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Offline gregorylock

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DELL, XFCE, VLC Renders Desktop Useless.
« on: July 29, 2020, 10:06:01 AM »
Before I start this post, I want to make you all aware that I'm posting about this in several forums.  I'm doing this because I think there is more involved with this problem then just one piece of software.

The first post I made about this was made weeks ago on the MX Linux forums.
My Second Post is on the VLC Forums.
My Third Post is on XFCE Forums:
My Fourth Post is here:

I first noticed this problem when I was running MX Linux 19.1.  Then I noticed the same problem on Xubuntu 20.04 and then Linux Mint 20 XFCE.  Now for the story.

My favorite two Media Players is MPV and VLC. I use MPV for playing most videos. I use VLC when I need something with more advanced features. Due to the problem I've been having with VLC, I've had to use SMplayer instead. When I first ran into my problem, I got out the Dell Diagnostic Disc and tested the hardware. Then I ran Memtest86+ over night. It ran for about 7 hours and found no problems with my RAM. Since this is a test computer, It contains no hard drive. Instead I use a dock that is directly connected to SATA. I have multiple hard drives set up with multiple Linux OSes. Currently: MX Linux 19.2, Xubuntu 20.04, and Linux Mint 20 XFCE. I choose to only list the VLC version for MX Linux 19.2. If you want those other VLC versions I can check later. In MX Linux 19.2 I tested VLC running on XFCE and Fluxbox. I also tested the Apt version and the Flatpak version. Now I'm ready to tell you what happens.

On that Dell Computer: Vostro 400 with NVIDIA GT218 [GeForce 210] vendor: eVga.com. driver: nvidia v: 340.108 and XFCE 4.14.2 (Compositor Enabled) When I'm watching a long 1080P MP4 video. Something that is over 40 minutes, the video in VLC will freeze up, but the sound will continue. The mouse will still move around, but I can't click on anything. Nothing on the keyboard effects anything on the Desktop. However I can press ctrl+alt+F1 and change to another tty. Then I login and reboot.

When I booted MX Linux 19.2 into Fluxbox and ran VLC with the same video, everything went ok. When I reported this to the Folks at MX Linux, it was suggested that I try turning the XFCE compositor off, and then try to run the same video. I tried that. Believe it or not, just simply turning off the XFCE compositor made VLC behave. I've also came across this same issue on Xubuntu 20.04 and Linux Mint 20 XFCE. Got any ideas why this is happening?

System Specs Generated By MX Linux 19.2:

VLC Version: 3.0.11 Vetinari

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System:    Host: mx Kernel: 4.19.0-9-amd64 x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 8.3.0
           parameters: BOOT_IMAGE=/boot/vmlinuz-4.19.0-9-amd64
           root=UUID=8d67d93a-9639-4e58-b157-cdbbe9db3bf7 ro quiet splash
           Desktop: Xfce 4.14.2 tk: Gtk 3.24.5 info: xfce4-panel wm: xfwm4 dm: LightDM 1.26.0
           Distro: MX-19.2_x64 patito feo February 15  2020 base: Debian GNU/Linux 10 (buster)
Machine:   Type: Desktop System: Dell product: Vostro 400 v: N/A serial: <filter> Chassis: type: 3
           serial: <filter>
           Mobo: Dell model: 0GN723 v: ��� serial: <filter> BIOS: Dell v: 1.0.15 date: 06/23/2008
Battery:   Device-1: hidpp_battery_0 model: Logitech M215 serial: <filter>
           charge: 55% (should be ignored) rechargeable: yes status: Discharging
CPU:       Topology: Dual Core model: Intel Core2 Duo E4600 bits: 64 type: MCP arch: Core Merom
           family: 6 model-id: F (15) stepping: D (13) microcode: A4 L2 cache: 2048 KiB
           flags: lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 ssse3 bogomips: 9576
           Speed: 2254 MHz min/max: 1200/2400 MHz Core speeds (MHz): 1: 1197 2: 1197
           Vulnerabilities: Type: itlb_multihit status: KVM: Vulnerable
           Type: l1tf mitigation: PTE Inversion
           Type: mds status: Vulnerable: Clear CPU buffers attempted, no microcode; SMT disabled
           Type: meltdown mitigation: PTI
           Type: spec_store_bypass status: Vulnerable
           Type: spectre_v1 mitigation: usercopy/swapgs barriers and __user pointer sanitization
           Type: spectre_v2 mitigation: Full generic retpoline, STIBP: disabled, RSB filling
           Type: srbds status: Not affected
           Type: tsx_async_abort status: Not affected
Graphics:  Device-1: NVIDIA GT218 [GeForce 210] vendor: eVga.com. driver: nvidia v: 340.108
           bus ID: 01:00.0 chip ID: 10de:0a65
           Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.20.4 driver: nvidia resolution: 1920x1080~60Hz
           OpenGL: renderer: GeForce 210/PCIe/SSE2 v: 3.3.0 NVIDIA 340.108 direct render: Yes
Audio:     Device-1: Intel 82801I HD Audio vendor: Dell driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel
           bus ID: 00:1b.0 chip ID: 8086:293e
           Device-2: NVIDIA High Definition Audio vendor: eVga.com. driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel
           bus ID: 01:00.1 chip ID: 10de:0be3
           Sound Server: ALSA v: k4.19.0-9-amd64
Network:   Device-1: Intel 82562V-2 10/100 Network vendor: Dell driver: e1000e v: 3.2.6-k port: ff00
           bus ID: 00:19.0 chip ID: 8086:10c0
           IF: eth1 state: down mac: <filter>
           Device-2: D-Link System DGE-528T Gigabit Ethernet Adapter driver: r8169 v: kernel
           port: de00 bus ID: 02:01.0 chip ID: 1186:4300
           IF: eth0 state: up speed: 100 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter>
Drives:    Local Storage: total: 465.76 GiB used: 19.93 GiB (4.3%)
           ID-1: /dev/sda vendor: Western Digital model: WD5000LPLX-08ZNTT0 size: 465.76 GiB
           block size: physical: 4096 B logical: 512 B speed: 3.0 Gb/s rotation: 7200 rpm
           serial: <filter> rev: 1A02 scheme: MBR
Partition: ID-1: / raw size: 463.73 GiB size: 455.45 GiB (98.21%) used: 19.93 GiB (4.4%) fs: ext4
           dev: /dev/sda1
           ID-2: swap-1 size: 2.00 GiB used: 0 KiB (0.0%) fs: swap swappiness: 10 (default 60)
           cache pressure: 100 (default) dev: /dev/sda2
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 46.0 C mobo: N/A gpu: nvidia temp: 47 C
           Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A gpu: nvidia fan: 40%
Repos:     No active apt repos in: /etc/apt/sources.list
           Active apt repos in: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/debian-stable-updates.list
           1: deb http://deb.debian.org/debian buster-updates main contrib non-free
           Active apt repos in: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/debian.list
           1: deb http://deb.debian.org/debian buster main contrib non-free
           2: deb http://deb.debian.org/debian-security buster/updates main contrib non-free
           Active apt repos in: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/mx.list
           1: deb http://mirrors.rit.edu/mxlinux/mx-packages/mx/repo/ buster main non-free
           No active apt repos in: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/various.list
           Active apt repos in: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/vivaldi.list
           1: deb http://repo.vivaldi.com/stable/deb/ stable main
Info:      Processes: 187 Uptime: 41m Memory: 3.85 GiB used: 633.0 MiB (16.0%) Init: SysVinit
           v: 2.93 runlevel: 5 default: 5 Compilers: gcc: 8.3.0 alt: 8 Shell: bash v: 5.0.3
           running in: quick-system-in inxi: 3.0.36
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Re: DELL, XFCE, VLC Renders Desktop Useless.
« Reply #1 on: July 29, 2020, 11:37:06 AM »
Hmm, I've not noticed this using the built-in compositing in Plasma.
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Re: DELL, XFCE, VLC Renders Desktop Useless.
« Reply #2 on: July 29, 2020, 02:12:27 PM »
Well I don't have the many distro experience I do have some video experience. My debian box is the TV, with multi channel display/record/timeshift abilities. In short, the issue is in the encode, and how the particular program error handles the stream. If you're curious try to determine if it is a consistent point in the video - if it is, look at it in an editor and clip out a small piece cleanly keyframe to keyframe - and try the video again.

