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Monday, April 30, 2012

One problem swapped for another ...

... is pretty much the norm around this little corner of Dan's realm.

Here's the most recent example. Ever since I phat-phingered this little adventure into my life, I've been getting this error/failure in the startup/dmesg.


[  27.792117] swapon[879]: swapon: /dev/sda2: swapon failed: Invalid argument

[  27.792526] systemd[1]: dev-sda2.swap swap process exited, code=exited status=255

[  27.801215] systemd[1]: Unit dev-sda2.swap entered failed state.

That partition (along with the rest of them) has been recovered, (or so I thought) but the error persists.

Howz come? <..:confused:..>

groovyConsole -- doesn't it support commas in for loops?

Is anyone doing much groovy with groovyConsole? I've noticed that if I make a for look with commas groovy won't accept it in the GUI console:


    int b = 4

    for (int a = 0; a < b; a++,b--) {


        println "a: " + a + " b: " + b



1 compilation error:

expecting ")" found ","  ....

then if I remove the ", b--" and comment back in the "// b-- " it works fine


a: 0 b: 3

a: 1 b: 2

But commas in the for statement are valid Java. This is with Groovy version 1.8.6 on Oracle JDK 1.6.0_31 64bit on Fedora 16. Is this a limitation in the groovyConsole?

Help with Compiz 0.9.5 on GNOME please!

I'm trying to get Compiz to work on GNOME 3.2. I sucessfully instlaled the compiz packages needed and logged out of GNOME shell and logged in with the option "Classic GNOME with Compiz"

I can get *some* compiz features working, however alot of the time when I enable/disable/change a plugin in compiz, it crashes, and I have to restart X to get my desktop back to a useable state. I went ahead and setup Compiz through GNOME shell and logged back into classic mode, compiz seems to be working fairly well, with some graphical glitches.

For example, if there is a program window open, and i close it, the program closes, but parts of (or the whole window) will remain until another program is clicked on. Sometimes i have to drag another program over the parts of the screen where the left-overs are to get them to dissapear.

Also I'm unable to get diffrent backgrounds on each of my work spaces, i'm not quite sure why.

SuDo Entry in Secure Log

I wrote a script that changes the desktop background of my gnome 3 desktop every hour using cron and it works great but I had to utilize sudo to set the session correctly and this puts a log entry in the /var/log/secure log. I use logwatch which shows me these entries daily. Its not a huge issue but I would like to turn off the logging (of this specific sudo event) to the secure log or turn it off from being reported in the logwatch email, but not turn off any other sudo event. I've been playing around with this and cannot seem to acheive this. Any suggestions?

Help with the Terminal

I know this is a beginner's question, but when I go into the terminal and I am typing a command, i never really know how or why certain arguments work and what the rules are.

An example is that i just realized that I can edit administrative files in gedit if I go into the terminal, become root, then enter gedit -s file.txt

This really was a lucky guess because when i look at the help lists, all of the commands and augments(is that what they are called?) just confuse me.

Can anyone help me out?

Help with tls and/or ssl

I have been looking for a way to secure my internet if I am going to be browsing at my local coffee shop, but have yet to find a starting place. Any help? I am a complete beginner in these areas.

https write fails

This is wierd, I'll admit. The problem was first discovered about 10pm yesterday (4/27), but obviously it could have happened earlier, but not much. So, FWIW, here's my problem.

Firefox 12, kernel 3.3.1-5.fc16.i686.PAE.

I am able to connect to an https URL, but I'm unable to write. For example, Bugzilla. I can open a new report, but when it comes time to submit, the connection is eventually reset.

The actual error message from Firefox:


The connection was reset

The connection to the server was reset while the page was


The problem does not happen under Windows 7/Firefox. It also happens when talking to other sites.

Aside from the kernel being a couple of revisions old, the system is up-to-date.

One other issue, perhaps related? I attempt to post this query to the Fedora users list, and the post is returned.


Remote-MTA: dns; mx2.redhat.com

Diagnostic-Code: smtp; 550 5.2.1 <fedora-list@redhat.com>... Mailbox disabled

for this recipient


Audiophile 24/96 Not Working Fedora 16

Hey guys. I'm having trouble getting any sound out of my Audiophile 24/96. I'm running a fresh install of Fedora 16 and i've installed alsa-tools and turned everything up, nothing seems to be working. Help?

Fedora 16 chmod issues??

Hi, I have just finished a clean install of Fedora 16, I have added mysql, mysql-server, php, httpd etc and rerun yum update - the system is fully functioning and upto date.

