linux

Backing up my files under Linux

For the longest time I haven't been in control of backing up. I've done it, haphazardly, usually before I do something risky. Each time I have to relearn everything. Now I want to make it semi automatic.

1.) I went out and bought a nice big 1 TB external hard drive.
2.) I don't intend to keep the drive connected all the time. So the first thing I do when I want to backup is connect the drive. I'll do this by UUID since its a more reliable method. First I connect the drive. Next I type:

sudo vol_id /dev/sda1

and copy the volume ID of the drive. Then I issue:

Configuring Grip

So now I have switched over to Ubuntu I have to redo lots of things with new applications. Here is my grip configuration for ripping music.

Rip file format:
~/mp3/%A/%d/%n.wav (default I think)

Encoder command line:
-V2 --vbr-new -q0 --lowpass 19.7 --add-id3v2 --pad-id3v2 --ta "%a" --tt "%n" --tl "%d" --ty "%y" --tn "%t" %w %m
I may not totally understand what I am doing here. But the sound quality is great. Variable bitrate files are created. id3v2 tags are in the encoding string. Not sure if I really need these.

Encoder file format:
~/mp3/%A/%d/%t_%n.mp3

Installing Kubuntu

This page is intended mostly for me if I ever have to reinstall Kubuntu. But you never know, somebody else might find it handy too.

Every time I install Linux it gets better. And now with Kubuntu 7.10 its really at the point I can do everything I want with it apart from play games.

Linux installs almost effortlessly on my PC.

Partitioning
Partitioning for Linux always confuses me a bit. I have no idea if these are good settings. But they are what I did.

  • Windows is on the first partition.
  • I made a 20 GB partition to be mounted as / (root)

Grub to start DSL-N on Tiny

During boot hit during grub to access grub menu. Hit to go to command line.

You can review the boot info by mounting hda1 in Ubuntu and reading /boot/grub/menu.lst

Under ubuntu command:
root (1,0)
kernel /boot/linux
initrd /boot/minirt.gz
boot

And you're off and running.

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