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User Request for Applications / Alpine For Cacko
« on: May 22, 2008, 05:35:22 am »
Has someone tried/succeed to compile the Alpine mail client for cacko?

France /
« on: March 25, 2006, 01:11:22 am »
Du mouvement sur
nouveau forum, nouveau wiki etc..

Zaurus - pdaXrom / Where Can I Put My Ipks Or Howtos?
« on: March 16, 2006, 07:08:18 am »
Howtos, tips etc

Update the pdaxrom section on the wiki. No need to ask, just go ahead.

If you want to add you site (or want to see other's people site) add it to this page

Packages and other binaries for pdaxrom

If you have compiled something new for pdaxrom, please add a reply to the New Packages Announcement thread will eventually have a better infrastructure for hosting ipks, in the meantime, I try to mirror everything on if you want to pu something there  contact me via pm or mail (

I will respond with ftp access to upload your stuff, that will make it more easy for me to download your ipks from (wget...).

I prefer not to give the ftp coordinates here to avoid abuse.

Of course if you have your own feed on a site, you can simply provide me the url and I'l  l mirror it on the site.


A note about the feeds: the script I use to generate the Package index file can automatically link to an html, txt, or image file with the same name as the package name.
So if you have a package like xxx_2_armv5tel.ipk  you can, if you want, provide together xxx.html, xxx.txt, xxx.png if you want to add some notes about your ipk or a screenshot.

Zaurus - pdaXrom / Qt3 Install For Qt Dev Onboard
« on: January 13, 2006, 02:42:13 am »
I've put the tar ball of full qt installation here:

You don't need this unless you want to develop qt applications on the Zaurus.

I've put the 3.3.5 and a 3.3.4 with the qt-uim patch applied....

I didn't test either of these very much (at least the input method menu is showning up with  the qu-uim ...)

Zaurus - pdaXrom / Mini_fo For Slc-1000/3000
« on: January 05, 2006, 06:40:09 am »
not tested, no guarantee.

mini_fo homepage:

it allows to overlay a filesystem on top of a readonly fs.

see my post for SLC-7xx-860 for more info:

Zaurus - pdaXrom / Squashfs Modules And Utils For 1000/3100
« on: January 05, 2006, 04:30:25 am »
install in / or run depmod -a after installation

I can't test this.

No guarantee offered.

Use at your own risk.

Zaurus - pdaXrom / Comments, Bugs & Questions For C3000 Pdaxrom Beta
« on: December 26, 2005, 11:55:50 am »
Danboid (who has trouble registering) says:

I've been playing with the first pdaXrom beta for the C3000 today and I'm very impressed- big thanks to Thc, sashz and the rest of the pdaXrom devs for putting together such an amazing distro for the Z. I followed Thc's install instructions and it installed fine. However, I had a few problems that I'd like to point out.


Didn't work at all for me, so of course this means I can't use my Z in portrait mode with the keyboard tucked away. Pushing the 'ABC' icon in the panel did nothing. I went to 'Panel' in the pdaxrom menu and chose 'Virtual keyboard' and so now I've got 2 abc icons that don't work in my panel. How do I get rid of the second one (or any panel icon under matchbox)?


This was the other big thing missing for me. USB connectivity was better than under Cacko in one respect as I could connect first time (I normally have to unplug, say 'No' to 'Alert USB..' then plug the Z back in again to get the 'Communicating' screen up under Cacko) but sadly there is no option to mount the /hdd3 internal HD partition as a USB disk like under Cacko, only the CF of SD card slots. I presume this feature is planned for the next release?


I thought it was fantastic being able to download new progs with a click over WiFi on my Z- I just wish the pdaXrom package manager resolved the dependencies for you. Installing gnumeric took an age, mainly due to all the errors that come up on this beta when installing stuff- each package takes about 5mins to download and install! I'm sure that will be fixed in the next release. As has already been mentioned in the beta announcement thread, before you can get packages to install you must edit /etc/ipkg.conf and change /mnt/ide to /mnt/hdd1, /mnt/ide2 to /mnt/hdd2 etc. The official pdaxrom feed sites were down when I last tried them so I used this URL instead:

Don't put a / on the end, that seemed to break it for me. I installed a few packages, not many though, before I was told that I'd run out of space and couldn't install any more. On that same beta announcement thread, somebody said that I need to change /tmp so it is located on hdd2. I was told I couldn't delete /tmp (which was linked to /dev/shm/tmp) as it was a RO filesystem so I did this


cd /dev/shm
rm -rf tmp
ln -s /hdd2/tmp tmp

I was hoping that would fix it but now I can't start anything under pdaxrom or even quit out of it to the shell  Are there any instructions on how to re-install a borked pdaxrom install and then I need to know the proper commands for changing the /tmp directory or whatever it is I need to do to get more program install space.


When I close the screen on my C3000 under Cacko it puts the Z into suspend mode. This doesn't seem to be the case with the C3000 beta.


