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1  Damn Small Linux / HD Install / solved using a Debian live image on: August 18, 2013, 07:16:03 PM
Sorry I had to change the distro.

This works very well for me:


has gspca drivers built-in
2  Damn Small Linux / HD Install / Re: looking for a solution: installalling DSL persistently on simple computer on: August 17, 2013, 03:15:54 PM
Actually I want to preconfigure the Live system.

I don't want to allow any further changes then within the live system.
Therefore I want to modify the KNOPPIX file which contains the ramdisk.

Using persistence mode sounds like an alternative, I am going to try this out as well.
However, therefore I need to know how to bypass the questions on DSL bootup:
- xvesa ?
- usb mouse ?
- scroll wheel ?
- screen resolution ?
- language ?

This needs to be done without user interaction.
3  Damn Small Linux / HD Install / Re: looking for a solution: installalling DSL persistently on simple computer on: August 16, 2013, 09:47:04 PM
Thank you very much for your help, I really appreciate this.

I have redisposed and came to the solution, that a live system is the better choice. I am now trying to use some distros.
Because I then dont want to reboot the PC often but let it doing its job a long time. Notice: A live OS needs more time to boot because it checks the hardware every time it's starting up, however then it is faster because it uses the RAM for files too (the ramdisk containing usr, bin, etc, ...).

However, how can I change the live system permanently (dsl-4.4.10.iso) ?
Everything is hidden in the file KNOPPIX/KNOPPIX (50570245 b)...

In a hex editor (uedit) the only human readable lines are the first ones
#V2.0 Format
modprobe cloop file=$0 && mount -r -t iso9660 /dev/cloop $1
exit $?

Also tried with other distros which are using squashfs and is either saying
Filesystem uses unknown compression, this is unsupported by this version
Decompressors available:

    Filesystem on filesystem.squashfs is (4:0), which is a later filesystem version
    than I support!

depending on the "Squashfstools" / unsquashfs.exe (I am using Windows)
4  Damn Small Linux / HD Install / Re: looking for a solution: installalling DSL persistently on simple computer on: August 06, 2013, 02:06:02 PM
couldnt find an error code representating 'j' in ASCII code  ( = 0x6A )

However, can someone explain me why I need a bootloader on a USB flash drive??
Did exactly the same but with GRUB:

On installtion process in DSL, it says:
" [my usb flash drive] does not have any corresponding bios drive "

On boot with this newly created USB flash drive it appears:
(blinking cursor)
(blinking cursor)
GRUB Read error_ (blinking cursor)

I also tried pressing SHIFT on boot until the message appeared.

I haven't expected this to be so sophisticated!


P. S. : Hardware = Fujitsu Siemens Futro S200, 128 MB RAM
5  Damn Small Linux / HD Install / Re: looking for a solution: installalling DSL persistently on simple computer on: August 05, 2013, 05:27:43 PM
The anwser you are looking for (where the files from /ramdisk are stored on permanent storage media (eg. your USB stick) like on a traditional OS installation) is what is called in DSL a "HDD Install" onto a USB Memory Stick

Exactly this is what I'm trying to accomplish.

As I said before, I haven't done this before, but "USB-HDD Pendrive Install" in the DSL menu may do what you want
No, it is Installing to the Hard Disk - DSL Wiki (http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/wiki/installing_to_the_hard_disk.html) and the command is dsl-hdinstall.

I tried it without succes.
I followed the manual step by step and when I was ready with my partitioning, I started "dsl-hdinstall" with ext2 (saying 'no' to ext3) and without multiboot... (see the screenshots)

I was confused with the bootloader because that is new to me, and I chose LILO.

!! However, it is just a 'j' appearing at the top left corner on the screen followed by a blinking cursor , ignoring user input completely.

If you cannot get a HDD Install to work on USB, remaining options are using a swap partition on the USB stick so that you won't run out of RAM, and setting up the DSL backup and restore systems for persistence.
I am afraid this is too slow - every single DSL boot is very long, I think because it detects all the hardware - that would be skipped when installed properly on HDD ,USBĀ“.

Otherwise you could do a HDD Install to the CF card that would almost certainly work if you used one large enough (and is still able to be used in other machines if you take it out of the case).
Yes, I got a CF card reader but I think USB is still more comfortable and I know it has to be possible.

Now as for your web cam, [...]
I found this shall be the matching one: spca5xx-v4l1goodbye.tar.gz
on http://mxhaard.free.fr/download.html
because it says 'for kernel below 2.6.11'


By the way, I came across this
what is exactly my interest:
Installing Arch Linux on a USB key
In contrast to having a LiveUSB [...], the result will be a persistent installation identical to normal installation to HDD, but on a USB flash drive.

  • cfdisk settings on my usb stick, of course I selected 'write' at the end and waited for partition table to be wrote.

  • dsl-hdinstall, page 1/2

  • dsl-hdinstall, page 2/2
6  Damn Small Linux / HD Install / Re: looking for a solution: installalling DSL persistently on simple computer on: August 03, 2013, 03:53:40 PM
Unfortunately, this doesn't refer to my question at all.
I am not trying to increase the Ram size but to install DSL to a USB Flash Drive permanently & persistently.
It is not for portable usage but for the same computer all the time.
The reason for me to install it to a USB Flash drive:
 - more flexible than CF card
 - easier to maintain
 - will save data to it and needs to be examined on another computer

Tried gqcam (gqcam092.dsl (http://www2.cddc.vt.edu/linux/distributions/damnsmall/mydsl/multimedia/)) without success.

always using root (sudo)

mydsl-load gqcam092.dsl

/dev/video: No such device

gqcam looks very cool because there is also an application called "motion" for motion detection.

I wonder why it doesn't work in view of the "lsusb" response
045e:00f5 Microsoft Corp.
7  Damn Small Linux / HD Install / (solved not using DSL) customize a webserver and use Webcamera on: July 31, 2013, 10:16:52 PM
looking for a solution: installalling DSL persistently on simple computer

Solution = http://damnsmalllinux.org/forums/index.php?topic=450.msg1028#msg1028

Original question


issue/need: persistent install of DSL to a PC

PC: Thin Client Futro S200 (Teco TR5670 board) , system: 800 MHz, 128MB Ram, 131 MB CF (Compact Flash)
-> I think no HD install possible.

So I want a USB install (against recommendations?) because later you can help me avoiding much writing to CF card.

I have USB: 2GB, 8GB - both work well for everything I tested (boot via PLOP (beware using it on the front resp. rear side), accepted by DSL)

What I did so far:
  • PC is not bootable with USB -> using PLOP bootmanager, works like a charm
  • dsl vga=normal lang=de
  • installed some stuff like dsl-dpkg.dsl, gcc1-with-libs.dsl
  • realized /ramdisk is getting full (ramdisk uses ca. 80MB of my 128MB available RAM)
  • want to move /ramdisk (change its location) to a USB Pen drive --> so this usb contains my user data . I need them to be persistent

By the way: My actual target is to use my webcam and this computer as a server,
lsusb explained me
-> 045e:00f5 Microsoft Corp.
Very happy DSL identifies my camera.

Wrote a small shell script
mydsl-load dsl-dpkg.dsl
mydsl-load gcc1-with-libs.dsl

cd spca5xx-v4l1goodbye/

sudo make install

# the following fails
sudo apt-get install cheese


the ramdisk is full then


I need a persistent and reliable solution for my issue.

If you have any alternatives to my idea, please explain me. I feel being a beginner to DSL and I am very surprised by its speed on my simple computer - thank you for the developpment.

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