nmon for linux (Fedora 12, x86_64)

At my current client site, I use AIX on IBM PowerPC kit. There is a neat little systems monitoring tool called “nmon” on AIX, which I quite like. I noticed recently that it’s available on Linux now, so I installed it on my machine, which runs Fedora 12. There are a number of binaries prebuilt, but not for Fedora 12 on x86_64, so I downloaded the code, followed the instructions and compiled a binary which works fine.

It shows a number of useful metrics for CPU, memory, disk, network etc…if you use nmon, but didn’t know it was available for linux, well, now you do.

Installing Oracle 11gR1 on a Fedora Core 10 64 bit VM

Just a note, to myself more than anything, about what extra packages are required by a 64 bit installation of Fedora Core 10, when trying to install Oracle 11gR1.

The installation I undertook was on a FC10 64 bit VM running under VMWare Server 2.0 running on top of FC10 64 bit OS.

Tim, as usual, has a lovely guide which told me almost everything I needed to know, however the guide says “If you are performing the 64-bit installation, make sure both the 32-bit and 64-bit libraries are installed.” rather than explicitly stating the packages for a 64 bit install. Until I tried to install Oracle 11gR1, I didn’t know what these were. The Oracle installer for 11g soon told me in the pre install checks it does, so I went about installing the following packages, in order:


That got me past the pre install checks of the Oracle installer and on to a successful install.

I’ve added the list to the comments on the guide Tim produced as well.

Cursor keys not working in Virtual Server 2 VM

Posted as a reminder to myself about how to fix this issue…

I couldn’t get some of the cursor keys to work properly on my virtual machines running under VMWare Virtual Server 2 on Fedora 10 x86_64. Kept giving funny behaviour like bringing up the screen capture applet!

A bit of searching the net came up with this one, which although not referring to Virtual Server 2 specifically, seems to work all the same…

Essentially, adding the line below to the following file fixes the problem

File (create it, if not already present):



xkeymap.nokeycodeMap = true

My thanks to “The Monkey Jungle”!

Fedora 9 on Hyper V on Windows 2008 Server x64 – Firefox IPv6 DNS issue

I’ve been playing with Hyper V this week and came across an issue with Firefox, whereby I thought that the networking setup for Fedora 9 on a Hyper V virtual machine wasn’t working.

The environment is Windows 2008 Server on x64 with the RTM release of Hyper V. I then created a VM and installed Fedora 9 x64 from a DVD ISO – it took a while as I started with a multiple CPU, standard network adapter approach and it kept crashing during the install; when I changed to single CPU and “Legacy” network adapter it installed cleanly – given that Fedora isn’t a “supported” Hyper V OS I can’t really complain.

The problem I then came to was that it appeared that DNS wasn’t working, i.e. in Firefox, if I stuck in a URL, it came back with an error rather than showing the page. I then proceeded to go off on a wild goose chase checking all the Fedora networking setup and reading about Hyper V and it’s “synthetic” network adapter approach, but still couldn’t solve it. Everything seemed to be installed and configured exactly as everybody who had written about it had said…so it should be working right?

It was…but the problem is that Firefox was trying to resolve the name of the URL using IPv6 rather than IPv4…and my network was configured without an IPv6 DNS – I don’t need IPv6 and I’m perfectly happy with IPv4 so that’s what I use. I only discovered this by chance as I wondered whether it might be a Firefox issue (everything else ruled out kinda thinking), so I used the Konqueror web browser to see if it had the same issue and hey presto it was working fine whilst Firefox wasn’t.

How to fix Firefox? Well, basically as indicated in this post on the OpenSUSE website – essentially, you go to the URL “about:config” in Firefox, filter for “network.disable.IPv6” and set it to TRUE instead of FALSE (double click it to change the value). Then it all works fine.