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Matt Zimmerman mdz at canonical.com
Mon Sep 20 02:15:24 UTC 2004

On Mon, Sep 20, 2004 at 09:28:31AM +0800, John wrote:

> Matt Zimmerman wrote:
> >That's what configuring PPP is about: providing a working network since you
> >don't yet have one.
> This is a CD install. If I don't have a fast network, let's get it over 
> and done with. We can get updates later.

Updates are irrelevant; no packages are downloaded unless you ask for it
(the second stage installer asks a question about this).  The installer
configures the network for you.  For ethernet interfaces with DHCP, it can
usually do this without asking any additional questions, but PPP is not so

> >They exist for lilo, yaboot and similar loaders.
> >
> lilo doesn't need them, I used it for some years without symlinks.

lilo needs them in order to usefully interface with the packaging system.

> This is not a machine that runs Yaboot.  I'm not installing lilo. If the
> Debian/Ubuntu packaging of LILO requires them, let the LILO package create
> them/turn them on.

If they bother you, you can turn them off.  Read kernel-img.conf(5).

> >It isn't created by default, but /lib/firmware is searched.
> >
> Shouldn't the directory be iin the hotplug package?


> What does hotplug do if /usr/lib/hotplug does not exist when it's started?

It makes no difference; that directory is simply part of the search path
used when the kernel asks hotplug for firmware.

> Can Ubuntu handle /usr being on USB?

I don't think anyone has yet had the masochistic streak required to attempt
such a thing.  Let us know how it turns out. :-)

> >Bug; we need to find some way to suppress the popup if something is mounted
> >manually rather than by g-v-m.
> >
> One of the reasons I dislike this feature so much. I've not tried it on 
> Ubuntu, or used Gnome  for years untul U, but one of the things that 
> used to infuriate me was the opening of a window on a freshly-mounted 
> loopback device:
> mount -o loop, ...
> and up pops a window.

Computer->Desktop Preferences->Removable Devices, and turn it off, until
that particular case is handled more smoothly.

 - mdz

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