Fixing Variety

Occasionally Variety will stop working on Linux. This is noticeable when the background hasn’t changed in a while.

TL;DR rename ~/.config/variety to anything else then restart Variety. This will require you to reset all the parameters, but Variety should start correctly after doing this.

Variety can be started from the command line by typing “Variety” Errors should then be displayed to the consoled.

Example error: Error: free(): invalid pointer

This error was fixed with the above steps.


Configuring the Clock

Edit ~/.config/variety/variety.conf

to format for a 12-hour clock format, in the clock_filter section, replace %H:%M with %I:%M %p.



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Bitnami Application Installation


These steps show how to install a Bitnami application on a Linux server. In this case an AWS Lightsail server that was deployed as a Bitnami WordPress instance.

At the time of this writing, this server was running the following Bitnami applications:

  1. WordPress
  2. Mantis
  3. *DokuWiki

*Note: the steps below show how DokuWiki was installed.

Step 1

Find the Bitnami application you want to install

Step 2

Copy the Linux Bitnami stack link and run the following

Download the application


Step 3

Make download executable

$chmod +x ./

Step 4

Run installer

$sudo ./

Misc Notes

Bitnami installation folder

When prompted for the folder containing the Bitnami installation type: /opt/bitnami

MySQL password

When prompted for “root” mysql password use he password found in /home/bitnami/bitnami_credentials.

Accessing the application

If this is an Apache installation, the installer will configure apache automatically. In this case the accessible URL is:

Creating large test files

Create a file of 500MB in Windows

fsutil file createnew [filename] [bytes]  
fsutil file createnew output.file.dat 53687091200

Create a file of 256M in Linux

dd if=[input] of=[output]  bs=[bytes]  count=[blocks]
dd if=/dev/zero of=output.file.dat  bs=256M  count=1