RedHat Linux and Fedora Core Stuff

Modified yum.conf

You can get RH/Fedora stuff on campus at or See also attached files (scroll to the bottom) for some example yum repo files.

The simplest approach (as of Fedora Core 4) is to put the following in /etc/yum.repos.d/fedora-updates.repo

name=Fedora Core $releasever - $basearch - Released Updates
and the following in /etc/yum.repos.d/fedora-extras.repo
name=Fedora Extras $releasever - $basearch
According to your preferences, all related repositories can be grouped into a single file.

Older versions of Fedora Core use a single /etc/yum.conf file. Sample yum.conf using local repositories at


name=Red Hat Linux $releasever - $basearch - UW Base

name=Red Hat Linux $releasever - UW Updates

# Broken at least as of 10 February 2005
#name=UW-isms repository

##EXTRA repositories
#name=Dag RPM Repository for Fedora Core 

Using YUM to upgrade across releases

Notes: I have tested this process for upgrading from FC6 to FC8 - it works but the process is slow to do


Certain Debian afficionados (who are suspected granola and bean sprout munchers) are, for technical reasons, of the humble opinion that yum sucks, despite its ease of use for the non-specialist. One can do yum install apt with the above yum.conf, and get yummy apt. Try the following in /etc/apt/sources.list:

rpm fedora/3/i386 os updates uw

where the digit fedora/3 matches your FC release. One can get brave and try upgrading a system in-place by incrementing this digit. (Decrementing it is not at all recommended.) After that, you can pretend it's a Debian system that uses rpm.

Atheros Wireless Card in Fedora Core 4

  • All you have to do is run the following script!
cvs -z3 co madwifi
cd madwifi
make clean
sudo make install
modprobe ath_pci

Atheros Wireless Card in Fedora Core 3


  • All the following commands will be executed as the super user, root
  • A kernel upgrade removes these installed drivers, thus requiring a re-build of these drivers
  • I was running Fedora Core 3, with kernel 2.6.9-1.667!
  • The kernel source package must match your kernel's version, thus in the future, download the corresponding .src.rpm file


  • Install development packages through the system-config-packages --isodir=/home/cscf-adm/ utility
    • NOTE: You must have the ISOs of FC3 in the isodir directory. Otherwise, remove that parameter and use your FC3 CDs
  • yum install sharutils -- needed by madwifi
  • Get kernel source:
  • rpm -Uvh kernelsourcepackage.src.rpm
  • cd /usr/src
  • tar -xvjf redhat/SOURCES/linux-2.6.9.tar.bz2
  • wait
  • cp redhat/SOURCES/linux-2.6.9-i686.config linux/.config

Getting the madwifi sources

  • cd
  • cvs -z3 * co madwifi

Building the kernel modules

  • cd madwifi
  • make
  • make install

Load the modules

  • modprobe ath_pci

Final Steps

  • Used the network configuration application to configure the card
  • Activate the connection smile
  • Enjoy! wink

Selinux and Apache

You may have difficulty with Apache if you've enabled Selinux. I found that system-config-securitylevel was somewhat counterintuitive in that if you check everything under the httpd dropdown, it won't work as expected. Rather, just check "Disable selinux for httpd" and leave it at that. That's probably not very safe, but it seems to let everything Just Work, anyway. For light-duty workstations, is selinux really best anyway? See attached image.

Intel D925XECV2 and D925XCV2 motherboard

Network install for updated sk98lin drivers

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I Attachment History Action Size Date Who Comment
PNGpng selinux_httpd.png r1 manage 35.5 K 2005-03-07 - 15:16 MikePatterson What selinux control panel looks like with httpd working
Unknown file formatuber yum.conf.uber r1 manage 0.6 K 2004-08-18 - 19:39 MikePatterson uber's yum.conf as of June 2004
Compressed Zip archivetgz yum_repos_FC5.tgz r1 manage 1.4 K 2006-09-19 - 10:18 MikePatterson Untar from /etc to use mirror.cs for your YUM repos in FC5
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