Re: noob with a few questions
Abe Olson wrote:
I just installed debian testing on my ultra 80. The install was
really easy and most everything seems to be working. I have a few
You'll probably find that you get better results by separating your
questions into separate threads, and titling each thread with a more
descriptive subject line.
1. How do I add something to the default run level? I need afbinit
to run before X starts so I can have a fast(er) X experience.
Just put your script in /etc/init.d, and then a symlink in /etc/rc2.d,
making sure to title it similarly to the other scripts in /etc/rc2.d,
with the "S" meaning this is a Startup-type script, and the numbers
determining the order in which the scripts run.
2. I choose the right time zone during the install but my clock keeps
being wrong after boot. I've set it a few times with date but it
hasn't stuck so I want to figure out whats going on and fix it for real.
You probably need to set the hardware clock (are you dual-booting? this
could matter). Try something like
to copy the system time into the hardware clock. (I'm not sure this will
work on sparc architecture though; it does work on x86.)
You might also be interested in chrony or ntp-simple & ntpdate to have
your system go out to a time server on the internet to get time/date
3. After boot, gnome system monitor reports very little memory used.
Over the course fo the day the used memory amount rises until I have
almost no free memory. Gnome system monitro shows almost all of the
used memory as being cached. Is this normal?
I'm no expert, but yes, I believe it's normal for the system to claim
all free memory for caching purposes; it'll let go of the memory when
the memory is needed.
4. How do I change the gnome window manager to sawfish from
metacity? I just can't figure out that one.
I'm not a gnome user, but I think there's a gnome control panel for that
sort of thing.
5. I can get sound by plugging headphones or speakers into the cdrom
drive and some applications send sound out the (admittadly not bad
sounding) tower speaker. None of the outputs on the sound card itself
seem to work though. How can I get that to work?
I'm not sure on sparc, but on x86 I'd be asking these questions:
What version of kernel do you have (uname -a)?
Which version of Debian did you install (stable, testing, unstable)?
What's the output of "lspci"?
What's the output of "lsmod"?
(I've never tried to get sound working on sparc, so I'm not sure what
issues you might run into.)