Joined: Oct. 2003
||Posted: Dec. 28 2006,16:36
cdr, You can decide how you want to implement Qemu. There have been so many changes with the Qemu project that not all can be pre-setup. The smallish size of 60MB and the fact that it was a virtual hard drive, caused so many questions and mis-understandings, from how to access the real drives, to how can a natively booted DSL access the virtual drive. And requiring users to download basically an empty 60 additional MB. However, if you can still choose to make one and use if you so desired. This may even be preferable if you only use Qemu/DSL, i.e., always from within Windows.
Qemu v0.8.2 does have easy read access to real physical drives.
So when booting natively, it is very easy to use and save MyDSL extensions. And when booting via Qemu and the pendrive.bat all of your backup and MyDSL extensions are read from the physical drive and load properly as would be expected.
The Qemu sites reports as of 11/25/06 to have write capability. While waiting for feature to be generally available via the binary downloads, I find using smbclient quite easy.
1. In Windows "share" your pendrive
2. In Windows note your machine's IP number (ipconfig)
3, Start Qemu/DSL via the pendrive.bat
Use normally - download extensions into /cdrom/mydsl
BEFORE YOU SHUTDOWN !!!
4. Click DSLpanel, click Backup/Restore, click Backup
5. From DSL menu Apps->Net->SMBclient
Enter info and click connect button
You will have an smb prompt
smb:\> lcd /cdrom
smb:\> put backup.tar.gz
smb:\> lcd mydsl
smb:\> put just_downloaded_extension (repeat as needed)
Now you have stored your Qemu virtual session backup and extenions to the physical drive.
This is just one option. Like I said, if you prefer virtual drives, you can. Some users prefer to email these files, and other use webdata, and others grab the Samba/LinNeighborhood to have a graphical version of the above.
While we are waiting on the Qemu project, perhaps someone who has a full Windows Development System will step forward and offer to compile the latest sources of Qemu and then we should have direct write access. Then things will be quite simple.
Edited by roberts on Dec. 28 2006,17:04