24. July 2019

Creating Python virtualenv fails with error: Could not find a suitable TLS CA

You can create Python virtualenv using command:

virtualenv -p /usr/bin/python3 py-env3

You may encounter following strange error:

  Collecting setuptools
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/usr/share/python-wheels
OSError: Could not find a suitable TLS CA certificate bundle, invalid path: /etc/ssl/certs/ca-certificates.crt
Error in sys.excepthook:
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/apport_python_hook.py", line 145, in apport_excepthook
    os.O_WRONLY | os.O_CREAT | os.O_EXCL, 0o640), 'wb') as f:
FileNotFoundError: [Errno 2] No such file or directory: '/var/crash/_usr_bin_virtualenv.1000.crash'

The error message is not very clear. Problem is caused by ca-certificates and it could be fixed by command:

sudo update-ca-certificates

11. June 2019

How to start D-Bus in Docker container

Many Linux applications require D-Bus which is not running by default in Docker containers.

When you attempt to start the application you might get the following error:

D-Bus library appears to be incorrectly set up; failed to read machine uuid: Failed to open "/var/lib/dbus/machine-id": No such file or directory
See the manual page for dbus-uuidgen to correct this issue.
  D-Bus not built with -rdynamic so unable to print a backtrace

First of all you need to generate missing machine-id by command:

dbus-uuidgen > /var/lib/dbus/machine-id

The application will be able to start even when the daemon is not running.

To start the D-Bus daemon inside the container you need to run following command on Ubuntu:

mkdir -p /var/run/dbus
dbus-daemon --config-file=/usr/share/dbus-1/system.conf --print-address

Command on Centos:

dbus-daemon --config-file=/etc/dbus-1/system.conf --print-address

Now the daemon is running and your application should be able to start. The output should look like this:


27. April 2019

How to start TigetVNC server on port 5900

When you start TigerVNC server by following command:


then it will automatically bind to port 5901.

When you want to start the server on 5900 then you need to type following command:

vncserver :0

This looks a little bit mysterious, but if you dig through the documentation you might find that there is the following mapping:

:0 -> 5900
:1 -> 5901
:2 -> 5902
:3 -> 5903

Now it’s clear that when you omit the parameter, it will default to code :1 which is mapped to the port 5901.

21. February 2019

How to run openSUSE for PowerPC64LE on CPU x86_64

First of all install required package for running ppc:

sudo zypper install qemu-ppc

Download the ISO built for PowerPC architecture (ppc64le). E.g. openSUSE-Leap-42.3-NET-ppc64le-Build0130-Media.iso.

Create file which will contain disk image:

qemu-img create suse.img 10G

Now, start the ppc64le virtual and boot from cdrom:

qemu-system-ppc64 -boot d -cdrom openSUSE-Leap-42.3-NET-ppc64le-Build0130-Media.iso -m 1024 -hda suse.img

After the installation you can simply run the installed system:

qemu-system-ppc64 -m 1024 -hda suse.img

Note: -m 1024 stands for “memory 1 GB”

10. January 2019

IntelliJ Idea vertical text block selection

It’s easy to create vertical text block selection in IntelliJ Idea.

  • macOS: Option + Command + Left click and drag mouse
  • Windows 10 – Creators update: Click Mouse wheel and drag
  • Older Windows: Alt + Left click and drag mouse
  • Linux: Click Mouse wheel and drag
  • Without mouse: Open Edit menu and select Column Selection Mode (Alt+Shift+Insert), then use Shift + Arrows to select a block

You’ll select vertical text block: