[Pkg-gpe-maintainers] Is libgpeschedule intended to work on 'normal' systems?

Neil Williams linux at codehelp.co.uk
Sat Dec 22 10:29:13 UTC 2007

Luis Rodrigo Gallardo Cruz wrote:
> Hi.
> I've recently installed gpe-clock, because I want to have a taskbar
> alarm clock that does not need gnome's or kde's specific taskbars.
> Now, when setting trying to set an alarm, it complains that
> /var/spool/at/1198277160.1-1000: No existe el fichero o el directorio
> ERROR-GPE: Imposible fijar alarma
> (ie: no such file, can't set an alarm)
> I've chased this to libgpeschedule's trying to directly mess with at's
> spool files. Why doesn't it simply use the at command to do the
> scheduling? 

There is no 'at' command in current GPE. 'at' has also not yet been
cross built for Emdebian.

> Or, if it's not even using atd to fire off the alarms, why
> use a directory that suggests it does? In any case, that's not even
> the directory standard at uses.

In which case, it is ok to use it. :-) However, I see the point and I
may modify it to create and look for /var/spool/gpeschedule/ as a fix
for this bug.

> I'm not filing a bug for this, because I'm aware my expectations of
> what's right may be wildly off, since I have no knowdlege at all of GPE.

It is a bug because libgpeschedule should create the necessary directory
either upon installation or upon execution. File a minor bug against
libgpeschedule with details of this and whether it works if you create
/var/spool/at/ as root, chmod 777. (In GPE, /var/ is usually in RAM
rather than on the flash.)

Alarms do work within a GPE environment, it sounds like I need to make a
few tweaks in the Debian GPE packages.



Neil Williams

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