[Mageia-discuss] Vicious problem with missing hal in alpha 1

Juergen Harms Juergen.Harms at unige.ch
Sat Nov 26 11:59:09 CET 2011

I successfully installed alpha 1 from the brand new iso DVD. Install 
goes smoothly, but after booting the system, I come to a screeming stop:

When I try to run urpmi (from a console) for installing update packages, 
urpmi refuses with the message that the hal daemon is not running.

rpm -q in fact confirms that hal is not installed (I had done a 
perfectly standard KDE install). Doing "urpmi hal" gives the evident 
result: it lists 9 packages to be installed (among which is hal) but 
then fails because the hal daemon is not running.

That puts a stop to any further testing. Is there a work around that 
allows to install hal while the hal daemon is not running?

I have seen a second problem: although I have configured my system with 
an expliciteyly specified host name, the shell prompt says localhost 
(and typing "hostname" echoes "localhost"; nevertheless, 
/etc/sysconfig/network contains as its HOSTNAME=<host> line the value 
for <host> that I had specified.

I will file a bug on the hostname problem - the hal problem looks so 
primitive that I have doubts wheter I did not do something wrong when I 
did my install (but I consciously kept my install to an obvious "newby 
install" - i586, Dell Optiplex 755 desktop). I suspend filing a bug 
until I get some echo to this message.

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