[ARMedslack] Hello

Claudio Cavalera claudio.cavalera at gmail.com
Mon Nov 15 21:36:41 UTC 2010

Thx for your answer Richard!
I've ccopied the ML because I think this stuff could be also useful to
someone else.
Are you also on the #armedslack IRC Channel on freenode?
I really would like to install Slackware on my dockstar. I don't have
made the serial cable yet :-)
I'm sorry you have bricked your dockstar with the rescue system, is it
broken or is it because of your mistake?
(where have you bought your other dockstars? I can't find them
anywhere in Europe anymore).

Anyway could you please help me identify the proper sequence of
commands ? It shouldn't be so long after one has done the tftp and NFS
configuration part on a slackware server.
I've summarized this one at the moment. My goal is to have the
dockstar booting and getting an IP address from the DHCP router as it
already does when it starts with pogoplug. This way I should be able
to start the slackware installer by doing ssh into the dockstar and
without the serial cable. If we can achieve this goal we could write a
guide to share on armedslack also (if we double check the procedure).

Here is what I'm doing, I'm missing something near the end, maybe the
line with the dhcp part (so please read at least the last line :-)

Unplug your internet. You don't want to accidentally stealth update the firmware

Unplug your USB drives and boot to PogoPlug OS

Log in via SSH as root, the default password is stxadmin, this may
have changed if you registered with PogoPlug

Remount the file system read and write with: mount / -rw -o remount

edit or create /etc/hosts to add these lines: service.pogoplug.com pm1.pogoplug.com pm2.pogoplug.com service.cloudengines.com upgrade.pogoplug.com
save the file!

Remount the file system back to read only: mount / -r -o remount

Reboot: /sbin/reboot

Install the new uboot version by Jeff Doozan:
cd /tmp
wget http://plugapps.com/os/pogoplug/uboot/install_uboot_mtd0.sh
chmod +x install_uboot_mtd0.sh

activate netconsole as explained here: http://forum.doozan.com/read.php?3,14,14
-bash-3.2# /usr/sbin/fw_setenv serverip
-bash-3.2# /usr/sbin/fw_setenv ipaddr
-bash-3.2# /usr/sbin/fw_setenv if_netconsole 'ping $serverip'
-bash-3.2# /usr/sbin/fw_setenv start_netconsole 'setenv ncip
$serverip; setenv bootdelay 10; setenv stdin nc; setenv stdout nc;
setenv stderr nc; version;'
-bash-3.2# /usr/sbin/fw_setenv preboot 'run if_netconsole start_netconsole'

then on your linux pc
nc -l -u -p 6666 &
nc -u 6666
# run killall -9 nc after you've finished to kill the background nc
process; if you have problems I suggest run nc in foreground in two
separate sessions (e.g. two shells or two screen sessions)

Then enter the uboot prompt by pressing ENTER just after a reboot of
the dockstar

Marvell>>    tftpboot 0x01100000 armedslack-13.1/uinitrd-kirkwood.img

Marvell>>    tftpboot 0x00800000 armedslack-13.1/uImage-kirkwood

setenv bootargs console=ttyS0,115200 kbd=it nic=auto:eth0:dhcp
root=/dev/ram rw;bootm 0x00800000 0x01100000;reset


On Sun, Nov 14, 2010 at 17:54, Rich <richard.lapointe at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi Claudio,
> Yes, I still read the armed slack mail list. Regarding getting armed slack
> installed on my Dockstar, I first tried doing what Thorsten did, loading the
> mini root file system onto a usb drive and renaming the kernel and uinitrd
> to uImage, but it just resulted in getting the "Starting kernel" message and
> continual reboots. So then yes I used those  commands, following the armed
> slack INSTALL_KIRKWOOD.TXT instructions and was able get armed slack running
> on my Dockstar. I had it running for over a month, but just last week I
> managed to semi-brick it installing Jeff Doozan Rescue System.  Now all I
> can do is boot into uboot.
> I too would like to be able to install without a serial cable since I have
> two more Dockstars that I want to get up and running.
> Regards
> Rich Lapointe
> On 11/13/2010 03:07 PM, Claudio Cavalera wrote:
>> Hi Richard,
>> do you still read the armed slack mailing list? could you please help
>> me out a bit with my dockstar?
>> Have you run this commands to install your dockstar?
>> Thx,
>> Claudio
>>  4.4  Booting the installer
>>          ---------------------
>>          Now download the Kernel and Slackware ARM installer via TFTP:
>>      Marvell>>    tftpboot 0x01100000 armedslack-13.1/uinitrd-kirkwood.img
>>      Marvell>>    tftpboot 0x00800000 armedslack-13.1/uImage-kirkwood
>>      Marvell>>    setenv bootargs console=ttyS0,115200 nodhcp kbd=uk
>> root=/dev/ram rw
>>      Marvell>>    bootm 0x00800000 0x01100000
>>           Note:
>>             The second line above ("setenv bootargs..") sets the keyboard
>>             setting to 'uk'.  You may choose another such as "us", one one
>>             of the other valid keymaps.  The installation will be
>> conducted
>>             through SSH which uses your local keymap, but you may wish to
>>             set this keymap here since you'll need to type a few commands
>> in
>>             once the installer has booted.
>>             For those of you who are familiar with the Slackware
>> installer,
>>             you will note that you will not be presented with the option
>> to
>>             select your keymap as soon as the installer has booted.  This
>> is
>>             because the cursor keys don't work properly in the menus over
>> the
>>             serial console; but you can configure it later in the main
>> 'setup' menu.
>> On Fri, Sep 17, 2010 at 00:55, Richard Lapointe<laprjns at comcast.net>
>>  wrote:
>>> I subscribed to this list at the end of August, but have been having
>>> trouble
>>> getting my email so I just subscribed again with my alternate gmail
>>> account.
>>> Just wanted to tell you that I've got armedslack running on my dockstar.
>>>  Once I got my serial line working, it was quite easy.  I first follow
>>> the
>>> direction from here:
>>> http://plugapps.com/index.php5?title=PlugApps:Pogoplug_Setboot , but only
>>> through installing the uboot.  After that I followed the instructions for
>>> 13.1 from here:
>>> ftp://ftp.armedslack.org/armedslack/armedslack-13.1/INSTALL_KIRKWOOD.TXT.
>>>  I
>>> actually installed current first, so they both worked.
>>> Rich Lapointe
>>> On 08/24/2010 04:24 PM, Thorsten Mühlfelder wrote:
>>>> I've ordered one of these Dockstars now. I cannot get any cheaper thing
>>>> here (25 € incl. shipping). Let's see what I can do with it.
>>>> Am Thu, 19 Aug 2010 00:39:19 -0600
>>>> schrieb Tyler T<tylernt at gmail.com>:
>>>>>> what CPU/RAM/flash does the Seagate Dockstar have?
>>>>>  1.2GHz ARMv5TE (Kirkwood), 128MB DDR RAM, 256MB flash.
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