Talk:Convert your PPC LinkStation into a full-blown Debian system
Why fix_ext2_magic? Is it really necessary?
buffalo invented a way to secure the first partition of the hdd /dev/hda1 by changing the magic_number in the ext_filesystem to something unnatural (all linkstations and i think all terastations, kuroboxes do not have this problem of course). in reality the magic_number is a completely normal one, but because of this change you cannot mount the partition on a desktop. the fix_ext2_magic-app fixes this and afterwards you can mount the partition as normal. In fact i did yesterday after i deleted some stuff as root which made my LS unbootable. before running fix_ext2_magic there was no chance to mount it, afterwards it was working as normal. so the answer is: yes, it is necessary.Mindbender 03:16, 11 July 2006 (EDT)
"make sure to return the hard drive jumper to cable select"
is it true that LS1 uses cable select as default? LS2 is using master setting ...--Hanfbauer 09:39, 28 July 2006 (EDT)
Step 13. Now With Example
For example, download
to your Windows/Linux machine, unzip it and then unzip the image.dat from it.
You will be prompted for a password...use the password from
and you will get a tmpimage.tgz.
Untar this tarball to /dev/hdx1 and you should be fine.
(Yes, indeed. Thank you, Mindbender!)
The reason for mounting partition 1 and using fix_ext2_magic is unclear. This article would be better split into 2 articles. One describing the LS-HG partition layout; the partition magic number problem and fix_ext2_magic; how to resize those partitions (and why you would want to do that).
This article then then focus on copying Openlink/Freelink to partition 1 and post install configuration.
I recently installed Freelink to my LS-HG and found problems with this article (apart from the partitioning thing mentioned above).
- The description of what to extract from the LS-HG Freelink distro is wrong.
- Freelink has no tmp-kun user configured