 The audio and video are separate streams and are periodically synced. It's up to the program to error handle the loss of sync. Poorly done it can result in a error loop like you see. The compositor simply adds another layer to the issue, and is heavy. With my xfce compositor on, and married with x2x as an extra load, using mpv, I see the issue every so often - never halting the system though, just my mpv player.

 I do see many issues on a regular basis all stemming from the fact that my source is broadcast ota subject to weather. I see mpv give up trying to resyn after 10-20 barfed keyframes, even while live, and the audio continues, or sometimes the video continues and the audio drops. If this example is being recorded, or timeshift cached, I can restore the missing sync by editing the recording, or flipping back the cue bar if cached. I don't know why the video player gives up and stops trying, but suspect 'try forever' is just not worked out yet, leading to the error loop... Since recording is a separate process, the evidence it is the player error giving up is that the recording doesn't. Yes the player 'skips' and maybe halts, but the data is there.

When you do drop to an alternate tty terminal, just find and kill the vnc process. There is likely no reason to reboot.
 I'm not sure how you consider VLC more advanced than mpv? I think VLC is bloated.
Of course, hardware is always a factor.

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Re: DELL, XFCE, VLC Renders Desktop Useless.
« Reply #3 on: July 29, 2020, 04:37:49 PM »
VLC has been giving me trouble with multiple mp4 videos.

VLC maybe bloated but that bloat can also be used as a time savior.  Every now and then I get a video with bad audio.  Sometimes the audio just comes through one channel because the video was poorly recorded.  On the fly, VLC allows me to fix this, by playing it in mono.  Also if something with the EQ is off, VLC has a really nice EQ.  Those are the reasons why I like VLC.  I experimented with SMplayer and it doesn't seem to do as good.  That is why I like to keep around VLC.  When I need something that is advanced, I use it.  When I need something lightweight, I use MPV.
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Re: DELL, XFCE, VLC Renders Desktop Useless.
« Reply #4 on: July 29, 2020, 05:08:07 PM »
You may not realize mpv has those features. mpv is like xfce, in itself has nothing configured and few fancy gui's... mpv does support runtime re-encoding, 10 band EQ, audio remapping etc. The interface can be augmented using lua in mpv's config scripts. I used to prefer windows mpc and thought it was sad such an ancient thing was more capable until I realized mpv has nearly every feature built in to its backend. It simply isn't the frontend we expect, it's gui needs user built.

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Re: DELL, XFCE, VLC Renders Desktop Useless.
« Reply #5 on: July 29, 2020, 05:26:02 PM »
I searched for lua in my mpv.conf file.  There isn't any.

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# This file goes in ~/.config/mpv
#vo=opengl-hq
deband=no
geometry=50%:50%
alang=en
autofit-larger=40%x40%

#
# mpv configuration file
#
# Configuration files are read system-wide from /usr/local/etc/mpv.conf
# and per-user from ~/.config/mpv/mpv.conf, where per-user settings override
# system-wide settings, all of which are overridden by the command line.
#
# Configuration file settings and the command line options use the same
# underlying mechanisms. Most options can be put into the configuration file
# by dropping the preceding '--'. See the man page for a complete list of
# options.
#
# Lines starting with '#' are comments and are ignored.
#
# See the CONFIGURATION FILES section in the man page
# for a detailed description of the syntax.
#
# Profiles should be placed at the bottom of the configuration file to ensure
# that settings wanted as defaults are not restricted to specific profiles.
#
# Note that the commented example options usually do _not_ set the default
# values. Calling mpv with --list-options is a nice way to see the default
# values for most options.

