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Old 05-19-2007, 01:47 PM   #1
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Update Manager Wrecked Firestarter


I'm running Ubuntu Dapper 6.06. Update Manager just installed an upgrade of Firestarter (originally installed with Synaptic). At the end it said there were no configuration files. Firestarter will not start and returns a message to run "make install-data-local" in the directory where Firestarter was built.

The problem is that I don't know where that is as I didn't build it. Every directory I've tried (after a search for Firestarter) returns:

"make: *** No rule to make target `install-data-local'. Stop."

Reinstalling from Synaptic brought the same problem - no configuration.

Ports that were opened on firestarter seem to be open, but I can't start the program. I haven't yet done a reboot, so I don't know whether ports will still be working when I do.

Anyone know how to fix this?

Thanks very much.
Old 05-19-2007, 02:09 PM   #2
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Good news is that you don't need Firestarter to work with your firewall, as it's just a front-end. You can use iptables "directly" meanwhile.

If reinstalling didn't help, I would try a second time by first removing it (along with all of it's config files), cleaning all package cache and then re-downloading and installing it from the reposities. If that does not help then I assume it's a bug in the package or something and ought to be fixed soon (if it's general, not just you).

man iptables
iptables -L
the latter as root shows your current firewall configuration. First command shows you how to use iptables. I prefer that way over Firestarter-like programs but if you like a nice GUI more than command line, it's your choice.
Old 05-19-2007, 02:53 PM   #3
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Thanks very much.

Actually, I only installed Firestarter because I needed to configure iptables but didn't know how. I found conflicting information on the web as to exactly what I should write and in what order, etc.

Iptables -L brings me this:

Chain INPUT (policy ACCEPT)
target prot opt source destination

Chain FORWARD (policy ACCEPT)
target prot opt source destination

Chain OUTPUT (policy ACCEPT)
target prot opt source destination

It doesn't look like anything is configured?!? Firestarter(when I could open it) showed a number of ports accepting traffic. Does this mean it all got wiped out?

My router just says things like port number, protocol=any, ip.

Can you give me an example of how a page should look?

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