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by ejsolutions
Mon Jul 16, 2012 12:42 am
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: New Raspbian Image
Replies: 30
Views: 12411

Re: New Raspbian Image

Muchos gracias amigo. :) Yes, I spotted most of that from your bash history in the image, but missed some key points: small zeroed file and the shred. I'm interested in why you only use the default 512 block size. When doing a a partition resize/move, gparted seems to optimise at 4M blocks, for the ...
by ejsolutions
Mon Jul 16, 2012 12:23 am
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: New Raspbian Image
Replies: 30
Views: 12411

Re: New Raspbian Image

How does "df /" in your image compare to images that compress better? Most likely you are just including more stuff. Actually not that much more; wireless-utils and firmware-ralink, plus pre-configuring a few bits. Though obviously the xbmc derivative that I create is considerably bigger. :) Did yo...
by ejsolutions
Sun Jul 15, 2012 10:24 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Anyone have wifi dongle without external power?
Replies: 45
Views: 27498

Re: Anyone have wifi dongle without external power?

I'm using a cheap "Digitazz" (Ralink RT 5370) one purchased from feeBay, plugged into the top port. Uses RT2800usb driver in Raspbian.
by ejsolutions
Sun Jul 15, 2012 10:15 pm
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: New Raspbian Image
Replies: 30
Views: 12411

Re: New Raspbian Image

Maybe mpthompson (or another of the major distro packagers) could kindly explain how they produce their image(s). Example: rpi_pisces_r3.zip is 447.7MB yet expands to 4Gb when dd'ed out to a card, without a reboot. I'd assume that an xz version would be a fair deal smaller - see Puppi for an example...
by ejsolutions
Sat Jul 14, 2012 6:28 pm
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: New Raspbian Image
Replies: 30
Views: 12411

Re: New Raspbian Image

In short, 3.7GB is only compressing down to 543MB.
by ejsolutions
Sat Jul 14, 2012 4:55 pm
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: New Raspbian Image
Replies: 30
Views: 12411

Re: New Raspbian Image

Yes, I tried shrinking it down (implied by the 2182Mb) but the points are: Your 'bs' option doesn't work with my version of dd. You appear to be writing out to disc in one large block. Extracted images using your method will surely have rootfs as a smaller than normal size (compared to the usual 4Gb...
by ejsolutions
Sat Jul 14, 2012 1:47 pm
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: Instructions for building XBMC for Raspbian
Replies: 399
Views: 174852

Re: Instructions for building XBMC for Raspbian

Hi ejsolutions, It might be worth speaking to Mike, perhaps he will be able to host the image for you on the Raspbian repository? I am not entirely sure if there is a user contributed section yet but I know it was in the plans. It is very useful to have a pre configured image available. Regards, Jo...
by ejsolutions
Sat Jul 14, 2012 1:40 pm
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: New Raspbian Image
Replies: 30
Views: 12411

Re: New Raspbian Image

sudo dd if=/dev/mmcblk0 of=newimage.img bs=1M count=2182 .. for a 2182Mb populated card appears to work - testing now. However, this is not what I was trying to achieve. A 'standard' 4Gb image should be able to be compressed down to the same size, given the compression of the unused space, as per o...
by ejsolutions
Sat Jul 14, 2012 1:22 pm
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: New Raspbian Image
Replies: 30
Views: 12411

Re: New Raspbian Image

Are you sure the SD Card's device is /dev/mmcblk0? On Linux distros i've used (Ubuntu, Debian), SD Cards plugged in are just detected as normal devices (/dev/sdb, sdc, and so on). /dev/mmcblk0 is usually only if you actually boot the system from the SD Card itself, with the card containing the root...
by ejsolutions
Sat Jul 14, 2012 12:13 pm
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: New Raspbian Image
Replies: 30
Views: 12411

Re: New Raspbian Image

Many thanks. It appears that you are using a 'quirk' of dd, by making the block size the full partition size. Interesting - I'll give it a go. :)

A few moments later:

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sudo dd bs=3895459839 count=1 if=/dev/mmcblk0 of=newimage.img
dd: invalid number `3895459839'
dd (coreutils) 8.5

Hmm.

EJ
by ejsolutions
Sat Jul 14, 2012 9:42 am
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: New Raspbian Image
Replies: 30
Views: 12411

Re: New Raspbian Image

I'm looking for a wee bit of assistance with creating an image. In the final stages I do the following but don't get the final image to anywhere near the right size. dd if=/dev/zero of=zero.file bs=1024 sync; sleep 60; sync rm zero.file sudo dd bs=1M if=/dev/mmcblk0 conv=sync,noerror | xz -6 -c > ne...
by ejsolutions
Sat Jul 14, 2012 12:35 am
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: Instructions for building XBMC for Raspbian
Replies: 399
Views: 174852

