Fedora :: Prompt End User To Install New Versions?

May 30, 2011

Does Fedora Now Prompt End Users To Install New Versions? If so, what a terrible idea and how do I disable it? So, I get a late night call from one of the people I support with their PC. You know, the basic PC user who barely knows enough to be dangerous. I'm sure we all have friends like this, who we help out and keep Linux running for them. Anyway, he says Fedora prompted him to upgrade to Fedora 15 (from 13) and of course, he says OK. He usually says OK when fedora asks to update his software.

Now things are hosed, he can't get on-line and worst of all, he's running F15 with Gnome3 and can't find his way around or do the things he's used to doing. Why on earth would fedora prompt to upgrade to a new version via the net? (..btw - he said it took forever.. ) I'm sure this exact scenario will be played out 1000s of times and peeps like me will be wasting lots of time straightening things out after the fact. Seems to me Fedora should not prompt for full version upgrades. It's trouble waiting to happen and that kind of thing should be user initiated by someone who actually knows what they are doing, so as to avoid the scenario that just played out with me.

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Ubuntu Security :: Scripts Or Applications Cannot Install Without The 'sudo' Prompt And User Input?

Feb 12, 2010

Would it be safe to say that if I build a restricted user: "Desktop" or "unprivileged" user I will be ok? From what I understand - most scripts or applications cannot install without the 'sudo' prompt and user input.

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Oct 4, 2009

building an install cd or dvd media that will automatically install the Linux software on a client pc. There is no network connectivity so the client can only be loaded with Linux from CD or DVD media. The crux of the matter is that I can not automatically install the Linux software on client WITHOUT typing linux ks=cdrom:/ks.cfg at the boot prompt.

I want to avoid any user prompts and just have the software install with the RPMS that I need for this client pc at the boot prompt. Actually, when the boot prompt commences, I would like the software install to start with no user intervention. I've tried several different methods in isolinux.cfg, but the OS always wants boot prompt for the cdrom. Can the boot prompt information be read automatically from the isolinux.cfg with out user intervention? I'm looking for the same behavior as a LIVE CD that kicks off with no boot prompts after a few seconds. Here's a copy of my isolinux.cfg

default linux
prompt 1
timeout 600
display boot.msg
F1 boot.msg
F2 options.msg
F3 general.msg
F4 param.msg

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Jan 17, 2010

i wanna install older versions of fedora(10 or 11), and after looking everywhere, i found that if you search the available mirrors through the download page. This allows you to select mirrors with the version you want. I didnt know if that was the way to get older versions or if there is another way.

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Jun 6, 2011

For my work it is extremely useful to have multiple versions of gcc available. I've done this in the past under Ubuntu simply by enabling alternative or older repositories but in Fedora land I've not been able to find a standard automated way of doing this. Can anybody point me in the right direction?

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Sep 29, 2010

I do quite a bit of testing of a FOSS package, which I install from rpm. At any one time there may be 3 versions ( current release, new release candidate, and snapshot of trunk) that I wish to test. If I stick to normal naming conventions (i.e. current release fred-2010.0...rpm, release candidate fred-2010.2...rpm, and trunk fred-2010.3...rpm) it seems to me that I can only have one version installed at any one time. Is there a 'proper' way of managing this (using the package manager), so that I can have multiple versions installed at any one time?

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Apr 9, 2011

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Jun 5, 2010

I'm working with Debian squeeze with kernel 2.6.34 the problem is that after some change in the ldcon.so.conf and envirormental variables (this I did to make working the compiled mesa, dri, and video card driver)from normal user I see a version of libraries and some software , but from root I see a different version, tipically older. What I did wrong adding these paths?

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Jun 10, 2010

Just tried to install a minimal F13 from the first CD. Picked minimal as the choice and it still asked for CD #1 and #2. I'll have to doublecheck if that can be averted by manually unchecking everything. However, a bit more disturbing--though that's annoying enough--was the fact that I, on a VM at least, couldn't get to a bash prompt during the anaconda installation. Is that normal now? Can anyone confirm or correct that on an actual hardware install, vs. a VM?

