool-bar-mode -1)

;; exists: 9x15, 10x20
(set-frame-font "7x14")
(set-default-font "7x14")

;; set the keybinding so that you can use f4 for goto line
(global-set-key [f4] 'goto-line)
;; set the keybinding so that f5 will start query replace
(global-set-key [f5] 'query-replace)

(setq load-path (cons "~/elisp" load-path))

(when window-system
  ;; enable wheelmouse support when using emacs under X
  ;; use extended compound-text coding for X clipboard
  (set-selection-coding-system 'compound-text-with-extensions))


Read IMAP mail

To read IMAP email in Emacs (Google)
poll imap.gmail.com proto imap port 993 user <"google username">, with password <"password">, is <"username on host"> here options keep nofetchall ssl
  • keep: keep emails on server
  • nofetchall: fetch only new ones
  • beware: security risk !


Query replace regexp: C-M-% (to be read as Ctrl Alt % all together)
Deleting blank lines:
M-x flush-lines RET ^$ RET

Split vertically: C-x-3, Re-join: C-x-0


Solaris 10 OpenSolaris 2008.11 Ubuntu
To debug, try
fetchmail -vk

Fetchmail for IMAP requires a valid sendmail server !

Flash player

OpenSolarisUbuntu 64bitUbuntu 32bit
  • download the 32-bit flash plugin (64-bit plugin not available at this time)
  • install nspluginwrapper (not available from etch, get it from deb http://ftp.fr.debian.org/debian unstable main contrib non-free)
  • put libflashplayer.so and flashplayer.xpt in /usr/lib/iceweasel/plugins
  • nspluginwrapper -i /usr/lib/iceweasel/plugins/libflashplayer.so
  • restart iceweasel
On a 32-bit architecture, it works just straight-away by following the links Firefox displays.


Solaris 10OpenSolaris 2008.11Ubuntu
Works fine. Download from Blastwave: /opt/csw/bin/pkg-get gimp Works fine. Install: pkg install SUNWgnome-img-editor Works fine.
GIMP works fine on Windows too, by the way. And it supports Wacom tablets.


Solaris 10 OpenSolaris 2009.06 Debian Linux Mint
Download from Oracle. On 64 bit, you need the 32-bit version and the 64 bit version! Download Java. Then:
  • change permission: chmod a+x jre-6u-xxxxx-linux-i586.bin
  • change to directory to install in. Be root if necessary
  • run the self extracting binary:
  • Java is installed in its own directory
apt-get remove openjdk*
tar -zxvf jdk-
sudo mkdir -p /opt/java
sudo mv jdk1.7.0_25 /opt/java
sudo update-alternatives --install "/usr/bin/java" "java" "/opt/java/jdk1.7.0_25/bin/java" 1
sudo update-alternatives --set java /opt/java/jdk1.7.0_25/bin/java


OpenIndiana Solaris 10 OpenSolaris 2008.11 Ubuntu
pkg install tetex Download the package from Blatswave: /opt/csw/bin/pkg-get tetex installed from packagemanager in /opt/csw/bin apt-get install latex-beamer texlive-latex-extra texlive-fonts-recommended

utf8x.def is found in texlive-latex-extra.
To install minted:

sudo apt-get install texlive-latex-extra 
sudo apt-get install python-pygments
or (dev way):
  • get easy_install (apt-get install python-setuptools)
  • easy_install Pygments
  • put minted.cls in the current path of the .tex file or in the appropriate TeX tree


MAME is an arcade game emulator.
Linux MintRaspbian
sudo apt-get install mame mame-tools gnome-video-arcade sdlmame sdlmame-tools
See this link
Use AdvMame (advanced mame): gcc-4.8 is necessary
sudo apt-get install gcc-4.8
export CC=gcc-4.8
export GCC=g++-4.8
Put ROMs in .mame/roms.
Snapshots are stored in .mame/snap.
Default / typical keys:
  • Insert a coin: 5. You need to insert a coin to be able to play
You need to fill a coin to play (usually that's with number 5). In my case, the key to fill a coin was selected twice, so did not work. Use Tab to change the settings and set the correct key. Make sure to use easy keys for inserting a coin, play (select number of players: 1 for 1 player usually, 2 for 2 etc), fire (left control for instance).


