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1  General Category / Application ideas and development Q/A / Re: Guruplug add the graphical interface on: June 03, 2010, 01:03:33 AM
Yes this works fine.

I have Xorg on my sheeva plug and connect using ssh -X

From there I can run xclock etc no problem. Haven't tried anything heavier but would think it will be ok.
2  General Category / General Discussion / Re: External Drive Spin Down? on: May 03, 2010, 06:25:56 AM
you can use commands like lsof and fuser to see who and what is accessing the disk
3  Hardware and U-Boot firmware / Hardware / Re: USB Drive Disconnect. HELPPP ME !!!!! on: March 23, 2010, 12:47:08 AM
I have a WD passport working on mine:

callum@SheevaPlug:~$ uname -a
Linux SheevaPlug #11 PREEMPT Wed Jul 22 19:53:31 MDT 2009 armv5tel GNU/Linux

I use autofs to manage this though as I spin down and unmount when not in use.

tail of var log
Mar 23 07:43:50 SheevaPlug logger: Powering up WD Passport storage...
Mar 23 07:43:50 SheevaPlug logger: Spinning up WD Passport...
Mar 23 07:43:50 SheevaPlug logger: Mounting WD Passport...
Mar 23 07:43:55 SheevaPlug kernel: kjournald starting.  Commit interval 600 seconds
Mar 23 07:43:55 SheevaPlug kernel: EXT3 FS on sda1, internal journal
Mar 23 07:43:55 SheevaPlug kernel: EXT3-fs: mounted filesystem with ordered data mode.

4  Linux Stuff / Linux distributions / Upgrade ubuntu to debian... on: March 21, 2010, 03:37:25 AM
Stole this from another forum which suggests the reverse is possible... Is this true the other way around? I ask as I have ubuntu 9.04 on my plug which is set up perfect and was looking to switch diestro without having to rebuild the whole OS.

The naive solution to converting an existing Debian system to Ubuntu is to just edit your /etc/apt/sources.list to switch all the Debian archive references to the equivalent Ubuntu archives and then upgrade all packages. That's a good start, but unfortunately it will most likely leave you with a fairly broken system because many of the libraries in Debian will have newer versions than their equivalents in Ubuntu, so it's necessary to do a bit more work to end up with a usable system.
Edit your /etc/apt/sources.list to comment out all the Debian archives and add entries for the Ubuntu archives. If you need to generate an Ubuntu sources.list file, you can use the "source-o-matic" tool available online at http://www.ubuntulinux.nl/source-o-matic, or you can just put in some basic entries as a starting point:
deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu dapper main restricted
deb http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu dapper-security main restricted

Then update the package list and install sudo if you don't already have it installed:
# apt-get update
# apt-get install sudo

Since Ubuntu relies so much on the primary user having sudo privileges, it's also a good idea to edit your /etc/sudoers by running visudo and adding a line like this:
%admin ALL=(ALL) ALL

Then place your primary user into the admin group, replacing username with your actual username:
# usermod


-g admin

As a first step to getting all the installed packages in order, you can manually force a reinstall of every package on your system to the specific version available in Ubuntu, but since a typical Debian system has over a thousand packages installed, that can be rather tedious. You can save yourself some time by writing a little script like this:
for name in \Qdpkg --get-selections | grep '[[:space:]]install$' \\
| awk '{print $1}'\Q
sudo apt-get install --assume-yes ${name}=\Qapt-cache show $name \\
| grep '^Version' | awk '{print $2}'\Q

It's highly likely that some packages you have previously installed from the Debian archives won't "cross-grade" cleanly to the version available in Ubuntu, and you may have to manually uninstall some packages to allow the process to complete. Depending on how your system is set up, you may need to do a lot of poking and prodding to get to the point where:
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

can execute cleanly.
Once you have your existing packages converted to the Ubuntu versions, it's time to pull in the core Ubuntu packages:
$ sudo apt-get install ubuntu-standard ubuntu-desktop

The result won't be perfect, but you should then have a system that is a reasonable approximation of a full Ubuntu install.
5  General Category / Success stories / Re: Two Plugs Running Debain and Various Servers on: March 18, 2010, 12:17:18 PM
I am exactly the same position you were in. I have a plug with Ubuntu running exactly as I want it however I am concerned that they are stopping support so will be looking to put debian on. If you have a document I would really appreciate the guidance.

