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Re: [SLE] Arrggghhh Linux is such a joy not - install of 4.1 part II
  • From: Anders Johansson <andjoh@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 2 Aug 2001 20:35:42 +0200
  • Message-id: <200108021833.f72IXuo15605@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
On Thursday 02 August 2001 17:51, Briggs, N. - Neil - wrote:
> Well here I am again, trying to install 4.1 which I think has worked
> correctly. Problem is my applications are not working any more, other than
> KDE based apps. The binaries and installtation procedure I downloaded from
> the Xfree site and choose the 4.1 binaries.
> I have now read the following :-
> "The next step when installing over an existing version is to check for
> existing configuration files. As of Xfree86 version 3.9.18, the run time
> configuration files are installed by default under /etc/X11 instead of
> under /usr/X11R6/lib/X11. The installer will move the existing ones for you
> and create the necessary symbolic links"
> I thought this may be my problem so I copied the file from the old library
> to the /etc/X11 library. The copy kept failing. Finally perfromed the copy
> as root using GUI
> So I logged in as root and tried to create a link ln -s target source - the
> link was created successfully, now I dont know what a symbolic link is or
> why I need one, but one has been defined and it has made not a jot of
> difference. When I try to execute x3270 is doen't work.(clicking on the
> icon on the desk top)
> Where do I see messages telling that something is wrong. I see nothing on
> the console.
> As per usual with trying to install something on linux I feel worn down and
> frustrated. I have wasted all afternoon. Cannot perform my work because the
> application I use wont run. My screens look nice with the higher resolution
> and correct graphic card driver but what use is that when I can't do my
> work. I feel like swearing and throwing the Linux CD's in the bin never to
> be seen again.
> But not to give up I decided I would reinstall the x3270 program. I
> download the tar ball x3270-3.2A1.tgz. The I tried to untar the file
> tar -xvfz x3270*.tgz

The options here need to be in the right order. The f tells tar that the next
thing to expect on the command line is a file name, so tar xvzf x3270*.tgz
would be correct.

> Operation failed something about the options used (I am on windows now so
> can't remember exactly).
> So I am now at the point of Nice desk top, no x3270, cannot Install a new
> x3270.
> Off to the pub to get pissed out of my head and probably start a fight.
> Geez I am a user I want to use but ...... rant moan rant vent moan.
> I know this is all probably my lack of knowledge rather than linux. But I
> am finding it very frustrating.
> Yours sulking now
> Neil

Try opening an xterm and running x3270 from the command line. If there is a
problem, this is the most likely way to get informative error messages.

Another way is strace, but it is unlikely to help you, unless you're
experienced enough to interpret it's *ton* of messages.

If all else fails, try getting the X 4.1 rpms from I'm running
x3270 under 4.1, so it's not a problem with the combo.


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