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Flash and pulseaudio resolved

Earlier I posted a dirty hack how to get the sound going again with flash on 64bits.

Now we have www-plugins/adobe-flash- in the repositories with a cure for that.
If you did follow my previous post on how to get it working with mozilla-firefox, you should undo that (remove the from ~/.mozilla/plugins )

equo update && equo install www-plugins/adobe-flash-

Now you should check if you have /etc/asound.conf with the following contents:
pcm.!default {
type pulse

ctl.!default {
type pulse

Reboot and all should be fine again.


Zip compression on the linux shell

Just as a note to myself and maybe helpful to others.

To compress all files in zip file in a directory:
zip *.*
-rw-r--r-- 1 joost joost 111M Jul 21 14:23

If you want to split up the zip file because it is a bit too big (111MB) we can use the zipsplit command.
Lets pass the -t parameter to first let it explain what it would do:

joost@xbox-360 ~/Desktop/moos $ zipsplit -tn 10000000
12 zip files would be made (100% efficiency)

ooh yes I wants that!
joost@xbox-360 ~/Desktop/moos $ zipsplit -n 10000000
12 zip files will be made (100% efficiency)

And there you have it.


Flash and sound after recent flash update.

Well due recent changes I noticed that using flash on firefox was hijacking the sound on my system.
If you aren’t a careless internet surfer and still want to use the latest amd64 flash version that didn’t have the sound problems you can try this.

mkdir ~/.mozilla/plugins

then download this flash release.
Extract into the directory we just created and restart firefox.

Some other people say they have benefit by setting an environmental variable but that didn’t work for me.
I’m not sure if the issue is only related to x86_64 yet.


Some updates

A few posts back I posted about setting up your own spin. Things got moving quickly and we decided to overhaul the way we maintain our iso’s server-side.

Sabayon 5.4 will have everything based on the SpinBase iso and all applications on top off this will be placed in sets. A KDE set is going to be written soon.

A first result of the reorganization are the LXDE and XFCE spins released today!

Some important recent changes:

– On amd64 we moved to 32bits flash.
If you have a problem with it consider reinstalling nspluginwrapper. I know it is not the most elegant solution, but keeping users with a potential security risk was worse. And upstream Adobe did NOT provide a 64bits version.

– ATI-drivers 10.6 problems
Due a bug in the new ati-drivers that only affects people with a default xorg.conf (most off you) the light went out and X would die with a segfault. Check out this bug report on debian. As a result we decided to mask 10.6.


Release Name Shuffling (CoreCD/SpinBase/CoreCDX)

(this post was made by Mitch Harder on the development mailing list)

I want to bring everybody up to speed on some name shuffling we are
doing with our “Core” releases.

CoreCDX is now our primary public “Core” release. Users who want to
install a minimal Sabayon Linux version should use this version with
the graphical installer.

The CoreCD has been renamed “SpinBase”. It’s primary purpose is to be
our internal “Base” for building up automated “Spin” releases. It
will be publicly available to anyone who wants it (primarily
developers and molecule users), but will not be advertised as a

The upstream maintainers of Anaconda have drastically cut back the
functionality of the Anaconda installer with respect to console-based
text installation.

The graphical installer is working great, and has updated some
capabilities to handle new hardware. But the console-based text
installer has lost the ability to custom partition an installation,
and is primarily directed at installing to an empty disk. Inattentive
users who are used to the previous text-based installer run the hazard
of overwriting their entire hard disk.

During this release cycle, we’ve been struggling with how to handle
this change in our installer. We’ve developed CoreCDX as a release
intended for end users who want a minimal Sabayon Linux system with a
robust, easy-to-use installer.

The CoreCD is still extremely important to Sabayon as we evolve our
“Spin” releases. But it has become of marginal value to end users due
to the limitations of the text-based installer. And, the text-based
installer as it exists now will confuse users and perhaps lead to lose
of data for those expecting it to function like previous releases.

So we have renamed the “CoreCD” to “SpinBase” since the name was too
close to CoreCDX, and would lead to confusion. As previously noted,
it will be publicly available, but not promoted as a “release”.

So, to summarize:
(1) CoreCDX is our new ‘minimal’ release for users who want a
stripped down Sabayon installation.
(2) SpinBase is a release primarily directed at developers who want
to use molecule, and also an important internal release.

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Splitting up your movies for Youtube

As you might know, Youtube has a time limit for movies. They only allow a max. duration of 10 minutes each movie you upload. There is also a 100MB limit foreach movie but that wasn’t my problem here.

After some searching I found out that it’s pretty simple doing this with Sabayon Linux without installing any additional packages.
Given my movie (full_movie.avi) is a length off 00:18:49 I would need to split this.

create the first part:
mencoder -endpos 00:10:00 -ovc copy -oac copy test-001.avi -o part_1.avi
create the second part that starts at 00:10:00
mencoder -ss 00:10:00 -endpos 00:20:00 -ovc copy -oac copy test-001.avi -o part_2.avi
From here you can obviously continue until you split up the entire movie.

and there you have it.

joost@xbox-360 ~/dvdrip-data/test/avi/001 $ ls -lh
total 152M
-rw-r–r– 1 joost users 77M May 21 19:59 full_movie.avi
-rw-r–r– 1 joost users 41M Jun 9 13:50 part_1.avi
-rw-r–r– 1 joost users 36M Jun 9 13:51 part_2.avi

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Grub2 problems?

Here is a quick checklist of things you can try.

I still have grub 0.xx how can I use grub2?
If you are using an older Sabayon install like 5.1 or earlier, grub might have been updated as a package, but it still would not be installed to the master boot record. You will have todo that manually if you want to switch over to grub2!

grub2-install /dev/sda

Will install the newer grub to the MBR, from here you need to generate the /boot/grub/grub.cfg
MIND THIS: grub2 does NOT use /boot/grub/menu.lst or /boot/grub/grub.conf anymore!!

To generate your new cfg file as root issue this command:

grub-mkconfig -o /boot/grub/grub.cfg

I have grub2 but it does not work from my external USB drive!
If you use grub2 from your USB MBR you want to add these flags to the kernel line in /boot/grub/grub.cfg
doslowusb scandelay=10

or even better would be to add them here:
and then regenerate you grub.cfg (grub-mkconfig -o /boot/grub/grub.cfg)

reason this is better is because whenever entropy automatically triggers the grub config rebuild script your direct edit on /boot/grub/grub.cfg will be lost.

I have grub2 and it boots fine , but my bootsplash image is corrupted!
Add this to your kernel boot line:

Hope it helps.

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