update problems: no home, wrong keyboard layout, OpenOffice

Hi,

I updated from 11.1 to 11.2. Before some intelligent person says, I should never update but do a new install: a new install isn’t better, then I have other problems to tackle. And I really would like updates to work.
Well, I have the following problems and I hope you don’t mind me listing them all in one post *it’s difficult for me to type on this keyboard layout):

  1. home isn’t found or set up. I have modified fstab to mount /dev/sda6, which is home, but it won’t mount it at startup, and also not when it’s just using the disk/by-id line that had been put in.
  2. the keyboard layout is american, while the system language is set to German (I’m German and would like also my keyboard to know that). I had no chance to change that, even a loadkeys de-latin1 doesn’t help.
  3. OpenOffice drives me crazy. It just doesn’t start properly, or at all. It doesn’t open a number of documents, but it doesn’t also give any error message. Sometimes soffice.bin is in the list of processes, but OOo is nowhere seen. After killing the process (or terminating it), I can start it, but have only the opening screen and cannot really open a document.
  4. printing doesn’t seem to work, either.
    Needless to say that everything worked fine before the update.

I know, it’s all my fault, but I don’t know how I did it (except that I chose an option that was offered by the installation program). Any help will be appreciated.

Martin

Post result of

cat /etc/fstab

Now become su and do

fdisk -l

Post it all here
Leave Office for now

result of cat /etc/fstab:

/dev/disk/by-id/ata-ST3250823AS_4ND07F0B-part3 /                    ext3       acl,user_xattr        1 1
UUID=dc4570f7-49ad-4f6a-9500-14bfefc8629b swap                 swap       defaults              0 0
/dev/disk/by-id/ata-SAMSUNG_HD103UJ_S13PJ1BQ730079-part1 /mnt/1000GB_1        ext3       defaults              1 2
/dev/disk/by-id/ata-SAMSUNG_HD501LJ_S0MUJ1MP810613-part1 /mnt/500GB           reiserfs   defaults              1 2
/dev/sda6            /home      ext3    noauto,user     0 0
proc                 /proc                proc       defaults                 0 0
sysfs                /sys                 sysfs      noauto                   0 0
debugfs              /sys/kernel/debug    debugfs    noauto                   0 0
#usbfs                /proc/bus/usb        usbfs      noauto                   0 0
#/sys/bus/usb/drivers /proc/bus/usb        usbfs      devgid=1000, devmode=664 0 0
#usbfs                /proc/bus/usb usbfs  auto,busgid=1000,busmode=0775,devgid=1000,devmode=0664 0 0
/dev/disk/by-id/ata-SAMSUNG_HD753LJ_S13UJ1KQ103510-part1 /sda1                auto       noauto,user           0 0
/dev/disk/by-id/ata-ST3250823AS_4ND07F0B-part1 /sdd1                auto       noauto,user           0 0
/dev/disk/by-id/ata-ST3250823AS_4ND07F0B-part6 /sdd6                auto       noauto,user           0 0
usbfs                /proc/bus/usb        usbfs      noauto                0 0
#/dev/disk/by-id/ata-SAMSUNG_HD753LJ_S13UJ1KQ103510-part6 /home                ext3       noauto,user           0 0
devpts               /dev/pts             devpts     mode=0620,gid=5       0 0

I inserted only the line beginning with /dev/sda6 and commented out the second line from the bottom

Result of fdisk -l:

Absolute path to 'fdisk' is '/sbin/fdisk', so running it may require superuser privileges (eg. root).

Are you sure you wanted this?

should it be

/dev/sda6 /home ext3 acl,user_xattr 1 2

The fdisk has to be done from a su terminal
Become su in Terminal - HowTo - openSUSE Forums

Sorry, I missed your mentioning becoming su. Here it is:

Platte /dev/sda: 750.2 GByte, 750156374016 Byte
255 Köpfe, 63 Sektoren/Spuren, 91201 Zylinder
Einheiten = Zylinder von 16065 × 512 = 8225280 Bytes
Disk identifier: 0x00000000

   Gerät  boot.     Anfang        Ende     Blöcke   Id  System
/dev/sda1   *           1        6314    50717173+  83  Linux
/dev/sda2            6315       91201   681854827+   5  Erweiterte
/dev/sda5            6315        6750     3502138+  82  Linux Swap / Solaris
/dev/sda6            6751       91201   678352626   83  Linux

Platte /dev/sdb: 500.1 GByte, 500107862016 Byte
255 Köpfe, 63 Sektoren/Spuren, 60801 Zylinder
Einheiten = Zylinder von 16065 × 512 = 8225280 Bytes
Disk identifier: 0xcb05b6a4

