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NuclearDruid

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Druid needs help
« on: October 21, 2013, 07:02:25 pm »

While downloading pictures last night, I may have used up every last bit of space in my partition. I'm now booting up into a black screen.

Bkd sys is a p4 with two partition on hd. One pt has edubuntu 11.04 and the other has win Xperia sp3.

I've booted from Ubuntu cd and copied files from some folders in home to a USB. Unfortunately, I cannot trash those files from home because of permissions.

I can choose recov mode on start up and login w pwd. I tried to do startx to get the GUI up without success. After doing so I notice a couple of errors "cannot close various tmp files, not enough space?"

Any body willing to help me out of this pickle? I do not want to lose all of Muttis emails on Evolution .

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Re: Druid needs help
« Reply #1 on: October 21, 2013, 09:52:05 pm »

Not really familiar with those distros but can you not chown/chmod the files you need to delete then delete them?
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Re: Druid needs help
« Reply #2 on: October 21, 2013, 11:56:29 pm »

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I cannot trash those files from home because of permissions.

You're NOT the superuser

try doing:

su rm <filename>

Or maybe even do a:

sudo su

Right after getting logged in to "stay" the superuser............then you should be able to dump crap you don't want or need.

That's what I don't like about ubuntu..........as, in typical microshaft fashion..........the distro makers assume you're an idiot.........and won't let you login as root.

That's why I use slackware............because it lets you prove to yourself that you're an idiot who shouldn't login and run as root but it'll still let you if you want.  :laugh:

You could also boot the machine from a piuppylinux cd and dump a bunch of crap off the ubuntu partition, because in puppy you're running as root(superuser) by default.
« Last Edit: October 22, 2013, 12:08:44 am by ZooT_aLLures »
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Re: Druid needs help
« Reply #3 on: October 22, 2013, 02:58:27 am »

Ubuntu is still way better than windows... but I found the customization of it irritatingly complex in the same way that almost all things touted as "user friendly" are. It makes me miss Caldera DR DOS (and Netwars, the game it came with).
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Re: Druid needs help
« Reply #4 on: October 22, 2013, 06:13:05 pm »

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I've booted from Ubuntu cd and copied files from some folders in home to a USB. Unfortunately, I cannot trash those files from home because of permissions.

I can choose recov mode on start up and login w pwd. I tried to do startx to get the GUI up without success. After doing so I notice a couple of errors "cannot close various tmp files, not enough space?"

So you have backed up some files that you know you can safely delete, but you can't delete them because of permissions via a liveCD?  And you can boot up and log into the command line of the (or one of the?) distribution you have installed on your hard drive but you can't start X?  If so, you should be able to change into the directory containing the files you've made backups of and delete them from the command line...assuming you're logging into the CLI (Command Line Interface) as someone who has permission to access/delete those files (the original owner and/or someone with root access).

To do this, use the change directory command (cd) to get to the directory you need to be in and the remove command (rm) to delete the file. 
If you're not sure of the name of a file or folder, you can use the list command (ls) to see all of the files and folders present.  Example:

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cd \home\NuclearDruid\Pictures
ls
rm file0001.jpg
rm file0002.jpg

Now, your exact home directory might be (probably is) different, and it may not be pictures specifically that you need to delete, but that should give you the gist of how to go about it, anyway.
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Re: Druid needs help
« Reply #5 on: October 22, 2013, 09:54:43 pm »

Securitysix, that worked. It booted into the GUI on its own on restart. I'm not going to shut it down until I get a flash drive tomorrow and get my pics off.

Thanks!
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Re: Druid needs help
« Reply #6 on: October 23, 2013, 05:11:01 pm »

ND

Once you get your thumbdrive and get your pooter working right, You should probably download and read the slackbook.
http://www.slackbook.org/

And if you find it useful you might even want to print it out or buy a hardcopy.

It'll give you all sorts of good info on the CLI tools and how to use them.

It's cheap insurance for situations exactly like this one.

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Re: Druid needs help
« Reply #7 on: October 23, 2013, 08:58:14 pm »

Well, I got my pictures off to a thumb drive. I went to the update manager and it looks like there is no longer an easy way to upgrade. It says that I'll be updating to a version that's no longer supported. If I burn a cd with the latest install version, does anyone know if it will be smart enough to know that I have an earlier version install and not overwrite my remaining files? Should I just make copies of those as well?

Thanks,
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Re: Druid needs help
« Reply #8 on: October 23, 2013, 08:59:11 pm »

ND

Once you get your thumbdrive and get your pooter working right, You should probably download and read the slackbook.
http://www.slackbook.org/

And if you find it useful you might even want to print it out or buy a hardcopy.

It'll give you all sorts of good info on the CLI tools and how to use them.

It's cheap insurance for situations exactly like this one.

I'll take a look.
ND
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Re: Druid needs help
« Reply #9 on: October 23, 2013, 09:21:50 pm »

ND

I would make copies of everything that you want to keep, before updating anything.
burn them on to a CD, or put them on another jump drive.

better safe than sorry.

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