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asked 2017-08-14 04:48:08 -0500

rwbehne1 gravatar image

I'm preparing to switch from OpenSUSE to Fedora. What GUI app is there for configuring servers like http, NFS, etc.? Is there also a GUI for systemctl?

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answered 2017-08-15 08:38:59 -0500

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updated 2017-08-15 08:41:50 -0500

Not sure if it's an overkill in your case, but you could install cockpit from the official Fedora repository. There was an introduction in the Fedora Magazine.

sudo dnf install cockpit
sudo systemctl enable --now cockpit.socket
sudo firewall-cmd --add-service=cockpit

(--permanent makes that change to the firewall permanent)

Then: http://localhost:1001

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answered 2017-08-14 09:50:44 -0500

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updated 2017-08-14 09:54:24 -0500

To be very honest with you, the best GUI config tool that I know is the text editor of your choice (i.e. gedit)

If you don't like that answer, the following may help:

  • For Apache's http server, there is: system-config-httpd (never used, so no clue if it's any good).
  • For NFS, there used to be system-config-nfs. That has been retired (it provided very basic settings anyway). You will quickly learn to edit /etc/exports and nfs.conf files directly).
  • For systemd: I don't know of any GUI tool but you will learn to use systemctlpretty fast to do stuff like enabling, disabling, starting, stopping, and troubleshooting services.
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Although using a text editor is good, Yast is one thing which OpenSUSE has that Fedora doesn't; an easy-to-use gui with all servers represented so I can quickly edit all the basic settings of any server or the firewall. It makes administration easy to be able to find everything in one place instead of having to search through the /etc directory tree for that one file that needs edited. All I need is the basic setup for pretty much everything, and a way to enable and disable things without having to memorize long esoteric strings of commands.

rwbehne1 gravatar imagerwbehne1 ( 2017-08-15 07:52:27 -0500 )edit

Ok, I finally got Cockpit installed, but I hardly think it's overkill. It doesn't address many problems, like how to get servers working when they aren't. None of them. It gives no clue as to why. It doesn't address the firewall.

rwbehne1 gravatar imagerwbehne1 ( 2017-08-20 06:16:51 -0500 )edit

You didn't ask firewall. Fedora uses firewalld, and if you need a GUI tool, this could be system-config-firewall.

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2017-08-20 15:14:41 -0500 )edit

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