I have edited httpd.conf and set up my virtual hosts....if I add my webpages from backup I can access everything fine they all work.....

the problem comes when I want to add a new webpage/domain (www.test.co.uk) - I can add this and see it in firefox, I them add in OsCommerce Shopping Cart v2.3.1 and I can see the install/index.php but it informs me I need to change permissions on two configure.php files.

In my terminal I have done this and have checked they are changed but upon refreshing my webpage it informs me they still need changing.

Nothing I have tried seems to let firefox see the changed permissions so I can progress with installing the shopping cart.

Where am I going wrong? Is this something to do with SELinux? Firewall? the CHMOD command?

I have been going round and round the houses for hours now any help much appreciated

FC16 kernel frame buffer support has changed

The difference between a 3.1.x and a 3.4.x kernel is reduced or almost no frame buffer support

as shown by the config files in /boot. Appears that somebody is listening to the people who get stuck

with frame buffer problems. I know I disabled mine for ATI and don't have any more problems. It's

unfortunate for gaming people though.

$ diff config-3.1* config-3.3* | grep FB






> # CONFIG_FB_SVGALIB is not set


> # CONFIG_FB_CIRRUS is not set






< # CONFIG_FB_RIVA_I2C is not set

< # CONFIG_FB_RIVA_DEBUG is not set


> # CONFIG_FB_NVIDIA is not set

> # CONFIG_FB_RIVA is not set























> # CONFIG_FB_MATROX is not set

> # CONFIG_FB_RADEON is not set

> # CONFIG_FB_ATY128 is not set

> # CONFIG_FB_ATY is not set

> # CONFIG_FB_S3 is not set

> # CONFIG_FB_SAVAGE is not set









> # CONFIG_FB_VIA is not set

> # CONFIG_FB_NEOMAGIC is not set

> # CONFIG_FB_KYRO is not set

> # CONFIG_FB_3DFX is not set


> # CONFIG_FB_TRIDENT is not set


> # CONFIG_FB_SM501 is not set

> # CONFIG_FB_SMSCUFX is not set


> # CONFIG_FB_METRONOME is not set

Problem With Wireless adapter drivers/being recognized

Hi everyone,

So I recently installed Fedora 16 on my Alienware M17x and have been having problems getting the wireless to work. This is my second Linux install and I am learning quickly, but I cannot seem to solve this problem. It is now a dual boot system and my wireless works fine on my windows install. So first things first, my wireless card is a

Broadcom Corporation BCM4322 802.11a/b/g/n Wireless controller

I have been pouring over FAQs, HOW TOs and forums posts for the past few days and still cannot get it to work, the problem is as follows. After a clean install, my network manager tells me that the firmware is missing, so i updated my kernel and everything else via yum. Then, from various sites on the internet decided that I needed to install the broadcom-wl package. After yum - ing this and its dependency kmod-wl and rebooting my system, the network manager no longer sees my card at all, it is just gone. So I have been going through all the trouble shooting steps i could find, removing conflicting drivers, blacklisting conflicting modules and have had no luck at all, hence I now ask for you all's help. Let me know if you need more info or anything at all that might help me. Thanks in advance.

Xfce 4.10 released



In the 4.10 cycle we mainly focused on polishing the desktop and improving the user experience in various ways. Highlights of this release are:

A new application finder that has been completely rewritten and combines the functionality of the old xfce4-appfinder and xfrun4.

The panel now has an alternative vertical display mode (a deskbar). What is more, panel plugins can be arranged in multiple rows, which is particularly useful in the deskbar mode.

A new MIME type editor that allows you to easily change applications used for opening different file types. The mouse and touchpad settings dialog and the settings editor were extended in terms of functionality. The former now supports tablets in a much better way.

It is now possible to launch applications and open files on the desktop with a single click of the mouse. In addition, the 4.10 desktop can display thumbnails and automatically advance through the wallpaper list.

The window manager can be configured to tile windows when dragging them to the screen edges. The tab window (Alt+Tab) supports more flexible theming and cursor key navigation.

cant get wireless to work

hello, this is my first time posting in this forum, so bare with me.

I am running Fedora 16 on a TOSHIBA Satellite C660, but I cant get the broadcom wireless drivers to install. i have tried using the terminal via yum install, or installing with the software packages,but the result is the same. is it hardware problems or software?

because on any other machine I install fedora, it automatically comes with drivers.

Problem with M11x R3 and F16

Okay so I have installed F16 x86_64, and I have an issue. I went through the http://forums.if-not-true-then-false...php?topic=31.0, bumblebee install, for the intel hd3000 + gt540m and when I disabled neuveau and then manually installed the new nvidia 290.40 whql stable.

