Monday, May 30, 2011

Fedora fc15 i686 NetworkManager fails after update

So I just had the unfortunate experience of a Fedora 15 update breaking the NetworkManager... which is one of the worst services to break because you're stuck finding a different PC to get on the net to find an answer.

Here is the fix:
If possible, hopefully you can 'plug in' and run dhclient em1 to get wired network access.

yum downgrade NetworkManager NetworkManager-glib NetworkManager-gnome

If you want to 'block' this update then edit /etc/yum.repos.d/fedora-updates.repo and add the following at the end of the [updates] section:

exclude=NetworkManager-0.8.999-3.git20110526.fc15 NetworkManager-glib-0.8.999-3.git20110526.fc15 NetworkManager-gnome-0.8.999-3.git20110526.fc15

Also, please head over and review/comment on the Fedora Bug report: https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=708445#c21

~Peace

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Lotus Notes 8.5.2 on Fedora 15

I know it's been a long time.... things have been really busy, but wanted to get this posted for all of those early adopters of Fedora 15 32bit and struggling to install Notes 8.5.2.

Assuming you have access to the RPMs for Notes 8.5.2 AND the Notes 8.5.2 FP2, untar and install the RPM as you normally would. For the fixpack, untar, chmod +x and then sh ./.

Now, you don't have to, but if you start notes you'll work through the license agreement and notes setup wizard, however, when the main client loads, you'll see a ton of graphics and stuff missing. You might get your email db to open, but your preview pane will not work and most text, some menus, and things like Replication tabs will not display.
THE FIX

You have to replace a few library files AFTER the installation... per this post http://www-10.lotus.com/ldd/nd85forum.nsf/5f27803bba85d8e285256bf10054620d/69b50f2db7bb7b0b85257659005ab79e?OpenDocument&Highlight=0,karmic

Here is a source for some replacement libaries, special thanks to 'linux-aha.de' for making these available. http://linux-aha.de/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/notes_libs_karmic.tgz

(as root)
~ untar the .tgz which contains 4 libs
~ chmod +x (each file)
~ chown root:root (each file) for each
~ chmod 777 (each file)
~ cp -i (each file) /opt/ibm/lotus/notes (Y for overwrite)

IMPORTANT: Last step is to go to /opt/ibm/lotus/notes and verify that the 4 files you just replaced have at least -rwxr-xr-x. (or more) permissions.

You now can start Lotus Notes from the menu.

Hope it helps!!

~peace

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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Karmic Koala 9.10 on Dell Optiplex 960

When I boot the Karmic Koala 9.10 on Dell Optiplex 960 the Ubuntu menu loads however, if I choose Install or Run Live, I get a blank blank screen with a blinking cursor.

Oddly... if I hold down the enter key it will proceed through the boot and load Ubuntu 9.10 very weird.

The best solution so far is to go into the BIOS (press F2 when the PC first turns on) and under PERFORMANCE menu disable C STATES CONTROL.

Apply your settings. Exit. Boot the Ubuntu CD again and enjoy.

Peace.

Download Karmic Here

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Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Searching on network drive gives no results.


One of my more recent challenges was a report from one of our users that she was receiving incorrect results when searching a network resource (that happened to be across the country on our WAN) with XP Pro.

In this case the user was in DC and the resource was in WA state. Oddly I was able to reproduce the issue from WA state by attempting to search for files that I know existed on the DC server, however, the result was "Search is complete. There are no results to display".

My hunch was that something was timing out and causing the search to quit. Maybe the cross country network latency.

ANSWER: With a carefully crafted google search I finally discovered a workaround. According to Microsoft KB928885 http://support.microsoft.com/kb/925885 the search function will time out if the resource does not respond fast enough and tell you that there are no results.

By checking the 'search tape backup' box under advanced settings, I was able to successfully search my network resource.


The solution steps from MS:

Method 1: "More advanced options" is available
If More advanced options appears in the Search by any or all of the criteria below task pane, follow these steps:

1. Click Start, and then click Search.
2. In the What do you want to search for? task pane, click All files and folders.
3. In the Search by any or all of the criteria below task pane, click More advanced options, and then click to select the Search tape backup check box.

Method 2: "More advanced options" is not available
If More advanced options does not appear in the Search by any or all of the criteria below task pane, follow these steps:

1. Click Start, and then click Search.
2. In the What do you want to search for? task pane, click Change preferences.
3. In the How do you want to use Search Companion? task pane, click Change files and folders search behavior.
4. Under Choose the default files and folders search behavior, click Advanced, and then click OK.
5. In the Search by any or all of the criteria below task pane, click More advanced options.
6. Click to select the Search tape backup check box.

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