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philo
so it's time to take the rc8 plunge. i've got a c760 with 512mb sd card and a symbol wifi card.

i went through the install, and resized the root partition to 121mb.

i logged in as root with no password. i'd like to put in a pw for root and then create a personal account. will this break anything, and how should i do it?

i've formatted my sd card with ext3. this was not too easy, but not too bad, can someone check my steps here to make sure it's right?

umount /dev/mmcd/disc0/part1
fdisk /dev/mmcd/disc0/part1

follow instructions from http://www.zaurususergroup.com/modules.php...20for%20newbies

then mkfs.ext3 /dev/mmcd/disc0/part1
and mount /dev/mmcd/disc0/part1 /mnt/card

my question here is what is the entry under /dev/mmcd/disc0/ with the name of disc, and should i be concerned?


i tried to install thunderbird under /mnt/card, but it failed

i installed it fine on /

any ideas?


not to cram too much into this question, but this is all kind of the same thing, what do people think the optimal setup for rc8 will look like? i imagine that one would install most programs to your sd card (assuming a cf wifi) and have a maxed out root partition. anyone have any tweaks they'd like to share wth the rest of the class?

philo
sigmaX
Philo,

I was about to ask a similar question ... I would like to know if RC8 will like to have its sd cards / Cd cards formatted in ext2 or ext3 ... or if is it just the same to leave them on FAT wink.gif

anyone ?
ScottYelich
I would format ext if you want to install to them.
I only use fat for storing mp3s, if even that.

Scott
offroadgeek
QUOTE(philo @ Dec 26 2004, 04:28 AM)
i logged in as root with no password. i'd like to put in a pw for root and then create a personal account. will this break anything, and how should i do it?

just launch aterm or xterm and type 'passwd' (without the quotes). type in your password twice and it will be set. it shouldn't break anything (AFAIK)
CyberWolf
QUOTE(philo @ Dec 26 2004, 11:28 AM)
i logged in as root with no password.  i'd like to put in a pw for root and then create a personal account.  will this break anything, and how should i do it?

Well, I've tried this on RC5 (I'm about to reflash with RC8, so I'll retry all the steps and maybe I'll be intelligent enough to write them down for future reference) and you can use a normal user, BUT:

1) Several applets (like the one who change the network configuration, for example) won't be useable by a normal user (they write to files owned by root and not world writeable).

Of course you can use "su" and then launch the application from an aterm prompt... but remember that in this case some options will be saved in /home/root/Choices instead of /home/<your_user>/Choices.

For some commands you could use setuid (maybe with the help of a "wheel" group into which your user belongs and world execution removed), but this won't work with cardctl (needs recompile to allow normal user some operations) and some applet (I remember some message complaining about the need of a package to do setuid stuff).

2) You have to fix some permissions in /dev/misc, like the touchscreen (with the same "wheel" group as above, maybe), something in /dev/sound and somewhere else (sorry, I can't remember).

3) Copy stuff from /home/root to /home/<your_user> and change to the right permissions.

Hope this can help, I'll add more stuff if needed...

Maybe RC8 already addressed much of this stuff already (in this case, ignore this post...).

Ciao,

Andrea
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