The stupid Nvidia manual install I wasn't paying any attention and said yes and it wrote an xorg.conf. However, it didn't work as it said Screen 0 not found device not found. So right now I made it xorg.conf.old and deleted the xorg.conf file.

I ran Xorg -configure and merge the generated the xorg.conf.d files with the one found in my /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/ directory. It worked and everything booted up except I am running no graphics driver.... Because Gnome 3 goes into fallback mode.

(I would have posted URLs to paste bin but they are blocked and not allowed/limited. I then decided to post the logs and the config file but couldn't because of line limits....so if someone wants to hopefully help I would love it!)

I need help with figuring out how to add like a Nvidia xorg part in xorg.conf.d directory. I don't understand the numbering of the config files.

Backing down specific (set of) packages?

In particular, using the GUI, (either package kit, or yumex) I'd like to rollback Firefox -- and if that doesn't fix the issue -- Network Manager from the last series of updates.

I get a little nervous using Yumex for this, in that I've never found a way to have it only downgrade specific packages. It always wants to roll-back the whole flippin' shebang.

So ... am I missing something here? Is this possible (in GUI) in either yumex, or packagekit (Thusly having dependencies handled correctly)? And if so ... how?

GNOME 3 fallback problems

I recently installed F16 64bit on my laptop to use for work. Because of my passionate dislike of GNOME 3 (plus the fact that Cinnamon isn't quite stable yet), I'm running GNOME in fallback mode. I used dconf-editor to change up my panels so I have just one with order menu bar, window bar, notification area, clock, user menu. When I say "window bar," I mean the area where your open programs are displayed and you can click on them to bring them up (like on windows).

When I booted up Fedora yesterday, an error box popped up, asking me if I wanted to delete something. I didn't recognize the name and accidentally hit "delete." I figured out now that I deleted the "window bar." I can't remember what that's actually called, and dconf-editor doesn't list it anymore under org/gnome/gnome-panel/layout/objects. I havn't been able to figure out how to get back the window bar. I've reinstalled gnome-panel and gnome-shell. I figured I could just completely reinstall gnome, but I don't want to have to deal with that.

Can anyone tell me how to display my "menu bar" again? Thanks in advance for any help!

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So Close to Getting PDAnet to work on Fedora 16 over USB!!

Hello folks.

I am so close to finally getting this to work, I thought I would post here so maby you guys can think it over and test it and see if we can finally figure this out.

PDAnet is an application for iPhone, Android, and Blackberry. It allows you to tether your phone to a computer for free, either over wifi, usb, or bluetooth.

Now PDAnet will work over Bluetooth or Wifi (ad-hoc) in fedora, no problem without much configuration.

to get it to work over wifi you make a ad-hoc connection and configure the DHCP to "Automatic" or "Automatic (addresses only)" from "shared with other computers" and it will work fine over the Wifi Client in PDAnet.

Now I have yet to find someone be able to get it to work over USB so far...

I have been messing around with it, and am SOOO CLOSE to getting it to work. Thought I would post it here so maybe someone would know whats missing.

Okay so this is what I did.

Your Fedora installation should have usbmuxd.

If not, check, and become root at type in the shell


yum install usbmuxd

Install it if it isnt already.

now you are going to need another application called "umux2007"

which can be downloaded here http://xzrq.net/umux2007/umux2007-0.0.1.tar.gz

Extract that file to the download folder or another folder of your choice. (Remember the path)

cd to the path you extracted the file to.

After the file is extracted, and you change directory, you must go on your phone in the PDAnet application and press the "usb client" so it will be ready to connect.

in the terminal type





while in the path I told you to change directory to (cd)

it will probably say, error because of a missing module called "twisted.internet"

so install the package called "python-twisted-web" & "python-twisted-web2"


yum install python-twisted-web python-twisted-web2

that will make it so you no longer get that error.

now redo the umux2007.py command.



which will give this read-out


2012-04-29 13:41:17-0400 [-] Log opened.

2012-04-29 13:41:18-0400 [-] usbmux connected (fd 6, pid 20993)

So now you will be connected, and it will even show on your phone in the application that you are connected. (you will see what I mean as you do it.)

I have also read that you must go into firefox in "about:config" and enable the boolean "network.dns.disableIPv6"

and in the terminal as root, type


ip addr del ::1/128 dev lo

since gibl thinks it has IPv6 interfaces.. which it doesnt.

To disconnect you can either press "off" on the application on the phone, or you can press "cntl + c" while on the terminal where it says connected. This will disconnect and give a read out.

Now everything should be working now.. Its connected both on the computer, and in the application.. but yet its still not letting me search the web unfortunately... :(

So maybe someone here knows whats up, or notices a mistake here. or can play around with it themselves and let us know about anything they figure out.

