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December 10th, 2009, 04:35 AM
I have been accused of "superfluous details." In my view, people do not take the time to understand what is pertinent.

I have pictures of my activities, I will provide only one link:


Since everybody hates pictures, however, in those pictures there could be some important information. My username on the free photo server is "kayvey" located in the "965" subdirectory. Directories are called "Albums" I have a subAlbum "ComPuter Pwobwems" that is located in the subdirectory "fsck" (note this relevance to the URL path) that has 2254 pictures. Relevant pictures for this are in 1) "Efforts to Run Gentoo Linux" (166 pictures) 2) "No X disaster Nov. 25, 2009" (97 pictures) 3) "Gentoo dmesg" (167 pictures--actually may not be relevant) and 4) "Trying to bring Ubuntu back up November 2009" (14 pictures).

Okay. Enough of what people don't want to hear. Here is a description of my activities that lead to my "No X" disaster. I had Ubuntu. I had put it on a 500GB disk that I bought separately. I took a screwdriver (like you can buy at Ace Hardware, hold in your hand, it's made of steel and plastic.) and pulled out the 2.5" Microsoft Vista containing HD from what I call the "master slot." The new HD is "bare bones" at least that is the term that the guy at Office Depot called it. I burnt a CD, followed instructions, and created an Ubuntu on my new disk. Periodically, for various reasons, I get out the screwdriver and swap the HDs instead of dual booting like most folks do. I have been a subscriber to FreeBSD mailing lists for quite some time now, and I noted at one point that there are at least others out there who may do something similar.

OK. No problems yet. Just trying to give relevant background. I'm sorry. I think I need to be clear.

THen. I get a NEW 2.5" HD for laptops. (My computer is a Gateway MD7818u). I decide that I am unhappy with the way my marker is smudging, so I create a word processor document with a slew of various sized Microsoft, Ubuntu, and Gentoo logos, and go to Kinkos and make a color print. I affix these logos to my three HDs appropriately, so I don't get mixed up when I swap.

OK. Everyone is bored. Sorry.

I also have this thing called a FireWire/USB2.0 PHR-S250CC external 2.5" hard drive enclosure. When I plug it into ubuntu, I see new /dev entries sdb, sdb1, sdb2, etc.

I burn a Gentoo CD. I go through some irritations seeing the network, and a guy on the Gentoo forums tells me that I can install from "an existing Linux installation," but it doesn't really talk about anything like my FireWire/USB2.0. I follow the instructions of chroot from Gentoo while it is mounted from the /dev/sdb3 (etc) location. I get a base system. I found I could swap the HDs and get a character based terminal that fills up the whole screen.

Now I want to build Gnome for Gentoo.

So I do it. I didn't realize there was a web page for that configuration, because I think they default to KDE maybe? There was a small blurb on the installation pages.. I try to figure out my USE flags..

well.. you guys don't care about Gentoo.

Anyway.. I am swapping back and forth, getting advice from the Gentoo folks, and end up successfully building a Gentoo Gnome, that I am now running. I plugged my Ubuntu disk into the FireWire/USB2.0. I just copied a bunch of stuff over.

Anyway.. I know I haven't given anybody much to work with here, but I feel it is important that everybody is clear about what happened. If anybody wants to engage me, I will be happy. If you are going to take one look at this "dissertation" as my mom has put it, and go "Huh?" I don't especially want to hear it.

OK. I am going to close with something I perhaps should have opened with, but I tried posting on Debian and they started talking about my MBR, but how is that relevant if I am not dual booting? Anyway. I am going to make myself a liar now, and post one more picture link:


my poor Ubuntu charater-based console is telling me that my "apt-get install gnome" has unmet dependencies in gnome-desktop-environment (=1:2.22.2~4ubuntu8) but ..
gnome-vfs-obexftp but it is not installable

I don't want to hear "blow everything away and start over," because it will be so much more fun chatting about this with anybody who gives me the time of day.

