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30 Aug 2006
I'm currently trying to install Gentoo on my Zaurus C3K. The main reason for that if that I want to benefit from the huge Portage software repository.
I've managed to :
- set up a chroot based on the latest uclibc stage3 (on a 384M partition, 200M currently used),
- set up ccache and distcc to compile on my two x86 and x86_64 systems,
- set up a backup/restore system based on rsync to quickly revert a faulty chroot to the last known good version,
- bork the chroot several times :-)
The chroot is accessed through OpenZaurus GPE (in fact the bootstrap is plainly sufficient as I close X to free RAM...). The Zaurus connects to my local Wifi network in order to distribute compile tasks through distcc and download source packages on the local HD.
Currently I'm battling with gcc CFLAGS (gcc 3.4.6 -march=(or -mcpu=)iwmmxt doesn't work and it seems we must use some other flags, probably "-malignment-traps" I fetched from a wifi driver Makefile, or a freshly compiled distcc spit outs alignment traps in the kernel logs and sit up eating CPU doing nothing).
If all works well I'll have a base system up to date in the next few days for others to try if there's interest.
I'll reformat this post in a HOWTO as soon as I've enough experience to make it worth sharing with others.
4 Aug 2005
Just emptied my moneybooker account... Hope it will help development. In particular C3k's.
1 Aug 2005
Hi, I've just had to reflash cacko 1.23b1 on my C3000 because of a really weird orientation problem. I was listening to music in Kino2 and did various experiments to try to make the Zaurus *not* suspend itself when closing the shell (the idea was to play music with the C3000 closed in my pocket). I guess I managed to get it confused enough about the orientation.
The end result was that when the screen was in portrait position, the orientation was fine, but when the screen was in landscape position, the applications were launched upside-down (yes upside-down! I had to learn quickly how to type looking at the keyboard reversed...), aligned to the right of the screen, with what seemed to be the same width they would have had in portrait mode (ie: 480 instead of 640 px). The Qtopia taskbar was always on the right in the "portrait" position no matter what happened.
I tried rebooting the C3000 without success so a config file was definitely borked in some way, but I have no idea which one. Any hints ? (the C3000 is only a week old, reflashing and resetting the user data isn't a problem yet, but it will quickly be one).
By the way I booted Cacko after flashing it without erasing the user data (Ok boot menu, "3", "1" sequence) and the problem was still here and only went away after going through the "user data in the basket" procedure.
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