How to display crypto currency rates on macOS menu bar

BitBar has been around for a while but I didn’t notice it until I wanted to display crypto currency rates (who isn’t into crypto these days :)) on my macOS menu bar. BitBar is as simple as it can get: it takes the output from a shell script and displays the result on the menu bar. What’s really cool about BitBar is the support for Base64 encoded images which get displayed as icons on the menu bar.

This is how my “crypto menu bar” looks like:

I just put all my BitBar shell scripts into ~/bitbar and that’s it.

Here are BitBar shell scripts for Monero, Ether and Bitcoin (against the €). Since the icons are just 16×16 they probably look crappy on a retina display and have to be replaced with larger icons.

Gigabyte Z97X-UD5H and USB 3.0 in macOS Sierra 11.12

2000px-usb_icon-svgA commenter recently asked if I had any USB 3.0 related issues with my Gigabyte Z97X-UD5H equipped Hackintosh. Since every USB port was working out of the box I thought everything was fine. However, having a closer look at the USB section in macOS Sierra’s System Information revealed that none of the USB 3.0 ports were operating at USB 3.0 speeds, they were all capped at 480 Mb/sec.

Here’s how I was able to get USB 3.0 speed back:

  1. Inspired by I added the entire “Patches” section to my clover.plist. From the “KextsToPatch” section I only added the “Change 15 port limit to 20 in XHCI kext (9-series)”  related to macOS 11.12 and removed the disabled line.
  2. I downloaded and copied FakePCIID.kext and FakePCIID_XHCIMux.kext to Clovers kext directory.
  3. I made sure XHCI mode was set to “Smart Auto” and both, XHCI and EHCI hand-off were enabled in the BIOS.

All front and back panel USB 3.0 ports are now reporting 3.0 speeds when connecting a 3.0 compatible device:

  Product ID:	0x0578
  Vendor ID:	0x152d  (JMicron Technology Corp.)
  Version:	2.03
  Serial Number:	DB123456789B
  Speed:	Up to 5 Gb/sec
  Manufacturer:	JMicron
  Location ID:	0x14f00000 / 20
  Current Available (mA):	900
  Current Required (mA):	896
  Extra Operating Current (mA):	396

Major kudos to RehabMan for providing these easy-to-use injector kexts!
Since injector kexts are not drivers and thus do not have to be signed, my Hackintosh still runs with maximum system integrity protection (SIP):

Jans-Mac:~ jan$ csrutil status
System Integrity Protection status: enabled.

Random delay for cron.daily, cron.weekly, cron.monthly

cron-logoWouldn’t it be nice if cron’s daily, weekly and monthly jobs could be run with a slight offset? At least that’s what I thought when 20+ servers were hitting my backup infrastructure at once. The scripts in /etc/cron.daily, /etc/cron.weekly and /etc/cron.monthly are triggered directly from crontab at fixed times. Here’s what /etc/crontab looks like in Ubuntu Server 16.04:

# /etc/crontab: system-wide crontab
# Unlike any other crontab you don't have to run the `crontab'
# command to install the new version when you edit this file
# and files in /etc/cron.d. These files also have username fields,
# that none of the other crontabs do.


# m h dom mon dow user	command
17 *	* * *	root    cd / && run-parts --report /etc/cron.hourly
25 6	* * *	root	test -x /usr/sbin/anacron || ( cd / && run-parts --report /etc/cron.daily )
47 6	* * 7	root	test -x /usr/sbin/anacron || ( cd / && run-parts --report /etc/cron.weekly )
52 6	1 * *	root	test -x /usr/sbin/anacron || ( cd / && run-parts --report /etc/cron.monthly )

I’ve found several tips which suggested to use a RANDOM_DELAY variable in crontab. Unfortunately, this variable doesn’t seem to be implemented in Debian/Ubuntu’s version of crontab at this time. I even checked the source code, there’s no RANDOM_DELAY variable to be found.

