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execve failed for /ect/X11/X (errno 2)
_X11TransSocketUNIXConnect: Can't Connect: errno =3D 2
 I wonderered if anyone could help a LINUX newbie 
(Only playing with the prompt)
envelope-5303846 Date: Mon, 14 Jun 1999 13:04:39 +0200 From: Izbaner (
Subject: set_multmode {Error 0x04}
I have a problem with hard disk (Seagate 4.3MB). On the start appears the kernel message:
hda: set_multmode 0x51 {DriveStatus SeekComplete Error}
error 0x04 {DriveStatusError}
It appears in all kernel's versions and distributions, which I have (SuSE 5.3, 6.0, 6.1; RedHat 5.1, 6.0; kernel from 2.0.34 to 2.2.9). After that I can work in text mode, but in X Window some applications hang up the system (no key work, no actions, no way to exit or shutdown the system...).
Help me, please!!!
Lucas z Izbanerowic
envelope-5303846 Date: Mon, 14 Jun 1999 14:12:04 +0200 From:
Subject: FAT32 and Linux
Hi everyone...
I just got a new PC and it came with Win 98 (and FAT32) pre-installed. I also recently read an article saying that Linux does not get along with FAT32. =&gr; LILO can;t be loaded on FAT32. Is this correct ?
I plan on installing Red Hat Linux 6.0 on a seperate slave drive, and having a dual boot. I need to keep my Win98 as well as everyone in the family uses it, and likes Games. Has anyone had any problems with Win98 and Linux ? Is there anything that I have to watch out for ?
Thanks Regards
Rakesh Mistry
envelope-5303846 Date: Tue, 15 Jun 1999 07:51:20 +0800 From: Haji Mokhtar Stork (
Subject: Installation of REDHAT with Win98
By now you would have become the fifth person I have tried to contact over the above mentioned subject. The closest I got was to a detailed description on how to partition and install Dos/Win95/OS-2, but when I tried contacting the person through his e-mail, apparently it no longer exists. So I am back to square one.
I have purchased REDHAT 6.0 at a local Linux fair. Unfortunately I go not get them to partition and install it on my computer for free as I was leaving for China the next day. Now I am trying to do so with great hardship. The material I have downloaded from and etc does not serve my needs, so I need your expertise in detail on how to go about it.
I have formatted my HardDisk 4.5GB. It has a DOS 6.2 pre-partition of26% The Extended partition is 74% Logical Drives E: and F: are each 37% Drive E: has Win98. F: is for Linux. I have a second slave Hard Disk as D:
Problem arise when I boot REDHAT 6.0, its an auto generated process which guides me through. First question: SCSI [select: No/Yes?Back]. When selecting Yes, a selection is provided but on choosing and going to auto verification, all proposals are rejected because my system has an Adaptec AVA-1502 SCSI Host Adaptor. I can't go any further!
First, I have gone about the right partitioning?
I can't read the README file on my REDHAT CD Rom because I cannot get it started.
Please kindly assist me. Thank you.
Haji Mokhtar Stork
envelope-5303846 Date: Tue, 15 Jun 1999 03:20:09 PDT From: Marek fastcom (
Subject: LINUX Ghostscripts *.DWG into *.EPS
Are there any LINUX scripts (Ghostscripts) available for converting *.DWG into *.EPS alternatively JPG, TIF,etc.
envelope-5303846 Date: Wed, 16 Jun 1999 07:14:20 -0700 (PDT) From: "Allen D. Tate" (
Subject: Dell Optiplex GX1 and the PS/2 Mouse
I have a Dell OptiPlex GX1, Pentium II w/64 MB RAM and I'm trying to get XWindow up and running but when I run startx, I get no response from the mouse. Has anyone ran into a similar problem? If so how did you fix it? I tried changing the mouse settings in the X86Config file but it didn't seem to help. Any comments or suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
Thanks, Allen Tate
Evansville, Indiana
Hello to all in the linux community, I would like to ask anyone who might have some idea on how to mount a cdrom in linux, when I go into the /mnt directory and type mount cdrom the response I get is something like Linux does not recognise hdc as a block device. I am running linux 6.0 and I have no idea what manufacturer or driver my cdrom drive is, can anyone help ???
envelope-5303846 Date: Sat, 19 Jun 1999 23:41:38 +0200 From: Thomas H (
Subject: Cable modem problems + graphical ftp client

I am a new GNU/Linux user (coming from the OS/2 world). I find the Linux programs powerful, although it often is quite frustrating to learn to use all of them.
It's a shame to say, but I write this from a Windoze machine. The reason is that my cable modem provider (Telia in Sweden) pops out my connection in 175 seconds when using dhclient under SuSE Linux 6.0. Anyone got a solution?
