Tagarchief: Fedora 17

WiFi on a HP Elitebook 8570w

There once was a day that I compiled my own kernels and configured all modules manually. It's been quite a while since I've done anything like that, but I remembered some of it.

Today I installed my WiFi drivers. The HP Elitebook 8570w I own has a Centrino Advanced-N 6205 on board that is actually supported by Fedora 17.

$ lspci
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Ivy Bridge DRAM Controller (rev 09)
00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Ivy Bridge PCI Express Root Port (rev 09)
00:14.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation Panther Point USB xHCI Host Controller (rev 04)
00:16.0 Communication controller: Intel Corporation Panther Point MEI Controller #1 (rev 04)
00:19.0 Ethernet controller: Intel Corporation 82579LM Gigabit Network Connection (rev 04)
00:1a.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation Panther Point USB Enhanced Host Controller #2 (rev 04)
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation Panther Point High Definition Audio Controller (rev 04)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Panther Point PCI Express Root Port 1 (rev c4)
00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Panther Point PCI Express Root Port 2 (rev c4)
00:1c.2 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Panther Point PCI Express Root Port 3 (rev c4)
00:1c.3 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Panther Point PCI Express Root Port 4 (rev c4)
00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation Panther Point USB Enhanced Host Controller #1 (rev 04)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation Panther Point LPC Controller (rev 04)
00:1f.2 SATA controller: Intel Corporation Panther Point 6 port SATA AHCI Controller (rev 04)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation Panther Point SMBus Controller (rev 04)
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation Device 0ffc (rev a1)
01:00.1 Audio device: nVidia Corporation Device 0e1b (rev a1)
24:00.0 FireWire (IEEE 1394): JMicron Technology Corp. IEEE 1394 Host Controller (rev 30)
24:00.1 System peripheral: JMicron Technology Corp. SD/MMC Host Controller (rev 30)
24:00.2 SD Host controller: JMicron Technology Corp. Standard SD Host Controller (rev 30)
25:00.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation Centrino Advanced-N 6205 (rev 34)

The device at the very bottom is the WiFi device we're looking for. But iwconfig shows it's not available to the system somehow:

$ iwconfig
thuisf    no wireless extensions.
 
vmnet8    no wireless extensions.
 
thuis     no wireless extensions.
 
eth0      no wireless extensions.
 
lo        no wireless extensions.
 
virbr0-nic  no wireless extensions.
 
virbr0    no wireless extensions.
 
noc       no wireless extensions.
 
vmnet1    no wireless extensions.

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Preupgrade – the root for the previously installed system was not found

Today, I've been digging through forums, log files and python scripts for about 16 hours (!!!) to update my system from Fedora 16 to Fedora 17. Apart from the fact that preupgrade for some reason downloaded all files from US mirrors (I'm in .nl), one of the biggest problems I had was the clear message "The root for the previously installed system was not found".

Why the fsck could it not find my installation? Was it the Luks full disk encryption? Or possibly the LVM volume manager? It couldn't be the btrfs filesystem, could it?

I tried everything possible, and when I was about to give up, I read this message that preupgrade has a problem with btrfs snapshots. Do I have these snapshots?

cryptsetup luksOpen /dev/sda2 disk
lvchange -ay vg_hdd/lv_root
mount /dev/mapper/vg_hdd-lv_root /mnt
btrfs subvolume list /mnt

There was the answer. I did. Two snapshots created by yum.

btrfs subvolume delete /mnt/yum-2012....1
btrfs subvolume delete /mnt/yum-2012....2
umount /mnt
lvchange -an vg_hdd/lv_root
cryptsetup luksClose disk

Damn, this has been a great day. Thanks to those crappy error messages. Time to go to bed.

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Lovelock: Mozilla as default browser from Thunderbird

Last week, I upgraded to Fedora 15 (codename: Lovelock). One of the new annoying "features" is that Google Chrome somehow got to be the default browser when I click a link from Firefox.

I Google'd around, and couldn't find how to fix it. So I decided to strace it. Apparently, Thunderbird launches gvfs-open to open a browser. Again I straced the command "gvfs-open https://www.geeklab.info", and found that it opens /usr/local/share/applications/defaults.list, which referred to google-chrome.desktop instead of mozilla-firefox.desktop. My file now contains:

[Default Applications]
text/html=mozilla-firefox.desktop
text/xml=mozilla-firefox.desktop
application/xhtml_xml=mozilla-firefox.desktop
x-scheme-handler/http=mozilla-firefox.desktop
x-scheme-handler/https=mozilla-firefox.desktop
x-scheme-handler/ftp=mozilla-firefox.desktop

And it's fixed! :-)

Update: Since some crap keeps changing this file, i just made the file immutable. The command chattr +i /usr/local/share/applications/defaults.list prevents programs that would normally have permissions to edit the file to be blocked.

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