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Archive for August, 2009

restorecond in policycoreutils-2.0.71-6 breaks the world, how to recover

Posted by rawhidewatch on August 20, 2009

If you were running the restorecond service and upgraded to policycoreutils-2.0.71-6.fc12 then things went horribly wrong.  restorecond goes nuts and screws up labels across your filesystem.   Logins via ssh or local console breaks among other problems.

Here is how to recover:

  1. Boot into single user mode.
  2. Turn off restorecond service with chkconfig restorecond off
  3. fixfiles restore will fix labels across your entire filesystem.
  4. Reboot into the normal system.
  5. Upgrade to policycoreutils-2.0.71-7.fc12 or later.
  6. chkconfig restorecond on

In related news, you might be having problems with the restorecon command.  In the past commands like restorecon -Rv . would relabel the current directory, but now it fails silently.  dwalsh says this is a bug he intends to fix.  Until it is fixed, you must specify an absolute pathname to the restorecon command.

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Rawhide X crashes on startup

Posted by rawhidewatch on August 6, 2009

xorg-x11-server-1.6.99-25* is broken.  Upgrade to -27 to fix this problem.  This is should be pushed to rawhide before Saturday.

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Rawhide 2009/08/05: xulrunner and python-urlgrabber

Posted by adamwill on August 5, 2009

There are two problems in today’s Rawhide. First, xulrunner has been updated, but Firefox (and other Gecko-based applications) have not been rebuilt. If you update to today’s Rawhide and include the updated xulrunner, Firefox (and other Gecko-based applications applications) will not work. If you haven’t updated yet, you can avoid this problem by excluding xulrunner from your update: ‘yum update -x *xulrunner*’. Remember to take this out again once rebuilt Firefox and other packages have gone into Rawhide. If you already got hit by this problem, you need update to the rebuilt Firefox package, but as of the time of this writing, the build has not got through. You can attempt to manually revert xulrunner to its old version, as an alternative.

Secondly, you might find that yum seems unable to download packages properly, getting partway through, failing with a HTTP Error 200 message, trying the next mirror, and failing again. To fix this, update the python-urlgrabber package: ‘yum upgrade python-urlgrabber’.

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Blank notification area (systray) workaround

Posted by rawhidewatch on August 3, 2009

Many are experiencing a problem where the notification area (a.k.a. systray, or that place icons like nm-applet appear) being blank in rawhide.  The current workaround is to restart notification-area-applet a few times.  There is a bug report for this issue. Hopefully this will be fixed soon.  Thanks to mclasen for this tip.

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