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Re: [K12OSN] Local Apps and Firefox 6

I have abandoned local apps. I got them working, but flash was slower when running locally than it was when running on the server. Adobe says you need 512M to run flash 10, and my clients have only 256M. Then there were several other plugins (to run quicktime for example) that had not yet been installed as local apps, so I threw in the towel there. Back to running everything on the server.

As per advice received here, I reconfigured my managed switch to reduce the timeout values in the Spanning Tree. Once that was done, the clients were able to boot through the switch, so it is now sitting between my TS & TC's. Nice.

And now that I have a gigabit pipe to the server, flash performance running on the server is acceptable. I'll find out tomorrow if there are any other gotcha's.

On 08/28/2011 08:55 PM, Jomegat wrote:
Thank you Robert. Your advice was absolutely necessary, but I also
needed to copy /etc/resolv.conf to /opt/ltsp/i386/etc - that solved the
yum problem.

I also found that ltsp-server-tweaks has to be run when logged into the
server at the console. Running it while remotely logged in via ssh was
not enough? (Irene abated sufficiently for me to drive to the school and
fool around with the network.)

I now have firefox (and flash, and tuxpaint) installed as local apps,
and they seem to run OK. Now all I need to do is figure out how to apply
that change to all the user accounts. I don't want to log into each one
and go through gnome's "add launcher" dialog. There must be a way to
script this.

I made a stab by copying the files in my own
~/.gnome2/panel2.d/defaults/launcher to that same directory in everyone
else's acct. I also chowned it and chmodded it - but for whatever
reason, the applets don't show up on the menu. Does anyone know how to
change the default applets? Right now I get firefox, evolution, and
gnotes in the menu panel at the top. I'd much rather have
localapp-firefox, tuxpaint, and OpenOffice up there.

I will do some research while I wait for an answer. I don't use gnome
much myself, but rather, have been using KDE since... forever.

Thanks again for the help. You guys have been golden.

On 08/28/2011 02:29 PM, Jomegat wrote:
On 08/28/2011 02:10 PM, Robert Arkiletian wrote:
On Sun, Aug 28, 2011 at 8:11 AM, Jomegat<jomegat jomegat com> wrote:
Hi everyone,

I'm planning to run Firefox as a local application and I'm looking
for some
advice. First I tried following the instructions at

Not 100% sure as I can't verify this. It's been a while, but check if
/proc is mounted inside the chroot. I think you used to have to

mount /proc

inside the chroot before you do yum install.

If that helped, it didn't help enough:

[root termserv ~]# cd /opt/ltsp/i386/
[root termserv i386]# setarch i386 chroot .
bash-4.1# mount /proc
bash-4.1# yum install firefox
Error: Cannot retrieve repository metadata (repomd.xml) for repository:
epel. Please verify its path and try again

but when I got to the yum part, there was no joy:

[root termserv i386]# setarch i386 chroot .
bash-4.1# yum install firefox
Error: Cannot retrieve repository metadata (repomd.xml) for repository:
epel. Please verify its path and try again

I thought - maybe I need to run ltsp-server-tweaks, since I do not
having run that when I last rebooted (but everything seemed to work
so... I dunno?)

Here's what happens when I try running that:
[root termserv ~]# ltsp-server-tweaks
Failed to access configuration source(s): Failed to contact
server; some possible causes are that you need to enable TCP/IP
for ORBit, or you have stale NFS locks due to a system crash. See
http://projects.gnome.org/gconf/ for information. (Details - 1: Not
within active session)

Hmmm. Not sure what all that means.

I tried all this while remotely logged in, as Tropical Storm Irene
make it a bit dodgy to get to the school (or get home afterwards). I
think that's significant, but just in case it is, I'm disclosing it

My next thought was that maybe I should try FF 6 instead of 3.6
(which is
what yum will install). Is there a reason I should avoid that?

Thanks in advance!

Jim Thomas jomegat jomegat com
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