[As-users] Fedora 9 RPMS - New Additions to Repo

Jeff Krebs (jkrebs@tconl.com)
Mon, 2 Jun 2008 08:36:39 -0500


The AfterStep Applets Repository has FINALLY been updated for Fedora 9.

Instructions for YUM installation can be found at:
	http://www.afterstep.org/download.php?show=RPMS

As usual, these Fedora 9 RPMS can be found at:
	ftp://ftp.afterstep.org/stable/rpms/RPMS/fc/9/i386

Source RPMS that should work with most versions of Fedora
(Core 3+) and other distros can be found at:
	ftp://ftp.afterstep.org/stable/rpms/SRPMS

Feedback via the AfterStep User Mailing List is appreciated.


Fedora 9 AppletRPMS Notes:

Fedora 9 - Overall
--------
Wow!  The install went smoothly.  Things appear to be must faster than 
under Fedora 8.  OpenOffice is much more responsive, and FireFox 3 (Beta 
5) is a real scorcher.  I'm really pleased with firefox's compatibility 
with web pages; many pages that were broken or functioned in odd ways 
work well now.  My only gripe is the lack of FireFox themes, but I can 
live without them for now.

Other than the rxvt-unicode issue listed below, I'm very pleased to have 
moved from Fedora 8 to version 9.


rxvt-unicode and aterm
--------
Both rxvt-unicode-9.02 and aterm-1.0.1 fail to build, giving the error 
"sys/stropts.h: No such file or directory".  I'm guessing this is a gcc 
issue of sorts.  Both terms are posted on bugzilla.redhat.com as 
"failing to build from source".

The current rxvt-unicode from Fedora 9 installs, but will not run (with 
AfterStep, at least).  I tried installing the Fedora 8 version from the 
AppletRPM repo to no avail.

Xterm installs and works, but it's still... xterm.  Mrxvt (from Fedora) 
installs and runs, but transparency doesn't work with AfterStep.

If anyone has any ideas on why these packages won't currently build, 
your help would be greatly appreciated.


libical, parcellite, and stalonetray
--------
All three applications are now included in Fedora's own Release 8 
and 9 repositories.

I will leave these out of the Applets-RPMS repo unless this changes.


Temperature.app
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No clue what's up with this, but it fails to build.  It's probably a gcc 
issue (newer versions seem less forgiving on older apps).  This is a 
nice, read-able, and simple Applet.  Too bad.


wmalms, wmsensormon, wmtemp
--------
Starting with Fedora 9, lm_sensors is defaulted to the new 3.0.0 series.  
This latest version relies solely on the drivers included with the 2.6.x 
Linux kernel.  This also means, quoting from the www.lm-sensors.org 
website, "Most third party monitoring applications do not yet work with 
the library in this package".  So true.

The result of this change is that the wmalms, wmsensormon, and wmtemp 
Applets fail to build, complaining about not finding "sensors/chips.h"; 
"chips.h" was included included in lm_sensors < 3.0.0, but not in the 
current versions.

The good news is that wmcpum.app still works splendidly, and is a fine 
Applet.  It just needs to be pointed at /sys/bus/platform/devices/ 
rather than /sys/bus/i2c/devices/ (at least on my system).

For those desiring to use wmalms, wmsensormon, or wmtemp, you will need 
to install an older version of lm_sensors and rebuild the SRPMS provided 
at ftp://ftp.afterstep.org/stable/rpms/SRPMS/ .  For Fedora 9, ATRPMS 
provides the "legacy" lm_sensors at 
http://atrpms.net/dist/f9/lm_sensors/ . 


About the AfterStep Applets Repository:
--------
This repository contains AfterStep, aterm, rxvt-unicode and over 60 
Wharf/Dockapps for use with AfterStep and WindowMaker.

In addition, there are some added utilities that work well under 
AfterStep.


Your humble packager,

Jeff Krebs

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