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Craig Votava
2004-09-26, 06:43
Folks-

I'm happy to say that I finally got the Slimserver software up
and running on my Buffalo Linkstation network access server (NAS)
box. This device (http://www.buffalotech.com/) is simply a small,
low-power, plug-n-play box that gives you Hard Drive space on
your home network. I purchased the 120G version for about $200.00
a while ago (I think they're cheaper now), in order to hold all
of our MP3 files, and have them accessable by all the computers
on my home network at all times.

Since the device runs linux (www.montavista.co.jp), I figured
it should run the slimserver software as well. This way I only
needed the squeezebox and the linkstation powered up for music
to be played in the house. I also wanted a bigger hard drive
in it, so I decided to hack the device and see what could be done.

There are no english sites that talk about hacking this box, but
a bunch of really nice folks in Japan have a bunch of non-english
web pages describing hacks that they've performed. I stumbled
through these pages trying to figure out things, then ended up
sending email to a few of them. They were very helpful, and I
eventually was able to remove the original 120G drive and replace
it with a 300G Maxtor drive. The unit is a bit louder now, but
its not too annoying.

While setting up the new drive, I fixed things to allow ftp and
telnet to the box, and added some rpm's for additional software
that I needed to get slimserver up and running.

Once the box was back in service with the 300G drive, I was able
to pretty easily download and install the slimserver software, and
am very happy with the results.

I was wondering if anyone else has played with a setup similar
to this, and what their experiences are.

Also, thanks to all involved with the squeezebox, and slimserver
software. They are great products!

-Craig

Bruce Hartley
2004-09-26, 08:56
on a similar subject.

I have thought about getting a NAS device to use as an audio server.

I have seen the Lacie emb embedded XP device and am now aware of this
buffalo linkstation.

What experience do people have running slimserver on these devices?
Any preference?

I haven't do any linux hacking yet, but would be happy to have go, running
slimserver on XP PC at the moment.

Thanks,
Bruce.

"Craig Votava" <cmvotava (AT) comcast (DOT) net> wrote in
message news:cj6h2v$c1v$1 (AT) sea (DOT) gmane.org...
> Folks-
>
> I'm happy to say that I finally got the Slimserver software up
> and running on my Buffalo Linkstation network access server (NAS)
> box. This device (http://www.buffalotech.com/) is simply a small,
> low-power, plug-n-play box that gives you Hard Drive space on
> your home network. I purchased the 120G version for about $200.00
> a while ago (I think they're cheaper now), in order to hold all
> of our MP3 files, and have them accessable by all the computers
> on my home network at all times.
>
> Since the device runs linux (www.montavista.co.jp), I figured
> it should run the slimserver software as well. This way I only
> needed the squeezebox and the linkstation powered up for music
> to be played in the house. I also wanted a bigger hard drive
> in it, so I decided to hack the device and see what could be done.
>
> There are no english sites that talk about hacking this box, but
> a bunch of really nice folks in Japan have a bunch of non-english
> web pages describing hacks that they've performed. I stumbled
> through these pages trying to figure out things, then ended up
> sending email to a few of them. They were very helpful, and I
> eventually was able to remove the original 120G drive and replace
> it with a 300G Maxtor drive. The unit is a bit louder now, but
> its not too annoying.
>
> While setting up the new drive, I fixed things to allow ftp and
> telnet to the box, and added some rpm's for additional software
> that I needed to get slimserver up and running.
>
> Once the box was back in service with the 300G drive, I was able
> to pretty easily download and install the slimserver software, and
> am very happy with the results.
>
> I was wondering if anyone else has played with a setup similar
> to this, and what their experiences are.
>
> Also, thanks to all involved with the squeezebox, and slimserver
> software. They are great products!
>
> -Craig

Jeffrey R. Shenk
2004-09-26, 09:50
Craig,

I am very interested in running Slim Server on a NAS like the buffalo as you
did. Could you share some of the details. Thanks,

Jeff


----- Original Message -----
From: "Craig Votava" <cmvotava (AT) comcast (DOT) net>
To: <discuss (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com>
Sent: Sunday, September 26, 2004 9:43 AM
Subject: [slim] Slimserver on Buffalo LinkStation NAS


> Folks-
>
> I'm happy to say that I finally got the Slimserver software up
> and running on my Buffalo Linkstation network access server (NAS)
> box. This device (http://www.buffalotech.com/) is simply a small,
> low-power, plug-n-play box that gives you Hard Drive space on
> your home network. I purchased the 120G version for about $200.00
> a while ago (I think they're cheaper now), in order to hold all
> of our MP3 files, and have them accessable by all the computers
> on my home network at all times.
>
> Since the device runs linux (www.montavista.co.jp), I figured
> it should run the slimserver software as well. This way I only
> needed the squeezebox and the linkstation powered up for music
> to be played in the house. I also wanted a bigger hard drive
> in it, so I decided to hack the device and see what could be done.
>
> There are no english sites that talk about hacking this box, but
> a bunch of really nice folks in Japan have a bunch of non-english
> web pages describing hacks that they've performed. I stumbled
> through these pages trying to figure out things, then ended up
> sending email to a few of them. They were very helpful, and I
> eventually was able to remove the original 120G drive and replace
> it with a 300G Maxtor drive. The unit is a bit louder now, but
> its not too annoying.
>
> While setting up the new drive, I fixed things to allow ftp and
> telnet to the box, and added some rpm's for additional software
> that I needed to get slimserver up and running.
>
> Once the box was back in service with the 300G drive, I was able
> to pretty easily download and install the slimserver software, and
> am very happy with the results.
>
> I was wondering if anyone else has played with a setup similar
> to this, and what their experiences are.
>
> Also, thanks to all involved with the squeezebox, and slimserver
> software. They are great products!
>
> -Craig
>
>

