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PostPosted: Mon Nov 03, 2008 6:15 am    Post subject: Installing on compact flash? Reply with quote

Hi
Does you have a sense of how difficult it would be to install Robix on a board that has a compact flash card but no hard drive, and how one might go about trying to do that?

At opensourcemesh.org/downloads.htm it says:

"If you know what you are doing latest.gz (5.6MB) is the hd image required for manual robinx install via the linux command dd:-

gunzip -c latest.gz | dd of=/dev/<hd_of_you_choice>

"Be warned that the above dd command and install cd commands will DESTROY all data on the target device (currently only hda on the install cd)."

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We used to run Roofnet on them and I'm wondering if we could try Robix.

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Stephen Ronan
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 04, 2008 4:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In regard to the Soekris board, Matt from Metrix pointed me to the Live CD here... it may be useful for other boards also:

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And Matt offered the helpful tips below (however I'm still very unsure if Robix will work installed on the Soekris board's flash).

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Because it's a liveCD, you're essentially running in a ramdisk.
any changes you make will get blown away on reboot.

just get (wget,ftp,scp,copy from usb) the image from
opensourcemesh.org

then symlink the ungzipped image to a file called 'image' on the
livecd (in the www root)

gunzip latest.gz
ln -s latest image

Then when you boot your soekris (and hit ctrl-p, boot f0 if
there's already an OS installed) you would just choose step 1.

1. Start the automated Pyramid Linux install process via dd image
file

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just FYI,

the pxeboot process loads a small linux kernel/initrd onto the
soekris box, and depending on which option you choose, does
different operations.

the menu you will see when using the serial console is here:

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option 1 uses dd to bitcopy the image onto the drive. option 2
boots and uses tar to unpack a tarball onto the drive. (this is
generally used for flashing SVN builds)
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