Category Archives: Linux

Cool additions to the Gnome Desktop

Go to and install the browser extension. Use firefox, not chrome, chrome goes haywire when you install the browser extension Then look for the following extensions and install them. Dash to Panel Arc Menu see original article here:

Resetting the Root Password of RHEL-8

Resetting the Root Password of RHEL-8 Resolution 1) Break the boot sequence by adding ‘rd.break’ at kernel stanza in grub. To do this, restart your system and when the GRUB splash screen comes: Select/highlight the kernel you wish to boot using the up/down arrow keys. Press the e key to edit the entry. Select/highlight the… Read More »

Hard Drive Burn-in Testing

Hard Drive Burn-in Testing THIS TEST WILL DESTROY ANY DATA ON THE DISK SO ONLY RUN THIS ON A NEW DISK WITHOUT DATA ON IT OR BACK UP ANY DATA FIRST 1) Run a short test # smartctl -t short /dev/sdb 2) Run a conveyance test ??? # smartctl -t conveyance /dev/sdb 3) Run a… Read More »

Installing Visual Studio Code on RHEL

RHEL, Fedora, and CentOS based distributions We currently ship the stable 64-bit VS Code in a yum repository, the following script will install the key and repository: sudo rpm –import sudo sh -c ‘echo -e “[code]\nname=Visual Studio Code\nbaseurl=\nenabled=1\ngpgcheck=1\ngpgkey=” > /etc/yum.repos.d/vscode.repo’ Then update the package cache and install the package using dnf (Fedora 22 and… Read More »

Cannot boot because missing external disk

See man pages fstab(5) and mount(8). Using the nofail mount option will ignore missing drives during boot. nofail Do not report errors for this device if it does not exist. So your fstab line should instead look like: UUID=6826692e-79f4-4423-8467-cef4d5e840c5 /backup/external ext4 defaults,nofail 0 0