Thứ Hai, ngày 20 tháng 10 năm 2014

SpagoBI Installation

The new SpagoBI (version 3.6.0) – Installation instructions and Troubleshooting (link)

SpagoBI released their new version i.e. 3.6.0 with more enhancements and bug fixes on Oct 22 last month. This tool is becoming more popular worldwide now, and user will get the new version more attractive and stronger from the last version. You can get the release notes at , which will help you to know the changes and enhancements done in this version.
Easy way to install from windows installer
  1. Download “” from
  2. Extract the zip file in your preferred location and run the setup file i.e. SpagoBI.exe.
  3. Follow the setup instructions to complete the installations.
  4. Login into the server at http://localhost:8080/SpagoBI/ with biadmin / biadmin and play with the examples. This installation will work with HSQL and it has examples for different reporting engines.
Notes: After you install SpagoBI with sample data, you can configure it to work with external database. Please find mysql configuration steps in sections below.
Manual installation on Windows/Linux from All-In-One package:
  1. Download “” from
  2. Extract the zip file in your preferred location and run the startup fileWindows: run the batch file i.e. /bin/SpagoBIStartup.bat (You should have admin permission or, run the cmd through administrator)Linux: run ./ from inside /bin folder (Run it from sudo command or, root account)
  3. Login into the server at http://localhost:8080/SpagoBI/ with biadmin/biadmin and play with the examples.
Notes: After you install SpagoBI with sample data, you can configure it to work with external database. Please find mysql configuration steps in sections below.
Configure external database MySQL:
  1. Install SpagoBI Metadata DB (MySQL)
    1. Install MySQL 5.1 or, later.
    2. Download “mysql-dbscript-3.6.0” from
    3. Create a mysql database named “spagobi” and import the schema from .sql file downloaded above with following command:
      mysql –u –p  spagobi < MySQL_create.sql
      mysql –u c –p  spagobi < MySQL_create_quartz_schema.sql
  2. Configure data sources
    • Open /conf/server.xml and add a new Data Source, fragment of XML under tags,
This is the Connection poll for SpagoBI metadata.
    • We can add more data sources for each data warehouse we have.
    • Comment all previous data sources which were present for HSQL.
    • Make sure the context information for data sources defined above are embedded in /webapps/SpagoBI\META-INF /context.xml. You can insert this xml in server.xml if you prefer.

  1. Configure DBMS Type
    • We must configure DBMS type used by SpagoBI under \webapps\SpagoBI\WEB-INF\classes\hibernate.cfg.xml
    • Then we would need to configure hibernate dialect for JBPM workflow engine: look at file /webapps/SpagoBI/WEB-INF/classes/jbpm.cfg.xml, there is a reference to JBPM hibernate file:

May be you read jbpm.hibernate.cfg.hsql.xml instead of jbpm.hibernate.cfg.xml,           jbpm.hibernate.cfg.hsql.xml is the hibernate file suitable for HSQLDB; if you are not using HSQLDB change resource.hibernate.cfg.xml property to jbpm.hibernate.cfg.xml.
    • Then, edit /webapps/SpagoBI/WEB-INF/classes/jbpm.hibernate.cfg.xml and change the following as according to your database server.
    • At last you have to configure Quartz scheduler engine: edit /webapps/SpagoBI/WEB-INF/classes/ you will read something like:
# job store delegate class -
# Hsqldb delegate class
# Mysql/Ingres delegate class
# Postgres delegate class
# Oracle delegate class
Uncomment the job store delegate class suitable to your database server and comment all others.
  1. Database schema configuration
When creating SpagoBI metadata tables, they should be put into the default schema of the JDBC connection’s user.  In case this is not possible, you should edit hibernate.cfg.xml adding the following line:

– modify SpagoBI/WEB-INF/classes/jbpm.hibernate.cfg.xml adding the following line:

