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Old 10-11-2005, 11:50 AM   #1
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synaptic problems at start up


hi all,

b4 i say about my problem i would just like to mention that im a total newbie to linux and iv only been using it a couple of days.

right the first problem im having is when i start up synaptic i get a warning saying something bout couldn't stat source list and it gives me an ftp address. i would have copyed n pasted the warning but LQ wont let me post url's until iv posted 5 times!

does that make any sence to any one? how would i go about fixing it?

and also when i try and install programs i dont know where they have been installed so i cant run them, is there a way to get synaptic to make a shortcut on the menu? (is that what you guys call the KDE?)

im running simple mepis 3.3 and synaptic 0.56

thanx in advance, and hope to hear from someone soon.

rod...
 
Old 10-11-2005, 12:34 PM   #2
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There is a file containing the names of the places on the web where your package manager (synaptic) will look for packages. On debian that list is in
Code:
/etc/apt/sources.list
It's probably the same in mepis since mepis is based on debian package management system (apt). You need to open that file with a text editor and make sure that the sources listed there are correct. Being a debian user, I don't know where the mepis repositories are at. Google mepis repositories and you should be able to figure it out. Also pay careful attention to the syntax of the listings in the sources.list file. There is a certain way that things need to be listed or it will not work.

Once you get your sources.list set up, you can do an update in synaptic and then you shouldn't get the warning anymore.

Are you using KDE? KDE has something like the window's start menu. You should be able to find all of your programs there.
 
Old 10-11-2005, 01:13 PM   #3
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ok im a bit confused.

i found the sources.list file but in there it says

# This file may be edited by the MEPIS System Center
# Do not modify the comments manually!
# Change sources only in the section at the end of this file!

so how do i go about editing the bits i need to change?

i found a site which has some repositories

http://www.mepislovers-wiki.org/inde...e=Sources.list

is this what i should change the setting to?
 
Old 10-11-2005, 01:14 PM   #4
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and yes i am using kde 3.3 (the start menu thing)
 
Old 10-11-2005, 02:52 PM   #5
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The website that you posted a link to contains a nice demo of what the sources.list file should look like. I'm not sure why mepis doesn't want you to edit the file directly. Maybe there is a gui utility to edit it in mepis. I don't know. In debian we do it by hand. We do everything by hand. Anyway, you can make a backup copy of your sources.list. Maybe name it sources.list.bak
Code:
cp sources.list sources.list.bak
then try to edit it with your favorite text editor removing the part that is causing the problem and adding whatever you want to add. This one in particular sounds good:
Code:
deb http://apt.mepis.org/3.3.2 etch main
I am pretty sure you can use stuff from the debian repositories also, and the mplayer repository is useful if you want mplayer.

You may get better help if you post in the mepis forum or one of the websites dedicated to mepis users (ie www.mepislovers.org). Or if those are no good for you, you can try the debian forum. It is awesome and after all, mepis is basically debian with a pretty face.
 
Old 10-12-2005, 12:50 PM   #6
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nice 1 cheers m8 i got it sorted.

the first list i tried fixed some of the errors, but made more!

but i found another and it workd sound :-)



1 more prob im having is when i install a new prog i dont know how to launch it!

i installed dvdauthor and it wasn't put on the KDE!

how would i go about configuring synaptic to make it place shortcuts on the KDE?
 
Old 10-12-2005, 01:25 PM   #7
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dvdauthor is a command line app. That is why it is not added to the menu at install. Open an xterm and type:

man dvdauthor

That will give you info on how to use it. I found that it is much easier to use the gui version. If you want the gui for it you will also need qdvdauthor
 
Old 10-12-2005, 02:00 PM   #8
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nice 1 m8 sorted (well i am 4 now, il proberly b askin more question in a couple of days :-) )

cheers dude
 
  


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