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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Cannot get Fedora 16 to boot past a screen with the following information on it.

Fedora will act like it is booting normally, then it will go to a black screen with a multi blue and white animated stripe across the bottom with Fedora 16 on the right side, then before the stripe moves all the way across the screen it will popup to a black screen with the following message:

"Please enter passphrase for disk Hitachi_HTS545032B9A300 (luks-76aec453-d13d-4be1-b328-7595dce3e8a4) on /home!:

If I enter my password, this is what loads:

Started LSB: Starts and Stops login iSCSI daemon.

Started Open-FCoe Inititator.

Starting LSB: Start and stops login and scanning of iSCSI devices....

Started Permit User Sessions

Starting Forward Password Requests to Wall...

Stopped Dispatch Password Requests to Console

Stopping Forward Password Requests to Plymouth...

Stopped Forward Password Requests to Plymouth

Started Forward Password Requests to Wall

Started LSB: VirtualBox Linux kernel module

Starting LSB: VirtualBox web service API...

Starting LSB: VirtualBox balloon control daemon...

Started The Apache HTTP Server (prefork MPM)

Started LSB: VirtualBox web service API

Started LSB: VirtualBox Balloon control daemon

Failed to start LSB: Builds and install new kmods from akmod packages.

See 'systemctl status akmods.service' for details

Started LSB: Starts and stops login and scanning of iSCSI devices.

Starting SYSV: Late init script for live image....

Started SYSV: Late init script for live image.

Starting Display Manager...

Started Display Manager

Starting Sendmail Mail Transport Client...

Starting Sendmail Mail Transport Agent...

All have [ OK ] next to them, except for "Failed to start SLB: Builds and install new kmods from akmod packages" and next to it it has [ FAILED ].

If I don't enter a passphrase, the following pops up:

"Welcome to emergency mode. Use "systemctl default" or ^D to activate default mode. Give root password for maintenance (or type Control-D to continue)

This is as far as Fedora 16 will boot for me. From a powered off state, it will start booting up and it will get to a black screen with this info on it and thats as far as it will boot.

I am fairly new to Linux and this is my first time using / installing Fedora, but so far other than this little mishap I am loving it.

So any help that you can give a Noob on how to fix this will be greatly appreciated.

Thank You,


Need help installing on UEFI system

I'm trying to install F17 on a new HP box with UEFI. My disk layout is

/boot/efi 256M EFI System Partition

2M BIOS Boot

/ 32G EXT4

/sl6 32G EXT4

/home 183G EXT4

On my first install the installer didn't demand a BIOS boot partition, after install it booted to a blank GRUB command line. On the next install it demanded a BIOS Boot partition. After that install the system sees no boot devices at all. I've tried putting the boot loader into both the MBR and into the root partition (the only two options offered by the installer), it makes no difference.

I've tried SL6.2, Fedora 16 and Fedora 17 Beta. Is there any way to get Linux to boot on a system with UEFI?

Install Linksys WMP54GS

I am trying to get Linksys WMP54GS to work. The green light shows on

the hardware but I cannot connect. I am running FC14

[Temporary Solved] nautilus crash, desktop unusable :(

Dear all..


So yesterday i decided to update my system, but didn't restart.. After I opened my PC today, I was greeted with the following message:


A problem in the nautilus-3.2.1-2.fc16 package has been detected

Then, cant see anything, not even the toolbar, except the background and conky running.. And ofcourse, because of this problem, GNOME3 is not unusable, even Cinnamon..

I'm currently logged in with META desktop environment temporary, is there any solution for that problem?

PS: Dunno which extra details I should provide, please ask for any ^^

---------- Post added at 03:31 PM ---------- Previous post was at 02:23 PM ----------

Ok.. so i was looking around and figured out a temporary solution for this problem.. While searching over the net, someone mentioned something about issuing the command "LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lub/libGL.so.1 nautlius" from terminal.. Did that, the desktop loaded, but without any decoration.. so I thought it might be nVidia problem, not nautilus.. So I issued the command:


yum remove *nvidia*

restarted, and I'm back to Cinnamon again :)

Not suggest java packages using IDE in fedora 14

Hi All,

I'm using fedora 14. I set the java class path in preferred way in the .bash_profile. I can compile the java code from terminal without any issue. But when I'm using intellij idea, its not suggest the java packages. If I type whole name of package name, then it get the package and I can proceed it. Please help me...

