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changing Drupal's Home/Welcome/Start page

I'm currently playing around with Drupal a bit to get a simple but nicely configurable CMS for my managed hosting setup going.

It looks quite nice, can be setup with a single click as Hosteurope delivers it as a easy installable package (no nice security updates ans nothing, so for testing only! - but enough for checking it out before installing an up to date version).
And many things are quite intuitive.

Yet, one thing isn't: the setup of the start page!

Hint for cryptsetup and encrypted USB sticks

After a while of wondering, why I couldn't access my encrypted usb stick, I found a simple solution:


modprobe cryptoloop
modprobe dm_crypt


I thought, nowadays, all such things work nearly automatically - even gnome asks me when inserting the stick for the password - but it fails twice - for one thing, it doesn't work unless the packages cryptsetup is installed (UBuntu/Debian) - and I really wonder why it asks me for a passwword if the command it wants to use it with isn't even available - the second are these modules.

Using TRAC for source-Browsing, only

... and disable all other services/modules?

I had to search/fiddle for this some while, but basically it's quite simple:

[components]
trac.ticket.report.ReportModule = disabled
trac.wiki.web_ui.WikiModule = disabled
trac.ticket.web_ui.TicketModule = disabled
trac.ticket.roadmap.RoadmapModule = disabled
trac.ticket.query.QueryModule = disabled

Maybe it might help somebody?!

Acces to the remote console on IBM System X / Xseries

Another thing I had to search for a while:

  • the remote console card in IBM Xseries seems to be sometimes called IPMI, and othertimes RASII
  • it must be enabled in the BIOS
  • By default, it tries to get an IP from dhcp, but falls back to a default IP if it gets none
  • Default user / pass is USERID/PASSW0RD (with a zero as in 1000, not an o as in "other")

Probably it will help someboy sometimes...
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