[OT] Re: Lubuntu trouble, help wanted. (Fixed)
Just to say...
It's fixed (for now.)
Many thanks to David Ranch, and Ron W7HD who pointed me in the right
FYI. The "Synaptic" package manager can filter on such status as "broken",
allowing the removal or reloading of the affected package(s), without relying on
any associated dpendancies actually being intact at the time.
Simple when you know how.
I now have some 10G of free space, instead of a paltry 20 odd Meg (it's only got
a 16G SSD for a hard drive) and the machine is largely happy again. (Save, for
some things that are "confused" because I rubbed out their config files by largely
emptying my home directory!)
I also know now, to keep an eye on the accumulated collection of old/obsolete
kernels, and their header file baggage clutter. It was that (some 3 years
worth!) that was clogging up the system. (It seems that Ubuntu does not
remove obsolete kernel stuff as part of a pushed out system update, that has
suprised many it seems. I was not the first, and wont be the last to experience
the mayhem of a failed update due to "Disk Full" errors...)
I also discovered a usefull collection of odd tools and utilities, under the
collective name of "Bikeshed". Expecially the purge-old-kernels script.
(I've only tried that so far, on another Lubuntu laptop. It worked OK with no
apparrent ill effects, freeing up a few G of drive space, again a V12.04 OS, that
has been regularly updated over the best part of 3 years...)
Someone else (not on this list) also mentioned "Janitor"
(Not tried that yet.)
However, to counter the above, this needs to be reviewed..
(The comment about Adobe Flash is moot. Most modern browsers now support
HTML5, that can do much of what Flash did for sites like Youtube and websdr etc
with much less potential secruity issues, perhaps...)
There are also mentions to other similar tools, some better than others, but as in
all things, not to be used blindly. The same holds true for similar tools on other
OS's of course...
This quote: "With age, you won't notice a deterioration in performance. This
translates into a reduced need for spring cleaning activities." May be true in
essance, but when trouble hit's, it's like running into a rockface at full speed.
Instead of wading through slowley increasing depth of mud over time.
Thanks Ron and David.
Posted by: "Dave B" <g8kbvdave@...>