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  1. dman

    Hard drive failure? (What does this mean?)

    Regarding physical partitions versus logical, let's take NetBSD as an example. It must be on a partition that appears in the partition table in the Master Boot Record. Microsoft "extended partitions" don't; they're a hack to subdivide further an existing MBR partition. Yes, you can load Linux on logical partitions underneath an extended partition. I do that. Many people do that. But just keep in mind that Linux does it by having the actual block numbers of the kernel smashed into the bootloader and not using the partition table at all, so that you cannot boot after you replace the kernel if you forget to perform the magic lilo invocation. (Yes, some people still use lilo. I use grub2, though.) In any case, per a genius hardware engineer I know, this is sheer idiocy. Moreover, if you're manipulating partitions using, say, Gparted (or most any partition-management program), you can't delete logical partitions above one that's mounted. That's because each logical partition has its placement orientation depend on the one above it, chain-fashion. Physical partitions have no such limitation. So, yes, lose one of those and you lose the ones below. That's where I got my "robust" comment. /d
  2. dman

    Hard drive failure? (What does this mean?)

    I have lost single partitions maybe half-a-dozen or even ten times in a dozen or fifteen years. I have also rescued single partitions 3-4 times. I don't do multiple partitions for data integrity. I do it for logical separation and ease of backup and restore. Personal data goes on a data partition. Media goes on its own partition. (Videos and high-res pictures by the thousands are a big load.) I also have been running multiple OSes for twenty-plus years. I had one of the first CD-based Linux distros triple-booting under lilo on my Windows 3.1 computer in 1991, along with DOS 5 or something. Windows 3.1 of course ran under a FAT filesystem. You kinda sorta <b>need</b> more than one partition on your drive to run Linux alongside that. :-) My personal data gets backed up twice a week under differing scenarios, local and remote. Sometimes it's incremental; every so often it's a new full backup. My OSes only get backed up about monthly, and I don't care all that much if a Linux partition gets blown away: I can start over again and be where I want to be in an hour. Media (my videos, pics, music, etc.) gets backed up once weekly. My VM partition (I've got about ten VMs and run them under different OSes for different reasons, e.g., a Win 8.1 one under Linux and a Linux one under Win 8.1) is backed up about every six weeks. And so on. /d
  3. dman

    Hard drive failure? (What does this mean?)

    Generally true for logical partitions; physical are more robust, however, in that the table is not chained. This made me LOL. I think I have about twelve on, e.g., my wife's old 40GB hard drive. The drive is a decade old and has no trouble so far. Her low-end laptop, also ten years old (it used to be mine), just had its hard drive fail slowly -- first such failure I've seen in a few years. It happened in enough slo-mo that I was able to buy another similar drive of eBay for $30 and have it arrive in time to save all but one partition. (Had seven on that, also 40GB. Four of them were OSes -- different Linuxes, including Bodhi, which she now uses almost exclusively.) The rest of your info here and below in the thread was awesome. I hope I remember this thread when I might ever need it. :-) /d
  4. dman

    LibreOffice ES [SOLVED]

    Thanks, Jeff. I've installed the German one now. Wir sprechen auch Deutsch. (But I'm still not reading in the future. Is that an extra feature?) :-) /d
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    firefox crashes the system [SOLVED]

