July 13, 2015 @ 4:42 PM

After an autoupdate to Crashplan around the end of June, 2015, using the unsupported "trick" to access a headless crashplan service didn't work any more.

Under Linux, the trick involved editting /usr/local/crashplan/conf/ui.properties and setting the port to a non-default value. The crashplan desktop would then try to connect to that port, which you could the forward (using ssh) to your headless crashplan service.

Well, that stopped working. After some searching, I discovered that the crashplan desktop was now reading the port number from a file called "/var/lib/crashplan/.ui_info". Presumably, this file is created by the local crashplan service.

The hack (and this is a hack, for sure), is to go your headless ...

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October 5, 2013 @ 6:19 PM

I recently ran into a problem using Steam for Linux while playing Half-Life.  It stopped syncing to the Steam Cloud after one of the Steam updates came through. So, I ended up having to continue playing on Windows.

After a bit of rummaging around on the web, I discovered there was a fix several months ago for this problem. Unfortunately, the fix was not being applied to my Steam client (it was related to the case of the save-game directory being incorrect, not a problem on Windows, since the file system is case insensitive. Linux file systems are usually case-sensitive, ie, "save" and "SAVE" are two different directories.)

Here is a quick hack to work around the problem:

Quit your Steam client.

Fire up a ...

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