                Notes: you can skip this step.
  1. Restart the SpagoBI server, login into the server at http://localhost:8080/SpagoBI/ with biadmin / biadmin. This installation will work with MySQL , meta data.
Upgrade from older version to new version (Simple Upgrade):
  1. Stop the SpagoBI Server.
  2. Remove or, move (for backup purpose) your current SpagoBI installation folder.
  3. Install the latest version you want to install, through steps in section “Easy way to install from windows installer” or, “Manual installation on Windows/Linux from All-In-One package”.
  4. Download the upgrade script for MySQL from .
    Notes: Make sure you have downloaded the required version of script.
  5. Run the db script downloaded above and the upgrade is done.
  6. Start the SpagoBI server, login into the server at http://localhost:8080/SpagoBI/ with biadmin / biadmin. This installation will work with MySQL  upgrade version meta data.
Notes: This upgrade works well in case you have not done any personalization changes in installation files of older version.
Troubleshoot/Help for the issue I came across during installation: 
  1. Very first error we got was “Address already in use” as the shutdown port 8005 was already being used on the system. Changed the port to 7005 in server.xml (located under conf folder) and it worked.
  2. We came across another issue where everything were perfect but we were not able to see the login screen and it was showing an error as follows:
[main] 28 Dec 2011 09:13:46,072 ERROR it.eng.spagobi.commons.SingletonConfigCache.:36 – The table sbi_config is EMPTY
[main] 28 Dec 2011 09:13:46,074 ERROR it.eng.spagobi.commons.SingletonConfigCache.get:53 – The property ‘SPAGOBI.DATE-FORMAT-SERVER.format’ doens’t have any value assigned, check SBI_CONFIG table
[main] 28 Dec 2011 09:13:46,074 ERROR it.eng.spagobi.commons.SingletonConfigCache.get:53 – The property ‘SPAGOBI.TIMESTAMP-FORMAT.format’ doens’t have any value assigned, check SBI_CONFIG table
[main] 28 Dec 2011 09:13:48,272 ERROR it.eng.spagobi.commons.initializers.metadata.MetadataInitializer.init:
163 – Error while initializing metadata
We explored the forums and different channels and came to know that this is a bug logged into Jira and they have uploaded a patch to be downloaded at
We downloaded the patch and extracted it into ……./webapps/SpagoBI/WEB-INF/classes, the server is working fine now.
3. While working with linux, once unzipped the “All-in-one….”  Package and tried to start spagoBI server with the command, sudo sh, I got a access denied error. I used chmod command and gave all permission to the folder as follows:
          chmod 777 –R SpagoBI-DEMO-3.5 and it worked.

Enabling the server to communicate via TCP/IP

Enabling the server to communicate via TCP/IP

Most of the Linux distributions do not enable by default to accept TCP/IP connections from outside in their MySQL or Percona Server packages.
You can check it with netstat on a shell:
$ netstat -lnp | grep mysql
tcp         0        0* LISTEN 2480/mysqld
unix 2 [ ACC ] STREAM LISTENING 8101 2480/mysqld /tmp/mysql.sock
You should check two things:
  • there is a line starting with tcp (the server is indeed accepting TCP connections) and
  • the first address ( in this example) is different than (the bind address is not localhost’s).
In the first case, the first place to look is the my.cnf file. If you find the option skip-networking, comment it out or just delete it. Also check that if the variable bind_address is set, then it shouldn’t be set to localhost’s but to the host’s IP. Then restart the MySQL server and check it again with netstat. If the changes you did had no effect, then you should look at your distribution’s startup scripts (like rc.mysqld). You should comment out flags like --skip-networking and/or change the bind-address.
After you get the server listening to remote TCP connections properly, the last thing to do is checking that the port (3306 by default) is indeed open. Check your firewall configurations (iptables -L) and that you are allowing remote hosts on that port (in /etc/hosts.allow).
And we’re done! We have a MySQL server running which is able to communicate with the world through TCP/IP.

