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Archive for January, 2009

GPG error while doing a aptitude update

Posted by grigsby on January 31, 2009

There have been a number of new keys issued for PPA on the Launchpad site. If you are getting an error similar to the following, then here is how you fix it.

W: GPG error: intrepid Release: The following signatures couldn't be verified because the public key is not available:
NO_PUBKEY 60D11217247D1CFF
W: You may want to run apt-get update to correct these problems

Execute the following command replacing with the alpha-numeric string after the NO_PUBKEY message. In the example above the key was 60D11217247D1CFF

gpg --keyserver --recv _missing key_

Followed by this command:

gpg --export --armor _missing key_ | sudo apt-key add -

This will download the missing public keys and add them to the apt key repo.

Note: There may be multiple keys that are missing. Simply repeat for each missing key.

UPDATE: ‘blackgr’ on the ubuntuforums released a script to automate this. If you have an account there and are missing a number of keys, this can speed things up considerably. This script can be found on post #43 on this page:

UPDATE 2: Here are details about what is happening.

VMware Server Console – where’s my icon?

Posted by grigsby on January 25, 2009

As maybe obvious if you’ve read anything here, I have a love for virtual machines. VMWare and virtual box are the two I use most often. I use a lot of VMWare server installs. I must manage 10 of them at various locations.

Good, right? Well now the part that bothers me. 1) I do NOT like the VMware server 2.0 interface. It is painfully slow. So most of the servers I have are still running Sever 1.0.x as I can still use my beloved Server Console (really VMWare? No console for version 2? WTF were you thinking? Seriously. W. T. F?!?!?) Most of the desktops that I use are linux. Ubuntu to be specific. I love Ubuntu. With all it’s faults is still better than XP and Worlds better than Vista. Anyway, I was talking about Vmware Server Console. When I install the console using the tarball package all is well, EXCEPT I get no icon. I’m more than comfortable with the command line. In fact I LOVE the command line. But why should I have to drop to a command line to launch a GUI app? I know I could use alt-F2 and launch it that way, but no launch icon. Really. Anyway, I create one. And I always, always, forget where the icon image is. Always. So I am now going to document it for future reference. The VMware console Icon is located in the /usr/share/doc/vmware-server-console directory.