I installed The GIMP but when I ran it I couldn't click through the setup screens as the 'Next' and other buttons were either covered by the panel or off the physical screen area. I tried resizing the window but had no luck. Is there no way to minimise/move the Matchbox panel or a keyboard shortcut for resizing windows?


Wha? No virtual desktops under Matchbox?


After a bit of experimenting, I found the best command to play vids was

mplayer -fs -vo sdl moviefile

When I've got pdaxrom running again I've got to try installing the shared-mime-types package and getting vids lauched with a click from under rox-filer.


dillo isn't good enough for most people as it doesn't support javascript and so can't access sites such as Yahoo! mail. I'd like to see either Firefox, Embedded Konqueror or another, better browser installed as standard instead. Why is there no GUI file manager installed by default? Rox-filer or xfe as standard would be nice! I would imagine most people install mplayer and I would like to see gnumeric as a default app too as I think most PDA users want a speadsheet and it is such a pain to install. Are there legal issues with bundling mplayer? Maybe so. Also, I do realise that gnumeric needs the GNOME libs and that will significantly increase the size of the ROM image, maybe hold a vote for that one?


There were only a few things I wanted to test before I bricked my install, and hence aren't really as important questions as the ones before as I'll find out soon enough but it would be still nice to know:

Wake-on-alarm under Ko/pi (does this work?)

Adding and removing my own program links and folders to the Matchbox interface

Printing diect to my printer via USB

Running another desktop instead. When I change X to launch rox/equinox/xfce instead will it be configured for pdaxrom already or will I have to set everything up myself (panel battery monitor etc.)

Thanks for your help!


Zaurus - pdaXrom / Chrooted Debian The Other Easier? Way
« on: December 13, 2005, 07:54:18 am »
A different way to access debian:


* in the following, it assumes that your card is formatted using a unix friendly filesystem (ie ext2).

* /mnt/card is used because I  install debian on a SD card, you need to change this if you install elsewhere.

Download either the "base" or the "big" Debian package from . The latest version is 0.18.

Since this is real big stuff, we can't put it in the main memory but must let a memory card take it instead.

Make sure that your card is of 256MB at least.
Let's get started.

Start a terminal session.

Switch to /mnt/card, and

create a new directory called "debroot" by

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cd /mnt/card
mkdir debroot

(Press ENTER once after each line.)

Switch to this newly created debroot dir.

Put the debian package in this dir, and

extract it by:

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tar -xvzpf zaurus-debian-*.tgz
This will take a few minutes. Just let it do its job. After this you'll see a whole bunch of files and dir created in /mnt/card/debroot.

Download the attach files, remove the .txt (it's just added  so that I can upload the files there) and copy these in /usr/bin/

make them executable:

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chmod +x /usr/bin/
chmod +x /usr/bin/
chmod +x /usr/bin/Crd

(Press ENTER once after each line.)

edit this files to change /mnt/card to whatever you use


in a terminal run
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This needs to be done only once, (ie everytime you reboot)

Optionnaly If you want to be able  to access more than the sd card in debian copy the last 2 lines of and modify accordingly (ie replace /mnt/card by the path to the directory you want to be accessible in the debian chroot).

for instance if you want to access the cf cards add
mkdir -p ${DEBROOT}/mnt/cf
mount --rbind /mnt/cf ${DEBROOT}/mnt/cf

and in
umount ${DEBROOT}/mnt/cf


in a terminal:

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Crd aterm


f you  need to umount your card run
Don't run everytime you want to launch an application.

(Yes I stole a part from Zdevil's post)

tell me if this works for you

Zaurus - pdaXrom / A Place For User Contributed Stuff
« on: December 13, 2005, 04:42:04 am »
Thanks to Laze, I am now able to add stuff to

I'have started a mini-site with feeds here:

For now I'm the only one that can add stuff there.

If you want your ipks to be added to there you can mail them to me (, upload them somewhere and tell me where to get them.
Yet another solution is to use something like

Also tell me about the ipks allready somewhere on the web (even in the unstable feed)  that you would like to be added there/

Together with your ipks you can provide some notes (txt or html) a screenshot (png)
for instance if you have a ipk foo_1.0_armv5tel.ipk you can provide me a foo.txt, foo.html foo.png, the scripts will automatically creates links to these files.

I can add other stuff than ipks also, I'm open to your suggestions.

Zaurus - pdaXrom / Mini_fo For 2.4.18
« on: November 16, 2005, 03:18:59 am »
I compiled mini_fo for 2.4.18 kernel  (ie SL-C7x0 SL-C-860) for pdaxrom

mini_fo homepage:

it allows to overlay a filesystem on top of a readonly fs.

I didn't make extensive tests so AS IS...

