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Re: an XFree86 problem, an xscreensaver problem, followed by an Enlightenment problem

Seneca Cunningham <seneca@slemish.com> writes:
SC> 2.	As root, I do not have the authority to start or chang any
SC>   	screensaver settings, however when I am an ordinary user, I
SC>     have the authority to start and change the screensaver
SC>     settings. The first time I used the screensavers I was an
SC>     ordinary user. Could that have anything to do with the
SC>     problem?

xscreensaver isn't terribly happy about being run as root; it assumes
that most screensaver plugins aren't written with security in mind,
which is probably a valid assumption.  The man page suggests that
xscreensaver will grudgingly accept the necessity of being root if
you're trying to use it in combination with, say, xdm.  But other
situations aren't really relevant, since you don't really have a good
reason to log into X as root (and generally want to avoid doing so).

SC> A slight comment about my Debian system is that all file transfers
SC> must be done by floppy, from another computer. After cat messed up
SC> the ASCII tables for a terminal until rebooting,

'reset' will generally fix this sort of thing.

SC> impossible to
SC> find commands (I can only view man pages using a text editor),

Did you not have the man-db package installed?  The "base system" is
intended to be just enough Debian to get everything else installed,
not to be a useful end-user system on its own.

SC> and other such difficulties, could it just be a few bad transfers
SC> by floppy, as large packages (>1.4M) have to be made into a
SC> spanning archive, transfered, reassembled, then installed.

You really have no other way to move files between the machines?
There are lots of options besides floppies; you could make Debian CD
images if you had a CD burner (http://cdimage.debian.org/), or
assemble a small Ethernet-based network, or even if all else failed
attach the two computers with a parallel cable (see the PLIP-HOWTO off
of http://www.linuxdoc.org/).  Or if you're just trying to install,
you could order a CD set; http://www.cheapbytes.com/ has Debian 2.2r4
CD sets for $10, plus shipping.

David Maze         dmaze@debian.org      http://people.debian.org/~dmaze/
"Theoretical politics is interesting.  Politicking should be illegal."
	-- Abra Mitchell

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