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Fix Arch Linux boot issues

Introduction

If you are a long time Arch Linux user, you probably have collected huge number of packages. Most of them you probably don’t need. May be you thought about cleaning up the packages by removing the core GUI packages E.g., gnome or xorg-server.  If you use -Rsc argument then most of its dependent packages are also removed. After the packages are uninstalled you will start from the basics and install the core packages, so that you can pick and choose the ones you require as you need them later. You might forget to install some of the packages that is needed for boot (E.g., The kernel itself linuxsystemd or grub or may be mkinitcpio). These packages are core for Arch to work. If you forget to install these packages you might end up with an empty grub prompt.

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Resolving failed password and group check service in systemd

If you get error like “Failed to start Verify integrity of password and group files” it usually means some services are already removed and still the password and group file tracks them (with user and group names). To check which users no longer exist in the computer run following password checking command.

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Important IntelliJ settings and commands

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Build a console google tech news reader in Java

I sometimes like to read text in console. It is lot convenient to open a new tmux instance and quickly check few things online. One of such applications is ‘googler’. I can search text in google from command line and open them using the id next to the text.

In this post, I want to talk about similar application I wrote for reading google tech news. It is a very basic application that does similar thing for google tech news. It displays text and id next to it. User can open the associated link (in the default browser) by typing the id.

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Play Youtube in Linux with style with QMPlay2

Introduction

Is it just me or do most people spend most of their time in Youtube (after Facebook, I guess) ? May be I am just a minority, but that doesn’t make playing Youtube videos with a Desktop application less interesting. There are quite some distinct benefits playing youtube videos with a dedicated application. However each tool brings their own set of features, that some like and some don’t. Previously, I introduced Minitube as such an application. Minitube is basically a TV replacement, because you can subscribe to channels without having to login to Youtube. When new vidoes are uploaded in your subscribed channels, you get notifications that lets you watch all the videos that you missed.

Another feature I want from a dedicated youtube application is the ability to create playlists. I want to add my favorite songs and play them on repeat mode in the background, while I am doing other things. QMPlay2 provides just that feature.

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Play Dota 2 on Intel HD 3000 or above on Linux

If you use Linux and wanted to play Dota 2 but have been discouraged by the limited graphics performance of integrated Intel HD graphics card, this post is for you. Intel HD 3000 is an integrated graphics card that came with Sandybridge processors. By default it is barely able to run Dota 2. With following settings, you should be able to play Dota 2 at an average speed of 30 FPS or above. The trick is to lower the graphics settings to make the game run faster. If you have newer processors you should get even better performance.

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Run steam games using radeon open source driver on Linux

If you have dual graphics cards (intel + amd) and if you have been unable to start steam games using the radeon open source driver, this guide is for you. If you have been using catalyst driver, see this guide.

1. If you don’t have catalyst driver installed, you have to autostart “xrandr –setprovideroffloadsink radeon Intel” command before using DRI_PRIME. In my case, I have a desktop file (driprimestarter.desktop) inside ~/.config/autostart that has following text.

[Desktop Entry]
Type=Application
Name=Dri prime starter
Exec=/home/username/bin/radeon.sh

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