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21.2. Installing and Running ABRT

By default, ABRT should be installed on your system, the abrtd daemon configured to run at boot time, and abrt-applet to run in the Notification Area of your desktop session.

Note: Installing the ABRT packages

In order to use ABRT, first ensure the abrt-desktop package is installed on your system by running, as root:
~]# yum install abrt-desktop
For more information on installing packages with Yum, refer to Section 1.2.2, “Installing”.
ABRT is typically configured to start up at boot time. You can check that the abrtd daemon is running by running the following command, as root:
~]# service abrtd status
abrt (pid  1559) is running...
If you receive abrt is stopped, you can start the abrtd service by running, as root:
~]# service abrtd start
Starting abrt daemon:                                      [  OK  ]
You can ensure that the abrtd service initializes at startup time by running the following command, as root:
~]# chkconfig abrtd on
ABRT's applet can be started by hand by running the abrt-applet program as a normal user when logged into your desktop session, or by arranging for it to be started when the GUI session is initialized. For example, on the GNOME desktop, this can be configured in SystemPreferencesStartup Applications.
The ABRT alarm icon
When a crash is detected and saved, a broadcast D-Bus message is sent about this crash. If abrt-applet is running, it receives this message and displays a red alarm icon in the Notification Area. You can open the GUI application by clicking on this icon.
Alternatively, you can open the ABRT GUI application by clicking ApplicationsSystem ToolsAutomatic Bug Reporting Tool.