Search Members Help

» Welcome Guest
[ Log In :: Register ]

Mini-ITX Boards Sale, Fanless BareBones Mini-ITX, Bootable 1G DSL USBs, 533MHz Fanless PC <-- SALE $200 each!
Get The Official Damn Small Linux Book. DSL Market , Great VPS hosting provided by Tektonic

[ Track this topic :: Email this topic :: Print this topic ]

reply to topic new topic new poll
Topic: Live-Slide-Show with DSL 3.0.1 remasterd, howto burn a picture-CD< Next Oldest | Next Newest >
BopART Offline

Group: Members
Posts: 3
Joined: Oct. 2006
Posted: Oct. 30 2006,12:38 QUOTE

Live-Slide-Show with a remastered DSL 3.0.1  
Fr 27. Okt 18:09:36 CEST 2006


A Step-by-step Instruktion how I did this and hints for improving

Approx time: 1/2 h
You need:
1. dsl-3.0.1-CDROM
2. cdrw-drive
3. (very) basic knowledge about shell-commands like cp, mv or mount

AA) Goal:

Insert the CDROM, start the Computer, and the SLIDE SHOW begins ...
(Well, actually there are no slides but pictures ...)

BB) Overview:

> Start DSL with no boot-options
> Set Desktop-Behavior, Wallpaper,Style, Sreen-Resolution,... to your liking, resp. so the new CDROM will likely work in the new enviroment.
> Create/change/copy nessesary dir's and files
> Save the lot as backup.tar.gz
> reboot DSL with "toram"-option (otherwise the CD-remaster-skript complains)
> start the remaster-skript, answer some questions, burn the CDROM
>> restart, do nothing, ENYOY YOUR PICTURE SCHOW from your new CDROM (hopefully)

This may not be the most elegant way to do this, but:
1. it worked for me
2. as a "mpm" (mouse-push-maniac), I'm just a "dsd" (dammned-skript-dummy).

CC) Let's go! (Preliminaries:)

- Start DSL with no boot-options
#mount /mnt/hda10 (my value, apartition with enough space, change it to your inner desires..)
#mkdir /mnt/hda10/dslremaster
This will be the root-dir of the remastered MyDSL-CDROM (in this document referred as "myDSL-root-dir")
#mkdir /mnt/hda10/DSLremaster/optional
#mkdir /mnt/hda10/DSLremaster/pic-show
#mkdir /mnt/hda10/DSLremaster/data

- cp all programms to start at boot-time into myDSL-root-dir )***1
- cp all progs to start manually into /optional
- cp all Pictures in an alphabetikal/numerical order into /pic-show
- cp all the rest you want on the CDROM into /data

DD) Behavior of the CDROM:

Now some changes to the default-behavior of DSL:
> Set Desktop-Behavior, Wallpaper,Style, Sreen-Resolution,...

The CDROM schould start with no user-interaction automagicaly into the user "DSL", start xzgv and show the first pic zoomed in fullscreen.
To do this, we have to alter 2 files in the DSL-user home-dir:

> disable dillo on start
> mount cdrom
> start with xzgv with some options )***2
> 24 hour-time
> rename Workspace 1 into "1 = Bilder Schau"
> )***3

# dillo /usr/share/doc/DSL/getting_started.html &>/dev/null &
mount /mnt/auto/cdrom
xzgv -f -z --exif-orient /mnt/auto/cdrom/pic-show/* &>/dev/null &

session.screen0.strftimeFormat: %A, %d.%m.%Y   %H:%M:%S
session.screen0.workspaceNames: 1 = Bilder Schau ,= 2 =,= 3 =,= 4 =,

If you like you can put some files in the home-dir of DSL. I added a Linux-1.-help.pdf file and created a link to a nice Desktop-icon.

All these changes have to be stored now:
- Klick on DSL-Panel/Backup enter "hda10"
- Klick "OK"
A file "backup.tar.gz" will be created in /mnt/hda10/

- try-out your settings with a reboot and no boot-option. If not satisfied, go back to DD) {You can skip this step}
- mv backup.tar.gz to the myDSL-root-dir as "myconfig.tar.gz" (Note: the default behavior of knoppix ist, to look for this file on the root-dir of the CDROM and execute it with no user interaction needed)

EE) Now we're nearly done!

