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      Mandriva Official Documentation

      Official documentation for extant versions of Mandriva can be found at doc.mandriva.com.   Documentation for the latest release may take some time to appear there. You can install all the manuals from the main repository if you have Mandriva installed - files are prefixed mandriva-doc.
    • paul

      Forum software upgrade   10/29/17

      So you may have noticed the forum software has upgraded !!!
      A few things that have changed. We no longer have community blogs (was never really used) We no longer have a portal page.
      We can discuss this, and decide whether it is needed (It costs money) See this thread: Here


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  1. Joining wmv movie clips

    Give HJSplit for Linux or HJSplit for Java a try. I use the Java version and it is very good at joining files. As long as you have the first part with the correct suffix (.01, .001 etc) it will automatically locate the rest.
  2. Keeping updates/Installed software rpm's? [solved]

    An alternative might be to use Smart instead of rpmdrake as your package installer. I've been using it for about 6 months now & haven't had any problems at all. It has extra benefits such as being able to add repository mirrors (in case your regular one is down). You can set it to keep installed rpm's: How do I keep the downloaded files after installation?
  3. urpmi update problems [solved]

    I haven't experienced any major problems using ftp with the full hdlist.cz (and I'm on dial-up). The worst situation I've had is when a server is down. That's why I use Smart as my package manager now - I can set up mirrors for each repository so if one server is down, it will download from another. An easy way to add mirrors is via smart-urpmi as you can just right-click & copy the ftp links across to paste them into Smart.
  4. Linux banners

    Excellent banners, but I did notice a small spelling error on this one: There should be an "n" before the "m" (as in Governments). Aside from that, I think they are great. Thanks for such a good effort. :D
  5. Downloading Kernel updates

    Those instructions seem to be a little out of date now. In Mandriva 2007 upgrading the kernel via the Control Center, urpmi or Smart will set up the dependencies and make the bootloader changes automatically. To Richard1098: to do it via the MCC or Smart, don't just check updates for the new kernel, as the newer kernel probably won't be listed. Instead, search for "kernel" in the normal "install software" section. You will then be given a list of kernels - just select "kernel-" and hit the install button. When you next boot up, the system will default to the new kernel, and the older ones will be listed below.
  6. Configuring tmpwatch

    Thanks for your quick reply Mhn. It looks like a list of sub-directories that tmpwatch should ignore (such as /tmp/.ICE-unix). I've left the $TMPWATCH_EXCLUDES in the cron file & just added my home tmp directory to the end of the line.
  7. Configuring tmpwatch

    Hi all - I have tmpwatch installed on my system, and it is supposed to do a daily clean of the /tmp & /var/tmp folders, removing files not accessed in the past 10 days. When I checked the /etc/cron.daily/tmpwatch file, this is how it was configured: I notice that it has "$TMPWATCH_EXCLUDES" before "240 /tmp /var/tmp" - does that mean it is set by default not to work on those 2 folders? As they are the ones I do want to regularly clean, along with my /home/seaeagle/tmp folder, should I change that line to: I just want to make sure I have things right. Thanks.
  8. Just my 2 cents about video vs print: Not everyone using Linux has broadband. Videos can be great for those who do, but may not be practical for those of us who don't. I know that I usually skip most things which require downloading a flash or video presentation (unless I desperately want them, and/or know exactly what they contain). But I do save plenty of print articles. It makes it easier to go straight to the section I need at the time. Beagle also indexes them, so it takes seconds to bring up the search box & find what I need. Now, regarding CLI vs GUI, a magazine should cater to both. Unless we want Linux to remain a minority OS just for geeks, we have to face the fact that many people used to Windows or Mac are used to using a GUI. Putting a magazine out aimed specifically at CLI will not do a great deal when it comes to getting more people to give Linux a try. I know that, because I have a relative who tried Linux a few years ago & gave up on it because he wanted a system which required less use of the command line. I'm slowly converting him back now that he's seen how easy it is to do things using KDE & other GUI's.
  9. I certainly would be interested in a magazine. I don't know how much I could contribute though - I'm not too much of a geek. More of a GUI over CLI sort of person :D. I have every issue of Tux, and I have read them all. I've learnt a lot over the past couple of years from it, and will miss it a lot. To be successful I would see the magazine as having to cater to all sections of the community, not just the die-hard geeks. I buy Linux Magazine each month at the news stand & it has a good mix of articles for those with an in-depth knowledge, and those who are still on a steep learning curve (such as how to create a presentation using OpenOffice, or use a graphics program like the Gimp). All I can say is go for it. I would certainly be happy to post about it on my blog & the other forums I am a member of.
  10. How do I stop MCC auto-selecting updates? [solved]

