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User Request for Applications / Doxwiki On Z?
« on: January 05, 2007, 12:15:25 pm »
Has anyone used doxWiki on Zaurus? Oh my yes!

I am the developer of doxWiki (KMMCC on sourceforge) and use it constantly on whichever Zaurus I'm using today.

It has worked on Collie/Sharp with Opera (the best browser), and with OZ on Collie, Tosa, and Terrier. On the latter two, I have used both Opie and GPE successfully.

Here are the packages you need:

glibc-localedata-en-us (or wherever you are)

I leave or running in a console window and connect from the browser ad-lib.

Let me know your experiences.


By the way, we're overdue for an upgrade. "Any time now"

Angstrom & OpenZaurus / Hentges Rom: New Versioning System
« on: October 26, 2006, 10:59:36 pm »

You once wrote (in the old howtos) a method for running OPIE & GPE at the same time. Unfortunately, when it was transferred to the howtos of the open zaurus forums, it lost all its links so it's quite useless. This, of course, was for folks with older Zs who need to use altboot. I never quite got to that with my Tosa before the battery issue drove me to buy a Terrier. Now I need usable software for it.

I bet it is super easy to get all the files and processes to work together when you have 6 gig of hard disk on a Terrier. Could you reiterate your earlier instructions for this environment?


Angstrom & OpenZaurus / Why No More Ctrl Keys In 3.5.4?
« on: August 21, 2006, 12:12:37 pm »
I want to get a better keymap too. Perhaps BeKind and I can synchronize our work.

One question: where is there a reference for the names of control keys and for such stuff as cut, past, copy, pageup, etc?

Angstrom & OpenZaurus / Oz Needs To Get Better...
« on: May 27, 2005, 01:06:10 pm »
Thank you for your thread, Ironman.

I, too, gave up on 3.5.3 last night, and felt the need for a "Dear John" letter. This thoughtful thread is perfect.

As you can tell from my member name, I have a slightly different take on my Z than most people. I am a train commuter, so Zaurus provides a perfect opportunity to carry significant computer power in a far less oppressive package than a laptop provides. I have actually traveled overseas with only my Z even though I was there as a trouble-shooting developer for Win32 software!

I will see what I can do to help the crunch of developers that Mickey laments, I will make sure that the things I found are somehow in Bugzilla, and I will wait hopefully for 3.5.3's successor.


User Request for Applications / Perl For Open Zaurus 3.5.3?
« on: May 24, 2005, 08:33:58 pm »

What is it that is hard about distributing perl? It seems to me there are three parts: compilation of the base package; choosing, gathering, and compiling the .pm's to distribute with it; and allowing the user to extend via CPAN. I doubt that the first step is the problem.

Although I've been a software developer for more years than many of our forum colleagues have been alive, I've had little to do with any unix systems and don't have a readily available linux box. Nevertheless, if I can help you, even to the extent of unsnarling obscure perl-isms for someone else to bit-bake, I'd be interested in trying.


User Request for Applications / Perl For Open Zaurus 3.5.3?
« on: May 23, 2005, 12:32:25 pm »

I downloaded the ipkg from pdxarom, but this is what I got.

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root@kmcollie:/# ipkg install /media/card/3.5.3-ipks/perl_5.8.5_armv5tel.ipk
Clearing state_want and state_flag for pkg=perl (arch_priority=0 flag=16 want=2)
Nothing to be done
An error ocurred, return value: 4.
Collected errors: Cannot find package perl.
Check the spelling or perhaps run 'ipkg update'

Are you all saying that the "Illegal instruction" is due to something about floating point? I know that the floating point behavior of the 5.6.1 perl I have been using on Sharp rom is quite abysmal.

User Request for Applications / Perl For Open Zaurus 3.5.3?
« on: May 22, 2005, 08:09:22 pm »
I've used a 2002 (Jan 17) build of Perl 5.6.1 with great success with the Sharp rom. I don't remember where I found it. However, when installed under 3.5.3 (Opie) and called via "perl -v" it respoonds with "Illegal instruction" and returns to the bash prompt.

I remember once seeing a 5.8 arm.ipk that worked with an early version of opie, but it was relatively huge. But I don't know where I saw it, either.

Anybody have one? It shouldn't be hard to generate an ipk (if you know how to do these things) since it's natively unix.


Angstrom & OpenZaurus / Issues With Using 3.5.3 On A Sl5500 Collie
« on: May 16, 2005, 10:09:15 pm »

But if I understand you correctly, it still doesn't work.

I reflash and restart. When it gets to "starting opie in 5 seconds", I strike a key so Opie never gets a chance to start. Use "root" as the collie login. Now I can remove directory /usr/lib/ipkg/lists and soft link it to a directory on card1 (ext2). I also create softlink /mnt/card1 -> /media/card1 for completeness.