I have included the readme in the ipk ( /usr/local/share/doc/mini_fo/README)
Read  it for more infos

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# depmod -a
# modprobe mini_fo
# mkdir /mnt/card/zgcc
# mkdir /mnt/card/zgccrw
# mkdir -p /opt/native/arm/3.4.4-xscale-softvfp/
# mount -o loop /mnt/card/zgcc-3.4.4.img /mnt/card/zgcc
# mount -t mini_fo -o base=/mnt/card/zgcc,sto=/mnt/card/zgccrw /mnt/card/zgcc /opt/native/arm/3.4.4-xscale-softvfp/
# ls /opt/native/arm/3.4.4-xscale-softvfp/include/
FlexLexer.h  bfd.h        c++          symcat.h
ansidecl.h   bfdlink.h    dis-asm.h
# rm /opt/native/arm/3.4.4-xscale-softvfp/include/symcat.h
# ls /opt/native/arm/3.4.4-xscale-softvfp/include/
FlexLexer.h  ansidecl.h   bfd.h        bfdlink.h    c++          dis-asm.h
# touch /opt/native/arm/3.4.4-xscale-softvfp/include/myheader.h
# ls /opt/native/arm/3.4.4-xscale-softvfp/include/
FlexLexer.h  bfd.h        c++          myheader.h
ansidecl.h   bfdlink.h    dis-asm.h

Zaurus - pdaXrom / Umn Gopher
« on: October 24, 2005, 05:01:47 pm »

Zaurus - pdaXrom / Missing
« on: October 23, 2005, 01:44:15 am »
If you have the error:

error while loading shared libraries: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory.

install the following package libstdcxx5-compat_5.0.7_armv5tel.ipk

in RC11 the libstdc++ are the .6, the package name is misleading.
You need the .5 version to run C++ applications  compiled for 1.10 rc5 to rc10

Note: this info has been  allready given  in various threads, if you allready have installed a .5 version you don't need this ipk,  i just packaged the libs in an ipk.

Zaurus - pdaXrom / "semi" Native Compilation With Distcc
« on: October 17, 2005, 03:20:16 am »
One way to combine some of the benefits of native compilation with some of the benefits of  cross compilation is to use distcc. It is very is easy to set up and its usage is transparent.

You need:
a lan
a linux pc, I suppose its IP is
a zaurus, I suppose its IP is

On the linux pc:
- download the cross sdk
- cd /; tar -jxvf cross-sdk-armv5tel-cacko-linux-3.4.4-2.2.5-softfloat.tar.bz2
- make a directory for the  links to the cross gcc, mkdir /home/pgas/distcc
- make some links so that distcc use the cross compilers
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ln -s  /opt/cross/arm/3.4.4-xscale-softvfp/armv5tel-cacko-linux/bin/armv5tel-linux-gcc /home/pgas/distcc/gcc
ln -s  /opt/cross/arm/3.4.4-xscale-softvfp/armv5tel-cacko-linux/bin/armv5tel-linux-g++ /home/pgas/distcc/g++
ln -s  /opt/cross/arm/3.4.4-xscale-softvfp/armv5tel-cacko-linux/bin/armv5tel-linux-c++ /home/pgas/distcc/c++

these steps are required only the first time

- run /opt/cross/arm/3.4.4-xscale-softvfp/
- make sure the cross compilers are first in the path ie
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export PATH=/home/pgas/distcc:$PATH- run distccd (I believe that distcc is included in the cross sdk, else install it) like that distccd --daemon -a

On the zaurus
- download the native sdk
- install the sdk
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mkdir -p  /opt/native/arm/3.4.4-xscale-softvfp
 mount -o loop zgcc-3.4.4.img /opt/native/arm/3.4.4-xscale-softvfp
- create links so that distcc is used instead of the actual gcc
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mkdir /home/root/distcc
ln -s  /opt/native/3.4.4-xscale-softvfp/armv5tel-cacko-linux/bin/distcc /home/root/distcc/gcc
ln -s  /opt/native/3.4.4-xscale-softvfp/armv5tel-cacko-linux/bin/distcc /home/root/distcc/g++
ln -s  /opt/native/3.4.4-xscale-softvfp/armv5tel-cacko-linux/bin/distcc /home/root/distcc/c++

These steps are required only the first time.

- make sure that the links are first in the path
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export PATH=/home/root/distcc:$PATH- indicate where the server is
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That's it, you can use the native sdk as usual, the only difference is that now the compilations will take place on your linux pc and not onboard.

Compilation will be faster and the limited ram of the zaurus is not a problem anymore.

I write this from memory, so I might have make some mistakes. Please correct me.

Zaurus - pdaXrom / Hacked Xterm
« on: October 11, 2005, 03:13:34 pm »
I found this here:

press alt+enter and enjoy full screen console inside X.

I renamed the  xterm binary to fsxterm to avoid confusion with the stock xterm.

Zaurus - pdaXrom / Xu4 1.0beta3 For Rc 11
« on: October 09, 2005, 04:10:32 pm »

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