Embedded Motion Control 2018/FAQ
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My computer is on fire. Is this a bad thing?
Nah, probably not, the fire will soon die out. Be sure though to commit all your changes to git! Just in case...
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My laptop is stuck on maximum brightness, how to solve this?
Open your Terminal. Type
sudo gedit /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/20-intel.conf
A text editor will open. Add the following content
Section "Device" Identifier "card0" Driver "intel" Option "Backlight" "intel_backlight" BusID "PCI:0:2:0" EndSection
Log out and back in. You can now use the brightness controls on your keyboard to change the brightness.
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Version control (git)
Everything related to version control using git
installing/updating git with "sudo apt-get install git" results in the following error:
start: Unable to connect to Upstart: Failed to connect to socket /com/ubuntu/upstart: Connection refused No apport report written because the error message indicates its a followup error from a previous failure. dpkg: error processing package runit (--configure): subprocess installed post-installation script returned error exit status 1 dpkg: dependency problems prevent configuration of git-daemon-run: git-daemon-run depends on runit; however: Package runit is not configured yet. dpkg: error processing package git-daemon-run (--configure): dependency problems - leaving unconfigured Errors were encountered while processing: runit git-daemon-run E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)
How could I solve this?
A possible solution is to remove the "git-daemon-run" and "runit" file as explained in https://askubuntu.com/questions/631615/unable-to-connect-to-upstart-error-when-installing-git-all (a bug is possible causing the error).
- Remove git-daemon-run
sudo dpkg -r git-daemon-run
- Remove runit
sudo dpkg -r runit
- Now it should install properly the latest version of git via
sudo apt-get install git
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My program is not building and running within Qt Creator, how to solve this?
When building the program does not work in Qt creator, but does work in the terminal, the following may fix the problem.
When your project is open, click 'Projects' on the left task bar. Scroll down to 'Build Environment', and expand it (click Details). Now, all the way to the bottom right, click 'Batch Edit'.
Next, open your terminal (ctrl+alt+t), and type
Select the entire output (you probably only need a few relevant variables, but copying everything works fine), and copy (ctrl+shift+c). Paste the entire output in your QT creator Batch Edit window, and click OK. Building with CTRL+B should work now!
If you're still getting undefined reference errors try running the following in the terminal