Fedora 20

I need another Red Hat look alike and chose Fedora. My target is Virtual Box on Windows 8.1.

So remember,

  1. Install from Live CD, reboot
  2. yum install dkms binutils gcc make patch libgomp glibc-headers glibc-devel kernel-headers kernel-devel
  3. yum update
  4. reboot
  5. install guest additions, if that fails
    set & export KERN_DIR, for Fedora it’ll be in /usr/src/kernel, check that the source agrees with the running kernel version using ls /usr/src/kernel & uname -a and run it from the command line

I found this page at forums.virtual.box and this page at ‘if not true then false’, which talks about what to do in the case that the Kernel Source can’t be found. (see the comments about the KERN_DIR environment variable above).

Ubuntu now offers the Virtual Guest additions as a package, and page at the fedora project the fedora project suggests that this is available for Fedora, even if one has to add the rpmfusion repo to the sources.list. Managing Yum Repositories from the Sysadmin documentation describes how to add and enable repos to Fedora.

Log Rotate and *NIX

This has changed since my days at Pyramid. There has been quite a lot of thinking and engineering about dealing with daemon logs. The places to look are via the syslogd, newsyslog project, you can see a the newsyslog man pages and using the keyword “rotate log”. The idea is that logs are rotated, although the names are not and that old logs are deleted. So the newest is called mypackage or mypackage.0 and the older logs increment the counter. Logs are generally kept in /var/log or /var/log/package_name and not in the package or product install tree. What a nob? There is a command ‘logrotate’; it can be installed using macports. It needs a a configuration file. Continue reading “Log Rotate and *NIX”

Ubuntu 13.10

I am installing this on the Mac under Virtual Box. This snip is about Ubuntu.

The first problem is that it comes with quite a bit of crap installed and the Unity search is over zealous and too network noisy.

This might be helpful, an article about the first 10 things to do. I seem to have a problem with finding the dash plugins to stop the internet searches. This needs to be tuned.

I want to configure the software package manager to check daily.

I have installed Unity Tweaks.

I have turned the virtual desktop manager on.

I have uninstalled Ubuntu One.

OpenSUSE and Virtual Box

I have been experimenting with an OpenSUSE Linux VM running in Virtual Box.

This is new to me, and I actually had some problems in making an 11.4 image, and compiling the shared folders helper for 11.3.

I have found these links as part of my work.

I need to document the Guest Additions problem and the 11.4 install problem, which I document on the forums in this thread.

opensolaris, virtualbox, GNOME & RAM 20 Nov 2009

Having been inspired at the Open Solaris usergroup in London on Wednesday, I installed an Open Solaris Virtual Box VM on my works laptop. I came across the guest additions bug in VB 3.0.10 and so upgraded to VB3.0.12 and chose the defaults for the VM. This includes setting the RAM at 768 Mb. (I think it checks how much RAM the host has and makes a recommendation based on that, I am running Windows Business 32 bit and can ‘see’ 3.45 Gb of RAM. ) Anyhow, it seems if the VM has under 1024 Mb of RAM the window manager won’t start. Simple enough to solve. See this thread at http://forums.virtualbox.org

Discovering Linux ‘Distro’ Facts

This article documents my version of whatdistro,  I needed a User Procedure to report certain distro facts.  I wrote a script called showdistro which works on a bunch of distros with varying verboseness. This is now implemented as a function on github : https://github.com/dfl1955/ubuntu-tools/blob/master/dfl1955_functions implemented as whatdistro. Continue reading “Discovering Linux ‘Distro’ Facts”