I recently installed the waldorf 32 bit build for older systems on an Acer 3004, and had the wifi etc all working fine. I have been tweaking to help appearance, and today I installed the big-cursor from Debian as I couldn't see any cursors listed when I typed this:
update-alternatives --config x-cursor-theme
and I found the cursor really hard to see sometimes
I was fairly shocked to see it prompt me to uninstall something like 30 packages, but I thought the system must be right and said sure, you go ahead, knock yourself out...
now I'm left in that classic catch-22 again where somehow the network manager has been uninstalled (I think) and my wifi switch (this is a physical switch in the front of the laptop) light is constantly off even though I can see it listed as both soft and hard unblocked
is there an easy way to restore the packages taken from my system. I will live with the small cursor if that has to be installed. everything must be done either by restoring from the package archives folder or copying to a usb drive and installing that way. I can't connect to the internet by ethernet at the moment...and not sure when that would be available
/var/log/dpkg.log should make it possible to list the packages that were removed.
Then it is a question to find out if the packages are still in the cache(s) - /var/cache/apt/archives - or need to be downloaded separately and installed with dpkg -i.
Should be no problem if you have another system connected to the net.
Just give us a shout if you run into problems.
Last edited by xaos52 (2013-04-26 17:59:30)
ok that's good to know. so I just find a package with a given filename in the cache and run -dpkg 1 <filename>
in any case I'm now thinking I should possibly have installed statler as I did not notice at the time that waldorf is not a stable release. if I wanted to completely reinstall on the same partition (I previously installed using pendrive for linux on this second partition - first partition is win xp) do I just run the installer again and does it do a "quick" format of the drive
there's no data to lose as yet so I'm not worried about that. I just want to know how to do this, and also it will be useful in future when I mess the system up by installing a different cursor (silly of me!)
later on I want to find a decent system backup so I can backup to an external drive and create restore points. for the moment this will have to do...
That should be a lower case 'i' with dpkg ('i'nstall).
I suggest you stay with Waldorf/Wheezy as it is going stable any day now, & has better more up to date drivers.
You can just re install to the same partition it is on now if you want.
thanks for that.
also the links to the books - I'm just getting to linux and will definitely have a peek.
just wondering if there's a way to download releases via straight http or ftp rather than torrents as my attempt to download statler looks like it's failed. I don't generally torrent and I tried to do it in Opera but I didn't know if it was properly downloaded because I'm not familiar with "this torrent malarky"
woohoo I'm back in. reinstalled waldorf was fairly painless so must keep distro backup where I can remember it next time! now what did I want to do with this here crunchbang...I don't suppose anyone can help with that