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, "aliishaq" <aliishaq@...> wrote:
> Basically, I have an HG250 (PPC) Buffalo Linkstation NAS connected to
> my home network. I installed Freelink firmware v1.11, Debian v2.4, and
> Webmin before I ran out of time.
Note I'm not using Freelink, but instead it's predecessor which was a Debian "Woody"
image assembled by a Japanese person back in the beginning of time as for as the LS
is concerned. Since it is Debian, it as since been greatly enhanced and updated to
the current Debian "stable" (etch), thanks to Debian's good package management
tools. That said, even though I'm not exactly Freelink, I should be close to it.
> When I run apt-get upgrade the process aborts because it needs the
> kernel to version 2.6 while when I try to install the upgrade
Yes, the Debian "Unstable" and "Testing" versions now require the 2.6 version kernel.
You can (as I have for now) downgrade slightly to Debian "stable" (Etch) which will
run fine on the 2.4 series kernel. To do this, edit the /etc/apt/sources.list file replacing
all words that say "unstable" or "testing" with "stable". They may also be using the
Toy Story names like "Sid", in which case replace it with "etch". Then run "apt-get
update" followed by "apt-get dist-upgrade" and you will end up with Debian "Stable".
The current "Stable" isn't too out-of-date at the moment, at least not as bad as it
> Also I installed webmin and the Samba module within it and have made
> users and done everything that the samba file sharing module wiki
> tells me, but my windoes xp computer does not see the share...
I don't use Webmin myself (even though I'm the one that originally suggested it to
this users group!), I use "swat" instead which is an optional component of the Samba
suite to configure Samba. To use it, install it (apt-get install swat) then
edit /etc/inetd.conf and uncoment the line at the bottom that says "swat", then
restart inetd (/etc/init.d/inetd restart). After this you can bring up the Samba config
page from any browser that can reach your machine at port 901
. It is really quite nice.
That said, all these programs do is edit the file /etc/samba/smb.conf anyway, so you
might try posting it and we can take a look and tell you what is wrong with it.
You also normally need to create users that match your Windows users and set the
passwords for access, but the shares should at least show up even without this step.
They keep changing the "backend" method of how this is done, I still use the old
command of "smbpasswd -a <username>", and enter all the passwords manually
which still works even though there are now better methods, like I think you can new
use the Microsoft tools from a Windows machine to do this if you have things set up
right, I've never done it however. I've gotten real rusty with Windows these days.
> 1. Update Debian to Kernel version 2.6
I know this post is a few days old, but I guess I too need to upgrade my PPC based LS
to 2.6, so keep reminding me and maybe I'll work on it this weekend or so and let you
know what I find out. I've been a little scared about it and have been putting it off but
would really like to get a few things working again. (like DHCP server and USB CD
writers, that don't work on my currently installed kernel.
> 2. Get Samba shares working and accessible to other users on the network
Samba is under constant change "under-the-hood", as it tries to keep up with all the
changes in implementation over on the Microsoft side, but post your smb.conf file
and we'll have a look. Perhaps Webmin isn't correctly configuring the version of
Samba you have.
> 3. Install and get torrentflux or other comparable torrent client working
Hmm Torrentflux looks pretty neat. Putting the client on a web page looks like a
good idea. I just worry about all the overhead with PHP and MySQL needed to be
running in the backend. I've been just using bittoranado directly on my LS, either in
the X based GUI using VNC or more often just the command-line version, (inside
of "screen" so it will run by itself detached from a terminal session) because
bittorrent seems to tax the poor LS pretty heavily so I try to keep things a light as
possible, especially if I'm running more than one torrent. Maybe I should give it a try
anyway. Anyone care to comment about how well all this would likely run on a LS
with 64 megs of RAM? At least it should be better than trying to run one of those
many Java based clients.
> 4. Be able to connect external USB drives
That should be working. Although my DVD recorder isn't detected with the factory
2.4 kernel, although it did with the Kurobox kernel, but at USB 1.1 speeds. You do
know that you have to manually "mount" these drives however unless you install a
service that does this automatically for you? I don't have one working on my LS at
the moment, probably another thing I should work on, perhaps after the 2.6 kernel
upgrade so it will be working with udev which should be less problematic. This all
seems to work good on a Ubuntu running Laptop I have, so I'll see how they are doing
it. Hopefully it isn't a Gnome-desktop only feature.
> 5. get uPNP server working
I'm probably not the right guy for this sort of thing. What are you trying to do
exactly, make the LS be a media server to some uPNP capable client devices? If so
lots of others have done this on a LS, I'm just not one of them.
Anyway, I'll be real busy the later part of this week, but I can help you work through
some if this as long as you are willing to learn and work on some of it too. All this
Unix/Linux stuff has a steep learning curve, but I've found it quite rewarding.
I don't check messages on this group quite as well as I used to, and generally get
them from a RSS feed to my yahoo custom page, but they are delayed be a couple
of days by the time they show up, so feel free to email me directly at
if you don't get fast enough response on this group. I'll keep
posting back to this group so the discussion can remain public.