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  1. took between 2 and 4 hours, but I just checked on it again and it is up and running. My HW specs are in my sig. The disk is 500G. I didn;t expect it to take hours. I wish there was a warning that it may take a long time or something like that...
  2. I accidentally powered the computer off while it was running. Now it won't start, it says something about errors on the filesystem and forcing a check, and nothing appears to be happening, no progress bar, no nothing. I think I hear harddive activity once in a while, is it doing a very long HW check (>45 minutes) without showing any progress (or warning that it will take a long time) or is it "stuck" and how do I fix it? I did something similar years ago and had to re-install because what4ever repair procedure I was told to do at hte time screwed up all kid of things. I thought linux was past that now. Thoughts? Advice? Running Mandriva 2007.1, I think he system disk is fs3, but not sure what filesystem the data disk that it's stuck on is, either fs3 or FAT(32?).
  3. Ever since I installed the Spring release, the services on my machine are not reliable. I'd had ddclient stop working, I've had nmbd (part of samba) stop working, and I've had ssh stop working. doing a "Service <whatever> restart" seems to fix the problem (and confirms that the service was stopped). How do I figure out why the services die? Is Spring 2007 that unstable?
  4. What the ??!?!?!? it's back! There was a power outage while I was on a business trip, I had my wife power up the machine but there were some strange issues with connectivity, including my inability to log into remotely over SSH (this kind of things always seem to happen when I'm on the road) so I'm back from my trip, and there is again a SLIP interface on my system: sl0 Link encap:Serial Line IP inet addr: P-t-P: Mask: UP POINTOPOINT RUNNING NOARP MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1 RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0 TX packets:65972 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0 collisions:0 txqueuelen:10 RX bytes:0 (0.0 B) TX bytes:18526846 (17.6 MiB) there is also the same stange line in my modprobe.conf (I didn't note the weird garbage characters last time, so I don;t know if they're the same, I think not, but not sure) alias sl0 ÃÃ÷· åï^H^X How do I find out what is populating this line and how do I make it stop? the first time this happened was after a "blanket" security update, so I'm guessing I'm running into a bug that improperly detects the interface on boot?
  5. yet MCC was letting me fill in wireless options for it...
  6. So there was a new interface showing up in ifconfig: sl0 it did show up in the MCC too I have no idea where it comes from. MCC seems to think it's part of my motherboard, and it looks like it thinks it's a wireless card? I tried to remove it from MCC but it didn't seem to work what brought it up to my attention was that when I turned it off IPv6 in modprobe.conf, I noticed the "alias sl0 <bunch of garbage?>" the "garbage being random characters like "#@$^#$%G" I removed that line and everything looks fine How sl0 made it there in the first place is a total mystery
  7. What the? ifconfig showed an IPv6 address, I turned off IPv6 by modifying /etc/sysconfig/network and modprobe.conf still not working though
  8. update: booted off Ubunty Edgy live CD and it accesses the Internet just fine, so it's not hardware or infrastructure (swithc, DSL modem, ...)
  9. My screensaver stopped working. I happens sometimes after I watch a movie, I think the video player disables the screensaver and never re-enables it. I don;t know how to fix that, so I generally reboot (yeah, yeah...) So after the comp comes back up, I have no internet access. All the other computers plugged in the same switch work fine (all of them windows, but I don't think that's relevant), but this oen stopped working I can ping the other computers and it works Now here is what surely is a clue but I don;t know what to make of it: I fired up wireshark, type ping www.yahoo.com, and nothing happens. I *don't* see any outgoing traffic (DNS to fins yahoo for example) So I think maybe this is a DNs issue, so I ping which is one of the yahoo server: same thing, wireshark doesn't even show the outgoing ping, let alone a response If I do a local ping on my network, I see the ping and the response... so I'm stumped, no idea what broke, how I may have done it, and how to fix it.
