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Posted on: Dec 10 2006, 01:20 PM


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Recently installed SLES10 64bit on 2 servers, default Gnome - when using the 'Lock Screen' feature the screen dims and goes blank and I would expect it to lock the screen and session but it doesn't - how can I change this?

With KDE, lock, well locks it until you enter a password, I was expecting the same with Gnome, and the icon does show a key.

BTW - SLES10 with KDE does lock as one would expect, Gnome doesn't for some reason.

This is very frustrating, and nobody has been able to offer a fix on other forums.
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Posted on: Dec 10 2006, 01:18 PM


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Recently installed SLES10 64bit on 2 servers, default Gnome - when using the 'Lock Screen' feature the screen dims and goes blank and I would expect it to lock the screen and session but it doesn't - how can I change this?

With KDE, lock, well locks it until you enter a password, I was expecting the same with Gnome, and the icon does show a key.

BTW - SLES10 with KDE does lock as one would expect, Gnome doesn't for some reason.

This is very frustrating, and nobody has been able to offer a fix on other forums.
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Posted on: Jun 23 2006, 07:13 AM


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I was wrong it still doesn't work and Intel have advised that they have an issue with this now. sad.gif
This is using the onboard controller RAID1 + hotspare, SUSE is seeing at 3 separate drives, not 1 logical drive.

Anys, as a work around, I've installed an Intel SRCS16 RAID card, I'm installing SLES9 64bit. Boot from first CD and do all the usual, SLES recognises the RAID1 as 1 logical drive, great. It goes through installing all the packaages etc, and then reboots when it has finished, and then I get the following error message (very similar anyway)

VFS: Cannot open root device "<NULL>" or unknown-block(8,3)
Please append a correct "root=" boot option
Kernelpanic - not syncing: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on unknown-block(8,3)


So I guess I have to load the Intel drivers, (another server with a much older ICP Vortex RAID doesn't seem to have the problem at all - RAID1 recognised, boots no problems), so I boot using the CD, I've tried linux dd as a boot option and F6 update drivers but no good, I can use rawrite or dd to extract the driver image to a floppy but this server has no floppy drive - so how do I get the drivers loaded? I need a rawrite or dd to a CD ideally, how can I do this?
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Posted on: Jun 19 2006, 07:37 AM


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Well, I have now installled SUSE10.1 64bit and all seems OK - I yanked out one of the SATA drives and rebooted and the RAID card starting rebuilding. I had previously read (by doing a Google) that the Intel ICH6 chipset was a software RAID solution, software in the sense of similar lowcost onboard RAID, SilconImage, Promise and the such, this appears not to be the case.
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Posted on: Jun 19 2006, 03:23 AM


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Hi,

I'm trying to setup an Intel SR1425 server (SE7221BK1E) which has an onboard SATA RAID controller, which, as far as I can make out, is really a software controller using Intel ICH6R based controller.

First I used SUSE9.0 server and it failed to recognize any disk controllers at all, so next I try SUSE10 for desktops and it recognise the controller but failes to enable any RAID. I look on the Intel site (http://downloadfinder.intel.com/scripts-df-external/Detail_Desc.aspx?agr=N&Inst=Yes&ProductID=1857&DwnldID=9851&strOSs=98&OSFullName=SUSE*%20Linux*%209.x&lang=eng) and download the drivers for the RAID controller, but when I follow the intructions it fails to load the driver file, the file is an .img file. I guess I'm doing something wrong but what? The version of SLES which Intel refer is slightly different, they refer to booting using SLES9.0 sp2, I just have SLES9.0, not sp2 - would this make a difference?

I'm also curious as how the RAID controller supports a hotspare, I have configured it as RAID1 + hotspare in the RAID BIOS but I have not seen this before on a software only RAID, I believe this Intel server chassis might a bot fo a hybrid, some where in the middle of software and hardware.

So, I can install the drivers for this controller? Assume a clean install from scratch, RAID1 with hotspare.

I'm a bit of a newbie with Linux and hardware.
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Posted on: May 23 2006, 06:30 AM


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I have posted this problem on another forum but haven't had any luck so I thought I'd try here.

Trying to restore an image/file from a tape - done the following:

billy:/amanda # amrestore -p /dev/st0 billy billy._var.20060407.0 | restore -ivf-
Verify tape and initialize maps
Input is from a local file/pipe
amrestore: 0: skipping start of tape: date 20060407 label billy-Full-1-03
amrestore: 1: skipping billy._users_disk11.20060407.0
amrestore: 2: skipping billy._users_disk5.20060407.0
amrestore: 3: skipping billy._users_disk2.20060407.0
amrestore: 4: skipping billy._var.20060407.0
amrestore: 5: skipping billy._users_disk8.20060407.0
amrestore: 6: skipping billy._server_billy_build.20060407.0

I then it just ends. I've dropped the 'b' option as recommended. I want to restore the image to the CWD (which has plenty of space) not a sda1 or sdb2 etc etc. It just seems to skip past everything.

