[TriLUG] A funny thing happened
M. Mueller (bhu5nji)
Fri, 25 Jan 2002 13:53:19 -0500
I needed to read a .pdf last night on my Mandrake 8.1 laptop. The installed
viewer (PS and PDF Viewer under Applications-Publishing) displayed blank
pages for a known good .pdf document.
So, I downloaded Acrobat 4.05 for Linux. (I've done this before on a RH 6.1
machine with no problems.) I tried to install to my user account. No luck.
It couldn't find "ed". I RPMed ed into the machine. Install of Acrobat then
asked where to install, so I replied "~/Acrobat". ( I was in
~/acrobat-install when I gave the reply; I meant to reply with "./Acrobat")
The installer created "~/acrobat-install/~/Acrobat". To make a long story
short - things did not work out. I decided to blow away the Acrobat install.
I did "ls" on the ~/acrobat-install dir and saw the ./~ directory. I entered
the following command:
rm -fr ~
Here's the funny part. I meant to enter:
rm -fr ./~
"Golly," I thought to myself as I began to fully appreciate what that command
had gone and done, "that sure is a powerful command." It had completely
erased my user directory contents. I was laughing at my mistake while I
reloaded MDK8.1 twice and setup my mail accounts again. I reloaded twice
because I fat-fingered the DNS address during the first install. I tried to
fix it by editing files in /etc/* but I kept changing a bad address to
another bad address. Boy...I really got a chuckle out of that.
Well, everything's back to normal now. I really didn't need all that old
email I'd been saving. Now I even have Xpdf that really does read a .pdf.
Why it came in on this install, and not the first one, I'll never know.
I was also left wondering why Acrobat installed OK on one machine and not
another. Oh, well. Xpdf seems to work just fine.