my XO has difficulty with f9
mikus at bga.com
Tue Jul 1 12:09:12 EDT 2008
>> I may have caused that by (at that first
>> boot) making some sort of change that worked with f7 but not with f9
> That seems likely, but the olpc-update system should ensure that
> you've got a clean system (no extra RPMs) when you revert. I would
> hope that even if X doesn't start (especially if X doesn't start) you
> can still get a console and/or use alt-boot (hold down 'O' at boot) to
> fix things. That's the whole point, after all.
Close, but no cigar. The first time (after X did not start) I
booted with 'O'. The previously-running version came up, but
without Journal or any Activities. I looked everywhere (/var/log,
/home/olpc/.sugar/default/logs, etc.) for a clue as to how come --
but found no "footprints" anywhere. And could not start anything
meaningful from the text console - kept getting messages like "no
display". To be able to continue, did a nand reflash. And that
wiped having something for 'O' to load.
Don't remember what all customizations I had tried to apply to f9,
that could have screwed up X starting.
> http://dev.laptop.org/ticket/7357 and
> http://dev.laptop.org/ticket/7348 looks like the two biggest blockers
> to more people trying joyride right now.
To me they're not. If I can bypass 7357 with 'check', that's good
enough for me. And I actually LIKE 7348 -- I normally do not use
the Journal to access removable storage devices, so having no
Journal icon is no problem for me.
In fact, I wrote http://dev.laptop.org/ticket/6584 to complain about
the Journal scanning removable storage devices for their content;
that ticket has now been closed with this notation about removable
storage devices: "USB sticks will stop being available from the
journal, instead being accessible in a simpler view in the shell".
I am perfectly willing to do outside-of-Journal mounts.
If I remember correctly (things were not going right), when in
Joyride 2089 I plugged an USB stick directly into the XO, nothing of
any note happened. In particular, the drivers did not create
(recognize?) a /dev DEVICE that I could manually use in a 'mount'
p.s. IIRC, the time I tried plugging my USB hard drive directly
into the XO (Joyride 2089, Q2D16), OFW complained mightily about
partition-type being Linux on a DOS or something device. [OFW in f9
was not able to access that hard drive - telling me 'Can't open disk
label package'. OFW in f7 has no problem, even though it's the same
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