vi /usr/local/sbin/
/usr/local/sbin/ stop
/usr/local/sbin/ start

Thứ Tư, ngày 15 tháng 10 năm 2014

Firefox command-line arguments to set and control start page

Jasonwryan gave you what is probably the best solution. If you reall want to change the default home page (not simply start with a specific page, but change what page the Home button loads), you will need to edit your user's config file.
For firefox, the preferences are stored in
The RANDOM_STRING is different for each user profile. The default home page is saved as:
user_pref("browser.startup.homepage", "");
So, to change the homepage to from the command line you could do:
sed -i.bak '
 s#\(\"browser\.startup\.homepage\", \"\)http:.*"#\1\"#
' $HOME/.mozilla/firefox/*.default/prefs.js

Thứ Tư, ngày 17 tháng 9 năm 2014

MySQL: Reset Lost Root Password from UBUNTU (linux) environment

MySQL: Reset Lost Root Password

Here is a quick Step-by-Step “how to” which helps restoring MySQL root password that was lost/forgotten.
It happens to everybody, especially if several distributed (different) systems are maintained, where the password is not the same. Here is what needs to be done to restore it:
Step 1: Stop MySQL daemon if it is currently running
Depending on the operating system MySQL is installed on, the daemon can be checked/stopped differently. Here is an example on how to do it in Unix-like systems.
[ NOTE ]: You might need to run it as a Unix System superuser (root) - depending on 
          how the system is configured, and what permissions your Unix account is granted)
Here is how to stop/kill the existing mysql daemon, in case it is running:
      ps -ef | grep mysql      - checks if mysql/mysqld is one of the running processes.
      pkill mysqld             - kills the daemon, if it is running.
Note: if pkill (’process kill’) is not on a particular Unix system, use kill -9 ‘pid’, where ‘pid’ corresponds to processes that were found with ps -ef | grep mysql
Step 2: Run MySQL safe daemon with skipping grant tables
      mysqld_safe --skip-grant-tables &
Step 3: Login to MySQL as root with no password
      mysql -u root mysql
Step 4: Run UPDATE query to reset the root password
In MySQL command line prompt issue the following two commands:
      UPDATE user SET password=PASSWORD("ualue=42") WHERE user="root";
“ualue=42” is a common password for “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” people which reads “Ultimate Answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything=42“
Step 5: Stop MySQL safe daemon
Follow the first two steps, but this time kill (pkill) “mysqld_safe” instead of “mysqld”
Step 6: Start MySQL daemon
Depending on the operating system (Unix-like examples):
      /etc/rc.d/rc.mysql start
      /etc/init.d/mysql start
      /etc/rc.5/mysql start
etc.. check existing MySQL configuration
Step 7: Root password is reset and ready to use
Password is reset. Privileges are flushed. Start MySQL and login as root with the password set in step 4:
      mysql -u root -p mysql
Note: sometimes (most of the time) ‘root user’ privileges are required for the system (OS) in order to stop/start processes

Thứ Năm, ngày 04 tháng 9 năm 2014

[How-To] Connect an Android device using MTP in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

  1. After much looking around I was never able to find a how-to guide(or should I say the ones that did never worked)on how to connect my android tablet/phone to Ubuntu for file transfers, sure there's other means of doing it wireless via your LAN, but truth be told MTP and Ubuntu don't exactly see eye to eye and as such I hope the following guide I put together saves someone a lot of time and effort. This was performed on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

    STEP 1
    Firstly we're going to need to install some of the common MTP apps that will be needed. Open up a terminal and type the following two lines one after the other.

    sudo apt-get install libmtp-common mtp-tools libmtp-dev libmtp-runtime libmtp9
    sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
    STEP 2
    Then we're going to amend the fuse.conf file. FUSE is an application that aims to provide a secure method for non privileged users to create and mount their own file system implementations. This option overrides the security measure restricting file access to the user mounting the file system. So all users (including root) can access the files. This option is by default only allowed to root, but this restriction can be removed with a change to the aforementioned fuse.conf file as follows:

    At the terminal type

    sudo nano /etc/fuse.conf
    We want to remove the # from the below line of code for user_allow_other, like so...

    #/etc/fuse.conf - Configuration file for Filesystem in Userspace (FUSE)
    #Set the maximum number of FUSE mounts allowed to non-root users.
    #The default is 1000.
    #mount_max = 1000
    # Allow non-root users to specify the allow_other or allow_root mount options.

