Saturday, December 10, 2011

Linux Permissions on External Disks

When using Linux with external disks, sometimes you may find that you do not have permission to read the disk.

To gain permission to access a directory and its files, you can use the command

sudo chown -R username: file_path_of_directory

where username is your username, and file_path_of_directory is the file path of your directory at its mount point, usually something like /media/diskname (where diskname is the name or label of the disk).

Monday, December 5, 2011

How to Find Your Linux Kernel Version from the Command Line

A handy way of finding out your current Linux kernel version (i.e., your current Linux operating system release number) from the command line is to use the command uname -r.

Monday, November 14, 2011

IBus with LibreOffice in Minimal Linux Installations

Some people have been reporting trouble getting the IBus input bus to work properly with LibreOffice. This can particularly be a problem for anyone using a minimal Linux installation such as a minimal Ubuntu.

If you are using IBus in a minimal installation, and have problems getting the language bar to work, check to see if you have the ibus-gtk package installed. Installing the ibus-gtk package (and rebooting) should allow the language bar to appear, which will then allow you to choose one of the input methods that you have set up through IBus Preferences (which is brought up using the ibus-setup command).

Thursday, November 10, 2011

An SIL Biblical Hebrew Keyboard for Linux

I have developed a keymap for Linux using IBus that imitates the SBL Hebrew SIL keyboard. You can see my post “An SIL Biblical Hebrew Keyboard for Linux Operating Systems” over at Berith Road for more information. That post has a link to download the keymap, plus instructions for installing it.

The keymap is located at Its content is as follows:

;; he-kbd.mim -- Hebrew input method with SIL Biblical Hebrew keyboard layout
;; version 5
;; Copyright (C) 2012 Steven Coxhead
;; Contact details are available at <>

;; This file is intended to replace the he-kbd.mim file in the m17n library
;; for those who prefer a keyboard that is similar to the SIL Biblical Hebrew
;; keyboard layout.

;; The copyright of the original file is held by the National Institute
;; of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), and was offered as
;; free software as part of the m17n database under under the terms of the
;; GNU Lesser General Public License.

;; This modified file is free software; you can redistribute it and/or
;; modify it under the terms of the GNU Lesser General Public License
;; as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 2.1 of
;; the License, or (at your option) any later version.

;; This file is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but
;; WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
;; Go to <>
;; for further details about the GNU Lesser General Public License.

;;; Input method for Hebrew simulating the SIL Biblical Hebrew keyboard.

(input-method he kbd)

"Hebrew input method simulating the SIL Biblical Hebrew keyboard.
It follows the keystrokes of the SIL Biblical Hebrew keyboard for
all numbers and English punctuation marks, all Hebrew consonants,
all common Hebrew vowel points, plus the maqaf, dagesh, meteg,
etnahta, rafe, and sof pasuq. The accent ole is also included as it can
be used as a general marker of syllabic stress in non-accented texts.
Departing from the SIL Biblical Hebrew keyboard, the backslash key
inputs a backslash rather than the paseq. The layout uses CTRL+ALT
instead of ALTGR. This input method works well with the SBL Hebrew
font, but it has been observed that the dagesh needs to be entered
immediately after the consonant when using the Ezra SIL font.
See <>
for a description of the SIL Biblical Hebrew keyboard.")

(title "Alefbet")

("`" "")
("1" ?1)
("2" ?2)
("3" ?3)
("4" ?4)
("5" ?5)
("6" ?6)
("7" ?7)
("8" ?8)
("9" ?9)
("0" ?0)
("-" ?Ö¾)
("=" ?Ö¼)
("q" ?ק)
("w" ?ו)
("e" ?Ö¶)
("r" ?ר)
("t" ?ת)
("y" ?×™)
("u" ?Ö»)
("i" ?Ö´)
("o" ?Ö¹)
("p" ?פ)
("[" "]")
("]" "[")
("\" "\")
("a" ?Ö·)
("s" ?ס)
("d" ?ד)
("f" ?שׂ)
("f=" "שּׂ")
("f+" "שּׂ")
("g" ?×’)
("h" ?×”)
("j" ?שׁ)
("j=" "שּׁ")
("j+" "שּׁ")
("k" ?×›)
("l" ?ל)
(";" ?Ö°)
("'" "'")
("z" ?×–)
("x" ?×—)
("c" ?צ)
("v" ?ט)
("b" ?ב)
("n" ?× )
("m" ?מ)
("," ?,)
("." ?.)
("/" "/")

("~" "")
("!" ?!)
("@" "")
("#" "")
("$" "")
("%" "")
("^" "")
("&" "")
("*" "")
("(" ")")
(")" "(")
("_" "–")
("+" ?Ö¼)
("Q" "")
("W" "")
("E" ?Öµ)
("R" "")
("T" "")
("Y" "")
("U" "")
("I" "")
("O" ?ÖºÖº)
("P" ?×£)
("{" "}")
("}" "{")
("|" "")
("A" ?Ö¸)
("S" ?ש)
("D" "")
("F" "")
("G" "")
("H" "")
("J" "")
("K" ?ך)
("L" "")
("Z" "")
("X" "")
("C" ?×¥)
("V" "")
("B" "")
("N" ?ן)
("M" ?ם)
("<" ?ע) (">" ?א)
("?" "?")

((C-A-`) "")
((C-A-1) "Ö½")
((C-A-2) "")
((C-A-3) "")
((C-A-4) "")
((C-A-5) "")
((C-A-6) "")
((C-A-7) "")
((C-A-8) "")
((C-A-9) "")
((C-A-0) "")
((C-A--) "—")
((C-A-=) "Ö‘")
((C-A-o) "")

((C-A-a) "")
((C-A-g) "")
((C-A-h) "")
((C-A-;) ";")

((C-A-!) "")
((C-A-@) "")
((C-A-#) "")
((C-A-$) "")
((C-A-%) "")
((C-A-^) "")
((C-A-&) "")
((C-A-*) "")
((C-A-_) "Ö¿")
((C-A-+) "")
((C-A-E) "Ö±")
((C-A-O) "Ö³")
((C-A-P) "")
((C-A-{) "")
((C-A-}) "")
((C-A-|) "Ö«")
((C-A-A) "Ö²")
((C-A-G) "")
((C-A-H) "")
((C-A-:) "׃")
((C-A-M) "")
((C-A-<) "") ((C-A->) "")



;; Local Variables:
;; coding: utf-8
;; mode: lisp
;; End:

Using Linux Operating Systems for Bible Research

For anyone interested in conducting Bible research using Linux, see my post “Using Linux Operating Systems for Bible Research” over at Berith Road.

Welcome to Vos Linux!

Welcome to Vos Linux! I have been using GNU/Linux operating systems for a few years now. Linux is definitely a great resource.

I hope that this blog will provide various observations and tips over time that will help you customize your GNU/Linux system from the experience that I have had customizing my own.