Technology Errors

invoke-rc.d: initscript nfs-kernel-server, action “start” failed

Earlier this morning I needed to run some tests against a NFS server running on BackTrack Linux version 5 release 3 and ran into some issues installing the nfs-kernel-server. It appeared as if things started to install properly but then the nfs-kernel-server did not start properly and ended up displaying a couple errors. Below I describe the error in more detail followed by the process I used to get the nfs-kernel-server installed properly on BT5.

Technology Errors

dhcp3-server: Depends: dhcp3-common (= 3.1.3-2ubuntu3.2) but 3.1.3-2ubuntu3.3 is to be installed

When attempting to install dhcp3-server on BackTrack Linux version 5 R3 you likely will run into a dependency error. This error was received on a brand new install of BT5r3 so the issue would be the same on any current install. Below I describe the error installing dhcp3-server on Backtrack in more detail as well as how to easily fix the problem. It should also be noted that this will likely fix other dependency issues you might have run into with a fresh install of BT5r3.

Technology Errors

Snort Configure Error: ERROR! dnet header not found – CentOS Linux

Earlier when installing snort on a CentOS Linux server I ran into a configure error. The error related to the fact that libdnet was not located on the server and while it was installed I did not have the libdnet-devel package installed. Below is the sample output from the configure error, an expandable complete output of the configure error, and the yum command to install libdnet-devel to move past this error when installing snort.

Technology Errors

CentOS Linux Parted Error: Unable to open /dev/sdc – unrecognised disk label

While rebuilding a large RAID 5 logical drive I had to use parted instead of fdisk. It has been awhile since I had to build a logical drive that was over 2TB so it had been quite awhile since I have used parted which will perform the same basic functions as fdisk and more. Anyhow when first attempting to use parted to create a partition table on the logical volume sitting on top of an Adaptec RAID card with multiple 2TB drives configured as RAID 5 on CentOS Linux I ran into an error. The resolution is easy but needed to note for myself as much as anything else.