Saturday, October 23, 2010

Printing with Konica Minolta PP1300W in OSX Snow Leopard (over Time Capsule)

I was supposed to do this years ago, and I actually tried to, but I never got the gutenprinting stuff to work with the built in CUPS of OSX. However, today was the day I thought I might just do it!

Turns out it was quite easy (after I tried all the different combinations that is...)

  1. Go to Linuxprinting and download the min12xxw dmg (min12xxw-0.0.92-ub.dmg).
  2. Download the Ghostscript stuff from the same page (gplgs-8.71.dmg)
  3. Run the installer for min12xxw
  4. Run the Ghostscript installer
  5. Add your printer (it will auto select the Foomatic/min12xx driver
  6. Save and print!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Automatically upgrade Debian with security updates

So, one of the boring tasks of being a sysadmin is to do updates. Well, it's not really boring, just a boring task of doing it if you have more than 10 systems or so.

Since I'm lazy and not really a sysadmin full-time, I'm cheating by using the unattended-upgrades package. Here is how you do it:

  1. Install unattended-upgrades
  2. Add the following to /etc/apt/apt.conf
    APT::Periodic::Update-Package-Lists "1";
    APT::Periodic::Unattended-Upgrade "1";
  3. See if you need to modify
    (I didn't)
  4. Watch your logs for any errors during updates (I use logcheck for this)
  5. Read the additional info at for more details about this feature if you want to.