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Check which version and fix pack of your HCL Notes / IBM Notes is installed

Today I needed to create a skript that automatically installes a Notes FP (Fix-Pack) to all our clients.

The windows registry, as example, does not tell which of if there is a FP installed. After a while, my current solution is to check which value the variable FaultRecovery_Build inside the notes.ini is containing.

#pseudo code
$fp5IsInstalled = (cat notes.ini | grep -q "Release 10.0.1FP5")
If ($fp5IsInstalled) {
    //... do something or nothing
}

Hope this helps.

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`error: archzfs: signature from "ArchZFS Bot <buildbot@archzfs.com>" is unknown trust` and how to solve it

I ran into this error error: archzfs: signature from "ArchZFS Bot <buildbot@archzfs.com>" is unknown trust on multiple machines over the last days.

Since one machine was working which is also running one of my dns servers, I was searching into this direction. After a while, I switched all my machines using this one dns server without fixing the real issue. Furthermore, by just trying to refresh keys with sudo pacman-key --refresh-keys, I ran into another error: gpg: WARNING: Tor is not running.

I could solve this with a one liner:

echo "no-use-tor" >> ~/.gnupg/dirmngr.conf

Next step was finally to delete the broken key and re-import ist again.

sudo pacman-key -d DDF7DB817396A49B2A2723F7403BD972F75D9D76
sudo pacman-key -r DDF7DB817396A49B2A2723F7403BD972F75D9D76
sudo pacman-key --lsign-key DDF7DB817396A49B2A2723F7403BD972F75D9D76

After running through all this steps, I was able to run a system update again with pacman.

Thanks to this issue report on github, this entry on redit and this entry on gnupg.org.

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Manage your windows installed software with chocolatey and backup your collection by using this little manager

While working more and more with windows, I wanted the freedom of having a centralized packagemanager under the hood to ease up "keeping software up to date" or manage installed software in general.

Right now, I ended up using chocolatey.

After using it and building up my "finest selection" of installed software, I wanted to backup this collection.

I found the needed powershell commands pretty fast. Since I am a lazy person, I wanted to even ease up this by just having two scripts doing all the "heavy work" for backing up and restore this software collection.

After 30 minutes of work, I was able to release version one of my chocolatey manager.

This is a simple wrapper to backup and restore packages maintained by chocolatey.

The "restore.sh" will install chocolatey if not installed. The "backup.sh" will create a local file containing the currently installed packages.

Hope I can put you too more into the lazy area with this.

Cheers, artodeto

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How to set a proxy for Signal-Desktop on Windows

If you want to use signal behind a cooperate proxy, you have to write a little bat script to set some proxy variables in the environment before starting signal. Copy and paste the following code into a file like set_proxy_and_start_signal.bat.

:: ####
:: # Sets http and https proxy variables and starts signal.
:: ####
:: # @see: https://github.com/signalapp/Signal-Desktop/issues/1430#issuecomment-397229333
:: # @since: 2020-02-14
:: # @author: stev leibelt <artodeto@bazzline.net>
:: ####

set HTTP_PROXY=<your proxy>
set HTTPS_PROXY=%HTTP_PROXY%
start %LOCALAPPDATA%\Programs\signal-desktop\Signal.exe

If you want to know more here is the thread for this issue.

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