I just noticed a very weird problem on my workstation. Although the
machine has 64 GB of RAM installed,
$ head -n 1 /proc/meminfo
MemTotal: 2400748 kB
that is, only a few gigabytes are actually available.
Unfortunately I don't have physical access to the machine, which is a HP
desktop bought last fall. According to dmesg, the model is something like
[ 0.000000] DMI: HP HP EliteDesk 800 G3 TWR/8298, BIOS P01 Ver. 02.06
Also according to dmesg, it appears that the kernel *does* see all 64
gigs, BUT OVER 60 GB IS RESERVED MEMORY!!
[ 0.000000] Memory: 2326720K/66985176K available (12300K kernel code,
1568K rwdata, 3836K rodata, 2124K init, 1368K bss, 64658456K reserved,
Does anyone have any idea of what could be going on?
I am running an up-to-date Fedora 27 x86_64 with kernel
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I keep three PCs on my desk, running Fedora behind a KVM switch: #1 is
my present biggest fastest, #2 its predecessor, and #3 that one's
predecessor; I try try keep them as similar as is feasible.
They've all been having troubles for months, which have only gotten worse.
Under F27, they kept filling up with some sort of cruft, to the point
of refusing dnf upgrade; but when I found any of the cruft, it was in
places where I dared not lay about me with a cyber-battleaxe. I jumped
to F28 the day of release.
At this point, none of the three is usable at all without some dodge or
#2 and #3 have each been wiped, twice, with different releases of DBAN,
followed each time with a netinstall of F28 with Mate, and then dnf
upgrade daily. All their boot messages show green OK. Those end with
"Started Light Display Manager."
Usually they proceed to a login box in front of the F28 display of blue
light-conducting fibers. That accepts my password, churns a little way,
and ends with a monitor full of blue horizontal lines, plus a few white
lines in the middle and at the bottom; there is nothing legible.
By doing Alt-Ctrl-F2, I get a display which lets me log in as root; I
keep doing dnf upgrades, and trying startx, every day. I also reboot
whenever there's a kernel change.
Startx always flashes a couple times, then fails with a few lines of
text, beginning with an attempt to adopt my monitor size (called "1920
1080" -- not 1920x1080),losing contact, and ending by saying that the
Xserver "terminated successfully."
I'd like to try replacing LDM with something else; how do I do that??
(I like Mate well, and would prefer not to swap it out,too)
Finally, #1 has two F28 kernels -- which do no better than on #2 nor #3
-- and a rescue kernel from F26. Sic. Twenty-six, not 27 nor 28. But
that rescue kernel does support almost my whole GUI (I miss Pan badly.),
and I don't have to descend to the console.
#1 got F28 by upgrading with dnf from F27, and still has a lot of stuff
on it that I'd rather copy to #2 and #3 directly than by way of solid
state storage, if I dare risk malware. (I don't know where else all the
cruft could have come from, apart from malware, but I hope someone here
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Fedora 28, x64
When starting Redshift, I get the following error
Trying location provider `geoclue2'...
Using provider `geoclue2'.
Unable to start GeoClue client:
recipient disconnected from message bus without replying.
Unable to connect to GeoClue.
Unable to get location from provider.
the pop up says:
Any word of wisdom? It worked under Fedora 27.
When I upgraded to F28, OwnCloud stopped working. Another reported the same
problem with NextCloud. The problem has been reported in bugzilla  as
Cannot login after upgrading from F27 to F28. Patrick Reeb provided a fix
with a fix-owncloud  script which downgrades php-sabre to F25.
Because both of the Fedora packages of OwnCloud and NextCloud are dated I
decided to use the NextCloud zip package of their current version 13.
Basically what I did was to install Fedora's NextCloud package to get the
basic configuration files and then removed the package so all what was left
was configuration files with a .rpmsave extension. Using the
nextcloud-13.0.4.zip package  I moved the files to my nextcloud
directory from the Fedora's package.
After a few tweaks to /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf files, the login prompt
appeared on my localhost/nextcloud. I was unable to configure my
postgresql database from the web browser, so I used the command line tool
 (occ) to finish the install.
I did try the snap install of the nextcloud-server, but couldn't get it to
work. However, the snap nextcloud-client works like a charm.
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I just added a crypted partition on my laptop (/home ans swap are
crypted and until now no problem had occured with them) and this new
partition is not mounted at boot, it is only to be mounted by user on
The whole install of this partition, went without any problems: it could
be unlocked and mounted and unmounted and locked by the user without any
problem, BUT while rebooting the laptop the boot process is blocked by
"a start job is running for dev-mapper-chiffre.device (no limit)".
What is this start job, I don't know! Why is it running, I don't
know.... How to recover, I don't know...
There always some problems with start/stop jobs which are running at
boot or shutdown times.
