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Old 08-12-2004, 02:31 PM   #1
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Problems with firefox, shell, everything.


Hi there,

I've some problems. I've experienced these problems before, but I simply re-installed SuSE before to get rid of them. To be honest, I don't want to re-install SuSE again. So, decided to post to see how I could fix this.

Now, I notice:

Quote:
bash: /dev/null: Permission denied
bash: /dev/null: Permission denied
bash: /dev/null: Permission denied
bash: /dev/null: Permission denied
The minute I notice that, the minute I know there is a problem - as everytime I see that, there is a problem. Now all of a sudden Firefox won't work, which I just installed. Now the SuSE Help Centre won't work either. Really, not much will work. When I click their icon, they "load" then nothing opens or comes up. Then when I type it in Konsole, I get errors.

Quote:
user@linux:~> firefox
/usr/bin/firefox: line 57: /dev/null: Permission denied
/usr/bin/firefox: line 108: /dev/null: Permission denied
/usr/bin/firefox: line 124: /dev/null: Permission denied
DISPLAY empty or unusable
DISPLAY=:0.0
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user@linux:~> susehelp
/usr/bin/susehelp: line 94: /dev/null: Permission denied
/usr/bin/susehelp: line 112: /dev/null: Permission denied
SUSE help center not found. Trying doc server...
Unable to find local doc server. If you want to use the doc server you
have to set the variable DOC_SERVER in /etc/sysconfig/apache to 'yes'
and start apache.

Well, I'm thinking maybe I should just use Fedora Core 2 when it comes. Really, I don't want to re-install SuSE, as then I'll need to re-download and re-install the latest Firefox, and various other things.

Any help is MUCH appreciated.

Thanks
 
Old 08-12-2004, 03:38 PM   #2
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Hard to believe that SuSE would change permissions
in /dev on the fly ... anyway, just become root and
manually check (and/or reset) them.

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...ons#post681086
has a nice little script to do exactly that ;) - thanks
unSpawn! :)

[edit]
Found another nice one :)
rpm -qa | xargs rpm --setperms --setugids
[/edit]

Cheers,
Tink

Last edited by Tinkster; 08-12-2004 at 03:40 PM.
 
Old 08-12-2004, 03:41 PM   #3
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Maybe Suse just dropped you out of the console usergroup, which is kinda strange. Either way, logging in with Root and changing permissions manually or with YAST, or maybe deleting and re-making your user account should fix it. Try to avoid a restall
 
Old 08-12-2004, 04:20 PM   #4
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Hard to believe that SuSE would change permissions in /dev on the fly ... anyway, just become root and manually check (and/or reset) them.
Not the first time it's happened!!

I CHMODed /dev/null into 777; not everything works.

Is this safe though??

Thanks.
 
Old 09-23-2004, 06:36 PM   #5
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Lightbulb solution to the root cause

Apparently, the problem is caused by wvdial modifying the /dev/null device node. It is supposed to be fixed by a wvdial online update. Source: http://support.novell.com/cgi-bin/se..._dev_null.html
(Elsewhere, I think I have also read that it might be caused by pppd, but wvdial seems much more likely.)
 
  


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