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by bjtheone
Wed Jun 03, 2020 1:01 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Cannot Start pcmanfm Using Debian Terminal Environment
Replies: 2
Views: 63

Re: Cannot Start pcmanfm Using Debian Terminal Environment

It is not clear which model Pi you are trying to do this. Stretch is not going to work on a 4B.

Are you sure you correctly added the required environmental variables to .bashrc and sourced it?
by bjtheone
Wed Jun 03, 2020 12:37 am
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: intermittent keyboard with latest OS ?
Replies: 8
Views: 206

Re: intermittent keyboard with latest OS ?

Another discovery... my keyboard settings seemed odd. Using raspi-config to reset it to a standard 104 key english keyboard seems to have stopped some of the odd behaviour. For example I once again have a behaving backspace key. I am absolutely sure I did not mess with the keyboard setup and have no...
by bjtheone
Wed Jun 03, 2020 12:32 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Bricked Raspberry Pi 4
Replies: 12
Views: 471

Re: Bricked Raspberry Pi 4

A healthy Pi that has been busy doing "stuff" will get definitely get warmer. Too hot to touch if it is just booted up and sitting at idle is an indication of something wrong. I would describe it as "warm" but it hasn't booted up. Not sure what you mean by "idling"... the red light is on all the ti...
by bjtheone
Wed Jun 03, 2020 12:24 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: 349 packages can't be reinstalled, updates not showing, what did I do? How to fix?
Replies: 7
Views: 228

Re: 349 packages can't be reinstalled, updates not showing, what did I do? How to fix?

Current times: Just restart over. Honestly it is usually easier unless you are quite comfortable at the command line. Olden times: Learn about dpkg and its many many switches. It is what is being run when you run apt, apt-get, aptitude, synaptic, etc. Often you could: open /var/lib/dpkg/status Searc...
by bjtheone
Wed Jun 03, 2020 12:11 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Raspberry Pi OS (64 bit) beta test version
Replies: 75
Views: 3994

Re: Raspberry Pi OS (64 bit) beta test version

I suspect the thinking is test the full version and if it is bug free, the version without some of the extra apps, no window manager, no xserver should be fine too. However, until you have nailed down all the little issues, why build and maintain 2 branches.
by bjtheone
Tue Jun 02, 2020 6:33 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: RPi4 wake up after power failure
Replies: 13
Views: 1125

Re: RPi4 wake up after power failure

PD: about ups, i saw some posts here about people connecting pis to power banks and then the power banks to wall. It seemed like a good solution for me but i dont have much space where the pi is and i wouldnt want to have more things there. That's a difficult solution. Most powerbanks can't be char...
by bjtheone
Tue Jun 02, 2020 5:14 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: off the grid, internet options
Replies: 17
Views: 433

Re: off the grid, internet options

What? The original coax ethernet was brilliant. String some coax around the office and you have your machines networked. No hubs or switches required. No wall warts required to power them. No tangle of cables for those wall warts. It was simple and great. Until someone trips over a cable or you're ...
by bjtheone
Tue Jun 02, 2020 5:02 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Bricked Raspberry Pi 4
Replies: 12
Views: 471

Re: Bricked Raspberry Pi 4

On the other hand in that thread Pi Moderator mahjongg also says: "If the main chip gets hot then your Pi is dead or dying. If it stays cold it is probably Ok." And the case on my Pi4 does get warm when the Pi is left plugged in. As I mentioned before I also have other sd cards that I was using in ...
by bjtheone
Tue Jun 02, 2020 11:32 am
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: intermittent keyboard with latest OS ?
Replies: 8
Views: 206

Re: intermittent keyboard with latest OS ?

If you have nothing connected to the USB 3.0 ports, then it is not USB interference. There have also been reports of issues with some HDMI cables creating issues, which I think were more of an issue with certain resolutions. However, that issue seemed to impact WiFi performance. I did not spend a lo...
by bjtheone
Mon Jun 01, 2020 7:25 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: intermittent keyboard with latest OS ?
Replies: 8
Views: 206

Re: intermittent keyboard with latest OS ?

I am using both a USB 3.0 USB data stick and a USB 3.0 connected SSD along with a wireless keyboard and mouse. However, I have been using this exact setup for at least 6 months and have never experienced any issues. By exact same, I mean all cabling, peripherals, and physical location and orientatio...
by bjtheone
Mon Jun 01, 2020 7:03 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Minimalist Distro w/o Bloatware/Extra Programs
Replies: 5
Views: 198

Re: Minimalist Distro w/o Bloatware/Extra Programs

Well Lite + xserver + a window manager. But absolutely you can easily build a slimmed down version. The key is to ensure you use the right switches (--no-install-recommends) for your apt commands, when you are installing, to avoid bringing in the kitchen sink. For example to install xserver you woul...
by bjtheone
Mon Jun 01, 2020 6:56 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: off the grid, internet options
Replies: 17
Views: 433

Re: off the grid, internet options

Token ring brought even more joy to network types. Especially when your ring spanned multiple floors and even buildings. There were many things that were very "cool" about Apollo workstations, but that was not one of them.
by bjtheone
Mon Jun 01, 2020 5:10 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: intermittent keyboard with latest OS ?
Replies: 8
Views: 206

Re: intermittent keyboard with latest OS ?

