Whoopsie & how to disable it on Ubuntu 12.04 or Mint 13

New in Ubuntu 12.04 is whoopsie – which sends a crash log to ubuntu. Nice feature? Well no as they don’t tell you about it nor to they ask you, they just do it.

Nice privacy issue guys.

To tell if you have it check the file /etc/default/whoopsie


If you see that then it’s enabled. You’ll also see a process running called whoopsie as well.

To turn it off just change it from true to false & kill the whoopsie process (or reboot).

Note this affects any distribution based on Ubuntu 12.04 including Mint 13 so check you are not infected by whoopsie.

Getting a ubuntu clone in VirtualBox to connect to the network

I’ve spent a large amount of time today trying to get cloning working within Virtual Box with a copy of Ubuntu 12.04 server with limited success.

Now by default a VM is set to use NAT for it’s network interfaces but I needed bridging and this causes a problem – when the clone starts it comes up with no ethernet interfaces, even though the original vm works fine.

In the end it appears to be udev thats causing the problem. The clone gets a new mac address (correctly) but udev knows the original mac address so disables eth0 hence no networking.

The fix is simple – tell udev to bugger off:

$ sudo rm /etc/udev/rules.d/70-persistent-net.rules
$ sudo mkdir /etc/udev/rules.d/70-persisitent-net.rules

Reboot and you should find the network interface reappear. Do this on the original vm and all your clones will work first time.

It’s a bit of a hack but it works – the mkdir simply prevents udev from recreating the rules on startup.

How to fix OpenJDK-7 certificates on Ubuntu 11.10 running on Amazon EC2

After a second crash of my EC2 instance which was running Amazon‘s own Linux distribution I had to rebuild so this time I decided to put the latest official Ubuntu AMI on it. Everything ran fine until I fired up an application which takes a feed from Twitter using their stream api.

When I fired that up I got the following stack trace:

17 Feb 2012 21:13:00,790 ERROR [Twitter Stream consumer-1[Waiting for 500 milliseconds]] [in.setra.twitter.TwitterModule] Exception during processing
java.lang.RuntimeException: Unexpected error: java.security.InvalidAlgorithmParameterException: the trustAnchors parameter must be non-emptyRelevant discussions can be on the Internet at:
 http://www.google.co.jp/search?q=b5e7486f or
TwitterException{exceptionCode=[b5e7486f-24943238 b5e7486f-2494320e b5e7486f-2494320e b5e7486f-2494320e], statusCode=-1, retryAfter=-1, rateLimitStatus=null, featureSpecificRateLimitStatus=null, version=2.2.5-SNAPSHOT}
 at twitter4j.internal.http.HttpClientImpl.request(HttpClientImpl.java:200)
 at twitter4j.internal.http.HttpClientWrapper.request(HttpClientWrapper.java:65)
 at twitter4j.internal.http.HttpClientWrapper.post(HttpClientWrapper.java:102)
 at twitter4j.TwitterStreamImpl.getFilterStream(TwitterStreamImpl.java:290)
 at twitter4j.TwitterStreamImpl$7.getStream(TwitterStreamImpl.java:279)
 at twitter4j.TwitterStreamImpl$7.getStream(TwitterStreamImpl.java:277)
 at twitter4j.TwitterStreamImpl$TwitterStreamConsumer.run(TwitterStreamImpl.java:427)
Caused by: javax.net.ssl.SSLException: java.lang.RuntimeException: Unexpected error: java.security.InvalidAlgorithmParameterException: the trustAnchors parameter must be non-empty
 at sun.security.ssl.Alerts.getSSLException(Alerts.java:208)
 at sun.security.ssl.SSLSocketImpl.fatal(SSLSocketImpl.java:1697)
 at sun.security.ssl.SSLSocketImpl.fatal(SSLSocketImpl.java:1660)
 at sun.security.ssl.SSLSocketImpl.handleException(SSLSocketImpl.java:1643)
Caused by: java.security.InvalidAlgorithmParameterException: the trustAnchors parameter must be non-empty
 at java.security.cert.PKIXParameters.setTrustAnchors(PKIXParameters.java:200)
 at java.security.cert.PKIXParameters.<init>(PKIXParameters.java:120)
 at java.security.cert.PKIXBuilderParameters.<init>(PKIXBuilderParameters.java:104)
 at sun.security.validator.PKIXValidator.<init>(PKIXValidator.java:73)
 ... 23 more

After a brief search I found that for some reason when you install OpenJDK-7-jre-headless you don’t get the certificates installed & most people just switched back to the Sun/Oracle jre.

Now this worked for me – the install was a virgin setup so I hadn’t installed the sun JDK before but I found the Java 6 cacerts installed, so the following two lines fixed the problem:

cd /usr/lib/jvm/java-6-openjdk/jre/lib/security
sudo ln -s /usr/lib/jvm/java-7-openjdk-i386/jre/lib/security/cacerts cacerts

This may work elsewhere, it may not – in this instance it worked & I’m now getting a realtime stream in from Twitter.