Thank you...

Services, if they wont stay disabled


We alll know the BLAME GAME, but its kind of annoying to disable services, just to see them to be started at next reboot anyway.

Or even worse, boot time takes longer than it previously took.

I have this script which should do the most work, but as of now, but i have a few questions, as i ran into an unusable system serveral times (due to several services that must be loaded).

(Replace sT, sP, sE with echo)

PHP Code:


# |

# | Service Performance script, August 1st 2011 by sea

# |

# | This script is written with best intention to help, 

# | but there is NO warranty and I deny ANY responsiblity

# | that may or may not affect your system.

# |

# | Lisence:        GPL v3

# | Author:            Simon A. Erat (sea)

# | Date Created:    2011 August 1st

# | Date Changed:    2012 May 10


# | Resource URL:   

# | Release URL:    

# |

# | Variables














# To disable any of the above service/mount may result in an unusable system!






















# |

# | Input

if ! ask "Do you have SCSI devices?"

then    toDisable="$toDisable




if ! ask "Do you have any virtual, software or physical RAID, OR are using LVM?"

then    toDisable="$toDisable










if ! ask "Do you use a NAS (smb/nfs)?"

then    toDisable="$toDisable







# |

# | Outout

sT "sea Service tweaks ($script_version)"


"Use at your own risk!"


"Going to disable these services:"

echo "$toDisable"

sE "As well as these mounts:"

echo "$toDisMount"

sE "-------------------------------"

for service in $toDisable

do        sP "Working with service: $service" "$PROGRESS"

if [ "." "${service:0:1}" ] || [ ! -f $etc/$service.service ]

then    sE "Not found service: $service" "$SKIP"

else    sudo systemctl stop $service.service

                    sudo systemctl disable $service
.service && ret="$SUCCESS" || ret="$FAILURE"

sudo ln -sf /dev/zero $etc/$service.service

"Worked with service: $service" "$ret"



for mount in $toDisMount

do        sP "Working with mount: $mount" "$PROGRESS"

if [ "." "${mount:0:1}" ] || [ ! -f $etc/$mount.mount ]

then    sE "Not found mount: $mount" "$SKIP"

else    sudo systemctl stop $mount.mount

                    sudo systemctl disable $mount
.mount && ret="$SUCCESS" || ret="$FAILURE"

sudo ln -sf /dev/zero $etc/$mount.mount

"Worked with mount: $mount" "$ret"



My main question are the following 4 tops, which make 4/5 of the total effective boot time, or 50% of accumulated boot time.

Or, in other words, why the heck to these 4 services take so much time?


[simon@nc210 ~]$ blame

Year / Month / Day : 2012 05 16

  6091ms udev-settle.service

  5614ms systemd-vconsole-setup.service

  4021ms fedora-readonly.service

  2477ms remount-rootfs.service

  2241ms media.mount

  1940ms udev-trigger.service

  1094ms udev.service

  939ms NetworkManager.service

  933ms systemd-remount-api-vfs.service

  898ms systemd-sysctl.service

  848ms rtkit-daemon.service

  700ms rsyslog.service

  692ms avahi-daemon.service

  666ms systemd-logind.service

  528ms console-kit-log-system-start.service

  486ms iptables.service

  484ms ip6tables.service

  470ms fedora-storage-init.service

  442ms auditd.service

  439ms sshd-keygen.service

  378ms dbus.service

  342ms fedora-storage-init-late.service

  324ms abrt-ccpp.service

  322ms abrt-vmcore.service

  311ms systemd-tmpfiles-setup.service

  304ms boot.mount

  257ms systemd-user-sessions.service

  208ms systemd-readahead-collect.service

  178ms systemd-readahead-replay.service

  159ms home.mount

  128ms fedora-wait-storage.service

    71ms console-kit-daemon.service

    34ms proc-sys-fs-binfmt_misc.mount

    26ms rpcbind.service

    1ms sys-fs-fuse-connections.mount

35 services: Total = 35.046 seconds

Startup finished in 2787ms (kernel) + 5506ms (initramfs) + 12192ms (userspace) = 20486ms

[simon@nc210 ~]$ blame >> blame.log

* Udev still is a hughe ? to me.

