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Old 02-28-2004, 07:29 AM   #1
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some noob questions


hi all!

i am using linux since 2 weeks and have installed slackware since yesterday. it was not easy to install but now everything works more or less..
but i have some problems i cannot solve:

1. can i automatically start kdm on bootup without typing it into the console?
2. it seems like the drivers are installed correctly, but i have no sound
3. i tried to install nvidia driver but after installation x could not boot though editing the xf86config
4. my mousewheel does not work
5. in the console and under kde i have my german keymap but in the login screen i have the english map.. that is a problem because my pwd contains a z and so i wondered why it does not work. now i got it running but it is getting on my nerves.

and can i connect to the internet without using the console and typing adsl-start?

thx,
christian
 
Old 02-28-2004, 08:21 AM   #2
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Search this forum more vigorously all the answers to your questions are here. I know this sounds like a rude response and I hate when people say RTFM when I just want the answer to something but in this case I think it is best to have you search a bit.

One of the best things about Linux and the open source community is that there is almost always an answer to your question on the web somewhere! For a person new to Linux it is in your best interest to learn how to find those answers. It is an art, and over time you will be more self sufficient. Reading other peoples post inevitably teaches you about things you were not even looking for.

With that said here are at least some hints to your questions. (Search terms?)

1. inittab

2. alsa mute

3. XF86Config

4. gpm

5. keymap
 
Old 02-28-2004, 08:38 AM   #3
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well i have been searching since 2 weeks but thanks anyway
i will keep on searching =)

thx,
christian
 
Old 02-28-2004, 10:11 AM   #4
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Possibly you need to better refine your search. I laterally did one search on this forum and found the answer to your 1st question.

First question 1 search
Seach terms: "startx on boot slackware"
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...boot+slackware

Second question 3 searches
Search terms: "slackware alsa no sound"
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...are+sound+alsa

Third question no searches. Once you solve question 1 you will not have this question.

Fourth question 1 search
Search terms: "slackware mouse wheel"
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...heel+slackware

With little effort I was able to find the answer to 90% of your questions. I did not search for the last one as I realized during this exercise I was insane. I did just the opposite of what I wanted to do which was to have you search for the answers.

Like I said in my previous post you need to learn how to search. It is not always easy but these examples were!

-Matt

Last edited by mhiggins; 02-28-2004 at 10:13 AM.
 
Old 02-28-2004, 12:36 PM   #5
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thx a lot, everything's working now =)

but i've got another problem:
i wanted to install some .rpm's but i couldn't because the installer asked for several other packages..
so i searched the forum and heard that i should better use the sources with slack. so i downloaded the sources and tried to install, but that didn't work too. he asked again for several pkgs, e.g. glib2-devel, whichs src i couldn't find and if i want to install its .rpm he complains again about missing the pkgs.. (can't install it without having it? ^^)
i dont know if there are some answers to that.. i've searched the forum a bit but didnt realy know what to search for.. looked up "rpm compile src slackware" or "rpm install slackware" etc.. could u or someone else help?

christian
 
Old 02-28-2004, 02:01 PM   #6
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Glad to see you doing some searching !! And I'm glad things are starting to come together on your system. I would agree that building from source is your best bet! But from your comments it looks like your attempting to build the src rpm. What you want to build is the original source from the person / group who wrote the program.

Some notes:

Slackware is not an rpm based distribution. it has rpm installed but it is not really functional. Any rpm you install will give some dependency error because rpm maintains a list of installed rpm's and compares them to the dependency list of the rpm you want to install. Since Slackware is not rpm based you don't have any rpms installed and there fore no installed list (rpm database) to check against. This does not mean that you don't have the program/lib that rpm is complaining about. It just means its not in the RPM database. Here are some paths to go down to install this software.

rpm2tgz : This tool creates a tgz (standard slackware package) with which you can use the installpkg program to install and see if it works. Since there is no dependency checking in Slackware this may work or it may not?

man installpkg

linuxpackages.org: see if what you want to install has alreay been converted into a package.

here are a bunch of Slackware package management tools.

http://freshmeat.net/projects/pkgsummon/
http://freshmeat.net/project
http://freshmeat.net/projects/slackpkg/s/slaptget/

I have never used any of the above tools! I almost always build from source or use linuxpackages.org.
I use GNUStow to manage my packages.

http://www.gnu.org/directory/GNU/stow.html

Hope this helps don't get too discouraged its worth it.

-Matt
 
Old 02-28-2004, 05:04 PM   #7
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nice! thx! thats running too..

but.. what about users and permissions.. ive heard that its not good to be logged in as admin all the time so ive created a normal user.. but he seems not to have enough permissions.. so what can i allow him and what should i deny? if i allow everything its like root i think so that doesnt make much sense..
at the moment i cant even mount the cd.. thats a bit annoying

sry that i dont stop asking questions :P
 
Old 02-29-2004, 02:10 PM   #8
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Look into sudo.

man sudo

This should help!

-Matt
 
  


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