Strange behavior with upgrade to RH 7.3

Rich Shepard rshepard at
Thu Sep 5 22:23:44 CEST 2002

On Thu, 5 Sep 2002, Net Llama! wrote:

> No offense, but thinking that doing that huge of an upgrade would end 
> well was not a good idea.
> You should have backed up your data, and installed 7.3 from scratch.

  My data are backed up daily (incremental) and weekly (full). We did do a
custom install, but that was worse than any other. For example, on my main
workstation/server, I had to disconnect the SCSI cables before the RH
installer would read the ATAPI cdrom drive and the disks in it. Never heard
of this one before.
> Did you build XFCE from source, or attempt to install an RPM?  I'd say 
> your only hope is to build from source, since i'm guessing that youv'e 
> got some fairly screwed up libs at this point.  As for cut/paste, does 
> it work at all, or just not between aterm & mozilla?  Is your mouse 2 or 
> 3 buttons?

  I had been running 3.8.18, but we couldn't find it on the 'Net last night.
So we grabbed the 3.8.16 tarball and rebuilt from source. I never
experienced frozen windows before: they cannot be resized or moved. When I
try to smoothly pull the thumb on the scrollbar it won't go. I can only
click repeated on the scroll bar to have it jump in little moves.

  The systems are now running XFree86-4.2.0-8, not -3.6.6 (or whatever it
was). But, that shouldn't make any difference.

Dr. Richard B. Shepard, President

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