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1  Damn Small Linux / Other Help Topics / Re: iPerf on: August 28, 2015, 11:03:15 PM
If you're trying to install using apt-get, that system is rather broken with DSL. There is no Debian package of iPerf for Debian Woody (3), the version of Debian with which DSL is compatible, however there is one for the following version "Sarge" (http://archive.debian.net/sarge/iperf). To get that to install, you would first need to install the "libc6.dsl" and "gcc1.dsl" extensions from the MyDSL respository, then use dpkg (with the "--force" switch) to manually load the Sarge package.

The only dependency I'm not sure about is libstdc++5 as I can't tell exactly what version comes with DSL, but I think you'll probably be lucky. It's possible the ".dsl" packages aren't actually required either, if the packages list on the DSL website hasn't been updated for the last releases.

If that doesn't work, or you want the latest version, then you'll have to build from source. There aren't many dependencies with this program, so that shouldn't be too hard, but check if it mentions any incompatibility with kernel versions as early as 2.4 which is used by DSL. See the wiki page about making a "tar.gz" extension for a description of the compiling process.
2  Damn Small Linux / User Feedback / Brother Printer Drivers with DSL (MFC-7340) on: August 02, 2015, 03:43:01 AM
Just for the benefit on anyone wondering which path to take in a similar circumstance, here are some notes from today's attempt to get my Brother MFC-7340 printer working in DSL. It only took me an hour, that's pretty good for setting new things up with DSL. Note that this method does not use CUPS, I haven't tried using CUPS in DSL, though it is available from the MyDSL Repository.

The instructions here on the Brother website (http://support.brother.com/g/s/id/linux/en/instruction_prn3.html?c=us_ot&lang=en&comple=on&redirect=on) do actually work for DSL (once you eventually find them...).

The one exception is that dpkg has to be run as root, and the /var/spool/lpd/MFC7340 (the name of the last directory will depend on your printer model) ends up being created without user permissions. This means that when you try to print, lpr will come back with something like:
Code:
MFC7340@box: printer 'mfc7340', chdir to '/var/spool/lpd/MFC7340' failed 'Permission denied'
The same error is also generated when the "lpc status" command is tried, which normally shows you the status of configured printers.

To fix, simply use chmod to make the directory for your printer open to all users (as root):
Code:
chmod a+rwx /var/spool/lpd/MFC7340

And don't choose this moment to forget that folders need to be marked executable, like I did at first!

Now printing should work from all applications, and directly from the command line for text files with "lpr":
Code:
lpr mytesttext.txt

One note about the MFC-7340 Driver (V. 2.0.2-1, 25/06/2008, http://support.brother.com/g/b/downloadlist.aspx?c=au&lang=en&prod=mfc7340_us_as&os=128):
I've found that on some long or complex files, the printer seems to stall on a page and coat the rest of that page with random vertical lines, before continually spitting out blank pages until the print job is canceled at the printer. This also happens in Knoppix 7.2 (on the same PC) where I have the same driver installed via CUPS, so I expect it is a driver problem. In any case it happens quite rarely. I couldn't find any alternative drivers that worked when setting it up in Knoppix.

After this problem occurs, I've found all print jobs are printed blank until the printer is reset (turned off and on).
3  MyDSL Extensions / Games / Re: install zandronum or zdoom?????? on: August 02, 2015, 12:58:10 AM
Looking at this wiki page (http://zdoom.org/wiki/Compile_ZDoom_on_Linux) about compiling Zdoom (I haven't checked zandronum, but presumably it's similar), it looks like compiling in DSL may well be possible, but you'll need to compile some dependencies first.

Most of the dependencies that are not optional will need to be compiled by you because the correct versions are not included with DSL, and they are not in any extensions in the "MyDSL" repository.

Specifically:
gcc 4: no version this late is available pre-compiled for DSL
cmake 2.4: isn't in the MyDSL repository
fmodex 4.26.36: isn't in the MyDSL repository
SDL 2.0.3:   no version this late is available pre-compiled for DSL

Some of these dependencies will probably have dependencies of their own that must then be compiled first if they're not already in DSL or the MyDSL repository at the correct version. It's possible that some dependencies will not be able to compile with the old Linux kernel that DSL uses (version 2.4.31).

