Display issues with GTK applications

After one the last package updates my GTK-based applications (especially firefox) started exhibiting display issues. Like checkboxes being present (mouse cursor is changing its shape when hovering over them) but not visible.

It turned out this was and issue with an update of the GTK package.

The fix itself is …

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Disk and filesystem recovery

Was asked to recover data from a SoHo NAS (Bufallo) disk. Windows had issues recognizing the partitions (now wonder as the NAS is operated with Linux). Trial was already made to use some Linux live distros (Ubuntu, Mint) in various versions to mount the data partition, with no success.

I …

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php-fpm cluttering logfiles with status data

Just noticed that the systemd logfiles on my laptop were filled up with lots of php-fpm messages, something like once every few seconds, reporting that php-fpm process is stillalive, has x items in the queue etc...

Since this is just my laptop and no productive webserver, it makes no sense …

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Getting rid of new theme for top

Back in november, the default "theme" of the top command in Arch Linux was changed. Using red color and displaying processed as a tree rather than sorted by CPU usage, it made the command pretty useless and eye-hurting.

No idea why this change was performed, but I found how to …

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(k)GPG errors

Since end of november kgpg was throwing errors popup when starting, root cause being gpg issues :

gpg: Oops: keyid_from_fingerprint: no pubkey

After longer …

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Syslog-ng segfaulting

Since few days systemd wasfailing to start syslog-ng. systemd status reported syslog-ng to segfault with "error 4 in libsdjournal.so"

Found the solution on the Arch Linux forums : in /etc/syslog-ng/syslog-ng.conf


source src {


source src {

According to the post, this …

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Mkinitcpio and missing firmware modules

While updating my arch Linux system today, I got following warnings :

        ==> WARNING: Possibly missing firmware for module: aic94xx
        ==> WARNING: Possibly missing firmware for module: bfa

Didn't know that I would need those modules (no Adaptec SAS nor Brocade Fibre Channel hardware). Google quickly revealed that the messages are …

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