[support-gang] [Server-devel] 1TB drive of quality open content on XO/XS--won't boot
holt at laptop.org
Mon May 13 10:43:14 EDT 2013
Indeed...but this is not an option as the XS=XO+TB needs to auto-boot
after "daily" power failures in the developing world :)
On 5/13/2013 9:53 AM, Samuel Greenfeld wrote:
> NTFS is supported in OLPC builds, just not by the OS Kernel itself.
> The ntfs-3g "filesystem in userspace" package can be used to mount
> NTFS drives. So you should be able to use a command like "mount -t
> ntfs-3g /dev/ntfs_partition /mnt/mountpoint" if Sugar or GNOME do not
> automatically mount the filesystem for you.
> In general many Linux distributions seem to currently consider using
> ntfs-3g a better approach than using the kernel driver. The in-kernel
> driver still may not have full NTFS write support, while ntfs-3g does.
> On Mon, May 13, 2013 at 9:32 AM, Yioryos Asprobounitis
> <mavrothal at yahoo.com <mailto:mavrothal at yahoo.com>> wrote:
> 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
> <mailto:braddock at braddock.com>> wrote:
> > From: Braddock <braddock at braddock.com
> <mailto: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
> <mailto:quozl at laptop.org>>, "Holt" <holt at laptop.org
> <mailto:holt at laptop.org>>, "XS Devel"
> <server-devel at lists.laptop.org
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> > 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
> > media.
> > -braddock
> > 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
> > bootable.
> > >
> > > 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
> > content?
> > > 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
> > XO-4.
> > >
> > > The nature and value of the content has no relationship
> > to the
> > > diagnosis process, but is interesting regardless.
> > >
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