Fedora 12 QA retrospective - feedback needed

James Laska jlaska at redhat.com
Tue Dec 1 14:51:22 UTC 2009

On Wed, 2009-11-25 at 18:05 -0600, Jim Haynes wrote:
> On Wed, 25 Nov 2009, Adam Williamson wrote:
> > On Wed, 2009-11-25 at 15:37 -0600, Jim Haynes wrote:
> >
> >> I've been assuming there was a problem using SATA disks, with them not
> >> showing up in Anaconda, until someone told me about the dregs of a
> >> dmraid array on disk causing Anaconda not to show it, and using the
> >> nodmraid boot option to get around it.  I never would have guessed...
> >
> > This is intentional behaviour on the part of the installer and is
> > documented, I believe. Hence there's not much more QA can do about this.
> I hope it's documented, but I sure didn't know where to go to look for it.
> Partly because this was my first-ever experience with an SATA disk, and
> I had no idea the disk had dregs of a dmraid array on it (nor how to get
> rid of them).  I had first run across the problem in F11, then tested
> that F10 would see the disk OK, and set the problem aside until F12 was
> imminent.  (And then you go to a Best Buy or similar store looking at
> disks and there is a poster saying SATA disks only work with Windows,
> so I had further reason to be misled into thinking there was some problem
> with them.)
> > Well, this has been reported, but the correct method here is to use
> > NetworkManager rather than system-config-network to set up the dial-up
> > connection, I believe. It's something that's pretty niche for QA to have
> > caught (you need to be using dial-up *and* use s-c-n rather than
> > NetworkManager).
> I've never learned how to use NetworkManager, and in fact I don't know
> where to go to learn how.  The times it has been turned on it has done
> what I don't want done.  For example with Ethernet I use fixed IP 
> addresses on my local LAN, and NetworkManager apparently doesn't like
> that - maybe it wants me to be running a DHCP server.  

I'm not sure where it's documented, but I believe you can use
NetworkManager in a non-dhcp static IP network.  Right-click on the
nm-applet icon and select 'Edit connections...', or start the
application 'nm-connection-editor'.

From there, create a new wired network connection and supply the static
IP information.



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