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Old 09-25-2004, 04:22 PM   #1
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Help Me Please! GUI/Save File problem

I was configuring my paths in my etc/profile to get my Java paths correct for a J2ME tool kit sample I was supposed to run for school. I logged out to get the changes in effect and now it won' t let me in. I either get a blue screen with my mouse pointer that is very choppy, or I get what looks like an empty table that I can click to drop and then nothing. I can login in Failsafe terminal and that's it. HELP!

Right now I don't care so much in fixing this as I do in saving some files I was working on in the last couple of weeks(school papers). Yes, I guess I should be copying to floppies too. I can see them via the terminal but don't know how to zip them or copy them to floppies so I can open them up in Windows. They were saved in Word format. It's about 6 files the biggest I believe to be 1.8mb. Help me PLEASE! Can I copy them to my A: drive from the terminal? Of course this is all due on Monday.


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Old 09-25-2004, 04:51 PM   #2
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Don't panic -- this is a very recoverable situation. You can save to the floppy disk from the terminal. First get a DOS formatted floppy and insert it into your machine, then you must mount the disk -- the command generally looks like 'mount /dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy' (no quotes, and you may need to create the /mnt/floppy directory first). The copy files to /mnt/floppy as normal, 'umount /mnt/floppy' when done, and eject the disk.

Also, you can edit your /etc/profile from failsafe mode (probably signle user mode -- not sure how Fedora does it). The pico editor is probably the easiest to use from the command line. In the future, when making profile changes for yourself, you should make them to your own custom shell startup scripts in your home directory, so there's no chance of screwing up the system wide startup scripts. The more I think about it though, the more likely I think it is that you did something else wrong, since editing /etc/profile shouldn't by itself stop the GUI from starting up correctly. Have you done anything else to the machine?

Oh, and for future reference, it helps if you post a more descriptive title specifying your problem.
Old 09-25-2004, 05:47 PM   #3
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You're right, I could be more descriptive!

Thanks for the help, it does indeed work! The only problem is that a file or two are over 1.44mb in size. Can I do this with my CD burner?

Thanks a million...saved my bacon.


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