##################
# video settings #
##################

# Specify default video driver (see --vo=help for a list).
#vo=vdpau

# Start in fullscreen mode by default.
#fs=yes

# force starting with centered window
#geometry=50%:50%

# don't allow a new window to have a size larger than 90% of the screen size
#autofit-larger=90%x90%

# Disable the On Screen Controller (OSC).
#osc=no

# Keep the player window on top of all other windows.
#ontop=yes

##################
# audio settings #
##################

# Specify default audio driver (see --ao=help for a list).
#ao=alsa

# Disable softvol usage, and always use the system mixer if available.
#softvol=no

# Scale audio tempo by playback speed without altering pitch. (By default does
# nothing if playback speed is not changed. May introduce artifacts.)
#af=scaletempo

# Output 5.1 audio natively, and upmix/downmix audio with a different format.
#audio-channels=5.1
# Disable any automatic remix, _if_ the audio output accepts the audio format.
# of the currently played file. See caveats mentioned in the manpage.
# (This is the default.)
#audio-channels=auto

##################
# other settings #
##################

# Pretend to be a web browser. Might fix playback with some streaming sites,
# but also will break with shoutcast streams.
#user-agent="Mozilla/5.0"

# cache settings
#
# Use 8MB input cache by default. The cache is enabled for network streams only.
#cache-default=8192
#
# Use 8MB input cache for everything, even local files.
#cache=8192
#
# If a seek is issued, and the target is 1024KB past the cached range, then
# keep reading until the seek target is hit, instead of doing a real seek.
#cache-seek-min=1024
#
# Disable the behavior that the player will pause if the cache goes below a
# certain fill size.
#cache-pause=no
#
# Read ahead about 5 seconds of audio and video packets.
#demuxer-readahead-secs=5.0

# Display English subtitles if available.
#slang=en

# Play Finnish audio if available, fall back to English otherwise.
#alang=fi,en

# Change subtitle encoding. For Arabic subtitles use 'cp1256'.
# If the file seems to be valid UTF-8, prefer UTF-8.
#sub-codepage=utf8:cp1256

# Enable hardware decoding if available. Often, this requires using an certain
# video output, otherwise no hardware decoding will be used.
#hwdec=auto

############
# Profiles #
############

# The options declared as part of profiles override global default settings,
# but only take effect when the profile is active.

# The following profile can be enabled on the command line with: --profile=vdpau

#[vdpau]
# The profile forces the vdpau VO.
#vo=vdpau
# Use hardware decoding (this might break playback of some h264 files)
#hwdec=vdpau
# Most video filters do not work with hardware decoding.
#vf-clr=yes


# You can also include other configuration files.
#include=/path/to/the/file/you/want/to/include
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Re: DELL, XFCE, VLC Renders Desktop Useless.
« Reply #6 on: July 29, 2020, 05:47:37 PM »
Give me a minute, I'll look it up

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« Reply #7 on: July 29, 2020, 05:52:15 PM »
 Create '~/.config/mpv/scripts/' and in that directory you place scripts of your creation to extend mpv functionality...
I use a 'stats.lua' script  that is 25kB, so a little more than tweaking the config file.
look at this example
https://gist.github.com/avih/41acff712abd32e1f436235388c8b523


opps, I'll correct my path, and lua is the script language if I didn't say...

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Re: DELL, XFCE, VLC Renders Desktop Useless.
« Reply #8 on: July 29, 2020, 06:09:58 PM »
Create '~/.config/mpv/scripts/' and in that directory you place scripts of your creation to extend mpv functionality...
I use a 'stats.lua' script  that is 25kB, so a little more than tweaking the config file.
look at this example
https://gist.github.com/avih/41acff712abd32e1f436235388c8b523


opps, I'll correct my path, and lua is the script language if I didn't say...

I will need to try that tomorrow.

I tried running a video on VLC.  It's an hour and 38 minutes.  Last night the video froze up at an hour and 30 minutes.  Last night I ran the video on Linux Mint 20 XFCE.  Today I ran the video on MX Linux 19.2.  This time it didn't freeze up.
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Re: DELL, XFCE, VLC Renders Desktop Useless.
« Reply #9 on: August 02, 2020, 07:53:54 AM »
I'm still interested in doing this.  But I ran into other issues.  The problems I was having with the Dell computer and MX Linux got so bad, that I ended up going into experimental mode and wiping and re installing, and wiping, and hard checks the list goes on.  In a nutshell, it was taking up two whole days, just trying to figure things out.  Also my main machine the case is falling apart.  That meant I was spending lots of time searching for a new case.  The battery on my laptop went bad, that meant I had to get help on that too.  Just way too much junk got on my plate all at once.
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Re: DELL, XFCE, VLC Renders Desktop Useless.
« Reply #10 on: July 08, 2021, 11:29:32 AM »
Create '~/.config/mpv/scripts/' and in that directory you place scripts of your creation to extend mpv functionality...
I use a 'stats.lua' script  that is 25kB, so a little more than tweaking the config file.
look at this example
https://gist.github.com/avih/41acff712abd32e1f436235388c8b523


opps, I'll correct my path, and lua is the script language if I didn't say...

The main reason why I decided to update this post, is because I feel that I need to make people realize just how slow I am at learning!  To you it probably appeared that I was ignoring your suggestion.  If so that was not the case.  On the MX forum I got overwhelmed by suggestions.  I remember being extremely busy with trying this and that.  Finally I ran out of time, and by brain froze up. 

Believe it or not, a year after this was written I finally created the equalizer.lua file, and tested the script out on mpv.  My first reaction to it is "yuck, this is not user friendly"  Maybe after I play around with it, it will grow on me.  I wouldn't hold my breath.   I think EQs need to be adjusted easily.  Like on a slider or with the arrow keys on the keyboard.  So far I haven't figure out how to adjust anything.  I only can make it appear on the screen.  Anyways this is the very first time I ever created a lua file.  At least one that actually worked.

Update:
I finally can adjust the EQ.  It's will be difficult to remember unless I can change the keys to something easier to remember.