Here’s the solution I came up with. I’m using a combination of sleep and numrandom with a time range between 0 and 30 minutes.

# /etc/crontab: system-wide crontab
# Unlike any other crontab you don't have to run the `crontab'
# command to install the new version when you edit this file
# and files in /etc/cron.d. These files also have username fields,
# that none of the other crontabs do.


# m h dom mon dow user	command
17 *	* * *	root    cd / && run-parts --report /etc/cron.hourly
25 6	* * *	root	sleep `numrandom /0..30/`m ; test -x /usr/sbin/anacron || ( cd / && run-parts --report /etc/cron.daily )
47 6	* * 7	root	sleep `numrandom /0..30/`m ; test -x /usr/sbin/anacron || ( cd / && run-parts --report /etc/cron.weekly )
52 6	1 * *	root	sleep `numrandom /0..30/`m ; test -x /usr/sbin/anacron || ( cd / && run-parts --report /etc/cron.monthly )

In order to use the numrandom command, you have to apt-get -y install num-utils it first.

I didn’t delay the cron.hourly execution but the same sleep/numrandom combo could be used for it as well, just maybe replace the m (minutes) with s (seconds).

How to generate daily PowerDNS statistics reports

daae8fe19d3ab224f3a104f987acd8bfPowerDNS has been powering authoritative DNS lookups to this web site for quite a while now. It’s such a remarkable piece of software. Here’s how to create a daily statistics report for PowerDNS.

  1. Put the lines below in /etc/cron.daily/powerdns-report:
    /usr/bin/curl -s localhost:8081 | mail -s "$(echo "PowerDNS Daily Report\nMIME-Version: 1.0\nContent-Type: text/html")" root
  2. Make sure the file is executable: chmod +x /etc/cron.daily/powerdns-report
  3. Enable the internal web server (defaults to in the PowerDNS configuration file:
  4. Restart PowerDNS
  5. Make sure all Mails to root are forwarded to your e-mail account (or replace the recipient in the powerdns-report script)

This is how the PowerDNS statistics report will look like:

PowerDNS 4.1.0
Uptime: 3.94 days
Queries/second, 1, 5, 10 minute averages: 0.402, 0.212, 0.186. Max queries/second: 1.17
Cache hitrate, 1, 5, 10 minute averages: 45.0%, 33.4%, 30.9%
Backend query cache hitrate, 1, 5, 10 minute averages: 55.1%, 41.7%, 38.3%
Backend query load, 1, 5, 10 minute averages: 0.343, 0.317, 0.32. Max queries/second: 2.37
Total queries: 52665. Question/answer latency: 1.25ms

Log Messages
gmysql Connection successful. Connected to database 'pdns' on 'localhost'.	422	27.8%
AXFR of domain '' initiated by	70	4.6%
AXFR of domain '' failed: cannot request AXFR	70	4.6%
AXFR of domain '' denied: client IP has no permission	70	4.6%
Rest:	527	34.7%
Total:	1519	100%

Queries for existing records, but for type we don't have	2193	47.1%	503	10.8%	482	10.4%	281	6.0%	253	5.4%
Rest:	685	14.7%
Total:	4653	100%

Queries for non-existent records within existent domains	359	24.9%	335	23.2%	214	14.8%	75	5.2%	14	1.0%
Rest:	290	20.1%
Total:	1443	100%

UDP Queries Received	2307	23.1%	2227	22.3%	702	7.0%	578	5.8%	293	2.9%
Rest:	3135	31.4%
Total:	10000	100%

Queries that could not be answered due to backend errors
Total:	0	100%

Queries for domains that we are not authoritative for	190	84.4%	16	7.1%	4	1.8%
./ANY	3	1.3%	2	0.9%	2	0.9%
./NS	1	0.4%	1	0.4%	1	0.4%	1	0.4%
Rest:	4	1.8%
Total:	225	100%

