Linux Notes, Misc.


  • Install “openconnect” and “network-manager-openconnect-gnome”

  • Set up the VPN through network manager

Here’s a partial solution to stop Linux routing ALL traffic through the VPN. Unfortunately, it also turns off whatever DNS the VPN was providing, so I need to figure out how to fix that or no names resolve for anything in the VPN…

  • open the VPN’s connection settings

  • go to the IPv4 tab

  • click the “Routes” button near the bottom

  • check the checkbox “Use this connection only for resources on its network”

  • click “OK”

  • go to the IPv6 tab and repeat

  • save all the changes

  • take the VPN down and bring it up again.

Creating RPMS

Increase open file limit

Edit /etc/security/limits.conf and add or edit:

hard nofile 2048
soft nofile 2048

to change the default limits set at login. Also double-check /etc/profile etc for ulimit commands that might set it lower again.

Trace file operations

strace -F -e trace=file,process -o strace.out ‘’command’’

Changing fonts for GAIM, Sanity, etc.

Run gnome-font-properties

You also need to start gnome-settings-daemon at login time if you’re not running the Gnome desktop.

Q: How do you use anti-aliased fonts in gnome2?

A: You need to set the GDK_USE_XFT environment variable, if you are using bash type ‘export GDK_USE_XFT=1’. You should not need to do this - your Linux distribution should do this automatically. Also AntiAliasingTroubleshooting may help you find the problem with your set-up.

  • __How do you make the entire session use anti-aliased fonts?__

Create a file, ‘.gnomerc’, in your home directory and put in it

export GDK_USE_XFT=1
exec gnome-session


If you use a display manager such as gdm, you don’t need the “exec gnome-session” line and it may in fact be counterproductive.

You may also have to edit the file /etc/X11/!XftConfig. Look for lines with:

# Don't antialias small fonts
     any size < 14
     any size > 8
     edit antialias=false;

and comment them out.

Added 7-16-2002

NOTE /etc/X11/!XftConfig is deprecated. Use /etc/fonts/fonts.conf now. (11-26-2002)

  • __Is the Bitstream Vera font anywhere available for download?__

Yes, you can get them from

In debian just type:

apt-get install ttf-bitstream-vera

In gentoo just type:

emerge ttf-bitstream-vera

Updated 2003-07-14

  • __Where do I put new (downloaded) truetype fonts?__

You can just put them into $HOME/.fonts directory

See for how to make GNOME settings apply elsewhere.