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kenknight
My apologies if this is a FAQ but I can't find an asnwer.

I've got a SL-5600 running Sharp ROM 1.21 (i'll upgrade to the latest version once things settle down; then start palying with things like OZ and pdaXRom). My understanding is that the 5600 doesn't have an ftp server so I was going to install one (though looking at inetd.conf I see a code line for ftp at the end - at least that's what that looks like).

Pure-ftpd looks about right. I donwloaded it and went to install it via Add/Remove Software after placing it in the Install_Files folder (at lest smb works) but it is not showing up in the list of packages. The file I have is "pure-ftpd_1.0.16-1_arm.ipk" from the Z software index.

Any ideas what I might be doing wrong? I realize I'll have to modify inetd.conf after I get it in there.

** Ken **
kenknight
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Well the links are informative it doesn't really solve my problem. I looked at the ipks I'm having trouble with and found they were not the "Sharp" style packages (tar'd control and data directories, that are then gzip'd, and the debian-binary file all tar'd together and gzip'd). In one case, the VNC server (fbvncserver-sl5600_0.9.4_arm.ipk from SDG Systems) it was just a tar file (checked with "file"). I figured just gzipping that would solve the problem. I did that, made sure the file ended with .ipk (instead of .ipk.gz which is what gzip did to it) and tried to install that. No joy even though it was clearly a gzip file of the whopper tar-ball.

Clearly there must be an answer since I'm sure plenty of people have downloaded packages like the VNC server or pure-ftpd and gotten them on their SL-5600s just fine. I'm just missing something. I've no idea what though.

** Ken **
kenknight
Strange behavior continues. I should have tried this earlier and just did not consider it. I downloaded some of the packages that had been causing me trouble using curl (running Mac OS X 10.2.8). I was able to install them just fine.

What makes this peculiar is that I had downloaded other packages (e.g., trolltech-ftp, the qt-embedded-fonts for screen rotation, zlib) using Safari's (v1.0.2) without any problem. I'm not sure why some packages came through fine and others did not.

** Ken **
Stubear
Occasionally your web browser (especially IE) will decide it knows better than you what you want to downlaod and will do things like
1) Rename the fiel and add .tar to it. This often looks fine on the desktop and the documents tab on the Z, but the installer won't install it. Rename the file to remove the .tar and it should work.
2) gunzip the file - leaving it only a tarball - and NOT rename it, you can check that its a correct ipk tarball by tar tf <package>.ipk, if it is then gzip it and rename it to .ipk and all should be well

Occasionally the author of the package will tar the ipk so that browsers deal with it by asking if you want to download instead of opening the ipk in the window - garbled text. You can untar or tar tf the package to see whats inside.

Also I've occasionally gotten bad ipks that supposedly downloaded fine but would not install - try downloading again (from a mirror site if possible) and see if you have any better luck.

Another option is to install a version of ipkg that deals with both the newer ar format as well as the tar.gz format. Haven't tried it myself but it should work fine.

Stu
Miami_Bob
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Another option is to install a version of ipkg that deals with both the newer ar format as well as the tar.gz format. Haven't tried it myself but it should work fine.

Stu


Make sure that you have ar from the binutils installed, tho. Otherwise the script ipkgs will just ARF on you.

Bob W
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