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Nov
29
comment Ubuntu on Asus X205TA
The absence of /mnt/EFI/BOOT was my fault; I was using a 32-bit iso, not the 64-bit. Sorry for the noise. But, with that resolved, I still cannot install ubuntu as normal. When booting off of the usb, I am dropped into a grub rescue prompt. I don't know how to proceed from there.
Nov
29
comment Trying to install Ubuntu on ASUS X205TA
The instructions you link to could be a bit clearer (and I've not been able to get them to work all the way through). The suggestion is to prepare the USB key from which you want to install onto the x205TA on another machine which has an installation of ubuntu 14.10; the tools used aren't available on Windows. This would have been better posted as a comment on the answer at askubuntu.com/questions/551320/ubuntu-on-asus-x205ta.
Nov
29
comment Ubuntu on Asus X205TA
It helps, but not all the way :-) Your link says "cp /tmp/bootia32.efi /mnt/EFI/BOOT/" There was no /mnt/EFI, so I mkdir'ed /mnt/EFI/BOOT and followed along. I did get the ASUS to boot off of the USB (Huzzah!) but only into a grub2 prompt. So, I'm not able to "Install Ubuntu as usual." A bit more detail about how to proceed would be useful. Thanks for the help so far, though!
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
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
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
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
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
7
comment Tips for getting to grips with the command line
@George Edison: True enough. But, if it is a new user at issue (as it is in the question), they will not be very likely to have changed the shell from the default and thus will have tab completion.
Jul
31
comment Tips for getting to grips with the command line
@mac9416: Indeed. I'd never tried that before :-[ Modified the answer to take this into account. Thanks!
Jul
30
comment Why do I need root privileges to umount a drive at the command line, but not in nautilus? How to change?
Um, your welcome for my provoking you into giving a really good answer to my question. :-)