Remote server IP addresses	289	2.9%	108	1.1%	106	1.1%	103	1.0%	100	1.0%	87	0.9%	84	0.8%	73	0.7%	70	0.7%
164.891.213.199	63	0.6%
Rest:	8917	89.2%
Total:	10000	100%

Remote hosts sending corrupt packets	1	50.0%	1	50.0%
Total:	2	100%

Remote hosts querying domains for which we are not auth	70	31.1%	68	30.2%	52	23.1%	15	6.7%	2	0.9%	2	0.9%	1	0.4%	1	0.4%	1	0.4%	1	0.4%
Rest:	12	5.3%
Total:	225	100%

corrupt-packets	2	Number of corrupt packets received
deferred-cache-inserts	1042	Amount of cache inserts that were deferred because of maintenance
deferred-cache-lookup	250	Amount of cache lookups that were deferred because of maintenance
dnsupdate-answers	0	DNS update packets successfully answered.
dnsupdate-changes	0	DNS update changes to records in total.
dnsupdate-queries	1	DNS update packets received.
dnsupdate-refused	1	DNS update packets that are refused.
incoming-notifications	0	NOTIFY packets received.
packetcache-hit	16206	
packetcache-miss	36486	
packetcache-size	1252	
query-cache-hit	52387	Number of hits on the query cache
query-cache-miss	97378	Number of misses on the query cache
rd-queries	212	Number of recursion desired questions
recursing-answers	0	Number of recursive answers sent out
recursing-questions	0	Number of questions sent to recursor
recursion-unanswered	0	Number of packets unanswered by configured recursor
security-status	0	Security status based on regular polling
servfail-packets	0	Number of times a server-failed packet was sent out
signatures	377	Number of DNSSEC signatures made
tcp-answers	497	Number of answers sent out over TCP
tcp-answers-bytes	434810	Total size of answers sent out over TCP
tcp-queries	299	Number of TCP queries received
tcp4-answers	485	Number of IPv4 answers sent out over TCP
tcp4-answers-bytes	432435	Total size of answers sent out over TCPv4
tcp4-queries	287	Number of IPv4 TCP queries received
tcp6-answers	12	Number of IPv6 answers sent out over TCP
tcp6-answers-bytes	2375	Total size of answers sent out over TCPv6
tcp6-queries	12	Number of IPv6 TCP queries received
timedout-packets	0	Number of packets which weren't answered within timeout set
udp-answers	52665	Number of answers sent out over UDP
udp-answers-bytes	4955023	Total size of answers sent out over UDP
udp-do-queries	42490	Number of UDP queries received with DO bit
udp-queries	52665	Number of UDP queries received
udp4-answers	40096	Number of IPv4 answers sent out over UDP
udp4-answers-bytes	3508260	Total size of answers sent out over UDPv4
udp4-queries	40096	Number of IPv4 UDP queries received
udp6-answers	12569	Number of IPv6 answers sent out over UDP
udp6-answers-bytes	1446763	Total size of answers sent out over UDPv6
udp6-queries	12569	Number of IPv6 UDP queries received
key-cache-size	12	Number of entries in the key cache
latency	1251	Average number of microseconds needed to answer a question
meta-cache-size	61	Number of entries in the metadata cache
qsize-q	0	Number of questions waiting for database attention
real-memory-usage	56033280	Actual unique use of memory in bytes (approx)
signature-cache-size	179	Number of entries in the signature cache
sys-msec	37296	Number of msec spent in system time
udp-in-errors	0	UDP 'in' errors
udp-noport-errors	45	UDP 'noport' errors
udp-recvbuf-errors	0	UDP 'recvbuf' errors
udp-sndbuf-errors	0	UDP 'sndbuf' errors
uptime	340341	Uptime of process in seconds
user-msec	57664	Number of msec spent in user time
© 2013 - 2016 PowerDNS.COM BV.

