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by mpthompson
Mon Jul 02, 2012 8:12 am
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: comments on the "start here" post (FAO nexy)
Replies: 10
Views: 3371

Re: comments on the "start here" post (FAO nexy)

Probably the best thing would be a sticky "Start Here" posting in this forum, but the posting would just contain a link to a "Start Here" page in the Wiki. That way it can be edited as needed by anyone enabled to edit the Wiki. If others are OK with this, I went ahead and created a blank Start Here ...
by mpthompson
Mon Jul 02, 2012 3:32 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Replacement memcpy
Replies: 54
Views: 22761

Re: Replacement memcpy

This is something I would love to get into Raspbian. We'll have to see what's involved. I could be wrong, but I believe that memcpy (along with many of the other string.h functions) are actually built into gcc and other gnu compiler tools and the may generally ignore the libc functions. It could be ...
by mpthompson
Sun Jul 01, 2012 9:24 pm
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: HISTORY: The start of raspbian (Debian Hard Float (armhf) for RPi)
Replies: 613
Views: 369076

Re: Debian Hard Float (armhf) for RPi

Thanks, I've created a "Start Here!" thread here: http://www.raspberrypi.org/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=66&t=9951 Any suggestions, additions and edits you'd like, let me know and I'll change it. Once it's ok, I'll ask ukscone to sticky it. :) I've also registered for the wiki (WillDerrick). To update i...
by mpthompson
Sun Jul 01, 2012 7:10 pm
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: MATE for Raspbian
Replies: 145
Views: 101175

Re: MATE for Raspbian

Maybe some.basic.linux.commands.txt placed on the fat32 partition with stuff like apt-get, wget, startx nano and a short explanation of each. One of the most frustrating things about Linux is the lack of 'user friendly instructions' for new users. :idea: A few lines could be added to /etc/motd I'll...
by mpthompson
Sun Jul 01, 2012 6:42 pm
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: HISTORY: The start of raspbian (Debian Hard Float (armhf) for RPi)
Replies: 613
Views: 369076

Re: Debian Hard Float (armhf) for RPi

Regarding the history of Raspbian, here is a link to an earlier thread where the ideas for this unofficial port of Debian were first discussed. Notice plugwash was the second to reply to the original query and he did a pretty good job of explaining what, in retrospect, were indeed the actual require...
by mpthompson
Sun Jul 01, 2012 3:55 am
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: tiny config request for next image release
Replies: 3
Views: 1114

Re: tiny config request for next image release

Chris, that should have been in the latest images created? Which image are you using?

It's in my notes and will be in future images I create.
by mpthompson
Sun Jul 01, 2012 2:20 am
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: Building Nodejs on Raspbian
Replies: 28
Views: 6992

Re: Building Nodejs on Raspbian

OK, I did the best I could to apply the patches that might result in a functioning V8 interpreter for Raspbian. I basically applied the patches blind, not really knowing exactly what they do. However, the result did compile and seem to pass the build tests on the build server. However, as our build ...
by mpthompson
Sat Jun 30, 2012 6:18 pm
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: packages you want to see in raspbian
Replies: 133
Views: 37180

Re: packages you want to see in raspbian

I would love to see libreoffice It is in the repository but its not installable because its missing some dependencies. LibreOffice has been updated frequently (every few days or so) from the Debian Wheezy archive. I believe the Debian maintainer is busy trying to get the best port possible before t...
by mpthompson
Sat Jun 30, 2012 12:01 am
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: observations from a new user
Replies: 3
Views: 1455

Re: observations from a new user

chris_c wrote:BTW am I right in thinking you're the main person to blame for all the hard work on arm hard float ? - if so thanks, top job
organising build bots and a repo can't have been trivial!
Thanks. Lots of help from plugwash as well, but the build systems do live in my basement.
by mpthompson
Fri Jun 29, 2012 6:57 pm
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: MAME4ALL fail to compile
Replies: 14
Views: 5348

Re: MAME4ALL fail to compile

- Also, USB joystick doesn't work. Great job on getting a version of MAME working. That may be something I have to look at myself. Regarding a USB joystick, it doesn't surprise me that the kernel leaves out the USB joystick drivers at this point. You may want to give the Raspbian alpha kernel by pl...
by mpthompson
Fri Jun 29, 2012 6:54 pm
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: MATE for Raspbian
Replies: 145
Views: 101175

Re: MATE for Raspbian

I know a bit about linux and unix, and want to help out, but my skills need updating and improving. Do not know how to build a version of debian, any suggestions where to start. Hi Bob, when you ask "how to build a version of debian", can you be a little more specific? Are you asking about building...
by mpthompson
Fri Jun 29, 2012 6:49 pm
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: observations from a new user
Replies: 3
Views: 1455

Re: observations from a new user

Thanks for the feedback. What version of the Raspbian image were you using?

