Postings by Beartooth

Does CentOS support aspell?

I haven't run CentOS on a machine of my own for several years;
but my domain (NOT the address I post from) is hosted on a machine
running CentOS. The list for the mailer I run recommends using aspell,
which is not installed (according to rpm -q) on the remote host, as a

Does anybody here know offhand if CentOS supports it? Or how do I

VDQ Repos for CentOS 7

I have a woefully dumb question. When I tell my wife's laptop,
with CentOS 7 installed and a live ethernet cable plugged into it, "yum
update," it fails saying that it doesn't see any repos. What do I need
to do to?

Getting to Mate or Xfce

My wife bought a new Thinkpad, on which we had the shop install
CentOS 7 (I *think* it's 7.3.) Alas!, I didn't think to specify NOT Gnome,
in thunder. So of course I got it.

I've tried several times to force myself to accommodate Gnome3,
always with no joy. How do I get Mate or Xfce instead?

Related problem: when I become root and tell it "yum update," it
figures out a list of umpteen hundred rpms to update, but then runs
through attempts at mirrors and keeps failing till it runs out. It failed
to connect to my wireless router (or even to find it, afaict).

usermod under CentOS

My wife's PC, running CentOS 6, suddenly quit connecting to the
Net. Autodidact that I am, I fumbled with all the hard- and software I
could find or dared try, but did no good.

So we lugged it down to our favorite shop. While there, she bought
a laptop, and asked them to install CentOS and copy all her files from the
PC (including two books she's written and is trying to market).

They called to ask whether I wanted to specify a username &
password, or just use their default dummies. I chose the dummies -- and
realized in the night that I've never changed a username before.

Trouble installing C7

I put a CentOS 7 live CD into a PC several years old, and ran it
without trouble for several days. Then I told it to install itself to the
hard drive. That took kind of a while (perhaps because the machine is
behind a KVM switch with three others?), but eventually told me it had
finished. I rebooted.

Given my druthers, I would now run Yumex, deleting as many as I
could of all the things I never use.

"upstream testing"??

[Follow-ups set to gmane.linux.centos.general]

My wife had been running CentOS 6.4 almost since
its inception; then her PC broke down.

We got a PC from System76, and Ubuntu turned out
utterly unsuitable for us, as expected -- as bad
for us as Gnome3.

Wow! Double wow!

I'm running CentOS 6 (6.5 iirc) on my wife's machine, which I've
been updating pretty much every day. Today yum got 425 packages!

Somewhere a dam must have broken. Sometimes some of us don't
appreciate how much work the developers do.

Strength to their arms, and many heartfelt thanks!

Whence Pan??

Yum fails to install Pan, and neither epel nor
seems to have an rpm for it. Why not? And can I get an rpm somewhere
else? Or am I doing something obviously wrong that I don't see??

Pan in 6.2??

I can't seem to get a way to install Pan in CentOS, and I need it
badly. I follow most busy lists, including this one, on Gmane using Pan
(and, no, Gmane per Web is no use to me. I have some obscure allergy to

Does anyone know an rpm (one of Fedora's, for instance) that I
can install and not immerse myself in dependency hell?


Does anyone know a way to run a Scrabble program on
CentOS? (I realize the obvious existence of Wine and of virtual
machines; but my experience with both has been thoroughly
unsatisfactory. So I'd much rather get a linux-native app.)

There seem to be two proprietary Scrabble programs, one
in which you play against the computer, and one in which you play
against a remote friend. The latter is what I'm being asked for by Her
Who Must Be Obeyed. (I don't play Scrabble.)

6.4 : How to enable epel and the rpmfusions??

I've installed 6.4 on an old T30 ThinkPad, and I'm
in the midst of setting it up. I can't seem to get an rpm of Pan for it,
nor even to do yum update.

Mousing around fedoraproject eventually got me to http:// and from there to downloads for the free,
nonfree, and epel packages (along with a caveat that tells you -- *after*
you've gotten rpmfusion -- to get epel first :-{ ).

The display on the T30 has given trouble recently; while it's
working, I tried with packagekit to eliminate the fusions while keeping
epel (actually,EPEL; it seems to matter).

Thinkpad T30

I have an IBM-refurbished T30, which has handled Fedora well, up
through F18. But it never took to F19. I'm in process of trying to
downgrade, but that seems to be a monumental job.

I have other computers, including a T43 and a System76 tablet;
the T30's chief virtue is that it has a serial port. My GPSs and
proprietary software still use the serial port, and none of the various
USB adapters I've tried have done any good.

But, way back when, I mapped a lot of hunting spots and game
trails. I want to keep that data.

Has anyone run CentOS 6.4 on a T30?

More browsers!

I'm running CentOS 6 on one machine, plus my wife's. She's OK
with it, but every time I use it, I miss the glorious plethora of
browsers that Fedora has gotten me used to.

I have epel and rpmfusion (both free and unfree) enabled;
is there some other repo I can safely add?

Adding browsers

Recently, I put CentOS 6.4 on one of the four PCs I keep behind a
KVM switch. I like it a whole lot in most ways, but Fedora has spoiled
me : I install almost every browser I can, and generally keep half a
dozen or more open, mostly with several tens of tabs open. Iow, I use
browsers as I used to use books, back in the Carboniferous when I had a
desk in the stacks.

Are there ways a subtechnoid can run Arora, Dillo, Epiphany,
Konqueror, Midori, Kazehakase, Rekonq, Opera, and Pan on this CentOS --
without falling into the bad old pit of dependency hell?

6.4 failing to connect

Why do I keep getting this, and what do I do?? The error message
is Greek to me.

6.4 on old PC not connecting

On an old server (Dell PowerEdge SC1420, now without RAID)
I have CentOS 6.4 installed, up, and running -- but it
keeps failing to connect for some reason ....