How to migrate a LVM-based KVM guest to another host

kvm-logo_300dpiIn the past, I have been using the immensely useful script to migrate a LVM-based (raw volume) Linux KVM guest from one host to another. However, there is an even easier way to cold-migrate a KVM guest. This approach is particularly helpful if there’s not enough disk space on the host to create a gzipped backup of the logical volume using the script.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Use lvcreate to create the new logical volume on the destination host with the same size as the source logical volume. Use the lvdisplay command to find out the required size.
  2. virsh shutdown the source KVM guest
  3. On the source host: screen dd if=/dev/vg_ssd/lv_vm_wopr | pv | ssh -C root@desthost dd of=/dev/vg0/lv_vm_wopr
  4. Wait until finished

I’m using the screen command so it will continue running in the background once I close the ssh session on the source host. Use CTRL-A-D to background a screen session and screen -dr to bring it back up.

Using ssh makes sure the entire transfer is encrypted. The -C parameter makes sure the content will be compressed which may speed up the transfer considerably (or not, on a slow CPU). Obviously, the new KVM guest has to be virsh define‘d on the destination based on the virsh dumpxml configuration data from the source host.

Intel Gigabit CT kext for macOS Sierra 10.12

macos-sierraThe Intel Gigabit CT Desktop ethernet PCI adapter is still one of the fastest and most robust NICs for the Hackintosh. This did not change with macOS Sierra 10.12. I’m still using the IONetworkingFamilyInjector.kext in Clover’s kext folder to override the compatibility list in Apple’s own Intel82574L.kext. However, while the installation of macOS Sierra went smoothly, I lost all network connectivity after installing Sierra. A quick look at the network kernel extensions revealed that Apple changed the driver identifier of the Intel82574L.kext, rendering the injector useless. After changing the identifier in the injector and a reboot, network connectivity was back again.

The patched injector kext is available for download here: The kext injector has to be placed into the EFI/CLOVER/kexts/10.12 folder.

intel gigabit desktop ct

The Hackintosh is still running in full protected mode (if enabled in Clover):
$ csrutil status
System Integrity Protection status: enabled.

A permanent solution?

While writing this post, I stumbled upon an alternative solution, which seems to be permanent. However, it requires flashing the Intel NIC and changing it’s device ID property. Check out this post on InsanelyMac. I’m going to try this approach in the near future since it would reduce the number of kexts in my Hackintosh rig to just one (only FakeSMC).

Installing Ubuntu Server 16.04 on PC Engines APU or APU2

Most people use PC Engines APU series (APU1D4, APU2C4) system boards for pfSense firewalls (pfSense is awesome!). However, the Ubuntu Server x86-64 version runs on these boards very well too which can turn them into a lightweight, portable Plex Media Server for instance. The APU series doesn’t have a video port, that’s why the Ubuntu Server 16.04 image requires some modifications in order to use the serial port for console output instead. Since the Ubuntu image is using a read-only CD-ROM filesystem, I’m using UNetbootin to create a bootable Live USB drive which lets me modify files. While UNetbootin is available on Linux and MacOS too, only the Windows version gave me consistent results after formatting the USB drive to FAT32 file format. YMMW, but if you get weird bootloader errors, try formatting/creating the bootable drive on Windows.

To access the APU’s serial port, a RS-232 DB9 null-modem to USB interface is required and some software to connect to it. I’m using a Prolific PL-2303 based interface and minicom on Linux or Serial when I’m on my Mac.

