Fedora Core 2 testX Notes
Maintained by Colin Charles, <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Last Updated: Tue Apr 6
11:50:24 EST 2004
(newer items added at the top) And as always, Bugzilla is a good place to see
other not-so-common problems.
Most common problem(s)
- ECN is known to break things, and its enabled in the 2.6 line of
kernels. No, the kernel isn't broken, its the sites you're trying to
visit that are borked. Turning ECN
off will help. (adding it to sysctl.conf will mean its fairly
- SELinux might give you grief at the start, but really it's good
for you. Read Karsten Wade's SELinux
- It should be noted that upgrading from a test release is not supported (but can work). The
right way to upgrade from a test release would be to reinstall the
- Installing Fedora with only EXT3 or XFS as a filesystem will work
with regards to SELinux - a filesystem like JFS/Reiser doesn't support
extended attributes, and will not work. #119486
- kernel-2.6.4-1.303 seems to panic
before mounting the root file system - booting with the boot option
vdso=0 is the solution till the next build goes out. (some GRUB
instructions or you can hit 'e' during the GRUB splash screen)
- GOK won't start, since it can't read any keyboards - it's #118504.
- PC speaker not beeping any longer? modprobe pcspkr will
this for you.
- When new SELinux policy packages get downloaded, there are some
need to follow - James Morris confirms
- Want to know the best way to get started running SELinux and
testing it? James Morris shows us what he's done to
get started. Russell Coker has his
thoughts too (and tells us it works fine even when you don't have
the machine nearby).
- With CIFS giving quite a lot of issues, Dave Jones might
turn SMBFS back on in FC2 test3.
- Fedora Core 2 test1 already has XFS enabled, just like the
upstream 2.6 branch of kernels.
- Want to help with SELinux? Russell Coker has mentioned the
#selinux IRC channel on the Freenode IRC network. where there is almost
one Red Hat employee present 24/7, while there are other knowledgeable
people with general SELinux knowledge, on other distributions. This is
for quick interaction, rather than 100K long AVC messages of "what went
wrong", where e-mail would be a lot better. Sopwith came up with a
guide, while there are some useful
links that Stephen Smalley points to.
- Arguing that SELinux code should be disabled because it was
developed by the NSA and can have hidden items, is more of an urban
legend rather than fact. SELinux is in Kernel 2.6, and it has been
scrutinized along the way - so stop
- Rick Johnson e-mailed to state that a couple more FC2 test1
issues niggle users: PCMCIA slots don't work unless people manually
load yenta_socket, and then restart pcmcia (modprobe yenta_socket
then service pcmcia restart - this works till the next
reboot); and for
laptop users, there's an error with the clock-speed during start-up -
fixes for this are in the archives of fedora-test-list.
- Keep in mind that packages in Rawhide are not GPG-signed, so apt
(and others) will complain. Running it with the "-o
rpm::gpg-check=false" option will temporarily disable the action of
wanting GPG signed packages.
- ide-scsi has been disabled in the 2.6 line, so if your CD burner
is an IDE device, specifying cdrecord with options such as
"--dev=/dev/hdc" for example would be necessary (otherwise, edit the
cdrecord.conf file). Arjan's 2.6 notes
come in quite handy.
- Matthias Saou has gotten an FC2
test1 apt repository set up. And if you need a newer apt, Panu
Matilainen points it out: http://www.redhat.com/archives/fedora-test-list/2004-February/msg00355.html.
- Dave Jones mentions the fewer
kernels being shipped with FC2 test1. Kernel 2.6 actually means
including an Athlon only kernel becomes
- Many are complaining about the spatial view that Nautilus has
taken on. Telsa Gwynne mentions that this is the
intended view (from GNOME upstream). Alan Cox then shows us how he
has basically forced
the default behaviour to change.
- /dev/psaux emulation has disappeared - so mice and X might before
quirky (i.e. they won't work); they need to point to /dev/input/mice
instead. Tim Quinn actually takes us through all the files that
need changes at http://www.redhat.com/archives/fedora-test-list/2004-February/msg00903.html.
Bugzilla reference: #116118