* All of the fedora*-services i'm disabling by default, as they're mainly for LVM which i dont use.

* Why does enabling 6? virtual consoles take so much time? (systemd-vconsole-setup.service)

* Finaly, remounting rootfs shouldnt take 2.5 sec,as /home just uses ~400ms but beeing 10 times larger.

is my video card working?

I've been using onboard video, installed F16 64 a couple days ago, followed leigh's driver instructions, and want to see if the video card is working.

I'm asking because the videos do look a lot more clear (maybe that's due to F16), but still seem to still be bogging down a little.

$ su


# lspci | grep VGA

01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation GT218 [GeForce 210] (rev a2)

Is that my evga 512-P3-1311-KR geforce 210 32bit ddr3 pci express hdcp video card, and does that mean the video card is working with videos?

Is there any other way to verify it's actually working when watching videos?

Power saving on laptop

My new laptop has a lower battery life than expected.

Even if I disable wireless the life is shorter that I think it should be. I think one reason for this could be that it has two hard drives in it. I would like to completly power down the second drive. Is this possible? I do not want to take the drive out as the laptop is in warrenty.

F15 yum update php-*, httpd-* and neither will start...

Neither php or httpd will start after a yum update. I yum updated the following:

php-*, 44M

mysql-*, 44M

httpd-*, 1.9M

glibc, ...

This LAMP server was working fine since I upgraded to F15 last October. I'm having trouble with a PHP framework and thought an update would be useful. :doh:

# php


PHP Warning:  PHP Startup: Unable to load dynamic library '/usr/lib/php/modules/mapi.so' - /usr/lib/php/modules/mapi.so:      undefined symbol: _ZN9ECUnknown10IsParentOfEPS_ in Unknown on line 0

libgcc_s.so.1 must be installed for pthread_cancel to work


Various solutions called for,

* updating glibc-i686-2.14.1

* add library location of libgcc_s to $LD_LIBRARY_PATH

Apache won't start either.


# stemctl status httpd.service

httpd.service - LSB: start and stop Apache HTTP Server

  Loaded: loaded (/etc/rc.d/init.d/httpd)

!  Active: active (exited) since Sat, 12 May 2012 13:36:58 -0400; 34min ago

  Process: 1164 ExecStart=/etc/rc.d/init.d/httpd start (code=exited, status=0/SUCCESS)

  Main PID: 1445 (code=killed, signal=ABRT)

  CGroup: name=systemd:/system/httpd.service

Searching through the /var/log/messages, and /var/log/httpd found a few items, one,


!! May 12 12:05:23 10 systemd[1]: Unit httpd.service entered failed state.

I googled to find the following recommendations:

* add ChrootDir / to httpd.conf

and this also points to the libgcc_s issue which php is experiencing.

any other ideas?

ftp not connecting to server


I m using fedora 14 server 32 bit on which we are running ftp server after some time when ftp client try to connect it doesn't but when i run service network it connects again

i need to restart service again and again anyone knows how is the issue of ftp connection with network and its solution ?

Catalyst Drivers

Fellow ATI users, I have decided never to buy an ATI chip again. That being said, I have to deal with what I currently have.

I installed the latest ATI driver on Fedora 16 via rpmfusion, and noticed what many others did: it is very unstable, and borderline unusable. I did not have the login issues that many others had, but Gnome would continually kill and refresh.