Once the Live USB drive has been successfully prepared by UNetbootin, the following files have to be modified in order to send the console output over the serial port:

In /isolinux/isolinux.cfg, insert the following lines at the top:

serial 0 115200
console 0

In /isolinux/txt.cfg, the replace the first occurrence of the append keyword (in the “install” section) with:

append file=/cdrom/preseed/ubuntu-server.seed vga=off initrd=/install/initrd.gz -- console=ttyS0,115200n8 -

In /syslinux.cfg, insert the following lines at the top:

serial 0 115200
console 0

Again in /syslinux.cfg, replace the first occurrence of the append keyword (in the “unetbootindefault” section) with:

append initrd=/ubninit vga=off console=ttyS0,115200n8 --

Using the serial cable you should now be able to install Ubuntu Server 16.04 on the APU:


During the installation:

  • Make sure the APU is connected to a router. While configuring the network, always keep in mind that the rightmost network port ist the first port (eth0 or enp1s0)
  • Make sure to include “OpenSSH server” when choosing software to install

Most likely, there won’t be any visible console output (i.e. a login prompt) after the first reboot because the installer didn’t add the necessary parameters to GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX. This is where the SSH daemon comes in handy (-:

To fix this, use SSH to login to the server and modify /etc/default/grub to include the following line:

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX="console=tty0 console=ttyS0,115200n8"

Run update-grub , reboot the APU and eventually there should be a login prompt:


Adding a DS3231 Real Time Clock to the Raspberry Pi 3

ds3231-rtcSince the Raspberry Pi 3 doesn’t come with a battery-powered real time clock, it will only show the correct time once it has Internet connectivity (thanks to the NTP daemon). If the Raspberry Pi 3 is not connected to the Internet, you might want to add a hardware clock to set the current date. Here’s how to add a DS3231 real time clock GPIO module to the Raspberry Pi 3 in Raspbian Jessy Lite:

  1. Get a DS3231 real time clock module and install it on the GPIO header of the Raspberry Pi 3 on pin 1
  2. Add the following line at the end of /boot/config.txt in Raspbian Jessy:
  3. We don’t need fake-hwclock anymore:
    apt-get purge fake-hwclock
  4. Check/set the current system time and write the system time to the RTC module using:
    hwclock -w
  5. Set the correct time zone using:
    dpkg-reconfigure tzdata
  6. Edit /etc/rc.local and add the hwclock command above the line that says “exit 0”:
    /sbin/hwclock -s
  7. The /etc/init.d/ shell scripts tends to corrupt this RTC clock module. In my case, the RTC clock was set to 2066/01/01 after every reboot. To prevent this from happening, edit /etc/default/hwclock and set HWCLOCKACCESS to no:
  8. Reboot
  9. Done! Raspbian will now set the time from the RTC clock during boot even if there is no Internet connectivity available.
  10. If RTC corruption is still happening, you may have to get rid of the NTP daemon as well using:
    apt-get purge ntp
    apt-get install ntpdate
  11. After the NTP daemon has been removed, you can still sync the system clock using ntpdate-debian which you might add to /etc/rc.local as well (after the hwclock command though) – just in case there is an Internet connection available during boot. And/or add it to /etc/cron.daily for example.

Raspbian Jessy Lite will detect the DS3231 real time clock module automatically (as a DS1307 module but nevermind), there’s no need to whitelist or blacklist any I2C modules. There’s no need to run the i2cdetect command from the i2c-tools package. Once the clock module is detected, this line should be visible using dmesg:

# dmesg | grep rtc
[    6.640799] rtc-ds1307 1-0068: rtc core: registered ds3231 as rtc0

Check /proc/driver/rtc for more data on the RTC:

# cat /proc/driver/rtc
rtc_time : 19:26:18
rtc_date : 2016-03-25
alrm_time : 00:00:00
alrm_date : 1970-01-01
alarm_IRQ : no
alrm_pending : no
update IRQ enabled : no
periodic IRQ enabled : no
periodic IRQ frequency : 1
max user IRQ frequency : 64
24hr : yes

Query status information from Huawei’s HiLink 3G/LTE modems

While Huawei provides status information for its HiLink modems via a web page, this is hardly useful when using the modem on a headless Linux server. I just published a small Python-based command-line tool on Github which displays some useful information about the modem’s status.

