Alban Rampon

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How Error: mount: unknown filesystem type ‘ext4’ came up

Debian Distro LogoAfter a power cycle I couldn’t remount my Truecrypt drives on my Debian server. I stopped the server in a clean manner and I hadn’t done any upgrade. I use a script to mount them so I knew I wasn’t using a different command line… Only the password could have been erroneous as I’m not saving it in the script.

Finding the root cause

I searched for the error message Error: mount: unknown filesystem type 'ext4' and I got a list of reasons why I would have an issue on Lenny or lower than kernel 2.6.28 but I use 2.6.32 where ext4 is supported as standard. There are so many articles explaining how to use ext4dev on earlier kernels that it was hiding any potential solution to my problem on a recent kernel.

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Mobile Office

As from home, anywhere

Virgin Media is boasting 100 Mb/s download and 5 Mb/s upload data transfer. With these speeds, it is not only thinkable to make a VPN to tunnel traffic and avoid eavesdroppers on public WiFi, but also use it to navigate the Internet as if you were at home.
Therefore, if I ever wanted to watch BBC iPlayer or other video on demand services from abroad, I could.

Here is a description on how to prepare this on Debian Linux and connect from an iPad tablet, but other distro will work the same way.

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Samba logoWhen I was setting up my Debian microserver with Samba to backup/share files with my Windows 7 and Windows XP machines, I have had a bit of a fight with a few options. Here is a list of issues I encountered setting up Samba and how I solved them. I could not find a single post/site addressing all my problems, therefore this post is also a way for me to remember for next time!
setgid, chmod, smb.conf and force create mode are a few keywords defining this post.

If you see any error or think I should be clearer, do let me know and I will be thankful to correct accordingly.

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nginxIf you land here, you know that nginx web server does not support .htaccess files Apache is working with… And, complying to Murphy’s Law, most of the help you will find is for Apache! 🙂
Whilst building a server on Tegra 250 (ARM® Cortex-A9™ dual core), Nginx had been chosen for some of its features.
Running BuddyPress, from the WordPress family, the unfriendly Error 404 was appearing when trying to use the SEO friendly URLs (or slug). continue reading…