FC3

By Hal Canary, 2004-11-26 17:16:23 (link)
#computers-code

I installed Fedora Core 3 on my workstaion at home this month. It works fine; I get slightly more up to date versions of the software I use, no big deal. For those who care (really, for my own reference), here's how I set things up.

FILESYSTEM

This is how I set up my hard drive. I planned on formatting every partition except for /home. /home also contained a copy of the four CDs, aquired from a torrent. FC3-i386-disc{1,2,3,4}.iso. I only burnt the first CD. The others could live on disc. (Use “linux askmethod“ at the boot prompt to make this work.)

Filesystem	1M-blocks	Mounted on
/dev/hdb1	      190	/boot
/dev/hdb2	     7706	/
/dev/hdb3	    18122	/home
/dev/hdb5	      471	/waste
/dev/hdb6	    ~2048	[SWAP]

PREPARE

Save a copy of /etc onto /home partition. If I wanted, I could save all or part of /var as well.

cp -r /etc /home/etc-$(date +%Y-%m-%d)

FSTAB

I went ahead and installed. After installing, I had to get my /home partition mounted correctly and then link /usr/local to /home/local . I did all of this before I logged in.

echo '/dev/hdb3 /home ext3 defaults 1 2' \
	> /etc/fstab
mv /home /OLD.home
mkdir /home
mount /home
mv /usr/local /usr/OLD.local
ln -s /home/local/ /usr/local

SUDOERS

Add myself to the wheel group. Give that group sudoers access. Do everything else with suders.

system-config-users
emacs /etc/sudoers

PACKAGES

Import keys for rpm/yum.

rpm --import /usr/share/doc/fedora-release-3/RPM-GPG-KEY*
rpm --import http://www.fedora.us/FEDORA-GPG-KEY
rpm --import http://rpm.livna.org/RPM-LIVNA-GPG-KEY
rpm --import http://freshrpms.net/packages/RPM-GPG-KEY.txt
rpm --import http://dag.wieers.com/packages/RPM-GPG-KEY.dag.txt
rpm --import http://atrpms.net/RPM-GPG-KEY.atrpms
rpm --import http://newrpms.sunsite.dk/gpg-pubkey-newrpms.txt
rpm --import http://www.jpackage.org/jpackage.asc

Do my first update:

yum update

Reboot if I got a new kernel.

I keep useful packages in /usr/local/packages. Install them.

rpm -Uvh /usr/local/packages/gqview-1.4.1-2.i386.rpm
rpm -Uvh /usr/local/packages/RealPlayer10GOLD.rpm
rpm -Uvh /usr/local/packages/acroread-5.0.8-1.1.fc2.dag.i386.rpm
rpm -Uvh /usr/local/packages/jdk-1_5_0-linux-i586.rpm

Set up java.

cat <<EOF > /etc/profile.d/java.sh
export JAVA_HOME="/usr/java/jdk1.5.0"
export JAVA_PATH="$JAVA_HOME"
export PATH="$PATH:$JAVA_HOME/bin"
export JDK_HOME="$JAVA_HOME"
EOF
ln -s /usr/java/jdk1.5.0/jre/plugin/i386/ns7/libjavaplugin_oji.so \
  /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/

Setup yum.conf correctly (add some repos). See http://www.fedorafaq.org/.

emacs -nw  /etc/yum.conf
yum -y update

Install some evil packages

yum install unrar libdvdnav libdvdplay libdvdread xvidcore
yum install ogle aalib screen bash-completion bittorrent
yum install id3v2 epic gftp xine grip dhcp

Some things to make mplayer (which lives in /usr/local) happy. Add /usr/local/lib to /etc/ld.so.conf. Change PRELINK_OPTS so that mplayer doesn't crash. Put "dev.rtc.max-user-freq = 1024" in /etc/sysctl.conf

emacs -nw  /etc/ld.so.conf
/sbin/ldconfig
ln -s /usr/local/lib/codec /usr/lib/win32
emacs -nw  /etc/sysconfig/prelink
touch /var/lib/misc/prelink.force
/etc/cron.daily/prelink
execstack -s /usr/local/bin/mplayer
emacs -nw  /etc/sysctl.conf
/sbin/sysctl -p /etc/sysctl.conf

BASIC SETUP

Setup basic things. Printer, time.

system-config-printer
system-config-time

Grab my old SSHD keys.

cd /etc/ssh
/sbin/service sshd stop
rename key key.OLD *_key
rename pub pub.OLD *.pub
cp /home/etc-2004-11-10/ssh/*key* .
/sbin/service sshd start

My workstation doubles as a router, so I need to: Play with network settings. Set "net.ipv4.ip_forward = 1" in /etc/sysctl.conf . Use my custom iptables script. Set up dhcpd

system-config-network
system-config-services

/sbin/chkconfig iptables on
/usr/local/sbin/iptables-script.sh
/sbin/service iptables save

emacs -nw  /etc/sysctl.conf
/sbin/sysctl -p /etc/sysctl.conf

/sbin/chkconfig dhcpd on
cp -i /home/etc-2004-11-10/dhcpd.conf /etc/dhcpd.conf
/sbin/service dhcpd start

Set up services. Shutdown all I can.

system-config-services

UPDATE 2004-12-06: Set up alsa right for my sound card. PROPER MIXING!

cat <<EOF > $HOME/.asoundrc
pcm.!default {
        type plug
        slave.pcm "dmix"
}
EOF

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