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13 Oct 2005
I'm at the stage in rebuilding my 3K that I want to start thinking about how to use it to best advantage. So I thought before I started dropping applications and data onto /hdd3 I'd consider some amount of HD customization.

Specifically, being a bit of a purist, I'm not entirely happy having /hdd3 be completely VFAT, and having my ext3 symbolic links pointing to a file system that will not support the ext2/3 filesystem structure.
However, if I just smash hdd3 and make it ext3 then I lose the USB HD function the 3K provides. So I see value in having a VFAT partition for that.

So I'm thinking I should repartition /dev/hdc3 into two chunks. One I will make VFAT to preserve USB HD, and the other ext3 to permit the symbolic link to /hdd3/Documents to point to a journalled file system. I was thinking a 512/1.5M split.

But, thinks I, /hdd1, /hdd2, and /hdd3 are hard drive mount points for the stock three partitions. I just don't know if these are in the FLASH portion of the filesystem. So if I wanted to make a /hdd4 mount point, what would I have to do to make it?

Or should I just bag that plan and create a different mount point in one of the HD partitions and mount the virtual /hdd4 somewhere in that tree?

I figure I still keep the ext3/ext3/vfat order of the stock rom and just append another ext3 partition. This would keep the rc.rofilesys boot structure happy, and I could just add a line to /etc/rc.local to mount the final partition.

Is there a better way to accomplish this?
10 Oct 2005
Ok.... I managed to do something stupid. I was trying to install Opera 7.3 C-series patch from the ZUG downloads. It ended up putting the Z in portrait mode, so I tried to uninstall. The Z sat there in portrait saying "please wait". Well... I thought it was hung, so I punched the reset button. Now my Cacko b1 install brings up the splash screen, thinks for awhile, and then goes back to text mode doing the "bootup countdown". It never quits doing this.

How do I attempt to undo the damage? Particulars:
Cacko 3kb1
hda3 formatted ext3
aborted "Opera 7.3 c-series" uninstall

potentially additional stupid thing done:
tried to reinstall cacko3kb1 from SD. So now the rc.rofilesys is probably back to thinking hda3 is vfat.
19 Apr 2005
Ok... I"m at a loss.

Situation:
5500, Sharp 3.1, Lexar 1G SD, PNY 128M CF

I had the SD card able to mount and read/write data. I had several IPK's installed on it. Then I realized all of a sudden that I couldn't install anything to SD. I just chalked it up to the usual "Must be installed in memory" routine. However, today I noticed that I couldn't install ANYTHING to SD. Then I noticed it was mounted read-only.

So I search the forums and find several threads on "do an FSCK on the corrupt file-system and it should work".

Ok... I did that, and no success. I've reformatted the SD using my CentOS box. I've formatted it in VFAT, and in EXT2 (4k blocks and 1k blocks). The SD can be written from Windoze.

Every time I install the card into the system it mounts read-only. I can't mke2fs /dev/mmcda1 as the command always comes back saying the disk is read-only.

Dmesg returns:
# dmesg
VFS: Disk change detected on device mmcd(60,1)
mmcda: mmcda1
VFS: Disk change detected on device mmcd(60,1)
mmcda: mmcda1
VFS: Disk change detected on device mmcd(60,1)
mmcda: mmcda1
EXT2-fs: Unrecognized mount option noatimei
VFS: Disk change detected on device mmcd(60,1)
mmcda: mmcda1
VFS: Disk change detected on device mmcd(60,1)
mmcda: mmcda1
VFS: Disk change detected on device mmcd(60,1)
mmcda: mmcda1
cramfs: wrong magic
VFS: Disk change detected on device mmcd(60,1)
mmcda: mmcda1
VFS: Disk change detected on device mmcd(60,1)
mmcda: mmcda1
VFS: Disk change detected on device mmcd(60,1)
mmcda: mmcda1
VFS: Can't find a Minix or Minix V2 filesystem on device 3c:01.
VFS: Disk change detected on device mmcd(60,1)
mmcda: mmcda1
VFS: Disk change detected on device mmcd(60,1)
mmcda: mmcda1
VFS: Disk change detected on device mmcd(60,1)
mmcda: mmcda1
MSDOS FS: IO charset utf8
VFS: Disk change detected on device mmcd(60,1)
VFS: busy inodes on changed media.
mmcda: mmcda1
VFS: Disk change detected on device mmcd(60,1)
VFS: busy inodes on changed media.
mmcda: mmcda1
VFS: Disk change detected on device mmcd(60,1)
VFS: busy inodes on changed media.
mmcda: mmcda1
VFS: Disk change detected on device mmcd(60,1)
VFS: busy inodes on changed media.
mmcda: mmcda1

Most of what dmesg spits out is a foreign language to me, so I don't know what it's telling me, nor what I can do to change it's attitude.

FSTAB has:
/dev/mmcda1 /mnt/card vfat rw,noatime,noauto,owner 0 0

The card is currently formatted as vfat, but using "auto" detect didn't change anything either.

Has my 5500 lost it's mind on how to mount SD? I have a PNY 128M formatted vfat that doesn't even show up.

And no.... I don't have the write-protect tab switched to "LOCK".

My faithful 5500 is not being so faithful at the moment, and I don't know how to make it any better.

I was trying to move to Crow/Cacko, but every time I tried "fdisk /dev/mmcda" I would get "partition table is not writable". However, it clearly is from CentOS fdisk. I also got "Unable to mount mmcda1" from mke2fs from the Crow ROM setup.

What makes me think it is my 5500 losing it is that every once in awhile I would perform some magic and get the SD to mount rw. I have been unable to determine what the sequence may be.

Can anybody give me a direction to pursue in fixing this? I know I'm rambling a bit, as I'm a bit shell-shocked on all of this at the moment.
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