The Golden Spot

I hope this helps someone who is learning about Linux and web application programming with Python, Django, and Javascript.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Wow I had a tough time getting Flash to work on my new Etch AMD64 box.

I tried Gnash only to give up and wait for better versions on the way.

So I ended up doing a chroot by following:

Next I downloaded Firefox from:

chroot into whatever you called and installed the 32bit sid,
So I follow the instructions on installing, which places it in /usr/local/ (in the 32bit chroot, of course)

chown root:root /usr/local/firefox

etc.(read the directions)

Now download the non-free flash plugin for linux at Adobe.

manually place
flashplayer.xpt in /usr/local/firefox/components/
and in /usr/local/firefox/plugins/

finally set up sound by installing ALSA (in AMD64) and running


What I left out was some swearing, disbelief, glory, and trying so many things it was crazy. I hope I did not leave anything out but if you run into firefox not finding shared libraries, install them in the chroot using 32 bit aptitude.

I would like to try it again to see if it is as easy as it sounds here; and because I might have forgotten something.

Friday, October 12, 2007

After compiling Emacs 22.1 I could not open it in an xterm I got

emacs: cannot open termcap

or something like that.

After installing libcurses I was able to 'make clean' and recompile Emacs successfully.

I found the answer here

AMD64 Debian Etch

Tried to compile software but configure says I do not have gcc.

I have to type

CC=gcc-4.1 ./configure

this is what my gcc is named.

New AMD64 3.0 ghz processor and a MSI K9A Platinum mother board; Debian Etch and a SATA 320 gig hard drive:

Problem: Debian net installer is not finding my SATA hard drive.

Solution: after some searching, some people try using

install pci=nomsi

at the boot prompt of the net install disc

it worked for me too.

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