How-to use NSLU2 for torrent downloading?

Anyone willing to help a noob on NSLU2 that's totally lost? :)))

I've recently 'found' an old unslung NSLU2 unit in storage in the office (V2.3R63-uNSLUng-6.10-beta) and I would love the idea of having a 24/7 low-powered torrent 

downloading unit at home. I though about plugin in a 2.5" hard disk and... voilà, ready to download.

Major flaw though... I am totally noob at anything but Windows [yeah, I know, you don't need to say it... :(]

Would anyone be so kind helping me thru the basics on how to install a torrent client and set everything up?

I do really need step-by-step... ('sudo' sounds to me as alien as j#u%h3, LOL!)

Thanks in advance to all those patient gurus out there willing to lend a hand.

Posted by: cokie69 <at> yahoo.com


My Optware fork

Dear all! I know NSLU2-Linux project is basically stalled, but I hope this read will still be interesting for someone still subscribed to the list.
For few months I've been working in my spear time to get up-to-date Optware I could use on my routers. And here it is:
My Optware fork project

I currently maintain two feeds:

These feeds are firmware-independent and can be used on basically any device running Linux with appropriate architecture. They're both uClibc- gcc-4.9.2 binutils-2.25 targets. The ARM feed is soft-float ARM EABI (aka 'armel' in Debian), while MIPS feed is softfloat MIPSEL (mips32r2).
I test the feeds on TomatoUSB ARM and MIPSEL routers myself, buildroot-armeabi has been also confirmed to work with recent dd-wrt. Anything ARM/MIPSEL which is more or less recent should run the feeds fine.

Compared to the original Optware, except being firmware-independent and having modern toolchains, my fork also has numerous packages upgraded, fixed and added. I also got some X11 GTK+-2 and GTK+-3 applications to work.

Bootstraping instructions can be found on the dd-wrt forum:

All the building is being done on my laptop, and the feeds are hosted on my home server. I basically started the whole thing because it is fun, but now it's turning into something useful. What I'm really missing is an appropriate hosting options, since my ISP isn't really fault-proof)) And, of course, I always appreciate any kind of feedback.

Also, if you're an Optware developer, and you're missing the good old days like I do, I'm looking forward to your pull requests))

And I'm open to suggestions in general :) 

Best regards,
Alex Potapenko

Posted by: Alex Potapenko <opotapenko-Re5JQEeQqe8AvxtiuMwx3w@public.gmane.org>


Unable to get Unslung to existing external flash drive

Apologies for the cross-posting... not sure if either of these groups are particularly active any more.

I've had an NSLU2 successfully Unslung for about 7 years (quite the workhorse).  This weekend, I suffered a power outage, and wasn't able to SSH after the Slug came back up.  After some diagnostics, I discovered the IP address had reset to the factory default (, and although I could access the web interface, I couldn't change the IP settings (kept getting the dreaded "Error: fail to get samba information".)

After poking around, I realized I had this problem...

So... I used telnet to connect to RedBoot (http://www.nslu2-linux.org/wiki/HowTo/TelnetIntoRedBoot), reset/recreated the SysConf area (http://www.nslu2-linux.org/wiki/HowTo/ResetSysConf), and re-flashed using Upslug2 to Unslung 6.10.

After all that, I'm successfully Unslung - but can only boot from internal flash.  I haven't been able to get the system to boot from my existing, 7 year old external flash drive.

What am I missing?  Is there some step I need to do to get the system to again be okay with booting from my external flash drive?  I don't want to start from scratch on a new boot disk, since I've configured this system to work well for my purposes.


Posted by: "M.J. Johnson" <threeeyedtoad-Re5JQEeQqe8AvxtiuMwx3w@public.gmane.org>


Need help restoring ssh access

Ok, I did something really dumb last night. I have a pink Pogoplug v2 with Optware on a usb stick that's I've been using as a lan storage device for my music collection for several years. Recently I thought to myself, wouldn't it be great if I could connect to my pogoplug securely over the internet from a remote location (outside the lan) and be able to play my home music files on my remote laptop. The plan was to install sshfs on my Crunchbang laptop so that I could mount my pogoplug music folders remotely. I soon realized that the Dropbear ssh server that is native to my optware doesn't support sshfs. So I would just have to migrate to OpenSSH-server to give me the needed sshfs functionality. I installed openssh with ipkg and set it up to listen for on port 22222 (I didn& #39;t want to expose port 22 to the internet with port forwarding). I cautiously left Dropbear listening on port 22 for the time being while I verified that root and user could both ssh to the pogoplug via the new openssh server on 22222. After making sure that everything worked correctly with openssh I uninstalled Dropbear. Things were going great until I rebooted and realized my major blunder... I had forgotten to add an entry to rc.local or rcS to start the ssh daemon at boot. Ouchies! So, you guessed it, no way to ssh in, and no way to fix the problem! I pulled the usb stick and tried to find an autostart.sh or similar file that runs on boot where I could maybe add the missing "/opt/etc/init.d/S40sshd start" command, but I haven't had any luck so far.