MPD is a Music Player Daemon. To install it,
sudo apt-get install mpd mpc


Its configuration is in /etc/mpd.conf.
To solve the issue "Failed to load database: Failed to open database file /var/lib/mpd/tag_cache":
bind_to_address         "any"
or "localhost".
and add a name server in /etc/resolv.conf:

Don't forget to give the mpd user audio rights:
sudo adduser mpd audio
See configuration on Raspberry

Using mpc

MPD receives commands from a MPD client. The simplest MPD client is mpc. You need to understand that there is something like a current/playing playlist. That's where you queue music you want to play, add new items, remove etc. That's what gets played. A (file) playlist is simply a text file with the relative path to a list of music items. You can save playlists (mpc save), load playlists, but you cannot (or I dont know how) modify the (file) playlists from mpc. You just modify the files with your favorite editor.
Tag Example Description
mpc add Dance/Abba\ Teens/Super\ Trouper\ \(Pinocchio\ Remix.mp3
mpc add http://wshu.streamguys.org:80/wshu-baroque
Adds a music to the current playlist. You can also add a stream. The music's path is relative to the music directory.
To stream radio:
  1. On the remote host, start mpd
  2. On the local host, do:
    1. set MPD_HOST to remote host
    2. mpc clear
    3. mpc add RADIOURL
    4. mpc play
To stream music:
  1. On the host with the music:
    vlc -vvv music.mp3  --sout '#standard{access=http,mux=mp3,dst=}'
  2. On the host where the music should play:
    mpc clear
    mpc add
    mpc play
clear mpc clear Removes everything from the current playlist
list mpc list genre
outputs mpc disable 1 Enable or disable several outputs
play Plays the current playlist
save mpc save PLAYLISTNAME saves the current playlist to a given file
mpc search genre classical
mpc search artist Marais
mpc search title daddy
The searchable items are artist, album, title, track, name, genre, date, composer, performer, comment, disc, filename, or any.
update mpc --verbose update To re-read the entire audio library (and update it). Otherwise, new music added in the directories won't be seen
volume mpc volume 50Put volume up or down. Value is a percentage

Front ends

I tried mopidy, ompd, rompr and ympd. Advanced front ends can usually stream music from spotify accounts, only if it the account is a premium one (see apt-get install mopidy-spotify)
  • spotify support: apt-get install mopidy-spotify
  • m4a support: apt-get install gstreamer0.10-ffmpeg
YMPD create its own webserver:
$ sudo ./ympd --host --webport 8080
MPD Connecting to
MPD connected.
ROMPR requires apache2 php5-curl php5-sqlite imagemagick libapache2-mod-php5 php5-json. OMPD uses a MySQL database.


To scan for hosts up on the local network:
nmap -sP
To scan for a given port:
$ nmap -p8080

Nmap scan report for
Host is up (0.0012s latency).
8080/tcp open  http-proxy


Solaris OpenSolaris 2009.06 Ubuntu
Installed by default with GNOME
Orca is an application packaged with GNOME, for visually impaired people. It can be configured to read the screen, or just to magnify the display and help navigation. To setup orca, launch:
./orca --text-setup
Then, to launch the ORCA GUI,
./orca &

In particular, this is where one configures screen magnification. Depending on one's disabilities, the following options may be particularly useful:
  • the level of magnification (configures how much to zoom)
  • hide system's mouse pointer (because it does not match exactly Orca's - so if you're using Orca, better only have Orca's pointer).
  • disable crosshair (if the mouse pointer is big enough for you and you don't need that)
  • disable speech, if you don't want the computer to read everything that is displayed. This is very annoying ... if you don't need it

So far, Orca works, but considerably slowed down my host.


Solaris OpenSolaris 2008.11 Ubuntu
Not tried CVS to checkout Works fine. To download the latest versions, add to /etc/apt/sources.list.d:
deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/pidgin-developers/ppa/ubuntu hardy main
Pidgin is an Instant Messenger able to connect to several IM networks. To use it over Google Talk:
  • protocol: XMPP (or Google Talk)
  • screen name: your google login
  • domain: gmail.com
  • resource: the default 'Home' is perfect
  • password: your google password
  • local alias: the name you want to see when you type in messages in Pidgin. Whatever you like here.
  • force old (5223 port) SSL: make sure this is checked
  • port: 443
  • server: talk.google.com
  • file transfer proxies: proxy.jabber.org
  • proxy settings: use GNOME settings will be fine (if you're using GNOME !).

Pidgin is in /usr/bin. You may need to restart pidgin for those changes to take effect. In addition, make sure the account is marked 'enabled'.


Configuration of Radicale

On Debian:
$ sudo pip install radicale
By default, calendars are in ~/.config/radicale/collections/USERNAME/. Each event is in calendar.ics. To connect to this calendar, it's easy, use CalDAV in your calendar agents, for instance with an URL such as:
To install radicale as a service:
  • /etc/radicale/config
  • /etc/radicale/logging
  • /etc/radicale/rights
  • /etc/init.d/radicale
In /etc/radicale/config:
hosts = address:port # typical port is 5232
daemon = True
base_prefix = /
filesystem_folder = /var/lib/radicale/collections
To set up radicale on SSL (https:/IP:port...)
ssl = True
certificate = /etc/radicale/server.crt
key = /etc/radicale/private/server.key
To ask for a password to login into radicale calendars:
realm = Password for Radicale please

type = htpasswd
htpasswd_filename = /etc/radicale/passwd.radicale
htpasswd_encryption = sha1
and then to make sure you can access the right calendars:
type = from_file
file = /etc/radicale/rights
To log information,
config = /etc/radicale/logging
The rights file can be as follows for instance:
user1: rw
user2:   r

user2:   rw
user1: r
The logging file specifies how to log.

