2010.1 Errata

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This page contains the Errata for Mandriva Linux (2010 Spring). This means it contains information on known problems with Mandriva Linux 2010 Spring and, where available, how to fix, avoid or work around them. You should also see the Release Notes, which contain more general information on the Mandriva Linux 2010 Spring release.


Installation issues

The Free DVD (and free-dual CD) installer can't be started in text mode

Selecting "Text", from the menu that appears by pressing F3 at the initial GRUB screen, to start the installer in text mode doesn't work, this is a known bug, tracked here: Image:bug_small.png Bug #53874.

You can workaround this issue as follows:

  • Press F6 (Kernel Options), select Default then press Enter
  • In the command line that appears type text then press Enter.

This should start the installer in text mode as expected.


  • Windows version of Mandriva seed does not work in Windows Vista and Windows7.

Kernel issues

Hardware issues

Poor 2D performance with ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3470 Hybrid X2

When not using the proprietary fglrx driver, the desktop performance may be poor on laptops with ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3470 Hybrid X2 (for example Acer Travelmate 5530G). The issue can be mitigated either by switching to the proprietary driver or enabling KMS.

To switch to the proprietary driver, select your card in Mandriva Control Center > Hardware > Set up the graphical server > Graphics Card, then select Yes when asked whether to use the proprietary driver for your card.

If you do not wish or can't use the proprietary driver, you can enable KMS of the free driver by following instructions on the KMS page.

For more information, see Image:bug_small.png Bug #58578.

X startup issue on Ones with nvidia proprietary driver

On a few boxes with nvidia cards, X fails to start on mandriva Ones. This issue is being investigated and will be fixed for the Release Candidate. The issue can be workarounded by logging in as root and then typing:

 rmmod nvidia
 modprobe nvidia
 /etc/init.d/dm restart

Another way is to use the "xdriver=free" boot option in the One boot menu to use nouveau instead of the nvidia proprietary driver.

No 3D acceleration for laptops equipped with more than one graphic chipset (such as Intel coupled with nVidia)

This is caused by Image:bug_small.png Bug #59333. After having started your computer, open a console, switch as root, and enter the following command to know the PCI bus's ID for your graphic chipsets.

lspci|grep VGA

Then add the following line to the /etc/rc.local file :

 echo 1 > /sys/bus/pci/devices/0000:01:00.0/remove

You must replace 01:00.0 by the ID of your graphic card you have obtained using the first command.

Restart your computer, then go into the Desktop section of the KDE Control Panel and enable the graphic effects for your desktop.

After this manipulation, graphic acceleration and desktop effects should stay enabled every time you start your computer.

Broken Volume Control with USB Speakers (jumps from very faint to very loud)

pulseaudio (the software handling the sound output, the one that controls the volume) reads the speaker's capabilities and it happens that some speakers don't report technically correct information. You can make pulseaudio ignore those values by modifying /etc/pulse/default.pa.

add a "ignore_dB=1" to the line that reads "load-module module-udev-detect", i.e. change it so that it reads

load-module module-udev-detect ignore_dB=1

then restart the pulseaudio daemon by running the command killall pulseaudio

Ath5k-driver for Atheros AR5001 Wireless Adapter doesn't work properly in

See Image:bug_small.png Bug #61033 for further info.

Upgrade issues

Software issues

MandrivaUpdate crashes when reviewing packages info

Due to a bug in rpmdrake (the package manager GUI in Mandriva) when viewing package info (Details, Changelog.. etc) MandrivaUpdate (aka "Update your system") would crash. This is a known problem and an official update fixing this issue will be released soon. See bug Image:bug_small.png Bug #60153 for more info

N.B. Comment #22 in the afromentioned bug report has a patch to fix this issue until the official update reaches your system.

Reboot / Shutdown locked

On some specific systems, with gdm installed, shutdown / reboot might become locked (before graphical bootsplash is displayed, stating shutdown is in progress). To workaround this, press "Alt-F1". A bug fix update is in preparation for this : Image:bug_small.png Bug #59993

Mozilla Firefox

Firefox doesn't change the colour of visited links

This option is disabled, in Mandriva, by default in Firefox-3.6 due to a privacy invading vulnerability where a web page can easily obtain info about users' browsing habits using css and javascript, using the "colour" status of ":visited" links. Note that this option wasn't available in Firefox versions older than 3.5.

Links: https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=147777 http://blog.mozilla.com/security/2010/03/31/plugging-the-css-history-leak/

If you don't care about this vulnerability, you can revert this change by typing about:config in Firefox address bar then pressing Enter, search for layout.css.visited_links_enabled and double click it to change it to true.

