error 23 error while parsing number

I spent many hours trying to figure out why the hell the latest Debian (Squeeze) broke my boot loader. After a reboot my server has been unavailable.
I was getting the error: error 23 error while parsing number because my partitioning scheme was based on software RAID.

Vmware tools on Debian Squeeze

Getting trouble installing VMware tools on Debian squeeze? No worries, there is an alternative under contrib repo on Debian where can solve any issues without a problem.

Extract one file from tar

Recently I've got asked from a client to restore an image and especially a favicon.ico for a large forum. That file is just 1kb and the whole backup 11GB! In that case the following commands are our big friend wink

Garmin forerunner on Linux

Do you own any of the Garmin forerunner GPS compatible devices? If yes, then you can completely replace Windows with Linux as upload on Garmin connect is fully working. All you need is 5 minutes from your time. If you have no clue about what Garmin connect is have a look here: You will need Python installed into your distribution.

Whitelist sender in Zimbra

If you are getting bounced emails with content like below, you will need to either contact the receipient to fix this or to whitelist his domain/email:

> The mail system
> <>: host somehost[some IP] said: 554 5.7.1
>    Service unavailable; Client host [some IP] blocked using
>; Currently Sending Spam See:
> IP (in reply to RCPT TO
>    command)

Setup as default device your Chord Gem or any other bluetooth device

The instructions outlined in this article have been implemented on a Linux OpenSuSE 11.2 64bit but they will work on any Linux with close to none modification.
Install all alsa related packages to your distribution. Then type: hcitool scan and grab the MAC address of your device.
It will be something like 00:07:80:89:4A:33.
Then all you need is to modify your ~/.asoundrc file like the one provided below.

Skype installation on 64 bit Fedora

It´s not possible to run Skype on a 64 bit Fedora without a small tip :) First download the skype beta from Skype´s web site.

Mysql: Set default character set

If you got problems with any software trying to store/save properly non English characters into MySQL and can't figure what is going on then try out the following changes into my.cnf. Under Redhat Enterprise Server or CentOS the my.cnf usually is located under /etc/mysql. Other Linux distributions might have this under /etc. Anyway just edit the file and add the following.

XEN Upgrade

The Xen® hypervisor, the powerful open source industry standard for virtualization, offers a powerful, efficient, and secure feature set for virtualization of x86, x86_64, IA64, ARM, and other CPU architectures. It supports a wide range of guest operating systems including Windows®, Linux®, Solaris®, and various versions of the BSD operating systems. To run Windows you will need to have enable in your motherboard the Intel-V virtualization option. In this article we will explain briefly how to upgrade your XEN kernel to latest one from repositories. The instructions are valid only for Redhat Enterprise Server and CentOS.

Mod rewrite does not work even if it is enabled

I've recently setup Apache/MySQL/PHP on my Debian Squeeze to test a few things and got confused with mod_rewrite. Even the module was properly enabled into PHP my application didn't work. I was always getting a 404 error. Apache logs showing nothing relevant.

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