Vmware Perl SDK on Debian Jessie

The only thing I dislike more than RPM-based distros, is software thats only tested on RPM-based distros.

Do the following to install VMWare Perl SDK:

#¬†apt-get install libconvert-units-perl libmath-calc-units-perl libnagios-plugin-perl libxml-perl libclass-methodmaker-perl libnet-ssleay-perl libcrypt-ssleay-perl libarchive-zip-perl libdata-dump-perl libsoap-lite-perl libssl-dev –no-install-recommends

Enter “vmware-vsphere-cli-distrib” after extracting the tar-file from vmware, edit “vmware-install.pl” and search for:

if ( direct_command(“cat /etc/*-release | grep -i ubuntu”) || direct_command(“cat /proc/version | grep -i ubuntu”) ) {

Change it to:

if ( direct_command(“cat /etc/*-release | grep -i ubuntu”) || direct_command(“cat /proc/version | grep -i debian”) ) {


After running vmware-install.pl, watch as the installer will ruin your package-manager by downloading stuff via CPAN manually.

Thats just lovely. ūüôā


Installing paperless on Debian Jessie

I wanted to test installation of¬†https://github.com/danielquinn/paperless, but the instructions are “somewhat” unclear.
Here I am trying to document the process, so it might be usefull for someone later on.

First, having a requirements.txt is all great and dandy, but saying I need GNU Privacy Guard does not translate to which package, and a link to GPG’s homepage isnt very helpful.
Also,¬†“apt-cache search gpg | wc -l” returns 72 packages.

Alright, enough said – lets do this. ūüôā

Start slow, apt-get all the requirements (hope I got them all….) :

# apt-get install –no-install-recommends git libtiff-tools¬†python3-pip python3-dev¬†libtiff5-dev libjpeg62-turbo-dev zlib1g-dev libfreetype6-dev liblcms2-dev libwebp-dev tcl8.5-dev tk8.5-dev python-tk unpaper imagemagick tesseract-ocr tesseract-ocr-YOURLANGUAGE

Please note the YOURLANGUAGE there, to find your language do this:

$ apt-cache search tesseract-ocr-| sort

# git clone https://github.com/danielquinn/paperless /usr/src/paperless/
# cd /usr/src/paperless/

Copy the example-config, then edit it.
# cp /usr/src/paperless/paperless.conf.example /etc/paperless.conf
You have to change some stuff in the config-file, so do:
# editor /etc/paperless.conf
And edit:
PAPERLESS_PASSPHRASE, just set and forget – this should never ever be changed.
PAPERLESS_CONSUMPTION_DIR, somewhere your service user have access, I just used a subfolder in $HOME.

Then do

#¬†pip3 install –requirement /usr/src/paperless/requirements.txt

(and poff, there goes management via apt. The packages dont¬†exist with the correct versions in Jessie repos anyway, so well… This wouldnt have been pretty anyway.)


After that, do the following:

# /usr/src/paperless/src/manage.py migrate


# /usr/src/paperless/src/manage.py createsuperuser


Finally you run the software by starting the webserver, and the consumer.
First the webserver:
# /usr/src/paperless/src/manage.py runserver &
(Obviously, remember to open tcp/8000)
And the consumer:
# /usr/src/paperless/src/manage.py document_consumer

Then put pdf-files into the consumer-dir and watch some kind of magic happen.

To be honest, I wasn’t that impressed so I ditched the software at this point.
Therefore I doubt this guide will be updated in the future.

Configure Brother DCP-7055W under Debian Jessie

On a fresh machine, do the following:

# apt-get install cups sane sane-utils —no-install-recommends
(Theres two –no, in case wordpress touches the formating)

Surf to


(In case link dont work,¬†go to Brothers support-site, search up your printer, select Linux as OS, and pick the “deb-edition”, then select¬†“Driver Install Tool”)

Right click on “If your download does not start automatically, please click here.”, copy link.


Go to server:

$ wget http://download.brother.com/welcome/dlf006893/linux-brprinter-installer-2.0.0-1.gz

(that link might be old when you are reading this)

Then, as root:

# mkdir brotherprint; mv linux*brprinter*.gz brotherprint; cd brotherprint

# gunzip linux-brprinter-installer-*.*.*-*.gz

# bash linux-brprinter-installer-*.*.*-*

Follow the on-screen installation, don’t panic if it can’t find ia32-libs, its going to work great.

When you are prompted for a device URI, choose yes, select 9 (thats input of IP)

When prompted, insert the IP. (DNS does not work…..)


When finished, test the scanner by issuing the following command:

# scanimage -T

You should hear your scanner working now. ūüôā