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61  Linux Stuff / General Linux questions / Re: USB drive keeps crashing/locking up on: March 13, 2010, 10:52:00 PM
Sounds like you're problem is hitting a whole lot more often and a whole lot harder than mine. As for me, I'm just going to bide my time till I can get an ESATA equipped SheevaPlug (GuruPlug, whatever).. Seems like the best way around this issue. Not to mention it'll seriously improve the plug's NAS throughput.. Smiley
62  Linux Stuff / General Linux questions / Can't get into lighttpd log directory anymore on: March 13, 2010, 10:49:15 PM
Very strange problem recently.. I used to do a cd /var/log/lighttpd  and then tail -f access.log  to watch the visitors come and go.. Well I can't even get into that directory anymore.. I have to sudo su  to even go in there.. I think I have the permissions set correctly:
drwxr-xr-- 2 www-data    www-data     4096 Mar  7 06:25 lighttpd
That would seem to indicate all users have read access.. Right?
But when I try, I get this:
-bash: cd: lighttpd/: Permission denied
This problem just appeared one day.. I haven't rebooted the thing in 2 months, so I'm really puzzled as to what changed.. Suggestions?
63  Linux Stuff / Kernel / Re: 2.6.33 new release on: March 08, 2010, 06:54:50 PM
So what's the story behind the 2.6.32.x vs a version without the extra .x? Does that mean 2.6.33 is a more stable release than say
64  Linux Stuff / General Linux questions / Re: USB drive keeps crashing/locking up on: February 26, 2010, 09:08:54 PM
Nope, not the USB cable.. Still crashing.. I need to find the part number for the SATA connector.. I'm just going to take a stab at installing one.. This is really uncool..
65  General Category / Success stories / PogoPlug featured on Tekzilla on: February 25, 2010, 09:44:16 PM
Haven't watched this episode yet.. I wanted to be the first to announce it.. Smiley
http://www.revision3.com/tekzilla/pogoplug   Smiley
66  General Category / Success stories / Re: Transmission 1.80 released! Installed on my 9.04 plug on: February 22, 2010, 10:06:45 AM
When I compiled and installed Transmission myself, it didn't add itself to init.d.. Anyways.. I'd try a symbolic link somewhere to shorten the name..
67  Linux Stuff / General Linux questions / Re: USB drive keeps crashing/locking up on: February 21, 2010, 10:27:40 PM
I think I tracked it down to a bad USB cable.. I went back to the one I had used in the past, and it hasn't locked up since. heh, simple fix..
68  Linux Stuff / General Linux questions / USB drive keeps crashing/locking up on: February 18, 2010, 08:05:23 PM
About once a day, my external USB drive will lock up. The activity light usually comes on solid when it happens and just stays like that, but not every time. It's a 3.5" 1TB drive formatted EXT2 in an external enclosure, I've use it with my past Linux servers for over a year. Both on USB and ESATA. I'm using it in USB mode right now, since my plug doesn't have ESATA yet. When the drive locks up, I have to stop the 3 processes I have that are trying to use it (MediaTomb, Samba and Transmission) then umount the drive, power cycle it, run e2fsck on it, mount it, and restart the processes. It's annoying to say the least. I've lost a couple files thanks to file system corruption. I just need this problem to be solved. Any suggestions? I'm running, I'm more than happy to update if it's simply a glitch in this particular version of the kernel. I haven't seen anything of note in syslog, but if there's another log file worth looking at, I'll more than happily post that to help track down this problem.
I don't think this is a hardware problem, because as I've said, I've never had this problem with this drive/enclosure in the many many many months I've been using it in the past. And I don't think it's normal, because people on here are running their root file system on external USB drives without this problem.. Maybe I should just swap my kernel.. I hope it's just a glitch in this version of the kernel..
69  Hardware and U-Boot firmware / Hardware / Re: Possibility of adding a shutdown battery on: February 16, 2010, 11:13:24 AM
You'd need some kind of USB adapter with an ADC port on it, and a voltage monitoring circuit hooked from that ADC to the 9v battery. Then you'd need a daemon running on the plug that monitors that ADC port and issues the shutdown command when the voltage reaches a preset level.