Unfortunately for working with Autodesk Maya, Mudbox, and 3D coat, I really need to have an ATI driver installed. For the time being, I've decided to go back to Fedora 14. For obvious reasons, this is not the best choice. I am only able to update my software to a certain level.

I'm tired of formatting over and over just to be disappointed, so before testing my latest theory I wanted to ask the fedora collective: Do you think I would be able to run F16 with my catalyst driver if I used a different desktop environment? Gnome is great, but I'd be just as happy with xfce.

No Virtual Terminals with nvidia proprietary drivers

This is a long-standing problem. With the nouveau drivers, VT's work fine. With the nvidia drivers installed, no VT's. Does anyone have any insight into this problem?

Fedora Weekly News Issue 295

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Installing the flash plugin *still* doesn't let me watch youtube videos.

Hi, I just installed Fedora 16 and am using Firefox.

When I go youtube, at the top of the first page it says "You need to upgrade your adobe flash player to watch this video".

I can't watch any videos on youtube.

So I go through the process of installing it, installing the adobe-release-i386-1.0-noarch.rpm file, everything works out fine, it installs perfectly.

I rebooted my laptop, and go to youtube, and it still says the same thing "You need to upgrade your adobe flash player to watch this video." as though I never even had it installed.

Is there something else I can install?


[SOLVED] Live Desktop no NFS?

bash: exportfs: command not found...

bash: rcpinfo: command not found...

Really? No NFS in a Live CD install?

---------- Post added at 08:54 PM ---------- Previous post was at 08:52 PM ----------

Welp this fixed it:


yum install nfs-utils system-config-nfs


I wonder who to report this bug

I am new to this forum and I have never touched fedora's bugzilla

I just here to ask questions because powertop does not seem useful if it give numbers like this

I wonder what I need to report a bug

Thank You

Another idoit is here

Two things

My powertop Watt usage does not add up

My wifi power usage is too high


The battery reports a discharge rate of 11.9 W

Summary: 621.4 wakeups/second, 0.0 GPU ops/second and 0.0 VFS ops/sec

Power est. Usage Events/s Category Description

13.0 W 3152 pkts/s Device Network interface: wlan0

3.75 W 100.0% Device Audio codec hwC0D3: Intel

0 mW 67.6 ms/s 209.9 Process /usr/lib64/firefox/firefo

0 mW 17.2 ms/s 132.7 Process /usr/bin/Xorg :0 -backgro

0 mW 11.2 ms/s 40.2 Process /usr/bin/gnome-shell

0 mW 5.3 ms/s 6.6 Interrupt [23] ehci_hcd:usb2

0 mW 5.1 ms/s 98.9 Interrupt [7] sched(softirq)

0 mW 3.2 ms/s 46.7 Timer tick_sched_timer

0 mW 1.5 ms/s 10.5 Interrupt [47] i915

0 mW 1.2 ms/s 0.00 kWork do_dbs_timer

0 mW 1.1 ms/s 0.00 Timer delayed_work_timer_fn

0 mW 1.0 ms/s 31.4 Timer hrtimer_wakeup

0 mW 0.9 ms/s 0.00 Interrupt [49] iwlwifi

0 mW 0.8 ms/s 0.00 Interrupt [1] timer(softirq)

0 mW 598.8 ┬Ás/s 0.10 Process powertop

No automatic update anymore?

I have been using fedora 14 for over a year. It use to notify me of updates automatically but that has not happened for some time now. Is there a way to enable the automatic update or do I have to do it via yum?


Re: Rancid (Really Awesome New Cisco confIg Differ)


I am a newbie with linux(fedora). I have configured RANCID on Fedora 16 and using ViewVC. I am able to do the back up of devices and able to view them using ViewVC.

My question is there any way I can force rancid to run a backup even if the config doesnot change. I would like to have a monthly backup of my network devices even if the config has not changed.


mmass 5.0.1 and python 2.7.3-1.fc16

Hi folks,

Having installed the "mmass" mass spectrometry software via the mmass repo (available here), I am now trying to launch the software. Unfortunately, I am currently greeted by the following message: "A problem in the python-2.7.3-1 package was detected".

