A Knowledge Worker's Notebook

I used to be a technical writer when I created this website. I have moved on now.


Setting up a WebDAV File System

One of the websites I'm responsible for changed the upload area of its live server to a secured WebDAV share.

At first I thought, OK, no problem, I'll just choose WebDAV in Dreamweaver's Remote Site definition dialog, and I'm done. Not quite so, as it turned out. The WebDAV share I wanted to connect to was only accessible via https using a certificate. And even though the documentation didn't say so, Dreamweaver 8 only seems to support WebDAV uploads via http.

So I had to look for other ways to access the WebDAV share. I decided to set up a davfs2 file system on my Linux computer, and then mount the remote WebDAV share.

Restoring Your GNOME Desktop Environment

I have lost my GNOME Desktop environment twice now, so I thought it's time to write down how I managed to get it back. It happened like this: On my old computer, which I primarily use for backups, I decided to remove all the applications I didn't really need.

I thought that by using the GNOME Add/Remove Software menu function and only removing optional packages from the GNOME Package Manager's Applications section, I'd be on the safe side.

This turned out to be wrong: after removing all the unused applications in, I logged out of my GNOME session, and when I tried to log back in, I only got an ugly TWM session! Apparently, I had removed a crucial piece of the GNOME Desktop environment...

Upgrading Fedora Core 5 to Fedora Core 6

This time I decided to really heed the good advice and think about what needs backing up before starting the upgrade:

Also, I decided to do the upgrade when I had enough time, meaning not after work late at night.

How to Get Rid of yum Errors by Removing Old Kernels

Occasionally, I have encountered a yum unpacking error when trying to install a new kernel on my Fedora computer:

Running Transaction error: unpacking of archive failed on file /boot/System.map-2.6.16-1.2111_FC5;44730661: cpio: write

This error can occur when the /boot partition gets too full.

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