Conor Schaefer on 12 Jul 2010 15:56:20 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] really dumb ubuntu question

  • From: Conor Schaefer <>
  • To: "Philadelphia Linux User's Group Discussion List" <>
  • Subject: Re: [PLUG] really dumb ubuntu question
  • Date: Mon, 12 Jul 2010 18:56:14 -0400
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Ubuntu is pretty user-friendly, yes, but if you broke wireless in a terminal, you'll probably have to fix it in a terminal.

Have you tried a simple "ls -l /usr/lib"? Tell her to look through that output for signs of a broken symlink, which should stand out in red. You could also use find with a pipe to grep to return only symlinks.

In the future, try editing the /etc/group file to remove her account from editing network connections.

On Jul 12, 2010 6:49 PM, "Stephanie Alarcon" <> wrote:
> Hi,
> Well fancy that, 2 messages my first day on the list. Timing couldn't
> be better. Sorry for the intrusion, hope this is a simple one...
> A while ago I put Ubuntu on a an old Dell for my niece. Her parents
> have a no-internet-in-your-room rule, so they asked me to disable
> wireless. Well, she's at a writing camp outside of DC and needs the
> wireless back. I think all I did was break a symlink between two .so's
> in /usr/lib, but without the machine in front of me, I can't remember
> exactly what to tell her to do, or what hardware she has.
> But this is Ubuntu, so there's got to be an easy way to fix it in the
> gui, right? Can she somehow delete the device, re-add it, and do a
> system update to get back to a healthy state?
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