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by rene
Mon Apr 22, 2019 10:31 am
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: recovering from a forgotton logon password
Replies: 7
Views: 166

Re: recovering from a forgotton logon password

As with any security measure step 1, often skipped, is knowing what you are defending against. Full-disk encryption does provide for fewer attack vectors, but home directory encryption is in and of itself also quite secure, the main weakness being the ability to brute-force the login password, not t...
by rene
Mon Apr 22, 2019 8:39 am
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: recovering from a forgotton logon password
Replies: 7
Views: 166

Re: recovering from a forgotton logon password

Indeed it's not that simple. If you change a user password as root, the user's home directory encryption key isn't changed along.
by rene
Mon Apr 22, 2019 4:48 am
Forum: Hardware Support
Topic: {Solved } Is my disk failing?
Replies: 8
Views: 156

Re: Is my disk failing?

Yeah , roasting it in fire will require a smaller hammer. :) And, will also immediately take care of your SATA cabling... Anyways, for what it's worth, I believe you don't need to be overly concerned. The SMART values that are definitively wrong are only so if trusted to be interpreted as is, but a...
by rene
Mon Apr 22, 2019 4:39 am
Forum: Hardware Support
Topic: {Solved } Is my disk failing?
Replies: 8
Views: 156

Re: Is my disk failing?

deepakdeshp wrote:
Mon Apr 22, 2019 4:37 am
Since opening a laptop isnt so easy [ ... ]
That's very much dependent on the size of the hammer...
by rene
Mon Apr 22, 2019 4:27 am
Forum: Chat about Linux Mint
Topic: Subscription service?
Replies: 45
Views: 1054

Re: Subscription service?

If it went to the subscription service model. It would no longer be following the basic concept of FOSS. While I don't think the concept would work for Mint that is of course rather explicitly not true. First in the old sense of Free not necessarily implying "gratis" but more importantly here, of S...
by rene
Mon Apr 22, 2019 2:01 am
Forum: Hardware Support
Topic: {Solved } Is my disk failing?
Replies: 8
Views: 156

Re: Is my disk failing?

While 187 and 188 are certainly no good the most important one(s) is/are 5 (and 196/197) and those are perfect for your disk. What this would to me seem to say is that your disk is fine --- but your cabling is not. Note, not stated with 100% confidence, but I'd therefore not worry about the disk as ...
by rene
Sun Apr 21, 2019 11:11 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: [SOLVED] File system check of the root filesystem failed
Replies: 16
Views: 315

Re: [SOLVED] File system check of the root filesystem failed

Yes, the immediately above should do as you requested, always boot into the GRUB menu. That's not the same as "the initramfs" but you should as mentioned not be booting into that by default anyway. Once you're in the GRUB menu you can as per the "break" instructions boot into it on as-needed basis. ...
by rene
Sun Apr 21, 2019 9:33 pm
Forum: Hardware Support
Topic: Interleaving memory
Replies: 32
Views: 606

Re: Interleaving memory

thx-1138 wrote:
Sun Apr 21, 2019 10:42 am
but exactly what part of rene's statements was misunderstood here?
Thank you very, very kindly. I'll be able to Zen it out now :)
by rene
Sun Apr 21, 2019 9:30 pm
Forum: Sound, Multimedia, & Codecs
Topic: [SOLVED] Loud clap from speakers when sound is turned off
Replies: 7
Views: 158

Re: [SOLVED] Loud clap from speakers when sound is turned off

Ah, nice one. I see you're hanging this off of ACPI events and as such noticed that it might be better to use /etc/acpi/events for this? Never used similar functionality myself but it seems to be ready-made for your setup, as far as I can judge from your own solution.
by rene
Sun Apr 21, 2019 9:23 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: [SOLVED] File system check of the root filesystem failed
Replies: 16
Views: 315

Re: [SOLVED] File system check of the root filesystem failed

Also in a VM entering the GRUB menu with Left-Shift does work, but it can be finicky to instruct on; you need to hold it down "at the right time" --- and I suppose timing can be dependent on the specific hypervisor. Just now didn't see an issue in VirtualBox here, but, well, ... Yes, I wouldn't boot...
by rene
Sun Apr 21, 2019 8:43 am
Forum: Sound, Multimedia, & Codecs
Topic: [SOLVED] Loud clap from speakers when sound is turned off
Replies: 7
Views: 158

