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Re: [opensuse] Re: opensuse
  • From: "Carlos E. R." <robin.listas@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 3 Jun 2008 13:50:25 +0200 (CEST)
  • Message-id: <alpine.LSU.1.00.0806031337480.32145@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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The Tuesday 2008-06-03 at 12:28 +0100, Richard Ibbotson wrote:

Check permissions. Try "mount" to see if something is mounted readonly. Try
"df -h" to see if some device is full. Try stopping apparmour in case it is
gone wild.

No devices full. I thought it was apparmor. But, wasn't sure how to
stop it working on the OpenSuSE distro.

rcapparmor stop

if you type "rc[tab][tab]" you see the entire list of services. A service with no parameters gives help. The usual is stop, start, restart.


Your filesystem is reiserfs, perhaps? If it is, try booting the manual rescue
mode of the install DVD, that gives you a text console, and run fsck on the
filesystem.

ext3

Pity. A obscure failure mode of reiser has a similar symptom of not allowing writes, and it is because it needs a "good" fsck.

[from the other post]

You didn't change the security settings to "paranoid", perhaps?

No, not unless it changed itself.


It is defined in file "/etc/sysconfig/security", variable:

PERMISSION_SECURITY="easy local"

The "paranoid" settings gets you mad because nothing works until you allow it explicitly. Even the "secure" mode is problematic.

I'm grasping at straws, you see...


You could run rpm under control of strace or ltrace, to find out what it doesn't have permission to do. If you don't know how I'll explain in more detail.


Ah! We forgot to look at the system logs. Start with /var/log/warn, continue with /var/log/messages. Perhaps /var/log/boot.msg, to see failed services at start. The apparmour log is /var/log/audit/audit.log, but it doesn't have human readable timestamps.

- -- Cheers,
Carlos E. R.
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