markus reichelt | 2 Oct 16:48 2004

Boot kernel from CD & root fs on ext disc


Hi,

I'm stuck with the following setup...

On a toshiba laptop (sat. pro 4600) I installed a external disc via
USB, which works fine. On that disc I installed slackware 10, adapted
the new kernel to my needs and since the bios doesn't allow to boot
from external devices, I'd like to boot from CD.

So I copied /kernels and /isolinux from slack 10 CD #1 to hard disc
and used the method described in /isolinux/README.TXT:

mkisofs -o /tmp/slackware.iso \
-R -J -V "Slackware Install" \
-x ./bootdisks \
-x ./extra \
-x ./slackware/gnome \
-x ./pasture \
-x ./patches \
-x ./rootdisks \
-x ./source \
-x ./zipslack \
-hide-rr-moved \
-v -d -N -no-emul-boot -boot-load-size 4 -boot-info-table \
-sort isolinux/iso.sort \
-b isolinux/isolinux.bin \
-c isolinux/isolinux.boot \
-A "Slackware Install CD" .

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John Briggs | 3 Oct 04:48 2004
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Re: Boot kernel from CD & root fs on ext disc

On Sat, Oct 02, 2004 at 02:48:37PM +0000, markus reichelt wrote:
> 
> Hi,
> 
> I'm stuck with the following setup...
> 
> On a toshiba laptop (sat. pro 4600) I installed a external disc via
> USB, which works fine. On that disc I installed slackware 10, adapted
> the new kernel to my needs and since the bios doesn't allow to boot
> from external devices, I'd like to boot from CD.
> 
> So I copied /kernels and /isolinux from slack 10 CD #1 to hard disc
> and used the method described in /isolinux/README.TXT:
> 
> mkisofs -o /tmp/slackware.iso \
> - -R -J -V "Slackware Install" \
> - -x ./bootdisks \
> - -x ./extra \
> - -x ./slackware/gnome \
> - -x ./pasture \
> - -x ./patches \
> - -x ./rootdisks \
> - -x ./source \
> - -x ./zipslack \
> - -hide-rr-moved \
> - -v -d -N -no-emul-boot -boot-load-size 4 -boot-info-table \
> - -sort isolinux/iso.sort \
> - -b isolinux/isolinux.bin \
> - -c isolinux/isolinux.boot \
> - -A "Slackware Install CD" .
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raghuram | 4 Oct 07:33 2004

Re: Sluggish system (cache & kernel)

> Well ... hmmm ... cornered into rolling my own!!! Before I go down that 
> route I wouldn't mind being clearer whether it would or would not be a 
> solution. I mean, if I'm going to invest a good couple of hours cooking 
> my box I'd like to believe that it was all in a good cause!! :-)
> Seriously, it seems like you are dubious about whether this would be of 
> benefit, so I'll keep that as a reserve option.
> 

Any update on why your box slows down ? If it is an issue with firefox, 
it would be better to alert the list about it and avoid mails like this 
one !

just my 2c,

Raghu.
andy | 4 Oct 08:40 2004

Re: Sluggish system (cache & kernel)

raghuram wrote:
>> Well ... hmmm ... cornered into rolling my own!!! Before I go down 
>> that route I wouldn't mind being clearer whether it would or would not 
>> be a solution. I mean, if I'm going to invest a good couple of hours 
>> cooking my box I'd like to believe that it was all in a good cause!! :-)
>> Seriously, it seems like you are dubious about whether this would be 
>> of benefit, so I'll keep that as a reserve option.
>>
> 
> Any update on why your box slows down ? If it is an issue with firefox, 
> it would be better to alert the list about it and avoid mails like this 
> one !
> 
> just my 2c,
> 
> Raghu.
> 
> _______________________________________________
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> slackware <at> mailman.lug.org.uk
> http://mailman.lug.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/slackware
> 
Hi Raghu

Well - I've switched browsers to Mozilla and deliberately haven't 
changed anything else that was recommended in an attempt to narrow down 
the culprit. Although I have experienced some sluggishness when Moz has 
been open for a while with multiple tabs and downloads, when I clear the 
cache and close the browser, the speed issue _appears_ to be sorted. I 
also took the box down a couple of days back to change the CD-ROM drive, 
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markus reichelt | 4 Oct 14:25 2004

Re: Boot kernel from CD & root fs on ext disc


John Briggs <john <at> johneb47.id.au> wrote:
> I would first check and see if the scsi module you are using belongs in the
> second group and if so do an internet search for anyone who may have solved
> a similar problem.