Firefox sometimes marks all typed words as misspelled even though they are spelled correctly

For systems installed using the One Live CD typing in Firefox in a TEXTAREA, i.e. in a forum post or when sending an email, you might see that all words are underlined and marked as misspelled even though they're spelled correctly. This is easily solved by right clicking any erroneously underlined word and selecting the correct language from the Languages sub-menu.

This happens because the One CD's install a number of locales and myspell dictionaries, this seems to confuse Firefox and make it select a dictionary not matching the current system locale.

In Firefox flash content doesn't play smoothly or doesn't work at all

  • First of all make sure you have the latest Flash Player from Adobe, to check what, if any, version of Flash Player you have look at the output of this command rpm -q flash-plugin. Then check the latest version from Adobe. If you don't have the latest version then download the rpm package from that link and double click it to install it.
    • N.B. There's a package in the PLF repos, flash-player-plugin, that installs the Adobe flash plugin, creates the necessary symlinks, and uninstalls the swfdec and gnash free flash plugins (see below); the PLF repos can be added using the Easy Urpmi web site.
  • Uninstall any open source flash players e.g. swfdec-mozilla or gnash-firefox-plugin, either using rpmdrake (aka "Install & remove software") or as root in terminal (to become root use su):
urpme -a swfdec gnash
As stated in the previous point, the PLF flash rpm will uninstall these free flash plugins automatically as they interfere with the Adobe flash player.
  • If you're running 2009.1 or older releases make sure to uninstall libflashsuport, this package doesn't exist in 2010.0 as it was only needed to provide PulseAudio support for Flash Player 9; Flash Player 10 supports PulseAudio natively. This package is obsoleted, so if you do an upgrade from older releases it'll be removed automatically.
  • nspluginwrapper is reported to sometimes cause trouble when playing flash content; it's supposed to run the plugins in a separate process so that if a plugin crashes, Firefox itself would continue to run, this was needed in the past because of frequent crashes in Firefox when playing flash content, but with current Flash Player 10 and Firefox-3.5.x these crashes are rare. So if you're having trouble with Flash content, uninstall nspluginwrapper, again either using rpmdrake (aka "Install & remove software") or as root in terminal (to become root use su):
urpme -a nspluginwrapper.
  • 3D desktop effects sometimes cause flash content playing to be jerky, so disable any 3D desktop effects and see if flash plays better.
If you're running x86_64 Firefox

Adobe pulled their 64bit tarball from the Adobe Labs web site, (with a promise to “bringing native 64-bit Flash Player for the desktop by providing native support for Windows, Macintosh, and Linux 64-bit platforms in an upcoming major release of Flash Player”. This is mostly due to multiple security vulnerabilities found in flash player 10, (which has been corrected, only, in the i586 10.1 flash player). Naturally the PLF x86_64 flash player package has been removed too, see here for more info.

So for x86_64 installs the alternatives are:

  • Using the latest i586 flash player from Adobe (or the i586 PLF flash player package) and installing nspluginwrapper (bear in mind that nspluginwrapper is reported to cause some problems, as stated above)
    • N.B. The Adobe upstream flash player rpm doesn't create /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins if it doesn't already exist, this prevents it from creating the symlink /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/libflashplayer.so -> /usr/lib/flash-plugin/libflashplayer.so which in turn prevents nspluginwrapper from working correctly with flash player plugin. For more info see: https://bugs.adobe.com/jira/browse/FP-5039 . For now you should ensure /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins exists before installing the upstream rpm by using this command in terminal:
mkdir -p /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins
  • Using the i586 Firefox package, or any other i586 web browser package, on an x86_64 installation with the i586 Adobe flash player, this is possible after first uninstalling the x86_64 Firefox package, in this case you won't need to install nspluginwrapper.

Under KDE4, the buttons in message dialogues in Firefox-3.6.x are laid out differently

The Firefox-3.6.x update brings with it KDE4 integration patches, so now under KDE4, Firefox-3.6.x will use the KDE4 buttons layout specification, i.e. the Apply/Yes buttons will be on the left and the Cancel buttons on the right... etc.

Opening hyperlinks from some GTK-based applications doesn't work after updating Firefox to a new version

Using make firefox the default web browser functionality in Firefox modifies some gconf configuration files in the user's /home (in .gconf), and makes it set /usr/lib(64)/firefox-<firefox version>/firefox as the default web browser. After Firefox is updated /usr/lib(64)/firefox-<firefox version>/firefox is changed to reflect the new version, this breaks opening hyperlinks in some GTK-based applications, e.g. Thunderbird. This issue has been fixed to make Firefox always use /usr/bin/firefox when that functionality is used.