Many of these dependencies for dependencies will be covered by packages in the MyDSL repository, "compile-3.3.5.uci" will likely contain many, even though the version of gcc that is included in it is too old to be used to compile Zdoom. This page shows the base packages already included in DSL (http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/packages.html). - Actually, I'm not sure what version of DSL the X-Box port was based on, so that page may not be 100% accurate if you're running X-DSL.

If you find that a dependency can't be installed in DSL due to the Kernel problem, you could try older versions of Zdoom that might be more compatible with the old software base available for DSL.

Finally, in case you don't know, there is the "prboom" version of the Doom engine available for DSL in the MyDSL respository with the file name "doom.dsl". Make sure you get the one for DSL, not DSL-N.


By the way, thanks for reminding me about the Xbox version of DSL, I'll have to try modding the broken Xbox I've got one of these years...
4  MyDSL Extensions / System / Re: how in the name of all gods install manually .dsl extensions on: August 01, 2015, 03:11:53 AM
I've loaded plenty of .dsl files offline, so it certinly works in most cases.

I gather you're running a frugal install from your HDD. If you are running "live" from a CD, then it really should work so perhaps your .dsl is corrupt.

Can you try another .dsl as a test?

If none are working, perhaps something is wrong with your installation (assuming you are not running DSL from a CD).

Oh, also. Do you know that the package you're trying to load won't show any icons etc. once it's loaded. You need to check it's loaded by trying the "dpkg" or "apt-get" commands.
5  MyDSL Extensions / Apps / Re: How to use axyftp on: August 01, 2015, 02:52:36 AM
Argh, archive.org wrecks havoc on my poor Pentium I since they started to force https. Anyway, I finally found where the manual was hiding (https://web.archive.org/web/20011212090148/http://www.wxftp.seul.org/help/axyftp.html).

Not a PDF, but I'm sure you'll cope. It actually seems fairly comprehensive.
6  Damn Small Linux / Other Help Topics / Re: USB Tethering on: July 23, 2015, 11:07:34 PM
Another EDIT (new post because this forum won't let me make it):

Ahh!, just lost my second edit. OK, short version:
Look here: http://www.freebsd.org/doc/handbook/network-usb-tethering.html

Nothing but "cdce" will work in DSL. Use modprobe instead of kldload to manually load modules (should load themselves when phone connected).

Android doesn't use CDC (cdce), should be able to. Force it if you can. It uses RNDIS be default (will never work in DSL).
7  Damn Small Linux / Other Help Topics / Re: USB Tethering on: July 23, 2015, 10:38:34 PM
I just checked, and DSL does include the "usbnet" module (in /lib/modules/2.4.31/kernel/drivers/usb/) for networking over USB. Because the DSL base system is quite old now, many newer drivers that work with usbnet are probably missing. In theory it should work with some phones [EDIT: actually for just Android phones, they should all do tethering the same].

Open a terminal window, type "ifconfig" and watch what network interfaces are listed along the left of the window. Now connect your phone in tethering mode and, after waiting for everything to work itself out, do "ifconfig" again and note if the new interface has appeared (most likely usb0, but maybe starting with eth). If it has, you can configure it using the netcardconf program in the DSL menu under "DSL>Setup>Net Setup", or do it manually from the command line if you're comfortable with that.

If it doesn't work, which isn't unlikely, look into the protocol that your phone uses for the ethernet over USB and check whether it is included with DSL, or if it's even possible to run  with a version 2.4 Linux kernel. It it works in other Linux distros, you can compare the results of the "lsmod" command in the terminal before and after connecting the phone. The new modules loaded will be the ones DSL would need to load to get usbnet working.

Tons of (slightly outdated) information at this webpage (http://www.linux-usb.org/usbnet/). I haven't read it all myself. On that page, this application will be a "USB device running Linux".
8  Damn Small Linux / Laptops / Re: Display problems using DSL with Panasonic CF-27 Laptop on: July 16, 2015, 10:35:46 PM
What different settings have you tried so far?

It looks like a graphics driver problem, so you might be able to get a better display with the graphics in framebuffer mode. This can be done with the command "fb800x600" at the CD boot screen. Details are on the wiki (http://damnsmalllinux.org/wiki/cheat_codes.html#Other_boot_labels).