root@wopr~#: python ./
Huawei E3372 LTE Modem (IMEI: 121032526613216)
 Hardware version: CL1D3271AM Ver.A
 Software version:
 Web UI version:
 Serial: L8FDW11512114431
 MAC address (modem): 00:0D:87:12:1C:1D
 Connection status: Connected
   Network type: UMTS (3G)
   Signal level: ▁▃▄▆█
   Roaming: Enabled
   Modem WAN IP address:
   Public IP address:
   DNS IP addresses:,
   Network operator: Swisscom
   Connected for: 03:15:15 (hh:mm:ss)
   Downloaded: 615.17 KB
   Uploaded: 258.69 KB
 Total downloaded: 14.69 MB
 Total uploaded: 1.34 MB
 Unread SMS: 1

The tool has been tested on a Huawei E3276 and a E3372 modem. For the newer E3372 modem I had to add some code to supply a RequestVerificationToken in the HTTP header.

Feel free to send a pull request on Github with your own tweaks!

The repository is available here:

How to bypass Lycamobile’s tethering block in Linux

I’ve been trying to get my Huawei E3276-150 4G/LTE USB modem to work with my PC Engines APU2 router board for quite a while. Once connected, the Huawei modem creates its own network thanks to its HiLink mode and is detected as an Ethernet over USB device in Linux. All I have to do is to ask the modem’s DHCP server for an IP address, use the modem as the default gateway and I should be all set. Right? Continue reading

Best budget Linux laptop 2016

Recently, I’ve replaced my five year old 13″ MacBook Air with a new budget Linux laptop. Since I’ve been using Linux desktops more and more there was just no point in buying another Apple product. The time was ripe to go fully Linux on my to-go laptop.

When I started evaluating laptops I quickly realized that even in 2016 it’s still nearly impossible to buy a new laptop with full Linux driver support. Linux and mobile hardware support is somewhat like a good red wine, it gets better over time. One notable exception is the Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition which comes with a preloaded Ubuntu Desktop operating system. I’m not sure if Dell still sells an updated version of the Developer Edition model but it was not available in my country and I didn’t want to shell out more than $800 for my new laptop anyway.

Best budget Linux laptop

When it comes to portable computers, I’m probably kinda old-school. I don’t need a touch screen (fingerprints everywhere, eeek!) or some funky 2-in-1 tablet/laptop convertible like the Dell Yoga. Just a slim, lightweight 13″ laptop with a nice display (preferably matte), a battery-friendly processor, flash-based storage and a couple of full-size USB 3.0 ports for a decent price. After looking at a half dozen or so potential candidates I’ve set my eyes on the ASUS Zenbook UX305CA with the 6th gen. Intel Skylake mobile processor.

best budget linux laptop

Continue reading

How to compile Quagga with SNMP support

Since the default Quagga package in Ubuntu doesn’t have SNMP support enabled, the Quagga package has to be compiled locally. The following instructions may work for Debian as well but I only tested it in Ubuntu Server 14.04 LTS.

Now, edit /etc/quagga/daemons and enable at least zebra and bgpd and let’s create some empty config files for Quagga:
touch /etc/quagga/bgpd.conf ; touch /etc/quagga/zebra.conf

To enable SNMP support in Quagga, the line agentx has to be inserted into bgpd.conf and zebra.conf:

drfalken@wopr:/etc/quagga# head bgpd.conf
hostname AS65535
log file /var/log/quagga/bgpd.log

debug bgp events
debug bgp filters
debug bgp updates

router bgp 65535
bgp router-id

I wont dwelve into how to setup the SNMP daemon but don’t forget to add the following lines to the snmpd.conf configuration file and restart the SNMP daemon afterwards:
master agentx
agentxsocket /var/agentx/master
agentxperms 777 777

