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Messages - Mark Greaves (PCNetSpec)

Being able to have multiple versions of an app installed at the same time (each with differing dependencies/libraries but without conflict) is a FEATURE of flatpak and snap .. not a mistake/bug that needs fixing ;)

This should remove the .deb version without uninstalling the flatpak version:
sudo apt-get remove --purge libreoffice*
Which application ?

There's a good chance it's storing its settings somewhere in a folder in somewhere like


you'll need to delete those folders.

Personally I update the search index database by running:
sudo updatedb
then (using say 'clipit' here as an application example) do a case insensitive search for anything related to the application:
locate -i clipit
and delete anything that's listed in my home folder.

99 time out of 100, the settings will be stored in their own folder inside:-
but not always, for example the Firefox settings are in
Linux Support / Re: Lost Pictures
December 24, 2019, 12:20:57 PM
It looks like you didn't copy the pictures themselves across, instead you just created symlinks ('shortcuts' in Windows parlance) to them .. so when you removed the originating drive the symlinks/shortcuts no longer worked.

Yeah, copy them across again, but this time highlight them, then right-click and select 'Copy' .. then go to the folder you want to copy them into, right-click and select 'Paste'.
Hardware Compatibility / Re: Sky+ HD box for LInux
December 24, 2019, 12:04:10 PM
I don't think this can be done (or at least not easily), the software isn't on the HDD it's in firmware so you'd first need some method to reprogram the firmware.

Probably best to just salvage the HDD and marry it to a Raspberry Pi or similar via a USB enclosure.
General Discussion / Re: unable to send email
December 18, 2019, 02:37:36 PM
Which email client are you using, and in which distro/version ?
Personally I'd purge anything to do with libreoffice
sudo apt-get remove --purge libobasis6.1-libreofficekit-data libobasis6.2-libreofficekit-data libreoffice-avmedia-backend-gstreamer libreoffice-base libreoffice-base-core libreoffice-base-drivers libreoffice-calc libreoffice-common libreoffice-core libreoffice-draw libreoffice-gnome libreoffice-gtk libreoffice-impress libreoffice-java-common libreoffice-math libreoffice-ogltrans libreoffice-pdfimport libreoffice-sdbc-firebird libreoffice-sdbc-hsqldb libreoffice-style-mint libreoffice-writer libreoffice6.1 libreoffice6.1-base libreoffice6.1-calc libreoffice6.1-debian-menus libreoffice6.1-dict-en libreoffice6.1-dict-es libreoffice6.1-dict-fr libreoffice6.1-draw libreoffice6.1-en-us libreoffice6.1-impress libreoffice6.1-math libreoffice6.1-ure libreoffice6.1-writer libreoffice6.2 libreoffice6.2-base libreoffice6.2-calc libreoffice6.2-debian-menus libreoffice6.2-dict-en libreoffice6.2-dict-es libreoffice6.2-dict-fr libreoffice6.2-draw libreoffice6.2-en-us libreoffice6.2-impress libreoffice6.2-math libreoffice6.2-ure libreoffice6.2-writer
Then add the libreoffice PPA
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:libreoffice/ppa
then update your package cache
sudo apt-get update
then run a system update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
As you're on Mint 18 which is based on xenial (16.04), you should now be on LibreOffice 6.2.8

and your system should automagically update if/when updates are added to the PPA .. not that I'd expect many (if any) updates to LO for xenial in the future, I mean LO is now on 6.3.3 in the same PPA for later versions of Ubuntu/Mint.
How did you install version 6.2.5 ?

and what's the output from:
dpkg -l | grep libreoffice
what's the contents of
gedit /etc/hostname
gedit /etc/hosts

See here:
for how to use hostnamectl set-hostname to change the hostname.

or here:
for how to edit /etc/hostname manually.
Linux Support / Re: Update problem
December 09, 2019, 08:03:50 PM
Quote from: mikep on December 08, 2019, 11:22:44 PMit's a bit cavalier in my view. Almost like having a referendum and then blatently ignoring the result...  :o

You're not kidding...
General Discussion / Re: SSD (Solved)
December 05, 2019, 12:23:42 PM
Yep, that'll do the trick Tony :)
General Discussion / Re: SSD
December 03, 2019, 10:07:19 PM
Well I have no idea which idiot you talked to at Crucial but he needs to be sent back to his previous floor mopping job at McDonald's .. If your Satellite Pro L850 is the same as the one in this video (?):-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1SevmqwI_A (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1SevmqwI_A)

then it most certainly CAN take an SATA3 SSD

as confirmed in this video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qap85AuRfWU (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qap85AuRfWU)

in fact it's an easier swap out than most newer laptops.

Just get any SATA3 (sometimes written as SATA-III or similar) SSD .. if unsure, find one you like and post a link back here and I'll tell you if it's compatible.

If you're quick and the Black Friday / Cyber Monday deals are still on, here's as good a place to start as any
https://www.ebuyer.com/blackfriday/storage/ssd (https://www.ebuyer.com/blackfriday/storage/ssd)
just make sure it's an SATA SSD and not M.2 or NVMe.
General Discussion / Re: Which processor
December 03, 2019, 11:27:29 AM
Impossible to answer I'm afraid, but if the system isn't going to be driven hard in any specific use case they're much of a muchness.

i5 may be better in some single threaded workloads (such as a lot of earlier games).

Ryzen 5 may be better in multithreaded workloads (multithreaded apps or doing lots of things at the same time).

So for your use case .. get whichever is the cheaper ;)

'Bang for the buck' tends to be favouring Ryzen at the moment, but that may not strictly be the case .. specially where you may already have a motherboard and memory that will work with an Intel .. it's more than just about the price of the CPU.

Personally at the moment (and price being pretty equal) I'd probably favour Ryzen, simply because they're being less hard hit by performance penalties from the Spectre/Meltdown mitigation patches (which there's likely to be more of).
Linux Support / Re: Starting maximised (SOLVED)
December 03, 2019, 11:15:09 AM
Did you actually read the OP ?

Quote from: Zorba61The first problem i've encounted  is that Opera browser won't open maximised unless I leave it maximised when closing it

so he obviously knew that, he then continued...

Quote from: Zorba61I know it can be done but being a complete novice I need to be talked through the whole process of opening the terminal and inserting/editing command lines.
Can anybody help?

So as the title of the topic wasn't specifically about Opera, I answered what was asked.

Where's the problem (specially considering the OP was happy with the result) ?
Hi, I take it you mean this

Can you give us a use case please .. I'm struggling to see what (useful) it does that 'dd' won't ?

The Readme.md suggests it'll 'shrink' the image .. how, compression ? .. aren't most ISO's compressed anyway (including being quite slow if lz compression is used).

It also suggests it'll expand the partition to fill the drive .. on a LiveUSB I suppose this would give you room to add a persistence file but only up to 4gb (FAT32 file size limitation), what use would the rest of the drive be ?

I'm probably completely missing the point here, which is why I'm asking :)