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16  Linux Stuff / General Linux questions / Re: [Martin Michlmayr's installer] Stuck at "Partition disks" on: March 22, 2013, 03:44:52 PM
Thanks to that tutorial, I now have Debian 6.0 running on my SheevaPlug Grin
17  Linux Stuff / General Linux questions / Re: [Martin Michlmayr's installer] Stuck at "Partition disks" on: March 22, 2013, 09:16:20 AM
For the benefit of other newbies: Although the tutorial does say that...
The Debian installer doesn't currently support installations to on-board flash storage, but you can use it to install to USB, SD or eSATA. In order to proceed, you will therefore need either a USB stick (or disk), an SD card or an external disk with an eSATA port.
... I was confused because it said further down that it's possible to download the installer from a TFTP server.

But that was really the installer: Debian itself cannot be installed directly on the NAND flash memory, so you really need to first plug a USB stick into the Plug before downloading and running the installer.

With the USB stick plugged in, you'll get to this better-looking screen:
+------------------------¶ [!!] Partition disks +-------------------------+
¶                                                                         ¶
¶ The installer can guide you through partitioning a disk (using          ¶
¶ different standard schemes) or, if you prefer, you can do it            ¶
¶ manually. With guided partitioning you will still have a chance later   ¶
¶ to review and customise the results.                                    ¶
¶                                                                         ¶
¶ If you choose guided partitioning for an entire disk, you will next     ¶
¶ be asked which disk should be used.                                     ¶
¶                                                                         ¶
¶ Partitioning method:                                                    ¶
¶                                                                         ¶
¶          Guided - use entire disk                                       ¶
¶          Guided - use entire disk and set up LVM                        ¶
¶          Guided - use entire disk and set up encrypted LVM              ¶
¶          Manual                                                         ¶
¶                                                                         ¶
¶     <Go Back>                                                      

However, Martin's tutorial ends with:
Your plug computer is now ready to boot Debian from USB, SD or eSATA and it will automatically do so whenever you turn on the plug computer

Since the Plug has a 512MB NAND flash memory, it'd be too bad not to use it and be required to keep a USB stick plugged permanently to run Debian while this wasn't necessary to run Ubuntu.

Thankfully, Matthias Blaicher's tutorial explains how to copy Debian from the USB stick to the NAND flash memory: In the "Partition disks" where I used to be stuck, I chose the default option "Guided - use entire disk", and the Debian installer detected the USB stick as "SCSI1 (0,0,0) (sda) - 3.9 GB Kingston DT 101 G2", and completed the install onto the stick.

I'll report back once the installer is done copying Debian to the stick.
18  Linux Stuff / General Linux questions / Re: [Martin Michlmayr's installer] Stuck at "Partition disks" on: March 22, 2013, 07:30:46 AM
The documentation says
The installer knows about all supported plug computers and will create a bootable kernel and ramdisk at the end of the installation. The installer will also offer a partition layout that is known to work. If you want to choose a different layout, make sure that you create a small (ca. 150 MB) /boot partition with the ext2 filesystem.

Could it be that upgrading Uboot wiped out the NAND and I first need to create an empty partition before running the installer?

If so, how do to this from Uboot?
19  Linux Stuff / General Linux questions / [Martin Michlmayr's installer] Stuck at "Partition disks" on: March 22, 2013, 07:21:18 AM

I'm following Martin Michlmayr's "Installing Debian on Plug Computers" to upgrade my SheevaPlug from Ubuntu to Debian.

After successfully upgrading Uboot, I used a TFTP server to download and run MM's installer, but I'm stuck at this screen:
------------------------¶ [!!] Partition disks +-------------------------+
  ¶                                                                         ¶
  ¶ This is an overview of your currently configured partitions and mount   ¶
  ¶ points. Select a partition to modify its settings (file system, mount   ¶
  ¶ point, etc.), a free space to create partitions, or a device to         ¶
  ¶ initialize its partition table.                                         ¶
  ¶                                                                         ¶
  ¶            Undo changes to partitions                                   ¶
  ¶            Finish partitioning and write changes to disk                ¶
  ¶                                                                         ¶
  ¶     <Go Back>                                                           ¶
  ¶                                                                         ¶

I tried "Finish partitioning and write changes to disk" and hit ENTER, but it said:
No root file system is defined. Please correct this from the partitioning menu.

So next, I tried "Undo changes to partitions", but I get a blank screen, nothing happens. Hit CLTR+C, got back to "Partition disks" menu, but don't know what else to try.

Any idea?

Thank you.
20  Hardware and U-Boot firmware / U-Boot stuff / Latest Uboot? on: March 22, 2013, 05:58:32 AM

I'm reading Martin Michlmayr's "Upgrading SheevaPlug's U-Boot" to upgrade my SheevaPlug from Ubuntu to Debian, and apparently, this requires first upgrading Uboot from its old, Marvell version.

The article includes this link to Uboot:


Before I go ahead, is there a more recent Uboot for the SheevaPlug?

Thank you.
21  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Sheevaplug installer - version 1.0 on: March 21, 2013, 04:40:11 PM
Thanks for the link.

I'm a bit confused about what to do/choose:

1. The "Sheeva Plug Installer 1.0" is 145 MB: What does it contain?

Edit: Apparently, the Sheevaplug Installer uses Ubuntu

2. After running mgillespie's Alternative Debian install, I'm apparently required to install the "Sheeva Plug Installer 1.0"", and replace its rootfs.tar.gz with mgillespie's: What's the difference between the two rootfs.tar.gz?