I'll see what items I can roll into future versions of Raspbian images. wicd sounds like it would be a very worthwhile addition.
by mpthompson
Fri Jun 29, 2012 6:45 pm
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: New Raspbian "Pisces" Image
Replies: 87
Views: 22942

Re: New Raspbian "Pisces" Image

Poor Pi has taken ages to run the updates and does appear to be stable, with minimal hardware attached. Yeah, I'll need to create an updated Raspbian image to avoid this issue. The issue is that Debian Wheezy is pushing a LOT of changes to our repository and a very large number of packages have bee...
by mpthompson
Fri Jun 29, 2012 6:40 pm
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: Modem driver compilation
Replies: 2
Views: 1209

Re: Modem driver compilation

FoxiT, I don't believe that the rpi-update tool used to install and update the kernels for the various Raspbian images created so far actually installs the header files needed to compile locally against the kernel. I would suggest your best bet would be to install plugwash alpha kernel as described ...
by mpthompson
Fri Jun 29, 2012 6:29 pm
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: l1/l2 cache
Replies: 6
Views: 3125

Re: l1/l2 cache

This is probably not a raspbian issue, but getconf doesn't see the l1/l2 cache which according to http://www.raspberrypi.org/archives/1040 should be enabled. Interesting. I would believe that the enabling of L1/L2 cache would be a function of the kernel which Raspbian uses the same as the Debian ar...
by mpthompson
Fri Jun 29, 2012 4:13 am
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: Building Nodejs on Raspbian
Replies: 28
Views: 6992

Re: Building Nodejs on Raspbian

Still working on this. On IRC I was given a link to patches made by Andy Nichols that should allow V8 to properly support armv6 vfp2 instructions: https://codereview.qt-project.org/#change,27256 I'm contacting Andy to see if he knows if these are the only patches required to get V8 running on the Ra...
by mpthompson
Thu Jun 28, 2012 5:36 pm
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: root shell on serial console
Replies: 2
Views: 3323

Re: root shell on serial console

I haven't tried using the serial port attached to my Raspberry Pi under Raspbian (or any other Linux). However, usually console logins on any device including the serial port is controlled from the /etc/inittab file. You may want to look through this file on the Foundations image and find which line...
by mpthompson
Thu Jun 28, 2012 5:17 pm
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: apt-get update error
Replies: 13
Views: 39357

Re: apt-get update error

Hi! The /etc/apt/sources.list that came with the "official" wheezy image is deb http://http.debian.net/debian wheezy main contrib non-free To add to the discussion above. :) Am wondering whether there's any other mirror for that around. That repo can be painfully slow. Your question is probably bes...
by mpthompson
Thu Jun 28, 2012 5:10 pm
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: Building Nodejs on Raspbian
Replies: 28
Views: 6992

Re: Building Nodejs on Raspbian

Hi. For several days, I struggled to build Nodejs on Raspbian, but I couldn't get to work properly. All the search results, I could find, deal with building nodejs on Debian Arm, so they are no big help. The build process seems to stop with linking the V8-library with a "problem", that's remains un...
by mpthompson
Thu Jun 28, 2012 4:59 pm
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: HISTORY: The start of raspbian (Debian Hard Float (armhf) for RPi)
Replies: 613
Views: 369076

Re: Debian Hard Float (armhf) for RPi

The Mele A1000 doesn't really require Raspbian as it will run the official version of Debian Wheezy armhf without modification. The only real issue on it is that a stable kernel that is customized to the A10 CPU is needed. Work on that can be found in the arm-netbook email list where you will find a...
by mpthompson
Wed Jun 27, 2012 1:32 am
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: apt-get update error
Replies: 13
Views: 39357

Re: apt-get update error

I have a similar issue, but my /etc/apt/sources.list contains the correct contents: The error in the output you gave is: Failed to fetch http://archive.raspbian.org/raspbian/dists/wheezy/InRelease Unable to find expected entry 'main/ binary-armel /Packages' in Release file (Wrong sources.list entry...
by mpthompson
Wed Jun 27, 2012 1:26 am
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: Cannot check root file system ... not mounted read
Replies: 7
Views: 4491

Re: Cannot check root file system ... not mounted read

everything is working perfectly, although I'm getting these two annoying messages during boot Tue Jun 26 21:17:07 2012: mount: you must specify the filesystem type Tue Jun 26 21:17:07 2012: [....] Cannot check root file system because it is not mounted read-only. [FAIL] failed! In the cmdline.txt f...
by mpthompson
Mon Jun 25, 2012 11:21 pm
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: MATE for Raspbian
Replies: 145
Views: 101175

Re: MATE for Raspbian

The various SD images, I see as as examples of ways raspbian can be setup and there should be no reason why you and like minded people should not produce a raspbian based SD image (edu-raspbian??, simple-raspbian??) with the educational/simple features you want to promote. chrisw2, you are correct ...
by mpthompson
Mon Jun 25, 2012 10:51 pm
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: MATE for Raspbian
Replies: 145
Views: 101175

Re: MATE for Raspbian

Suspect this isn't where raspbian is at right now - its still alpha/beta software. Means that at the moment it probably going to be a bit clunky. So first time users probably better off by using one of the other builds. summers, you are completely correct. Right now, plugwash and I are keeping our ...
by mpthompson
Mon Jun 25, 2012 10:25 pm
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: MATE for Raspbian
Replies: 145
Views: 101175

Re: MATE for Raspbian

The MATE project have not yet released their own X display manager, so you need to install a separate display manager. (I would recommend LightDM) Once that is done it should auto-magically go to the graphical login menu at startup. I was going to try using SLIM, but it was too late at night when I...

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