The "dsl vga=xxx" commands (http://damnsmalllinux.org/wiki/vga_xxx.html) might help if that doesn't, or Xsetup with "dsl xsetup" if that isn't what you've already been doing.
9  Damn Small Linux / Site News / Re: DSL coming back on: June 21, 2015, 12:59:27 AM
I can't see any new topic in the other sections of the forum.

Anyway, graphics problems pop with some laptops, but there are usually ways to get around them. The DSL Wiki has a section on boot codes (http://damnsmalllinux.org/wiki/cheat_codes.html), they're not menu slectable, you have to type "dsl [cheatcodes]" and press enter. With [cheatcodes] being whatever options you need.

Try "fb800x600" (you need to leave off the "dsl" bit for this command), so that DSL avoids trying to use specific video drivers that may not be working properly.

If still no joy, you can try the "dsl vga=xxx" command (http://damnsmalllinux.org/wiki/vga_xxx.html).
10  Damn Small Linux / Site News / Re: DSL coming back on: June 19, 2015, 11:22:06 PM
The *-initrd.iso image is for network booting, which you shouldn't need.

You should just download the file "dsl-4.4.10.iso", or "dsl-4.4.11.RC2.iso" for the latest release candidate. By default these will boot as a live CD and won't change anything on the HDD unless you tell it to manually. It works like any other Live CD distro.

You can download from the http version of the ibiblio site (http://distro.ibiblio.org/damnsmall/) if FTP isn't working.
11  Damn Small Linux / Site News / Re: DSL coming back on: June 18, 2015, 10:44:08 PM
A few posts still pop up from time to time.

John (DSL developer) usually checks the forum each month or so to delete the spam, but he's being a bit slow over the last attack. At least they stopped on their own, so it shouldn't be hard to overlook when viewing new posts.
12  Damn Small Linux / HD Install / Re: What to Download? on: June 17, 2015, 10:11:38 PM
The last STABLE release is "dsl-4.4.10.iso" in the "current" directory. The official download site is at ibiblio (http://distro.ibiblio.org/damnsmall/).

The release candidates for 4.4.11 don't change that much though, and I don't think there have been any significant problems found with RC2.

DSL-N was designed to include and support more current software at the price of being bigger than 50MB and less compatible with old '90s era computers. However development ceased before DSL, so in some respects it is less up to date.
13  Damn Small Linux / Laptops / Re: Is it possible to boot an iBook G4 with DSL in a pendrive? on: May 05, 2015, 10:04:29 PM
Unfortunately I don't believe any release of DSL has been made for the PowerPC platform. It isn't compatible with x86 PC binaries.

You're only option would be to use Qemu (http://damnsmalllinux.org/wiki/qemu.html), but then you wouldn't get the normal speed of DSL because it would be running in an emulated environment.

The Embedded release of DSL is for Qemu, but I don't think it has an Apple OS executable. Might be worth checking though.

At least there are a number of other free OSs still carrying PowerPC versions, including a good few Linux distros.
14  Damn Small Linux / HD Install / Re: How would I install? on: May 04, 2015, 11:28:32 PM
You used the DSL Emdedded release? That's not right, you should have used one of the ISO disc images. The Emdedded release isn't bootable, it's meant to run inside Windows, more info on the Wiki (http://damnsmalllinux.org/wiki/which_file_do_i_download_long_version.html).

Here's what I typed before I noticed that you used the Embedded release:

I remember some mention on the old forum of having to turn off (or maybe on) the "plug and play complient OS" option (or similar) in the BIOS. I can't find any mention of it now though, I've never had the problem myself. Still, worth a try. Giving another USB memory device a try might be worthwhile as well, if you have one to hand.
15  Damn Small Linux / Other Help Topics / Re: DSL Logo Needed on: April 20, 2015, 12:16:56 PM
I don't really know where to look, but I don't think that's the current logo.

Attached are a couple from desktop backgrounds. The first is included with the distro, the second is from the "classic-backgrounds" extension and probably no bigger than what you've got.

Perhaps you could try sending a PM to John  (http://damnsmalllinux.org/forums/index.php?action=profile;u=1), or to his email address listed on the donations page (http://damnsmalllinux.org/donate.html).
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