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    Default Yast won't start

    Hi, everyone!
    I keep messing things up, being a newbie is pretty hard!

    1: I changed some settings in "local security", about file permits or something, and now I can't run Yast to fix it, not even see it. Neither can I add or remove any software. And the ugliest part is that I can't even shut down the pc. It pops up a shaking error message about authentication stuff. How do I fix this?

    2: It also throws en exception whenever I try to install my monitor's driver, a HannsG, which is an .exe file. I was told I should run .exe files through Wine, but this wont work either. Is there another -and more appropriate- way to execute this files?

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    Default Re: Yast won't start

    Changing something or other in security without understanding can hose the system. I suggest the simplest fix is to reinstall. We can not possible know what you changed. It is quit possible to lock yourself out setting too high of security. If there was a simple "fix" it would not be secure , would it?

    Linux does not use Windows drivers. Why do you even want to do this? If you are having display problems explain here and ask for help.

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    Default Re: Yast won't start

    Well, I thought having root access would grant me the chance to undo anything I could've done wrong.
    I guess I'll have to reinstall.
    Thanks!

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    Carlos E. R. NNTP User

    Default Re: Yast won't start

    On 2010-08-21 02:36, gogalthorp wrote:
    >
    > Changing something or other in security without understanding can hose
    > the system. I suggest the simplest fix is to reinstall. We can not
    > possible know what you changed. It is quit possible to lock yourself out
    > setting too high of security. If there was a simple "fix" it would not
    > be secure , would it?


    I think I do know >:-)

    I guess he has changed to "permissions secure mode", or worse, "paranoid" mode, and he is locked out
    of his own system! X'-)


    Ok, I would try in a terminal to run "su -", with the dash (crucial), and then edit (using joe,
    mcedit, vi, or emacs) the file "/etc/sysconfig/security". There change this:

    PERMISSION_SECURITY="easy local"

    When that is done, run, in the same terminal, "SuSEconfig --module permissions".


    If "su -" in a terminal does not work, then switch to text mode (ctrl-alt-f1), log there as root,
    and try the above procedure.



    > Linux does not use Windows drivers. Why do you even want to do this? If
    > you are having display problems explain here and ask for help.


    Absolutely. Don't even try to run an exe file to configure hardware in linux.

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    Default Re: Yast won't start

    Well you locked yourself out of root if you can't start Yast.
    But then we really don't know what you did so it is hard to try and fix.

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    Oh, shoot, that's what I did! I locked out myself!
    Ok, terminal didn't work. And it won't let me start the X windonw now.
    I can log as a root in the console or text mode but I don't know how to go from there to editing "sysconfig".
    Do I have to enter a command once I'm in joe?

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    Default Re: Yast won't start

    Did you try this way:
    Boot to Level 3, then Yast and More....
    If necessary, login as root, rather than user then su -
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    I'm afraid it didnt work either. Once I got inside Yast it won't let me reach all modules since I'm not the root. Which is rare, 'cause I did logged in as root.
    This is a tough one, isn't? That's kind of fun.

    Let's go the easiest way. Reinstall.
    How do I make it without deleting my /home?

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    Default Re: Yast won't start

    I always proceed to custom partitioning
    If you walk thru this: Picasa Web Albums - caf4926 - openSUSE 11.2...
    It shows the way
    But see here: http://lh5.ggpht.com/_hOiUsWwC6VQ/Sx...ing%20home.png
    Choose the mount point as /home, just 'do not format'
    Remember to use the same username as before!
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    Carlos E. R. NNTP User

    Default Re: Yast won't start

    On 2010-08-21 06:36, lorenzobrion wrote:
    >
    > Oh, shoot, that's what I did! I locked out myself!
    > Ok, terminal didn't work. And it won't let me start the X windonw now.
    > I can log as a root in the console or text mode but I don't know how to
    > go from there to editing "sysconfig".
    > Do I have to enter a command once I'm in joe?


    It has a key for help, ^KH (the man page says it).

    Joe has several incarnations:

    joe
    jstar
    jmacs
    rjoe
    jpico

    Just choose the one you like. I us jstar. Or, use another editor, I gave you a list. Try mcedit, for
    example.

    Note that the file to edit is not just "sysconfig", the name is longer.

    Note that you are supposed to give the name to the editor BEFORE you call the editor. Don't try to
    use the editor menu to open the file then.


    Or try "mc", it gives you a very powerful text filebrowser - no kidding -. F4 edits the current file.


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