Subject: Re: Some new user questions
To: None <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Allen Briggs <email@example.com>
Date: 06/21/1995 08:10:49
> (1) When I try to use the current WORMHOLE or GENERIC kernels from Steve
> Allen, the system won't boot. It gets to (on both) ...
> ... grf0 at nubus0
> and freezes
That's a hint to not use it.
> I'm happy with what I'm running now, but I can't seem to get ps to work well.
> I've got it to where I can grap the pid (which is all I REALLY need, but the
> name of the process has all kinds of ^M^M's in it.
That's a danger of using the most recent stuff. 1.0 should work fine on
the SE/30 w/ the old X dist. The next version of the OS should, too.
Things are under development (read, "the most recent pieces that are
available don't entirely work seamlessly together"). I plan to make a
new snapshot sometime in the next couple of weeks. With that, ps, w,
etc. should be working--so should the kernel... ;-)
> (2) I cannot figure out how to logon as su. I have no problem as root, but
> I'd rather use su.
Have you added your login ID to the wheel entry in /etc/group?
> (3) I thought I read in the install instructions that there were
> two FORTRAN compilers. Not that I'm that interested in FORTRAN, but
> I can't seem to find the compilers.
They aren't in the std. distribution. GNU fortran's on the GNU sites
(note that you'll need a new version of gcc (not the newest, yet, but
2.6.3) to get that to work. f2c is around everywhere--or at least, in
a lot of places...
> (4) Anyone know if Motif is offered for MacBSD. The main reason I'd like
> to use Unix at home is to practice programming in C and creating X
> applications. Xt is fine, but it seems that Motif is the way to go.
I don't think it is. When I can afford to get enough disk space and to
do this, I might pay my employer for the rights to compile it "at work"
and get a copy of it on my machine at home. If a couple of people want
it, we might be able to sell a few copies of it, too. Look around,
though, for sun3 binaries for SunOS or NetBSD, or NetBSD/Amiga, or
NetBSD/hp300 binaries--we should be compatible with any of those.
> (3) The FIRST time I type startx or xinit I get ...
> Fatal Server Error;
> Can't run X server with no screens!
> X connection to :0.0 broken (explicit kill or server shutdown)
This is a bug that I haven't had time to track down. Dt will work
similarly, except that it won't fail... It will think it's working,
but won't draw anything.
> (4) On a (probably) releated note, any recommendations on a sys admin
> book for a guy who knows a little about alot but alot about nothing.
> I mean, I can program a little in C and read code and I've written a
> handful of shell scripts, but I've only been working in the Unix
> environment for less than a year.
Look at the *BSD FAQ by Dave Burgess--available on rtfm and other sites
around the net.
Allen Briggs - end killing - firstname.lastname@example.org ** MacBSD == NetBSD/mac68k **