Make sure to set proper permissions for the agentx directory with a
chmod 755 /var/agentx/
or you will get error messages like snmp[warning]: Warning: Failed to connect to the agentx master agent ([NIL])

Once Quagga is able to connect to the local SNMP daemon, a message like this will show up in Quagga’s log file:
snmp[info]: NET-SNMP version 5.7.2 AgentX subagent connected

Monitoring Quagga BGP sessions using SNMP

Monitoring BGP sessions works fantastically using LibreNMS. You can chose to receive push notifications and/or emails if a BGP session goes down/up or is flapping. However, there’s some tinkering involved to display 32-bit ASNs properly in LibreNMS (let me know in the comments if you’re interested) because the MIB only handles 16-bit integers. Unfortunately, there’s no IPv6 support in Quagga’s current SNMP implementation as well.



Waking up a NAS from OS X at boot time using Wake-on-LAN (WOL)

Since OS X 10.11 El Capitan protects certain system directories from modifications, my NASwake solution to wake a NAS once the Mac starts up published back in 2010 is no longer working.

I decided against building another .pkg installer since it requires root permissions and I also prefer using Homebrew instead of some obscure binary for sending the magic WOL packet. Here are the four steps to start your Wake-on-Lan-capable NAS once your Mac starts up:

  1. Install “Homebrew” (required for the wakeonlan script)
  2. Install the wakeonlan script using the Homebrew package manager
  3. Save the naswake plist to /Library/LaunchDaemons
  4. Save the naswake shell script to /usr/local/bin and set your NAS’s MAC-address

1. Install Homebrew

See for instructions. Once installed, check with brew doctor if Homebrew was installed properly.

2. Install the wakeonlan script using the Homebrew package manager

brew install wakeonlan

This will install the wakeonlan Perl script. See man wakeonlan for details.

3. Save the naswake plist to /Library/LaunchDaemons

sudo nano /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.trick77.wol2.plist

Paste the XML below into the editor.

4. Save the naswake shell script to /usr/local/bin

sudo nano /usr/local/bin/
sudo chmod +x /usr/local/bin/

Paste the script below into the editor. Don’t forget to set your NAS’ MAC address in the last line of the script!

That’s it! Make sure WOL is enabled in the NAS.

Tips & tricks for the PC Engines APU

Being somewhat addicted to Linux mini computers, I just had to lay my hands on a PC Engines APU. A lot of information about the APU is strewn all over the Internet so I wanted to consolidate it all in one single post.

Installing Ubuntu Server using the serial console

To boot the Ubuntu Server installer using the serial console, some startup config files have to be modified. See this post for instructions.

On the Mac, I’m using serial. It already contains the drivers for my PL2303 based USB serial adapter. As a free alternative, Prolific’s PL2303 OS X drivers work pretty well together with minicom from the brew project. If output is being displayed with minicom but input doesn’t work, make sure to turn off hardware flow control. The screen command may work as well.

Show network devices as eth0, eth1, eth2 instead of p4p1, p4p2, p4p3

Edit /etc/default/grub as follows:


Update grub configuration
# update-grub
# reboot

Don’t forget to update /etc/network/interfaces accordingly.

Show output during boot

Edit /etc/default/grub as follows:

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX="console=tty0 console=ttyS0,115200n8"
GRUB_SERIAL_COMMAND="serial --speed=115200 --unit=0 --word=8 --parity=no --stop=1"

Update grub configuration
# update-grub
# reboot

Enable NMI Watchdog

# modprobe sp5100_tco && echo "sp5100_tco" >> /etc/modules

Enable temperatur sensor

apt-get install lm-sensors

# sensors
Adapter: PCI adapter
temp1:        +52.0°C  (high = +70.0°C)
                       (crit = +100.0°C, hyst = +97.0°C)

Enable LEDs and reboot button

Check out the apu-led-button repository on Github.

Use max. cpufreq

Ubuntu will always set the CPU governor to ondemand during boot.