One used to be able to, with F5, or maybe F1, IIRC, get to, during a Fedora installation, a shell prompt, the way the vast majority of distributions do. I'm wondering if this is just an oddity due to the VM and possibly Fkeys not working properly, or something else that they've taken away from from Anaconda.

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Programming :: Cannot Prompt User In While-read

May 15, 2011

I'm facing a problem in a - at least I though it would be - simple BASH script. I use 'awk' to find matching lines in a file, and then use while-read to modify each line matching the expr casted in awk. It looks like this:


function foo() {
awk '$NF~/^./{print $NF}' FILE.TXT|while read line; do
bla bla bla ...


However, each time the execution hits the 'read choice' line, it doesn't prompt - as well as pause the excution - the user for a choice: it just passes it. This problem just happens inside the while loop.

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Apr 8, 2010

I just added a new user to my ubuntu by:

useradd -gdevelopers -d/home/peter -m peter

when peter logs in (after I created a passwd for him) he doesn't see the shell as I do:


ALSO, he can't user the TAB to move inside a folder (when you type cs /home/p and use tab to get /home/peter)

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Ubuntu :: Prompt Disappears When Switching User?

Sep 6, 2010

My normal prompt looks like: username(at)ubuntu + current directory. (Odd format, it doesn't really look like that, but I was told I needed 15 posts to post an URL).Whenever I change user with "su username" (at least when changing from root to normal user), this prompt completely disappears. All it says on the left in front of the input "$". Also the history doesn't work, and the tab key doesn't complete anything, but rather acts as the normal tab in an editor. do I fix this? It is very annoying. Sorry for the stupid question, but I've searched around for an answer, finding none.

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General :: Run One Command As Different User Without A Password Prompt?

Aug 4, 2010

I need to run one command as different user with out a password prompt.

I did this

one localhost= (two) /usr/bin/whoami

This work but it prompts for password. Is there a way that can be done with NOPASSWD option ?

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Ubuntu :: How Is Super User In Authentication Prompt Determined

May 3, 2010

How is the super user determined for the dialog box that pops up when trying to perform administrative tasks, "An application is attempting to perform an action that requires privileges. Authentication as the super user is required to perform this action."? Does it always ask for the password of the default user created during the OS install, or should it prompt for the current user's password if that person is an administrator?I use likewise-open for windows domain authentication, so I typically log in as a windows user that likewise-open has added to the list of users on this system. I have given this user sudo access and added the user to all the same groups as the default user, yet whenever I perform an administrative task in gnome I am prompted for the password of the default user. Is this normal? It seems like the behavior would be to ask for the current user's password if that user is an administrator, and if so what determines that the current user is an administrator?

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Sep 14, 2010

I have one Ubuntu 10.04 machine that is configured this way.I want GDM to prompt the user to enter their username via a text field, and then a password, instead of displaying a list of users to choose from.One way to configure GDM's appearance is to run the following from a terminal: gksudo -u gdm dbus-launch gnome-appearance-properties.If I remember correctly, there is a different dialog to run than "gnome-appearance- properties" that allows changing whether GDM prompts for a username or displays a list. But I do not know what it is.

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Ubuntu :: User Settings Doesn't Prompt For Authentication?

Aug 15, 2011

when I click on "Users and Groups" the dialogue box shows up, but I'm unable to make any changes because I'm not prompted for authentication (the "add", "delete" etc., buttons are grayed out). I'm using 10.10.

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Apr 21, 2011

I'm running Debian Wheezy and I don't know why, but whenI switch to console F1(Ctrl+Alt+f1) I can't enter login information. It's like Debian didn't have completely starting and wait always.The F1 console looks like this:

[screen content]
Starting enhance syslogd: rsyslogd.
Starting system message bus: dbus.


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General :: Ubuntu 10.04 - Change System Display User Name On Prompt?

Sep 22, 2011

Choose Menu System->Administration->Users and Groups

I am able to see my Users Settings as follows:

User name: mike

Then why I still see the following prompt line? code...

If my understanding is wrong, then how can I change it in this way?

