Ubuntu: Load a disk on startup – the GUI way


  1. On terminal run
    • sudo gnome-disks
  2. In the dialog box that opens, choose the disk to mount from the left panel.
  3. In the right panel click on the gears icon
  4. In the pop up menu, choose Edit mount options
  5. Unset (put OFF) the Automatic Mount Options
  6. Make sure Mount at startup is checked.
  7. Give the folder name to load the disk to in the text box with label Mount Point
  8. Click OK.
  9. Restart the system.

Take care of this when you buy a new laptop bag..

Just thought of sharing this.

If you buy a new laptop bag, you have to be careful to remove the small sachets that contain small silica balls (or whatever they are. See photo).

I allowed them to remain in the bag (new one from American Tourister),  the sachets broke, and the released silica balls entered the USB, HDMI, LAN and audio slots of the laptop.

While I could get rid of them from other slots, a nasty particle is still stuck in the 3.5 mm audio slot. (Because I didn’t know of it and pushed in the audio jack, which took the darn ball further down the slot)

So yes, remember to to remove such sachets from your laptop bag before you use them.

Spring boot + Websockets : Connection getting closed by itself.

Problem : Getting the message “Websocket already in CLOSED or CLOSING state” from browser console after sending the first message.

Reason: The packet size is larger than the one set for Text/Binary message on Spring WebSocket handler.

Fix: Increase size limit for individual packages/frames in the Spring handler –

public void afterConnectionEstablished(WebSocketSession session) throws Exception {
session.setTextMessageSizeLimit(1024 * 1024);
session.setBinaryMessageSizeLimit(1024 * 1024);
log.info("Connection established");

Fixed : “Json Array should begin with [” error on UTF-8 or UTF-16 files

Problem : JSON file which store top level JSON arrays just wouldn’t parse (using org.json library), and gives out an error message like – “Json Array should begin with [ …..”. Editors like Vim or Gedit or IntelliJ show no errors (or any character before “[” )in these files.

Reason :  Byte order marker character is prefixed to the file content (this was probably added when I converted the files from UTF-16 to UTF-8).


  1. Open the file in Vim.
  2. Run command-   :set nobomb
  3. save and exit. (:wq)

Bash on VNC session – Tabs do not auto complete

Problem : Pressing Tab keys not auto-completing when using Bash within a VNC session (to guest VM running on Ubuntu and XFCE.)

Reason : Unknown, possibly tabs are caught and consumed by the window switch handler.


  1. vi ~/.config/xfce4/xfconf/xfce-perchannel-xml/xfce4-keyboard-shortcuts.xml
  2. search for
    • <property name=”&lt;Super&gt;Tab” type=”string” value=”switch_window_key”/>
  3. Change the above line to –
    • <property name=”&lt;Super&gt;Tab” type=”empty”/>
  4. Reboot the machine.

Reference : https://ubuntuforums.org/archive/index.php/t-1771058.html

Fix: Unable to connect to RabbitMQ server from remote clients

Problem : When connected from a remote client, this error is thrown (at client) – An unexpected connection driver error occured (Exception message: Socket closed)

Reason : As per default settings, the default user (“guest”) can access only from localhost (or Loop back IP).

Fix: Remove “guest” user from “loopback_users”. This is how –

sudo vi /etc/rabbitmq/rabbitmq.config # create new file if in Ubuntu
[{rabbit, [{loopback_users, []}]}]. # Add this line, save and quit vim.

sudo rabbit-server restart # this mostly fails. So we grep & kill in next steps.

ps auxx|grep rabbitmq # gives multiple processes

kill -9 3099 3288 3289 10263 # process-Ids are place holders

sudo rabbitmq-server start


Should be able to connect from remote clients now.

Increase Zuul timeouts for backend BOSH or Comet servers

This is how I could make Spring Zuul work with my backend XMPP (over BOSH) server which had a hanging post of 5 mins.
Please find the relevant settings in application.yml here –

add-host-header: true
connect-timeout-millis: 5000
socket-timeout-millis: 601000

timeoutInMilliseconds: 601000
enabled: false;

enabled: false
ReadTimeout: 601000
ConnectTimeout: 601000