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#1 Re: Other Issues » At the shut down menu screen I choose shut down, but it reboots. » Yesterday 08:33:46

golinux wrote:

I'll go stand in a corner now . . .

I've burned the dunce hat so you can't have it tongue

Anyway, for the OP: post the contents of the file


Another wise thing to do:

su #type root password and press enter
#if your system uses sudo, use this command instead: sudo su
apt-get update && apt-get dist-upgrade && reboot

This updates your entire system and may take some time. It should also deal with any policy issues mentioned before. Notice the word should, I've never used this policy stuff before.

#2 Re: Installation » UUID and drive letter assignments » 2021-06-09 19:43:34

Never tried it myself, but at least in theory you should be able to assign letters to specific UUID's using (e)udev rules.

I think.... roll

#3 Re: Off-topic » What will happen to Windows? » 2021-06-06 22:28:32

JSM wrote:

Linux has a chance to become the number 1 OS in the world with the most users.

It can't. Linux doesn't have a chance to become the #1 most used OS on the planet. It already is roll

  • Android is based on Linux. No idea how much market share Android currently has, but it's substantial

  • Every time you hit a webpage on the WWW, Linux does its job serving it to you, from your router to the root server and back again. And for all other 5bn web users on this planet. Every day, every second, millions of times

  • About 99% of devices in your house use Linux in one form or another

But most people don't know, because Linux doesn't show off it's flashiness and stuff, it just does its job. And that's all that matters tongue

#4 Re: Off-topic » What will happen to Windows? » 2021-06-04 13:40:37

This is the Devuan forum, not Reddit. Just FYI.

#5 Re: Desktop and Multimedia » [SOLVED] No valid automount for USB devices » 2021-04-30 17:17:21

Many thanks. Installed elogind backend and about to reboot to see if it works.

[edit] Aaaand it does big_smile Consolekit appears functionally incomplete ATM. Well, at least in my experience.

#6 Desktop and Multimedia » [SOLVED] No valid automount for USB devices » 2021-04-30 12:49:56

Replies: 2

When I insert a USB device in my system, it tries to automount it, but I get the error "not authorised to perform the operation". Any idea how to solve that? Clearly, it''s a permissions issue, but where does it go wrong? Recently newly installed Ascii system, btw. On the old system it worked as it should, but after the ill-fated "excursion" to Beowulf something isn't quite right, still.


#7 Re: Desktop and Multimedia » Hard freeze on Cinnamon desktop » 2021-04-27 22:08:18

Guess so. But that doesn't mean it's therefore inherently unsafe/dangerous/unusable after that time. I've been running the last pre-systemd Debian for years after it made the change to systemd as default init system. Only in 2015 did I make the switch to Funtoo (couldn't get Gentoo to work and the Funtoo guide was so inclusive even I could successfully complete it tongue ) and after I found Devuan I stuck with it for a while wink

As long as you keep your wits about and don't do stupid things, like browsing unsafe websites and stuff, ASCII will work just fine. But in time you'll notice stuff does get outdated and no longer supported and websites may no longer work as you'd expect, or at all. But this is Linux: grab the source of your $browser, configure, compile, build and install it and you're done. wink  It's a pity Beowulf is such a PITA, but the underlying issues are not the fault of the Devuan dev's but lay with Debian or perhaps elsewhere upstream.

#8 Re: Desktop and Multimedia » Hard freeze on Cinnamon desktop » 2021-04-27 07:42:32

I had a similar issue on Mate recently. Solved it by reinstalling ASCII and nuking stray Beowulf config files as well as remaining folders of packages once in use, but no more.

#9 Re: Desktop and Multimedia » Beowulf is broken » 2021-04-26 17:54:09

Well, 3 days on, no lockups. It seems the culprit was indeed some stray Beowulf config that got blasted when I re-installed ASCII. Good riddance!

Next step: see if AQemu works, despite the IOMMU BIOS setting being disabled by default. Goal: run Win7 as VM.

#10 Off-topic » Caution, Wet! Computing explained » 2021-04-23 19:51:12

Replies: 3

Brilliant video explaining how logic gates work.

PS: don't use beer, a memory leak is inevitable wink

#11 Re: Desktop and Multimedia » Beowulf is broken » 2021-04-23 13:28:42

I'm pretty sure it's not the mainboard, as that's been running stable for the past 6 years. Before my unfortunate "upgrade" to Beowulf, the CPU I'd put in last month was also stable. Both are fairly old so should be supported in Linux. So, I'm suspecting a remnant of Beowulf config somewhere as I've re-installed ASCII again this morning, after I removed a number of no-longer used dot files/folders in my users home dir. So far it hasn't locked up on me. See how long that lasts.

Come to think of it, it could be related to power management and/or screensaver stuff instead. I have the screensaver turned off and the power management switched off to the maximum intent, but after a period of no user input (mouse, kb), the screen still blanks itself (which is probably inside the monitor). I need to look that up and see if I can counter this behaviour (IIRC there was a kernel option to disable it, not sure)

(PS: for those who want to look it up, the mainboard is a Gigabyte F2A88XM-D3H with BIOS version F8, CPU is an AMD APU: PRO A10-8750B, no separate discrete GPU)

#12 Re: Desktop and Multimedia » Beowulf is broken » 2021-04-22 23:25:29

Yes, I did. Unless it's deteriorated incredibly fast in the past weeks, I doubt that'll be a problem (it's been in the system for years and never failed, even with the intensive use I require from it)

#13 Re: Desktop and Multimedia » Beowulf is broken » 2021-04-22 22:44:59

Well, after one too many freeze up I ditched Beowulf, tried to get Funtoo to work (but a core package for Mate failed to configure repeatedly and consequently build) then late last night I took my ASCII USB stick and booted from it. Installed ASCII, but sadly, the random freezes are still there. It might be related to Firefox, may need to look into that.