I want to restore the file 'billy._var.20060407.0'

So I then try:

billy:/amanda # tar xvf /dev/st0 billy._.20060407.0
tar: /dev/st0: Cannot read: Cannot allocate memory
tar: At beginning of tape, quitting now
tar: Error is not recoverable: exiting now

Next:

I have now tried all sorts. I can forward to the file I want by using 'mt -f /dev/tape fsf 14' having got the file number by doing ' amrestore -p /dev/st0 no-such-host > /dev/null'
I've tried 'tar xvf /dev/st0 billy._disk1.20060407.0'
I've tried 'dd if=/dev/tape bs=32k | tar xvf -'
I've tried 'amrestore -p /dev/st0 billy._disk1.20060407.0 | tar xvf -'
I've tried 'amrestore -p /dev/st0 billy._usr.20060407.0 | restore ivbf 2 -'
And 'amrestore -p /dev/st0 billy._usr.20060407.0 | tar -xvf - ./amanda'

The problem seems that whatever I do it just merrily skips on past the file.

What I don't get is that I'm using 'mt -f /dev/st0 fsf 14 to skip past the other files so it doesn't spend ages seeking yet it always seems to reoprt back from the first file and tediously goes through the whole tape again - why? It skips to 14 (or appears to be) then it should start listing/finding tec from 14, not start from 0 all over again. What am I doing wrong?
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Posted on: May 15 2006, 10:52 AM


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I'm running SUSE Seerv9 and I'm trying to get data back from a DLT8000 tape drive whichthe server is directly connected via SCSI but I'm not having much joy.

When I use 'mt -f /dev/st0 status' is just reports back 'no such file or directory'

What am I doing wrong?

YAST reports the DLT8000 as being dev/st0

Previously on a older system I just use to use 'mt -f /dev/nst0 rewind and varoius other commands and all worked as it should.
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Posted on: Feb 8 2006, 05:52 AM


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I will soon have a Sun VS880 server and I'm trying to find a use for it - will SuSE9.2 install and run Ok on it? I'm trying to stick with a common platform and don't really want Solaris.
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Posted on: Dec 6 2005, 06:30 AM


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hanks for that - I'll give it a go. It is mainly reading files.

Have had any experience with Novell's eDirectory?

I'm trying to move towards one point (with replication - LDAP) for logon, authentication and directorty services, we currently have a mix bag of Linux and Windows clients and servers and having one point would be great. Also having to look at Windows Services for Windows, however, the more I read about MS take on LDAP and AD the less I like it!
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Posted on: Dec 5 2005, 04:22 AM


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Any one? blink.gif
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Posted on: Nov 28 2005, 08:02 AM


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I keep getting a boot message saying that nfs is falling back to UDP, it really slows down the boot process as there are around 17 mounts which are mounts from the file server which I believe is running nfs3. I donít mind it falling back to UDP (network traffic overheads when using TCP and all that stuff) as I havenít got time at the moment to sort that out, but, what I would like to do is suppress the message, do I just add Ď-o udpí to the fstab? Does suppressing the boot message actually help or as the the name suggest merely suppreses it and will not speed up the boot process? Is there another quick solution?
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Posted on: Oct 20 2005, 08:00 AM


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biggrin.gif Very good link - has all the info I could wish for - thanks.
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Posted on: Oct 19 2005, 07:40 AM


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Thanks for the info.

When using a cbale tester what sort of results should I be looking for? Max/min attenuation limits?
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Posted on: Oct 19 2005, 05:48 AM


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I took the easy route out and just did a total re-install and it works fine now. I cannot find a DVD (I can download 6 iso CD images) iso imageof SUSE 9.3 server, only 9.3 pro seems to be on DVD. Oh well, its up and running now, ypbind is happy, got samba and swat configured and working great. One thing I can't figure out is how to remove old NIS users from the database - there are a whole load of non-existent users at the logon prompt.
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Posted on: Oct 19 2005, 05:41 AM


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I'm planning to change the network backbone to gigabit LAN. The cabling to the floor boxes for the office is all done in CAT5 currently running at 100Mbps - is CAT5 cabling Ok for gigabit LAN?
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Posted on: Oct 10 2005, 10:21 AM


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Im trying to change a users password using 'passwd' but I get the following error -'You can only change local passwords.
passwd: Authentication information cannot be recovered'

How can I get around this? I'm logged in as root btw.
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Posted on: Oct 7 2005, 05:09 AM


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I have set the IP number to the NIS server, both the NIS server and the server I have the problem with have no firewalls enabled. I reluctant to use the 'broadcast' option , seems a shotgun approach to solving this problem.