If you ever used any application that modified those gconf settings then you may need to fix this issue manually by using one of the following methods:

  • If you're running GNOME, use System -> Preferences -> Preferred Applications
  • Running these two commands as user in terminal (should work for all DE's including GNOME):
gconftool-2 --set --type string /desktop/gnome/url-handlers/http/command 'www-browser "%s"'
gconftool-2 --set --type string /desktop/gnome/url-handlers/https/command 'www-browser "%s"'
  • Install gconf-editor and launch it as user from terminal, then navigate to /desktop/gnome/url-handlers/ and change the command values for both http and https to:
www-browser "%s"

www-browser will make it use the browser you set as the default in the DE you're running.

You can replace www-browser with whatever web browser you want, e.g. /usr/bin/firefox, /usr/bin/opera or /usr/bin/chromium-browser ...etc. Also note that both Firefox and Chromium browsers have built in options to modify those settings.

N.B. Due to the Firefox/KDE4 integration using the make firefox the default web browser functionality in Firefox won't modify gconf settings any more if you're running KDE4, you can easily use one of the methods listed above to fix this issue.

Encrypted partitions support


Resizing of encrypted partition is broken in Beta 2. This will be fixed in RC.


/boot needs to not be encrypted but the code to check that is broken in Beta 2. Ensure that you create a non encrypted /boot when you encrypt /. This will be fixed in RC.

Mounting CIFS/SMB (Windows, Samba ...etc) shares no longer possible as non-root

Due to possible attack vectors in code that has not been sufficiently audited (such as recent symlink attacks), the Samba and Linux CIFS client teams have decided to disallow user mounting of shares with mount.cifs. Where previously, mount.cifs could be made setuid to allow this, this feature no longer works. The development teams strongly recommend that distributors not revert the change. In accordance with the developers wishes, Mandriva has not re-enabled this feature.

The recommended workarounds are:

  • Enabling the "Superuser" feature in smb4k (recommended for desktop users who need ad-hoc CIFS/SMB access for non-KDE applications)
  • Adding a sudo rule allowing specific trusted users to run mount.cifs as root (recommended for ad-hoc command-line mouting)
  • Adding entries to /etc/fstab (for specific, but on-demand mounting)
  • Using pam_mount to provide automatic mounting at login for multi-user machines where CIFS is required

Mandriva is following upstream developments, and is interested in the return of this useful feature assuming security risks can be mitigated adequately.

SCIM does not start

Scim or scim-bridge cannot be started because of unknown reason. (Where is the mandriva bug for this? I have no problem using scim (with anthy) for japanese input in gnome/GTK). Currently there is no applicable workaround available. We suggest input method users could try iBus as alternative or replacement, and report your bugs to bugzilla.

Flash videos don't play sound in x86_64 installation

The plan for Powerpack edition was to ship the 64bit Adobe flash player, but due to Adobe pulling that plugin from their website due to some security issues that were found in it and only corrected in the 32bit 10.1 flash player, this plan didn't go through.

When playing flash videos, with the 32bit Adobe flash player and nspluginwrapper rpms installed and PulseAudio enabled, you may see the video play but get no sound, or see some other irregularities; this is due to the fact that the libalsa-plugins-pulseaudio package isn't installed. So the problem can be easily fixed by installing libalsa-plugins-pulseaudio then restarting your web browser.

See Image:bug_small.png Bug #54747 for more info.

Postfix crashes with nss_wins installed

In some cases having both postfix and nss_win installed causes postfix to segfault. To work around this issue uninstall nss_wins.

If you don't want to remove nss_wins, modify /etc/sysconfig/postfix changing the line where appears IGNORE_NSS_LIBS to read


and run postfix-chroot.sh update

See Image:bug_small.png Bug #59539 for more info.

stellarium does not display icons and fonts

When using the radeon driver with certain chipsets, stellarium might not display neither fonts nor icons correcty.

The cause of the problem is not yet known for sure, but you can try to add the following line to the [main] section of the ~/.stellarium/config.ini file:

use_qpaintenginegl2 = false

See https://bugs.freedesktop.org/show_bug.cgi?id=28649 for more info.

Evolution and keyring problems

Evolution launches gnome-keyring-dameon in order to give access to your imap or pop3 accounts. Currently Seahorse replaces gnome-keyring-manager to manage your keys. You can run seahorse (or Applications > Accessories > Passwords and Encryption keys) and have access to your keys and keyring. Of particular interest is the Passwords tab with Passwords: login which corresponds to a file on ~/.gnome2/keyrings/login.keyring . If you right click on it, you can suppress, create or change your default keyring password which must be the same that your login password. This is important if your session uses autologin because the keyring is not open and you are asked by software, like evolution, to enter your default keyring password. If you change you login password, it is not sure that seahorses updates accordingly. Many people got problems with evolution (see mandriva bug 60852 and gnome bug 566046 or mandriva forum at least) where passwords were asked continuously.

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