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I have bought a Mac Laptop however it has a username and password which I don't know. I've looked all over to see how I can overcome this lot's of people have said to enter at Grub prompt to take you to recovery, however I have no Grub prompt and Mac is not booting from cd rom.

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Jul 13, 2011

I followed instructions to enter single user mode by adding single at the end of kernel line but after that it doesn't ask for root password but brings up the sh# prompt. Isn't that supposed to be insecure? I understand for this the grub password can be applied but even after adding "single" it should ask for root password..or it should not..??

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Jul 30, 2011

I'm creating a bash script to do some tasks for me. I would like the script to be run at a set time of everyday. My first question is if it is possible that if one of the commands in the script requires sudo, is there a way to get around it with out making sudo not require a password. Such as, is there a way to include the password in the script? If that is the case, I can always just set the file as read only by sudo. I've been looking for a way to do this, with no success. if I have a command that wants input, how do I give it to the program. For example, if I want to make a zip file that is encrypted, the command would go as:


zip -r example * -e

now how would I get the script to insert my wanted password.

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Jan 19, 2011

I tried to install on an Armari Gravistar machine Open Suse 11.3 and 11.2 at 64 bit but both haven't worked, after the welcome I press install, it loads something and then the computer is on the screen black and nothing happens. The 11.3 at 32 bit installs but in this manner I cannot use the 16GB RAM of the machine.

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Jun 30, 2011

I'm not to clear on the difference between LTS versions and other versions, but think I may want to go with LTS. Can someone tell me if my thinking is correct given the following situation: I have some very cool, but very expensive software installed with a group license from my school, a school which I am not going to be attending for too much longer. So I want to go as long as possible without reinstalling Ubuntu, because once the product is licensed it will be licensed until I reinstall Ubuntu (or I uninstall the program). So I think this is going to require me keep the Ubuntu version I install as long as possible.

So in this case, should I go with 10.04LTS or should I just install Natty Narwhal and keep that as long as possible? It looks like 10.04LTS will be "supported" longer, but I'm not exactly clear on all that "supported" entails. Presumable it means security and software updates will be available for 10.04LTS for much longer than 11.x versions? So I'm thinking I should go with 10.04LTS

Is my thinking correct in going with 10.04LTS? Edit: It was pointed out that this would be against my contractual agreements. Which I suppose is probably true.

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Sep 23, 2010

installed the latest version of R ( R.2.11.1) in my machine and I can run that by simply typing "R" in terminal but I need to install the old version of R ( R.2.9.2) since some packages don't support the new version. I have the .tar.gz file of old version. How can I install that? How do I run in terminal ?

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Jun 4, 2010

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Jun 23, 2010

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Currently have 6.3 installed and was wondering if I can install 7.2 on a diff directory...

I have CentOS 4.8

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Jul 17, 2010

1. I have dual booted Suse and Win Xp in past. Can idea be applied to different versions of Suse? I have a working Suse11.2 , and I have a spare partition (15GB) which can be re-formated.

2. Can i do a clean new install to the spare partition? Thus ending with two working Suse versions? ( Separate /home partitions). This would allow a) reserve of a working system while checking that 11.3 works. Then remove 11.2 later , and how to do that.

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May 25, 2011

I need to build HDF library from sources. This library requires libjpeg-6b and won't compile with newer libjpeg-8 which already available.

Well, I download and install libjpeg-6b, but can't understand how to force use this library instead system default.

P.S.: I try to find any SlackBuilds for HDF4, but found them only for HDF5.

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Jan 16, 2010

I installed fedora 12 Constantine and the install gets to the point of rebooting once it's done with the reboot it goes right in to the login without creating a root account or a user account.How can I solve this issue, there has to be like 3 or 4 solutions to this problem I'm just new to linux.

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Aug 13, 2010

that's it! I got OpenSuse 11.2 and the size of the Repo has exceeded the 4 GB limit. This means that the mirror doesn't fit on my USB-stick anymore, nor would it fit on aDVD-RAM/RW (thus I can't distribute the updates anymore). Yes, there are bigger USB-sticks and BR-RWs, but in the end it is pure insanity!

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