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by GavinW
Tue Feb 04, 2020 10:02 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Is there a program that previews what is on the mail server?
Replies: 1
Views: 250

Is there a program that previews what is on the mail server?

Is there a program that presents to me the date, sender and subject headers of the email waiting on my email server, lets me choose which to download and which to delete on the server (without downloading)? In RISC OS I use Messenger Pro, and I wondered if there were any Raspbian applications with s...
by GavinW
Sun Feb 02, 2020 3:34 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Unremovable zero-byte files?
Replies: 9
Views: 610

Re: Unremovable zero-byte files?

Thank you. Your explanation and the Wikipedia article on Dconf have been very useful.
by GavinW
Sun Feb 02, 2020 2:26 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Unremovable zero-byte files?
Replies: 9
Views: 610

Re: Unremovable zero-byte files?

Thanks PeterO. Does MINT use the same filemanager as Raspbian? It looks as if the 'user.abc...' files are put in the folder dconf for some sort of diagnostic purpose after a filemanager error. Does my method of exorcism also work for you? A nasty thought: will something go wrong as a consequence of ...
by GavinW
Sun Feb 02, 2020 1:40 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Unremovable zero-byte files?
Replies: 9
Views: 610

Re: Unremovable zero-byte files?

Thanks for your replies. The 'ls' command did not show the phantom files at all. But I solved the problem by creating a temporary folder dconf1 in ~/.config, moving the original file dconf/user into it, then sending the whole folder dconf to trash, then renaming dconf1 to dconf. I suspect that the p...
by GavinW
Sun Feb 02, 2020 1:15 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Unremovable zero-byte files?
Replies: 9
Views: 610

Re: Unremovable zero-byte files?

PS. The problem is evidently with the filemanager's display because 'ls -1b' does not display the phantom files.
by GavinW
Sun Feb 02, 2020 1:04 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Unremovable zero-byte files?
Replies: 9
Views: 610

Unremovable zero-byte files?

The Raspbian (Buster) file manager displays two files named user.abcde (where a,b,c,d,e are capital alphanumerics) inside ~/.config/dconf whose properties say they have zero byte content. The command 'rm user.*' when used from the commandline says "No such file or directory", and the 'Move to Trash'...
by GavinW
Sun Aug 18, 2019 11:05 am
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Somebody hold my hand
Replies: 1
Views: 210

Somebody hold my hand

I just got an Rpi4. I have tried once already to make Buster run from a hard-disk, but it did not, so I started all over again installing Buster from Noobs. Now I am trying again. I installed gparted and formatted my hard disk into 4 ext4 partitions. I used dd to copy the root partition /dev/mmcblk0...
by GavinW
Fri Jul 26, 2019 12:39 pm
Forum: Advanced users
Topic: Running Raspbian from USB Devices : Made Easy
Replies: 245
Views: 83937

Re: Running Raspbian on USB Devices : Made Easy

Please excuse a naive question on this thread. I have an Rpi4 with a USB(C) HDD attachable to it. Can I have Buster loaded from the HDD if it is attached, but loaded from the SSD card otherwise? Does this make sense?
by GavinW
Thu Jul 18, 2019 7:56 pm
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: Buster bug report thread
Replies: 305
Views: 66735

Re: Buster bug report thread

Excuse me if this has been raised in another post. I got my Rpi4 today and installed Raspbian Buster (full install). All went well until I ticked OpenBox Configuration Manager in Preferences -> Main Menu Editor and then tried to use it to shuffle the window furniture icons, as I could in Stretch. Th...
by GavinW
Wed Dec 19, 2018 10:59 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: obconf issue following upgrade to Stretch 4.14.79-v7+
Replies: 10
Views: 1935

Re: obconf issue following upgrade to Stretch 4.14.79-v7+

I too have just done a sudo apt-get dist-upgrade and uname -a says Linux Raspberrypi 4.14.79-v7+. As for you, obconf does not seem to work, nor does lxappearance. That command brings up the error Failed to load module "atk-bridge".
by GavinW
Wed Dec 19, 2018 9:57 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Items in preferences menu not working
Replies: 1
Views: 208

Items in preferences menu not working

The Openbox Configuration Manager and the Theme and Appearance items in the Preferences submenu appear to be doing nothing but producing the eggtimer hourglass. How do I get these working again? And how do I find out which versions of Linux and the GUI I have? Should not the desktop be providing an ...
by GavinW
Mon Oct 08, 2018 5:51 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Inserting text with a single keystroke
Replies: 1
Views: 313

Inserting text with a single keystroke

In RISC OS I can program certain keys so that by pressing them my email address, say, is inserted wherever the input focus is. I would like to be able to do this in Raspbian. I tried inserting into ~/.config/openbox/lxde-pi-rc.xml a keybinding that ran the command "echo <my email-address>", but it d...
by GavinW
Tue May 22, 2018 8:28 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Help! Start menu icon has disappeared.
Replies: 1
Views: 721

Re: Help! Start menu icon has disappeared.

