Common F17 bugs

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This page documents common bugs in Fedora 17 and, if available, fixes or workarounds for these problems. If you find your problem in this page, do not file a bug for it, unless otherwise instructed. Where appropriate, a reference to the current bug(s) in Bugzilla is included.

Fedora 17 pre-release
Fedora 17 has not yet been released. During this pre-release period, this page will cover known issues in the Fedora 17 pre-releases. Issues that are fixed will be removed from the page once a fix is available (for instance, an issue that affects the Beta but is fixed in the final release will be removed at the time of that release).


Release Notes

Read the F17 Beta release announcement and the Fedora 17 release notes for specific information about changes in Fedora 17 and other general information.

My bug is not listed

Not every bug is listed in this page, but Bugzilla should be a comprehensive database of known bugs. This page is a sampling of the bugs most commonly discussed on our mailing lists and forums.

To see if your bug has already been reported, you can search Bugzilla. If it has not yet been reported, we encourage you to do so to help improve Fedora for yourself and others. A guide to Bugs and feature requests has been prepared to assist you.

If you believe an already-reported bug report should be added to this page because it is commonly encountered, you can:

  • Add it yourself, if you have wiki access. Please follow the style and guidelines explained in the comments in the page source.
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    1. a summary of the problem
    2. any known workarounds
    3. an assessment on the impact to Fedora users

For reference, you can query Bugzilla for bugs tagged CommonBugs:

  • CommonBugs? (bugs with CommonBugs keyword, but do not yet have a link to this page)
  • CommonBugs+(bugs with CommonBugs keyword and contain a link to this page)

Installation issues

Attempting to chainload after installing Fedora 17 Beta's bootloader to a partition fails

link to this item - Bugzilla: #804835

If you choose to install the Fedora 17 Beta bootloader to the first sector of a partition (rather than to the MBR) and then try to 'chainload' it from whatever bootloader is installed in the MBR, the system will likely hang at a screen saying only 'GRUB'. This seems to be caused by a bug in grub2 itself.

It has been discovered that this bug can be worked around, at least if the host bootloader is grub or grub2, by using a host bootloader entry which loads the core.img of Fedora 17's grub2 as if it were a kernel, rather than using the 'chainloader' statement. See this comment for an example entry.

We believe a fix for this bug is available from grub2 upstream, and we will provide an updated grub2 package soon.

Software issues

Some translations missing after DVD install of Fedora 17 Beta (KDE, LibreOffice, a few others)

link to this item - Bugzilla: #802416

Some packages in Fedora use the 'langpacks' system for translations, where translations are packaged separately from the main package. Due to changes in the package groups definitions, in Fedora 17 Beta, these 'langpacks' translation packages have been inadvertently omitted from the DVD image (in previous releases, they were present on the DVD). This means that if you do a DVD installation without enabling remote repositories, the translation packages will not be installed for any of these packages that are included in the initial installation. Translation packages will be included if you install the packages via yum or PackageKit later - the bug is only an issue at initial install time. System updates will not add the translation packages for any affected packages, however - if you are affected by this bug at installation time, you will have to install the translation packages manually with yum or PackageKit.

Packages known to use langpacks include the KDE desktop, LibreOffice, man-pages and hunspell. So if you do a default DVD installation and you use a non-English language, you will find translations are not installed for LibreOffice, hunspell (and so for anything which uses hunspell for spell checking), or man-pages (the man pages for several core commands are included in this compendium package). If you install KDE from the DVD, you will similarly find the translations missing.

To work around this bug at installation time when using the DVD, ensure you enable remote repositories when given the opportunity. If you have already been affected by the bug, you can manually install the appropriate translation packages with yum or PackageKit. For instance, if you use French and you wish to restore the KDE and LibreOffice translations, you would install the Package-x-generic-16.pnglibreoffice-langpack-fr and Package-x-generic-16.pngkde-i18n-French packages.

This issue will be corrected for the final release - the langpacks will be included in the DVD.

GNOME fails to start due to gnome-settings-daemon crash if system date is earlier than 2012-02-01

link to this item - Bugzilla: #809707

A bug in gnome-settings-daemon, a core component of the GNOME desktop, causes it to crash if the system date is earlier than the 'starttime' specified in the configuration file for the active desktop background theme. The default Fedora 17 Beta background theme specifies a 'starttime' of 2012-02-01, so if the system date is earlier than this, gnome-settings-daemon will crash and GNOME will fail to start up correctly (it will display the 'Oh no! Something has gone wrong' error screen).

To work around this issue, correct the system date, or at least set it to something later than 2012-01-31.

An updated gnome-settings-daemon package has been submitted to the updates-testing repository for testing. Users experiencing this problem are encouraged to test this update and report to Bodhi whether it solves the problem. To test the update, run this command:

su -c 'yum --enablerepo=updates-testing update gnome-settings-daemon'
(although it may be better to do a full update, as the update is part of a much bigger GNOME 3.4.1 update).

DKMS broken due to executable being named dkms.old instead of dkms

link to this item - Bugzilla: #790521

The Package-x-generic-16.pngdkms package contains a very old post-install scriptlet which checks for /sbin/dkms and renames it to /sbin/dkms.old. This appears to have been intended to prevent an old copy of dkms in /sbin from overriding the Fedora-provided copy in /usr/sbin. However, with the /usr move feature in Fedora 17, /sbin is a symlink to /usr/sbin, and consequently the Fedora package itself effectively provides a copy of /sbin/dkms - which its own script promptly renames. The upshot is that there is no 'dkms' executable after installation of Fedora 17's Package-x-generic-16.pngdkms package, and so DKMS fails to work at all.

To work around this issue, manually rename /usr/sbin/dkms.old to /usr/sbin/dkms. You may have to do this after each update of the Package-x-generic-16.pngdkms package, at least until this bug is fixed.

We will issue an update to resolve this bug shortly.