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Old 05-12-2009, 03:25 AM   #1
drfhm
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going round in circles


Just had a rethink and in a nutshell I think my problem is simple , I have my Linux Lite operating system and files in order and complete but I need Xfce to do anything . Because I deleted Xfce I can no longer get to add/remove to re select it , in short I need to find a way to get to Xfce or add/remove programs another way .I dont want to restore opperating system if anyone knows a way to avoid it.
 
Old 05-12-2009, 04:46 AM   #2
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Use the command line package management tools to reinstall Xfce, either from the internet if you're connected or from a cd (the installation disc you used should contain the packages). I'm not sure which "Linux Lite" you mean (Linpus maybe?) so I can't give precise instructions---for those you should tell what it exactly is---but I'd guess it uses either rpm or apt to handle the packages (if you see .rpm packages in the installation cd or have 'yum' command available, it uses rpm or if you see '.deb' packages on the cd or have 'apt-get' command available, it uses apt). Could be something else of course, but those two are the generally used ones..

In case of rpm, try these. If you have an internet connection, try
Code:
yum install xfce
or if you have the CD mounted, navigate (use 'cd' command to change directory and 'ls' to list directories) to the directory where Xfce packages are, and use
Code:
rpm -U xfce-someversion.rpm
to install the packages---of course use the real package filename instead of xfce-someversion.rpm for each of the Xfce packages.

If it uses apt instead, the equivalents would be as follows: if you had internet connection,
Code:
apt-get install xfce
or if not, navigate to the directory on the cd where the packages are and
Code:
dpkg -i xfce-someversion.deb
The above commands need to be run as root, so either use 'sudo' in front of the commands (if the system has 'sudo' configured) or then run
Code:
su -
and give root password, then run the commands ('su' makes you become root, 'sudo' runs commands with root privileges). And of course you can obtain the packages for Xfce in another media than CD as well, just make sure they are in the right format (distribution-specific rpm or deb for example) for your operating system so you don't need to do gimmicks to install them. And if you use rpm/dpkg to install the packages "manually", remember that you need to install all the required packages (for Xfce there are a few, probably for core, panel, thunar etc.) and probably in the right order (you'll get notified if you try to do it in a "wrong" order of the dependencies, so don't worry). If you use yum/apt-get instead, just install the metapackage (I assume it's "xfce" but it could be something else in your distribution's reposities) and it should pull in the rest that you need.

Last edited by b0uncer; 05-12-2009 at 04:49 AM.
 
Old 05-12-2009, 07:49 AM   #3
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Linux Lite sounds like Linpus Lite which is Fedora based so yum would most likely be the proper tool

I'm guessing this is on your Aspire One netbook.

.maybe the following would be the way to go, since apparently fedora has about 24 xfce packages..

yum -y groupinstall xfce-desktop

Last edited by farslayer; 05-12-2009 at 08:08 AM.
 
Old 05-13-2009, 01:18 AM   #4
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Thank you all for your sugestions but i dident give al the info here before it seems so these are the posts I made in an effort to solve my problem and hopefully explains everything, sorry if I repeat myself there.....

I removed xfice to get Gnome and Banshee to work , they were removed and installed it said but my screen went black and i just have the search bar at the top right and the taskbar at the bottom , all i can do now is use the internet but nothing on the machine , all my files are there i can find them but cant open anything as their now in grey not black type , all i get is error messages. if i could i would like to use another operating system other than limpus linux lite as i miss the windows xp desktop im used to on my pc .When i bought the netbook I did manage to change it to firefox 3 add skype and the icon also plus vlc player hoping i don’t have to do that again as i had real problems 1st time round.Dose anyone know if using the uban remix program will work and will it leave all my files in place , if i have to use anything from the old operating system to install it then im sunk . One last thing the alt f2 doesn't do anything at all .The odd thing is that i was using the package manager and only did what it told me to resolve dependencies and conflicting programs , said xfce was conflicting with gnome so remove it and it did .How was i to know it would have this effect , there should be some sort of safeguard .

I no longer have XFCE so I have only a black screen with search bar top right and the taskbar at the bottom . The search worked both for the internet and desktop . I would like an opinion as to whether or not I still have the Linux Lite operating system and how can I re enable it given that I cant type in any commands as I cant access the terminal of any part of the system other than search , F2 dosent do anything , I have tried downloading small irrelevant programs to test if that works, the download box appears and when downloads are completed a right click and open will show the box with all the sections of the download in but that’s all I can do , once I close any boxes I have no way to open them again .I have used search to find my files and they are all there but the only ones that will open are on the built in media player,PDF files etc wont .I don’t like Linux lite and would like to have windows of some sort installed if possible so I guess my second question should be where do I get it and can I install it with my netbook in the condition it was before i tried to get Banshee. Scrub that last statement , sod the existing files, just anything that will do what i listed below but not linux lite if i have to louse everything then hopefully it will be for a more user friendly simple system.The odd thing is i was able to follow someone’s instructions here when i first bought the netbook and enabled the advance menu ,( if that’s the thing i used to right click on ) , im not thick honest , just confused and very much a novice .I still get message to imput password if i leave computer unattended for a short time as i always have plus im writing this with a wireless router that’s always worked without problems, now i just logged on and firefox wanted to add an update i accepted and it was installed successfully so it informed me , all reason why I think I still have an operating system working if only I could get to it .

I don’t need games and I still have internet fine from searchbar but i need spreadsheets and word processing plus skype, media player and something like banshee for the ipod , would be nice if i can download programs and be able to find them also haha .I don’t have a clue what type of memory stick i would need.i have a windows PC but as i run on solar and wind turbines the netbook is perfect in the evenings without draining my system in the winter . By the way if anyone needs advice on something im used to then ive installed solar systems for friends costing anything from a grand to 40 grand and would be happy to help anyone with advice .

I would be so grateful for a simple solution , that’s if there is one .

Last edited by drfhm; 05-13-2009 at 01:23 AM. Reason: Needed more info
 
  


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