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Re: StarOffice install problem

tmalloy@escape.com writes:

> I wanted to do a fresh install.  I then
> rm - /home/tom Star* and proceded to rerun the setup script.  This will
> not run saying it is having trouble creating /usr/local/bin/StarOffice.  I
> suppose that rm did not delete all the necessary files before a reinstall
> is possible, or some sort of permissions issue is going on that I don't
> understand.
Make a "rm -rf ~tom/Star* ~tom/.sorc", then do read the README that
comes along with the StarOffice archive and which says to install as
root by invoking "./setup /net" for the multiuser thingie.
Installation should be straight forward then.  The user setup is BTW
not the same one used for installing the whole beast, but instead

In any case it is rather braindead to have this setup install 11 megs
of superfluous stuff in each user's home directory.  Therefore one of
the principal SO developers wrote a small shell script routine to run
this setup with a slightly different twist sparing quite a few megs of
disk space in /home/*.  It replaces "/path/to/StarOffice/bin/soffice"
and "/path/to/StarOffice/bin/setup" altogether. Upon being invoked it
checks for the existence of "~/.sorc" and if the latter doesn't exist
automagically runs a modified user setup which basically installs a
lot of symlinks instead of copying the shared StarOffice files. 

You can get these scripts from the developers private home page as

> By the way,  How do you change partition sizes without reinstalling the
> system.  I seem to be wasting a lot of space.  Thank you for anyt help
That's easy: Make a backup of your partitions, verify that a restore
will work flawlessly and then just go repartitioning. After formatting
your newly created partition just restore your system from the
backup. :-)

Another quite insane method i've read in a German newsgroup, but which
i've never even dared to think about trying out was the following:

root > fdisk /dev/sda            # join partitions
root > mknode /copypipe p
root > (tar -czf /copypipe /home/
        mke2fs /dev/sda2
        tar -xzpf /copypipe
       )                         # pray really hard

I don't know if this remotely works, but the idea seems to be quite
ingenious IMHO. ;-) Better don't try it out unless one of the really
competent people on the list give some positive comment about it.
Or maybe better simply forget about it... ;-)

                            Good luck, P. *8^)
   Paul Seelig                         pseelig@goofy.zdv.uni-mainz.de
   African Music Archive - Institute for Ethnology and Africa Studies
   Johannes Gutenberg-University   -  Forum 6  -  55099 Mainz/Germany
   My Homepage in the WWW at the URL http://www.uni-mainz.de/~pseelig 

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