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A lot of updates popped up in Ubuntu in the past couple days. Looks like a new version of xorg is out. I must admit I'm a bit nervous actually doing this upgrade. There is no etc-update, though there is something similar that asks if I want to overwrite config files with the ones from the package I'm installing. But I'm still not entirely sure how it works. So I don't know what's going to happen to my xorg.conf. This will be my first real test of Ubuntu, I think.

It seems Ubuntu's subversion package is older than what I was running in Gentoo before I switched, because I hit some problems working with some old scripts I'd checked out of a repository while using Gentoo. It worked itself out though. Aside from that and a few KDE bugs, having retained my /home folder from Gentoo and made no changes to it, Ubuntu has been a flawless drop-in replacement. All my old config files still work. I'm sure the same could be said of most distros; it's more a strength of Linux than a strength of Ubuntu.

December 08, 2006 @ 1:55 AM PST
Cateogory: Linux

2 Comments

jamie
Quoth jamie on December 08, 2006 @ 10:22 PM PST

Hey dude,

I noticed that, like me, you use the feh workaround to aid transparent conky under gnome or kde. I also noticed that in your .Xdefaults config (ok i admit it, i 'borrowed' some of your rgb remapping ;-)) that you use:

Rxvt*inheritPixmap:            True
for transparency. I found that this caused the background to be become blocky when moving/resizing the rxvt window. To cut a long story short, I use the following option (i use it in the launcher argument) which stops this problem:
-depth 32 -bg rgba:0000/0000/0000/cccc -fg white

If you already knew this and don't use it for some reason, then please ignore/delete this post!

Hussam
Quoth Hussam on December 09, 2006 @ 2:45 AM PST

Ubuntu (or Debian systems I guess) use dpkg-reconfigure to configure packages. If a new configuration file is found with a package dpkg-reconfigure runs for you. It always gives you the option of backing up files (like xorg.conf) so you needn't wory! You can read more about it by looking it up on google.

I don't know if you're a fanatic like me about keeping my system clean but did you know that Debian systems are supposed to take care of dependencies when you remove a program? In Debian, apt-get remove --purge is supposed to remove un-needed dependencies of that package as well. In Ubuntu that is not the case. It is suggested that you use 'aptitude' which has almost the same syntax for installing, removing, searching for packages. It has the added bonus of remembering dependencies and taking care of them upon removal.

I recently started using it as a replacement for apt-get. In the mean time, to find stale packages on your system you can try 'deborphan'. deborphan --guet-all will give you a list of packages that might be of no use to you.