Update:  I forgot to mention that,
As of lately VLC has been working for me.  Not because I solved anything but because I replaced that computer.
« Last Edit: July 08, 2021, 11:52:02 AM by gregorylock »
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Re: DELL, XFCE, VLC Renders Desktop Useless.
« Reply #11 on: July 08, 2021, 02:42:06 PM »
Do you know HOW I remember things about Linux? I make videos and post them on YouTUBE! I suffer from C.R.S. = Can't Remember STUFF! MY documents folder is FULL of cheat sheets to help me remember things too... So when you find a solve, consider writing yourself a .txt file. HANG IN THERE, Greg... One day you will get this.
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« Reply #12 on: July 08, 2021, 05:13:04 PM »
... I suffer from C.R.S. ....MY documents folder is FULL of cheat sheets...
 I'm happy to inform that CherryTree has made it into the coming stable Bullseye!! Formerly requiring some dependency foo. Very nice program for CRS management. My CRS severity is "Memento Man" and my CT dependency very high. Mine was as big as 2.5MB, that's a big text file! Now slimmed down some at 1.5MB.

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Re: DELL, XFCE, VLC Renders Desktop Useless.
« Reply #13 on: July 08, 2021, 06:08:46 PM »
I heard of CherryTree but I don't know if it would work on my note taking system.  What would you do if CherryTree went away?  From time to time programs either go away or become so buggy that they don't work anymmore...

All I'm trying to do with these lists is to show you that I do take lots of notes.

08 Linux Notes and Links

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'01 Programs to Install'
'02 How To Set Up An SSD'
'03 Podcasts Notes'
'04 Package Update Sites'
'antiX Linux Notes'
'Appimage Notes'
'Apt Notes'
'Archlabs Notes'
'Arch Notes'
'AV linux pdf'
'Build From Source Notes'
'Change Permissions Notes'
'check fat 32.txt'
'Chris Were Links.txt'
'Compiz Notes'
'Compton Notes'
'Could not get lock  var lib dpkg lock error.txt'
'Debian Notes'
'Dell Computer'
'Dist upgrade.txt'
DVDStyler
'etc hosts file'
Exiftool
'FAT16 and 32 Notes'
'FFmpeg Notes'
'Flatpak Notes'
'Forum Notes How to Delete Your Account'
'Graphics Card Benchmark'
'Grub Customizer Notes'
'Grub Notes'
'HexChat Notes'
'Hosts File to Block Notes'
'How to Install Google Chrome'
Icons
'Kernel Notes'
library.txt
'Linux Mint Notes'
'Linux Review Articles'
'Linux Tutorials'
'List Hardware'
'Manjaro Notes'
'Mapletronics DG965OT.odt'
MapletronicsManjaroLiveSystemInformation.odt
'mint cinnamon printer code.odt'
'mint kde printer code.odt'
'mint xfce printer found an error.odt'
'MPV Player Notes'
'MX Linux Notes'
'My Linux Progress Report.odt'
'Network Manager Notes'
'Nvidia Notes'
'Online Places to Buy Linux PCs'
'Oomox Notes'
'PCLinux Notes'
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'PPA Reset Notes'
'Puddletag Notes'
'RAM Notes'
'Shutdown Notes'
'Snap Notes'
'spats reply.txt'
'speed up ubuntu.txt'
'Swap File'
Swappiness
'system info.txt'
Themes
'Thunar Notes'
'tty Notes'
'Ubuntu and Debian Privacy Notes'
'UEFI Notes'
Universal-USB-Installer-1.9.5.8.exe
'Unzip Notes'
'USB Devices Notes'
'Using your hosts file to block trackers, ads, malware and more'
'Video DVDs Notes'
'Virtualbox Notes'
'Vlc Player Notes'
'Web Browsers'
'Wine Notes'
winmd5free.zip
'xfburn backup'
'Xfce goodies Notes'
'Xfce Notes'
'Xscreensaver Notes'
'Xubuntu 18.04 Notes'
'Youtube Notes'

