How to put GPX file on Garmin watch with USB

So I’m kinda tired of Garmin apps needing internet all the time. Also it’s an extra step for me to first upload my GPX files in any Garmin app before I can sync it to the watch. And the Garmin apps don’t make sense to me. The libraries are overly complicated (for my use)

First: Connect your Garmin watch to your device.

Make sure the Garmin watch is in USB storage mode (in the settings)

Second: Open the watch in your file explorer and navigate to the "NEWFILES" directory.

Third: Place your GPX file there.

As soon as you disconnect the watch, the files there will be imported into the Courses folder and you can use them for your activities.

Update HP Proliant Microserver BIOS without Windows

I wanted to update my MicroServer Gen8 bios to the latest version but the download site on HPE only showed .EXE files. Since I’m only running Linux on my machines it was not possible to execute that file.

You can however update the BIOS via ILO (Integrated Lights Out) if you extract the BIOS file from the executable.

First download the .EXE from the HPE site: https://support.hpe.com/hpsc/swd/public/detail?swItemId=MTX_e9bfdf20809a426cb16ef9cd81

(Currently the latest version is SP99427.exe. If you want to be sure you’re using the latest BIOS then click the tab “Revision History” to see if there are newer BIOS files available)

Extract the contents of the executable. Have a look at the directory structure below and extract the file marked "CPQJ06xx.xxx"(where “x” might change depending on versions)

.
├── How to Use.txt
├── logo.gif
├── README.1ST
├── rev_hist.txt
├── ROMPaq Flat Files
│   ├── CPQJ0613.684
│   ├── CPQSRVR2.CPU
│   ├── README.1ST
│   ├── Readme.txt
│   └── ROMPAQ.EXE
├── ROMPaq USB Key
│   ├── CPQJ0613.684
│   ├── CPQSRVR2.CPU
│   ├── HPEUSB.exe
│   ├── Readme.txt
│   └── ROMPAQ.EXE
├── Start_files
│   ├── colorschememapping.xml
│   ├── filelist.xml
│   └── themedata.thmx
└── Start.htm
3 directories, 18 files

Then log in to ILO and navigate to the page “Firmware” via the Menu Option “Administrator”

At the bottom of the page select “Browse” to select the CPQJ06 file and then click Upload.

Let the upload complete and reboot your Microserver. When you start the microserver it displays the BIOS version and date in the first line.

You can also see the version in the ILO overview page.

HP Smart Array P222: The cache is permanently disabled

I just installed a new Hardware RAID card in my microserver (gen8), and as soon as I booted it gave me this error and refused configuration of the Raid arrays on the P222.

It seems related to the battery which is connected to the cache module on my card. The battery was empty when I first booted the system.

Solution was to power up the system, leave it in POST while the battery was being charged.

After about an hour I tried again and I was able to clear the cache, clear the configuration for the RAID array and create a fresh array on the controller.

Note; perhaps the period of an hour could be shorter or longer in your specific case. The battery provided with my unit was quite small so it was charged enough after an hour to continue without errors. But I guess that that might differ per unit.

Note; Several posts on HP and server forums were suggesting that the unit might be defective and said to return the battery / cache module / Smart Array card.
This post is mostly here to encourage patience; Getting a cup of coffee and checking again after an hour was the solution in my case.

Create a Java path entry for all users

I install Java on all my machines and used to add the java path and home variables to the user (or my user) bash profile but every time I added another user this is a manual step.

Until I found this small trick. Add a system wide profile path setting by creating a file in:

/etc/profile.d/filename

All files in profile.d are added to every users login. Much cleaner than adding it to every user’s profile.

This is the contents of my file:

/etc/profile.d/java-path.sh

export JAVA_HOME="/opt/java"
export PATH=$JAVA_HOME/bin:$PATH

These variables are set next time you log in with any user on that system.

Easy way to see your external IP from Command Line

It’s not always clear from which IP you might be reaching hosts on the internet. These IP’s are important to know since they are often the IP’s that you will whitelist on receiving systems.

The easiest way to find out what your external IP is, would be executing this command:

curl https://ipinfo.io/ip

Hope this helps 🙂

Install Python without Admin rights (windows)

Appearently it’s quite simple to install python on a windows machine, even if you don’t have admin rights.

Remember, this only works if you downloaded the MSI installer version.

Open a command line in the same folder where you downloaded the python installer (Click here for the Python download page)

Execute this command on the CLI:

msiexec /a python-2.7.16.amd64.msi /qb TARGETDIR=C:\python27

Replace the version with your downloaded version

Disable autoplay movies in Chrome

This has been annoying me for a while, a lot of sites seem to allow auto playing movies (sometimes with sound) when I visit them.

It is probably my problem, becoming a grumpy old bastard but I dislike the autoplay option.

Luckily, you can disable this feature in Chrome by opening a new tab and entering this url:

chrome://flags/#autoplay-policy

Then choose “Document user activiation is required” and you feel like you’re be back in 2017, without all this video stuff 🙂

Copy all files with Ansible Copy

I wanted to copy all files in a directory, but didn’t want to create a “with_items” because I am lazy.

The solution is to use “with_fileglob” which can use wildcards and thus select multiple files.

## Example
- name: Copying certificates to tmp
  copy:
    src: "{{ item }}"
    dest: /tmp
    owner: apache
    group: apache
    mode: 0600
  with_fileglob:
    - "files/tmp/*"

This will copy all files in the tmp folder to the client.

Ps. Another option is to use synchronize, but you need rsync on the host and client which is why I prefer copy.

Ansible – Continue nicely when shell exits with error

Sometimes a command gives an exit code which isn’t considered an error in your playbook. You could use “ignore_errors” but it will stand out when you run your playbook, and it’s the first thing new colleagues point out when we run a play together.

This example shows you how to use the exit code in a when clause without ansible throwing (and catching) the exception.

- name: Check if md5sum of the current  is the same
  shell: 'md5sum --check /install/md5sum_of_installer'
  register: installer_md5sum_check
  failed_when: ( installer_md5sum_check.rc not in [ 0, 1 ] )

- name: Run Installer if md5sum is different or missing
  include_role:
    name: my_install_role
  when: installer_md5sum_check.rc == 1
  ## rc 0: the md5sum output was "OK", thus was already installed
  ## rc 1: it was not the same (or the file was missing)

- name: Create md5sum for the installer
  shell: 'md5sum /install/my_installer.zip > /install/md5sum_of_installer'
  when: installer_md5sum_check.rc == 1
  ## We can only arrive here when the installer role was successfully finished

Use Skype with microphone in your Citrix Receiver session on Linux

Today I wanted to join a meeting but I was unable to be heard.
I’m connected to a Windows desktop via Citrix Receiver, I’m connecting from an Ubuntu Linux host.
Looking at the sound settings in my windows desktop, I saw that there was no recording device. So not being able to send sound makes sense then.
To enable input sound, add the following line to the WFClient section in your personal ICA settings file:
 
~/.ICAClient/wfclient.ini

[...]
[WFClient]
AllowAudioInput=True
[...]

Next, log off and log back into to your windows desktop and check the recording tab on the Sound settings, there a recording device now.
2018-08-31 08:20:43 screenshot
That should do the trick.