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Re: [SLE] Konsole errors after OOo update
  • From: "Hylton Conacher (ZR1HPC)" <hylton@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 11 Feb 2005 19:37:08 +0200
  • Message-id: <420CED44.2030508@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Jeffrey Laramie wrote:
On Thursday 10 February 2005 11:04, Hylton Conacher (ZR1HPC) wrote:


Recently updated OOo on my SuSE 9.0 system from 1.1.0 to 1.1.3.

Everything has been just fine, to my limited knowledge except in the
following scenario:

Just before I am to shutdown the machine for the night, I log out of KDE
as a user and login as root.
I mount the HDD to be used as my backup destination, and delete the old
/home from it using Konqueror.
Then I open Konsole and whatever I do (normally it is the command of
'cp -a /home /backupHDD/home') there works fine but the Konsole window
on KDE CANNOT be closed, although I have not tried killing the process
via top from the Alt-F2 console.
The only way to get some sort of decent behaviour out of the system is
to log out, or failing that Alt-F2 and reboot/shutdown.

What could be affecting this as the OOo update was done, satisfying
allot of dependencies, with Yast? How can I repair it, preferably
without reverting back to OOo 1.1.0 or forward to OOo 1.1.4?

I don't have an answer to this question but I have a suggestion. You're putting a lot of effort into a procedure that is easily automated. Why don't you put rsync in a cron job? This would be about 100x faster than the way you are doing it and you don't even have to be there. There's probably a dozen ways to do this but a simple way is to put a bash script in /etc/cron.daily that runs:

rsync -a --delete /home/ /backupHDD/home

This will create a mirror of the /home directory and delete any file in the target that has been deleted in /home. See man rsync for all the options. I'm not sure why you remount the target drive every day, but if you need to you can put the mount command in the script as well.

Tnx for the suggestion Jeff,

Creating a cron script that has root privileges has been on my todo list for some time. I had previously investigated as rsync and cp amongst others and decided to stick with cp.

Right now however, I am concentrating a fair bit on understanding and setting up a 9.2 mailserver at home along with some localized help. Hopefully he will have PLENTY of patience as I've only really used the KDE X interface to work on Linux. :)

Hylton Conacher - Linux user # 229959 at
Currently using SuSE 9.0 Professional with KDE 3.1

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