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├── 01 Programs to Install
│   ├── Audacity Notes
│   │   └── ppa for Audacity.txt
│   ├── BetterPrivacy Plugin
│   ├── Brother Printer Notes
│   │   ├── brother linux driver instructions.txt
│   │   ├── Brother MFC-9340CDW Toner Reset.odt
│   │   ├── Fix Scanner Commands
│   │   │   ├── 64-bit Linux Mint 18.x and Ubuntu 16.04.x
│   │   │   │   ├── 60-libsane.rules
│   │   │   │   └── Fix Scanner Commands.txt
│   │   │   └── 64-bit Linux Mint 19 and Ubuntu 18.04
│   │   │       ├── 60-libsane.rules
│   │   │       └── Fix Scanner Commands.txt
│   │   ├── linux-brprinter-installer-2.2.0-1.gz
│   │   └── Online User Manuals.txt
│   ├── Browser Notes
│   │   ├── Bookmark Links
│   │   │   ├── bookmarks D1-2019-02-24.json
│   │   │   ├── bookmarks G1-2019-02-24.json
│   │   │   ├── bookmarks M1-2019-02-24.json
│   │   │   ├── bookmarks Podcasts-2019-02-24.json
│   │   │   ├── Old Bookmark Links
│   │   │   │   ├── Church Bookmarks.txt
│   │   │   │   ├── Model Airplane Bookmarks.txt
│   │   │   │   ├── Music Mp3 Player Bookmarks.txt
│   │   │   │   ├── My Firefox Bookmarks.txt
│   │   │   │   └── Youtube Bookmarks
│   │   │   │       ├── Linux Youtubers.txt
│   │   │   │       ├── Religious Youtubers.txt
│   │   │   │       └── Youtube Messages.txt
│   │   │   ├── Profile D1.txt
│   │   │   ├── Profile G1.txt
│   │   │   ├── Profile M1.txt
│   │   │   └── Profile Podcasts.txt
│   │   ├── Brave Browser Notes
│   │   │   └── Brave Browser.txt
│   │   ├── Chromium Notes
│   │   │   └── Tom's Recommended Settings
│   │   │       ├── 01 At The Mercy of Notifications - TFHT23 notes.png
│   │   │       ├── 02 At The Mercy of Notifications - TFHT23 notes.png
│   │   │       ├── 03 At The Mercy of Notifications - TFHT23 notes.png
│   │   │       └── 04 At The Mercy of Notifications - TFHT23 notes.png
│   │   ├── Firefox Notes
│   │   │   ├── Create New Profiles.txt
│   │   │   ├── Extentions Notes
│   │   │   │   └── youtube audio and video downloader
│   │   │   │       ├── install.sh.txt
│   │   │   │       └── temp.txt
│   │   │   ├── Firefox Articles and Notes
│   │   │   │   ├── Firefox Privacy – The Complete How-To Guide.odt
│   │   │   │   ├── How to Optimize Mozilla Firefox for Maximum Privacy.odt
│   │   │   │   └── Protecting Your Privacy With Firefox on Linux.odt
│   │   │   ├── Firefox Privacy Notes.txt
│   │   │   ├── How to fix firefox Dark Theme Issues
│   │   │   │   ├── How to fix firefox Dark Theme Issues.txt
│   │   │   │   └── user.js
│   │   │   ├── How to install Firefox Privately.txt
│   │   │   ├── NixiePixel Firefox Plug In list.odt
│   │   │   ├── Remove Spyware From FireFox.txt
│   │   │   ├── Start Firefox in Safe Mode.txt
│   │   │   ├── STL Harden Firefox Notes (New)
│   │   │   │   └── Notes on Firefox Hardening.txt
│   │   │   └── STL Recommended Settings (Old)
│   │   │       ├── 01 At The Mercy of Notifications - TFHT23 notes.txt
│   │   │       ├── 02 At The Mercy of Notifications - TFHT23 notes.png
│   │   │       ├── 03 At The Mercy of Notifications - TFHT23 notes.png
│   │   │       └── 04 At The Mercy of Notifications - TFHT23 notes.png
│   │   ├── Palemoon
│   │   │   └── Install Palemoon.txt
│   │   ├── Tor Browser
│   │   │   └── Tor Browser Forums.txt
│   │   ├── Ublock Notes
│   │   │   └── ublock needs to be raymon hill.txt
│   │   └── Waterfox Notes
│   │       ├── Debfile from Opensuse.txt
│   │       ├── How to fix firefox Dark Theme Issues
│   │       │   ├── How to Fix Firefox Dark Theme Issues.txt
│   │       │   └── user.js
│   │       ├── How to install Waterfox Privately.txt
│   │       ├── Install Waterfox.txt
│   │       ├── (Old) Install Waterfox.txt
│   │       ├── Remove Spyware From FireFox.txt
│   │       ├── STL Harden Firefox Notes (New)
│   │       │   └── Notes on Firefox Hardening.txt
│   │       └── STL Recommended Settings (Old)
│   │           ├── 01 At The Mercy of Notifications - TFHT23 notes.txt
│   │           ├── 02 At The Mercy of Notifications - TFHT23 notes.png
│   │           ├── 03 At The Mercy of Notifications - TFHT23 notes.png
│   │           └── 04 At The Mercy of Notifications - TFHT23 notes.png
│   ├── Caffiene Notes
│   │   └── caffiene.txt
│   ├── dupeGuru
│   │   └── dupeGuru.txt
│   ├── List of Programs to Install.txt
│   ├── Packages That Collect Data.txt
│   ├── Psenor Notes
│   │   └── A Graphical Temperature Monitoring Application.odt
│   ├── Speeding up your Linux Lite 4_0.txt
│   ├── ukuu kernel manager notes
│   │   ├── Buy Ukuu.odt
│   │   ├── Ukuu Makes it Easy to Install Mainline Linux Kernels on Ubuntu.odt
│   │   └── Ukuu - Ubuntu Kernel Upgrade Utility (must have).odt
│   └── Youtube-dl
│       ├── Download Audio Only.txt
│       ├── How To Links.txt
│       ├── Ubuntu 20.4 and Mint 20.x Fix.txt
│       └── Youtube-dl.txt
├── 02 How To Set Up An SSD
│   ├── Disable hibernation (suspend-to-disk, only necessary in Linux Mint).odt
│   ├── Firefox values.txt
│   └── how to optimize your Solid State Drive for Linux Mint 18.x, Ubuntu 16.04 and Debian .odt
├── 03 Podcasts Notes
│   └── List of Podcasts Notes.txt
├── 04 Package Update Sites
│   └── pkgs.txt
├── antiX Linux Notes
│   ├── Antix Forum Links.txt
│   └── NVidia Driver Font Too Small Fix.txt
├── Appimage Notes
│   └── itsfoss appimage article link.txt
├── Apt Notes
│   ├── How to Find Out Exact Package Names for Applications in Linux.odt
│   └── How to Uninstall Software Using the Command Line in Linux.odt
├── Archlabs Notes
│   ├── Install Guest Additons.txt
│   └── Update Command.txt
├── Arch Notes
│   ├── Installation Guide
│   │   ├── Arch Installation Notes.txt
│   │   └── Installation Guide.txt
│   └── Topic to follow.txt
├── AV linux pdf
│   ├── AV602Manual.pdf
│   ├── EULI.pdf
│   ├── ReleaseNotes.pdf
│   └── SupportedHardware.pdf
├── Build From Source Notes
│   ├── Build From Source Notes.txt
│   └── How to Install Software from Source Code… and Remove it Afterwards.odt
├── Change Permissions Notes
│   └── Change Permissions.txt
├── check fat 32.txt
├── Chris Were Links.txt
├── Compiz Notes
│   └── Compiz_and_Emerald.odt
├── Compton Notes
│   ├── Command Line for Fixing Screen Tearing in xfce.txt
│   └── Compton File information.txt
├── Could not get lock  var lib dpkg lock error.txt
├── Debian Notes
│   └── Lnks.txt
├── Dell Computer
│   ├── journalctl.odt
│   └── systemctl --failed.odt
├── Dist upgrade.txt
├── DVDStyler
│   └── DVDStyler Notes.txt
├── etc hosts file
│   ├── 00-00-00
│   │   └── hosts
│   ├── 0.0.0.0 hosts
│   ├── 07-16-17
│   │   └── hosts
│   ├── 11-28-17
│   │   └── hosts
│   ├── Block Facebook
│   │   ├── Facebook Blocking.txt
│   │   └── source.txt
│   ├── Block Google
│   │   └── Block Google.txt
│   ├── Host File Update List.txt
│   ├── hosts
│   ├── Original hosts
│   └── session-replay
