[clug] problems with Ubuntu 9.10 on eeePC

jhock jhock at iinet.net.au
Mon Nov 16 18:37:29 MST 2009

On Tue, 2009-11-17 at 10:30 +1100, Andrew Janke wrote:
> On Tue, Nov 17, 2009 at 09:54, jhock <jhock at iinet.net.au> wrote:
> > On Tue, 2009-11-17 at 09:40 +1100, Scott Ferguson wrote:
> >> I don't run Ubuntu (but it is mostly Debian based)...
> >> Iceweasel/firefox keeps it's associations in (as noted by David
> >> Cottrill) in ~/.mozilla/firefox/randomfilename.default/pluginreg.dat
> >> The file says "Generated File. Do not edit." - however I have edited it
> >> without problems. Syntax is pretty basic, note that there is no line
> >> breaks between plugins.
> >
> > I will wait to see other suggestions before I edit this file. It was
> > working fine before I upgraded both Ubuntu and Firefox.
> Have you tried making a new user:

Thanks for the suggestion. I created a new user. The time fromboot to
login prompt is 1 minute 5 seconds.
The time for my user to login is another 15 seconds.
The time for the new user to login is 18 seconds. 

I don't think that there is an improvement for the new user.

>    System->Administration->Users and Groups->Add User
> Logout, login as new user and then see if firefox and your .dat files
> work?  There may be something going amiss with an old firefox profile
> that went beserk during the upgrade.

Firefox still didn't open the HTML content of the .dat file for the new

> I would be also interested to know if the machine boots into the new
> user faster than your old user. 

No. The new user is not faster.

> Sadly gnome seems to create a lot
> .config files of questionable value (at times).  With an upgrade I
> invariably start with a clean home directory and then only add in the
> files that I know I want. (.bashrc, .inputrc, etc).

I will try that next time once this problem is fixed.

> Yes I know that things should just upgrade nicely and from a system
> point of view this has been nearly always true for me (with
> debian/Ubuntu upgrades), user config is always interesting though.

They have always done so in the past. I was worried when this upgrade
mentioned that it doesn't support universe software and that these
programs would be deleted during the upgrade. I then had to use the
synaptic programme manager to add the universal stuff again.

Thanks for the thoughts and help.


> ---
> As a side-note for those with NFS mounted home directories (or a home
> directory somewhere other than /home) when you upgrade to Karmic, be
> sure to also fiddle with apparmor. Specifically
> /etc/apparmor.d/tunables/home should have HOMEDIRS set.
> eg:
>    murdoch:~$ cat /etc/apparmor.d/tunables/home
>    # @{HOME} is a space-separated list of all user home directories. While
>    # it doesn't refer to a specific home directory (AppArmor doesn't
>    # enforce discretionary access controls) it can be used as if it did
>    # refer to a specific home directory
>    @{HOME}=@{HOMEDIRS}/*/ /root/
>    # @{HOMEDIRS} is a space-separated list of where user home directories
>    # are stored, for programs that must enumerate all home directories on a
>    # system.
>    @{HOMEDIRS}=/home/ /data/home/
> I mount homedirs in /data/home
> --
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