Thought Id let you guys know, since I see this question a lot.

Keep us updated, and I will as well.

Take care everyone.

Peace, Love and Linux.

Realcrypt/Truecrypt Permission error?

Hello everyone,

While the concept of realcrypt permission denied has been touched upon in these posts:

(I had this problem too, and by reading these posts, I solved it.)



forums.fedoraforum.org/showthread.php?t=241756&highlight=realcrypt+mount (See post 7 and 13, especially 13.)

I would like to state the solution. My solution worked in Fedora 15.

Note that this guide assumes you have realcrypt and you can access its windows.

1. Go to the top bar and click on settings.

2. Click on preferences.

3. Go to mount options tab.

4. In the textbox to the right of mount options, type your uid and gid (If that does not work, type the uid ONLY. That's what I did, and it worked.)

To find the uid and gid, try something like vi /etc/passwd or nano /etc/passwd .

The uid and gid is in: username:x:uid:gid: (...more is on this line)

username is your username, and uid and gid are self-explanatory.

integrated webcam not recognized; causes system crash


I am using Fedora 16 64 bit (KDE) on a Samsung RV520 with the nvidia drivers. In older kernel versions, my webcam was working perfectly. Since the newer kernels, I cannot use it anymore. Everytime a program trys to contact the webcam (like kamoso, skype), the window which should contain the video from the camera goes black. I cannot do any actions with the keyboard or mouse, so the system seems to be frozen. Sound is still working (so, for example, music running in the background continues to play) and, for example, the clock is still working. Sometimes, an error message saying "a problem in the kernel package has been detected" is showed, but I cannot read what it contains, because mouse/keyboard are not working. The only way to use the computer again is to power off manually and boot again.

lsusb and lspci do not show an entry for the webcam, but the webcam is working with Windows.

The issue was already partly discussed in this thread:


Also, some people seem to have a similar problem and reported it to bugzilla:


And here is another thread (without any solutions) in which a similar problem is reported:


I appreciate any kind of suggestions :-)


Installing python-pip on Fedora 16.

I have installed the package python-pip-0.8.3-1.fc16 however when I run:


pip install selenium

from my command line I get a "command not found...". Has anyone else experienced this with the use of pip?

Kind Regards!


Reset corrupt xorg config for local user on fc15?


After struggling with the xorg config for my Radeon card and incorrectly thinking it was a driver that was causing my display problems, I created a new user and logged in as that user to see if that fixed the problem, and the display was normal. How can I "reset" the xorg configuration that's apparently corrupt for my default user?

I'm using fc15 x86_64. Some time ago I configured the "fallback" gnome3 config, but can't remember. With the creation of the new user, it's back to the regular horrible gnome3 settings. How can I set this user to also have the fallback config?

The problem is the upper third of the screen is black and inaccessible by windows (xterms, firefox, etc), but I can still access the "Applications", "Places", the clock, etc.



Issues with wireless card firmware

Hi everyone,

So I recently installed Fedora 16 on my Alienware M17x and have been having problems getting the wireless to work. This is my second Linux install and I am learning quickly, but I cannot seem to solve this problem. It is now a dual boot system and my wireless works fine on my windows install. So first things first, my wireless card is a

Broadcom Corporation BCM4322 802.11a/b/g/n Wireless controller

I have been pouring over FAQs, HOW TOs and forums posts for the past few days and still cannot get it to work, the problem is as follows. After a clean install, my network manager tells me that the firmware is missing, so i updated my kernel and everything else via yum. Then, from various sites on the internet decided that I needed to install the broadcom-wl package. After yum - ing this and its dependency kmod-wl and rebooting my system, the network manager no longer sees my card at all, it is just gone. So I have been going through all the trouble shooting steps i could find, removing conflicting drivers, blacklisting conflicting modules and have had no luck at all, hence I now ask for you all's help. Let me know if you need more info or anything at all that might help me. Thanks in advance.

Adding a path with export and saving the changes.

I have added a path with the export command used like this:


export PATH=/home/penguin/apache-maven-3.0.4/bin:$PATH

For some reason when I close the terminal and reopen it again the path that I added has been forgotten. How do I get Fedora 16 to remember the path that I just added upon a reboot?

Kind Regards,


grub-install: command not found

I am trying to fix my bootloader with a live FC16 CD. When I run grub-install as root, it says "command not found." I have tried installing grub and grub2 with yum, but it still did not work. Is the command to fix grub differant in fedora?