│       ├── readme.txt
│       └── scripts.txt
├── Exiftool
│   └── Remove EXIF Metadata from Photos with exiftool.odt
├── FAT16 and 32 Notes
│   └── check fat 32.txt
├── FFmpeg Notes
│   ├── ffmpeg location.txt
│   └── ffmpeg notes
├── Flatpak Notes
│   ├── Flatpak Notes.txt
│   └── Using Flatpak on Ubuntu and Other Linux Distributions [Complete Guide].odt
├── Forum Notes How to Delete Your Account
│   └── accountkiller.txt
├── Graphics Card Benchmark
│   └── Graphics Card Benchmark.txt
├── Grub Customizer Notes
│   └── Install Grub from PPA.txt
├── Grub Notes
│   ├── boot grub.txt
│   ├── How to repair the GRUB bootloader using a Ubuntu Live USB drive.odt
│   └── Update-Grub.txt
├── HexChat Notes
│   ├── 01.png
│   ├── 02.png
│   ├── 03.png
│   ├── 04.png
│   └── 05.png
├── Hosts File to Block Notes
│   ├── Hosts file website.txt
│   ├── Hosts.zip
│   ├── To block trackers, ads, malware and more.txt
│   └── Tom - Windows 7 Hosts
│       └── hosts
├── How to Install Google Chrome
│   └── How to Install Google Chrome.txt
├── Icons
│   ├── 069335-blue-chrome-rain-icon-alphanumeric-circled-x.png
│   ├── blue-chrome-rain-icon2.png
│   ├── blue-chrome-rain-icon.png
│   ├── blue heart.png
│   ├── icedragon-web-browser.png
│   └── Red-chrome-rain-icon2.png
├── Kernel Notes
│   ├── Install Kernel 4.8.txt
│   ├── Kernel 4.8 Notes For Mint 18.odt
│   └── Kernel 4.8 Notes For Mint 18.txt
├── library.txt
├── Linux Mint Notes
│   ├── How to verify Linux Mint iso file.odt
│   └── How to verify Linux Mint iso file.txt
├── Linux Review Articles
│   └── Linux Review Articles.txt
├── Linux Tutorials
│   └── linuxandubuntu.txt
├── List Hardware
│   └── List Hardware.txt
├── Manjaro Notes
│   ├── 00 pacman manjaro update code.txt
│   ├── ASUS realtek driver.txt
│   ├── Beginner User Guide.pdf
│   ├── dkms.odt
│   ├── How to install puddletag.txt
│   ├── Manjaro Bug Reports.txt
│   ├── Manjaro Forum.txt
│   ├── Manjaro Logs
│   │   ├── cups
│   │   ├── journal
│   │   │   ├── cc65427c66b24b43945f605e1a085fee
│   │   │   │   ├── user-1000@6381a931d1b44350bc170052e56d592d-000000000000043f-0004ff746e1ce233.journal
│   │   │   │   ├── user-1000@6381a931d1b44350bc170052e56d592d-0000000000003420-000502495bfd136a.journal
│   │   │   │   └── user-1000.journal
│   │   │   └── remote
│   │   ├── lastlog
│   │   ├── mdm
│   │   ├── old
│   │   ├── pacman.log
│   │   ├── pamac.log
│   │   ├── thus-20140730-223750.log
│   │   ├── wtmp
│   │   ├── Xorg.0.log
│   │   └── Xorg.0.log.old
│   ├── Manjaro Pacman2
│   │   ├── Attachments_20141111.zip
│   │   └── pamac2-new.tar.xz
│   ├── pacman manjaro update code.txt
│   ├── pacman wiki links.odt
│   ├── print pacman.txt
│   ├── realtek driver.txt
│   └── yaourt cache.odt
├── Mapletronics DG965OT.odt
├── MapletronicsManjaroLiveSystemInformation.odt
├── mint cinnamon printer code.odt
├── mint kde printer code.odt
├── mint xfce printer found an error.odt
├── MPV Player Notes
│   ├── mpv test.txt
│   ├── Spatry's MPV CHEAT SHEET.txt
│   └── Spatrys mpv.conf
├── MX Linux Notes
│   ├── MX Linux System Specs.txt
│   └── MX Linux Verson Test.txt
├── My Linux Progress Report.odt
├── Network Manager Notes
│   └── Reset Network Manager.txt
├── Nvidia Notes
│   ├── Easy Screen Tearing Fix for XFCE Linux and Nvidia Graphics.txt
│   ├── How to Fix NVIDIA Screen Tearing in XFCE, MATE, KDE, LXDE and others.odt
│   ├── Install nvidia drivers from repository.txt
│   ├── libEGL.so.1 is not a symbolic link.txt
│   ├── Linux Mint 20.1 Nvidia Fix.txt
│   ├── Nivida Forum Links.txt
│   ├── NVIDiA Instructions.txt
│   └── Nvidia Uninstall.txt
├── Online Places to Buy Linux PCs
│   └── Websites for buying Pcs with Linux.txt
├── Oomox Notes
│   └── Oomox Notes.txt
├── PCLinux Notes
│   ├── Fix Permissions for Extermal Hard Drives.odt
│   ├── How To Install Into VirtualBox.txt
│   ├── Login Screen Fix.txt
│   ├── My Forum Posts.txt
│   ├── NVIDIA GT218 [GeForce 210] How Do I Install The Driver.odt
│   ├── PCLinux Configurations.txt
│   ├── Software Install Commands.txt
│   └── vm.swappiness.conf
├── POP OS Notes
│   └── Install Desktop Environments.txt
├── PPA Reset Notes
│   └── ppa-purge.txt
├── Puddletag Notes
│   └── Puddletag Notes.txt
├── RAM Notes
│   ├── clear ram.txt
│   ├── Ram Release.txt
│   └── Swappiness.odt
├── Shutdown Notes
│   └── shutdown errors.odt
├── Snap Notes
│   ├── Snap commands.txt
│   └── Snap Website.txt
├── spats reply.txt
├── speed up ubuntu.txt
├── Swap File
├── Swappiness
│   └── Fix Swappiness Value.txt
├── system info.txt
├── Themes
│   ├── arc theme.txt
│   └── vertex-theme.txt
├── Thunar Notes
│   └── Thunar Open As Root.txt
├── tty Notes
│   └── Switch Between ttys.txt
├── Ubuntu and Debian Privacy Notes
│   └── Packages That Collect Data.txt
├── UEFI Notes
│   └── Check To See If You Installed Into UEFI.txt
├── Universal-USB-Installer-1.9.5.8.exe
├── Unzip Notes
│   └── RE  Weird Zip Problem.odt
├── USB Devices Notes
│   └── List USB Devices.txt
├── Using your hosts file to block trackers, ads, malware and more
│   ├── Print Page - Using your _etc_hosts file to block trackers, ads, malware and more.html
│   ├── Using your hosts file to block trackers, ads, malware and more.odt
│   └── Using your hosts file to block trackers, ads, malware and more.txt
├── Video DVDs Notes
│   └── Trouble with making Video DVDs from Mp4s.txt
├── Virtualbox Notes
│   ├── Add Permissions To Shared Folder.txt
│   ├── Check Guest-Additons.txt
│   ├── Guest Additions for AntiX.txt
│   ├── Guest Additions for Mint 18.3 XFCE.txt
│   ├── Guest Additions for Ubuntu 18.04.txt
│   ├── Guest Additions for Ubuntu 20.04.txt
│   ├── How to Change Video Memory Size.txt
│   ├── Install Virtualbox in Mint.txt
│   ├── Setting Up G2 Flight Sim.txt
│   ├── VirtualBox Enable USB Ports.txt
│   └── Virtualbox Tutorial Sites.txt
├── Vlc Player Notes
│   └── Vlc bug skylake notes.txt
├── Web Browsers
│   └── Browsers Profiles
│       └── 09-21-20
│           ├── mozilla.tar.bz2
│           └── waterfox.tar.bz2
├── Wine Notes
│   └── Wine Commands.txt
├── winmd5free.zip
├── xfburn backup
│   ├── 0.5.4 version
│   │   └── xfburn
│   └── 0.5.5 version
│       └── xfburn
├── Xfce goodies Notes
│   ├── Script Linux Mint 19.3.txt
│   ├── Script Ubuntu 16.04.txt
│   ├── Script Ubuntu 18.04.txt
│   ├── Script Ubuntu 20.04.txt
│   ├── xfce4-weather-plugin_0.8.9-1_amd64.deb
│   ├── xfce goodies list.odt
│   ├── xfce goodies list.txt
│   └── xfce wiki links.txt
├── Xfce Notes
│   ├── Clock Notes.txt
│   ├── Custom Time and Date Codes.txt
│   ├── Hotkey Always On Top.txt
│   ├── How to find xfce version.txt
│   ├── My XFCE Posts.txt
│   └── Xfce Current Wallpaper.txt
├── Xscreensaver Notes
│   └── Xscreen Saver Notes.txt
├── Xubuntu 18.04 Notes
│   └── Grub May Need Changed.txt
└── Youtube Notes
    └── Youtube Notes Recommended Encoding Settings.odt



