I've recently set up SuSE 10.0 on a laptop and a PC. First the laptop, I ran
the online update, but chose to remove the packages after the update. Then I
realised I will also need to update the PC once the installation there
completes, so I downloaded the relevant ".patch.rpm"s from a mirror. I
conveniently placed them into the /var/lib/YaST/you/mnt/<.....> directory so
YOU could find them.
Well, during the online update, it didn't, and *then* I realised it
downloads the full RPM packages during the update.
The following questions arise:
A) why download the full RPM, from what I read, the patch RPM does the same,
but to an installed package?
B) I renamed the .patch.rpm's to .rpm's, and YOU actually consumed that just
fine. But, referring to A), does that actually have the same effect as
installing a full RPM as YOU does?
I would be grateful for any pointers, thank you!
I've got a burning problem with my VPS running under SuSE with Plesk.
Well... I've tried to configure firewall thru YaST tool and I
configured sth badly cause I lost access to my server. No problem, I
though cause I still could switch to Repair Mode with Plesk... so I
But the problem is, that when I'm changing anything while under Repair
Mode, after restart all changes are changing back to old/bad ones :/
I've tried to edit /etc/sysconfig/SuSEfirewall2 or even delete firwall
script from /init.d/ with no effect - files are returning after
My question is:
Could someone please tell me how to turn off this damn SuSEfirewall
and configure firewall in future only thru iptables ?
I have a question about privacy of environment variables. I was always
brought up to believe that you must never store passwords or other
sensitive information in environment variables, because the environment is
visible to other users. This is certainly true on older Unix systems.
But a colleague did some experiments (on SuSE 9.3) and found that ps only
displays the environment for processes you own, which seems very sensible.
Likewise /proc/pid/environ is only readable by the owner (or by root, of
Now I don't want to rely on experiments, because there may be some other
mechanism I haven't thought of. Can anyone point me to some authoritative
information about the privacy of environment variables on modern Linux
The reason I ask is that my colleague is writing a script which will run
rpcclient and smbclient. One option would be to use Expect, but
environment variables are a much cleaner and simpler solution providing
they are safe.
Bob Vickers R.Vickers(a)cs.rhul.ac.uk
Dept of Computer Science, Royal Holloway, University of London