Searching packages on RHEL CD's

Sometimes you have to get primitive … duh.

Today I got really annoyed about the “Package Management” tool on Red Hat EL 4 update 4. When I tried to install the “Development tools” I just got an error that krb5-libs could not be found which was a dependencie of krb5-workstation (1.3.4, 33). Both krb5-libs and krb5-workstation was installed…?!? I’m not Red Hat expert… and that is probably my biggest problem here :)

Back to the commandline… it always works. I had to search the CD’es (afterwards I found that all the packages I needed was on CD3). I made a little search script… dont think anyone can use it… just thought it was fun:

for i in 1 2 3 4 5
do
    mount -o loop /root/RHEL4-U4-i386-ES-disc$i.iso  /mnt/
    echo "Results on cd $i"
    find /mnt/RedHat/RPMS/ -iname $1\*
    umount /mnt/
done

Shuttle wireless not working with WPA in Ubuntu Edgy

Today I used my Ubuntu Linux workstation at home for several hours. I usually only use it for playing World of Warcraft (which until now have been on Windows). When even I need to do some Linux stuff I usually just fire up my trusty IBM x40 laptop, which only takes a few seconds since I always suspend to RAM.

Well while I was playing around with some different things (including getting “World of Warcraft - The Burning Crusade” to run with wine), I got the crazy idea to try use the wireless net instead of the wired. My workstation is a Shuttle and I bought the “special” Shuttle wireless (USB) card, which doesn’t take up the precious single free PCI slot.

The module the card is using is:

zd1211rw

When set up from the commandline WPA is working just nicely… but together with Network Manager I can only connect to WEP encryptet networks… this is a know bug :(

VMware guest install from CD-ROM hangs

Today I wanted to install Suse Linux Enterprise Server 10 (SLES10) from my USB DVD drive on my VMware Server (the free edition). I went though the wizard and powered on the machine but when the SUSE installer started to read the initial ramdisk it never got any further.

Troubleshooting VMware issues… First I seached Google but didn’t really found anything usefull. My problem was to generic. Then I found that each VMware machine has its own log file at the same location as the vmx files etc. I found that when the machine stopped responding the log file would say something like this:

Jan 19 12:04:22: vcpu-0| VIDE: (0x170) Rep INSW ATAPI Unknown Cmd 0x52 Data len 8
Jan 19 12:04:22: vcpu-0| VIDE: (0x170) Rep INSW ATAPI Unknown Cmd 0x52 Data len 28
Jan 19 12:04:22: vmx| CDROM_SG: AIOCallbackSGIO: Unexpected errno: Input/output error (5)
Jan 19 12:04:22: vmx| VIDE: ATAPI DMA 0x28 Failed: key 0x2, asc 0x0, ascq 0x0

Okay now this seems to be a CD/DVD drive problem. I found another working version of SLES 10 on VMware and compared the 2 vmx files.

diff working.vmx not_working.vmx
...
11,12c10,11
< ide1:0.fileName = "/dev/cdrom"
 ide1:0.fileName = "/dev/scd0"
> ide1:0.deviceType = "cdrom-raw"

Now shut down the virtual machine and edited the vmx fil to use atapi-cdrom and now I was able to install.

A thing I dont like about Suse Linux Enterprise Server 10

When I install a server I usually make a minimal install and put on the software which is needed for the task the machine is to perform. Less packages which needs security updates the better IMO. Today I was setting up a heartbeat cluster on a SLES10. When the heartbeat package is installed the system also installs shaitloads of other packages like gtk pango and some X-libs… and I simply dont get why?!?

It feels so Windows like…. eeeeekkk.

Sorry just had to get it out.

Merry Christmas

This have been an awesome Christmas. I didn’t really realize that Christmas was upon us until December the 22. when my and my girlfriend headed for Jutland to spend Christmas with my side of the family. Work have been stressing in December, so when I got home I didn’t have the energy to think of Christmas. Anyways…now it is over :)

My girlfriend gave me one of the best gifts ever: Nintendo Wii

And my little sister and her boyfriend gave me: Rayman Raving Rabbits

Just wanted to wish my readers a merry Christmas. MERRY CHRISTMAS GUYS.