[arch-ports] A few PPC queries

graeme burton graeme_c_burton at yahoo.co.uk
Wed Mar 7 18:45:00 EST 2007

Alexander Baldeck <kth5 at archlinuxppc.org> wrote: graeme burton wrote:
> It seemed very odd that the
> 2006-08-28_archppc-base.iso image doesn't contain a
> kernel to install. However, I chrooted and did a
> pacman update and all went well.
That is the usual way of installing a kernel anyway. The cd has only 
packages that are in base/  and thus lacks a kernel. You could 
potentially use the one on the cd though and make a new initrd. Even 
though you could, that's pretty ugly. ;)

> I got the following error when trying to install
> xfce4-goodies
> checking package integrity... done.
> loading package data... done.
> checking for file conflicts... 
> error: the following file conflicts were found:
>   xfce4-showdesktop-plugin:
> /opt/xfce4/lib/xfce4/panel-plugins/libshowdesktop.so:
> exists in filesystem
>   xfce4-windowlist-plugin:
> /opt/xfce4/lib/xfce4/panel-plugins/libwindowlist.so:
> exists in filesystem
> However, xarchiver-0.4.6-2 and xfce4-dev-tools-4.4.0-1
> installed OK.
Some of xfce's stuff became obsolete a while ago, Benoit should fix this.

> Also, opera crashes after about 5 seconds as follows
> ERROR: ld.so: object 'libjvm.so' from LD_PRELOAD
> cannot be preloaded: ignored.
> ERROR: ld.so: object 'libawt.so' from LD_PRELOAD
> cannot be preloaded: ignored.
> Segmentation fault
Opera is about the only binary blob we have in our repository. In fact 
it "should" run fine but all of us have the same problems. I personally 
don't think it's the missing Java runtime environment, on i686 it works 
just as well even without.
Probably something in Archppc is too up to date for Opera to run with. 
Opera is still built with gcc 2.95 for example... Please consider using 
another browser, Opera is no priority at all for us for it is binary and 
we even might remove it after having all these troubles.

Side question, do you run it on KDE?

I would strongly suggest Seamonkey or Kazehakase, where the latter is a 
very lightweigth gtk2 based browser around Gecko. It might not at all be 
as fast as Opera but should eat not as much ressources as Firefox and co.

> If there's anything I can do to help on this distro,
> I'd be happy to do what I can.
Sure, package maintainance of packages in extra is always a problem. We 
need help there.



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Thanks very much for the feedback.
 The point I was making about the kernel was there is no kernel package on the cd, even though the installer gives the option to install one from cd (unless I'm missing something). 
 I also run gentoo stable and there's no problem with opera on that, but as you said, Arch does have more up to date packages by default. I don't run KDE at all if possible. I did try Kazehakase, but wasn't particularly impressed although I may give it another go. I've never got round to trying Seamonkey, so downloading right now.
 I'll take a closer look at the extras repo and the packages and see if I can help out. I must admit., I'd like to see Graveman in there for a start.
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