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Installation issues / Re: 12.04 - video config (AVWizard)
« on: February 22, 2014, 10:06:40 pm »
Phenigma, I think you're right.

I've trashed the MDs and in fact replace /usr/pluto/bin/ with the 1004 version and I'm busy rebuilding the MD. So far it is looking better - it's downloading videodrivers and stuff which it didn't before.

Dropping back to the 1004 script may be a bit extreme but it will be interesting to see...

Installation issues / Re: "No internet connection" 12.04 installer (solved)
« on: February 22, 2014, 07:06:55 pm »

I don't have commit rights to SVN, and to be quite honest, I don't want commit rights.  I'll plug away fixing stuff I'm capable of, usually SysAdmin type stuff 'cause that's what I do, do up patches and stuff them into Trac.  Someone more knowledgable than I about LMCE internals can take 'em, leave 'em, tweak 'em, whatever.  I'll just do what I can do, and let others do what they're good at.

Hope that clarifies things!


It does, thanks for the input and the info. I'm trying to learn at the same time so having some background sysadmin type detail posted helps me a lot.

Installation issues / Re: "No internet connection" 12.04 installer (solved)
« on: February 22, 2014, 07:05:38 pm »
pigdog - that would be snap LMCE-1204-20140221131028741.iso.

Have you used zsync to update "just the changes"? It is a lot quicker and uses a lot less of your cap.

Check this guide if you haven't

Hi jamo,

which snap are you running that sorts out the "Preparing to LinuxMCE" "is connected to the internet" check/not checked?

I'm chewing up my ISP download 'cap' max but I want to keep testing.


Installation issues / Re: 12.04 - video config (AVWizard)
« on: February 22, 2014, 07:51:18 am »
Naah... unfortunately at this stage, diskless MDs still snafu'd. Probably still networking issues. Core is good with new snap but I think there's something wrong with MDs.

Installation issues / Re: "No internet connection" 12.04 installer (solved)
« on: February 22, 2014, 07:42:51 am »
Phenigma - you want what the original DVD (installer) put in resolve.conf? I'm afraid that's lost now to me as I have the new snap and  have installed.

Possy fixed that stuff and the new installer went through very smoothly on the core/hybrid.

MKBrown - sounds as if you have some idea there but please liase with possy before applying anything. The original problem that I noted above has definitely been resolved by his latest snapshot but there may still be some work to do. When I get a moment I'll read what you've written and try to understand it all.

Installation issues / "No internet connection" 12.04 installer (solved)
« on: February 21, 2014, 07:43:28 am »
Hopefully not premature, but if anyone else hits this gotcha, here's how I fixed it.

The problem: Right in the beginning of the installer, just after language selection, the installer checks requirements and reports on two things- The disk space (8.6Gb required) and the internet connection.

When the screen comes up, my internet connectinons is initially ticked (ie passes the test) and then it turns to a no-entry sign - ie fails the test and then the option to download updates while installing is also disabled.

I traced and resolved the problem as follows:
- "quitting" the installation which took me to an Ubuntu live desktop session
- opened a terminal to check network
- ping worked but no dns -> ie ping failed but pinging the IP for passed.
- modified /etc/resolv.conf: deleted the existing nameservers and replaced with the address of my local modem-router ( which, I presume, forwards DNS requests to my ISP's nameservers.
- thereafter I was able to ping successfully.
- Then re-ran the LinuxMCE12.04 installation from the desktop icon

This time, when I got to requirements, internet connection stayed clicked and I was able to proceed with installation.

I traced the problem to DNS. For some reason the nameservers specified in /etc/resolv.conf do not work for me so I just replaced them with a pointer to my local adsl-modem-router address ( and that fixed it.

Installation issues / Re: 12.04 - video config (AVWizard)
« on: February 21, 2014, 07:36:27 am »
I'm attempting a re-install with newer snapshot. If that sorts it I'll mark as solved.

I'm attempting a re-install with newer snapshot. If that sorts it I'll mark as solved.

None of these problems *appear* to be system problems with LMCE.  I (and none of the devs) are experiencing issues like this.  Ususally this is down to NIC problems or other network problems (cabling, switches)... 

