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1  Linux Stuff / Linux distributions / Re: Sheeva Install problems on: May 22, 2010, 11:51:21 AM
The QT installer works really well with Windows, but it can be a little bit of a pain to set up. When it's set up though, it's really nice.

On a side note, have you tried running the PHP file as root and using sudo? Just a thought...
2  General Category / Success stories / Re: Two Plugs Running Debain and Various Servers on: May 11, 2010, 01:19:48 PM
You didn't mention any Windows client so I'm curious as to why you're using Samba instead of NFS, which would be the "natural" choice in a pure Unix environment. Do your NAS devices not provide NFS?



I did forget to mention that I do use Windows XP (rarely, inside of VMWare Fusion) for EAC. Using Samba is handy when I want to backup my rips to my NAS devices.

I'm very interested in your ./configure and 'make' settings for FFmpeg, as I will be using it heavily on my Sheeva.

I used THIS Ubuntu-based guide (which works the same on Debian Squeeze) to install FFmpeg. Hope this helps.
3  Linux Stuff / Linux distributions / Re: Plugbox Linux: Native Arch Linux for Sheevaplug - Try it Here on: April 20, 2010, 10:55:04 AM
Been using this for about a week now; works really well!

I did have an issue with the Tar ball at first from the download site, but it looks like that was fixed and I was able to get up and running. Great release!
4  Linux Stuff / Linux distributions / Re: Upgrade ubuntu to debian... on: March 24, 2010, 09:17:35 AM
HERE is by far the best method for installing Debian.
5  Linux Stuff / Linux distributions / Re: Upgrade ubuntu to debian... on: March 24, 2010, 09:13:56 AM
This might work, MIGHT work. Why would you want to do this? Some of the above-mentioned methodology will work, no doubt; however I know for a fact that a lot of that probably won't work at all. You would be so much better off installing Debian from scratch. Honestly, you're going to spend hours trying to get that method working, whereas installing Debian using the Debian install script will take you all of twenty minutes. Ultimately, it's your choice, but I'm telling you that building a Debian install using the script will take about 10 minutes of completely automated work, as will running the SheevaPlug installer.
6  General Category / Success stories / Re: Two Plugs Running Debain and Various Servers on: March 18, 2010, 12:58:29 PM
Twonky is a great program, but yes, it does require other programs in order to be able to transcode. There is a good tutorial in the wiki HERE, and there is also a great tutorial HERE for installing the latest version of FFmpeg.
7  General Category / Success stories / Re: Two Plugs Running Debain and Various Servers on: March 18, 2010, 12:30:54 PM
I can document how I installed Debian here, no problem. Smiley I found the easiest way was to use mgillespie's "Alternative Debian Install Method". For starters, I made sure I had enough room on my plug to install everything mgillespie's script required; you can also install onto a USB disk or flash drive, I just chose to use internal NAND, as I would be erasing everything soon.

1. Download mgillespie's script and place it in a directory of your choice. See THIS thread for reference.
2. Execute the script:
sudo bash ./DebianSheeva1-5.sh
3. Wait for the script to finish building a rootfs.tar.gz
4. Replace the old Ubuntu rootfs.tar.gz in the SheevaPlug Installer 1.0 with your newly created Debian rootfs.tar.gz
5. Run through the normal SheevaPlug Installer procedure

That is the basic install procedure I followed. I used mgillespie's README file and the documentation on the SheevaPlug Installer to get me through the rest, but the whole process took about 20 minutes from running the script to getting an SSH tunnel up and running.

One interesting aspect of all of this (to me anyway) was that I was able to install the sheeva-with-linux kernels after issuing:
sudo apt-get install devio
Once devio was installed, I could then update my kernel as if I were using the stock Ubuntu install: sudo bash ./README- --nandkernel

Hope this helps!
8  General Category / Success stories / Two Plugs Running Debain and Various Servers on: March 18, 2010, 09:56:42 AM
I've had two plugs for almost a year now... After this long, and hours of tinkering, I finally have both plugs running optimally. Both plugs began life running Ubuntu 9.04, but the idea that Ubuntu no longer supports the plug's processor aggravated me, so both plugs are now running Debian Lenny so the first plug is now running Debian Squeeze and the second is running Gentoo, both directly on NAND; I am able to use and update the sheeva-with-linux kernels easily (using the --nandkernel install method just like the stock Ubuntu install, instead of --rootkernel) on both plugs and both plus are running different server applications.

My first plug, named TehGate and running Debian Lenny Squeeze, I use as a(n):
- DDClient updater (to keep my domain name current)
- SSH server
- OpenVPN bridge server
- ruTorrent server (using a HTTPS LightTPD server)
- MediaWiki Server
- LightTPD web server
- TwonkyMedia Server
I've opened this plug up to the outside world; using its servers, I am able to route all of my browser traffic through my home and access all of my private network resources, not to mention easily controll my rTorrent install using ruTorrent. I've also attached a 500GB USB drive to TehGate for extra storage; this is nice for storing files temporarily and compiling applications.