NetworkManager applet 0.8.1 runs blue rings around in the
panel for a while, then reports itself disconnected. It also
offers a pseudo-choice, if I right-click, between Wired
Connection and eth0; in fact, the cable to the router is the only
connection the machine has or has ever had.

I've tried such things as I could find to get a
connection, in vain.

OT? : Big Yellow Cursor

Last time I had a machine running CentOS (6.2 iirc) I had managed
to get a big yellow arrow to show the mouse cursor. It was wonderful.

Now I have machines running Fedora (17 & 18) and Puppy (5.0) --
and I need cursor symbols that my antiquated eyeballs can spot even
through trifocals. Can anyone tell me a way to get my arrow back??

SELinux in CentOS 6

It keeps butting in when I try to install map software from Garmin
under Wine. I'm not nearly competent not willing to apply the remedy it
suggests. How do I get to someplace where I can disable it, or at least
set it to permissive?

Sources for extras??

With invaluable help here, I've just gotten 6.0 onto a PC.

6.1 .iso size?

I haven't managed to get hold of any DVD-R media, and the machine
I particularly want to install on seems not to be able to see double-
sided (which I do have). (It's not exactly a new PC.)

So I can't get 6.0 onto it in the usual way. But I can wait till
6.1 comes out; it is possible to predict yet whether it will squeeze in
under the DVD+R limit?

iso size?

I've been being told, over and over, by K3B, Brasero, and
Isomaster, on two machines, with three different downloads of 6.0, that
the file is too large for the medium. Nautilus and the browser that die
each download all say it's 4.4 GB; I've tried with two +R and an RW DVD,
all of which are labelled 4.7 GB Two of the files are 32-bit, and one is

What is going wrong??

Easy switch from Fedora 14 to CentOS 6??

Of course I can switch, I know, by brute force : just install
CentOS over top of Fedora. But that would require a tedious day (of
manually re-tweaking panels, adding & removing software, etc. ad nauseam,
*and* transferring a backup copy of my data back onto the machine) --
which I'd prefer to avoid.

What I want to do, if I can, is emulate the upgrades I've been
doing with each new release of Fedora. I'm hoping, since the like can be
done from SL, maybe it can also be done from Fedora.

(Minor footnote: if Fedora has any browser I don't run, it's an
oversight on my part.

Repo question

Not quite OT, I think. On one PC, I'm running Scientific Linux 6,
and would like to add one or more additional repositories for yum a/o
PackageKit to draw on. (In particular, at the moment, I can't seem to
find an rpm for Pan that doesn't come up against dependency hell.)

There don't seem to be any help/discussion lists such as this for
SL, or I haven't found them. So I'm guessing that this is the nearest
thing to one -- and also that, just maybe, a repo for CentOS would be the
canonical first choice for my need.

Clues, please?

Repairs using Live Media??

I have live media running respins of F14 on machines where F14 is
installed, and doing better with my monitor than the hard drive has been
doing. (One is currently running the Fusion release candidate; the other
has the plain F14 Live.)

I want to figure out what is different, and edit the
corresponding file on the hard drive to match.

But for some reason, I can't seem to remember nor reconstruct any
way to get to the hard drive. What am I not seeing??

F14 : KDE primer??

Last time I even looked at KDE, it was release 2 or 3, more
likely the former. It didn't appeal to me, and I abandoned it.

Now at least two distributions (Kororaa and PC-BSD) run KDE4 by
default -- and it bewilders me.

Ten to one I never really get serious -- I have too much hard-
earned experience invested in Gnome -- but I do want to manage well
enough, if I can, to explore my interest in those and maybe other

Name that spin!

I've been trying various things, mostly Fedora variants, for
various reasons lately, and haven't kept good track. One machine has been
running for days, maybe a week or more, on some live medium, calling me

I like it, whatever it is; but I don't want to interrupt it (by
shutting down and ejecting the disk, for instance) till I've tried a few
more things. (Most of what I've done so far is more setting up than

"uname -a" says only that it's F14. I *think* it's Fusion. How do
I get it to tell me for sure?

Yum vs. PackageKit

On all machines running F14 with a usable GUI, PackageKit's gpk-
update-viewer (which I run daily, sometimes more) often tells me it sees
no updates, or only very few. I've been making it a practice, every time
it claims that, to run yum update.

Very often yum gets a great long list (anywhere from a dozen to
two or three hundred, the latter in cases of a laptop which hasn't been
booted for weeks).

Comments, please! Am I the only one seeing this??

F14 boot hangs on atd -- temptation to suppuku

My oldest PC (an inherited Dell PowerEdge SC1420, remodeled by a
friend who speaks hardware, to run without RAID, serving as live storage
and emergency backup) boots as far as "starting atd" (which says OK), and
hangs. What comes after atd, or should?? And why launch atd anyhow?
According to the man page, it should have been swallowed up in cron long

Anyway, I suspect the real trouble is misrecognition of the

Moving from Fedora -- Advice??

I'm running Fedora14 on all machines, including my wife's -- and
I'm the nearest (distant) thing there is to tech support.

She's far more likely to outlive me than I her; so I want to
install something requiring a lot less maintenance on her machine, so
that she'll have it and be used to it, years ahead of need.

I'm thinking CentOS 6, whenever it's ready, is probably my best
choice. Any thoughts? (And yes, I do mean what my .sig says.)

VDQ? M$ wizards (in Wine) hogging screen

When I try to install any M$ app with wine, the install wizard
hogs the whole screen, so that I can't get to anything else while it's
doing what it calls work. Can I override this somehow, confining it to
its own Gnome workspace and letting me use the others??

(I never do anything whatever on full screen. The background is
what tells me which machine (behind a KVM switch) I'm on.)