    Just a heads-up here: if you implement a recursive command with file globbing (filename expansion) set to "*" you will miss dotfiles and dot-dirs in the first-level directory. You should use just the recursive-command argument "." for all files and dirs, including dotfiles and dot-dirs starting with the current dir. (If you don't want to change the current dir itself, you'll have to adjust the syntax.) Here's proof: bash-3.2$ find .foo foo .bar | xargs ls -ld -rw------- 1 dman zed 0 Dec 17 23:33 .bar drwx--x--x 2 dman zed 512 Dec 17 23:32 .foo -rw------- 1 dman zed 0 Dec 17 23:32 .foo/bar drwx--x--x 2 dman zed 512 Dec 17 23:33 foo -rw------- 1 dman zed 0 Dec 17 23:33 foo/.bar bash-3.2$ chgrp --recursive users ./* bash-3.2$ find .foo foo .bar | xargs ls -ld -rw------- 1 dman zed 0 Dec 17 23:33 .bar drwx--x--x 2 dman zed 512 Dec 17 23:32 .foo -rw------- 1 dman zed 0 Dec 17 23:32 .foo/bar drwx--x--x 2 dman users 512 Dec 17 23:33 foo -rw------- 1 dman users 0 Dec 17 23:33 foo/.bar So the recursive implementation of the change-group command ("chgrp") worked on files or dirs without dots in the first-level directory, and any files below the dot-dirs in the tree were not changed. Now I'll run the command again with the suggested arg-syntax: bash-3.2$ chgrp --recursive users . bash-3.2$ find .foo foo .bar | xargs ls -ld -rw------- 1 dman users 0 Dec 17 23:33 .bar drwx--x--x 2 dman users 512 Dec 17 23:32 .foo -rw------- 1 dman users 0 Dec 17 23:32 .foo/bar drwx--x--x 2 dman users 512 Dec 17 23:33 foo -rw------- 1 dman users 0 Dec 17 23:33 foo/.bar Now all the files in my test, including dotfiles and dot-dir branches -- and including the current dir -- have been changed. /d
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    Glad you got it working. A side-note: that's not what "fingering around" means in *nix-land. Here's a page explaining "finger" in easy terms: "finger" explanation You could say "thumbing around," though, which is a standard English idiom for what you apparently were doing. :-) /d
  7. dman

    Congratulations Jeff and Kristi!

    Congratulations to Jeff & Kristi. Happiness to you! Note from a relentless grammar fiend to whoever it is who wrote the thread title: the family is the Hooglands, no apostrophe. Apostrophes imply the possessive case (and a few other uses not applicable here). Nobody's talking about ownership here! It's purely a plural. If Jeff has a cat, then you could write Hoogland's cat. But now it would be both of theirs. So you'd write Hooglands' cat (because there's more than one possessor). Get it? Now returning you to your regularly scheduled post-nuptial bliss. /d
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    Boot from CD on Sad Old Laptop

    Maybe his drive is broken, but he did say that he can boot a Plop Live CD. I have never run Plop from a Live CD, so I don't know if that works. Installing Plop is easy: you just copy the binary somewhere and add the menuentry lines to the grub menu. (Read the Plop instructions.) Anyway, that would remove one more variable from the problem. /d
  9. dman

    Boot from CD on Sad Old Laptop

    You can find the "Plop" boot manager online and use it to boot USBs even when booting from them is not supported in the BIOS. I have a 10+-year-old weak laptop (now my wife's) that is running Bodhi, which I installed via this method because I didn't feel like burning a CD just for that install. (Used the non-PAE version of Bodhi.) My wife loves it. /d
  10. dman

    Bodhi 2.4 Login Screen

    Not 100; 1000. But I'd be surprised if that were the issue, now that you more or less implied you didn't set UIDs manually earlier. /d
  11. dman

    Bodhi 2.4 Login Screen

    if any UIDs are under 1000, the username will be hidden on the greeter screen. Could that be it? Cheers, /d
  12. Thanks for sharing, tbradbeer! Love it.
  13. I suspect Elw3 is talking about the current Windows practice of using hibernate-mode when shutting down the OS in order to have a faster boot-up next time the machine is turned on. (I always shut down my Win 8 OS via Restart instead of Shutdown in order to avoid that, so I can mount the NTFS drives cleanly in Linux.) If this is what is happening to you, then go into Windows, exit via Restart instead of Shutdown, and boot into the Bodhi installer from there. Do not change NTFS partitions to Win32! That's like trading in your 2000s car for a 1990s one. :-) /d
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    [SOLVED]MD5 Help

    When I'm checking MD5 hashes, I often as not just find the hash and then paste that into Google or Duck-Duck-Go or whatever. If the hash is right, I find matches instantly. Often easier than downloading the official hash to compare, and the search engine typically takes me right to that on a vendor's site anyway. /d
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    [SOLVED]WINE Crashing after riched20 ole32

    Not something I know a whole lot about, but if this happened to me I'd try uninstalling/purging wine and then installing it anew, possibly with a reboot in between the two actions.