Author Archives: AstroFloyd

Manually compiling and installing PGPlot

Compiling and installing PGPlot may be tricky, because no default build tools are provided. Common issues include compilation problems in general, no generation of a shared library or problems building it (-fPIC), no linking against X11, etc. Stealing from the … Continue reading


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Git: pushing to and pulling from multiple remote locations: remote, url and pushurl

When pushing to or pulling from a remote url in git, the meaning of –all seems to be different between when git push –all is invoked and when calling git pull –all. Here’s my empirically obtained understanding of how you … Continue reading

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Installing Yaourt on Arch linux

One of the cool things about Arch linux is the Arch User Repository (AUR), where users can add their favourite packages to Arch. Because there is a liability, AUR packages cannot be installed by Pacman automatically, but should be downloaded, … Continue reading

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Process kwin uses 100% CPU when KDE screen is locked

For some time now, I have noticed that my laptop fan started to make a lot of noise after I locked my screen. Switching to a console and running (a)top, I found that the kwin process was causing this by … Continue reading

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How to insert the Euro symbol (€) in emacs

In order to insert the Euro symbol (€) in emacs, you can use the Unicode character U+20AC by typing C-x 8 RET #x20AC RET

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Football world cup vs. Tour de France

Many people I know seem wonder why I don’t feel like cheering for “my” national team (actually, I don’t really own it nor do I bear any responsibility for it) during the football World Cup, but do like to watch … Continue reading

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How to obtain a licence file for the Intel C/C++ or Fortran compilers on Linux

In the past one could register at Intel and obtain a non-commercial licence for their C/C++ and Fortran compilers. Currently, you must download and install the software as well, amounting to several gigabytes. If your compiler is already installed, e.g. … Continue reading

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HP Photosmart C6380 wireless scanner doesn’t work in Kubuntu

I installed Kubuntu on my mom’s pc. Everything seemed to work, except scanning using the HP Photosmart C6380 All-in-one printer over the wireless network. Printing with the same device using wifi did work. It turned out I should have installed … Continue reading

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Language / locale settings on Kubuntu

I recently installed a Dutch-language version of Kubuntu on my aunt’s laptop and on a friend’s PC. There were some issues regarding the language or locale settings: programs would start up in English despite the Dutch locale, or I would … Continue reading

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Colourised package manager for Arch Linux

I’ve played around a bit to find a proper package manager for Arch Linux that can install packages from both the official repositories and the Arch User Repository, and shows nice colours. I looked at pacman, packer-color and yaourt, and … Continue reading

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