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Fix for Samba at bootup

September 27, 2023 — BarryK

Alfons reported that /etc/init.d/rc.samba failed because, it seems, SNS takes longer to make a network connection than NetworkManager.

The fix is to delay running rc.samba until the network is up:

Alfons has confirmed this works.   

Tags: easy

EasyOS Kirkstone-series version 5.5.3 released

September 26, 2023 — BarryK

Version 5.5.2 was released on September 22, and we discovered some bugs, now fixed. Please read the 5.5.2 announcement:

Here are the release notes for 5.5.3:

...yes, ROX-Filer translation fix, SNS fix, filesystem-check fix. Also, youtube-dl now works.

The problem with ROX-Filer was that /usr/local/apps/ROX-Filer/Messages was an actual folder, whereas it should be a symlink. This problem arose in woofQ with changes to accommodate usr-merge. Another folder that is wrong in 5.5.2 is /root/.fpm, which should also be a symlink.

Note, if you update from 5.5.2 and find either of those folders is still an actual folder, find it in /mnt/wkg/.session and remove it then reboot without saving.

It seems also that the same problem has caused youtube-dl to misfunction with SSL. Test with a pristine 5.5.3 and youtube-dl now works.


Feedback is welcome in the EasyOS section of the Puppy Forum:

Have fun!   

Tags: easy

ROX-Filer text not translated fixed

September 25, 2023 — BarryK

We are continuing to debug Easy 5.5.2. LHESTIA reported this, and thanks to Caramel who discovered why:

Here is the github commit that fixes it, or rather I hope it does as not yet tested:   

Tags: easy

Chromium recompiled in OE

September 25, 2023 — BarryK

EasyOS 5.5.2 has Chromium version 114.0.5735.198. It has now been compiled in OpenEmbedded/Yocto, a version bump to 116.0.5845.179

WoofQ github commit:

Heading toward the next release of Easy, but there are lots of issues still to tackle.   

Tags: easy

SNS and filesystem-check fixes

September 25, 2023 — BarryK

I haven't posted to the blog for a few days, so this is a catchup.

Discussion of Easy 5.5.2 is here:

A bug reported by Alfons and nnriyer, is that SNS is not detecting the wifi interface. I posted the reason to the above forum thread. Here is the github commit that fixes it:

A bug that I discovered, that has been there ever since Easy moved from v1 to v2 fscrypt, causes a panic at bootup just after having completed a filesystem-check. Fix:

There are more issues identified in that forum thread, will get onto those very soon.    

Tags: easy

EasyOS Kirkstone-series version 5.5.2 released

September 22, 2023 — BarryK

Took awhile to get out some bugs! Easy 5.5 changed from traditional folder hierarchy to "usr-merge"; consequently there were lots of litttle issues. Version 5.5.1 followed quickly after; however, there were still issues when updating from version 5.4.10 or earlier. With 5.5.2, updating should (touch wood) be a pleasant experience for everybody.

If you do still have a problem updating from before version 5.5, see these instructions how to roll back:

...don't expect any issues now though.

Version 5.5.2 does bring one new feature, apart from the little bug fixes; NetworkManager has been removed, in favour of the traditional Puppy network tools. See announcement:

...tiny, tiny, tiny compared with NetworkManager, and work great. Or rather, SNS (Simple Network Setup) does; haven't tested "Network Wizard" and "pgprs" network tools -- they are updated, the latest from Richard (rerwin in the forum), but not yet tested. SNS is the choice for 99% of users.

Here are the release notes for 5.5.2:

Download the drive-image:

Also mirrored courtesy of NLUUG in Europe:

If you are unfamiliar with how to write a drive-image file to a USB-stick, or how to do a direct install to an internal drive, read here:

And how to install to an internal drive:

We welcome feedback in the EasyOS section of the Puppy Forum:

If you are particularly interested in the technical details, here are the github commits up until release of 5.5.2:

Have fun!      

Tags: easy

Xclipboard in menu but executable missing

September 21, 2023 — BarryK

Forum member Vverve reported this:

In Easy 5.5.1, Xclipboard has been replaced with the Parcellite clipboard manager. However, the Xclipboard menu entry has remained behind. Fixed; removed it from the menu.    

Tags: easy

Missing CA certificates in Easy 5.5.1

September 21, 2023 — BarryK

/etc/ssl/certs is empty, which causes failure to connect with https:// sites using some applications. Reported by tammi806 and caramel here:

...scroll down, I posted how to fix it.

I found the cause of the problem. The utility 'update-ca-certificates' is supposed to run in woofQ when building 'easy.sfs'; however, a code change I made prior to releasing 5.5.1, which was to fix another bug, introduced this new one. OK, now fixed.     

Tags: easy