I have performed software updates and believe I am running the most up-to-date stable python release (2.7.3-1.fc16).

Is there a way by which I can perhaps repair or reinstall python so that this software can work?

Note: I've downloaded and installed the same software using Ubuntu 12.04 without issue, so I guess it's something to do with my Fedora installation as opposed to mmass itself.

All the best,


Problem with network in Fedora 16

Hello, I'm new in these forums and I'm here because I just can't find anything that solves this problem...

The thing is, that anything I do, any tutorial and any guide I've seen so far, doesn't simply help to get this thing to work...

I even followed the one posted here (for Fedora 15) but without any luck...

My question is: is there any guide, walkthrough or anything about correctly configuring a network with Fedora 16?

I can't even see my own host in the Network with Nautilus... :confused:

Or at least had anyone got this working with Fedora 16?


System will not boot

I'm using Fedora 16 with XFCE desktop

I was attempting to install LibreOffice3.5 I could not find it in GUI Software installer, so i downloaded the RMP version. I followed the instructions in the readme file for commandline installation. There was an error which told me to try skip-broken option.

I did that. Then I installed the Desktop-integration

Then I went back and ran yum install *.rpm and the rest of the previously uninstalled pachages appearently installed because i got no errors.

I did not see LibreOffice in my menues.

The next time i rebooted the system It locked up midboot up.

Attached are:
  • Last saved working boot log (boot.log.

  • The last boot log (/var/log/boot.log-20120506)

I was able to boot to falisafe and tried uninstalling libreoffice3.5 with yum uninstall.

No change--still won't boot..

I have openSUSE installed on another partition, but Fedora is my main system that I like to use.


Attached Files

File Type: log boot.log (20,2 KB)
File Type: log boot.log-20120506.log (41,7 KB)

Acer monitor not being detected.

Monitor model: Acer AL1716w

I'm running Fedora 16 (Verne) (Gnome 3)

Laptop model: Toshiba Satellite A665 S6094

Graphics card : nVidia GT218 [GeForce 310M] (rev a2)

Driver: nvidia (it's their proprietary driver, not sure if there's several versions)

I'm trying to connect the above monitor to my laptop as a second screen. It's connected through vga and was detected in windows 7. When attempting to detect monitors, the built laptop monitor I'm currently using as my primary is tagged "unknown" even though it works fine.

Anyone know what's up with it?

How to specify custom removable media handler...

In Gnome2, it was a relatively simple affair to specify a custom script to be run upon mount of a device (e.g., camera in this case).

Perhaps it's still simple, but it's not obvious.

Is it possible to specify one's own script to be invoked upon mount? ...in this case a device w/ photos.

I don't want to use shotwell.

The Removable Media settings app no longer permits specification of an arbitrary program.

Ooops, almost forgot..., on F16.


P.S.: To be fair..., I don't know that it's a Gnome component specifically that I'm asking about...

Fedora 16 - Disable Automatic Grub Updates

I am fairly new to Fedora, and Linux in general. There may be an easy solution to this, but I am not quite certain. How can I disable my Fedora machine from automatically updating the grub and kernel. I have a Windows 7 and Fedora boot option, however additional entries get placed after the updating, essentially messing up the entire order of the grub. After the update the old entries still remain in the grub building a huge clutter.





Windows 7 (Default)





Fedora*some #* (Default)

Fedora*some #*

Windows 7


I am also blacklisting nouveau, so I can install the CUDA toolkit.

Any ideas on how I can go about solving this problem? Much thanks in advance!

The new weekly fun & Games.


Vulnerability Summary for the Week of May 7, 2012

This bulletin provides a summary of new vulnerabilities that have been

recorded by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

National Vulnerability Database (NVD) the week of May 7, 2012. It is

available here:


And on the games go.

Can't get SMTP/25 through my new Q1000 modem

Last week I ended up with a Actiontec Q1000 (replaced a PK5000 - long story). So I can set:

FWD from a server:22 to

FWD from anywhere:80 to


FWD from anywhere:25 to wont' work.