My second plug, named TehMedia, runs Gentoo and is acting as an OpenVPN tunnel server. I use as an (internal) network media server. TehMedia has installed:
- TwonkyMedia Server
- Latest custom compiled versions of FFmpeg, x264 and libtheora
This plug has the ability to transcode my FLAC and multiple video files for listening and viewing on my PS3, Mac mini or MacBook. I've also attached a 500GB USB drive to TehMedia for extra storage; this is nice for storing files temporarily and compiling applications.
I plan to add an 8GB SD card and run Gentoo from SD instead of NAND.

Another aspect worth mentioning here is that both plugs have Samba installed and access my NAS devices directly to save and read files across a gigabit network. In other words, both plugs have Debian installed on NAND (not SD or USB) and save torrent data or read FLAC (or whatever else) solely across my network to my NAS devices.

I've attempted to document everything I've done to my plugs on my laptop in a text document, but I plan to take my documentation to a wiki to share with everyone who's interested.

UPDATE: I've started using ESIA to control my plugs. From ESIA (thanks rooster) I've been able to easily update my plug OS's. I am now running Gentoo and Debian Squeeze. I've made the correct notations above.
9  Linux Stuff / Linux distributions / Re: Install Sheeva-with-Linux kernel on Debian on: March 16, 2010, 01:02:23 PM
I think I now know why this worked... See my last post HERE.
10  Linux Stuff / Kernel / Re: sheeva with-linux kernels into normal Debian install? on: March 16, 2010, 12:01:48 PM
Ok, I think I have this figured out... When you install flash-kernel, one of the dependencies is a package called 'devio'. This package allows for the correct reading (or writing) to a region of a block device. This is the key to using the README scripts provided from sheeva-with-linux. Before running the script, it is my belief that all one would need to do is:
sudo apt-get install devio
This should allow for the installation of a NAND kernel without the need for flash-kernel and other unneeded dependencies. Granted, I haven't tested this yet, but it seems to me, the most solid solution.

More information about flash-kernel and dependencies HERE
More information about devio HERE
11  General Category / Application ideas and development Q/A / Re: Squeezebox Server, NAS, and Tonido... what's next? on: March 15, 2010, 04:15:45 PM
My plugs have served me well as: SSH server, OpenVPN server, ruTorrent server and a TwonkyMedia server.
12  Linux Stuff / Kernel / Re: sheeva with-linux kernels into normal Debian install? on: March 15, 2010, 02:31:49 PM
I was having the same issue; I tried to follow your instructions, to no avail. Finally, after about a week of tinkering (keeping in my that I'm not exactly sure how I did it), I was able to get the sheeva-with-linux kernels working.

I first added the following to my /etc/apt/sources.list :
deb http://people.debian.org/~tbm/orion lenny main
I then did a:
sudo apt-get update
followed by:
sudo apt-get install flash-kernel
Installing flash-kernel and its dependencies creates (I'm not yet sure how) the ability to use the script and install the kernels to NAND. Once the install was complete, I then navigated to where I had stored the README- script (which I had already made executable) and ran the following command:
sudo bash ./README- --nandkernel
This wrote the kernel correctly to flash, I rebooted and I was up and running with I hope this helps!
13  Linux Stuff / Linux distributions / Re: Install Sheeva-with-Linux kernel on Debian on: March 15, 2010, 02:25:58 PM
Thank you very much for the reply. I attempted to follow your instructions, to no avail (so I thought). I tried a host of different activities (up to and including attempting to compile my own kernel), also to no avail. Frustrated, after working on such a simple upgrade for over a week, I attempted to update via the READ script once more using:
sudo bash ./README- --nandkernel
and it worked (keeping in mind this refused to work before). I'm not sure what is different, but the upgrade worked perfectly; I am up and running with now. Thank you very much for your help!
14  Linux Stuff / Linux distributions / Install Sheeva-with-Linux kernel on Debian on: March 12, 2010, 06:04:59 PM
I've just installed Debian Lenny on my plug; I've read that users have had success with installing the Sheeva-with-Linux kernels on their Debian-based plugs. I tried to install, but the directions I've been able to find are lacking. I was hoping someone wouldn't mind posting how the achieved this so that I can update my kernel. Thanks in advace.
15  Linux Stuff / Linux distributions / Re: The alternative Debian install method. on: March 09, 2010, 09:52:00 PM
Your script worked beautifully. However, would you mind explaining how you went about updating your kernel from the sheeva-with-linux website? As I mentioned, I tried using the ./README... --rootkernel option and creating a symlink to the new kernel, but to no avail. The plug boots, but when I do a uname -a, the plug still reads instead of Any advice you can provide would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.
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