    Now save the file by pressing Ctrl+x, press Y and then Enter.

    STEP 3

    We now need to set up some rules for our device that we plan on connecting, but before we do that we need to find out both the vendor and product id

    Connect your device via an available usb port and from terminal enter

    This should bring up an output similar to the following

    Bus 002 Device 003: ID 0fce:01b1 Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB 
    Bus 002 Device 002: ID 8087:0024 Intel Corp. Integrated Rate Matching Hub
    Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
    Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0003 Linux Foundation 3.0 root hub
    Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
    Bus 001 Device 006: ID 0461:4d65 Primax Electronics, Ltd 
    Bus 001 Device 005: ID 0846:9020 NetGear, Inc. WNA3100(v1) Wireless-N 300 [Broadcom BCM43231]
    You need to look for your device, in this instance my Sony Tablet is at the top of the list, the vendor id is 0fce and product id is 01b1

    STEP 4
    We're then going to amend the mtp udev rules as follows, from a terminal type

    sudo nano /lib/udev/rules.d/69-mtp.rules
    Then add the below line of code

    # Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet
    ATTR{idVendor}=="0fce", ATTR{idProduct}=="01b1", SYMLINK+="libmtp-%k", ENV{ID_MTP_DEVICE}="1", ENV{ID_MEDIA_PLAYER}="1"
    Remember what you're changing here is the device name next to the #, this can be whatever you want, the # comments out the code, but for clarity and reference later I would choose the name of your tablet/phone and also the vendor id and product id, they should match what was seen when you issued the lsusb command earlier.

    Once done, save the file.

    STEP 5
    The next step would also be to add a line of code to the 51 android rules file, again from a terminal type

    sudo nano /etc/udev/rules.d/51-android.rules
    Then add the following line of code

    ATTR{idVendor}=="0fce", ATTR{idProduct}=="01b1", MODE=”0666"
    Remember what I have highlighted in red needs to be changed to your device product id and vendor id.

    Once that is done and the file is saved, remove any usb device currently connected and issue the following commands

    STEP 6

    sudo service udev restart
    Then save any other remaining work you may have open and reboot the system.

    STEP 7
    sudo reboot
    Once rebooted you should now be able to plug your Android device in(making sure the screen is unlocked) and VIOLA!!(or at least I hope) You will now be able to transfer data to/from your Android device via the much quicker and much more reliable MTP

    All feedback gladly welcome, would like to know if this has worked for this others too.
    Last edited by jdarby1983; May 28th, 2014 at 10:04 PM.

[GUIDE] Ubuntu & OnePlus One: unlock the bootloader, install TWRP and SuperSU.

[GUIDE] Ubuntu & OnePlus One: unlock the bootloader, install TWRP and SuperSU.

Discussion in 'Development' started by nguserJul 13, 2014.
  1. nguser

    nguserNinja Moderator

    If you are on Windows and you're having problems with ADB and USB drivers, you can follow my guide using an Ubuntu Linux virtual machine on VirtualBox. Follow this complementary walkthrough by@Rapante to know how to set everything up properly: [GUIDE] Set-up VirtualBox with Ubuntu on Windows to unlock the bootloader of the OnePlus One.

    I am not responsible of any damage or loss of data that may occur before, during and after the whole process. By following this guide, your warranty will not be voided.

    Hello everyone,

    I wrote this walkthrough to show you how to unlock the bootloader, install TWRP custom recovery and gain root privileges on your OnePlus One by using Ubuntu Linux operating system.

    Some of the instructions in this guide are not mandatory to accomplish the task but I decided to include them anyway just for informational purposes because this guide is intended for novice users.

    This is my personal method and I will provide you with detailed information to avoid mistakes so read carefully and have fun.

    • Backup your data before proceeding!
    • OnePlus One Global Version with factory settings (locked bootloader, stock recovery/CyanogenMod 11S);
    • Ubuntu Linux (I used Xubuntu 13.10 64bit, tag me in a comment and let me know if the walkthrough works on your version too);
    • SuperSU .zip file (latest version available here);
    • TWRP Recovery .img file (latest version available here. I used TWRP;

    Let's begin.