So, not a happy chappy here, to say the least >:-{  I may try Mint, but that means [shudder] systemd :puke:

#14 Re: Desktop and Multimedia » Beowulf is broken » 2021-04-20 22:44:16

My experience is, so far, that adding the set_path option in /etc/default/su outlined above works and su reverts to it's normal, expected behaviour. So, I can obtain root with a simple su, no extra dash required, and I stay in the current dir too!

#15 Re: Desktop and Multimedia » Beowulf is broken » 2021-04-20 20:13:37

Well, for the 2nd time tonight Beowulf crashed. I was browsing while playing 2 local video files (via smplayer and vlc respectively) and it froze solid. No input, audio looped continuously, no response at all. Only a hard reset could solve the issue. This was on the Xen-enabled kernel. On ASCII, this scenario was perfectly fine and it could do this literally all day and never miss a beat. Now running the non-Xen kernel, see if that changes anything.

So far, Beowulf impresses me badly for all the wrong reasons roll

#16 Re: Off-topic » Gentoo, Slackware and more » 2021-04-20 17:26:52

bimon wrote:

Is not Sabayon dead (not being updated)? Though their google group indicates some activity.

Not anymore, if ever: … ng-forces/

Daniel Robbins is/was the main architect of Gentoo, so expect some improvements to Sabayon when it comes to init systems.

#17 Re: Desktop and Multimedia » Beowulf is broken » 2021-04-20 16:59:21

Yeah, I did that too now. Didn't solve all issues, I still can't load a module required for Qemu. As root:

# echo $PATH
# modprobe kvm-amd
modprobe: ERROR: could not insert 'kvm_amd': Operation not supported
# modprobe kvm_amd
modprobe: ERROR: could not insert 'kvm_amd': Operation not supported
# modprobe -c | grep kvm_amd
alias cpu:type:x86,ven*fam*mod*:feature:*00C2* kvm_amd

So, what next?

#18 Re: Desktop and Multimedia » Beowulf is broken » 2021-04-20 13:10:29

fsmithred wrote:

su got moved from shadow to util-linux. I don't know what thought went into the change in root's path when you get there via 'su'. If you use 'su -' it still works the same as it used to. It's in the release notes for beowulf along with some other inherited gems and workarounds. … _notes.txt

OK, fair enough. I don't use su -, I created an alias for su to invoke su - in ~/.bash_aliases. It works, but clearly not for everything.

#19 Re: Desktop and Multimedia » Beowulf is broken » 2021-04-20 13:01:58

dice wrote:

Im not 100% certain but i believe this might be due to the UsrMerge scheme adopted by debian. I always choose not to merge during installation.

Regrettably, that wasn't an option during my upgrade.

#20 Re: Desktop and Multimedia » Beowulf is broken » 2021-04-20 12:46:51

In that case, during the upgrade this new directory should have been added to $PATH for root, but clearly it hasn't on my system. Or it was removed by the upgrade, that I can't be sure of as I didn't test it before upgrading.

[edit] Found the culprit, in /etc/profile:

if [ "`id -u`" -eq 0 ]; then
export PATH

So, if the user uses su into root from your normal user, the id does not equate to 0 thus /sbin is not in your $PATH roll

PS: which "bright spark" had the "luminous" idea to set terminal text as bright yellow on a bright white background? You should be clobbered into sense with a foam bat! roll

#21 Desktop and Multimedia » Beowulf is broken » 2021-04-20 12:36:08

Replies: 24

ASCII -> Beowulf upgrade
boot option: Qemu/Xen enabled

# whoami
# uname -a
Linux desktop 4.19.0-16-amd64 #1 SMP Debian 4.19.181-1 (2021-03-19) x86_64 GNU/Linux
# echo $PATH:
# modprobe -c
bash: modprobe: command not found
# halt
bash: halt: command not found

WTF! >:-{

#22 Re: Installation » Partitioning schemes separate var and usr and boot 4 unfussy root? » 2021-04-10 09:29:09

I have /boot, / and /home on separate partitions, most of the time, for simplicity/speed/convenience. For servers, /usr and /var are also separate.

#23 Re: Desktop and Multimedia » [SOLVED] Random freeze on ASCII » 2021-03-26 01:04:03

So, what a difference a few days make. It turns out the problem was of my own making, typical PEBKAC! I'd forgotten to update the BIOS and the old version didn't support he 'new' APU. (insert facepalm smiley)

#24 Re: Installation » Beowulf Beta Issues » 2021-03-25 13:38:21

I know it's a pretty old thread, but I was finally sufficiently hacked off to attempt a workaround.

Create a file ~/.bash_aliases containing the following:

alias su='su -'

You'd need the single quotes as to evaluate every time the alias is used. It worked on a fresh Beowulf test install.

If it has no negative effects I may actually start consider upgrading my ASCII systems to Beowulf.

#25 Re: Desktop and Multimedia » [SOLVED] Random freeze on ASCII » 2021-03-23 17:57:47

I hadn't installed the amd64-microcode package. So that's done now.

Meanwhile, I had another crash, while avoiding playing video files. During several failed boots the kernel hung on a message complaining about ECC memory signatures not present (it's non-ECC DDR3). I've now taken out 3 RAM sticks so now running on 1x 8CB. Playing mkv video finished fine, am mp4 crashed after a while (ca 4 min in). I've also removed the nVidia GPU, so now on the R7 APU.

Stress looks interesting, I'll install it and see what it can do.

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