Bug: cdda2wav required by Brasero

I tried to copy a music CD this evening and got this error message:

Please install the following manually and try again:
cdda2wav (application)
cdda2wav (application)

I installed cdrao first, and it still gave me the same message.  Then, I installed icedax.  I restarted Brasero, and it worked fine.


Resources for Grub/Lilo

I have been trying to solve a problem with Ubuntu booting on one of my machines.  So, I have found these links helpful:

These instructions were very handy for mounting an already installed system from a LiveCD:

sudo mount /dev/sda5 /mnt
sudo mount /dev/sda1 /mnt/boot
sudo mount -o bind /dev /mnt/dev
sudo mount -t proc none /mnt/proc

Then, to be able to get Internet from the system, I had to copy my resolv.conf into it:

sudo cp /etc/resolve.conf /mnt/etc

Then, to work on the system, I ran:

sudo chroot /mnt /bin/bash

And, then, I can run commands like:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install lilo

Here are some more Lilo links:

I still haven’t solved my problem with all of these links, so here is my forum post if you know of anything that I am missing:



I ran across this tool a while ago, but I hadn’t had the opportunity to try it out.  It is called dualscreen-mouse-utils, and the thing that I want to use it for is to create a way to switch between my monitors with a remote control button. Here are some links to start with:

So, my first attempt was to download the compressed file, extract it, and try to compile.  I got a slew of errors, the first of which, was:

mouse-wrapscreen.c:63:22: error: X11/Xlib.h: No such file or directory

I did a little research and found this post:

It said to install this package:

sudo apt-get install xlibs-dev

But, the package didn’t exist.  I received this error:

E: Package xlibs-dev has no installation candidate

A quick search revealed this package that did install successfully:

sudo apt-get install libx11-dev

Then, it compiled cleanly with the “make” command.

I just tested it and it worked!  Next step is to setup a script to make it do a couple more things and add that to my lirc configuration.  I’ll save that for another post!

Shutter Bug: Can’t edit

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I just upgraded to Lucid (Ubuntu 10.04), and I reinstalled Shutter.  I had found it not too long ago, and it does a great job with screenshots.  One of my favorite features is the way you can edit the screenshots and draw circles to point out things in the shot.  It’s great for documentation.

Problem is, in Ubuntu 10.04, the Edit button is disabled.  I found this bug post: Editing disabled in Ubuntu Lucid.

Solution: install the package: libgoo-canvas-perl

It was that easy, and now it is working like a charm!

Power Problems

I have been having trouble with my battery not charging.  The battery seems to have good capacity — I just replaced it a few months ago.  But, I can run it down, plug the laptop in, and then hours later the battery is still dead.

I found this article that seemed like it might help:

Ubuntu Productivity: Battery always 0% in Ubuntu 10.04

I tried the two things suggested on the blog:  I pressed the power button for a couple of seconds while the battery and power cord were out, and I tried to start upower.  I didn’t have upower as an option even for installing probably because I am still on Ubuntu 9.10.

What I haven’t tried yet is recompiling libusb as suggested in the related forum topic.

Lirc Remote Revisited

Back in May, I had posted an issue with lirc, Mythbuntu, and my MceUsb2 Remote.  The final solution ended up being just waiting some time, running the update manager to update the machine, and trying again.

If you didn’t see the comments, Orlovsky did post a helpful link to a bug.  My attempt was going to be to try to remove the old kernels and see if that would fix it.  But, like I said, some update fixed it in the meantime — I am grateful to the community.

To be complete, my remote is AVS Gear GP-IR02BK Vista 2 channel IR Remote Control.  It seems to work pretty well with Mythbuntu.  MythTV.org has a good resource for configuring the remote.

Updated MonoDevelop Repository

I have been trying to work with MonoDevelop and GnomeRDP.  I couldn’t get it to open the project because I needed the newer version of Monodevelop as described here.  I figured out how to install MonoDevelop manually.  The problem with all of this is that you have to get all of the dependencies yourself.

So, instead I finally found a repository with Monodevelop 2.2 in it:

How to install MonoDevelop 2.2 on Ubuntu 9.10?