December 10th, 2009, 04:23 PM
Try first removing the HOLE gnome desktop, and then re-install it like this:

Uninstall(took it from http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/):

sudo apt-get remove aisleriot alacarte app-install-data-partner apport-gtk aptdaemon at-spi binfmt-support brasero brltty-x11 capplets-data checkbox checkbox-gtk cli-common compiz compiz-core compiz-fusion-plugins-extra compiz-fusion-plugins-main compiz-gnome compiz-plugins compiz-wrapper compizconfig-backend-gconf computer-janitor computer-janitor-gtk couchdb-bin dcraw desktop-file-utils desktopcouch devicekit-power dmz-cursor-theme doc-base docbook-xml empathy empathy-doc eog erlang-base erlang-crypto erlang-inets erlang-mnesia erlang-public-key erlang-runtime-tools erlang-ssl erlang-syntax-tools erlang-xmerl esound-clients esound-common espeak espeak-data evince evolution evolution-common evolution-couchdb evolution-data-server evolution-data-server-common evolution-documentation-en evolution-exchange evolution-indicator evolution-plugins evolution-webcal example-content f-spot file-roller firefox firefox-3.5 firefox-3.5-branding firefox-3.5-gnome-support firefox-gnome-support gamin gcalctool gconf-defaults-service gconf-editor gconf2 gconf2-common gdebi gdm gdm-guest-session gedit gedit-common ggzcore-bin gimp gimp-data gksu glchess glines gnect gnibbles gnobots2 gnome-about gnome-accessibility-themes gnome-applets gnome-applets-data gnome-blackjack gnome-bluetooth gnome-codec-install gnome-control-center gnome-desktop-data gnome-disk-utility gnome-doc-utils gnome-games gnome-games-common gnome-icon-theme gnome-keyring gnome-mag gnome-mahjongg gnome-media gnome-media-common gnome-menus gnome-mime-data gnome-nettool gnome-orca gnome-panel gnome-panel-data gnome-pilot gnome-pilot-conduits gnome-power-manager gnome-screensaver gnome-session gnome-session-bin gnome-session-canberra gnome-settings-daemon gnome-sudoku gnome-system-monitor gnome-system-tools gnome-terminal gnome-terminal-data gnome-themes-selected gnome-themes-ubuntu gnome-user-guide gnome-utils gnometris gnomine gnotravex gnotski gstreamer0.10-alsa gstreamer0.10-nice gstreamer0.10-plugins-base gstreamer0.10-plugins-base-apps gstreamer0.10-plugins-good gstreamer0.10-pulseaudio gstreamer0.10-tools gstreamer0.10-x gtali gtk2-engines gtk2-engines-murrine gtk2-engines-pixbuf gucharmap guile-1.8-libs gvfs gvfs-backends gvfs-bin gvfs-fuse human-theme humanity-icon-theme iagno ibus ibus-gtk ibus-m17n ibus-table indicator-applet indicator-applet-session indicator-messages indicator-session jockey-gtk language-selector launchpad-integration libanthy0 libart-2.0-2 libart2.0-cil libasound2-plugins libatspi1.0-0 libaudiofile0 libavahi-glib1 libavahi-gobject0 libavahi-ui0 libavc1394-0 libbabl-0.0-0 libbeagle1 libbonobo2-0 libbonobo2-common libbonoboui2-0 libbonoboui2-common libbrasero-media0 libcairo-perl libcairomm-1.0-1 libcamel1.2-14 libcanberra-gtk-module libcanberra-gtk0 libcanberra-pulse libcanberra0 libcdio-cdda0 libcdio-paranoia0 libcdio7 libclutter-1.0-0 libclutter-gtk-0.10-0 libcompizconfig0 libcouchdb-glib-1.0-1 libcroco3 libcryptui0 libcurl3 libdbusmenu-glib0 libdbusmenu-gtk0 libdecoration0 libdevkit-power-gobject1 libdotconf1.0 libdv4 libebackend1.2-0 libebook1.2-9 libecal1.2-7 libedata-book1.2-2 libedata-cal1.2-6 libedataserver1.2-11 libedataserverui1.2-8 libegroupwise1.2-13 libempathy-common libempathy-gtk-common libempathy-gtk28 libempathy30 libesd-alsa0 libespeak1 libevdocument1 libevent-1.4-2 libevview1 