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Old 02-03-2005, 12:08 AM   #1
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kde update, panel shortcuts, icewm, other questions


hi, i am still within a week of my first try at linux on my laptop.

i finally figured out the urpmi and successfully installed firefox using it (awesome!). does urpmi do updates of software too?

i.e. i have mdk10, but only kde 3.2 was installed, and i want to upgrade to KDE 3.3 ... how do I do that?

how do i try out other window managers, i.e. icewm? what's the command for starting icewm? I think i'd put that in my .xinitrc file to make it the default...

I am trying to add an icon shortcut to my panel for firefox. but i have no clue what path firefox installed to, so i can't add it to the "start menu" first, which determines what apps i can make a shortcut to on the panel. how do you "find" files? I tried the KDE find tool, but it freezes on me everytime. is there something in unix where i can just type "find firefox" and it'd show me all the files that contain firefox in the name and their path? actually, all I really care about is where the executable file is. it's not in /bin, it's not in usr/local/bin ...

also, how do i set up acpi or apm? i have the linux laptop problem where it is overheating and shuts down all of sudden. currently i have a fan next to my laptop and it's holding up. but i read some other posts about "acpi" and "apm" that can manage your computer fans and temperatures for you, how do i do that?

any answers to any of these questions is much appreciated. thanks.

jason
 
Old 02-03-2005, 10:26 AM   #2
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Re: kde update, panel shortcuts, icewm, other questions

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Originally posted by jtan325
hi, i am still within a week of my first try at linux on my laptop.

i finally figured out the urpmi and successfully installed firefox using it (awesome!). does urpmi do updates of software too?
Yes, it does.

Either on the command line : $ urpmi.update -a --auto-select
or using the MCC/rpmdrake gui.

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i.e. i have mdk10, but only kde 3.2 was installed, and i want to upgrade to KDE 3.3 ... how do I do that?
The *safest* way to do that is wait for 10.2 to be released, then point your urpmi sources to that release. KDE3.3 has had some problems in MDK 10.1.

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how do i try out other window managers, i.e. icewm? what's the command for starting icewm? I think i'd put that in my .xinitrc file to make it the default...
First, make sure you have the WM's you want to try installed: $ urpmi icewm

Then, log out (but do *not* reboot). At the login panel, you should be able to select the DE/WM to use. IF you decide to change your default one, you can set that somewhere (I'm not sure where - I'm at work, not at my Linux box).

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I am trying to add an icon shortcut to my panel for firefox. but i have no clue what path firefox installed to, so i can't add it to the "start menu" first, which determines what apps i can make a shortcut to on the panel. how do you "find" files? I tried the KDE find tool, but it freezes on me everytime. is there something in unix where i can just type "find firefox" and it'd show me all the files that contain firefox in the name and their path? actually, all I really care about is where the executable file is. it's not in /bin, it's not in usr/local/bin ...
I *think* it's in /usr/bin. And it might be named "mozilla-firefox".

From the command line, you can use the "find" command. The basic syntax I use is
$ find /usr/bin -name *firefox

check "man find" for more info.

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also, how do i set up acpi or apm? i have the linux laptop problem where it is overheating and shuts down all of sudden. currently i have a fan next to my laptop and it's holding up. but i read some other posts about "acpi" and "apm" that can manage your computer fans and temperatures for you, how do i do that?
You can set up acpi in the MCC (Configure Your Computer), in the "Boot" section, IIRC. You might have to hit an "Adavanced" button somewhere, too. I forget.

You might also want to install the "lm_sensors" package via urpmi. When installed, type (as root) "# sensors_detect" to configure.
 
Old 02-03-2005, 08:01 PM   #3
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One of my favorites for finding stuff is the locate command. It runs off of a database of your system files and finds things very very quickly (once the database is generated).
 
  


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