Panic over. The file manager has an icon on the taskbar, and I used its Go menu option to get to the application to reset the default theme.
by GavinW
Tue May 22, 2018 7:37 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Help! Start menu icon has disappeared.
Replies: 1
Views: 721

Help! Start menu icon has disappeared.

Using Raspbian Stretch. The main menu icon is no longer there. I think I must have selected a theme that does not show it. Now I cannot shut down or reset the appearance preferences to the default. Help please!
by GavinW
Tue Mar 27, 2018 9:09 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Can openbox display filetypes?
Replies: 0
Views: 178

Can openbox display filetypes?

I am using Raspbian Stretch with the openbox-lxde GUI. I note that files with leafnames matching *.html, *.old, *.pdf, and doubtless many other extenders, are displayed by the GUI with a different icon. I like programming with Lua and I would like to have the *.lua extender display an appropriate ic...
by GavinW
Fri Jan 26, 2018 5:56 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Please help a confirmed GUI addict. How do I ...
Replies: 20
Views: 2322

Re: Please help a confirmed GUI addict. How do I ...

There is a matter in which I could do with advice. Since getting going with Raspbian I have installed various pieces of software - browsers, for example - and later changed my mind. If I installed them with sudo agt-get install I used sudo apt-get purge to remove them. But I still see a lot of cruft...
by GavinW
Fri Jan 26, 2018 3:27 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Please help a confirmed GUI addict. How do I ...
Replies: 20
Views: 2322

Re: Please help a confirmed GUI addict. How do I ...

@Paeryn. Many thanks for the information. I have now modified /home/pi/.config/openbox/lxde-pi-rc.xml by commenting out an <action name="raise"> tag and now I can drag one window behind another. Furthermore, because lxde-pi-rc.xml is so easy to read, I have been able to discover all sorts of useful ...
by GavinW
Fri Jan 26, 2018 10:30 am
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Please help a confirmed GUI addict. How do I ...
Replies: 20
Views: 2322

Re: Please help a confirmed GUI addict. How do I ...

@Paeryn. Thanks I found that Preferences -> Openbox Configuration Manager -> Mouse lets me separate focus from top-of-stack. Unfortunately it does not let me move a window without popping it back to the top. There appears to be no mechanism for dragging a window underneath another one, which corresp...
by GavinW
Thu Jan 25, 2018 10:58 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Please help a confirmed GUI addict. How do I ...
Replies: 20
Views: 2322

Re: Please help a confirmed GUI addict. How do I ...

Cannot go back to Windows as I was never there in the first place. I have been a RISC OS user since forever. I grant you that Linux is marvellous. I am looking forward to learning more. I see that SciTE's Help -> SciTE Help option runs a command called xdg-open which looks a bit like Filer_Run in RI...
by GavinW
Thu Jan 25, 2018 7:10 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Please help a confirmed GUI addict. How do I ...
Replies: 20
Views: 2322

Please help a confirmed GUI addict. How do I ...

Entering commands by hand one risks typing errors. Better to select information from a menu and initiate actions with mouseclicks. That is surely why we have GUIs. Take entry of a file's pathname as a parameter; in RISC OS I hold down the SHIFT key and drag the file's icon into the command window or...
by GavinW
Wed Dec 06, 2017 8:19 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: How do I mend the Preferences menu in Pixel?
Replies: 4
Views: 765

Re: How do I mend the Preferences menu in Pixel?

I have Stretch. The obsolescence of Pixel has passed me by. Does the Raspberry Pi desktop still have a name? I must say that I would appreciate some lessons about the inner workings of the GUI for Raspbian. I would be grateful for any pointers to useful information. Every Linux distribution seems to...
by GavinW
Wed Dec 06, 2017 9:25 am
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: How do I mend the Preferences menu in Pixel?
Replies: 4
Views: 765

Re: How do I mend the Preferences menu in Pixel?

This is normal ...
Thanks for that. I am reassured.
by GavinW
Tue Dec 05, 2017 6:58 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: How do I mend the Preferences menu in Pixel?
Replies: 4
Views: 765

How do I mend the Preferences menu in Pixel?

The Desktop Preferences option seems to open exactly the same dialog as Appearance Settings. I fear something is wrong, but short of a complete reinstall of Raspbian I do not know how to restore the system. It seems to have gone wrong after I installed Vivaldi.
by GavinW
Sat Nov 25, 2017 2:38 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Duplicate receivers?
Replies: 0
Views: 505

Duplicate receivers?

I have a Logitech K260/M210 wireless keyboard/mouse combination, which works fine on both my Raspberry Pis , one with Raspbian and the other with RISC OS. But I have to unplug the receiver and move it from one to the other. I bought a nano unifying receiver, thinking that if I could somehow clone th...
by GavinW
Sat Aug 19, 2017 6:49 am
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Replace file manager by rox-filer. Possible?
Replies: 3
Views: 1230

Re: Replace file manager by rox-filer. Possible?

Yes, and after I have done sudo apt-get install rox-filer what do I do next? I have successfully stretched Raspbian, and Pixel is now very handsome to look at. But I still do not know how to bind user-actions (clicks and drags) to commands. I note that if I go to Main Menu -> Preferences -> Desktop ...

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