[support-gang] [Server-devel] 1TB drive of quality open content on XO/XS--won't boot
mavrothal at yahoo.com
Mon May 13 09:32:03 EDT 2013
OLPC kernels do *not* support NTFS (# CONFIG_NTFS_FS is not set).
It either should be activated in future builds or use another FS.
I believe tha FAT32 (VFAT) can handle big drives and is universal.
However it has a number of other problems that may not suit your needs (reliability, permissions etc)
--- On Mon, 5/13/13, Braddock <braddock at braddock.com> wrote:
> From: Braddock <braddock at braddock.com>
> Subject: Re: [support-gang] [Server-devel] 1TB drive of quality open content on XO/XS--won't boot
> To: "James Cameron" <quozl at laptop.org>, "Holt" <holt at laptop.org>, "XS Devel" <server-devel at lists.laptop.org>, "Support Gangsters" <support-gang at laptop.org>, "Devel's in the Details" <devel at lists.laptop.org>
> Date: Monday, May 13, 2013, 8:02 AM
> Hi James
> I'm using OpenFirmware Q7B26 EC Firmware 0.4.03
> I have tried turning the "boot" flag off on the NTFS
> partition, but it
> still dumps me to the OpenFirmware ok prompt.
> I can reproduce the problem by formatting a USB stick to
> NTFS and trying
> to boot with it plugged in.
> So it is reacting badly to the mere presence of NTFS on USB
> On 05/12/2013 03:40 PM, James Cameron wrote:
> > On Sat, May 11, 2013 at 03:44:18PM -0400, Holt wrote:
> >> Is there a way to boot a large USB hard drive
> attached to an XO?
> >> At our XS Community Sprint this week outside
> Toronto, we've been
> >> unable to boot XOs with the 700+ GB drive(s)
> containing very
> >> polished open content provided by http://internet-in-a-box.org
> >> The XOs (eg. XO-4 etc) refuse to auto-boot, leaving
> the screen at
> >> the OK prompt.
> >> FYI our 1TB disk is a nearly complete snapshot of:
> >> * Wikipedia-in-41-languages, thumbnails for most
> all images
> >> * OpenStreetMap for the whole world cached at all
> zoom levels for
> >> fast display
> >> * Gutenberg Prjct's full collection of 40,000+
> books, images
> >> * Khan Academy's ~4000 video classes, etc
> >> Does firmware currently block the mounting of all
> large USB drives
> >> -- NTFS in this case if not other filesystems?
> > Open Firmware tries the first partition that is marked
> > Exactly what it does next depends on the firmware
> version, but clearly
> > in your case it stops booting.
> >> Might there be a workaround so isolated XO servers
> in Haiti (etc!)
> >> can hopefully auto-boot with this quality free
> > Turn off the bootable flag using a partitioning
> program, ensure you
> > are using latest firmware Q7B30, and attach a serial
> console for
> > further debugging.
> > If you can tell me how to reproduce the symptom, then
> I'm quite sure I
> > can get it fixed. I certainly can't afford to
> download 700 GB or 1 TB
> > to do that though.
> > I'm happy to work with whoever has the drive and an
> > The nature and value of the content has no relationship
> to the
> > diagnosis process, but is interesting regardless.
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