  10. I am talking about the server, not the client. I want to be able to connect to my linux desktop from somewhere else (say, at work, over ssh, or from my laptop on my couch). so I will run a VNC client at work or the laptop (both windose machine) to remote control my KDE desktop. by the way it's not ssh overhead, I use ssh from work but not on my LAN
  11. I always had troun;e with accessing my desktop remotely using a VNC client and Krfb (built in KDE). The worse is when I type, it seems to drop keys, although sometimes it will repeat the key many times on a single keystroke. This even happens at home over my LAN so I doubt it's bandwidth related. The problem seems to have become worse lately, I did a "blanket" upgrade of many of my installation's components to pick up security fixes a while back, so it may have started happening then, although I can't swear to it. Any suggestions?
  12. A few days ago I discovered that my samba server didn't work properly because nmbd was not working properly or not running. Today I discovered that the ddclient daemon, which refreshes my dyndns entry was not running either, putting my dyndns account at risk of being deleted, which means that it has not been running for 30 days or so. Is it normal to have daemons/service stop like this? Is there a mechanism to automatically restart them should they crash?
  13. Running wireshark showed that the computer was not running the naming service (the computer was not answering the broadcast for tis name). I had to restart it.
  14. Does the webmin overwrite your settings the way it used to? I also looked at my smb.conf by hand and I can't figure what if anything changed, so it may not be the issue, althoguh smb.conf is one of those linux black arts, like sendmail conf files...
  15. restart smbd to no avail. What is the "proper" way to edit smb.conf nowadays? I generally do it by hand because the other used to be incompatible (they overwrote everything rather than start from the config in the file), has the wrord change since I last tried to use those web based configuration tools (a few years ago)
  16. From the linux machine, I can open smb://<name of the windows machine> and access files on the windows machine, including putting files there. this seems to point to a problem with the samba service rather than some other kind of connectivity problem right?
  17. I just discovered that I can't connect from windows to my linux machine, it tells me the path wsa not found. Unfortunately I don't know how long this may have been going on, I'm guessing since the last update using the control center. I can;t really see anything wierd in the smb.conf file, although I am far from an expert. At least the network names, etc... seem right. I'm really not sure how to start troubleshooting this....
  18. Seems like a logical explanation. Any way to tell for sure what codec is being used? looks like there is a package called faad2, is that it?
  19. I was goingto watch the iPhne video on Apple's web site to see what the fuss was all about. I can watch the video by clicking on the link, but it has no sound At first I thought maybe it was an issue with the MPlayer plugin, but I also downloaded the file and it also plays wtih no sound in KMPlayer Some other video file (in DivX format) plays properly with audio in KMPlayer I'm not sure where to even start to troubleshoot this
  20. Success! (at least I think so). through sone googling I figured out that ssl.pm was contained in: perl-IO-Socket-SSL (there should be an easire way to find that out) whcih then installed: perl-IO-Socket-SSL-0.99.9-2mdv2007.0.noarch perl-Net_SSLeay.pm-1.30-3mdv2007.0.i586 Hopefully no harmful side effect. My dyndns entry is finally getting properly updated.
