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post Nov 8 2004, 02:54 PM
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ok I've installed all the packages that are on there .4 feed and it loads fine but there are no icons or anything. I also tried the libpng fix they have on the site.
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post Jan 3 2005, 09:07 AM
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OK, I think I know what's going on. I tried running GAIM from the su user and got the same error.

Firstly, GAIM was never meant to be set up to be run under the su account. So don't do that. smile.gif (At least I get the same QT/Embedded data directory error, whatever that means. tongue.gif ).

When you run it under the standard Zaurus account, do you get a bunch of messages stationg that it cannot open /home/zaurus/.gaim type stuff? Like: "accounts: Error reading accounts: Failed to open file '/home/zaurus/.gaim/accounts.xml': Permission denied"? With my relatively standard GAIM install, I do not get the QT/Embedded data directory, but got this instead.

The problem in this case is that, for some reason (it seems this way on my box!), the standard GAIM installation set the owner of /home/zaurus/.gaim/ as root. This was where all of the settings were installed. Bad idea, as the zaurus account couldn't write or read anything in this directory under the standard permissions. People got around this by running GAIM as "root" via the Qtopia GUI (which seems a little different than the su account, I don't know why). And it worked. However, it means you can't run GAIM under the terminal this way.

To diagnose:

1) Type the following command in:

ls -la /home/zaurus

(UNIX 101: ls = list a directory. -l option = verbose listing, show file size, owner, permissions, etc. -a option = show "hidden" files, which on UNIX is all files beginning with a .)

One of the entries *SHOULD* look like this:

drwx------ 3 zaurus qpe 0 Jan 3 11:51 .gaim

This is the .gaim directory where all settings are stored.

The owner of this directory should be zaurus. GAIM, however, will not run under the "standard" account when the directory looks like this:

drwx------ 3 root qpe 0 Jan 3 11:51 .gaim

(The column that changed is the owner of the file. That column on the left shows you permissions and says that only an owner can *R*ead, *W*rite, and e*X*ecute a file in this directory.)

To fix this, do the following:

1) su to log in as root
2) Type the following command in:

chown -R zaurus /home/zaurus/.gaim

[You can get an explanation of chown by typing in chown -? in the command prompt. Net summary, I'm changing the ownership of everything in the /home/zaurus/.gaim directory (recursively) to the zaurus user.]

3) Log out of root, you should be back in the zaurus account.
4) Try running gaim under the zaurus account.

Now it should at least come up without bombing out!

If it doesn't run, you may have missed something else in the installation, or have the wrong library (I remember that GAIM was one of the finickiest installs for my SL-6000L.). Report back what you find.

