Registering a systemd Service

So today I read How To Set Up VNC Server on Debian 8 which had a section on creating and registering the requisite scripts:

/usr/local/bin/myvncserver (make sure it’s executable with +x):

OPTIONS="-depth ${DEPTH} -geometry ${GEOMETRY} :${DISPLAY}"
case "$1" in
/usr/bin/vncserver ${OPTIONS}
/usr/bin/vncserver -kill :${DISPLAY}
$0 stop
$0 start
exit 0


Description=VNC Server example

ExecStart=/usr/local/bin/myvncserver start
ExecStop=/usr/local/bin/myvncserver stop
ExecReload=/usr/local/bin/myvncserver restart


Then to register and start:

systemctl daemon-reload
systemctl enable myvncserver.service
systemctl start myvncserver.service


I had an error tailing my web logs, like this:

==> <==
tail: inotify resources exhausted
tail: inotify cannot be used, reverting to polling

I found tail: “inotify resources exhausted” and/or “inotify cannot be used, reverting to polling: Too many open files” which said to edit /etc/sysctl.conf with:

# 2017-05-03 jj5 - SEE: tail inotify resources exhausted:

Then to apply the new settings:

# sysctl -p

Disable middle mouse button (paste) on Debian KDE

Every now and again I will accidentally click the middle mouse button when I go to grab my mouse, and KDE will dump my clipboard buffer into a BASH shell. Not good. Could run something damaging if I’m unlucky. So see here for the solution. Basically run this to get the mouse device ID:

xinput list | grep 'id='

Then to edit e.g. device 10 to disable middle mouse button:

xinput set-button-map 10 1 0 3

To persist the changes add the set-button-map command to e.g. ~/.xstartup.

Or you can add a pointer configuration to ~/.Xmodmap like this:

pointer = 1 0 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

And make sure xmodmap is applied at start-up with an autostart file like e.g. ~/.config/autostart/mouse-config.desktop:

[Desktop Entry]
Comment=Disables middle mouse button.
Exec=xmodmap /home/jj5/.Xmodmap

Disabling F6 ‘Run Main Project’ hot key in NetBeans because of G15 keyboard

I have a G15 keyboard, and I love it (but not as much as the old model!), but it occasionally causes a problem for me when I’m programming in NetBeans on Debian GNU/Linux.

The issue is that on a newer G15 the G6 key is right near the Ctrl key, and from time to time my pinky hits the G6 key which seems to be by default programmed to be the F6 key.

By default in NetBeans the F6 key is the ‘Run Main Project’ hot key, so when I accidentally press it, it fires up a Firefox window and tries to run my web app! I never configure my web apps in NetBeans, but even if I did, I don’t want to accidentally run anything due to an accidental key press.

So my solution was to disable F6 in NetBeans, and for that:

Tools -> Options -> Keymap -> Click ‘Search in Shortcuts’ -> Press F6 -> Click on the ‘…’ in the Shortcut cell for ‘Run Main Project’ (should be F6) -> Clear -> Apply -> And you’re done!

Everything is easy when you know how!

Installing latest version of Scala on Debian

So this is basically a combination of this and this:

sudo apt-get purge scala
sudo apt-get autoremove

cd ~/desktop/scala
tar xzf scala-2.11.8.tgz
sudo mv scala-2.11.8 /usr/share/scala

sudo ln -s /usr/share/scala/bin/scala /usr/bin/scala
sudo ln -s /usr/share/scala/bin/scalac /usr/bin/scalac
sudo ln -s /usr/share/scala/bin/fsc /usr/bin/fsc
sudo ln -s /usr/share/scala/bin/sbaz /usr/bin/sbaz
sudo ln -s /usr/share/scala/bin/sbaz-setup /usr/bin/sbaz-setup
sudo ln -s /usr/share/scala/bin/scaladoc /usr/bin/scaladoc
sudo ln -s /usr/share/scala/bin/scalap /usr/bin/scalap

Everything is easy when you know how!