From an external server I can telnet myserver 22 - works. I can telnet myserver 80 GET /index.html - works. But telnet myserver 25 just sits there - nothing... I can, from myinternalserver2 25 to myserver 25 and connect OK. I just can't get from external 25 to internal 25. I can't receive email from 'out there'. myserver iptables off - nope, Q1000 firewall off - nope.

Prob something stupid (not that I've everrrrrrr do that before).



problems finding files after F16 64bit installation

I did a clean install of F16 64bit into partition #1, and can no longer access the other partitions.

F14 (that was preupgraded to F15 but ended up split between them) is in partition #2.

If possible, I'd especially like to access the previous email addresses and photos.

Guidance and suggestions are much appreciated.

sda1 / 4gb swap

sda2 / 50gb fedora 16 64bit

sda3 / 50gb fedora 14/15 32bit

sda4 // 27gb os3 (empty)

sda5 // 27gb os4 (empty)

sda6 // 27gb os5 (empty)

sda7 // 27gb home

sda8 // 26gb files

Clicking file manager > home brings up an authorization screen that asks for my password which I enter.

An error screen opens that says: error opening directory '/media/home/lost+found': permission denied

The same for os #3, 4, and 5, which are empty partitions.

Clicking file manager > fedora14-i686- brings up the password screen again, then files for /media/_Fedora-14-i686-.

Nothing happens when I click file manager > documents, music, pictures, videos, or downloads.

endless crashes

I just wonder if a) Fed 17 will be better, and b) is anyone having the same problems??

My computer crashes everytime I unplug the dsl cable. I have reported this to redhat bugzilla. Apart from updating, they haven't made any suggestions in a long time now.

This morning, I shut down Fed 16 normally at home, unplug speakers, charger, dsl cable, come to school. Switch on, computer won't start. It freezes half way through booting.

I have to start Windows, then reboot, to get Linux started. This happens with Fed 16 or Ubuntu. This does not happen with Windows, but I never use Windows. It is on the laptops I buy, and I leave it on a small partition. Windows seems to do a base reset of the system, then Linux can start it. Linux cannot do this.

As I don't have this problem with Windows, I am assuming no hardware failure. So Linux is at fault. This is a Toshiba Sattellite 600 laptop.

I have never had such problems with other computers, and I have used Fedora for a long time.

The computer also crashes after using the overhead projector in the classroom, and then unplugging that .

Does anyone have any idea what is going on, or why?? I update almost daily, so I have the latest and greatest packages.

How to Auto Mount Network Attached Storage (NAS) at Boot?

I am quite new to Fedora.

[What I am trying to do]

On Fedora 16 (Gnome 3), I am trying to mount network drives at boot automatically. What I have done is adding lines like below in /etc/fstab.

Code: /media/nas cifs username=yep,password=yep,iocharset=utf8,noperm 0 0

I also tried nfs option instead of cifs option.

  • It does not auto mount // at boot.

  • Manual mounting ("sudo mount -a" from the terminal) does not work either. Responds no error message.

  • However, I sometimes observe the system mounts network drives all of sudden far after the boot. Strange...

  • Is syntax in /etc/fstab correct?

  • What are other possible reasons that prevent auto mount? SELinux, firewall, etc...

Anyone used relinux with Fedora16?

Hi everyone!

Just a quick question to see if anyone had used relinux with Fedora 16, and if so, how well it works.

I've set up a computer I'd like to turn into a flash drive (live boot) and carry with me so as to have all my software and such.

I occasionally do this with Ubuntu using Remastersys, but I'd like to be able to do it with Fedora, and at first blush, it seems like relinux will do it, but I was hoping for testaments or warnings before I jump in head-first. If there's a better way, PLEASE don't be afraid to mention it. = )


Note: To be clear- I DO want a system that keeps user data and settings when it creates an ISO file. Think of it as a backup live ISO of the system.