Re: Instructions for building XBMC for Raspbian

I've started a Github account, ready to upload a pisces_r3_xbmc, that was just created today. Even though I wrote out a zeroed file and removed it, I'm struggling to get the image file size down to manageable levels. I must be missing something, as even with xz compression it's still very large (543...
by ejsolutions
Fri Jul 13, 2012 2:15 pm
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: MATE for Raspbian
Replies: 145
Views: 101195

Re: MATE for Raspbian

Evilbadger wrote:Cinnamon is a fork from the GNOME 3 project, and as such requires hardware acceleration to run. Without an accelerated X driver then I doubt you'll have much luck getting it to run on the RPi.
Ahh, I hadn't realised that bit. :( Then again accelerated X would be awfully nice too! :)
by ejsolutions
Fri Jul 13, 2012 1:07 pm
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: Instructions for building XBMC for Raspbian
Replies: 399
Views: 174852

Re: Instructions for building XBMC for Raspbian

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Ignoring install-info called from maintainer script
The package gperf should be rebuilt with new debhelper to get trigger support
Is this anything to be too concerned about?
by ejsolutions
Fri Jul 13, 2012 11:03 am
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: MATE for Raspbian
Replies: 145
Views: 101195

Re: MATE for Raspbian

.. I don't actually hold out too much hope for Cinnamon as it almost certainly uses more resources than MATE. However, we won't really know until we try. I installed MATE alongside Cinnamon, on my Mint 13 partition. Switching between them (and allowing time for processes to settle), there appears t...
by ejsolutions
Thu Jul 12, 2012 11:40 pm
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: Raspbian on Raspberry Pi Front Page
Replies: 17
Views: 3970

Re: Raspbian on Raspberry Pi Front Page

A MASSIVE well done to all who have helped to create Raspbian.
by ejsolutions
Thu Jul 12, 2012 11:22 pm
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: MATE for Raspbian
Replies: 145
Views: 101195

Re: MATE for Raspbian

mpthompson wrote:Sorry..
Sorry? Sorry! You gotta be kidding! :shock:
Absolutely no apologies required, I was just wondering that's all. Congratulations on the move forward to an official Foundation image.
by ejsolutions
Thu Jul 12, 2012 11:18 pm
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: New Raspbian "Pisces" Image
Replies: 87
Views: 22945

Re: New Raspbian "Pisces" Image

In my messing about with various images and SD cards (and not paying attention), i've gotten somewhat confused as to with images are on what card. Do you have a file that indicates the base image that has been used eg. pisces_r3? If not, then I best get in the habit of creating a release.txt on my c...
by ejsolutions
Thu Jul 12, 2012 11:02 pm
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: MATE for Raspbian
Replies: 145
Views: 101195

Re: MATE for Raspbian

Don't want this important "side project" to fall down too far in the forum! (Bump) In between all this other great work, have you per chance managed to progress with this option? I'd still love to figure out how Cinnamon compares with MATE in terms of resources used. I'll try to find time to switch ...
by ejsolutions
Thu Jul 12, 2012 12:08 am
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: Instructions for building XBMC for Raspbian
Replies: 399
Views: 174852

Re: Instructions for building XBMC for Raspbian

masterluke wrote:... I was wondering what what the "clear ;" was for...
So did I, until I clicked it was shortform for "tput clear" :D
by ejsolutions
Wed Jul 11, 2012 6:58 am
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: New Raspbian "Pisces" Image
Replies: 87
Views: 22945

Re: New Raspbian "Pisces" Image

Feedback appreciated. Yes, I keep forgetting about using a swap file (even though it's used on my VPSes) - what did I say about old skool habits? Windoze users are much more familiar with a file, rather than a partition. ;)
by ejsolutions
Tue Jul 10, 2012 8:43 pm
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: New Raspbian "Pisces" Image
Replies: 87
Views: 22945

Re: New Raspbian "Pisces" Image

A few observations.. Is there any particular reason for including DECnet in init.d? Perhaps we could keep NFS disabled by default but include something like tightvncserver instead. Contrary to what other have written, I don't really see any real benefit in having a relatively large swap file by defa...
by ejsolutions
Tue Jul 10, 2012 8:35 pm
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: New Raspbian "Pisces" Image
Replies: 87
Views: 22945

Re: New Raspbian "Pisces" Image

plugwash wrote:I've just added a torrent at http://archive.raspbian.org/images/rpi_ ... ip.torrent
Fantastic! That'll save my bandwidth allocation. ;)
by ejsolutions
Tue Jul 10, 2012 8:34 pm
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: Instructions for building XBMC for Raspbian
Replies: 399
Views: 174852

Re: Instructions for building XBMC for Raspbian

mpthompson wrote:... I uploaded a new Pisces R3 image..
Many thanks - replied to in main thread.
EJ
by ejsolutions
Tue Jul 10, 2012 8:24 pm
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: New Raspbian "Pisces" Image
Replies: 87
Views: 22945

Re: New Raspbian "Pisces" Image

Thanks for the update. I'll download now and upload to one of my servers...


(Edit: getting around 3-500Kb/s download.)

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