    Chapter 1: Developer options, Android debugging & Android Tools
    • Phase 1Developer options and Android debugging.
    Go to Settings > About phone and tap 7 times on Build number to enable Developer options. You will see a little pop-up that says "You have enabled development settings!".

    1_about_phone.png 2_build_number.png 3_development_settings_enabled.png
    Go back to Settings menu and scroll down to Developer options. Tap on it and then enable Android debugging. You will be asked to allow USB Debugging, confirm by tapping on OK.

    4_developer_options.png 5_android_debugging.png 6_allow_usb_debugging.png ​

    • Phase 2: Installing Android tools (ADB & Fastboot) on Ubuntu Linux.
    The android-tools package has been added to Ubuntu "Universe" repository starting from version 12.10 Quantal Quetzal. If you are using an older version then you may need to follow this guide to install android-tools via PPA.

    Open Software & Updates and make sure that Universe repository is enabled. If not, enable it and insert the password if requested. Click on Close, then on Reload to update the package list. Wait until the update process is over.

    7_universe_repository.png 8_universe_repository.png 9_universe_repository.png
    Open Terminal and run this command to install ADB and Fastboot tools:

    sudo apt-get install android-tools-adb android-tools-fastboot

    Chapter 2: Unlock the bootloader.

    In this chapter we will focus on the Linux Terminal rather than the phone. Don't be scared, it will be easy enough and you will have the opportunity to learn something new.

    Now you can connect the OnePlus One to your computer.

    Once the OnePlus One has been connected to your pc, open the Terminal and run this command:

    adb devices
    Check the phone. Your computer's RSA fingerprint will be shown and you will be asked to allow USB debugging. Confirm by tapping on OK.

    Check the Terminal. It should look like this:

    If you see offline instead of device, run the adb devices command once again.

    Put your OnePlus One in Fastboot Mode by running this command:

    adb reboot-bootloader

    12_adb.png 13_fastboot_mode.png
    Commands in Fastboot Mode need Administrator privileges on your pc, that's why we will use sudo.

    Run this command to make sure that Fastboot Mode is working correctly:

    sudo fastboot devices
    Terminal should look like this:

    14_fastboot_devices.png ​

    Next command will unlock the bootloader:

    sudo fastboot oem unlock
    The phone will reboot and it will restore factory settings. All personal data and settings will be lost. Once the reboot is complete, copy the SuperSU .zip file to your phone and then put the device back inFastboot Mode.

    Chapter 3: Install TWRP Recovery.

    Put the TWRP Recovery .img file on Desktop and rename it to twrp.img. On Terminal, change the current working directory by running this command:

    cd Desktop
    Install TWRP Recovery by running this command:

    sudo fastboot flash recovery twrp.img
    Warning: OTA updates can overwrite the recovery partition and restore the stock CyanogenMod Simple Recovery. To avoid this, go to Developer options on the OnePlus One and make sure thatUpdate CM recovery option is disabled.
    Now it's time to enter Recovery Mode. To do that, hold down Power button and Volume down.


    Chapter 4: Install SuperSU.

    Here we are, it's time to install SuperSU.

    In TWRP Recovery tap on Install, scroll down to the SuperSU .zip archive and select it. Perform aswipe to confirm the installation and lastly reboot the OnePlus One.

    19_twrp_supersu_1.png 20_twrp_supersu_2.png 21_twrp_supersu_3.png 22_twrp_supersu_4.png
    Once the reboot is complete, open SuperSU and make sure that "Respect CM root settings" option is not checked. If it is, uncheck it. This is because CyanogenMod 11S does not include root controls like CyanogenMod 11 does. That option, if enabled, may cause problems with apps that require root permissions.


    Congratulations, you made it!

    Enjoy the OnePlus One and leave a comment for questions and suggestions. Ciao!​

    Feel free to translate this guide in your language and share it on regional forums.
    Spread the knowledge ;)

    Italian translation here.

    This guide also works on the following Ubuntu releases:
    • Ubuntu 14.04 64bit