A small detail: As we have the Backup-process started, on reboot the system is looking for backup.tar.gz. Now we have to disable that.
I did this "my way":

#del /mnt/hda10/backup.tar.gz
(If still exist; if you did mv, this step is obsolete)
#umount /mnt/hda10
(Probably not nessasary, but see Hint below)
- Go to DSL-Panel/Backup
- Click on "None". A Message apears (see Hint below)
- OK

For me, the warning in DSL-Panel/Backup is not very clear:
"This will clear the backup device!
No backup. No Automatic Restore.
Until device is re-entered. Are you sure?"

Will only the file/(device?) backup.tar.gz cleared/(deleted?) or the whole partition/device/HD it is in?
Someone who knows and has a better understanding of semantic, please change/clerify
this message!

FF) The final step:

- reboot mit boot-option "dsl toram" (For me it worked without option "2", so I have a nice desktop to push the mouse)
#mount /mnt/hda10
- start the nice CD-remaster-skript by Robert Shingledecker Apps/Tools/Make myDSL CD remaster
- Answer the 8 Questions as follows: (note:these are my values)
1 #/mnt/hda10/DSLremaster (extension-dir)
2 #/mnt/hda10/ (myDSL.iso-dir)
 Copying begins ...
 When finished, there are 2 more dirs and 1 file in my myDSL-root-dir: /KNOPPIX /boot and /index.html.
I exchanged index.html with one with with german langage. (You would bee surprised, how easy even the most simple instructions in non-native langage can confuse people - especially on a screen!)
3 #lang=de (boot-time options)
 (Well, think about your enviroment the CDROM has to work. Maybe add: toram vga=..., waitusb, config=scan,  ...)
4 No nead to open a second xzterm; everything done in step CC) (but last chance to change/add something)
5 OK (Capital letters!) (The mydsl.iso image file will be created)
6 OK  (the burning begins ...)
7 0,1,0 (my burner is 2nd drive)
8 12 (Faster speed give me burning errors, see for yourself)

GG) YOU ARE HERE: Put the newly burned CDROM in your drive, boot and ENYOY !

- A feature in xzgv that changes picture timed as in gqview or feh
- looping like gqview
- some nice blending between the pics
- sort of scan to find the dir "pix-show", wherever it ist in (Floppy, USB, hda1, ...)
Who can help?

- maybee set xzgv parameter in ~/.xzgvrc for easyer fiddeling with them and have a user-wide consistant behavier (especielly the zoom option)
- better lang-support
- tryout gqview -f -s /mnt/auto/pic-show

Known caveat:
- xzgv is slow, taker 1 ... 2 sec to open next picture
- gqview can't exif-orient?
- gqview open still the main-window
- gqviewrc always re-created while booting? - no user-own gqviewrc?
- gtksee same as gqview?

- Use gqview instead of xzgv (has timer and pre-load and loop)
-  wmbubble instead torsmo
- qiv ?
Changes to make:

gqview.dsl into mydsl-root-dir

gqview -f -s /mnt/auto/cdrom/pic-show/* &>/dev/null &
wmbubble &

END of Step-by-step instruktions Live-Slide-Show
Back to top
Profile PM 
John Offline

Group: Super Administrators
Posts: 697
Joined: Sep. 2003
Posted: Oct. 31 2006,20:28 QUOTE

BopART, that's a great howto, thanks for sharing!
Back to top
Profile PM 
humpty Offline

Group: Members
Posts: 655
Joined: Sep. 2005
Posted: Nov. 02 2006,04:46 QUOTE

can you make a mydsl.extension of it ?
Back to top
Profile PM 
BopART Offline

Group: Members
Posts: 3
Joined: Oct. 2006
Posted: Nov. 02 2006,16:44 QUOTE

Well, it might come to that. At the moment I''m still not satisfied. Looking for a better viewer. Found qiv, thou qiv can't exif-orient, but has timer and loop.
I simpified some steps; no need to reboot for making the remaster.iso
Back to top
Profile PM 
3 replies since Oct. 30 2006,12:38 < Next Oldest | Next Newest >

[ Track this topic :: Email this topic :: Print this topic ]

reply to topic new topic new poll
Quick Reply: Live-Slide-Show with DSL 3.0.1 remasterd

Do you wish to enable your signature for this post?
Do you wish to enable emoticons for this post?
Track this topic
View All Emoticons
View iB Code