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Maybe there are also some "Frequently Asked Questions" here... This page contains answers to computer-related questions that have taken me some time to answer. This is intended for my own reference as much as for other people. There is no particular order in the list.
  • Japanese Input on SuSE Linux 10.1
    A (for instance) English installation of SuSE 10.1 does not set up any Japanese input method by default, even if you add Japanese as secondary language. You therefore need to add it manually. SuSE 10.1 comes with different input methods. Of the two I know to work for Japanese, "SCIM/Anthy" seems to be newer, more stable, and equipped with more features. Also, it is principally pre-integrated into KDE, provided that you have installed the right packages. Here is a list of packages you need to install with YaST: scim, scim-anthy, scim-input-pad, scim-m17n, scim-qtimm, scim-tomoe, scim-uim, skim, anthy, kasumi. Make sure that all of them are there, and you'll be (hopefully) fine.
    The alternative I know of, "kinput2/canna", was used with previous SuSE distributions. You can still use it by installing the packages canna, canna-libs, cannadic, and kinput2, with YaST, and afterwards configure the file /etc/sysconfig/language appropriately. However, I recommend SCIM/Anthy instead, since kinput2/canna seems to be not completely stable on SuSE 10.1.
  • How to get screenshots under Linux
    Install ImageMagick und use the import command
  • How to ping to all IP addresses of a local network (Linux)
    Use nmap -sP 192.168.1.*
  • How to convert a JIS coded file to EUC
    Use nkf -e input > output
    To UTF8: use -w instead
    Alternative: use iconv
  • How to get the Java compiler to print English error messages on a system with Japanese locale
    Type javac -J-Duser.language=en source.java
  • If a newly installed software does not run
    Try ldconfig, or SuSEconfig (on SuSE, if you manually altered a setting)
  • If some newly installed tex-package does not work
    Try texhash, display the tex path with kpsepath tex
  • Mount an USB memory stick if the automounter does not do the work for you
    Try mount /dev/sda /mnt/usb
    (where /mnt/usb needs to exist, that's just the mount point). If that fails, type lsusb in order to see if the USB stick is recognized by the system.
  • Configure a Samba service such that clients have write access
    Make sure that the option umask=0777 is set
  • Give a user the right to add printers in CUPS (SuSE Linux)
    Do "lppasswd -a user" as root
Last update: Fri Mar 9 05:09:33 2007 GMT by Jan Poland, Page = "FAQ"