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46  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.
47  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.
48  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).
49  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".
50  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.
51  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).
52  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.
53  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.
54  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.
55  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.
56  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.
57  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).
58  Damn Small Linux / Other Help Topics / Re: Installed .dsl files from MyDsl: how to backup them on: April 03, 2015, 11:24:47 PM
See this page on the DSL Wiki (http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/wiki/mydsl_loading_extensions_at_boot.htm).

If all else fails, you can also manually add the mydsl-load command for each extension to the /opt/bootlocal.sh script, but the automatic function will be easier.

Note that this means the programs are effectively re-installed from the extension packages on each boot. Their settings files should be in directories already in your "filelist", but if one keeps reverting to defaults you might need to find its settings file and add it to the list manually.
59  Damn Small Linux / Other Help Topics / Re: DSL 4.4. How to run .dsl files from MyDsl on: March 23, 2015, 10:14:14 PM
You can use the script "mydsl-load" in a terminal window. For example, if one was in the directory with the .dsl files, this command would load an extension "mydsl-load <name>.dsl" where "<name>" is the name of the partiular extension.

I believe that double clicking on extensions in the emelFM file manager also loads them, unless that's something I set up myself. You will see text confirming that the extension is loaded appear in the terminal log at the bottom of the emelFM window.

You can also use the DSL extension broser as described on this page: http://damnsmalllinux.org/wiki/installing_mydsl_extensions.html

EDIT: Or if you mean you don't know how to run the program after the .dsl has been loaded: Some programs can only be run from the terminal, so they do not have icons appear in the MyDSL menu or the desktop. Check the documentation or the Man pages for the programs you want to run for the correct way of calling them. Or just type their name followed by "--help" in the terminal for their built-in command list which is usually more condensed. You can type "<program name> --help | less" if the help list is too long to view.
60  Damn Small Linux / HD Install / Re: Change partition where stuff is downloaded and saved? on: February 16, 2015, 09:46:21 PM
You should be able to edit your /backup.tar.gz file to remove extensions that you think are causing the problem.

Or, if there's nothing you've saved in DSL that you want to keep, you could just delete your backup.tar.gz file and DSL will start as if you used the "norestore" cheatcode. Then you can make a new one.

Or remove the extensions from your MyDSL folder if you load them that way.
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