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Title: No SATA and no apt-get
Post by: MikeYates on June 28, 2019, 10:12:19 AM
Sorry to ask 2 at once!
Boots ok from "Rufus" USB (dd wouldn't work) but cannot even see any hard drive in either of my two laptops.
Tried in Virtualbox and also would only see IDE drives, not SCSI.
Tried "expert" but unsure which modules to load and auto-config fails to find even the /KNOPPIX on USB pen.
What to do?

Got a "debian style" install-to-hd to work OK in VirtualBoxbut what's the use with no apt?
Which apt deb should I get? Will even that work with no dpkg?

Using dsl-4.4.10.iso,    (52,328,448 bytes)  seems to be made 18/11/2008
Is that latest?

Title: Re: No SATA and no apt-get
Post by: CNK on June 28, 2019, 11:06:16 PM
Hello Mike (fellow Dr Who fan?),

SATA support is enabled by using the "sata" command (http://damnsmalllinux.org/wiki/cheat_codes.html) on the boot command line, or in the kernel line in "/boot/grub/menu.lst".

DSL is only compatible with Debian 3.0 (Woody) packages, and these are no longer actively maintained by the Debian project (since 2006).

You can still use these old packages by replacing the entries in "/etc/apt/sources.list" with:
deb http://archive.debian.org/debian-archive/debian woody main contrib non-free

EDIT: You also need to load a MyDSL package "dsl-dpkg.dsl" to enable apt support. The tool under "Apps > Tools >Enable Apt" may still work to do this automatically.

Alternatively, DSL has its own package system which is accessed by the MyDSL browser in the desktop menu: "MyDSL > MyDSL Browser". The URL for the MyDSL respository can be changed with the tool under "Apps > Net > Download Mirror Selector". A working URL is:

The version that you are using is the latest stable release. The latest release candidate, V. 4.11.rc2 from 2012, is also available (http://distro.ibiblio.org/damnsmall/release_candidate/).

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