Another question I would be very grateful to have an answer to regards FTP. Which good FTP-programs for X do you recommend? I need one that supports the PASV (passive) mode. I also would like to have a program that can sync files between my /home/thomas and my ftp server. I have heard about "rsync" but don't know anything about it.
Thanks for any help!
envelope-5303846 Date: Sun, 20 Jun 1999 00:17:25 -0700 From: Ricky Deitemeyer (
Subject: FAT Compatibility
At work I have a Linux (Redhat 6.0) workstation and at home I have a WinnNT machine. What are some good utils that I could use to write to a disk with a FAT fs under Linux? (I'm assuming that this would be easier than trying to get NT to read ext2...)
envelope-5303846 Date: Mon, 21 Jun 1999 12:52:38 +0100 From: Network Management (
Subject: Netflex3 cards on RedHat 5.2
I am a new user to Linux and am running a Compaq Deskpro (for my sins). I have seen several mails about using the integrated Netflex3 cards but have not seen any replies which mean anything to me. Can someone please send me instructions on how to find and install a driver for this card.
Thanks in advance for anyone who can help.
envelope-5303846 Date: Mon, 21 Jun 1999 17:45:17 +0200 From: Horacio Antunez (
Subject: Installation problems
While trying to install RedHat 6.0, after checking CDROM and Floppy disk I got the message
scsi : 0 hosts
scsi : detected total
Partition check
VFS: Cannot open device 08:21
Kernel panic: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on 08:21
Configuration: Dell Precision 610, P.III Xeon 500 MHz, 1GB RAM, NT 4.0 HD: 2x 9 GB SCSI M.O. drive (also with SCSI controller)
The thing is that I had no problems on an identical machine except for: 256MB RAM, only 1 HD 9GB SCSI, no M.O. drive.
Is there any upper limit for RAM?
Does Linux support:
  • more than 1 hard disk?,
  • magneto-optic drives?
TIA for any help
Horacio Antunez
envelope-5303846 Date: Mon, 21 Jun 1999 13:53:51 -0500 From: Gregory Buck (
Subject: Tseng Labs
Does Tseng Labs have an e-mail address I can get in touch with them through? I have been to their web site and e-mailed them at: '' and '' (both addresses generate an "unknown e-mail address" type of error).
Thank you for your help.
Gregory Buck
envelope-5303846 Date: Mon, 21 Jun 1999 17:00:48 -0600 From: Bryan Anderson (
Subject: Compiling problems
I am currently running redhat 4.2 for SPARC on a SPARC IPC. I have been programming C and C++ for about four years now, but this problem has me stumped. I am trying to port a few apps over from i386 linux to Sparc linux. I downloaded the source files and untarred them just fine, but from then on the horrors begin. I have read the docs for each app and followed the instructions meticulously, and even tried some of my own homebrewed fixes to try and get the sources to run, but I still can not get anywhere. The problems seem to lie in not the source itself, but in the libs installed on my machine. I get tons of warnings and one error that seems to stand out. The error is transcribed as something like this:
/usr/include/time.h:58 -- Parse error for fd_func
The only other problem I have found is on perusal of the *.h files, I have found numerous references to header files in directories that don't EVEN EXIST!!! Is this a standard thing, or just on the SPARC port for linux? For example, I am looking inside my /usr/include/sys/time.h and find references to a linux/time.h, when there is not a linux directory anywhere!! Is this a standard? If it is, it seems that someone got a little sloppy in their porting. I have managed to fix this problem by going in and removing references to files that don't exist or redirecting them to files that do exist, but the error above has definitely stumped me. Does anyone have experience with this error and how it can be fixed? I don't have much experience in building my own header files, but when I did do it, I never saw that error. I would be much obliged to anyone who could provide some guidence in this issue.
envelope-5303846 Date: Tue, 22 Jun 1999 01:17:20 +0200 From: "Bgsoft" (
Subject: Info sulla Red Hat!
Spett.le Direttoredel Linux Gazzette,
Mi chiamo Nino Brando, e dato che ho visto in edicola una promozione(se si può chiamarla così) della red hat di linux, contenente 4 CD.
Vengo al nocciolo, e possibile che ci sia il sistema operativo Linux? Anche perchè il prezzo non supera le £.25.000, e poi la Red Hat è un sistema operativo?
Chiedo scusa per la mia ignoranza ma è da poco che vorrei entrare nel mondo Linux, sarei lieto di una risposta ed anche di qualche consiglio.
