I notice several automated break-in attempts appearing
in /var/log/messages regarding sshd. A small sample:
Nov 7 14:34:10 d8400 sshd: Invalid user a from 126.96.36.199
Nov 7 14:34:11 d8400 sshd: Invalid user aaron from
Hundreds of entries like the above, working their way through every
English letter using common first names, also names of services like
I ran across this Novell Cool Solutions article:
It describes the use of a shell script, run once per minute using a
cron job, that parses information from /var/log/messages and adds
offending IP addresses to /etc/hosts.deny.
I saved the script as ssh-block.sh in my home folder, in a subdirectory
named cronjobs. I used su to become root and ran crontab -e, and added
the script to run once per minute.
Entries in /var/log/messages confirm that the shell script is indeed
being run every minute, but the contents of /etc/hosts.deny hasn't
changed at all, despite the presence of failed sshd log-ins (also
written to /var/log/messages).
Can someone knowledgeable about shell scripts take a look at the URL
above and see if there is a problem with the script? If not, what did I
do incorrectly? What's the proper way to run this job regularly? I
assume it must be run as root, both to read /var/log/messages and to
write to /etc/hosts.deny.
I need to build a Java project on OpenSUSE 10 that uses checkstyle for style checking. chechstyle is not available from the "SL-10.0-OSS/inst-source-java/" repository.
I tried to load the checkstyle rpm from the JPackage repository, but apparently the two Java distributions are not compatible.
Should I switch to JPackage entirely to install all Java components or is there a way to install checkstyle into a SUSE Java environment?
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Is there a program in Linux, that allows me to save the TV stream to a
file, then watch that file somewhat later, at the same time you are saving
There are hardware boxes that do this. You know, you are watching a
program, somebody phones you, so you press a key, and later you continue
watching from the point you stopped, while the box continues saving the
rest of the program that is still on air.
But to do that on a PC, in Linux?
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I've a laptop with a SD card reader, which when I use "lspci" I can see is a
06:09.0 Cardbus bridge: Ricoh Co Ltd RL5c476 II (rev b3)
When I insert an SD card it is not mounted automatically. Should it be ?
How can I mount it manually ?
I wonder if anyone has any experience of getting the wireless eth-card in
a Dell Latitude D600 to work for SuSE 9.2? The card is an Intel
PRO/Wireless 2200BG. It is recognised by the system as such, and I am able
to configure it in Yast without any obvious problems. However, it doesn't
get an IP-address. This is in contrast with the same laptop in the same
location booting the XP partition, in which case it finds the network,
gets an IP and chats away happily. The setup is the same for SuSE and XP:
DHCP, named ssid, WEP-ASCII-5char encryption.
The following may be relevant version numbers
During boot I get the following messages (some of which sound a bit
omnious, but I am not certain how serious they are) that I interpret as
related to the problem
<4>ieee80211_crypt: unsupported module, tainting kernel. ("tainting is
<7>ieee80211_crypt: registered algorithm 'NULL'
<4>ieee80211: unsupported module, tainting kernel.
<4>ipw2200: unsupported module, tainting kernel.
<6>ipw2200: Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 2200 Network Driver, 0.8
<6>ipw2200: Copyright(c) 2003-2004 Intel Corporation
<6>eth1: Setting MAC to 00:0e:35:ad:e3:81
and the later on when trying to connect
eth1 device: Intel Corp. PRO/Wireless 2200BG (rev 05)
eth1 configuration: wlan-id-00:0e:35:ad:e3:81
ERROR: command 'iwconfig eth1 mode Managed' returned
Error for wireless request "Set Mode" (8B06) :
SET failed on device eth1 ; Operation not supported.
eth1 (DHCP) . . . . . no IP address yet... backgrounding.
If anyone recognise the problem and has a solution to it I would be for
Please also be gentle with me if/when replying. I am a bit of a beginner
and don't handle jargon very well.
I'm not sure, that its easily possible, but running few comps in a
network, I would like them to pass my root e-mails to my own machine.
I setup already the alias, so my "normal" user can read everything
already, but only locally. This I would like to change by the
- if my computer is available, then the messages should be transfered,
- if my computer is not online, messages should wait in a queue, until
it appears again. This should happen with no error-messages, no
I don't ask for complete solution for this problem, but please let me
know, what I would need to get the above system up and running. At
present I have postfix installed and running on all the comps;
UIDs/GIDs are identical on all of them; all SUSE, but various
the sixth Free and Open source Software Developers' European Meeting
(commonly known as FOSDEM, http://www.fosdem.org/) will take place during
the last week-end (25&26) of February 2006 in the city of Brussels,
Belgium. It's an annual 2-day event hosting talks, tutorials, and booths
for the free software/open source community. It is organized by volunteers
at the Université Libre de Bruxelles in Belgium. Access to all parts of
FOSDEM is _free of charge_ (but donations and sponsors are welcome to help
fund the event).
The openSUSE project will be participating at FOSDEM with an openSUSE
'DevRoom' (Developer Room) and a small booth. This week we had a meeting
to further coordinate our FOSDEM participance. The outcome is a tentative
schedule for the DevRoom, which we would like to share with you. Your
feedback on this would be very much appreciated! Did we miss to address a
Please note that this schedule isn't cast in stone in any way yet -- so if
you would like to contribute to our DevRoom (e.g. by delivering a talk or
by giving a tutorial), raise your hand NOW (or contact me off-list).