I would greatly appreciate if someone could kindly help me to undo this mess I made! Thanks in advance for any thoughts...8-]


Posted by: stevedemento-/E1597aS9LQAvxtiuMwx3w@public.gmane.org


http://ipkg.nslu2-linux.org/feeds/optware/mbwe-bluering Repo

Hey all,

  Writing as I've had a problem installing Squid3 from the http://ipkg.nslu2-linux.org/feeds/optware/mbwe-bluering repo. This group was listed as the maintainer.

When attempting to install squid3 it installs but then spits out:

Configuring squid3
create default cache and logs dir
/opt/sbin/squid: '/opt/lib/libdl.so.0' is not an ELF executable for ARM
/opt/sbin/squid: can't load library 'libstdc++.so.6'

The libstdc++.so.6 library is available in the repo and is not an issue, however I cannot find libdl.so.0 anywhere.

I've written a more detailed post at: http://tomatousb.org/forum/t-1064237/squid3-from-mbwe-bluering-needs-libdl-so-0

Thank you for your time!

Posted by: Jack Frost <jackfrost6022-Re5JQEeQqe8AvxtiuMwx3w@public.gmane.org>



Ciao ....
Mi chiamo Alessandro, I living in Italy from Trieste.
Il mio Problema Più grande con NSLU2 (Unslung) E' Che una volta giocato troppo, non rispondono più le porte USB.  come posso ripristinare le porte USB?

 Server Name: LKGAB6632
   Version: V-uNSLUng-6.10-beta
   IP Address:
   USB Port 1: Not Installed
   USB Port 2: Not Installed
partizionato disco fisso da 38 GB con GPARTED LIVE per provare; NSLU2 preferiva formattare da se prima del danno.
Ma non serve, NSLU2 (uNSLUng) non vede le periferiche, leds off
all'avvio lui lampeggia tutti i leds, senza montare .....
(file: config.bin)

Volevo uno script in TELNET per risolvere, è possibile?

(file: config.bin)
config/                                                                                             0000755 0000000 0000000 00000000000 12441070037 011017  5                                                                                                    ustar   root                            root                                                                                                                                                                                                                   config/CGI_ds.conf                                                                                  0000644 0000000 0000000 00000001457 12441070037 012765  0                                                                                                    ustar   root                            root                                                                                                                                                                                                                   [network]

Volevo uno script in TELNET per risolvere, è possibile?

Posted by: ale.parme <at> yahoo.it


To: nslu2 linux k


lewislewisj <at> ymail.com

Posted by: "lewislewisj" <lewislewisj-DaQTI0RpDDMAvxtiuMwx3w@public.gmane.org>



I am using slugosBE v5.3

Crontab has to be suid root in order to work.

However, it is just a link to busybox, and making busybox suid root does not seem like a good idea

So is there anyway to make it work (running as root fixes it, obviously, but ordinary users are supposed to be able to use it).

Posted by: chl-ZHxlAsDvjIFTKUfZBOZdKA@public.gmane.org



I am using SlugosBE v 5.3, and I cannot find the newgrp program (nor the groups program for that matter). It does not seem to be in busybox, and I cannot identify any likely place in the opkg list.

Where is it (are they)?

Posted by: chl-ZHxlAsDvjIFTKUfZBOZdKA@public.gmane.org


rsync over SSH or NFS

I am using the nslu2 having installed Debian Wheezy on the attached USB hard disk. Everything works well. I use the nslu2 for data backup.

Can anyone help me to decide what kind of connection I should use.
I set up both SSH and NFS server on the nslu2. Both are working.

I supposed NFS to be faster but now I am not shure. It seems to me that rsync may be not faster over NFS than over SSH. I use the nslu2 only on my private network. Security aspects are not relevant.

Any statement is welcome.

Thanks in advance.

Posted by: f.gruber-rSp0+0OX1V0@public.gmane.org


Bug in File, file_5.12-1_armeb.ipk

I'm using http://ipkg.nslu2-linux.org/feeds/optware/oleg/cross/stable/ on
an Asus RT-AC66U and when trying to identify an unmounted file system with

$ file -Ls /dev/sdb1
/dev/sdb1: Linux rev 1.0 ext3 filesystem data, UUID=[...], volume name
"Optware" (needs journal recovery) (large files)
Segmentation fault

the point is not the seg fault, but the
fact that the first line of output is "mystery output" which cannot be
redirected or piped!

$ file -Ls /dev/sdb1 1> out
$ ls -l out
-rw-rw-rw-    1 admin    root             0 Jun 20 20:36 out

$ file -Ls /dev/sdb1 2> out
$ ls -l out
-rw-rw-rw-    1 admin    root            19 Jun 20 20:37 out
$ cat out
Segmentation fault

This is an issue because as far as i know that'd be the only reliable way
to find out the filesystem of an unmounted device (in this context, random
usb key/disk user will plug into router).

If 'file' worked properly it'd be easy to make a super fancy automated
pre-mount script to check any file system...

Posted by: "Mike Lambert" <mikelambert70@...>


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