La ringrazio, distinti saluti
Nino Brando

(Can somebody who speaks Italian please help this person? He sent me an English version but I couldn’t understand it either. 🙂 I think he saw a Red Hat disk set and is wondering if it’s the real Linux. –Ed.)

Date: Wed, 23 Jun 1999 23:20:31 PDT From: junainah sarian (
Subject: Installing Linux in Windows 98
I've difficulties in installing the Linux. Can you help me in solving this matter?
envelope-5303846 Date: Thu, 24 Jun 1999 14:50:21 +0300 From: vintze (
Subject: help me please!
I'm from Romania. I install linux in my PowerPC but i can't print. I have a 8600/200 Power Mac and a HP 4MV printer. Please HELP me. my e-mail addres is
envelope-5303846 Date: Fri, 25 Jun 1999 09:24:45 +1000 From: Zubin Henner (
Subject: Help! Compatibility problems between linux and windows filesystems; StarOffice 5.1; Graphics settings
Hi Linuxsters, I am a current Win98 user trying to switch to Linux, but I have run into a few little problems!
Firstly, after successfully partitioning my HDD and installing Red Hat Linux 5.2, I wanted to reinstall Win98 as it was getting rather slow. So I mounted my (FAT32) C: drive in Linux (mount -t vfat /dev/hda1 /mnt/c:) and backed up my essential files onto the Linux partition.
After reinstalling Windows I copied the files back, only to discover that some seemed to be corrupted by the Linux filesystem. Some self-extracting programs like WinZip 7.0 and WinBoost 1.24 will not execute, giving errors like "Permission denied" or "This is not a Win32 application". This is not a drama as I can simply download these again, however many of my important compressed "zip" files containing Word documents are corrupt and some files cannot be extracted. What is the sitch? Can these files be "fixed"? Should I completely avoid mixing the two filesystems in future? Any help would be gratefully appreciated!
Another problem I had was installing StarOffice 5.1 Personal Edition for Linux - it freezes on page 2 of setup where it asks for the registration key number. I downloaded the program from and therefore don't have a number. Even if I did it would be no use as the program freezes anyway. Also I have since realised that it is probably because I only have 15MB RAM (1MB for built-in video card) and not the minimum requirement of 32MB (duh!). Which poses the question, "Why does MS Office happily run on my system with the flaw-ridden inefficient Windows OS, while StarOffice won't?" Please excuse me, I am only new to Linux! I plan to upgrade my RAM soon so hopefully this won't be a problem - just curious, you know?
I am also having problems getting the appropriate graphics settings happening on Linux. I have a Socket 7 M571 motherboard with a built-in 64-bit VGA chip. It is a 1 to 4MB chip and I have set it to 1MB (in BIOS) due to my pathetic RAM situation. In Windows I can easily go to 800x600 and 1024x768 with 16- and 24-bit colour. During Red Hat Linux 5.2 installation I selected "VGA16" video card and "Custom: Non-interlaced SVGA; 800x600@60Hz, 640x480@72Hz" monitor type. But it won't go above 640x480 resolution without going into virtual mode. The colour settings are also not right. What do I do?
And finally (!) every time I exit "X", I get an error message "FreeFont count is 2; should be 1; Fixing..." What does this mean and how do I fix it? (do I need to?)
I love the idea of leaving Windows behind but I can't while I have these problems! Could I ask that any responses be reasonably basic as I am totally new to Linux (or should I say "Linux is totally new to me!"). All help will be greatly appreciated! Thank you...
envelope-5303846 Date: Sun, 27 Jun 1999 02:49:34 PDT From:
Subject: linux in algeria
I would thank for your good job, i installed red hat linux 5.1 without much trouble except for xwindow my video card is sis 5597 i wonder if it's supported under linux.
friendly mimoune
envelope-5303846 Date: Wed, 30 Jun 1999 12:48:10 +0100 From: "ian baker" (
Subject: Question!
I am growing to like the idea, philosophy behind Linux. I am a home user, reasonable non-technical, is this a good move? and what is the difference between Redhat and Suse. I hope I'm sending this to the right place and hope that you'll give me an answer.
Many thanks
Ian Baker (UK)
envelope-5303846 Date: Tue, 1 Jun 1999 18:15:14 -0400 From: "Pierre Abbat" (
Subject: Garbled HTML in Linux Gazette
I found a reliable way to crash KFM: look at the front page, follow the link to the current issue, then follow the front page link. A few people have reported KFM crashes. I ran Amaya to check the page for errors and found the following:
*** Errors in temp file: /home/phma/.amaya/1/
   line 53, char 51: Unknown attribute "NOSAVE"
   line 57, char 22: Unknown attribute "color-"#BB0000""
   line 107, char 73: Unknown tag