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Monday, February 2nd, 2004

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Terminal gone?
I just updated my OS from Mandrake 9.1 to 9.2, woot woot love it so far... BUT where did my terminal go on my Panel.. I can't even find it anywhere? Is there a special somehow I can get it back? Thanks :)


Current Mood: determined
Feeling Stupid - 101
I get to work. Remember than I need to grab a file from my machine at home. No problem. I'll just FTP in and grab it. Eh... no. Won't let me. WTF, I exclaim, and proceed to SSH. The minute my password is accepted, SSH kicks me out. On the off chance that I left VNC running, I try to VNC in. Works like a charm. So I start looking at my FTP and SSH config files, user permissions, bloody everything. Create a dummy account, try to SSH in, and right in I go. Finally, I tried to SU from the dummy account into mine - which is when it gave me a useful error message. "Your account has expired", it tells me. Sure enough, had my main login into the box set to expire every 30 days. Boy, is my face red as I'm typing this.

Current Mood: ditzy
QT compiling on a HP system
Earlier today I finally got all of the X11 libraries set up on a HP-UX 10.20 system I'm using at work, and had all the packages I needed to compile QT, which was scheduled to be installed. It's a huuuuuuuuuge compile! Wow: i started it around 12:00, and it's still going, 4 hours later.. :)

Current Mood: impressed
fun with debian
I just did an install of debian 3.0r2 on a Ricoh FB5U motherboard.
It went pretty much OK except that it didn't work with X. It complained about frame buffers.

Despite the fact that it was running the 2.2.20 kernel (Why would Debian run such an old kernel in their latest release?) I downloaded the 2.4.24 kernel. It built just fine and X started working.
(of course now I have to figure out what runlevel to set in /etc/inittab so that I get a text login). The problem is that now when I try to connect to the network, it just flat doesn't work.

Is this because I'm trying to run debian with the 2.4 kernel rather than the 2.2?
Basic Questions
Just installed Slackware 9.1, happy with it to an extent. It's apparently probing my eth0 ethernet card rather than eth1... how do I go about doing this, because I so far don't have any internet. AHHH sucks

Also what's the command to add a user?
Also, I don't think my sound works right now... is there a way to configure Alsa? I don't remember much about Slackware, so bare with me :)

Thank you,
Integration of Services Into Shell
I am running the bash shell. And have noticed in most distros you can simply type "apachectl stop" or something similar to stop Apache. I have to type "/usr/local/apache/bin/apachectl stop" to accomplish that. How can I integrate programs like PostFix, Apache, and MySQL into my shell upon startup? Thx.
Gentoo impressions
For shits and giggles I decided to try out Gentoo on my personal workstation. So after doing a carefull backup to a remote tape drive (using Amanda, and that's a whole other ball of wax) I booted the Live CD 1. This was at 3:30PM Sunday. I went to bed at 12:00AM while genkernel was running.

I am now on m 12th hour (sitting at the desk watching stuff compile) of the install and I still have not booted into a usable OS. My first impressions are not very good so far. I would never be able to use this for a server OS, specially on a box without internet access.

The performance gains better be blazing on my Athlon XP 1700, or this distro will be gone in a flash. The good news of course is that I can get my old workstation back up and running in about 45 minutes, which includes restoring all my personal files using rsync from a secondary partition.

I guess we'll see how much longer this takes. If the OS is not running by 10:00PM tonight than I will giving up on Gentoo and may give Suse a try.

Current Mood: aggravated
Update on Gentoo install
Well I finally got everything done and rebooted.

The second impression is not any better than the first. The system booted without a network interface up and coming up in command line. The latter is fine as I spend quite a bit of time at the command prompt but not what I wanted for a workstation.

Time to bail on this puppy and get things reset to the way they were.

I'll experiment with it some other time. Too bad I was looking forward to seeing this distro in action.

Thanks for all the comments on the previous post.

Current Mood: disappointed

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