Edit: Apparently, mgillespie's rootfs.tar.gz uses Debian.

3. What about the Gentoo files? Is Gentoo a better alternative to Debian when upgrading from the outdated Ubuntu 9.04?

Thank you.
22  Linux Stuff / Linux distributions / Re: The alternative Debian install method. on: February 15, 2013, 06:55:05 AM
I'll add a reply since there's no Edit option:

On Mint logged on as root, after running the script as root, I tried copying the /debian directory to a USB keydrive connect to the PC, but it fails with "Cannot create symbolic link: "/media/USBKeydrive/debian/bin/<some program>': Operation not permitted".

So I targzed the script + ./debian directory, unplugged the USB keydrive, plugged it into the SheevaPlug, SSHed to it, untargzed the file, re-ran the script for Stage2, and I'm prompted to install some packages:
root@debian:/tmp# ./DebianSheeva1-6.sh
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
The following extra packages will be installed:
  binutils wget
Suggested packages:
The following NEW packages will be installed:
  binutils debootstrap wget
0 upgraded, 3 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
Need to get 1706kB of archives.
After this operation, 10.1MB of additional disk space will be used.
Do you want to continue [Y/n]? Y

... at which point I prefered to hit CTRL+C to make sure I'm not about to break it: What does the Alternative Debian install method really do?

Does it replace Ubuntu 9.04 with Debian Squeeze? Does it take care of upgrading the boot loader as well? Or is it meant to get used with the SheevaPlug Installer?

Thank you.
23  General Category / General Discussion / Re: New QT based installer: Easy Plug Computer Installer (ESIA) on: February 15, 2013, 05:56:17 AM
"Whoops, we can't find that page."

Is this application deadware? What alternative is there to upgrade a SheevaPlug to Debian?
24  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Sheevaplug installer - version 1.0 on: February 15, 2013, 05:53:30 AM
This is version 1.0 of the Sheevaplug installer.
Please refer to the wiki on changes -


You can download from -


Is this still the right way to upgrade a SheevaPlug?

http://www.plugcomputer.org/plugwiki/SheevaPlug_Installer says: "It seems we canít find what youíre looking for. Perhaps searching, or one of the links below, can help."

Searching on that page for "Sheevaplug installer" ends with this:
Your request for http://marvws-plugcomputer-01-d1-wb01.wwwa.com/?p=1203 could not be fulfilled, because the domain name marvws-plugcomputer-01-d1-wb01.wwwa.com could not be resolved.
25  Linux Stuff / Linux distributions / Re: The alternative Debian install method. on: February 14, 2013, 08:13:38 AM

Just a couple of questions before I try this solution to upgrade my SheevaPlug from Ubuntu 9.04 to Debian 6.0.6 Squeeze:

1. I assume the SheevaPlug 003-SP1001 (bought from New IT) only has internal memory, no SD card. Should I buy one to upgrade to Debian?

2. I'm not sure how this alternative method works: Is there a script I should first on an Ubuntu or Debian PC which will generate a root filesystem, copy that filesystem on the SheevaPlug, and run a second script that will take care of upgrading everything?

Thank you.
26  Linux Stuff / Linux distributions / Re: [IMPORTANT] Ubuntu 9.10(Karmic) and newer versions WON'T work on the sheevaplug on: February 14, 2013, 07:40:21 AM

The "alternative Debian install method" mentionned above was written back in 2009.

Before I go ahead...
1. Will the latest Debian (6.0.6 Squeeze) work reliably on the SheevaPlug?
2. Do those instructions also apply to that release?

Thank you.
27  Linux Stuff / Linux distributions / [003-SP1001] Recommended upgrade from 9.04? on: October 23, 2012, 03:43:53 PM

I'd like to upgrade a SheevaPlug 003-SP1001 from the Ubuntu 9.04 it shipped with.

At this point, which distro would you recommend? I read that Debian is a good solution, but what about the other main distros?


Thank you.
28  Linux Stuff / General Linux questions / Re: [SheevaPlug] Which distro to upgrade to? Running Freeswitch? on: February 14, 2012, 08:13:19 AM
I also am running Freeswitch on a Sheevaplug for my home PBX. I origonally compiled version 1.0.4 but I think I am now running 1.0.8. I am using Debian Wheezy with a kernel 3.0.3. I natively compiled with the latest gcc available at the time.

Thanks guys for the feedback. I'll order the book on Freeswitch.

I'd rather cross-compile the distro (Debian, I guess) + Freeswitch on an x86 running Ubuntu 11.04. Is there a tutorial on setting things up?
29  Linux Stuff / General Linux questions / Re: [SheevaPlug] Which distro to upgrade to? Running Freeswitch? on: February 02, 2012, 07:34:53 AM
Before I go ahead and try to cross-compile a "Hello, world!", I notice there are two cross-compilers available: CodeSourcery Lite and Embdebian. Which would you recommend I install on a Ubuntu 11.04 build host?

30  Linux Stuff / General Linux questions / [SheevaPlug] Which distro to upgrade to? Running Freeswitch? on: February 02, 2012, 06:15:57 AM

I'm currently running the stock Ubuntu 9.04 on a SheevaPlug (CPU is ARM926EJ-S rev 1 (v5l)), and have a couple of questions:

  • Which distributions are recommended for an upgrade, since newer releases of Ubuntu won't run on that CPU? It looks like most people go for Debian: Is this the case, or should I check other distros?
  • After upgrading the device, I'd like to run Freeswitch: If you use that application, does it run well on the Sheevaplug? If that's the case, any tip on compiling/installing/running Freeswitch is appreciated

Thank you.
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