I hope this helps a bit. smile.gif
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zipmaster   Gaim   Nov 8 2004, 02:54 PM
eurojeff   I had the same problem. No pictures display when...   Nov 8 2004, 03:50 PM
zipmaster   yeah i did that and it still doesnt work   Nov 8 2004, 04:37 PM
tumnus   You don't need to install libpng. It is compil...   Nov 9 2004, 01:09 AM
naoyaru   QUOTE(zipmaster @ Nov 9 2004, 12:37 AM)yeah i...   Nov 9 2004, 09:04 AM
zipmaster   tunnus: thanks ill try that now. just tried it st...   Nov 9 2004, 02:44 PM
tumnus   Are you using this libopie? Don't use any othe...   Nov 9 2004, 03:19 PM
zipmaster   oh it seems i have an old one ill get that one and...   Nov 9 2004, 05:18 PM
zipmaster   ok i got the package now and well its not working ...   Nov 15 2004, 01:01 PM
sgtron   Ok, I downloaded the many files and installed all ...   Nov 21 2004, 11:13 AM
rrnwexec   QUOTE(sgtron @ Nov 21 2004, 12:13 PM)Ok, I do...   Jul 4 2005, 04:23 PM
adf   Yahoo/gaim seems to work fine on pdaXrom   Jul 4 2005, 04:30 PM
rrnwexec   QUOTE(adf @ Jul 4 2005, 05:30 PM)Yahoo/gaim s...   Jul 4 2005, 05:22 PM
adf   give a little while to setup aim and msn. I'm ...   Jul 4 2005, 08:24 PM
zipmaster   hey sgtron which libpng system link methiod you u...   Nov 22 2004, 09:38 AM
sgtron   I used the 3 links from the above post which are t...   Nov 22 2004, 01:15 PM
zipmaster   i only got this to work and can confirm that yahoo...   Dec 6 2004, 08:52 PM
rrnwexec   QUOTE(zipmaster @ Dec 6 2004, 09:52 PM)i only...   Jul 4 2005, 04:31 PM
sgtron   Glad to hear there are others having problems with...   Dec 7 2004, 09:24 AM
GuruGeek2002   I have followed the directions on the sourceforge ...   Dec 7 2004, 10:48 AM
sgtron   Interesting scenario.. I wonder if you made all th...   Dec 7 2004, 11:34 AM
GuruGeek2002   I launch the terminal and then type su. I then ty...   Dec 7 2004, 06:18 PM
sgtron   It's possible, I have libopie1 installed, mayb...   Dec 7 2004, 07:06 PM
GuruGeek2002   I installed the libopie1.so package and now Gaim l...   Dec 8 2004, 06:00 AM
lek   "I installed the libopie1.so package and now ...   Jan 20 2005, 06:36 AM
GuruGeek2002   Ok, GAIM works for me now. Added libopie1 and that...   Dec 8 2004, 06:55 AM
sgtron   Congratulations... now you're in the same boat...   Dec 8 2004, 04:57 PM
tumnus   I use Jabber through Gaim to get to Yahoo, MSN and...   Dec 8 2004, 05:44 PM
zipmaster   QUOTE(tumnus @ Dec 9 2004, 01:44 AM)I use Jab...   Dec 10 2004, 05:10 PM
sgtron   Probably should be a different thread, but to answ...   Dec 11 2004, 10:36 PM
saakmotu   I've gotten Gaim running on my 6k with the sto...   Dec 14 2004, 06:36 PM
GuruGeek2002   Strangely enough, I don't get a sound, buzzer,...   Dec 15 2004, 06:35 AM
saakmotu   Just to make sure you have your volume on, not mut...   Dec 15 2004, 06:55 AM
GuruGeek2002   Yep....alarm box has a checkmark in it....and the ...   Dec 15 2004, 07:31 AM
zipmaster   for me it only alarms the buzzer that is when im n...   Dec 15 2004, 11:46 AM
oyku   I've followed the instructions and downloaded ...   Dec 18 2004, 05:28 AM
Tehas   Straight connect to Yahoo broke quite a while ago ...   Dec 18 2004, 09:11 AM
soundwave106   Yahoo changed their Instant Messenger protocol, I ...   Dec 18 2004, 11:20 AM
GuruGeek2002   Could someone check and let me know what msn is us...   Dec 20 2004, 06:19 AM
xjqian   MSN on Gaim is also very tricky for me. So far I g...   Dec 20 2004, 07:21 AM
worri   QUOTE(xjqian @ Dec 20 2004, 07:21 AM)MSN on G...   Dec 22 2004, 02:39 AM
xjqian   Digging up an old unanswered problem QUOTE(worr...   Jan 24 2005, 05:54 AM
GuruGeek2002   I made sure I have all of the packages you listed....   Dec 22 2004, 06:25 AM
eji   What sort of response should I get in the terminal...   Jan 1 2005, 04:27 AM
oyku   You would not get get any responses. That's mo...   Jan 1 2005, 07:29 AM
eji   I've made all the symlinks and I keep getting ...   Jan 1 2005, 08:30 PM
soundwave106   Can you run GAIM *not* as root? I've noticed t...   Jan 2 2005, 08:27 AM
eji   Running GAIM as root or non-root makes no differen...   Jan 3 2005, 03:36 AM
soundwave106   OK, I think I know what's going on. I tried ru...   Jan 3 2005, 09:07 AM
eji   According to a speed-reading of the slew of termin...   Jan 3 2005, 09:53 AM
eji   Success! I had to create the symbolic links as...   Jan 3 2005, 01:50 PM
soundwave106   Yeah, that too. I'm surprised the system allo...   Jan 4 2005, 02:52 PM
dfisher   This seems like quite an odyssey. Do we need a ho...   Jan 5 2005, 01:42 PM
rrnwexec   QUOTE(dfisher @ Jan 5 2005, 02:42 PM)This see...   Jul 4 2005, 04:43 PM
xjqian   some alternatives: *gaim in debian once you figur...   Jan 17 2005, 06:48 PM
rrnwexec   QUOTE(xjqian @ Jan 17 2005, 07:48 PM)some alt...   Jul 4 2005, 04:39 PM
adf   has anyone tried qazoo for yahoo on a 6k (or at al...   Jan 23 2005, 10:59 PM
xjqian   QUOTE(adf @ Jan 24 2005, 01:59 AM)has anyone ...   Jan 24 2005, 01:00 AM
lek   i have qazoo for yahoo, and it was working while i...   Jan 24 2005, 05:32 AM
soundwave106   QUOTE(lek @ Jan 24 2005, 01:32 PM)i have qazo...   Jan 24 2005, 06:50 AM
lek   QUOTE(soundwave106 @ Jan 24 2005, 02:50 PM)QU...   Jan 26 2005, 08:59 AM
adf   couldn't get gaim working. had libpng issues. ...   Jan 26 2005, 09:34 AM
soundwave106   No problem. Maybe trying traceroute or one of the ...   Jan 26 2005, 06:06 PM
lek   QUOTE(soundwave106 @ Jan 27 2005, 02:06 AM)No...   Jan 26 2005, 07:41 PM
eroteme   Hi... I'm abit of a newbie when it comes to in...   Apr 20 2005, 01:38 PM
rrnwexec   Does anybody have Gaim running successfully on any...   Jul 4 2005, 04:52 PM
adf   try the pdaxrom version. I have no idea when I wi...   Jul 4 2005, 08:27 PM
zipmaster   the gaim for pdaxrom is completly different then t...   Jul 5 2005, 10:20 AM
eji   Plain ol' gaim on the 6000 has been working fi...   Aug 23 2005, 11:16 PM
g3n   The openzaurus feed isnt working and that one was ...   May 29 2006, 11:44 AM

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