Re: Loud clap from speakers when sound is turned off

Well, yes, that would be the consequence. Sorry, not sure there's going to be a solution if disabling automute isn't one.
by rene
Sun Apr 21, 2019 7:24 am
Forum: Sound, Multimedia, & Codecs
Topic: [SOLVED] Loud clap from speakers when sound is turned off
Replies: 7
Views: 158

Re: Loud clap from speakers when sound is turned off

I would assume the issue to be the device going into powersaving mode when in fact muted and upon waking up again, i.e., upon reconnecting its outputs, producing the "clap". If you in a terminal check with alsamixer (and possibly F6 to select the right card) is there anything concerning e.g. auto-mu...
by rene
Sun Apr 21, 2019 12:58 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: [SOLVED] File system check of the root filesystem failed
Replies: 16
Views: 315

Re: [SOLVED] File system check of the root filesystem failed

Generally you can always fsck from a Live system (i.e., boot the installer) but you can boot into the initramfs by specifying "break" on the kernel command line, That is, boot into the GRUB menu (i.e., by holding down Left-Shift when transferring boot from BIOS to HDD), use "e" to edit the command l...
by rene
Sun Apr 21, 2019 12:43 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: [SOLVED] File system check of the root filesystem failed
Replies: 16
Views: 315

Re: [SOLVED] File system check of the root filesystem failed

sudo fsck -n -f would do what you aim (-f as before, -n for doing a readonly run) but note that you would find the filesystem damaged: a mounted filesystem will have at any point uncommitted changes pending. Really the only way to fsck an fs is with it unmounted, even in readonly mode. Also, I had ...
by rene
Sun Apr 21, 2019 12:17 am
Forum: Other topics
Topic: There's a bug in the forum's User Control Panel.
Replies: 3
Views: 143

Re: There's a bug in the forum's User Control Panel.

The control panel currently tells me that... Password must be between 10 characters and 32 characters long, must contain letters in mixed case, must contain numbers and must contain symbols. which says that your 8-char one is indeed deemed not good enough. If you find this to be annoying, do feel fr...
by rene
Sun Apr 21, 2019 12:12 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: [SOLVED] File system check of the root filesystem failed
Replies: 16
Views: 315

Re: [SOLVED] File system check of the root filesystem failed

Not so sure I can usefully advise there. I assume the host OS is not Linux and we are not talking about sharing your guest ~/ with an actual host user home directory? If we are, yes, we then have an (even) worse version of sharing a home directory between two different systems, only in this case pos...
by rene
Sat Apr 20, 2019 11:58 pm
Forum: Other topics
Topic: There's a bug in the forum's User Control Panel.
Replies: 3
Views: 143

Re: There's a bug in the forum's User Control Panel.

None of those complaints are valid. Quite, but note that if indeed your old password does not conform to the rules the dialogue states that its still not a bug as such. That is, when new password rules were introduced existing passwords weren't subjected to them, but new and changed password are. A...
by rene
Sat Apr 20, 2019 11:35 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: [SOLVED] File system check of the root filesystem failed
Replies: 16
Views: 315

Re: File system check of the root filesystem failed

Do you have any suggestions regarding what to do now that I have a working system? Yes. Throw the VM away and build it anew... Mind you, I'm fairly specifically not a filesystem nerd but my limited experience with e2fsck is that it tends to make things quite a bit worse from a data integrity point ...
by rene
Sat Apr 20, 2019 11:02 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: [SOLVED] File system check of the root filesystem failed
Replies: 16
Views: 315

Re: File system check of the root filesystem failed

Including the parameters you already had, or simply e.g. fsck -f -V /dev/sda1 if sda1 is the partition containing the filesystem you want checked.

[EDIT] Just forced a reboot into the initramfs on Mint 19.1 to check and it's the latter, with an explicit /dev/sdxn, that you want.
by rene
Sat Apr 20, 2019 10:41 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: [SOLVED] File system check of the root filesystem failed
Replies: 16
Views: 315

Re: File system check of the root filesystem failed

It'll probably work to add -f to the fsck command to have it pay the "filesystem clean" flag no mind and actually start an fsck.

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