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4th March 2012 10:25 (GMT)
ZTE MF190 under Debian with KDE SC 4.7

I've recently acquired an UMTS USB stick, a ZTE MF190 (USB ID 19d2:0117/19d2:2000, after and before mode switch, the second ID can be seen while the stick offers its data partition for Windows driver installation). Naturally I wanted to use the stick with Debian. Normally that is no problem at all (as long as you've usb-modeswitch, modemmanager, ppp and a kernel configured with CONFIG_USB_SERIAL, the driver for your device, most likely CONFIG_USB_SERIAL_OPTION in this case, and CONFIG_PPP installed; in short a Debian standard kernel plus network-manager with its recommended packages does the trick). So why write about this at all? Simple: if you have KDE SC 4.7 installed (from experimental), then you need to recompile networkmanagement, the source package building the Plasma widget for controlling the NetworkManager under KDE, as there have been incompatible changes (see e.g KDE bug #282453 for one related bug), which cause a crash after PIN entry.

To do that, just follow the few easy steps below:

  1. Download the networkmanagement source package: dget -d http://cdn.debian.net/debian/pool/main/n/networkmanagement/networkmanagement_0.9.0-1.dsc (please note, that the version available in Debian might have changed, check the latest version on the PTS page).
  2. Build the source package. (Make sure you build in an experimental chroot, otherwise you end up with the same binary.)
  3. Install the binary package(s) you just built (most likely plasma-widget-networkmanagement and maybe the debug package).
  4. Restart your KDE session.
Permalink | debian, kde.
17th March 2012 19:51 (GMT)
The joy of building Wine in a non-multiarch environment

This is an updated and consolidated post for/of two previous blog entries. Before I continue, let me make it clear, that this post isn't intended to criticise anybody. It is meant as a instruction leaflet to go with my unofficial (source) package(s).

The best idea, until all build dependencies of Wine have been made multiarch ready (we're almost there), is to create a base.tgz for pbuilder in which you make the required changes. So you don't have to remember applying them everytime (note, this is only needed for amd64 builds). After you created yourself a base.tgz for Wine, do the follwoing:

  1. Log into the chroot stored in your base.tgz for Wine: pbuilder --login --save-after-login --basetgz /path/to/your/wine.base.tgz
  2. Update the package list and installed packages with aptitude update && aptitude safe-upgrade unless you know, everything is updated.
  3. Install ia32-libs-dev and libjpeg-dev: aptitude install ia32-libs-dev libjpeg-dev
  4. Work around #638543:
    1. cd /usr/lib32
    2. rm libjpeg.so libjpeg.so.62* (you can also remove the libjpeg.a and libjpeg.la files)
    3. ln -s libjpeg.so.8 libjpeg.so
    4. cd /usr/include
    5. ln -s x86_64-linux-gnu/jconfig.h
  5. As we build build with GCC 4.5 (due to a problem with GCC 4.6, see WineHQ bug #22053 for more details) on amd64 (i386 isn't using GCC 4.5 anymore (since the 1.5.0-0.2 packages), because that resulted in linking errors), we hit #638418. To work around that, you need to create the symlink yourself. Execute ln -s x86_64-linux-gnu/asm asm in /usr/include.
  6. Exit the chroot, pbuilder should now update your base.tgz.
  7. Build the source package with pbuilder.

For i386 users this shouldn't be required. Not even the symlinking of the asm directory, as we don't use GCC 4.5 anylonger on i386 (due to various linking errors). Though that comes at the cost of potential issues with e.g. Steam.

Permalink | debian, wine.

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