ADW.Launcher Crash!

ADW.Launcher is a wonderful application that replaces the home screen on Android and for us poor G1 owners, adds loads of features found in later versions of Android 🙂

This morning I turned my phone on and nothing, black blank screen, there is the status bar but nothing else 🙁 Could not load any apps or anything! HELP!

At this point I thought I was going to have to do a hard reset to get it back. Fortunately I decided to put it down and have a think before doing anything rash. What I needed to do was get into the Settings menu, but how?

The keyboard shortcuts was the key (if you forgive the pun) sadly there is no shortcut to the settings but it can be done.

Slide the keyboard out and press the Menu key and the B key. This brings up the browser, then press the search key (magnifying glass) button twice, this brings up the Search dialog box then type in Settings. Then a drop down search results box will appear and then you can select “Settings (Application)”. Then go into Applications -> ADW.Launcher and then in the Defaults part, click the Clear Defaults option. Then when you press the home button you can select Home instead of ADW.Launcher 🙂


I then re-installed ADW.Launcher and everything is back to normal, lost the ADW.Launcher settings but I would rather have that that a hard reset.

BackupExec RALUS Woes

This had me tearing my hair out…. Jobs on some OpenSuSE machines were failing with :

Job ended: 14 June 2010 at 14:31:02
Completed status: Failed
Final error: 0xe00084af – The directory or file was not found, or could not be accessed.
Final error category: Job Errors

For additional information regarding this error refer to link V-79-57344-33967

and on a diff server :

Job ended: 14 June 2010 at 00:51:39
Completed status: Failed
Final error: 0xe0008488 – Access is denied.
Final error category: Security Errors

For additional information regarding this error refer to link V-79-57344-33928

Click an error below to locate it in the job log
Backup- \\\[ROOT] V-79-57344-33928 – Access is denied.
Access denied to directory /.

Security errors? Access is denied? After a bit of digging I then went to the Backup Sources selection and tried to check credentials. This oddly connected to the machine but then on the next line failed to connect to the selection (v.odd especially as it uses the same connection for both). Anyhoo, after much hair pulling I discover that an NFS share, that is not part of any backup selection, was unmounted (it was non-production and I had taken it offline to do some work on it). This makes the RALUS agent fail. Interestingly it is not quite as clean cut as this as on one server it got about half way through before failing and on another it fails immediately with a “security error”!

So if you have any of the above messages, check for missing mounted disks or drives and make sure they are properly unmounted and also comment them out of /etc/fstab just incase.

I know I should have done that anyway before doing the maintainance but I in hindsight, if anything is going to bite you it will be RALUS/BackupExec 🙂