12.3 bugfix release

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Re: 12.3 bugfix release

Postby simargl » 10 Nov 2013, 10:47

Changes:

1. option to use kernel parameter noxorg to not start Xorg automatically on boot

2. makesb script will check if /usr/bin/packer is available, and if not will use pacman do download packages before converting them to sb bundle. That means makesb script can be used without devel bundle loaded, only in that case without access to AUR

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Re: 12.3 bugfix release

Postby ncmprhnsbl » 11 Nov 2013, 08:34

hi,
been trying this iso, installed on usb,
alphaos 12.3
conky/tint2restart scripts broken by missing pidof(and any other script that uses it)
heres a fix using ps

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$(ps -C conky -o pid=)

also, having video issues, screen refresh, resolution not good with vesa/nv
tried installing nouveau/nvidia...missing kernel modules?

do you plan to make a 64bit version?

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Re: 12.3 bugfix release

Postby simargl » 11 Nov 2013, 09:46

ncmprhnsbl wrote:conky/tint2restart scripts broken by missing pidof(and any other script that uses it)

In this version all busybox symlinks from /bin directory are removed, and that broke some scripts that used those commands but issue is easily fixed by replacing pidof with busybox pidof in those scripts
ncmprhnsbl wrote:also, having video issues, screen refresh, resolution not good with vesa/nv
tried installing nouveau/nvidia...missing kernel modules?

If your nvidia card is new enough for this kernel and Xorg server, you really should download and compile official nvidia graphics driver to get best performance.

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Re: 12.3 bugfix release

Postby simargl » 11 Nov 2013, 09:58

Bootcode usbmode is now implemented

If this kernel parameter is used:
save file will be mounted in bundles directory (from init) and added to aufs (from rc.sysinit), on top, activated like any other bundle

on reboot/shutdown rc.shutdown will execute save-session, and if usbmode is used it will copy directories from changes to savefile mount point, also using cp -afu (copy only newer)

This bootcode usbmode should be used always when alphaos is installed to USB drive to reduce number of device writes, and it must be added manually.

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Re: 12.3 bugfix release

Postby Scooby » 11 Nov 2013, 13:00

simargl wrote:I just mentioned that it's easy to change, of course I will not change bundles extension, and especially not to .sfs. This is different distribution, independent from Puppy, so there is not reason to use sfs modules.?


I liked sfs better

Yeah but It still had its roots in puppy

simargl wrote:When alphaos was based on Puppy, I still disabled all except 3 modes: live cd, usbflash or frugal hard disk. Now all that is still supported. Flexible filesystem to make save file - still here. Flexible name of savefile, I don't know what you mean with that: previously save file was named alphasave now is named changes.fs4 // it was never flexible, and why should it be?

Ooopps!!! maybe I changed this myself then. I liked the approach where I could name savefile with version number taken from DISTRO_SPECS
there was a savefile_prefix value.

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Re: 12.3 bugfix release

Postby simargl » 11 Nov 2013, 15:10

Scooby wrote:I liked sfs better

Yeah but It still had its roots in puppy


Yes, it had.. once, not anymore :)

aufs for kernel 3.12 has been announced here

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MetroE Mouse Theme.

Postby smil99 » 12 Nov 2013, 10:26

simargl wrote:
MetroE is a X11 Mouse Theme.

I replaced Human-dmz with this as default. :)

Tried it and it looks good and really metro too :) Surely a keeper here. Thanks for sharing.
Cheers.

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Re: 12.3 bugfix release

Postby simargl » 12 Nov 2013, 19:47

OK, that's great smil99.

I'm doing some modifications to this Cubes Conky theme, it looks nice...
http://votritis.deviantart.com/art/Cubes-Conky-272774946

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Re: 12.3 bugfix release

Postby simargl » 14 Nov 2013, 13:58

This is part from livekitlib that activates ZRAM

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# Activate zram (auto-compression of RAM)
# Compressed RAM consumes 1/2 or even 1/4 of original size
# Setup static size of 500MB
#
init_zram()
{
   debug_log "init_zram" "$*"
   echo_green_star
   echo "Setting dynamic RAM compression using ZRAM"
   echo 536870912 > /sys/block/zram0/disksize # 512MB
   mkswap /dev/zram0 >/dev/null
   swapon /dev/zram0 -p 32767
   echo 100 > /proc/sys/vm/swappiness
}

This function is alphaos is commented (command is skipped in initramfs-tree/init), because it needs zram to be enabled in kernel config. After seeing what does function init_zram() do, I will leave it disabled, we don't need to increase swappiness and slow down system, just to reduce RAM requirements.

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Re: 12.3 bugfix release

Postby meowcats » 15 Nov 2013, 01:04

zRam can be useful with low amount of ram, why not keep low value like swappiness=10 ?

1/4 total ram size is good value i believe...


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