Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Updating from Fedora Core 3 to Fedora Core 4

As usual I follow this steps:

  1. Backup of sensible data
  2. Four Fedora Core CDs at hand
  3. Inser first CD and reboot my laptop
  4. Choose upgrade an exixting installation (install CD recognise there were a previous Fedora)
  5. try apt update .... uoops! first you need a new apt version... continue with reading, please

There're an apt version in official Fedora repositories, but it doesn't run, don't worry , there're no problems with apt under Fedora: there're no apt repositories for Fedora Core 4 and seems this is not going to be a supported method to keep your system updated.

So, I install yum from first Fedora Core CD and as root I type:
yum update
and appears at screen a lot of stuff such this (just a few lines):

[root@zozeck yum.repos.d]$ yum update
Setting up Update Process
Setting up repositories
updates-released 100% |===============| 951 B 00:00
extras 100% |===============| 1.1 kB 00:00
base 100% |===============| 1.1 kB 00:00
Reading repository metadata in from local files
primary.xml.gz 100% |===============| 81 kB 00:13
updates-re: ##################################### 214/214
Added 214 new packages, deleted 0 old in 5.57 seconds
primary.xml.gz 100% |===============| 409 kB 00:10
extras : ################################### 1167/1167
Added 1167 new packages, deleted 0 old in 14.64 seconds
primary.xml.gz 100% |===============| 824 kB 00:56
base : ################################### 2772/2772
Added 2772 new packages, deleted 0 old in 30.91 seconds
Resolving Dependencies
--> Populating transaction set with selected packages. Please wait.
---> Downloading header for hwdata to pack into transaction set.
hwdata-0.158.1-1.noarch.r 100% |===========| 17 kB 00:05
---> Package hwdata.noarch 0:0.158.1-1 set to be updated
---> Downloading header for xorg-x11 to pack into transaction set.

Lines later appear this one interesting:

--> Running transaction check
--> Processing Dependency: librecode.so.0 for package: fortune-mod
--> Processing Dependency: wxGTK-common = 2.4.2-12 for package: wxGTK
--> Processing Dependency: gnupg2 >= 1.9.6 for package: gpgme
--> Processing Dependency: libpth.so.20 for package: gpgme
--> Restarting Dependency Resolution with new changes.
--> Populating transaction set with selected packages. Please wait.
---> Downloading header for pth to pack into transaction set.
pth-2.0.4-3.i386.rpm 100% |=================| 4.6 kB 00:00
---> Package pth.i386 0:2.0.4-3 set to be updated
---> Downloading header for gnupg2 to pack into transaction set.
gnupg2-1.9.16-4.fc4.i386. 100% |=================| 8.4 kB 00:00
---> Package gnupg2.i386 0:1.9.16-4.fc4 set to be updated

...and so on... finally appears:

Dependencies Resolved

Package Arch Version Repository Size
Glide3 i386 20010520-36 extras 504 k
ImageMagick i386 updates-released 2.7 M
alsa-lib i386 1.0.9rf-2.FC4 updates-released 361 k
alsa-utils i386 1.0.9rf-2.FC4 updates-released 1.0 M
Transaction Summary
Install 9 Package(s)
Update 50 Package(s)
Remove 0 Package(s)
Total download size: 72 M
Is this ok [y/N]:

so I answer y and download and update system starts:

Downloading Packages:
(1/59): hwdata-0.158.1-1. 100% |=====================| 257 kB 00:07
(2/59): xorg-x11-6.8.2-37 100% |=====================| 14 MB 11:34

... and with it finish I've got a brand new Fedora Core totally update.

Now, I just have to run as root from time to time:
yum update
yum upgrade
and everything must be keep updated.

Saturday, June 18, 2005

Darth Vader Helmets

I'm a Starwars fan. So out of usual themes short links about something I like... Darth Vader Helmets !!!

  1. Best replica and most expensive: You may have a look in this links: 1, 2, I notice it by Fayerwayer blog in spanish.
  2. Second one: Darth Vader Helmet with voice and sound it may transform your voice, breath as Vader, and repeat significants film phrases. I found it in a big store walking with my wife and she wants I buy it, maybe she was looking my face, as a child willing to own it
  3. Third one: Darth Vader Helmet without voice but with a pretty good quality, sure not as the first one.
  4. Fourth one: Darth Vader simple helmet, just for fun duisguise yourself.

No it's sure I gonna buy this helmet, and be the force with you...

Friday, June 17, 2005

Fedora Core IV

Successful upgrading!!! now i'm writting this from my new toy, Drivel, running in my Fedora Core IV.

Just one problem, sylpheed didn't start up 'cause it need a libssl.so.4 that doesn't exist at this distro... first I tri it's to link libssl.so.5 to an unexisting libssl.so.4 and emulate it, but after do that still need other library, now I don't remember wich one.

So as a professional I try most canonical option:

  1. Uninstall sylpheed
  2. Install new sylpheed rpm from ftp://download.fedora.redhat.com/pub/fedora/linux/extras/4/i386/
  3. ... type sylpheed in a console and ... it runs!

If I don't write anything else about it let's assume that old No news, good news

Oops, this august we go to London for a couple of days, great chance to improve my english or so I hope, drop me a line if you wanna recommend me something

Monday, June 13, 2005

Trying Drivel

Well, just a sort line to test if drivel runs as well as I was told in Linux, if you wanna know what Drivel have a look on its page, I advanced you it's a simple, easy to use client to post on Blogger, movabletype, and other weblog systems.

By the way, they offers lastest stable version in rpm easy to install in Fedora Core III, I hope it would be included in just release Fedora Core IV...

Friday, June 10, 2005

Upgrading Debian Woody: personal experience

My home server runs Debian (pure Woody) so as soon as see there were a new Debian version I just start to look around what it's suposed I've to do.

First of all I look my cron log's to see if planified apt-get update && apt-get upgrade have reported some thing about it. No news in logs... so I might try something more.

Debian published this release notes for Debian 3.1 where they talk about upgrading from Woody (link in spanish). After a not very deep reading I've follow this steps (keep in mind I got a daily updated debian, just from stable sources):

  1. As they suggest install aptitude by executing: apt-get install aptitude
  2. then run aptitude update && aptitude upgrade
  3. aptitude ask about install flex or doesn't 'cause it changes a lot from previous versions and actually don't satisfy POSIX specifications. I'd answer aptitude don't upgrade flex version but each time I try an aptitude update && aptitude upgrade tries to install once more time this package, so finally I accept to install this flex version, since I do it, every aptitude update && aptitude upgrade ends perfectly, and no new software it's needed.

By the way, now appears very useful to keep in a server Debian without extra software but stable, as a note here's my sources.list: deb http://http.us.debian.org/debian stable main contrib non-free deb http://security.debian.org/ stable/updates main

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Starwars test

I've try this test about starwars (I don't use to try then but I like starwars), and answering pretty sincerly this is my result... it scares a little, don't you?

You scored as Anakin Skywalker.

Anakin Skywalker




Mace Windu


Darth Vader




General Grievous




Emperor Palpatine


Padme Amidala


Obi Wan Kenobi




Clone Trooper


Which Revenge of the Sith Character are you?
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Saturday, June 04, 2005

What f**k are insde this file?

Sometimes you feel ugly 'till say something like that, it isn't? Well, this short note it's worthy to remember myself a very useful command (on Linux, for sure), wich is od (you may find od man page here).

More useful flag for me has been od -c some_file.sh, in that way it dumps all ASCII characters, backslahes, and a lot of information.