I starting seeing odd wireless keyboard behaviour after updating this weekend. At first I just thought it was low batteries, and replaced them. The symptoms were missing characters, odd cursor movements (usually jumping backwards in the text), and some freezes. Replacing the batteries seemed to help...
by bjtheone
Mon Jun 01, 2020 2:37 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: I can't find anyone connecting to a TV wirelessly?!?!?
Replies: 4
Views: 199

Re: I can't find anyone connecting to a TV wirelessly?!?!?

I am curious of the use case. The only one I can come up with is a studio type apartment, where your computer desk is in the same room as the TV, but still fairly far away or located such that you don't have a good way to run an HDMI cable, and you have a monitor attached to the Pi. If you are not i...
by bjtheone
Mon Jun 01, 2020 2:20 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Notepad++
Replies: 11
Views: 477

Re: Notepad++

This might be interesting for notepad++ users:

https://itsfoss.com/notepad-plus-plus-linux/

Still will not solve the ARM vs x86 issue though....
by bjtheone
Sat May 30, 2020 8:50 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Two text editors?
Replies: 19
Views: 459

Re: Two text editors?

Not just those... ed and ex are also there (by default). Those, particularly ed, are the "go to" editors for OMG...the full screen stuff isn't working. I still have flashbacks to a fairly ghastly time when we had a programming course in university and they would not give lowly undergrads access to ...
by bjtheone
Sat May 30, 2020 8:31 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Raspbian rename to Raspberry Pi OS - a bad idea?
Replies: 78
Views: 2589

Re: Raspbian rename to Raspberry Pi OS - a bad idea?

No, what it is is that if you restrict your use of computers to only what can be done with a GUI and clicky, clicky mouse actions you are depriving your self of the enormous capabilities computers have. Completely agree. However, with how far GUIs have come a computer can be a tool for a a child. T...
by bjtheone
Sat May 30, 2020 8:12 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Raspbian rename to Raspberry Pi OS - a bad idea?
Replies: 78
Views: 2589

Re: Raspbian rename to Raspberry Pi OS - a bad idea?

The FRC has never really impacted my consciousness so I just checked it out. Wow, 150 pound, 6 wheeled robots with pneumatic systems. Awesome. That is the kind of thing we dreamed about in school back in the mid 1970's. Now, how to get them onto the command line...? Given that I finished high schoo...
by bjtheone
Sat May 30, 2020 2:38 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Raspbian rename to Raspberry Pi OS - a bad idea?
Replies: 78
Views: 2589

Re: Raspbian rename to Raspberry Pi OS - a bad idea?

I also mentor high school students in robotics and we don't spend much time at the command line anymore. I'm curious. What actually do you do? Are all these robots dragging screen, keyboard and mouse around with them? The program is FRC, which is really using robotics as the hook to get high school...
by bjtheone
Sat May 30, 2020 12:30 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Raspbian rename to Raspberry Pi OS - a bad idea?
Replies: 78
Views: 2589

Re: Raspbian rename to Raspberry Pi OS - a bad idea?

I respectfully disagree with you. My journey with Unix and Linux predates GUIs. I am very comfortable with CLIs. I also spent around 10 years a sysadmin and environment developer for high end cad tools, back when they all ran on SunOS, Solaris, HP-UX or Domain. Perl and shell scripts were the glue t...
by bjtheone
Fri May 29, 2020 11:24 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Filtering data in file...
Replies: 14
Views: 240

Re: Filtering data in file...

Look up anchoring your regexs. "/^five" does not work for the data line "four five" I don't want to, but the OP will learn more by trying mine and seeing how that fails. Your answer is arcane without a complex explanation. I suspect the first hit one gets if you put "anchoring regex" into Google wo...
by bjtheone
Fri May 29, 2020 11:17 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Raspbian rename to Raspberry Pi OS - a bad idea?
Replies: 78
Views: 2589

Re: Raspbian rename to Raspberry Pi OS - a bad idea?

I actually use "Debian," ... That is the road to hell. After you have been to hell and back you know that Raspbian does many things differently than stock Debian. Like all the networking and WiFi configuration. Raspbian... the functional Debian specifically for the Pi.... Speaking as someone who ha...
by bjtheone
Fri May 29, 2020 11:09 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Raspbian rename to Raspberry Pi OS - a bad idea?
Replies: 78
Views: 2589

Re: Raspbian rename to Raspberry Pi OS - a bad idea?

[If you follow the link, the next page is very clear that is a 32 bit version. So the top link is just to point you to the page where you choose which bit depth you want (not there yet, only the 32 bit version). My apologies. Looking at the download page, the verbiage (Alternatively, use the links ...
by bjtheone
Fri May 29, 2020 8:04 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Filtering data in file...
Replies: 14
Views: 240

Re: Filtering data in file...

Look up anchoring your regexs.

"/^five" does not work for the data line "four five"
by bjtheone
Fri May 29, 2020 7:30 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Raspbian rename to Raspberry Pi OS - a bad idea?
Replies: 78
Views: 2589

Re: Raspbian rename to Raspberry Pi OS - a bad idea?

mikerr wrote:
Fri May 29, 2020 7:19 pm
No point until 64bit is out of beta and also on that page
Except that is yet another name change, and given that folks know the 64bit version is out there somewhere, they have no idea at a glance which one the current one on the downloads page is.

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