Web client for Radicale

I used AgenDAV.
Pre-requisites: install php5-curl.
Follow the documentation for installation.
On the web server, add this:
Alias /agendav /usr/share/agendav/web/public
This means that http://YOURIP/agendav will actually redirect to /usr/share/agendav/web/public directories.
Then for configuration, the files are in ./web/config:
  • config.php:
    $config['base_url']     = 'https://YOURHOST/agendav';
    $config['log_path'] = '/var/log/agendav/';
  • caldav.php:
    $config['caldav_http_auth_method'] = CURLAUTH_BASIC;
    $config['caldav_principal_url'] = 'https://YOURHOST:5232/%u/';
    $config['caldav_calendar_url'] = 'https://YOURHOST:5232/%s/';
    $config['public_caldav_url'] = 'https://YOURHOST:5232/%s/';
    $config['enable_calendar_sharing'] = FALSE;
AgenDAV requires that the certificate's Common Name matches the web server. If not it fails with an error:
ERROR - 2014-03-19 20:50:45 --> Error requesting https://XYZ:5232/user1/: SSL: certificate subject name 'BLAHBLAH' does not match target host name 'XYZ
Currently, there is no option to work around this issue. So I patched the code in ./libs/caldav-client/caldav-client.php:
>       curl_setopt($this->ch, CURLOPT_SSL_VERIFYHOST, 1);
>       log_message('DEBUG', 'Verify host 1');
Beware that has security impact so you might not want to do that.


Solaris OpenSolaris 2009.06 Ubuntu
Not tried Install the Blastwave package CSWrdesktop. Not tried
This is a remote desktop client. Launch it with:
/opt/csw/bin/rdesktop -g 1680x1050 -C -a 16 -u WINDOWS_USERNAME WINDOWS_IP_ADDRESS

ROX Filer

Solaris OpenSolaris 2008.11 Ubuntu
Not tried Compiled from sources (v2.8) Not tried
To run in from the source directory:


Take a screenshot

$ xwd -root -out scrdump

View a screenshot

$ xwud -in scrdump 

SSH client

For SSH server please go here. In some cases, the ssh connection falls if it is not used. On the client, you need to set up this in your config file
ServerAliveInterval 30
There are some other configs to perform on the server. Setting up a tunnel:
autossh -M 0 -N -T -L localport:internalIP-of-webcam:port user@externalIPoffruitic
ssh -N -T -L localport:internalIP-of-webcam:port user@externalIPoffruitic


SQLite is a light version of SQL that stores SQL databases in files. To insert values in a table:
  insert into TABLE values('MYVALUE', 'OTHER VALUE');
There are tools to work on a SQlite database on Debian:
apt-get install sqlite3
Then, try commands such as .dump, .tables or .help


Syncany is a marvelous tool I have just tried. I use the tool with the dropbox plugin:
sy plugin list
sy plugin install dropbox
Then, to initialize the repository, do:
sy init -t
and select dropbox. For the relative path, put the name of the directory you want to see in Dropbox under Applications/syncany-connector. Note that syncany does not do a rsync-like backup, but encrypts unique chunks found in files you are synchronizing. Said differently: do not expect to read the stuff directly from the dropbox directory. You need to download it, that's how the decryption gets done and the files are retrieved.
sy down
SyncAny does not follow symbolic links. Instead, it is possible to use:
sudo mount --bind ...


To capture data except ssh:
tcpdump -l -i eth0 port not 22
Other examples:
tcpdump -i eth1  -s 1500 port not 22 and port not 53
tcpdump -i eth1 port not 22 and host


Compile it from sources (see here and here
To start it with hardware acceleration:
cvlc --vout omxil_vout
To listen to a web radio:
  • get the m3u
  • open the m3u and get the URL on the first line
  • launch cvlc on that first line
To stream music:
  • on the host:
    vlc -vvv music.mp3 --sout '#standard{access=http,mux=mp3,dst=YOURIP:PORT}'
  • on the destination:
    cvlc http://STREAMIP:PORT


  • Download a site: wget -m -k -p http://web
  • Retry downloads: -T
  • Download only some file patterns: -A


For Raspberry, get it from XBMC for Raspbian. Don't forget to add your user to groups such as audio.
I patched the /etc/init.d/xbmc script as status wasn't working correctly:
DESC="media centre"
# Defaults
do_start() {
 start-stop-daemon --start --quiet --pidfile $PIDFILE --user $USER --exec
 $DAEMON --startas $STARTAS --test > /dev/null \
                || return 1
do_stop() {
 start-stop-daemon --stop --quiet --retry=TERM/15/KILL/5 --pidfile $PIDFI
LE --user $USER --startas $STARTAS
        status_of_proc -p $PIDFILE "$DAEMON" "$NAME" && exit 0 || exit $?