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Re: [vox-tech] emergency: please help. /lib keeps disappearing
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Re: [vox-tech] emergency: please help. /lib keeps disappearing

On Wed 26 May 04,  8:48 AM, Issac Trotts <ijtrotts@ucdavis.edu> said:
> On Wed, May 26, 2004 at 06:52:22AM -0700, Peter Jay Salzman wrote:
> [...]
> > Good.  Now I begin to recover packages.  I don't know how to get a list
> > of all packages that install files in /lib, so I do the only thing I
> > know how to do:
> > 
> >    COLUMNS=255 dpkg -l "*" | grep -v 'description'
> >       | awk '{ print $2 }' > recover.sh
> > 
> > which gives me a list of all installed packages.  BTW, if anybody knows
> > how to generate a list of all packages which have files in /lib, I'd
> > like to know.
> (for i in $(dpkg -l '*'|grep -v description|awk '{print $2}'); do  
>     if dpkg -L $i | grep '^/lib/' > /dev/null ; then 
>         echo $i 
>     fi 
> done) | less
> [...]
> > That's about the only thing I can think of to try (other than installing
> > Gentoo which I've been thinking about for a few weeks now).
> Is there a reason to think Gentoo would have fewer problems than Debian?

thx, by the way!   :-)

at some point during the history of this machine, a number of problems
developed with X:

1. X got slowish.  switching between console and X produced a 3 or 4
   second "stutter" for lack of a better word.  during the stutter, the
   screen would freeze and would have garbage drawn on it.

   when the stutter ended, everything got back to normal.

2. X just slowed down a bit period.  not much, but perceptible.

3. mesa package continually breaks for my card.  it took an NMU after a
   LONG time to fix DRI on this machine, which sucks, because this
   machine is specifically for gaming.

4. i continutally go between X and console.  after i kill X two or three
   times, the console breaks.  it looks like the console points to
   somewhere else in memory.  before you suggest, this is NOT a display
   problem.  it can't be fixed with a "reset" or "stty sane".  it's a
   memory issue.

they didn't happen all at once.  it's been incremental, as X got
updated and ran the course of a couple of years.

when i use a live CD, like knoppix, these problems go away.  i believe
these are compilation / packaging issues.  i'd like to see if compiling
everything from scratch fixes them.  i just booted knoppix for the first
time a few weeks ago, and the difference between X on my hard drive and
X on knoppix was startling.

i realize that you can certainly compile your own on debian, but from
what i've read about gentoo, the whole concept appeals to me.


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