So what can I do to have a NORMAL boot?
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I've got a laptop that has started misbehaving on suspend.
About 1 in 10 suspends the laptop fails to fully suspend. It switches
mostly off (screen off, etc.) but some of the motherboard keeps
running. I know some of the motherboard keeps running because:
- the wifi light remains on
- the laptop will get hot because the fans don't start
The laptop does not respond to the power button to wake up. It's
necessary to force halt & reboot the laptop by holding the power button
down for a few seconds.
9 out of 10 times suspend works fine.
This appears to be a BIOS or kernel issue, since the last entries in
the logs are:
May 29 09:02:17 sieve-deschouwer-co-za systemd: Reached target
May 29 09:02:17 sieve-deschouwer-co-za systemd: Starting Suspend...
May 29 09:02:17 sieve-deschouwer-co-za systemd-sleep: Suspending
May 29 09:02:17 sieve-deschouwer-co-za kernel: PM: suspend entry (deep)
-- Reboot --
On a successful suspend I will additionally get:
May 29 08:21:32 sieve-deschouwer-co-za kernel: PM: Syncing filesystems
This started at the same time as I upgraded to F28. The laptop has
previously worked fine since F24 or F25, or maybe earlier.
It's happened with a few different F28 kernel patchlevels.
product: HP ProBook 450 G2 (L8A81ES#ACQ)
model name : Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-5500U CPU @ 2.40GHz
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Broadwell-U Host Bridge -OPI
Linux sieve-deschouwer-co-za 4.16.11-300.fc28.x86_64 #1 SMP Tue May 22
18:29:09 UTC 2018 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux
Can anyone help me debug before I enter a bugzilla?
I noticed that createrepo failed on Fedora 28 under SELinux permissive as
Spawning worker 0 with 1 pkgs
Spawning worker 1 with 1 pkgs
Worker 0: Error: Could not open local rpm file:
RPM Error opening Package
Worker 1: Error: Could not open local rpm file:
RPM Error opening Package
Failed to process 2 package(s).
[root@hanthana localrepo]# ls -l /data/dist/localrepo/h28/norach/
-rw-r--r--. 1 root root 131 Jun 22 21:09
-rw-r--r--. 1 root root 130 Jun 22 21:09
drwxr-xr-x. 2 root root 4096 Jun 22 21:14 repodata
Appreciate if someone can support.
I've one application which does run under wine and would like to print
its output to PDF. Attempt to filter output to PDF did not work I've
found out about cups-pdf. After installing it, attempt to print was
generating SELinux alerts which I solved (I belive) by following hints
$ sudo ausearch -c 'cups-pdf' --raw | audit2allow -M my-cupspdf
$ sudo semodule -X 300 -i my-cupspdf.pp
Now, there are no more alerts, but where is the output?
I've the following in my /etc/cups/cups-pdf.conf:
but the output is generated in:
so, I do wonder why the setting from *.conf file above is not honoured?
/var/spool/cups is 710 root:lp
/var/sppol/cups-pdf is 755 root:root
Moreover, status for cups service gives:
systemctl status cups
● cups.service - CUPS Scheduler
Loaded: loaded (/usr/lib/systemd/system/cups.service; enabled; vendor preset: disabled)
Active: active (running) since Wed 2018-06-20 08:36:53 CEST; 11min ago
Main PID: 7571 (cupsd)
Status: "Scheduler is running..."
Tasks: 1 (limit: 4915)
└─7571 /usr/sbin/cupsd -l
lip 20 08:36:53 mydomain.dyndns.net systemd: Starting CUPS Scheduler...
lip 20 08:36:53 mydomain.dyndns.net cupsd: Filter "pstopdf" not found.
lip 20 08:36:53 mydomain.dyndns.net systemd: Started CUPS Scheduler.
so I also wonder if this is OK?
What do I miss?
Can someone provide some hints what is the best way to achieve
print-to-pdf under wine on Fedora (fc28)?
It is far better to discharge one's prescribed duties, even though
faultily, than another's duties perfectly. Destruction in the course
of performing one's own duty is better than engaging in another's duties,
for to follow another's path is dangerous.
Been reviewing/looking over various sysadmin related vids/sites for
setting up a complete test website.
I'm trying to find a "remote" sysadmin resource that I can talk
to/work with for a small project to setup/run a test website that's
Looking to :
-setup up basic/test site
-correctly handle apache/httpd.conf file
-correctly setup the access process/files for the web doc dir(s)
-setup selinux/perms/access process
-setup test mysql as well as test firewall rules
-handle firewall rules for ssh
-setup required users/perms/acls
Working with a skilled sysadmin this should be a quick process. Also
working with a person online/together would allow me to quickly dodge
any user screwups.
So if you know of someone, or if you're interested hit me up for a