I'v just updated http://www.opensuse.org/FOSDEM, which has all the
information on openSUSE @ FOSDEM 2006. (If any wiki god is listening: Any
style improvement to that page would be very welcome!)
That's it for the moment, time to proceed to the actual schedule:
Saturday, February 25th
13:00 - 14:00 openSUSE--Motivation, Goals, and Opportunities
(Sonja Krause-Harder, adrian? / michl? / cthiel?)
Why did Novell start the openSUSE project? What is
different from other projects? Get a short overview of our
motivations and plans for the future of the openSUSE
project as well as hear your opinions and discuss where
openSUSE can go in the future with you.
14:00 - 15:00 Introducing the openSUSE Build Service
(Adrian Schroeter, Cornelius Schumacher, Andreas Bauer)
Learn how the openSUSE Build Service works and helps you
build packages. Get an overview of the tools and
functionalities that the openSUSE Build Service offers.
15:00 - 16:00 SUSE Linux Power Management--One Step Ahead!
(Timo Hoenig, Holger Macht)
Power management for SUSE Linux. Suspending the whole
system was the first step. Now it is time for runtime
power management to paralyze devices that shorten your
battery life time on the road.
16:00 - 17:00 SUSE Linux 10.2--Quo vadis?
(Michael Loeffler, Christoph Thiel)
What's new and cool in SUSE Linux 10.1? What are the
features and highlights? We answer these questions and
discuss goals and focuses for SUSE Linux 10.2 and beyond.
17:00 - 17:30 Q & A
Sunday, February 26th
09:00 - 10:00 Developer Breakfast
10:00 - 11:00 Packaging Tutorial--The Bricks We Build With
(Hendrik Vogelsang, Marcus Rueckert)
The journey from a spec file to a distribution. An
introduction to RPM packaging for openSUSE and the tasks
that come with it.
11:00 - 12:00 Cross-Distribution Building with the openSUSE Build Service
The openSUSE Build Service is not only limited to build
packages for SUSE Linux, but offers the possibility to
build a package for other distributions (such as Mandriva,
Fedora, or even Debian). This talk presents methods to
make packages built for multiple distributions.
12:00 - 12:30 "Speed Talks" (various topics)
This slot is reserved to present various topics in 5-10
12:30 - 14:00 Writing Your Own YaST Module in a Few Hours
Powerful configuration options are what set many OS
projects apart from commercial software. Why not go all
the way and offer an easy-to-use GUI for configuration--on
top of existing configuration files? YaST provides a
powerful framework to do just that and it is simple and
efficient enough to write your own YaST module.
14:00 - 15:00 The SUSE Security Process
This lecture gives an introduction into the work of the
SUSE Security Team. If you ever wanted to know how SUSE
approaches releasing security updates or looking at new
security critical packages, this is the place to listen
and ask questions.
15:00 - 16:00 SUSE Linux LiveCD Tutorial
This tutorial introduces the SUSE Linux LiveCD script,
which transforms a SUSE Linux installation source into a
CD or DVD image that hosts a live version of SUSE Linux,
which can be used without the need to install it onto a
hard disk first.
16:00 - 17:30 Q & A
Have a nice weekend
I have a 4-year old DELL desktop with a heavy CRT monitor that I'm going
to give away soon .
I also have a 2 month old laptop. Both computers run Linux/SuSE.
I would like to buy an external disk to save most of my s/w
development now residing on my old desktop.
But I would like to be able to use it also with my laptop.
Both computers have some USB ports so I daresay an external USB disk
would be fine ..
I'd appreciate some suggestion about a USB reliable, large capacity but
portable, external disk or
any alternative solution.
Thank you in advance.
I'm looking for an utility to covert MSWorks .WPS files into something
that I can import into OOo. My inlaws had to get a new system and it
came with OOo installed, but OOo (2.0) doesn't open works stuff, and I'd
like to not have to install MSWorks.
I'm currently thinking of a way to make OpenSUSE available to much more
audience (specially windows users).
My target is to attract more users and developers to Linux platform (making
it easy for them to make the switch).
Upon testing many distros, I found that SUSE has the most windows like
experience to Windows users PLUS a very intuitive admin interface for linux
The easiest way is to distribute it within a Computer magazine that all PC
users can access.
I thought of three approached to accompish this tasks (given that I have
only one CD to include):
1- One CD with just necessary packages to start with (SLICK does a good job
[This way will bring many hassles to windows user [installation with
windows- hardware not detected - modems support,...etc]
2- Make a live CD for OpenSUSE
[I found only a DVD version of it + I Found that you can use it as a READ
ONLY [not like debizn based Live CDs]]
3- Make a vmware image of OpenSUSE with packages relevant to audience.
[This approach will eliminate HW support, modem support [vmware can use
NATing to hadle this], installation support]
There is some packages that essential to Windows user but I don't know what
is the obligation if I included them within the vmware image namely:
- Acrobat Reader
- All dependednt parts on them.
Of course one can update from yast repositories once installed but Internet
Connectivity will not be available to some users.
I am looking for your help to make the right path.