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Tweak RPM's

Tweak RPM's can be added to change a feature without disturbing the rest of the release.

One of the goals of Scientific Linux is to be as close to the original vendor release of Enterprise Linux. But there are several things that people want to change, for one reason or another. In order to have both worlds we have created these tweak rpm's, more commonly known as SL rpm's. These rpm's can be added or removed to add or remove a feature. It is up the individual user to determine if they want a particular feature or not.

None of these packages are installed by default unless it is noted that they are.


This package removes the -dynroot option from the openafs config
Restarting of afs is needed for this to take effect.
This rpm does not restart afs

Who Needs This?
Machines that have openafs installed, but have problems with dynroot. This can happen if a particular site needs to have the afs root loaded all the time.
If you use the, and use upd/ups, you will need this rpm.


This adds a terminal icon to the kicker panel for both KDE and GNOME. This also enables "Last Session" in the gdm login screen.
Installed by default for both KDE and GNOME.

Who Needs This?
Pretty much any previous desktop user of linux. It's not a necessity, and the icons can be added manually, but it's much nicer to just have them there from the start. For KDE or IceWM users, this is also the easiest way to not have to pick your session every time you log into your machine.


This script removes the eggcups notification.

Who Needs This?
Users or admins who do not want the printer notification in their panel.


This script makes all the changes necessary to send console output to both the serial port and the screen. This also creates a login prompt on the serial port and allows users to login at this prompt.

Who Needs This?
Headless servers that want to redirect their output through their serial console during bootup, and also plan on logging in on those consoles.


By default slocate does not run daily, it is turned off in it's config file. This turns rpm changes the config file to turn it on.

Who Needs This?
Anyone who wants to use the 'locate' command.


Changes /etc/inittab to require the root password for single user mode.

Who Needs This?
In my opinion everyone, and we're quite supprised that Enterprise Linux isn't this way. If you are concerned about someone getting root access to your computer by just sitting down to it, then this is something you will want to install.


Creates a missing symbolic link in the gcc-g77 package from
to /
Installed with gcc-g77

Who Needs This?
Fortran coders


Turns off "color" of ls.

Who Needs This?
People who don't like the colorized ls

(4.1) SL_pc_speaker

This package changes the rc.sysinit boot script so that the pcspkr kernel module is loaded at an early stage. This will allow the PC speaker to beep again.

Who Needs This?
People who want the built in PC speaker to work.


Adds architecture output to rpm query's.

Who Needs This?
Most x86_64 users, and anyone else who wants to know what architecture an rpm has been built for.


Changes Sendmail config so that it allows incomming mail.

Who Needs This?
Machines that will be receiving e-mail.

Created by dawson
Last modified 2006-10-09 04:12 PM

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