February 1st, 2004


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too tired to google for it...and too busy building my kernel, so ill just ask here =p

how do i cut things out of the bootup process?

i have a laptop, and i dont want it to bring up eth0 every time cause if i dont have an ethernet cable plugged in it takes a long ass time to get to the next part. also, id like to keep it from checking for new hardware because i take out the mouse and cd drive out a lot.

thanks =)

New Love-Sources

For you brave souls out there who are fond of living on the bleeding edge (*Ahem* DO NOT PUT THIS ON A PRODUCTION SERVER!!!), the newest love-sources patches are out. They're here.

If you're a Gentoo user, you can download the ebuild to $PORTDIR_OVERLAY/sys-kernel/love-sources.

If you don't know what that means (assuming you use Gentoo and actually give a hoot), it means that you have to edit your /etc/make.conf and uncomment the line that says PORTDIR_OVERLAY=. Personally, I use PORTDIR_OVERLAY="/usr/local/portage". Assuming you have your portage overlay set to /usr/local/portage, you'd mkdir -p /usr/local/portage/sys-kernel/love-sources, download the ebuild to /usr/local/portage/sys-kernel/love-sources/, ebuild /usr/local/portage/sys-kernel/love-sources/love-sources-2.6.2_rc2-r4.ebuild digest, emerge love-sources, rm /usr/src/linux, ln -s /usr/src/linux-2.6.2_rc2-love4 /usr/src/linux, and then build your kernel.

Machine won't power down

The good news is that I finally got kernel 2.6.1 running. My machine is now blazing fast, in comparison to the 2.4.22 Mandrake 9.2 stock kernel. (Disk i/o in particular seems to be much better, less thrashing and such. Applications seem to launch faster as well.)

But my machine won’t power down properly anymore, no matter how I do it (halt, shutdown, using the GUI in either GNOME or KDE). There are no special error messages displayed; the console just spits out “Power down” as the last line and sits there. Of course, all I have to do is hit the hard power switch on my box to finish the job, but it’d be much nicer if Linux could do it by itself. (In other words, the runlevel 0 scripts seem to do everything right, except for actually powering the machine down. I don’t get any messages about an unclean shutdown on the next boot or anything like that.)

I compiled my kernel with ACPI support, but without APM (thought I wouldn’t need it). Could that have anything to do with it? Or maybe I neglected to pass a special argument to the kernel on boot? At any rate, TIA for any assistance you can render.

Update: I ran dmesg | grep ACPI and got the following:

BIOS-e820: 000000001ffc0000 - 000000001fff8000 (ACPI data)
BIOS-e820: 000000001fff8000 - 0000000020000000 (ACPI NVS)
ACPI: RSDP (v000 AMI ) @ 0x000ff980
ACPI: RSDT (v001 DELL ZUUL 0x20010703 MSFT 0x00001011) @ 0x1fff0000
ACPI: FADT (v001 DELL ZUUL 0x20010703 MSFT 0x00001011) @ 0x1fff1000
ACPI: BOOT (v001 DELL ZUUL 0x20010703 MSFT 0x00001011) @ 0x1fff4000
ACPI: DSDT (v001 D815EA EA81510A 0x00000012 MSFT 0x0100000b) @ 0x00000000
ACPI: Subsystem revision 20031002
ACPI: Interpreter disabled.
ACPI: ACPI tables contain no PCI IRQ routing entries
PCI: Invalid ACPI-PCI IRQ routing table

Update 2: I fixed it! It turns out that although I compiled ACPI support into the kernel, I never actually switched it on. (Apparently, it's not active by default, even on the 2.6 branch. Something to keep in mind if you're planning a kernel upgrade of your own.) So I checked my kernel arguments and found a line that said acpi=ht (not even sure what that's supposed to mean), then changed it to acpi=on. That did the trick.

If you're also having this problem, make sure that you get a successful activation of the ACPI daemon on boot. If you are, and the problem persists, peruse the comments on this post.

Thanks so much for your help!

