Ask Shadowman:


November 2002

He's milky white and silky smooth. He's got one name like Potsie or Gollum. He's got all his life to live and all his love to give, he's The Shadowman. And he joins us once again to answer the toughest questions anyone dared ask a two-dimensional logo.

Got a question that you'd like Shadowman to answer? Ask him.


Saroj S sicked up:
I've upgraded my OS from 7.1 to 8, but I forgot the root passwd. Please let me know how can I change the root passwd or to run from single user mode.

Shadowman says:
Shadowman doesn't know what boot loader you're using, but with lilo you can type linux single at the boot prompt, with grub you can hit 'e' and add 'single' to you rboot line. Hit 'b' to keep booting. Once you're in you can reset your password. Or you can start using passwords you can remember.


The Walker hoofed it on up to the mic and shouted:
How can I install RH database 2.0 and work with it on my RH Linux 8.0 computer?

Shadowman says:
Shadowboy's baseball card collection is displayed on RHDB, and he decided he couldn't wait for RHDB 2 to be officially released for 8.0. Being a clever little upstart, he went and got the .src rpm. And with a:

rpmbuild --rebuild rhdb-2.src.rpm
He built his own. It put the new binary in /usr/src/redhat/RPMS. He won't support you, but he assured me it worked.


Scott R stood up from his desk and rang out with:
SM, We installed RHAS yesterday, during the install we used the default setting for the firewall, adding SSH, FTP, HPPT, TELNET. Now we need to open 1099 for RMI, inbound-outbound for our content mgmt software (ExpressroomServer/Starbase). How can this be done, I've checked hosts.deny/hosts.allow, what am i missing?

Shadowman says:
You might find it useful to take a peek in /etc/services. Scroll down to the appropriate port range and add a line like:

rmi 1099/tcp # RMI content management port
Shadowman gets burned every so often forgetting to specify tcp or udp after the port number, so make sure you remember that.


Tim S was half way to his wit's end when he cried Uncle and asked:
My problem is that I cannot find the method used to connect to the Internet (via modem). Normally there would be something on the desktop or menu to click on and dial-in.

If I configure the network each time, I can then activate the modem, but this seems cumbersome. I can configure it to automatically dial at boot up but I don't want to tie up a phone line the entire time I am using my system.

Any ideas?

Shadowman says:
Shadowman is arse deep in ideas. But you'd probably rather have something useful. Run "neat." It is more than capable of configuring ethernet, wireless and modems and lots of other stuff too cumbersome for you to tolerate.


Mark L couldn't hack his way out of a paper bag but wanted to know:
Hello Your Most Shadowed One,

My question is, how do I change the hostname of my Linux computer? Don't tell me to try hostname because it doesn't work. I tried that and the name was changed but only until I rebooted the machine. Also the lpd daemon would not start after the name change because it was still looking for localhost.localdomain.

I'm using a new installation of Red Hat 7.3

Thank you for your most wondrous reply.

Shadowman says:
Shadowman puts all his hostname aliases in /etc/hosts. Leave localhost.localdomain and localhost in there so other stuff still works.


Senthil K hung out with some drunken sailors and heckled:
i thot linux was some [Expletive deleted] alternative to windows. but after using it for more than a [Expletive deleted] year, linux cant even come to touch the [Vulgar euphemism deleted] of windows. if windows is user frendly, linux is [Expletive deleted] user unfrendly. i wish linux completely dies out from this world.

Shadowman says:
Do you kiss your mother with that mouth? Shadowman hates to lose users to The Dark SideTM, but in this case; don't let the door hit ya where the good lord split ya and learn to [Expletive deleted] spell.


In short:

To Karl R., who wanted to know if 8.0 will install on the PS2, Shadowman says: Nope.

To Bill S. and Keith F, who wanted to know about browsing SMB/Samba shares in Linux, Shadowman says: Use Nautilus. smb:// will browse the network and display the shares (you can click the icons to access) or use smb://servername/sharename.

To Micah L, who wanted to know where screen-shooter went, Shadowman says, print screen and alt-printscreen work just fine.

To Mike M, who wanted to know where vnc was in the 8.0 package manager, Shadowman says: It's under System>System tools. As for other "missing" packages, looking in "Details" some packages appear in standard, some in extras, make sure you check both.

To Nigel, who asked if 8.0 supports dual processors, Shadowman says, "And how"

To Borris, who can't boot from CD to install, Shadowman says, use rawrite, dd, or cat to make a floppy from the boot.img file in the images directory of the first install CD.

To Casey P, who was trying to settle a bet, Shadowman says, Dynamic Host Configuration PROTOCOL.