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When application is not listed in preferred applications in MATE

Reason for this is application .desktop file missing MimeType specification. For example for me mplayer and thunderbird are not listed as choices for video and mail respectively. To fix this edit application's .desktop file (in /usr/local/share/applications directory, or in ~/.local/share/applications) and run update-desktop-database afterwards (with -v to show its warnings).

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Get list of manually installed packages

To get list of manually installed packages (ie, those not installed as dependencies) use this command:
pkg query -e '%a = 0' %o | sort

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Unzip files with unicode names

In case normal unzip can't handle them properly (I was unable to make it do it properly) use 7 zip instead (package p7zip) - command to use is
7z x path_to_zip

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Making timelapse video

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If Java applets don't work after installing IcedTea

Obviously plugin has to be enabled when building IcedTea. Apparently some systems (like iLo) can't use java web start with OpenJDK. For them applets have to be used but by default they won't open in Firefox - for iLo to work without surprises it is necessary to choose "always activate" for java plugin (Tools > Add-ons > Plugins, then find IcedTea-Web and choose "Always Activate" for it).

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Mono 4.8.1 with TLS 1.2 on FreeBSD

TLS 1.2 is not enabled in default version of Mono 4.8.1 port for FreeBSD.

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MATE 1.12.1 and FreeBSD 10.3

One place to put all little tweaks to make it work better with FreeBSD.

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Too much antialiasing when rendering fonts with new freetype2

In case there is too much antialiasing there it can be reverted to old behavior by setting environment variable FREETYPE_PROPERTIES to truetype:interpreter-version=35 (port gives suggestion of using "truetype:interpreter-version=35 cff:no-stem-darkening=1 autofitter:warping=1" but for me these extra options make no difference). More about available options can be found in freetype2 documentation (/usr/local/share/doc/freetype2/reference/ft2-toc.html section "Controlling FreeType Modules", if documentation is installed).

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Programming fonts

I was for very long time happy with Bitstream Vera Sans Mono, but since lately it doesn't show that well on my monitor any more. I thought finding nice looking development font would be 5 minutes of browsing, but apparently it was not that easy. I found this website with lot of programming fonts and I tested many of them, but I liked only few - those are:

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Directory Permissions for ASP.Net Web Applications

If configuring with default settings make sure to add privileges to user "IIS AppPool\name_of_the_pool".

When testing application if using only IP make sure that checking hostname in request header is not enabled.


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