70  General Category / Success stories / Re: Transmission 1.80 released! Installed on my 9.04 plug on: February 15, 2010, 10:31:12 PM
Not sure why your transmission was so large.. As for controlling it, launch transmission-daemon, and then direct a browser to the plug's IP address at port 9091
so like   and it pulls up the Transmission web interface, that's the only way I interface with mine.. Works like a champ.
71  General Category / General Discussion / Re: eSata SheevaPlug on: February 13, 2010, 02:58:35 PM
Then I don't know where else to begin.  Sad

I ordered my Guru Plug server, so until I have a machine I can not run any test about esata. Everybody seems to have a esata enabled plug these day I wonder where did it came from Huh since Globalscale is not shipping yet.
I believe everyone who has one so far, has soldered the components on themselves.
72  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Much better than a nslu2? on: February 12, 2010, 11:06:49 PM
That program is called "conky" I run it through a remote X session so it shows up on my OS X machine. (in XTerm on the Mac, I type xhost + the.sheeva.ip     and on the plug I type "export DISPLAY=the.mac.ip:0.0" then any X app I run shows up on my mac.. Smiley Conky has several themes, I just kind of grabbed the first one that looked like it had the kind of stats I was interested in monitoring.
Should be able to do it on a Windows box as well, if you install an X server.. Seems I remember doing that years ago..
73  General Category / General Discussion / Re: A plethora of options on: February 11, 2010, 02:22:00 PM
How can I find out which options are included on the Sebring I just purchased?  The dealer does not have the original window invoice.  Can this be located using the VIN?  Thanks
The vin won't tell you jack.. You'll get the build location and the engine, and that's it. There's a "build plate", on a Sebring it's on or near the driver's front strut tower in the engine bay. It'll have a dozen 3 digit codes. Each one of those represents and option your car was built with. But even with those codes, they change from year to year, so you need a factory service manual to look them up. Best to take those codes to a dealer and get them looked up, I imagine. If you're REALLY up for a challenge. Remove all of the seats, and then remove the carpet. You'll probably find the factory build sheet stuck somewhere under the carpet somewhere in the car. It's a printout that they used to build your car at the factory, the "recipe" if you will. But being that the Sebring is a Mitsubishi chassis, rather than Dodge, it may not even have that build sheet. You can run the vin here:
And if it says it was built in the US, then it should have that build sheet. If it was imported from overseas, I wouldn't bother yanking the carpet looking for that.
I found the build sheet for my '88 Omni when I removed the carpet to install sound deadening a couple years ago. I was very surprised it had survived the years so well under the carpet. If the car has ever been soaked or flooded, there's very little chance the build sheet survived.
Isn't this question a bit off-topic for this forum? Smiley
74  General Category / General Discussion / Re: UPS for your plug. on: February 11, 2010, 10:15:17 AM
Yeah, I'd just get a large SLA battery, and a battery float charger, then get a 12v-5v regulator and wire that directly into the Sheeva. Use a 5.1v zener if you're concerned about overvoltage spikes killing the Plug. FAR more efficient than using an inverter to convert 12v to mains voltage, and then through the internal regulator/rectifier.. The only kink in my plans for doing this... Battery charge monitor to shut down the plug and disconnect it from the battery before the battery goes flat, mostly to prevent damaging the battery.
75  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Much better than a nslu2? on: February 05, 2010, 06:02:30 PM
I'd recommend setting your drives up in a Linux native file system. It puts less overhead on the CPU, is more reliable, and faster.
If you want to host to a -N wireless network, 100mbit isn't fast enough. The Sheeva has gigabit ethernet, you should use a -N router with Gigabit ethernet ports.
That said, here's a screenshot from my plug's Status monitor, while I was copying a large file off of a USB hard drive that is plugged into it.

I updated my screen shot.. Probably should have saved it so you could see them side by side.. Oh well.. It was at about 9845 on the 100mbit router, I got a Gigabit switch, and as you can see, it more than doubled the speed. Smiley 24875 now..
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