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screen zoom

February 11, 2020 Leave a comment

I wanted to enable screen zoom. It’s very handy for presentations.

Under Manjaro, it worked out of the box with Alt + mouse wheel.

For Ubuntu, I found a video that presents a solution based on Compiz (see here). Unfortunately it didn’t work for me. It turned out that Ubuntu 18.04 uses Gnome Shell, which is not compatible with Compiz.

However, there’s a way to make it work under Gnome Shell, see the video here.

In short:

  • open Settings; on the left Devices -> Keyboard. Scroll down to “Universal Access” and assign key combinations to 1) turn zoom on or off, 2) zoom in, and 3) zoom out. I assigned Super+Alt+*, Super+Alt++, and Super+Alt+, respectively.
  • Go back to the main menu of Settings and select Universal Access on the left. Click on Zoom. Enable it (ON), set magnification to 1.00, and I chose “follow mouse cursor”.
  • CLose the Zoom settings window. At the top, enable “always show universal access menu” (ON).

Now you can zoom in and out with Super+Alt++ and Super+Alt+, respectively.

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[manjaro] change window buttons layout

August 18, 2019 Leave a comment

On my desktop I have a Manjaro that I installed years ago. It’s a rolling release distro, meaning I get all the updates, but the graphical interface is not always updated. For instance, I installed a new Manjaro on a laptop, and Manjaro looks much better on my laptop than on my old desktop.
On a newly installed Manjaro, the window buttons are on the right side, but on my desktop they are on the left. How could I unify them and move the buttons to the right?

I found the solution in this video: . In short: start the Settings Editor, select xfwm4 on the left, edit “button layout”, and provide the string “O|SHMC” (without quotes).

ASUS VivoBook S530F: how to install the Windows 10 drivers?

I got a new laptop at my workplace, an ASUS VivoBook S530F. I wanted to make a dual-boot system with Windows 10 and Manjaro. First, I installed Windows 10 on it. For creating a bootable USB stick, I followed this guide (I used gparted). Windows 10 installed successfully but I had no wifi. Fine, let’s install the drivers from the included DVD. Some drivers went up, but the installation of the wifi driver terminated with a DLL error. This error was produced by a file called pnputil.exe. Hmm… OK, then let’s connect an Ethernet cable. Oh, but this slim laptop has no Ethernet connection! Using another machine, I downloaded the wifi driver from the ASUS home page, I could install it, but nothing happened. The wifi was still dead.

It turned out that the file pnputil.exe is part of the Windows and you can find it in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. On the DVD there were about 18 copies of this file and by comparing their sizes, there were at least 3 different versions. On the official DVD! Congratulations!

So I copied the content of the DVD to the hard drive and overwrote all instances of pnputil.exe with the one from the System32 folder. Then I launched the installation wizard and it installed all the drivers without any DLL error message.

Update: Installing Manjaro
After Windows 10, I installed Manjaro in a separate partition. Under Windows 10 I downloaded the Manjaro ISO and wrote it on a USB stick with Rufus in dd mode. During the installation I created a swap partition and a root partition. Here I got a warning that an EFI partition is necessary. The Windows 10 installer created a FAT32 partition of size 100 MB. I selected this partition and specified it to be mounted under /boot/efi. The installer flagged it automatically as “esp”. Then the installation went on without any problem and my wifi card was recognized out-of-the-box.

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browse your fonts easily

October 13, 2018 Leave a comment

I wanted to create a captioned image with Gimp and for this I was looking for a nice font. Under Manjaro I installed the package “aur/ttf-google-fonts-opinionated-git” and thus I got hundreds of fonts. How to visualize and browse them easily?

FontManager can do exactly this. Install the package “aur/” and launch the app. with the command FontManager. It looks similar to this:

On the left side click on a font, then use the down arrow to run through the fonts.

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maximize a window

October 13, 2018 Leave a comment

In Manjaro (XFCE) it’s “Alt+F10”. In Windows it’s “Super key + up arrow”.

In Manjaro, you can find and edit all window manager shortcut keys from Menu → Settings Manager → Window Manager → Keyboard tab.

Originally, I wanted to figure out how to maximize a VS Code window (reddit question here).

[manjaro] edit PKGBUILD and install a package

March 30, 2018 Leave a comment

You try to install a package with “yaourt pkg_name” but the installation fails. How to edit the PKGBUILD file manually and then install the package?


$ cd /tmp
$ yaourt -G pkg_name
$ cd pkg_name
# modify the file PKGBUILD with your favourite text editor
$ makepkg -i

Where “pkg_name” is the name of the package you want to install.

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[manjaro] installation fails, unknown public key

January 17, 2018 Leave a comment

I couldn’t update a package due to the following error:

==> Validating source files with sha256sums...
    gcc-7.2.1-20171224.tar.xz ... Passed
    gcc-7.2.1-20171224.tar.xz.sig ... Skipped
    isl-0.18.tar.bz2 ... Passed
==> Verifying source file signatures with gpg...
    gcc-7.2.1-20171224.tar.xz ... FAILED (unknown public key BBE43771487328A9)
==> ERROR: One or more PGP signatures could not be verified!
==> ERROR: Makepkg was unable to build mingw-w64-gcc.
==> Restart building mingw-w64-gcc ? [y/N]
==> --------------------------------------
==> ==> ERROR: unable to update

I asked this on reddit and /u/SuperGrip kindly provided the solution:

This is a common issue when an apps key is not included in the ArchLinux Keyring, to solve this issue you can add the key manually by running the following command: gpg --recv BBE43771487328A9

For further information check the package comments on the AUR site.

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