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24 Jul 2009
Can someone check if briquolo runs under zubuntu on an SL-C3200?

sudo aptitude install briquolo
24 Sep 2008
I'm running Debian on the HTC Universal. It runs from an SD card. I'm using a 16GB SDHC Kingston card.

Lately I've been having issues with the SD card, experiencing some ext2 system irregularity, and yesterday the phone would lock up also, the card then having errors.

I thought originally the card was going bad, as I'd expect an SD card to eventually go bad while using it for the rootfs, and sometimes swap.

However, running badblocks on it shows no errors.

I've had some similar problems with it (not only this card too) before, whereby it would show these errors. Then I'd reboot, try to fsck one partition on it starting from another partition, and also fsck it on the PC. It would fail with I/O read/write errors.

However, leaving it a day unused, lo a behold it would go through, no prob.

Now it failed yesterday, same problem, fsck would cough up I/O read/write errors. badblocks then found no probs on it overnight. And in the morning it's fine, Debian is running off of it again.

So I'm wondering, could it be somehow that a card would be "tired", like in physically after much use, sorta like a runner being exhausted, albeit there are no bad sectors on it and nothing, and it then revives after a rest? Probably a dumb idea, but what else could be the explanation?

Or is it associated with speed issues - reading and writing to the card?

And is there anything to remedy, minimize this behavior, so Debian could run well off of the SD on the Universal, without worrying the whole time that it's gonna fail when I'm on the road somewhere?

Any thoughts anyone?
5 Jul 2008
Anyone using conkeror?

It's now in Debian unstable repo also for armel, however I have a severe problem with the armel version, in that it doesn't allow you to select a text box to enter text. I.e. f will not bring the cursor into the text box, even tab doesn't jump there, even a stylus tap will not put the cursor in to allow you to enter the text.

Anyone experiencing the same? Am trying to investigate what the prob, but it's not replicated on the PC and everything else is working, so not sure what could be causing this...
16 Oct 2007
I'm considering doing the following thing:

I'd like to get a new USB flash drive that's fast.

Install a fully encrypted debian to it with only boot unencrypted, so that I can then use it to boot a computer with it and work on it, saving all the documents to it too.

I'd like to also have a swap partition on the drive, since I don't want to swap to an unencrypted swap partition on the host computer. Now obviously swapping will decrease the life of the flash drive.

What's the best way to minimize damage to it.

Some time ago there was talk about formatting a CF card, with leaving a part of it, i.e. 200 MB for a big one un mkfsed, as this would reduce the wear on the card. Would this be advisable here?

Also, will having a separate swap partition limit the wear just to these parts of the flash?

Probably not, since I want to install debian: create a 100 MB /boot (ext3) as primary partition, and make the rest of the hard drive one huge partition which has "Use as:" set to "physical volume for encryption".

Any thoughts on how to best go about this?

Also, since ext3 uses heavy journaling it's usually advised to set up flash drives as ext2, on the other hand, when the whole huge partition will be encrypted, maybe preventing data loss via using ext3 would be desirable?

Can anyone comment on this?


3 Aug 2007
There's the battery applet which shows graphically how much battery you have remaining.

Can I get this info from a commandline, i.e. some qcop command or whatever, that would return: Battery percent remaining, estimated time remaining...?
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