I managed to create an initrd from scratch, this is what I use as
init-script:

#!/bin/bash
mount -t proc /proc /proc
mount -t sysfs none /sys
mount -r -n -t reiserfs /dev/sda10 /mnt
while [ $? -ne 0 ]
do
    /bin/mount -r -n -t reiserfs /dev/sda10 /mnt
done
cd /mnt
sleep 1
pivot_root /mnt /loader
umount -f /loader
exec chroot . /sbin/init

This works to some extend;  after some seconds /dev/sda10 is
available and can be mounted without any further errors. But now I'm
stuck again because pivot_root complains about "device or resource
busy". Next the kernel panics again ("attempted to kill init!"). I'm
lost here, an intensive google search went not as expected, not at
all.

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markus reichelt | 7 Oct 15:54 2004

Re: solved: Boot kernel from CD & root fs on ext disc


markus reichelt <ml <at> bitfalle.org> wrote:
> Then I tried a different approach and patched a 2.6.7 vanilla kernel
> with a blkdev_wakeup.patch, that basically repeats the mounting
> operation after the kernel booted until the provided root=/dev is
> available. I used the /sbin/makebootdisk script to create a bootdisk
> with that kernel but unfortunately the code is immature and produces
> a segfault late in the boot process.

I solved the problem with the help of a patch written by Heikki
Linnakangas 

"howto boot off usb devices, a (mostly step-by-step) guide"

http://mareichelt.de/pub/texts.boot-off-usb.php

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Bastard Administrator in $hell

Anita Lewis | 13 Oct 15:31 2004
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Missing /var/log/dmesg in Slackware 9.1

I am using Slackware 10 and I have /var/log/dmesg.  I'm corresponding 
with someone who is using Slackware 9.1 and does not have this file.  He 
did 'updatedb' and 'locate dmesg' and does have /bin/dmesg and the 
manpage, but not a log file.  Why would this be?

Thanks,
Anita
Geoff | 13 Oct 20:45 2004
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Re: Missing /var/log/dmesg in Slackware 9.1

On Wed, 13 Oct 2004 09:31:31 -0400
Anita Lewis <ajlewis2 <at> highstream.net> wrote:

> I am using Slackware 10 and I have /var/log/dmesg.  I'm
> corresponding with someone who is using Slackware 9.1 and
> does not have this file.  He did 'updatedb' and 'locate
> dmesg' and does have /bin/dmesg and the manpage, but not a
> log file.  Why would this be?

The simple answer is because Pat added /var/log/dmesg to
hold the output of dmesg (which is a program), in Slack 10.
There was a general discussion recently at :

http://groups.google.co.uk/groups?hl=en&lr=&threadm=opsakp39dje1u0ps%40news.t-online.de&rnum=1&prev=/groups%3Fhl%3Den%26lr%3D%26q%3DWhere%2Bcan%2BI%2Bread%2Ball%2Bof%2Bthe%2Bboot%2Bmessages%2Bhushing%2Bthrough%2Bmy%2Bdisplay%2Bon%2B%2B%250D%250Astart%2Bafter%2Bhitting%2Benter%2Bin%2BLILO%253F%26btnG%3DSearch

Geoff
Manuel Ravasio | 15 Oct 12:29 2004
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Font management in KDE

Hi all.
I am dealing with a simple problem, which I seem to be unable to solve on my
own.
Instead of running WindowMaker (which is my long time favourite desktop) I am
trying to use KDE; I am quite happy with it, except by the ugly default font
used by konsole.

I noticed there is the possibility to change the font, but I seem to be able
to only choose among a very short list (say, 6-7 fonts) instead of being able
to access all of the installed font. (As a long time habit I install ALL of
the fonts packages included into "x" diskset).
In particular, I'd like to use helvetica, which is not showing in the list.

In KDE control panel, under Appearance - Fonts I can choose among a much
richer font set, however this doesn't affect konsole :-(

I am positive the problem is very trivial, but I cannot find any
documentation explaining what I can do to access a wider font set.

Anyone can help me?

Thank you all in advance,
ciao ciao,
Manuel

		
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Ross Kendall Axe | 15 Oct 14:50 2004
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Re: Font management in KDE


Manuel Ravasio wrote:

|
| In KDE control panel, under Appearance - Fonts I can choose among a much
| richer font set, however this doesn't affect konsole :-(

Proportional fonts are unsuitable for terminal emulators. You're
probably only seeing the non-proprtional fonts.

HTH,
Ross


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