Normally, I watch Amazon Prime from a different computer that is hooked up to the TV. Every once in a while, I want to try to watch from my laptop. Just recently, I discovered that my old trick of just installing hal didn’t work. Thanks to WebUpd8, it ended up being pretty simple anyway…
I ran across the articles on WebUpd8 and OMGUbuntu about the latest version of LibreOffice. I decided to give it a try. New features are always great.
Here’s all I did:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:libreoffice/ppa sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
Periodically, I use WebEx with work. It seems like it is just often enough to remind me that I didn’t make sure it was working since my last install.
Well, thanks to Russ Lowenthal, I found an easy fix to get it working.
Well first, he has you look for missing libraries in the config directory. The problem is, I had two of them already.
$ ls $HOME/.webex 1124 1424 lastshareindex.bak
I just deleted the directory to start from scratch.
rm -r .webex/
I started a new WebEx from my browser. I just logged into the meeting and ended it. After that, I had just one directory there:
$ ls $HOME/.webex 1424
As a side note, the Meeting Center opens at this point. I just can’t share my desktop or view someone else’s.
Finding Missing Libraries
Next, I ran this command to identify the missing libraries.
ldd $HOME/.webex/1424/*.so >>check.txt
I could have opened the check.txt with gedit or something like that. It was easier to use grep to find all of the “not found” lines:
$ grep "not found" check.txt libgtk-x11-2.0.so.0 => not found libgdk-x11-2.0.so.0 => not found libXmu.so.6 => not found libXtst.so.6 => not found libjawt.so => not found libjawt.so => not found libXmu.so.6 => not found libpangoxft-1.0.so.0 => not found libXft.so.2 => not found libpangoft2-1.0.so.0 => not found libpangox-1.0.so.0 => not found
Then, I installed the apt-file program.
sudo apt-get install apt-file apt-file update
Finally, I used it to search each of the libraries that were not found.
$ apt-file search libXmu.so.6 libxmu6: /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libXmu.so.6 libxmu6: /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libXmu.so.6.2.0 libxmu6-dbg: /usr/lib/debug/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libXmu.so.6.2.0
Once I knew the libraries, I could use that to install them. Not each of these actually installed packages because some were dependencies.
sudo apt-get install -y libgtk2.0-0:i386 sudo apt-get install -y libxmu6:i386 sudo apt-get install -y libgcj14-awt:i386 sudo apt-get install -y libpangoxft-1.0-0:i386 sudo apt-get install -y libxft2:i386 sudo apt-get install -y libpangoft2-1.0-0:i386 sudo apt-get install -y libpangox-1.0-0:i386
I didn’t even have to reboot or even restart my browser. The next meeting worked fine and showed me the shared desktop.
When I first installed Ubuntu 13.10, I installed Nvidia Prime. It was easy to install and things seemed to just work at first. Now, I am having second thoughts. Bumblebee sounds like the better route for me now, and these are my notes. Switching back to Bumblebee was no trivial task though.
I have had two different needs come up for using Lync as my instant messaging tool. First, the company that I work for subscribed to Microsoft’s online service called Office365. Then, I started working for a client that hosted it’s own internal server.
These are my notes for getting connected so that I could chat on both networks using Pidgin.
Originally, when I would first boot up, I would get numerous errors about the Gnome-Settings-Daemon crashing. Here’s my research into fixing those.
A note on Ask Ubuntu mentioned installing libgnome-desktop 3.8.4….
I used Synaptic Package Manager to see that “libgnome-desktop-3-7” was already at 3.8.4-ubuntu1.1. Just as a guess, I tried installing “libgnome-desktop-2-17“.
That actually fixed the error messages on boot up! I also noticed that it fixed some of the programs that didn’t look quite right. The theme was broken for some reason, and this fixed it.
Note: I think that some of this might be related to installing Nvidia Prime.
Update: I used Synaptic to uninstall the “libgnome-desktop-2-17” package, and my problems didn’t come back. So, that must not have been the exact problem. Maybe some dependency to that package was the problem or it was something that didn’t completely uninstall.
- Ubuntu Forums: Gnome-settings-daemon Crashing
- Ubuntu Bugs: [xrandr]: gnome-settings-daemon crashed with signal 5 in _XReply() (nvidia binary drivers?)
- Ubuntu Bugs: xrandr Xerrors with the nvidia binary drivers (optimus)
- Ask Ubuntu: kernel 3.12 with nvidia 331 and nvidia-prime does not load Unity properly in Ubuntu 13.10 [on hold]