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Old 02-15-2004, 10:34 PM   #1
wildcat22
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gnome-core, libpanel, dependencies


Hey all...I'm not really new to Linux, I've been at it about a year now, but I guess I'm still new enough! I want to spruce up gnome (2.0, RH8) a little bit add some entertainment, etc...First, I figured I'd upgrade it, but I abandoned that idea when I couldn't find any help with it, and it seemed way too difficult (isn't it? am I wrong? help?), so, then I figured I'd find things for what I have. I do find some stuff, and I try to install it, but apparently I'm missing "libpanel_applet.so.0" , whatever, I find out it's part of the gnome-core rpm, so I go looking for that, and IT'S missing files. Now, before I hop on THAT merry-go-round (done that before, didn't like it) I just wanted some confirmation from the powers that are true Linux experts, that this is actually what I have to do. It seems to me that a normal installation would HAVE CORE FILES, but I guess not? Do you see where I'm coming from? Thanks people.....you know I appreciate it....
 
Old 02-16-2004, 06:21 AM   #2
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I have found several times that Gnome upgrades for several distributions are severely lacking and the dependency problems are more than enough to drive a man mad. In the end I usually just install Garnome, only to wonder why the heck I didn't just install it from the beginning.

Garnome is a source distribution of Gnome, and it's *bleeding* edge. The current Garnome 0.30 release provides the Gnome 2.5.4 development platform. It's very easy to compile and install - just make sure you have the required development packages (meaning you not only need libpng3 but also libpng3-devel). Your distribution probably comes with all the packages you need.

The default installation directory for Garnome is ~/garnome but I prefer installing Garnome to /usr/local/garnome so all users can benefit from it. Create the directory /usr/local/garnome as root, then change ownership of it to your personal login: chown wildcat /usr/local/garnome.

Unpack the little source package and edit the Makefile and set main_prefix to /usr/local/garnome and then you can install it globally as yourself.


Håkan
 
Old 02-16-2004, 10:12 AM   #3
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I have to look at it this way, bleeding edge, not matter how good the cut is, is still bleeding edge, no, if I have to, I'll try it (of course there's an issue there, how do I go back if I decide I don't like it....).

But I figure there HAS to be a way to do it by actually going through gnome. Maybe I guess I'll just install the gnome-core and deal with those dependancies.

Is --no-deps a good idea??

-- Wildcat
 
Old 02-16-2004, 10:36 AM   #4
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I am not fond of rpm-based distros at all, I have had too many problems with packages supplying the same file so you have to force the installation (with the usual outcome that the system is rendered near useless). I'd say --no-deps is a really bad idea.

What's *really* nice with Garnome is that it doesn't interfere at all with the packages you have installed. It all lives in your home directory or in /usr/local/garnome as I suggested, and your old Gnome installation is still there. It doesn't overwrite anything. This is really neat because - frankly - some Garnome releases have been less than stable. Just wipe it and go back to an older release or use the Gnome variant your distribution supplies until a new Garnome release is out. "Going back" to a previous release is as simple as logging out and then logging in again using another session type (like the distribution version of Gnome). No problems, no regrets.

Add the GDM/KDM session file as suggested on the homepage and you can easily choose which Gnome variant you want to use when you log in.


Håkan

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