  21. [root@Mandrake chris]# urpmi perl-ldap Package perl-ldap-0.33-3mdk.noarch is already installed butI still get the error: DEBUG: url = http://members.dyndns.org/nic/update?system=dyndns&hostname=xxxxxxxx.com&myip=70.xx.xx.xx DEBUG: server = members.dyndns.org DEBUG: opt(fw = Use of uninitialized value in concatenation (.) or string at /usr/sbin/ddclient line 1660. DEBUG: glo fw = Can't locate IO/Socket/SSL.pm in @INC (@INC contains: /usr/lib/perl5/5.8.8/i386-linux /usr/lib/perl5/5.8.8 /usr/lib/perl5/site_perl/5.8.8/i386-linux /usr/lib/perl5/site_perl/5.8.8 /usr/lib/perl5/site_perl /usr/lib/perl5/vendor_perl/5.8.8/i386-linux /usr/lib/perl5/vendor_perl/5.8.8 /usr/lib/perl5/vendor_perl/5.8.7 /usr/lib/perl5/vendor_perl/5.8.7/i386-linux /usr/lib/perl5/vendor_perl/5.8.6 /usr/lib/perl5/vendor_perl .) at /usr/sbin/ddclient line 1666. I edited the hostanme and IP, but those are indeed correct. I'm not sure what the thing about fw=...., but I assume it's not the problem. The problem still seems to be in finding SSL.pm
  22. if I remove ssl=yes from the config, it works fine, so itis indeed some issue with ssl not sure if I care if my dyndns connection is not ssl, but I'll check out perl-ldap
  23. you're the boss spiny :) from the ddclient home page instructions, I ran ddclient -daemon=0 -debug and found the source of the problem: ddclient used "IP" as a source, whatever that means, and it can't determine my IP I added "use=web" in the config, and it goes further, but I get the following error: EBUG: server = members.dyndns.org DEBUG: opt(fw = Use of uninitialized value in concatenation (.) or string at /usr/sbin/ddclient line 1660. DEBUG: glo fw = Can't locate IO/Socket/SSL.pm in @INC (@INC contains: /usr/lib/perl5/5.8.8/i386-linux /usr/lib/perl5/5.8.8 /usr/lib/perl5/site_perl/5.8.8/i386-linux /usr/lib/perl5/site_perl/5.8.8 /usr/lib/perl5/site_perl /usr/lib/perl5/vendor_perl/5.8.8/i386-linux /usr/lib/perl5/vendor_perl/5.8.8 /usr/lib/perl5/vendor_perl/5.8.7 /usr/lib/perl5/vendor_perl/5.8.7/i386-linux /usr/lib/perl5/vendor_perl/5.8.6 /usr/lib/perl5/vendor_perl .) at /usr/sbin/ddclient line 1666. it looks like I don;t have the required ssh.pm perl module? how do I install that?
  24. This is both a plain software and networking question, do I posted here since the networking topics seem to get much lower traffic. ever since I installed Mandriva Sprint 2007, I'm having problems with keeping my IP address updated in the dyndns database. I checked that ddclient was running, and I see two copies: [root@Mandrake chris]# ps aux | grep ddclient root 3708 0.0 0.3 5652 3548 ? S Jun10 0:00 ddclient - sleeping for 130 seconds root 14819 0.0 0.3 7016 3576 ? S Jun13 0:00 ddclient - sleeping for 150 seconds root 23979 0.0 0.0 2976 804 pts/4 R+ 11:10 0:00 grep --color ddclient does this make any sense and could it be why things aren't working? how do I troubleshoot to see how they get started? /var/run/ddclient.pid shows 14189 Also, if the two copies is not the issue, how do I check why my IP address is not properly updated in the dyndns database? thre is a /var/cache/ddclient directory but it appears to be empty. the only syslog entries related to ddclient are: [root@Mandrake ~]# grep ddclient /var/log/syslog Jun 17 04:06:28 Mandrake logger: - /etc/ddclient/ddclient.conf Jun 18 04:06:24 Mandrake logger: - /etc/ddclient/ddclient.conf J
  25. I have the screensaver set to require a password to unlock. it's "casual" security agaisnt my 8 year old curiosity and my toddler's facisnation with keyboards. On Friday I came back from work, the monitor was in power save but the screensaver hadn't kicked in. This had happened a few time sin the past, but this is my brand new Spring 2007 install, so I would think it's mostly "clean". The screensaver is simply a blank screen if it matter. Interestingly enough we had a 5 minute power outage that day. The UPS kicked in so the machine never rebooted. I don't know if it has anything to so with it. I went in the sreen saver settings and checked that it was set properly (which it was) but that didn;t solve the problem It was time for my monthly system maintenance anyway, so I shut the system down, did my maintenance (clean up fan filters, etc...) then rebooted and the problem is gone. I'm guessing restarting the X server would have been enough, but it's just a guess, I'll try it next time this happens. any ideas of why the screensaver stopped kicking in?
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