[CentOS] CentOS 6 is a bear

Sat Oct 8 06:12:24 UTC 2011
Emmanuel Noobadmin <centos.admin at gmail.com>

On 10/8/11, Bob Hoffman <bob at bobhoffman.com> wrote:
> Gotta say, centos has been tough to install and get working.
> The anaconda installer makes large drive setups horridly tedious
> (especially if reinstalling a lot).

I usually try to speed reinstall up by using small / and not
reformating /home. Not sure if it would be useful in your case.

That said, I haven't had all the troubles you have on my sole C6 test
server, before and after installing the desktop package.

> Any attempt to disable or make selinux permissive results in a dead
> machine, unable to ever boot again (left one up for 12 hours, never came
> back up, thought it was relabeling, but no message.)

This is rather odd, I only ever had problems with selinux set to
enforcing. It should be relabelling if you had disabled it. Could
there be some problem with your server hardware that's throwing you
off with all these spurious problems?

> I have never, not once, been able to connect to the net in the command
> line setups...I know how to configure eths, network, dns, etc...not
> once, not even dhcp..config eth0 up, etc.. Gnome has not a single issue
> with the same exact file setups.. Many command line setups would not
> even see the eth devices, something about modprobe this or that not
> installed.....wth?

Do you happen to be using an Intel NIC ? Several of us were having
problems until we switched to using the kmod drivers from elrepo.