If it is related to my hardware.... then it's a specific combination of 12.04 because I switch back to 10.04 (just boot a different HDD in the exact same equipment and it's hunky dory.

Installation issues / Re: 14-Feb-2014 build notes.
« on: February 19, 2014, 07:54:13 am »
Once everything calmed down and I managed to get the GNU GRUB menu I selected Ubuntu with Linux.
I can report I also got the GNU GRUB menu at one point. Also  had the "is connected to internet" error but phenigma reports below this is a known issue.

Regarding eth0 / eth1 - I have a working 10.04 installation on the same machine (different HDD) so I just keep that the same although I completely unplug the internal network NIC while installing so as not to confuse anything and that seems to work. Incidentally, this is with eth0 as external NIC.

In addition, I noted:

  • unable to resolve "" - at some point
  • /etc/rc2.d/S9??? - some problem on line 72 of one of these scripts but I didn't catch which at some point.

I will try a reinstall and see if things differ.

If I had to guess I would say that it sounds like some serious networking problems during install prevented the system from configuring and installing properly.  That is my reaction from all of your posts I have just read.
I don't think that's a bad guess. I had some errors come up during the installation regarding networking but when all was done and dusted the network was up and things were working. I wasn't sure if the issues were real or what everyone experiences.

I'll have a look at my install notes and see if I noted the errors, otherwise I'll clobber another install and take screenshots the old fashioned way.

Installation issues / Re: 12.04 - video config (AVWizard)
« on: February 19, 2014, 07:08:29 am »
Thanks, phenigma... that gives me something to start working with at least.

I can confirm the same on my hybrid. I haven't looked into it because my hybrid will become headless once I get the MDs up and running so it makes no difference to me.

More info:

The slow SSH connection, in case it's related- when I ssh from core to md, using -vvv option, the delays are as follows:

It immediately gets to this point (below debug info) and then waits
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debug1: Next authentication method: publickey
debug1: Offering DSA public key: /usr/pluto/keys/id_dsa_pluto
debug3: send_pubkey_test
debug2: we sent a publickey packet, wait for reply

1.5 minutes

Then, after that elapsed time the following info comes quickly:
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debug1: Server accepts key: pkalg ssh-dss blen 434
debug2: input_userauth_pk_ok: fp 5e:84:34:7b:5c:7f:cb:00:90:09:85:27:62:a7:7b:89
debug3: sign_and_send_pubkey: DSA 5e:84:34:7b:5c:7f:cb:00:90:09:85:27:62:a7:7b:89
debug1: read PEM private key done: type DSA
debug1: Authentication succeeded (publickey).
Authenticated to moon31 ([]:22).
debug1: channel 0: new [client-session]
debug3: ssh_session2_open: channel_new: 0
debug2: channel 0: send open
debug1: Requesting
debug1: Entering interactive session.
debug2: callback start
debug2: client_session2_setup: id 0
debug2: fd 3 setting TCP_NODELAY
debug2: channel 0: request pty-req confirm 1
debug2: channel 0: request shell confirm 1
debug2: callback done
debug2: channel 0: open confirm rwindow 0 rmax 32768
debug2: channel_input_status_confirm: type 99 id 0
debug2: PTY allocation request accepted on channel 0
debug2: channel 0: rcvd adjust 2097152
debug2: channel_input_status_confirm: type 99 id 0
debug2: shell request accepted on channel 0
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And then it's another 1.5 minutes until you get the prompt.

Any ideas? Any reason the moon waits so long before accepting the public keys? And then the further delay before the login prompt? I expect to ssh into a local machine within 10seconds.

Is anyone else experiencing this behaviour?

I must say, there have been a few aspects of MD setup that have been really slow - part of the AVWizard as I mentioned in another thread, but this too-

I can ssh into the media director from the core but it takes a long time - say a minute - before the login completes.

But on the MD itself, I try to go to a terminal (ctrl-alt-f2) and login and it just hangs after I put in my username... don't even get to password. When I say it hangs, the thing is still running, but that terminal is unresponsive.

Weird.... when I ssh in to the same MD (eventually) I run "top" and the thing is just ticking over at idle... anyone else finding this?

Note- MD worked fine under 10.04.

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