   Gerät  boot.     Anfang        Ende     Blöcke   Id  System
/dev/sdb1   *           1       60801   488384001   83  Linux

Platte /dev/sdc: 1000.2 GByte, 1000204886016 Byte
255 Köpfe, 63 Sektoren/Spuren, 121601 Zylinder
Einheiten = Zylinder von 16065 × 512 = 8225280 Bytes
Disk identifier: 0x5794ae44

   Gerät  boot.     Anfang        Ende     Blöcke   Id  System
/dev/sdc1               1      121601   976760001   83  Linux

Platte /dev/sdd: 250.1 GByte, 250059350016 Byte
255 Köpfe, 63 Sektoren/Spuren, 30401 Zylinder
Einheiten = Zylinder von 16065 × 512 = 8225280 Bytes
Disk identifier: 0x000e3e38

   Gerät  boot.     Anfang        Ende     Blöcke   Id  System
/dev/sdd1   *           1        7113    57135141   83  Linux
/dev/sdd2           19013       30401    91482142+   f  W95 Erw. (LBA)
/dev/sdd3            7114       19012    95578717+  83  Linux
/dev/sdd5           30400       30401       16033+  14  Verst. FAT16 <32M
/dev/sdd6           19014       30399    91458013+  83  Linux

Partitionstabelleneinträge sind nicht in Platten-Reihenfolge

Any idea about the keyboard problem? I relly get crazy, searching for the right keys (I used to type on English keyboards many years ago, but since 1999 I live in a German environment again and need to have all the German Umlauts etc).

Thanks for your prompt help! I try the fstab changes.

Ok, fstab changes worked, now it finds the home folder. The rest still remains.

Did you look at:

http://thumbnails19.imagebam.com/5856/9fc83b58558673.gif](http://www.imagebam.com/image/9fc83b58558673)

OR

http://thumbnails16.imagebam.com/5856/c1fee058558674.gif](http://www.imagebam.com/image/c1fee058558674)

Open Office
Try deleting the .oo3 folder in hidden /home

or start writer from a terminal with: oowriter
report any output from the terminal

I don’t know how, but the keyboard problem seems to be solved, too. After another restart it just worked. Before, I had installed some software which added a number of packages for dependencies, maybe among them was the package that did the necessary.

I don’t know where that screen would be, I have only the following one:

http://thumbnails16.imagebam.com/5856/c1fee058558674.gif](http://www.imagebam.com/image/c1fee058558674)

There German was set as the default language. Everything else was in German. Anyway, it works now.

Open Office
Try deleting the .oo3 folder in hidden /home

or start writer from a terminal with: oowriter
report any output from the terminal

There is no output whatsoever from the terminal. The splash screen appears, then disappears after the app seems to be loaded, and that’s it. soffice is seen as a process in the process list, but not available on the GUI (also not in the windows list etc.).
Removing .oo3 didn’t change a thing.

Please post the following:

uname -a

and

zypper lr -d

uname -a:

Linux linux-0m7j 2.6.31.5-0.1-default #1 SMP 2009-10-26 15:49:03 +0100 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux

