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How Can I Set the FTP Welcome Message?

I want to be able to change both the initial message displayed when a user opens an FTP connection to my system and the login message. I know this is supposed to happen in ftpaccess, but I can't for the life of me find the files referred to in the configuration files /welcome.msg and .message. Is it that these files simply don't exist, and the messages displaying are defaults? Help. —Jon Dewey, jmdewey@clunet.edu

These files exist in your anonymous ftp area. On Red Hat this is usually /home/ftp. If you place a text file called welcome.msg in that directory, it will appear when someone anonymously logs into your machine. —Christopher Wingert, cwingert@qualcomm.com

Wiping a Hard Drive MBR

I can't install Linux due to an MBR problem and the message RAMDISK: Compressed file at block 0.

I have tried to cfdisk but no luck. I tried all sorts of boot/rescue diskettes without luck for two years now.

How can I wipe this hard disk clean before I install RHLinux? —Joseph Lalingo, joseph.lalingo@ablelink.org

You can wipe the MBR with lilo -u. —Christopher Wingert, cwingert@qualcomm.com

Kernel Panic on Boot

I installed Red Hat 7.0 as a dual boot with Windows 98 on my Toshiba laptop. Now when I boot, I am unable to get to either operating system, just a series of bracketed numbers, and the following message:

Code:89 02 85 c0 74 03 89 50 04 b8 01 00 00 00 eb
  03 90 31 c0 c7
Aiee, killing interrupt handler
Kernel panic: Attempted to kill the idle task!
In interrupt handler - not syncing

I am unable now to boot from diskette or CD-ROM. —Neil O'Connor, bowstn@yahoo.com

Boot your laptop using the rescue floppy created at install time, and run /sbin/lilo. This will reinstall LILO, and you should be able to boot from the hard disk again. —Usman S. Ansari, uansari@yahoo.com

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