6  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Globalscale Technologie's one year warranty on: March 11, 2010, 05:51:15 AM
Interesting. Does that mean that NewIT will repair or replace the unit?
7  General Category / General Discussion / Re: GuruPlug-Server is available? on: March 11, 2010, 05:49:30 AM
This is a real shame as I really like Ubuntu. I have never tried Debian but it would appear that they are very much alike. Real problem is I have just got my server just how I like it and it would be a pain to have to go through all of this again. Is there a way we can ask for this type of system to be supported. I realise this may sound lame but some kind of petition to Conical to let them know that there are a lot of people going to be forced out of using there product because of the change?
8  General Category / General Discussion / Re: shevaplug bricked, the Lord is vengeful on: March 02, 2010, 08:55:17 AM
well blow me down, it may have been dodgy usb sticks causing the problems.  I've just reformatted the same stick as fat 16, copied the files over - exactly the same process - and success! back into ubuntu. I'm successfully back where I was three days ago. Does that count as success?

Thanks to everyone, I'm sure I'll be back here crying for help again!

Now, do I dare have another attempt at installing debian........

I'm just glad you got it sorted mate. Not nice thinking you have a very expensive paper weight...

9  General Category / General Discussion / Re: shevaplug bricked, the Lord is vengeful on: March 02, 2010, 07:32:58 AM

The runme looks fine what I really need to see is the serial output from the plug itself once the runme has completed.

If you could provide that and I will take a look for you.
10  General Category / General Discussion / Re: shevaplug bricked, the Lord is vengeful on: March 02, 2010, 06:21:54 AM

I too had some real problems after bricking my plug.

I also got my plug from newIt.

What i can tell you using the installer that one of the files is miss named and it wont work!!!!

So heres what to do.

extract the installer as per the guide.

format a usb pen in ext3

I dont know if all this is necessary however theres are the files on my pen and this worked...

Put these files on your pen drive:
initrd  modules.tar.gz  README.txt  rootfs.tar.gz  ubuntu-sheevaplug.sh  uImage

Make sure they are named exactly as posted.

plug usb into plug

On non-plug sudo php5 runme.sh nand

eventually you should be back to the default install.

Make sure you follow the guide except for the files on the stick as ive mentioned

This took me WEEEKS to discover. Shame about the misnamed file.

Hope this helps let me know how you get on.

11  Linux Stuff / General Linux questions / Re: C# compiler on Sheevaplug on: February 27, 2010, 05:09:08 AM
Can confirm that this approach works for those that have upgraded the default image and want to run c# your going to have to upgrade and build mono as outlined in a previous post. Thanks all for your help!!
12  Linux Stuff / General Linux questions / Re: C# compiler on Sheevaplug on: February 27, 2010, 04:51:33 AM
After doing a bit of research its something to do with Jaunty... Theres a bug which they fixed in karmic but theres some hardware issue that the sheevaplug cant get ubuntu karmic... Anyway the solution seems to be build the new mono yourself.

Will verify this once ive got it built

Thanks for the reply
13  General Category / Success stories / Re: Mono on the plug on: February 26, 2010, 07:41:51 AM
Think this may some my current gmcs segmentation error however cant work out how to get gcc working >.<

Sorry noobie here.

apt-get install gcc: its at the most recent version

command not found

Am i just being stupid or is that not making any sense Cheesy


Found gcc only it was called gcc-4.3 so copied it and renamed it to gcc Cheesy seems to be working now
14  Linux Stuff / General Linux questions / C# compiler on Sheevaplug on: February 26, 2010, 03:18:23 AM
Anyone managed to get a c# compiler to work?

followed the guide here:

I just get a segmentation fault and an exit code of 139.

uname -a:
Linux SheevaPlug #11 PREEMPT Wed Jul 22 19:53:31 MDT 2009 armv5tel GNU/Linux

Any pointers much appreciated.

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