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The Milton Chronicles: End of a Chapter

Posted by ApochPiQ, 30 April 2006 · 61 views

Woohoo! Everything is finally working. I just crushed a couple of final glitches with some USB support modules, and now it's all golden - 100% error free boot on 2.6.16.11.

I was going to post this from Milton, but then I realized that I don't have a working X-Windows install, and even if I did, the default Mozilla browser that came with the distro...


The Milton Chronicles... again!

Posted by ApochPiQ, 30 April 2006 · 55 views

I cannot believe how stupid I am.

All this time, I've been trying to solve the oh-so-difficult problem of how to get updated tools and drivers onto my 2.6 install when the CDROM and NIC drivers are both barfing profusely.


Well, duh... I still have a working 2.4 install, and both are booting on the same exact filesystem. So all I have to do is...


Milton part 4b

Posted by ApochPiQ, 30 April 2006 · 46 views

Ahhh, now I remember the problem I had before.

The problem, to put it briefly, is that there's a really important package of programs called module-init-tools. This package was updated between kernel versions 2.4 and 2.6, except nobody bothered to include the updated version in the kernel package itself. The result is that, if you upgrade from 2.4 to 2.6...


Milton part 4, finally!

Posted by ApochPiQ, 30 April 2006 · 42 views

Well, I've finally got a working 2.6.16.11 kernel. Now comes the really icky bit: solving all the little glitches.

The first main glitch is with my NIC; for some reason it's giving me bogus errors about eth1 not having a valid wireless ESSID, which is really bizarre, seeing as I have no eth1 device, let alone a wireless device of any kind. I'll have to...


Milton part 3(still?!)

Posted by ApochPiQ, 30 April 2006 · 63 views

Ha! Ha! I'm compiling the Linux!


You'd think I'd never done this before. In fact, I made this exact mistake last time, too. I forgot to compile ext3 support into the kernel, which leaves me with an unbootable system.

Thankfully, I've long since learned something with Linux kernel hackery: never, ever, ever, ever remove stable kernels. So I just have to...


Milton part 3c

Posted by ApochPiQ, 30 April 2006 · 58 views

After a rather long interlude for Real Life, I'm back on the task.

Being the forgetful and generally less-than-competent moron that I am, I forgot to do a modules build when I did the kernel compile. So naturally, my first attempt at booting 2.6.16.11 didn't go real far, since I had it configured to stick all the interesting functionality in modules....


Milton part 3b

Posted by ApochPiQ, 30 April 2006 · 77 views

Kernel compile begins: 7:06PM EST.

I now leave to do something not mind-dumbingly dull - namely, watch Requiem for a Dream.


Milton part 3

Posted by ApochPiQ, 30 April 2006 · 48 views

OK, maybe my rant was premature.

As of right now, I'm successfully downloading the 2.6.16.11 kernel (make that done downloading). So either the most-recent nForce drivers are less sucky than the last time I did this, or the real pain is that they don't work properly on 2.6 kernels. I'm re-downloading the freshest build from nVidia just to be safe - it...


Bringing Milton back to life, part 2

Posted by ApochPiQ, 30 April 2006 · 79 views

... and this is why I've never really, truly loved Linux.


Yeah, I like it fine as a Unix. The philosophy is a little shaky, and as far as Unixes go, I actually kind of prefer BSD, in a little secret corner of my heart. But Linux is what I'm directly familiar with, and I already have a perfectly good set of RHL disks, so I'm too lazy to actually go out and...


Rebuilding a server

Posted by ApochPiQ, 30 April 2006 · 118 views

I've finally gotten off my lazy butt and started rebuilding Milton. Milton was the server for my Tiny KeyCounter project, before one of the hard drives decided it was going to die.

One of the drives was the OS and actual site/database, and the other was basically nothing but a nightly backup image of the site and DB. I have no idea which drive failed...






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