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Ok, I'm running Mandrake 9.1... and am running into some problems when I need access to my CD-ROM or CD-RW. When I book up everything is cool and all, but when I put an audio CD in my CD-ROM drive or CD-RW drive it won't actually "read it" it says, "could not enter directory or /mnt/cdrom2" or cdrom1 if it's that one. It's kind of annoying because I need it working! lol... must have music. I read somewhere it could be the supermount thing, what is supermount anyways? But if it is, here is what my /etc/fstab looks like

my fstab file...
/dev/hdb1 / ext3 defaults 1 1
none /dev/pts devpts mode=0620 0 0
/dev/hdb6 /home ext3 defaults 1 2
none /mnt/cdrom supermount dev=/dev/hdc,fs=auto,ro,--,iocharset=iso8859-1,codepage=850,umask=0 0 0
none /mnt/cdrom2 supermount dev=/dev/scd0,fs=auto,ro,--,iocharset=iso8859-1,codepage=850,umask=0 0 0
none /mnt/floppy supermount dev=/dev/fd0,fs=auto,--,iocharset=iso8859-1,sync,codepage=850,umask=0 0 0
/dev/hda1 /mnt/windows ntfs iocharset=iso8859-1,ro,umask=0 0 0
none /proc proc defaults 0 0
/dev/hdb5 swap swap defaults 0 0
//stusrv/jrj5039 /home/jrj5039/SJC_FILES smbfs defaults 1 1
/dev/scsi/host0/bus0/target0/lun0/cd    /mnt/cdrecorder    auto    ro,noauto,user,exec    0 0


Space crunch

I’ve been so busy playing around that I didn’t notice how quickly I was losing available disk space. I have 2 GB free on a 10 GB partition. Yes this is ridiculously small, but I can’t afford a new hard drive just yet.

Anyway, what are your strategies for freeing up disk space?
Devil horn crossing

SCO Sues God


SCO Sues God
The SCO Group is the Creator of Heaven and Earth and we intend to vigorously enforce our intellectual property rights. There are at least millions of lines of DNA code that God has stolen directly from The SCO Group (not to mention our copyright on the design of atoms and molecules).
And if God doesn't pony up we'll go after created entities, starting with shrews. Shrews are little and easy to shake down, right? If they aren't we'll go after rocks or something else. The point is I want easy money so bad that I'm barking dog nuts enough to try to extort it from God.
God�s claim that He created Heaven and Earth before The SCO Group, Novell or AT&T ever existed are absolutely ridiculous. We invented Heaven and Earth, we should know what it looks like, right? And God�s counter-suit nonsense, about "an eternity in hell", is just so much smoke and mirrors. You�ll see.
SCOForum 2003.

x-posted to linux
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fair enough. folks got hot under the collar about my post about SCOs site being down, no big. i pulled the post. i thought linux was a community devoted to choice and freedom of expression. i guess that means as long that expression falls within the party's political lines.

i'm newish here. don't have a huge amount of investment in the linux thing like some of you, but think the OS is pretty solid and have been impressed with it thus far. what i dislike is elitism. it serves no useful purpose whatsoever. it's elitism and defensiveness i find in this community more than any other. anywhere. if i have one complaint, one criticism, it would be that.

i'm here to learn and read about linux. thats all. i thought the mydoom virus was pretty elegant in concept and execution. it didn't harm anyones personal computer, and it made a statement at the same time. nothing about the virus spoke to me "linux". maybe it was. maybe it wasn't. who knows. i don't. do you?

i like it here. i learn alot, and have met some very cool people. i'm sorry if i ruffled some feathers but understand this. we will not all see eye to eye on all things. it would behoove you to realize this and accept it ahead of time. it is diversity that makes the linux community strong. not elitism. not defensiveness. not anger. not conformity.

i went and read that mans paper after everyone pointed it out and you know, i feel different on the subject then i did. i hadn't considered it in that light before.

it is not however a justification to be an asshole about it any more than SCO's past behavior justified being targeted by the mydoom virus. same thing. different scale.

maybe you don't agree. funny, i'm cool with that.