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Re: Sarge -> Etch = udev problems

On Fri, Jun 08, 2007 at 10:58:53PM -0500, Jacob S wrote:
> My latest problem is on a Thinkpad that I upgraded from Sarge to Etch.
> The upgrade installed a 2.6.18-*-486 kernel and udev, which I changed to
> a 2.6.18-*-686 kernel (and udev). Now whenever I boot the laptop it has
> a ton of permission problems in /dev. For
> starters, /dev/random, /dev/urandom, /dev/tty* & /dev/null have
> permissions of 660 while being owned by root:root, which effectively
> restricts logins to root only. I
> edited /etc/udev/rules.d/020_permissions.rules to do different
> permissions and/or group ownerships, but it seems to be ignoring the
> rules. /var/log/syslog does not show any udev errors at boot time,
> either.
> It also broke my wireless connection, but I can not yet determine if
> that is udev related or not (not real sure how it could be, though). 

Welcome home :)

Someone will probably have a solution.  However, I found that in the
end, especially for multiple boxes, that it was easier to just reinstall
Etch.  You may want to set up an apt-proxy on one box (an existing
sarge?) first; the box that connects to the internet.  Then each install
can look to this box for the packages.  After the first box, the
packages will be in the proxy and you won't have to repeatedly download

I found that an Etch install took me about 20 minutes which is why it
was easier than tracking down the problems.  I know, with Debian, you're
not supposed to need to.  However, Sarge to Etch moved hotplug to udev,
XFree86 to Xorg, UTF-8 by default, and a slew of pesky details.

YMMV.  Good luck.


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