Wednesday, December 1, 2021

NCurses Disk Usage

NCurses Disk Usage or ncdu is a disk analyzer for Linux.  The application can be installed via the command below:

sudo apt install ncdu

To scan the entire system, use the command below

sudo ncdu -x \

Right-click functionality with a Touchpad within Linux Mint not working

When installing Linux Mint on a laptop, the right-click functionality was not working by default with the built-in Touchpad.  To resolve this issue, access the Mouse setup and access the Touchpad tab.  Disable the default parameters of the two-finger and three-finger emulation.


nomacs is an open source image viewer application.  Versions are available for both Windows and Linux.  The feature set is similar to Irfanview.


ClamAV is an open source anti-virus engine.  To install the main application and a GUI interface within Linux Mint, use the following commands:

sudo apt install clamav

sudo apt install clamtk

To update signatures via a terminal session, use the following commands:

sudo service clamav-freshclam stop
sudo freshclam
sudo service clamav-freshclam start

To scan a directory via a terminal session, use the following command:

clamscan -r -i directory_name

Swap space within Linux

To display the current swap space within Linux, several commands can return this information.  Below are a few examples.

swapon --show

free -m


Cryptomator is an utility to encrypt data before transferring the information to a cloud storage solution.

Windows Explorer add-on named Files

A Windows Explorer add-on named Files is available via the Microsoft Store.


Hardentools is a collection of utilities designed to disable a number of "features" exposed by Windows.

Monday, November 1, 2021

One potential fix for Linux Mint wireless performance

If wireless performance is poor within Linux Mint, one potential source could be power management for the adapter.  Use the following command to determine if power management is currently enabled:


If enabled, use the following command and modify "3" to a "2".

sudo nano /etc/NetworkManager/conf.d/default-wifi-powersave-on.conf

To avoid a reboot, use the following commands.

sudo iwconfig wlp107s0 power off

sudo systemctl restart network-manager.service


MBR2GPT is an utility that converts a disk from the Master Boot Record (MBR) to the GUID Partition Table (GPT) partition style without modifying or deleting data on the disk. The tool is designed to be run from a Windows Preinstallation Environment (Windows PE) command prompt, but can also be run from the full Windows 10 operating system (OS) by using the /allowFullOS option.