# cat /proc/cpuinfo
vendor_id	: AuthenticAMD
model name	: AMD G-T40E Processor
cpu MHz		: 800.000

For the APU this means the CPU will be run at 800 MHz instead of 1 GHz. If you prefer the CPU to run at full speed at all times:

# wget -O /usr/local/sbin

Insert into /etc/rc.local just above exit 0 :

/usr/local/sbin/gov performance

Or as an alternative, just disable the Ubuntu ondemand init script from the command line:

# update-rc.d ondemand disable
# cat /proc/cpuinfo
vendor_id	: AuthenticAMD
model name	: AMD G-T40E Processor
cpu MHz		: 1000.000

Enable beep

apt-get install beep
modprobe pcspkr && echo pcspkr >> /etc/modules

Comment pcspkr in /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf to unblacklist the module.

Imperial March:

beep -l 350 -f 392 -D 100 -n -l 350 -f 392 -D 100 -n -l 350 -f 392 -D 100 -n -l 250 -f 311.1 -D 100 -n -l 25 -f 466.2 -D 100 -n -l 350 -f 392 -D 100 -n -l 250 -f 311.1 -D 100 -n -l 25 -f 466.2 -D 100 -n -l 700 -f 392 -D 100 -n -l 350 -f 587.32 -D 100 -n -l 350 -f 587.32 -D 100 -n -l 350 -f 587.32 -D 100 -n -l 250 -f 622.26 -D 100 -n -l 25 -f 466.2 -D 100 -n -l 350 -f 369.99 -D 100 -n -l 250 -f 311.1 -D 100 -n -l 25 -f 466.2 -D 100 -n -l 700 -f 392 -D 100 -n -l 350 -f 784 -D 100 -n -l 250 -f 392 -D 100 -n -l 25 -f 392 -D 100 -n -l 350 -f 784 -D 100 -n -l 250 -f 739.98 -D 100 -n -l 25 -f 698.46 -D 100 -n -l 25 -f 659.26 -D 100 -n -l 25 -f 622.26 -D 100 -n -l 50 -f 659.26 -D 400 -n -l 25 -f 415.3 -D 200 -n -l 350 -f 554.36 -D 100 -n -l 250 -f 523.25 -D 100 -n -l 25 -f 493.88 -D 100 -n -l 25 -f 466.16 -D 100 -n -l 25 -f 440 -D 100 -n -l 50 -f 466.16 -D 400 -n -l 25 -f 311.13 -D 200 -n -l 350 -f 369.99 -D 100 -n -l 250 -f 311.13 -D 100 -n -l 25 -f 392 -D 100 -n -l 350 -f 466.16 -D 100 -n -l 250 -f 392 -D 100 -n -l 25 -f 466.16 -D 100 -n -l 700 -f 587.32 -D 100 -n -l 350 -f 784 -D 100 -n -l 250 -f 392 -D 100 -n -l 25 -f 392 -D 100 -n -l 350 -f 784 -D 100 -n -l 250 -f 739.98 -D 100 -n -l 25 -f 698.46 -D 100 -n -l 25 -f 659.26 -D 100 -n -l 25 -f 622.26 -D 100 -n -l 50 -f 659.26 -D 400 -n -l 25 -f 415.3 -D 200 -n -l 350 -f 554.36 -D 100 -n -l 250 -f 523.25 -D 100 -n -l 25 -f 493.88 -D 100 -n -l 25 -f 466.16 -D 100 -n -l 25 -f 440 -D 100 -n -l 50 -f 466.16 -D 400 -n -l 25 -f 311.13 -D 200 -n -l 350 -f 392 -D 100 -n -l 250 -f 311.13 -D 100 -n -l 25 -f 466.16 -D 100 -n -l 300 -f 392.00 -D 150 -n -l 250 -f 311.13 -D 100 -n -l 25 -f 466.16 -D 100 -n -l 700 -f 392