I did a searched yesterday and found a reference to a bug/glitch in ypbind for Novell SUSE 9.3 but I cannot find the link now sad.gif

It was along the line that it was 'forking process' and it to do with timing.
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Posted on: Oct 5 2005, 11:27 AM


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Hi,

Just done a fresh install of SuSe 9.2 and upon reboot/startup it spends ages trying to start ypbind and eventually fails and then continues to boot - /var/log reports the following: ypbind[3078]: broadcast: RPC: Timed out.

It is setup to authenticate using our NIS server and domain. I tried doing it manaully and it also times out. What I can't figure out is at the logon window it seems to have grabbed all of the users in the NIS domain to enable them to logon.

I new to Linux so don't fully understand it yet so any help welcome smile.gif

Could the lenght of the netwrok cable be a factor as this server is networked across a road to the other network, at a guess 120ft.

It has worked in the past though with the previous installation.
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Posted on: Sep 30 2005, 10:57 AM


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Thanks for that.

I've found that 'find -user 'user_name' -exec rm -rf {} /; -print' seems to work for the mo.

The foward slash is actually a backslash but for some reason this NG won't allow a backslash.
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Posted on: Sep 29 2005, 08:23 AM


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I'm sure it can be done, but I'm new to Linux!

I want to delete a load of files in /tmp directory which have been created by a user - how do I do this?

I've looked in man for rm but cannot find much in there.
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Posted on: Aug 23 2005, 03:08 PM


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My former colleague set the server up and his knowledge of linux (and Unix) was pretty advanced (he set up one of the first ISP in the UK in the 80's using a satellite link - it was MOD related) Well I mounted each partition one at a time and then did a 'ls'. hda1 has a home directory which is empty - there are also the usual suspect there as well. hda2 is swap, hda3 has a home directory and my former colleagues home area is there a long with lots of other directories holding various scripts for rsync so I guess that is the one with all the goodies in it! So do I just upgrade/install over hda1? If yes I assume I can just copy over the various scripts over to there if I wish, or, in fact, not have to bother at all as hda3 will still be intact, which would be nice and just the sort of thing my former colleague would have thought of.

I had a look at a new SuSE9.2 install and when I use 'df' it just shows 'hda2' - why is this so? I guess it still has a separate partition for swap etc?

I'm kicking myself for not taking an image of the server - well at least the data is still there and the server it is backing up has RAID5 with a hot spare.

BTW both /bin/bash and /bin/sh are there on hda3 and symlink seem Ok.

Also - all the Linux servers are setup at run level 3 so I don't use a GUI - it's been a bit of steep learning curve!
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Posted on: Aug 23 2005, 10:09 AM


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I'm also worried about the upgrade option, it is my my option of last resort!
fsck didn't find any errors - reports back 'clean'.

The server copies over all the data that is stored on the other linux server and desktop PCs every night, that why it's called 'mirror'. It actuallly does an incremental every night but anything you add to the other server (or root of your PC C drive) on also gets copied - it uses rysnc. It has, as far as I can tell, a basic SuSE8.0 install with all the backup data stored on the RAID /dev/sda1. There are however quite a few custom written scripts which work with rysnc.
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Posted on: Aug 23 2005, 09:23 AM


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I'll give it a shot. I've actually mounted /dev/hda3 - fstab reports that hda1 is boot & linux, hda2 swap and hda3 linux. Couldn't find anything much in the log files, the last entry is that /etc/cron.d had failed, not sure this is significant or not. When I try to go into rescue mode ALT+F10 I get the following error message 'cannot load map file' which could be worrying if it is related to the /boot/map file. Is there any way of re-installing the OS but leaving the bulk of your original config intact? What would happen if I use the SuSE9.2 DVD and use that as an upgrade?

I've noted a few other error messages during the failed boot process: 'cannot open /dev/console: no such file' and 'umount not found'
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Posted on: Aug 23 2005, 05:26 AM


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Well I do feel slightly out of my depth at the moment - what I've done so far is to boot using the DVD and used the 'Rescue' option. I've managed to mount /dev/hda and also mounted /dev/sda and all the data on the RAID is there as I expected. I guess I now heck /var/log/messages - anything in particular I should look out for?

I'm uncertain as what to do next, something has got corrupted and I could find no way to enter single user mode, but at least the file system is now mounted so that has got be a start - I hope unsure.gif
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Posted on: Aug 22 2005, 03:44 PM


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This is a mirror backup server whcih is at a remote site, but a short walk away.It mirrors the data from the other linux server so it is the backup. Every weekend this gets backed up to tape. I'm not sure I should be so worried about the temporary unavailabilty of the data (it's not actually lost as such I guess) on the RAID as I could always mount it again some how- I think. It's the OS on a separate drive that that has got screwed up. I'm pretty new to linux, my colleague who looked after the linux side of things has left and I've been left to pick up the pieces. I'm not sure I will be able to get to single user mode as I don't even get a prompt - I'll give it a go though. Do I boot from the DVD and run rescue?
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