Karmic Kapers

Jay Daniels dasautotec at gmail.com
Mon Feb 1 09:37:05 UTC 2010

On Sun, 2010-01-31 at 12:16 +1030, Derek wrote:
> was able to restore from a recent Evolution back up all my contacts,
> accounts, filters and emails.  Very satisfying.  Pity the Firefox
> browser does not have the same back up facility as this meant copying
> Windows Firefox bookmarks as text to Ubuntu Firefox.
> Then the martian_modem software was installed as in 8.04 but I can
> only
> connect from Terminal with sudo wvdial.
> I cannot run 'gnome-ppp' or with terminal non-root 'wvdial' which both
> give the following: 
> --> WvDial: Internet dialer version 1.60
> --> Cannot open /dev/ttySM0: Permission denied
> --> Cannot open /dev/ttySM0: Permission denied
> --> Cannot open /dev/ttySM0: Permission denied 

Someone else suggested you can backup firefox bookmarks in firefox.
There is also a Firefox addon called Xmarks (formally foxmarks).
However, hit the wrong button in xmarks and screw up your links!

System/Administration/Users and Groups
click the keys at the bottom to make changes
click your login to highlight it
click properties and user privileges tab
make sure Use modems is checked, also...
make sure connect to internet using modem is checked

Now this is somewhat confusing.  I do not have Connect to wireless and
ethernet networks check, but it works.  Better do this another way...

cat /etc/group | grep dial


If your current user is not in the group dialout, you will not be able
to dial out.

Make sure your modem (different than mine) has proper group permissions.

jay at my-t60:~$ ls -la /dev/ttyS*
crw-rw---- 1 root dialout 4, 64 2010-01-27 09:47 /dev/ttyS0
crw-rw---- 1 root dialout 4, 65 2010-01-27 09:47 /dev/ttyS1
crw-rw---- 1 root dialout 4, 66 2010-01-27 09:47 /dev/ttyS2
crw-rw---- 1 root dialout 4, 67 2010-01-27 09:47 /dev/ttyS3

note: the diff on the device name.  I have no ttyMS0, etc.

I hope this makes it to the list.  I have been having some problems with
gmail lately.


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