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Aug
20
accepted How to get rid of odd error line when ALT+TAB'ing away from an emacs launched in terminal
Aug
16
awarded  Critic
Aug
15
answered How to get rid of odd error line when ALT+TAB'ing away from an emacs launched in terminal
Aug
15
asked How to get rid of odd error line when ALT+TAB'ing away from an emacs launched in terminal
Aug
15
accepted How to fix a Package Manager Error in notification area after upgrading a fresh install of lucid with a '/home' from Jaunty?
Aug
15
comment How to fix a Package Manager Error in notification area after upgrading a fresh install of lucid with a '/home' from Jaunty?
Doing ls -l /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/ revealed that all files in that dir had root:root ownership and rw-r--r-- permissions, save /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/99synaptic. Running sudo chmod a+r /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/99synaptic fixed the problem as in @Oli's link. 99synaptic has a single line APT::Install-Recommends "true";. It's not at all clear why this needs to be world readable for things to function smoothly, nor why the permissions on 99synaptic should have been different than those of the other files in the dir. But, problem solved! Thanks!
Aug
15
comment How to fix a Package Manager Error in notification area after upgrading a fresh install of lucid with a '/home' from Jaunty?
@Source Lab: See my comment on @Oli's answer if interested. The file has almost no contents and it was a silly permissions problem.
Aug
15
revised How to fix a Package Manager Error in notification area after upgrading a fresh install of lucid with a '/home' from Jaunty?
removed a mass of detail that turned out not to be relevant
Aug
14
revised How to fix a Package Manager Error in notification area after upgrading a fresh install of lucid with a '/home' from Jaunty?
correted wretched thinko and correctly labelled the lst of *installed* packages, replacing the wrong *removed*. Doh!
Aug
14
revised How to fix a Package Manager Error in notification area after upgrading a fresh install of lucid with a '/home' from Jaunty?
added some detail in response to comments
Aug
14
comment How to fix a Package Manager Error in notification area after upgrading a fresh install of lucid with a '/home' from Jaunty?
@txwikinger: Yes. Off to edit to make that clear in the question.
Aug
14
asked How to fix a Package Manager Error in notification area after upgrading a fresh install of lucid with a '/home' from Jaunty?
Aug
14
awarded  Commentator
Aug
14
comment How to set up an Ubuntu 10.04 machine to accept ssh requests only from within the local network?
@msw: I did already have my router set up to silently ignore incoming requests, but putting that tip here was a good idea. Thanks!
Aug
14
asked How to set up an Ubuntu 10.04 machine to accept ssh requests only from within the local network?
Aug
11
comment “Ubuntu is an ancient african word, meaning 'I can't configure Debian.'” — why did they write that?
I don't see this as needing downvotes. It can be read as an honest question coming from not having understood the joke.
Aug
11
comment How can I access system mail in /var/mail/ via thunderbird?
@Dennis: Thanks. I wasn't pleased by the permissions, either. They were suggested by the thunderbird interface. I tried removing world write access, but that prevented access to the mail. Having fetched the backlog, I've reverted.
Aug
11
accepted How can I access system mail in /var/mail/ via thunderbird?
Aug
11
comment How can I access system mail in /var/mail/ via thunderbird?
Well, now I feel foolish. (I'd tried some time ago and hope that the option in the wizard post-dates that, else I don't know how I missed it!) Thanks. It was also necessary to run sudo chmod 01777 /var/mail to get this to work, as without, thunderbird complained it couldn't write a ~.lock file.
Aug
11
asked How can I access system mail in /var/mail/ via thunderbird?