09 Quick Linux Commands

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ls -1
'0 a USB Flash Drive.txt'
apt-cache.txt
'browsers in private'
'Bulk Renaming Picture Files.txt'
'Change Permission For .mozilla.txt'
'Check Disk Usage.txt'
'Check for Bad Blocks.txt'
'Check Write Cache Mode.txt'
'Clear Ram.txt'
'Clear Swap.txt'
'Command for Picture Metadata.txt'
'Commands for Checking Drives.txt'
'CPU Model Command.txt'
'Custom Time and Date Codes.txt'
'Deb Cache Location.txt'
'defrag commands.txt'
'Exact Installation Date And Time Of Your Linux OS.txt'
'External Drive Notes.txt'
'Fancy Ascii Terminal System Info.txt'
'Fix Keys.txt'
'fsck commands.txt'
'Guest Editions for Mint18.3XFCE.txt'
'GUI Programs As Admin.txt'
'How to find xfce version.txt'
'How to repair the GRUB bootloader using a Ubuntu Live USB drive.odt'
'Install PIP.txt'
'Linux Local Time Command.txt'
'List Hardware.txt'
'Modify Pictures.txt'
'mpv test.txt'
'MX Linux System Specs.txt'
'MX Linux Verson Test.txt'
'Packages That Collect Data.txt'
'PCLinuxUpgrade Command.txt'
'Read Picture Metadata.txt'
'Repair USB With dd Command.txt'
'Reset Network Manager.txt'
'Snappy Commands'
'Stress Test Example Command.txt'
'System Crash Reboot Notes.txt'
TimeZone.txt
tree.txt
'Trim SSD Command.txt'
'UEFI Commands.txt'
'Using apt-get Commands'
'Watch Sensors Command.txt'
'Xfce Current Wallpaper.txt'
'youtube-dl commands'

