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Old 05-21-2012, 06:57 AM   #1
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DECnet?


I have a base install of Debian onto which I am running:
aptitude install gnome-core

During the install I get a question:
Do you want to configure your system as a DECnet node now or later?
I select leave config as is.

Why am I getting this question, what is DECnet and why is it being installed?


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Old 05-21-2012, 07:10 AM   #2
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google(decnet)[1] = http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DECnet

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Old 05-21-2012, 08:24 AM   #3
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Well yes I had read that but the question is why is gnome-core under Debian installing this in the first place. I have never noticed this getting installed before on other Debian installs so why has it now started to install this?
 
Old 05-21-2012, 08:26 AM   #4
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^ not sure... i know with the fedora install it asks what types of servers/ services you would want to install. i think it is pretty safe to skip.
 
Old 05-21-2012, 03:34 PM   #5
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Do you have a DECnet card in the server? Is this an Alpha system?

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Old 05-21-2012, 06:43 PM   #6
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I had that DECnet question pop up on me while installing ncmcpp music player once - just chose to leave as is and there was no problem.
 
Old 05-21-2012, 09:01 PM   #7
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In any case I think we can all agree you are unlikely to need it.

We still use it.
 
Old 05-22-2012, 07:18 AM   #8
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Do you have a DECnet card in the server? Is this an Alpha system?
Not an Alpha system, just a standard PC. I was just about to say no DECnet card but then realised that it has a DLink network card in it and I can recall that some of these used to install under NT4 using a DEC 21048? or something driver. I wonder if this NIC has a DEC chip on it which is causing the DECnet component to be installed.

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Old 05-22-2012, 05:58 PM   #9
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Odd but just the way things go. Might be the installer goofed and saw the chip and made a guess.

As above, just ignore it or bypass it.
 
Old 05-22-2012, 06:34 PM   #10
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I've had that message pop up too but never thought to look into why. I don't recall the exact package I was installing or upgrading but I know it was Gnome related.
Edit: seems there's libdnet installed due to libroar2 being dependant on it, so that just leads to more questions.

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