libexchange-storage1.2-3 libexempi3 libflickrnet2.2-cil libfreezethaw-perl libgail-common libgail-gnome-module libgail18 libgamin0 libgconf2-4 libgconf2.0-cil libgcr0 libgd2-xpm libgdata-common libgdata-google1.2-1 libgdata1.2-1 libgdata5 libgdict-1.0-6 libgdiplus libgdu-gtk0 libgdu0 libgegl-0.0-0 libggz2 libggzcore9 libggzmod4 libgimp2.0 libgksu2-0 libglade2-0 libglade2.0-cil libglib-perl libglib2.0-cil libglibmm-2.4-1c2a libglitz-glx1 libglitz1 libgmime-2.0-2a libgmime-2.4-2 libgmime2.2a-cil libgnome-bluetooth7 libgnome-desktop-2-11 libgnome-keyring0 libgnome-keyring1.0-cil libgnome-mag2 libgnome-media0 libgnome-menu2 libgnome-pilot2 libgnome-vfs2.0-cil libgnome-window-settings1 libgnome2-0 libgnome2-canvas-perl libgnome2-common libgnome2-perl libgnome2-vfs-perl libgnome2.24-cil libgnomecanvas2-0 libgnomecanvas2-common libgnomekbd-common libgnomekbd4 libgnomekbdui4 libgnomepanel2.24-cil libgnomeui-0 libgnomeui-common libgnomevfs2-0 libgnomevfs2-common libgnomevfs2-extra libgp11-0 libgsf-1-114 libgsf-1-common libgssdp-1.0-1 libgstfarsight0.10-0 libgtk-vnc-1.0-0 libgtk2-perl libgtk2.0-cil libgtkhtml-editor-common libgtkhtml-editor0 libgtkhtml3.14-19 libgtkmm-2.4-1c2a libgtksourceview2.0-0 libgtksourceview2.0-common libgtkspell0 libgtop2-7 libgtop2-common libgucharmap7 libgupnp-1.0-2 libgupnp-igd-1.0-2 libgvfscommon0 libgweather-common libgweather1 libibus1 libidl0 libiec61883-0 libindicate-gtk1 libjson-glib-1.0-0 libkpathsea4 liblaunchpad-integration1 liblircclient0 liblouis-data liblouis0 liblpint-bonobo0 libm17n-0 libmetacity0 libmldbm-perl libmono-addins-gui0.2-cil libmono-addins0.2-cil libmono-cairo2.0-cil libmono-corlib2.0-cil libmono-data-tds2.0-cil libmono-i18n-west2.0-cil libmono-posix2.0-cil libmono-security2.0-cil libmono-sharpzip2.84-cil libmono-sqlite2.0-cil libmono-system-data2.0-cil libmono-system-web2.0-cil libmono-system2.0-cil libmono2.0-cil libnautilus-extension1 libndesk-dbus-glib1.0-cil libndesk-dbus1.0-cil libnet-dbus-perl libnice0 libnotify1 liboil0.3 liboobs-1-4 liborbit2 libotf0 libpam-gnome-keyring libpanel-applet2-0 libpango-perl libpangomm-1.4-1 libpisock9 libpisync1 libpolkit-agent-1-0 libpolkit-gtk-1-0 libpoppler-glib4 libportaudio2 libprotobuf3 libproxy0 libpst4 libpulse-browse0 libpulse-mainloop-glib0 libpurple-bin libpurple0 librarian0 libraw1394-11 librsvg2-2 librsvg2-common libsctp1 libsexy2 libshout3 libsilc-1.1-2 libsilcclient-1.1-3 libsoup-gnome2.4-1 libsoup2.4-1 libspeechd2 libspeexdsp1 libsqlite0 libstartup-notification0 libtdb1 libtelepathy-farsight0 libtelepathy-glib0 libtie-ixhash-perl libtotem-plparser12 libtrackerclient0 libunique-1.0-0 libuuid-perl libvisual-0.4-0 libvisual-0.4-plugins libvte-common libvte9 libwebkit-1.0-2 libwebkit-1.0-common libwmf0.2-7-gtk libwnck-common libwnck22 libxcb-atom1 libxcb-aux0 libxcb-event1 libxml-twig-perl libxml-xpath-perl libxres1 libzephyr4 lksctp-tools m17n-contrib m17n-db media-player-info mesa-utils metacity metacity-common mobile-broadband-provider-info mono-2.0-gac mono-gac mono-runtime mousetweaks nautilus nautilus-data nautilus-sendto nautilus-share network-manager-gnome notification-daemon notify-osd notify-osd-icons obexd-client onboard openoffice.org-gnome openoffice.org

And then re-install it using:

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop

(As it seems, its you can't just type the uninstall command, better put it into a script and then transfer it to the target pc using a usb drive.)

Edit: So you want gnome for Gentoo, sorry i didn't see it, this will work only on ubuntu.