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tree
.
├── 0 a USB Flash Drive.txt
├── apt-cache.txt
├── browsers in private
│   ├── chromium in private mode.txt
│   ├── firefox in private mode.txt
│   └── waterfox in private mode.txt
├── Bulk Renaming Picture Files.txt
├── Change Permission For .mozilla.txt
├── Check Disk Usage.txt
├── Check for Bad Blocks.txt
├── Check Write Cache Mode.txt
├── Clear Ram.txt
├── Clear Swap.txt
├── Command for Picture Metadata.txt
├── Commands for Checking Drives.txt
├── CPU Model Command.txt
├── Custom Time and Date Codes.txt
├── Deb Cache Location.txt
├── defrag commands.txt
├── Exact Installation Date And Time Of Your Linux OS.txt
├── External Drive Notes.txt
│   ├── External Drive Notes.txt
│   └── How To Change Permissions.txt
├── Fancy Ascii Terminal System Info.txt
├── Fix Keys.txt
├── fsck commands.txt
├── Guest Editions for Mint18.3XFCE.txt
├── GUI Programs As Admin.txt
├── How to find xfce version.txt
├── How to repair the GRUB bootloader using a Ubuntu Live USB drive.odt
├── Install PIP.txt
├── Linux Local Time Command.txt
├── List Hardware.txt
├── Modify Pictures.txt
├── mpv test.txt
├── MX Linux System Specs.txt
├── MX Linux Verson Test.txt
├── Packages That Collect Data.txt
├── PCLinuxUpgrade Command.txt
├── Read Picture Metadata.txt
├── Repair USB With dd Command.txt
├── Reset Network Manager.txt
├── Snappy Commands
│   ├── Complete Guide for Using Snap Packages In Ubuntu and Other Linux Distributions.odt
│   ├── Finding Snap packages to install.txt
│   ├── First drone with apps – Ubuntu Core Drone.odt
│   ├── How to Install and Use Snap in Various Linux Distributions.odt
│   ├── Install Snap apps offline.txt
│   ├── Install Snap packages.txt
│   ├── install.txt
│   ├── Keep track of Snap packages.txt
│   ├── Remove Snap packages.txt
│   ├── Revert Package to Previous Version.txt
│   ├── See History of Changes.txt
│   ├── See Snap packages have Updates and Ready to be Installed.txt
│   ├── Ubuntu Snap's Security Is Easily Circumvented Due To X11.odt
│   ├── Ubuntu wants to be the OS for the Internet of Things.odt
│   └── Upgrade and downgrade Snap packages.txt
├── Stress Test Example Command.txt
├── System Crash Reboot Notes.txt
├── TimeZone.txt
├── tree.txt
├── Trim SSD Command.txt
├── UEFI Commands.txt
├── Using apt-get Commands
│   ├── DebianPackageManagement.odt
│   ├── Difference Between apt and apt-get Explained.odt
│   ├── dpkg.odt
│   └── Using apt-get Commands In Linux [Complete Beginners Guide].odt
├── Watch Sensors Command.txt
├── Xfce Current Wallpaper.txt
└── youtube-dl commands
    ├── Download 1080p Video Example.txt
    ├── Download Audio Only Example.txt
    ├── List Formats.txt
    ├── Youtube-dl Playlist Commands.txt
    └── Youtube-dl Tips.txt
« Last Edit: July 08, 2021, 06:24:54 PM by gregorylock »
Real Hardware: Linux Mint 20.1 XFCE, PCLinuxOS XFCE
VirtualBox:  ArchLabs

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Re: DELL, XFCE, VLC Renders Desktop Useless.
« Reply #14 on: July 08, 2021, 09:19:44 PM »
CT has extensive import/export, so it might suck it all up. It can do a directory of text files into nodes, recursively I don't know.

 With any ad hoc note method it simply gets to big. My issue with individual notes is I'd repeat myself months or years apart, only to find the similar notes some time later. The way past remembering what note that's in, is to search. You could search a tree of text, but anything with a built in search is a step ahead. Once my ad-hoc whatever I was thinking node titles were more than I could remember - I decided to do a CT file based on the actual file system structure.

     ▸ /home
      ▸ ~/
       ▸ /.config
        ▸ /mpv
            ◇ #Overall
          ▸ channels.conf
          ▸ input.conf
          ▸ mpv.conf
          ▸ image-input.conf
          ▸ search_page.conf
          ▸ /scripts
            ▸ autoload.lua
            ▸ gpufreq.lua
            ▸ stats.lua
            ▸ zones.lua
            ▸ search-page.lua
            ▸ time.lua


So each one of those is a node. Either free form notes, or actual file contents. It forces you to start becoming very familiar with the real organization. And when lost, search. Any file I touch is there, any package that need notes or instruction is documented at wherever really exist - in /etc, /run, /usr, /var, etc, however deep it really is.  Search 'virtio' 75 hits, 'exif' 46
 
Many things touch many elements, often to much for a single note. So break it up, put notes where relevant - and the start using the next major step ahead. Linking!

    ▸ /home
     ▸ ~/
      ▸ .local
        ▸ /share
          ▸ /applications
            ▸ mpv-image.desktop

 above is related and mentioned in '#Overall' and the mention is tagged as a link to '▸ mpv-image.desktop'. That's where the image viewer mods for one of mpv's alternate profiles is documented. Search 'mpv' and there are 142 mentions, in the search preview we see the content we want, and click...see a link, click it to go to the node...

 Commands can be difficult to decide where they won't get lost. One place is in the '.bash_history' node. Also, you could makes nodes for where the info is!
 ▸ FOC.....
  ▸ /usr
    ▸ /local/bin
      ▸ .appimage
      ▸ feh-.sh
      ▸ tune
      ▸ forecast
      ▸ ticker.sh
      ▸ tickpop.sh
      ▸ archive_cow
      ▸ parsley.sh
      ▸ picmerge.sh
    ▸ /share
      ▸ /docs
        ▸ Spice
        ▸ /onboard
        ▸ /x2vnc
        ▸ /x2x
        ▸ youtube-dl
        ▸ gxmessage
        ▸ #virsh
        ▸ /zenity
        ▸ /xfce4-*
          ▸ panel
            ▸ launcher
        ▸ atomicparsley
        ▸ libimage-exiftool-perl
        ▸ exiv2
        ▸ #xset
      ▸ /pixmaps
      ▸ polkit-1
        ▸ mousepad
        ▸ thunar
        ▸ synaptic
        ▸ gparted
        ▸ bleachbit
        ▸ taskmanager
        ▸ usbview
        ▸ xfce4-terminal
        ▸ udisk2
      ▸ /X11/xorg.conf.d/
      ▸ images/desktop-base/

Notes in every one, more to go. You see here some style inconsistency and it constantly evolves. Also seen is the master node this file system documentation mirror is in -FOC. There are also the timeline node for my images. And a Hardware node. Even a windows node. Other subjects get their own cherrytree.

Link links and more links. After working with it for years you get better at making good notes, linking them at the time with other notes. Some master notes have dozens of links to elsewhere.
So in the timeline of my perpetual image development when the smb method changes, I don't detail the change there, I simply write 'smb fix' in the timeline, and link that comment to the /etc/smb node, where it is detailed.

There are 692 nodes. Digest at your leisure.