Wanting to create a distro based on Fedora 16


I'd like to build my own Linux distro based on Fedora 16. I don't want to make a "custom spin" though. I'd like this to be somewhat of a fork that wouldn't contain any Fedora references (like CentOS, or Scientific Linux). It would host a collection of programs that I'm building and install the OS and my programs on to the workstation.

Right now, I would like the base OS, basic CLI, no GUI or fancy stuff. I just want a lot of the functionality that Fedora has (systemctl, RPM, YUM, file structure, etc).

What would be the best way of going about this? I thought about using LFS for this, which would work, but I don't have the functionality I want and I'd like RPM to be a big part of the way I'd distribute updates.

Any help would be great!

Fedora Weekly News Issue 294

Welcome to the Fedora Weekly News End of April 2012 Issue 294!!

The Issue 294 covers the tide of the Fedora Election 2012 and the community awareness about the involvement at the election with few fresh set of rules and guidelines. The schedule of the election has been announced by the project leader. More over the nomination period will be open soon after the bunch of the burning question for the candidates will be submitted by May 8, 2012. At the development precinct of Fedora, the outstanding news covers the new of exiv2-0.23 and easyfix project.

Fedora in the news- the residence beat of trade press and Fedora Marketing list wrap up with the news Will Fedora End Linux Distro Naming? and Fedora- one of the Five Best Linux Distributions where it seems that Fedora Community need extra attention at the census.

Recent issues of FWN are now being published to Fedora Insight. Insight offers RSS features, multimedia capabilities and more, beyond the mailshot/wiki FWN you have come to know and love. Try it out, and we'd love to hear your feedback!

Fedora Project is the right place for you and you can simply show your interest in contributing to Fedora Weekly News, please see our 'join' page. We welcome reader feedback: news@lists.fedoraproject.org

FWN Editorial Team: Pascal Calarco, Adam Williamson, Rashadul Islam

Trying to figure out if this is a wine problem or an F17 problem...

So a few days ago wine was updated to 1.5.2, and shortly after that I discovered that when I was trying to play a game in Wine, my mouse pointer bugged out and started teleporting all over the screen, making it impossible to do much of anything.

I'd had this problem before, so I assumed it was a wine regression, but then I remembered back in my ubuntu days that it was identified as a bug in xorg-server. There's a new posting of the (ubuntu) bug listing here, for reference:


So I'm trying to figure out if a recent update to xorg-x11-server in F17 could have introduced the same problem. Does anyone here know? If not, what's the best way for me to try to track that down? I'm still trying to find where everything is. What does Fedora use as its bug tracker?

Two battery icons in notification area F16 Xfce

I installed the Xfce spin on my laptop to replace the standard Gnome version because it runs better on it's lowend hardware. Everything works fine, except I had the Gnome 3 battery and pulseaudio icons in my system tray along with the default Xfce ones. I removed the pulseaudio package and got rid of that one, but the battery icon seems to be a dependency of GDM. I removed it and installed Slim and while that got rid of the unnecessary icon it also removed my ability to shutdown and reboot from my logout options. Is there any way to either stick with GDM and get rid of the gnome battery icon or use Slim and get my full logout options back?

need help.xinput command and logitech g300

hi everyone,

i am new to fedora and linux in general and some things do still drive me crazy.

before trying out fedora i had kubuntu installed and the problem is that i use a logitech g 300 mouse with copy and paste functions.

without adjusting it the courser jumps over the screen when pressed.

in kubuntu i only had to open the terminal and type:

xinput list

than see which number the mouse had and than type:

xinput set-mode XX RELATIVE

what are the commands for xinput list and xinput set-mode XX RELATIVE here in Fedora?

thanks in advance!

---------- Post added at 07:48 PM ---------- Previous post was at 06:37 PM ----------

it is weired to answer myself but in hope to help logitech users in the future here is what i did.

i downloaded the kde plasma design just because i like it better.

now i can use the old xinput list line again without a problem.

must have had something to do with the other 'gnome' layout.

please correct me if i am wrong since i am completely new to linux with a very limited knowledge of how computers work.[COLOR="Silver"]

---------- Post added at 07:48 PM ---------- Previous post was at 07:48 PM ----------

Gnome questions

Just installed Fedora 16 via the Live CD. Everything seems to be fine except for the desktop configuration. How can I configure Gnome to be more "traditional"? I just want a simple menu system with the icons for any running programs at the bottom of the screen, along with the "system tray" on the lower right. How can I set that up?

Also, I've noticed that various application windows do not have a "minimize" and "maximize" button or a system memu on them. All I see is the "X" button on the upper right. This is likely a window manager question and not strictly speaking a Gnome issue, but what happened to those buttons?