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windows 10 python 3 install without errors

i am afraid the standard windows 10 python 3 install leads to dozens of errors such as

    running install_lib
    creating c:\program files\python36\Lib\site-packages\robot
    error: could not create 'c:\program files\python36\Lib\site-packages\robot': Access is denied

one answer is to perform a MANUAL install as ADMINISTRATOR and install it for ALL USERS

  • download python
  • run as admin
  • click install for all users
  • choose manual install
  • check install path is C:\Program Files (x86)\Python36-32

then check your installation by running

control panel ¦ sys and security ¦ system ¦ advanced system settings ¦ sys props ¦ advanced ¦ env vars ¦ PATH

and check your system path looks like

  • %SystemRoot%
  • %SystemRoot%\system32
  • %SystemRoot%\System32\Wbem
  • %SystemRoot%\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\
  • %SystemDrive%\ProgramData\Oracle\Java\javapath
  • %PROGRAMFILES(X86)%\Python\Python36-32\
  • %PROGRAMFILES(X86)%\Python\Python36-32\Scripts\

if not change it so it does and run a command prompt to verify

C:\Program Files (x86)\Python36-32\;
C:\Program Files (x86)\Python36-32\Scripts\;

NOW you can use pip (aka pip3 on other os) to install python modules for all users by clicking command prompt and right click RUN AS ADMINISTRATOR

C:>\pip install robotframework

and you should find python modules get installed into globally available

C:\Program Files (x86)\Python\Python36-32\Lib\site-packages

however you will STILL get errors if you try to run the module normally

C:\Users\\MYUSERNAME>robot --version
c:\program files (x86)\python36-32\lib\runpy.py:125: 
RuntimeWarning: 'robot.run' found in sys.modules 
after import of package 'robot', 
but prior to execution of 'robot.run'; 
this may result in unpredictable behaviour
Robot Framework 3.0.2 (Python 3.6.4 on win32)


but you can use the python run long syntax to fix this

C:\Users\MYUSERNAME>python -m robot --version
Robot Framework 3.0.2 (Python 3.6.4 on win32)



howto display / enable apple utf8 emoji on ed/x/ubuntu gnu/linux


aptitude install ttf-ancient-fonts

you should now see

  • BACK ON TOP SOON as 🔙 🔛 🔝 🔜

instead of something like

F0F0F0F0 F0F0F0F0 F0F0F0F0 F0F0F0F0

thanks to

see also

the gnu/linux client for @hubic (#free 25G/30G of #cloud storage from @ovh https://goo.gl/mYI02E) requires #mono

the gnu/linux client for #hubic (free 25G/30G of cloud storage from @ovh https://goo.gl/mYI02E) requires #mono and other debian packages

so to successfully install in on debian ed/x/ubuntu you will need to

  • install gdebi-gtk
  • download hubic.deb
  • run gdebi-gtk
  • open hubic.deb
  • click install and gdebi-gtk will install mono and other dependancies for you


you may still get some lintian errors but may be able to ignore them

warning: the authors of lintian do not recommend running it with root privileges!

W: hubic: syntax-error-in-debian-changelog line 29 "badly formatted trailer line"
W: hubic: syntax-error-in-debian-changelog line 31 "found start of entry where expected more change data or trailer"
E: hubic: debian-changelog-file-contains-invalid-email-address julien@Mint-15-MATE
E: hubic: debian-changelog-file-contains-invalid-email-address julien@Mint-15-MATE

Lintian finished with exit status 1

howo install #synergy-project keyboad and mouse sharing app on #ed/x/ubuntu

howo install synergy-project keyboad and mouse sharing app on ed/x/ubuntu

download deb from http://synergy-project.org/download/free/

aptitude does not let you install local debs and dkpg doesnt fix dependencies so either

aptitude install libqtcore4 libqtgui4 libqt4-network

before you run dkpg or

aptitude install gdebi

and use gdebi or gdebi-gtk to install synergy-1.4.18-r2250-Linux-x86_64.deb

howto install WXP SP2 on a SATA HDD thanks to @morgancomputers

You can only install windows xp service pack 2 (wxp sp2) on a SATA HDD if your BIOS lets you change HDD mode to SATA Compatability from SATA AHCI.

If you BIOS doesnt let you do this you have have to use a windows xp service pack 3 (wxp sp3) dvd instead  which does support SATA AHCI.

After installing wxp sp2 you can then go back into the BIOS and change the HDD mode back to SATA AHCI

Many thanks to @morgancomputers tech support for explaining this all to me

HOWTO : Install Firefox 2 with flash and java plugins on Ubuntu 6.06


# cd /opt
# tar zxvf ~/firefox-

# cd /
# tar zxvf ~/install_flash_player_9_linux.tar.gz
# cd install_flash_player_9_linux
# ./flashplayer-installer

# cd /opt
# cp ~/jre-6u2-linux-i586.bin .
# chmod u+x jre-6u2-linux-i586.bin
# ./jre-6u2-linux-i586.bin

# cd /opt/firefox/plugins/
# ln -s /opt/jre1.6.0_02/plugin/i386/ns7/libjavaplugin_oji.so .

Run Firefox 2 and goto "about:plugins"

Default Plugin
    File name: libnullplugin.so

MIME Type     Description     Suffixes     Enabled
*     All types     .*     No

Shockwave Flash
    File name: libflashplayer.so
    Shockwave Flash 9.0 r48

MIME Type     Description     Suffixes     Enabled
application/x-shockwave-flash     Shockwave Flash     swf     Yes
application/futuresplash     FutureSplash Player     spl     Yes

Java(TM) Plug-in 1.6.0_02-b05
    File name: libjavaplugin_oji.so
    Java(TM) Plug-in 1.6.0_02

MIME Type     Description     Suffixes     Enabled
application/x-java-vm     Java         Yes
application/x-java-applet     Java         Yes

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Debian 4.0 : root or sudo ?

I noticed the default Default 4.0 install enables/uses a root account (unlike Ubunutu) however I've just re-run the installer in expertgui mode and it gives me a choice of root or sudo modes !

Which mode is your favorite ?

  • (default)
  • expert
  • installgui
  • expertgui

Also expertgui mode lets you include the non-free repository at install time !

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W2K installation process

Unfortunately I just had a requirement (need to run an EXE that creates a BIOS update floppy) for a W2K virtual machine. I haven't built one from scratch for over four years. Here's the sequence I used on a VMware Server guest in case I need to do it again in another four years !


  • W2K Professional
  • W2K SP4 (reboot)
  • Install VMware tools (reboot)
  • Uninstall Outlook Express
  • Uninstall Indexing Service
  • IE6 (Windows update is broken in W2K IE5) (reboot)
  • Windows Update (Why does it insist on patching Outlook Express even thou I've uninstalled it ?)
  • Sun Java JVM

Shrink VMDK by 50% (with VMware tools from 3.2G to 1.6G)
Backup (tgz w2k.tgz /vmfs/w2k)

W2K is now ready for action ! Lucky I still have one PC with a floppy disk !

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