From: pmacdona@sanjuan (Peter MacDonald)
Subject: X, oleo, and shoelace
Date: Fri, 15 May 92 17:25:07 GMT
Apologies in advance for the potpourri, but this newsgroup
is getting so busy, I am trying to minimize my postings.
First, seems I can not start X as root anymore. The video mode is
so screwed up, my screen shuts down. User mode works fine.
Also the "su" command doesn't work under X. I see the password
as I type it, but it rejects my login. Could be old SW, as I haven't
got the root disk lately.
Next, has anyone else who has no coprocessor, tried running "xv"?
It works fine for me until I go into the "coledit" area, then
my machine locks up tight. Could this be a floating point problem?
Oleo has a big problem. Copying areas doesn't usually adjust cells correctly.
I notice copying above the current area works, but below only adjusts the
column address and not the row address (aaargh). I will look at it this
Now shoelace. The port I did of shoelace is partial, at best. Loading
kernel by parts is definitely a Minix anachronism. Also setting
bootdev, rootdev, etc may or may not work since device numbers do
not always map exactly from Linux to Minix. I have used shoelace since
I ported it, but don't get to attached to it. It reads the file system
directly and only understands Minix FS type. When VFS comes, and
you use a big partition as your boot partition (to get long filenames),
it will fail.
And of course, I provided almost no documentation with the port, mainly
because most of the features don't work. The only reason I ported it at
all was that at the time, many utilities were missing from Linux, so I
had to keep my Minix partition around, which meant I couldn't repartition
my drive for a Linux boot partition.