Hello, I have been using SUSE for going on 8 months now but I still find my Windows mind to be perplexed. I have several questions, if anyone would be so kind as to answer any of them it would make my day.
1. I want to restrict interent access on a box over certain hours so I poked around until I found ifconfig. I don't know if this is the best way of doing the job but what I have been attempting to do is use the cron job thing. Now I understand the concept of cron jobs but I have yet to successfully create a working job thingie to do the job.
Because it seems that ifconfig is restricted to the root user (and the only alternative I found, usernetclt, seems to not exist for anything but RedHat) I set up the following crontab
0 */4 * 2,3 * /home/user/.netdown.sh > /tmp/testing.cronlog 2>&1
ifconfig eth0 up
ifconfig eth1 up
echo "Network connections enabled."
/home/user/.netdown.sh: line 3: ifconfig: command not found
/home/user/.netdown.sh: line 4: ifconfig: command not found
Network connections disabled.
Why do the root cron jobs not run with root permissions or more generally: why does this not work? Or if there is a better way to do this (that doesn't make kopete or gaim freak out), then what is it?
2. What is the best way to backup a folder over a network on an interval? I have had very bad luck with networking linux. I think most of my problems have been because there are obvious choices as to networking (as opposed to Windows) and I haven't found a good explanation as to what king of networking to use when.
zeroconf? samba? I saw something about using netcat?
3. Is there something special that needs to be done with mics? I have a headset that works fine in Windows but under SUSE it is almost inaudible even with what seems to be the volume control completely up.
4. What is a gstreamer plugin and how is it installed. According to YaST (and also apt4suse), I have installed amarok-gstreamer but when I try to switch to the gstreamer engine from the xine engine, amarok shows tells me to install a gstreamer plugin.
Thank you in advance to those who would answer.