How to mount another hard disk for sharing with other users in Linux

Sometimes, a drive needs to be shared by more than that primary user logged in on a Linux computer. This is to facilitate sharing of files and folders by other users on that computer. To enable all authorized users to work with files and folders on the shared drive, read on. Any commands need to … Continue reading How to mount another hard disk for sharing with other users in Linux

How to create and use LUKS encrypted partition in Linux

It is easy to create a LUKS container and a partition within it, using the GUI on Linux. The application that enables this easily is the gnome-disk-utility. However, if you want to use the command line to set up a LUKS encrypted device, read on. Exercise appropriate caution before doing any of the below with … Continue reading How to create and use LUKS encrypted partition in Linux

How to securely wipe a hard drive or USB drive in Linux using dd or scrub

Normally we'd use dd to clean wipe a hard drive as follows after opening a terminal window for a hard disk or USB drive accessible as /dev/sdb :$ sudo dd if=/dev/urandom of=/dev/sdb status=progress <enter> Another command to do a secure wipe of /dev/sdb is scrub that can be used as follows:$ sudo scrub -p dod … Continue reading How to securely wipe a hard drive or USB drive in Linux using dd or scrub

How to increase font size of menus, lists in Spotify in Linux

To scale the font size of Spotify on Linux, open a terminal window and enter the following command.$ spotify --force-device-scale-factor=1.5 <enter> You will find that spotify menus are now bigger and more readable. To make them scale permanently whenever Spotify starts, create a desktop shortcut and put the scaling factor in the desktop file. $ … Continue reading How to increase font size of menus, lists in Spotify in Linux

How to report battery issue to Dell using SupportAssist Diagnostics if you use Linux

Dell has an application SupportAssist on the laptops it sells. To them, this is their bible about the information on your laptop. Any issue reported to Dell, ends up with technical support staff who ask to run SupportAssist first thing. On a Linux machine, SupportAssist will not work, even in a virtual machine. To overcome … Continue reading How to report battery issue to Dell using SupportAssist Diagnostics if you use Linux

How to restore or reinstall package uninstalled on android using adb

To reinstall an existing uninstalled package on a Samsung Android phone, connect the device to the computer in developer mode and start up ADB. List all uninstalled packages and check the package name that is to be reinstalled, for example, gallery3d, in the adb window, enter:pm list packages -u | grep "gallery" <enter> To install … Continue reading How to restore or reinstall package uninstalled on android using adb

How to run latest India income tax utility for the Financial Year 2020-21 (AY 2021-22) in Linux

The Indian income tax department has launched a new tax portal and has also created new income tax utilities to enable income tax returns filers to file their tax returns. Past years' utilities could be run on Linux or any other operating system because they were written in Java. However, this time, the utilities are … Continue reading How to run latest India income tax utility for the Financial Year 2020-21 (AY 2021-22) in Linux

How to fix initramfs-tools error when updating it

Below error appears when updating the initramfs-tools: Processing triggers for initramfs-tools (0.130ubuntu3.8) …update-initramfs: Generating /boot/initrd.img-5.1.0-15-genericI: The initramfs will attempt to resume from /dev/dm-1I: (/dev/mapper/vg0-swap)I: Set the RESUME variable to override this. Before proceeding beyond this point, take a data backup. This error usually occurs if the computer had dual booting and a swap file that … Continue reading How to fix initramfs-tools error when updating it

How to install Adobe Reader for Linux on Linux Mint or Ubuntu

Download the last Linux version of Adobe Acrobat Reader from the archives of Adobe after opening a terminal window and enter:$ wget ftp://ftp.adobe.com/pub/adobe/reader/unix/9.x/9.5.5/enu/AdbeRdr9.5.5-1_i386linux_enu.deb <enter> To install open a terminal window and enter:$ sudo apt-get install ./AdbeRdr9.5.5-1_i386linux_enu.deb <enter> A word of caution that it may be outdated and unpatched.