zypper lr -d

#  | Alias                              | Name                               | Aktiviert | Aktualisieren | Priorität | Typ    | URI                                                                                        | Dienst
---+------------------------------------+------------------------------------+-----------+---------------+-----------+--------+--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------+-------
1  | CD_OpenSUSE_11.2                   | CD OpenSUSE 11.2                   | Ja        | Nein          |   99      | yast2  | iso:///?iso=openSUSE-11.2-DVD-x86_64.iso&url=file:///home/drmartin/openSUSE/               |
2  | Compiz_1                           | Compiz                             | Ja        | Nein          |   99      | rpm-md | http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/X11%3a/XGL/openSUSE_11.2/                        |
3  | Education_1                        | Education                          | Ja        | Nein          |   99      | rpm-md | http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/Education/openSUSE_11.2                          |
4  | Google_Software                    | Google Software                    | Ja        | Nein          |   99      | rpm-md | http://dl.google.com/linux/rpm/stable/x86_64                                               |
5  | Java_1                             | Java                               | Ja        | Nein          |   99      | rpm-md | http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/Java%3a/packages/openSUSE_11.2/                  |
6  | KDE:KDE4:Factory:Desktop_1         | KDE:KDE4:Factory:Desktop           | Ja        | Nein          |   99      | rpm-md | http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/KDE%3a/KDE4%3a/Factory%3a/Desktop/openSUSE_11.2/ |
7  | KDE_Factory_Community              | KDE Factory Community              | Ja        | Nein          |   99      | rpm-md | http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/KDE%3a/KDE4%3a/Community/openSUSE_Factory/       |
8  | Mozilla                            | Mozilla                            | Nein      | Nein          |   99      | rpm-md | http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/mozilla/openSUSE_11.1/                           |
9  | Mozilla_Software_1                 | Mozilla Software                   | Ja        | Nein          |   99      | rpm-md | http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/mozilla/openSUSE_11.2/                           |
10 | OpenOffice_1                       | OpenOffice                         | Ja        | Nein          |   99      | rpm-md | http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/OpenOffice.org%3a/STABLE/openSUSE_11.2/          |
11 | OpenOffice_EXTRAS_1                | OpenOffice EXTRAS                  | Ja        | Nein          |   99      | rpm-md | http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/OpenOffice.org%3a/EXTRAS/openSUSE_11.2/          |
12 | OpenSuse_11.1_86_64                | OpenSuse 11.1 86_64                | Nein      | Nein          |   99      | yast2  | iso:///?iso=openSUSE-11.1-DVD-x86_64a.iso&url=file:///home/drmartin/Temp/                  |
13 | Packman_repository_(openSUSE_11.1) | Packman repository (openSUSE_11.2) | Ja        | Nein          |   99      | rpm-md | http://packman.mirrors.skynet.be/pub/packman/suse/11.2/                                    |
14 | QT_4.5                             | QT 4.5                             | Ja        | Nein          |   99      | rpm-md | http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/KDE%3a/Qt/openSUSE_Factory/                      |
15 | WINE_Build_1                       | WINE Build                         | Ja        | Nein          |   99      | rpm-md | http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/Emulators%3a/Wine/openSUSE_11.2/                 |
16 | devel:tools:building_1             | devel:tools:building               | Ja        | Nein          |   99      | rpm-md | http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/devel%3a/tools%3a/building/openSUSE_11.2/        |
17 | openSUSE 11.1-0                    | openSUSE 11.1-0                    | Nein      | Nein          |   99      | yast2  | cd:///?devices=/dev/sr0                                                                    |
18 | openSUSE-11.1-Debug                | openSUSE-11.2-Debug                | Ja        | Nein          |  100      | yast2  | http://download.opensuse.org/debug/distribution/11.2/repo/oss/                             |
19 | openSUSE-11.1-Non-Oss              | openSUSE-11.2-Non-Oss              | Ja        | Nein          |  100      | yast2  | http://download.opensuse.org/distribution/11.2/repo/non-oss/                               |
20 | openSUSE-11.1-Oss                  | openSUSE-11.2-Oss                  | Ja        | Nein          |  100      | yast2  | http://download.opensuse.org/distribution/11.2/repo/oss/                                   |
21 | openSUSE-11.1-Source               | openSUSE-11.2-Source               | Ja        | Nein          |  100      | yast2  | http://download.opensuse.org/source/distribution/11.2/repo/oss/                            |
22 | openSUSE-11.2-Update               | openSUSE-11.2-Update               | Ja        | Nein          |   20      | rpm-md | http://download.opensuse.org/update/11.2/                                                  |
23 | openSUSE-11.2-Updates              | openSUSE-11.2-Updates              | Ja        | Nein          |   99      | rpm-md | http://download.opensuse.org/update/11.2                                                   |
24 | packman_1                          | packman                            | Ja        | Nein          |   99      | rpm-md | http://ftp.skynet.be/pub/packman/suse/11.2                                                 |

Delete all those repos. It’s a wonder your system works at all. You have 11.1 and 11.2 mixed and way too many repos

Just add back these:
OSS
Index of /distribution/11.2/repo/oss
NON-OSS
Index of /distribution/11.2/repo/non-oss

UPDATES
Index of /update/11.2

Packman
Index of /pub/packman/suse/11.2

When you have done that do this from a su terminal:

zypper ref
zypper in zypper libzypp
zypper dup

Reboot

OK, I did all that, not really sure, what I was doing, but let’s see. I hope I find all the apps that I used to use. That is the main reason why I do not like a complete new installation. I have added a number of useful apps which are not available in the regular repositories. Anyway, for stability’s sake I’ll give it a try and will see how far I can go. At least I could start OpenOffice, but it looks a bit odd. But maybe that’s just because of different version etc. Or it is because it seems to be very slow. The gui builds up slowly, some elements are missing… basically, the entire bottom line doesn’t show. But maybe that comes back some day…

Basically you just about borked your system with the repo setup you had. IMO you will probably end up doing a new install unless you have sufficient knowledge of how to stabilize everything. I’m guessing, but I think you probably have a lot of orphaned packages. They will show up Red in Software Management and have no provider.