    Thanks both of you for your replies. The reset selection is a work-around (especially if I remember to do it before I tick the ones I do want). I am very happy with Smart though - I can see myself sticking with it from now on.
  11. How do I stop MCC auto-selecting updates? [solved]

    Thanks ffi & alexpank. I installed Smart & find it very easy to use.
  12. How do I stop MCC auto-selecting updates? [solved]

    Thanks for the reply alexpank, but dependencies are not the actual problem (though I do find your advice helpful). The problem is that unrelated packages (basically everything which has an updated version) are being selected automatically. As an example, clam-av might have been updated, but I only want to download another program which has no related dependencies. I tick the one that I want, but when I hit accept to start the update, clam-av will appear as one of the rpms that is going to be downloaded. I then have to cancel, do a search for clam-av, and untick it. I just reinstalled my Mandriva & there are a lot of updates, but I'm happy to leave ones like OpenOffice to another time. So I have to manually untick the ones I don't want. The old way of ticking what you do want to download was much better. I'm getting around the problem by using old_rpmdrake at the moment, so it's not urgent - just a nuisance. BTW, a couple of other gripes I have about the new rpmdrake is that it doesn't tell you the file size, and it also doesn't tell which version you currently have installed when it shows an update available. Hopefully that is on the to-do list at Mandriva. :)
  13. Hi all - I'm on dial-up, so I don't always want to download every update at the one time. This is especially a nuisance when I want to install just a couple of files, and when I click accept, it says a lot more packages are going to be installed. I then have to cancel & manually untick the ones I don't wanty. Is there any way I can stop rpmdrake from selecting these packages automatically? I'm happy to edit the /usr/sbin/rpmdrake file if it will fix the problem. Thanks (and Happy New Year to all).
  14. "drivecleaner" removal on linux computer

    Regarding your version of Firefox, I would recommend that you check that you don't have 2 Firefox directories (such as /usr/lib/firefox & /usr/bin/firefox). You may have installed v1.5, but have your menu still pointing to the old 1.0.6 version. Also check via the Control Center to see if you have Firefox installed or not as it is available as an rpm. It is not difficult to install extensions in Firefox on Linux. I usually recommend that people download (by right clicking in Firefox & selecting & "Save link as") MR Tech Local Install first. Once you have saved it to a directory, open a file manager (such as Konqueror) & "drag" the file into your Firefox window. The extension install dialogue will then open. After installing Local Install restart Firefox. You can then open your extensions window (via the Tools menu) and install extensions directly from your hard drive as Local Install puts an install button in the extensions window.
  15. where are the on-line update files stored?

    I'm just glad that I could finally contribute something back to the forum that has given me so much help over the past couple of years. AussieJohn - those lines were already in my config file when I did the modifications yesterday. The first line tells rpmdrake which downloader to use to retrieve the files (Curl or Wget). The second line tells it to verify the package signatures. In your Control Centre, in the section where you select the repositories to download packages from, there is a "Global Options" button (at least there is in Mandriva 2007 - I don't know about earlier versions). That button gives you the option to choose your downloader & whether to verify packages, so I assume that's what writes to the config file. Maybe the lines got written into my file because I changed those options a couple of times. I see by your sig that you're using 2007 too, so it shouldn't do any harm to leave those lines in. What I'm doing with the downloaded updates is moving them across to my home partition afterwards. Then, if I do a reinstall in future, I can just move them all back to the urpmi cache. That way any updates that are still current won't be downloaded again, but it will still download those files where there have been several updates since then.