Joined: Jan. 2004
||Posted: Jan. 31 2004,22:56
Sorry I did not get back in here sooner, I was busy putting DSL on other machines. Also, I'll have to admit I have been wandering around in this board, posting in several locations.
The Laptop was a Toshiba 4015CDS, and it came with Window 98, in one partition, vfat.
I had no idea that the Flash Drives were so delicate. I use mine to restore Mozilla Firebird, and other files and configs such as the fluxbox menu, my .blackboxrc and my web page files that I am working on.
For some strange reason (I don't understand) I could not get the USB drive to work if formatted as vfat, so being a linux fan, I decided to use /ext2, and that worked. I have just today used the drive to restore on a new install, to a two month old Dell, with all the bells and whistles. I had to use
to get the LCD screen to respond.
That install is successful, except for the modem being a winmodem.
I can boot off the cd, or a floppy, and then restore Mozilla, etc. from the USB drive, after I mount it. The little drive seems to work on all machines with USB ports that I have encountered. (As long as I mount it first).
I have been working to revise the restore/backup script (filetool.sh) to allow a backup from a hard drive, but have found that to need a primary partition to work in, other than the one that /knoppix is in. I have usually copied my CDROM's /knoppix folder to the hard drive and run off a boot floppy, as I do not have cdrom drives on all machines. I use a backpack drive to do the copying. The one approach that I use is found in this menu:
That works, and I use it all the time. It only restores /MozillaFirebird, however. The actual script, if I can get it working, would be stored on a floppy, and upon first bootup of DSL, I mount the floppy, and then run the filetool.sh script.
I find that won't work on logical partitions, so I need to set it up on a box with at least two primary partitions. The menu example shows I can partly restore from /dev/hdb1, too if a second hard drive is installed. I just make a /DSL folder there, and copy the /MozillaFirebird directory there, and my menu takes care of getting it back each time.. Problem is, I want to not have to restore with a floppy, to get my menu, and then get the /Mozilla Directory from the hard drive. I'd like to do a complete restore from the hard drive, my menu, and Moz, too. I do have a machine here that has three partitions, Windows, SuSE, and Linux Swap. I'll see what I can do to get a floppy with a filetool.sh and a filetool.lst on it (just those two ought to do it), and restore/backup to my /dev/hda2 partition. I suppose the root "/" in the SuSE filesystem will be where the backup.tar.gz will wind up, and perhaps the filetool.lst will have to be there also.
I work with a lot of computers that do not have USB ports, or for that matter, CDrom drives.
Since the USB memory sticks have some durability issues, maybe setting up the restore on the hard drive is not such a bad idea. I think I heard that SuSE live does that too., but I only have an older SuSE that isn't a live cd. (I don't know how they do it)
Some of the elements of my menu's would be useful if DSL had them on first
bootup, mainly, the Floppy and USB mounts.
Rapidweather Remaster of DSL:
Rapidweather Remaster of Knoppix Linux: