Ubuntu bug with Samba shares unmounting

So, there’s this very well documented bug with all versions of Ubuntu where the network connection is dropped before any set Samba shares are unmounted.  This results in annoying “CIFS error 50” type timeout issues. 

It’s unbelievable that this still isn’t fixed in Jaunty, and I’ve never really got the workarounds working.  But the most common is to move the unmounting command up the stack of priorities when shutting down or suspending.  To do this, as The World shows:

ln -s /etc/init.d/umountnfs.sh /etc/rc0.d/K15umountnfs.sh
ln -s /etc/init.d/umountnfs.sh /etc/rc6.d/K15umountnfs.sh


Intrepid adventures with Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex (8.10)

With the new release of Ubuntu 8.10, I finally am making the time to upgrade my wife’s machine from 7.10.  However, I have learned from the past and not done this one “big bang” but rather via having a new hard drive (actually reconditioned) ready and installed Ibex on that.

Here is my list of tips, tricks, notes and general stuff about getting the 8.10 machine to operate just right…

  • To get the LAMP stuff up and running, just use the command
    sudo tasksel install lamp-server.
  • To get rid of the “Unable to determine fully qualified domain name” in Apache, put a file called
    httpd.conf in /etc/apache2 with nothing but the line

    ServerName [whatever your server is...without these brackets]

    in it.

  • Comment out the bind-address in /etc/mysql/my.cnf so that you can access MySQL from any machine.  Also, log in to MySQL as root (i.e. mysql -u root -p), use mysql and then update user set host = ‘%’ where host = ‘[machine name]’ and user = ‘root’ so you can admin from other machines too.