Now no form of "ipkg remove libqte2" works (using -t /media/card1 or -force-depends or both). At best, it says "Nothing to do". At worst, it spits out the help at me.

So I try inserting the cf ethernet and "ipkg install libqte2" (in various combinations). Since it can find the updated package lists on card1, it gives it a go. Then either it emits all sorts of errors or it hangs forever.

One of the interesting error messages is "ipkg_conf_write_status_files: Can't open status file: /media/cf/packages//usr/lib/ipkg/status for writing: No space left on device". Why is it trying to use the (missing) cf card and what do the pair of slashes in the middle mean? Is there some place I can put another soft link?


Angstrom & OpenZaurus / Issues With Using 3.5.3 On A Sl5500 Collie
« on: May 16, 2005, 12:09:15 pm »
Thank you all for your help. Sorry I missed that in the release notes!

The original instructions for dual partition SD suggested that you call the partitions "card" and "card2", but in fact 3.5.3 wants to call them "card" and "card1" when you reboot. So I changed the page referenced in my first posting to reflect this ( I don't know how it is with CF (especially in light of SL6000's having a potential cf1 already). If anybody knows, please correct the instructions.


I'm still frustrated, however:

* I haven't found the magic sequence on my collie for upgrading even with the ext2 second partition on SD. The first thing it wants is libqte2. Even if I do only that one package and even if I make sure the temporary directory is out of the root, it destroys everything by running out of space in the root.

* Neither calendar+arrow nor chvt seem to have any effect.


I'm really eager to use O.Z. It is clearly so much better than Sharp's stuff. My ultimate goal is to get it onto the SL6000 that I use for real, but learning on the older machine seems like a safe way to go.

Angstrom & OpenZaurus / 3.5.3 On Collie: (partial) Irda Problem
« on: May 16, 2005, 11:49:20 am »
I haven't had any success at all with IRDA on 3.5.3. Whatever I do, it comes up with a screen that says IRDA hasn't been started.

What did you do to get it even to the point of receiving from your phone?

Angstrom & OpenZaurus / Issues With Using 3.5.3 On A Sl5500 Collie
« on: May 11, 2005, 09:44:46 pm »
I love Open Zaurus and want to onvert to it on my SL6000. But first, I'm trying to make it work on the old collie. While some things I've dealt with are covered elsewhere such as suspend, here are some things that I haven't seen discussed:

-- Using Opie 3.5.3 on an SL5500 Collie requires overcoming some interesting hurdles.

* The first is the apm_bios problem. Getting rid of the line in fstab overcomes this for most people, but won't serve all.

* The second problem is more serious: if you do much of anything with the package manager, you run out of root flash, corrupt a package or two, and crash out of Opie. The standard solution is to add an SD card with a generous ext2 partition. That involves its own hurdles, which can be overcome using this post: Now the question is, what steps (e.g. making directories and softlinks) do you have to take to ensure that (a) your packages are installed on the SD, and (b) your path variable and all the other ways in which programs are found is updated?

-- There are no keys or keyboard shortcuts available for large moves and selects. While the simple motions, like Home, are available on the pickboard, even these are hard to use because they require paired taps.

-- The text editor (though much nicer than the Sharp version) has serious flaws:

* There is no replace function

*The "open" page, when asked to alphabetize by date, does a date string comparison instead: Fridays, then Mondays, then Thursdays, etc.

*There is a "delete" on the edit menu that deletes the file! This shouldn't be anywhere in a text editor, but definitely not on the same menu as cut and paste. Furthermore, the text of the warning message is misspelled (there is no "a" in irreversible).

-- The clock on the 3.5.3 SL5500 Collie is odd. It appears to go back to the creation of the image on reboot, but a suspend usually restores the correct time. Sometimes it actually gets worse by resetting to January, 2003. However once you've really convinced it, there is no more trouble.

-- Several people have mentioned ssh-ing into Zaurus. Where can I find information on that?

-- How do you get out of console 1? I discovered that logging in as "root" with no password lets you use the console, but how do you get back to Opie short of rebooting?

Angstrom & OpenZaurus / Cannot Create Symlink
« on: May 08, 2005, 10:16:28 pm »
Misiurei: you will probably benefit by setting up multiple partitions on your SD card. Instructions are at Keep the first partition as VFAT and set up a second one as ext2. Then make sure you install packages to the second partition (edit /etc/ipkg.conf accordingly).

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The instructions on the page Zenyatta (May 5) references are good, but the ipk with fdisk, mkfs, and mkswap is missing from . Does anybody know how to dind it elsewhere? Incidentally, 3.5.3 includes fdisk, so the absence of the others is rather disconcerting when you get parteay through the partition-creating process.

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