Jeffrey R. Shenk
2004-09-26, 19:31
I found the Linkstsation for $149 after rebate.
http://shop4.outpost.com/category/Outpost/Hard+Drives+&+Memory/Hard+Drives/NAS+&+File+Servers/



----- Original Message -----
From: "Craig Votava" <cmvotava (AT) comcast (DOT) net>
To: <discuss (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com>
Sent: Sunday, September 26, 2004 9:43 AM
Subject: [slim] Slimserver on Buffalo LinkStation NAS


> Folks-
>
> I'm happy to say that I finally got the Slimserver software up
> and running on my Buffalo Linkstation network access server (NAS)
> box. This device (http://www.buffalotech.com/) is simply a small,
> low-power, plug-n-play box that gives you Hard Drive space on
> your home network. I purchased the 120G version for about $200.00
> a while ago (I think they're cheaper now), in order to hold all
> of our MP3 files, and have them accessable by all the computers
> on my home network at all times.
>
> Since the device runs linux (www.montavista.co.jp), I figured
> it should run the slimserver software as well. This way I only
> needed the squeezebox and the linkstation powered up for music
> to be played in the house. I also wanted a bigger hard drive
> in it, so I decided to hack the device and see what could be done.
>
> There are no english sites that talk about hacking this box, but
> a bunch of really nice folks in Japan have a bunch of non-english
> web pages describing hacks that they've performed. I stumbled
> through these pages trying to figure out things, then ended up
> sending email to a few of them. They were very helpful, and I
> eventually was able to remove the original 120G drive and replace
> it with a 300G Maxtor drive. The unit is a bit louder now, but
> its not too annoying.
>
> While setting up the new drive, I fixed things to allow ftp and
> telnet to the box, and added some rpm's for additional software
> that I needed to get slimserver up and running.
>
> Once the box was back in service with the 300G drive, I was able
> to pretty easily download and install the slimserver software, and
> am very happy with the results.
>
> I was wondering if anyone else has played with a setup similar
> to this, and what their experiences are.
>
> Also, thanks to all involved with the squeezebox, and slimserver
> software. They are great products!
>
> -Craig
>
>

Craig Votava
2004-09-26, 20:36
Bruce, Jeff, Neil, All...

I'm also interested in hearing others experience doing similar things.

I hope to share all kinds of details, but time is tight for me now
(well, has been for 11 months since my 11 month old boy has been
keeping me busy). Asking specific questions will probably get me
moving on putting together a full-blown howto.

As far as resources, the linkstation has a 130MHz powerpc with 64M
of memory running a stripped down version of MontaVista Linux (2.4.17).
Although it takes a long time to get through a rescan of all music,
once that's finished it works great. I had it on random play all day
today with no problems that I could hear. The CPU utilization was
about 4%-8% while playing the music (and nothing else going on, except
for my telnet session running "top"). I suspect there are some things
that I can do to tune the slimserver to make it a bit more efficient,
and measurements that I can grab that let me know how well things
are working, but I haven't gotten to that point yet. I'm hoping to
find some help from folks in this newsgroup, since I'm a novice with
the slimserver software. Any/all suggestions are appreciated! More
later.

-Craig

Bruce Hartley wrote:
> I have thought about getting a NAS device to use as an audio server.
>
> I have seen the Lacie emb embedded XP device and am now aware of this
> buffalo linkstation.
>
> What experience do people have running slimserver on these devices?
> Any preference?

Jeffrey R. Shenk wrote:
> I am very interested in running Slim Server on a NAS like the buffalo as you
> did. Could you share some of the details. Thanks,
>
> Jeff

Neil Davidson wrote:
> Very impressed that you managed to do this. I'm quite surprised that the
> Linkstation has the memory and horse power to run the slimserver, but it is
> definitely good news :)

Jeffrey R. Shenk
2004-09-27, 09:53
Craig,

Now that I see it can be and has been done, I went ahead and ordered a
Buffalo Linkstation.
The part of this project I am specifically interested in is fixing things to
allow ftp and telnet to the box, and adding the rpm's for additional
software needed to get slimserver up and running. Mainly what rpm's have to
be added?
Any help you have time for is appriciated. Thank you,

Jeff



----- Original Message -----
From: "Craig Votava" <cmvotava (AT) comcast (DOT) net>
To: <discuss (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com>
Sent: Sunday, September 26, 2004 23:36 PM
Subject: [slim] Slimserver on Buffalo LinkStation NAS


> Bruce, Jeff, Neil, All...
>
> I'm also interested in hearing others experience doing similar things.
>
> I hope to share all kinds of details, but time is tight for me now
> (well, has been for 11 months since my 11 month old boy has been
> keeping me busy). Asking specific questions will probably get me
> moving on putting together a full-blown howto.
>
> As far as resources, the linkstation has a 130MHz powerpc with 64M
> of memory running a stripped down version of MontaVista Linux (2.4.17).
> Although it takes a long time to get through a rescan of all music,
> once that's finished it works great. I had it on random play all day
> today with no problems that I could hear. The CPU utilization was
> about 4%-8% while playing the music (and nothing else going on, except
> for my telnet session running "top"). I suspect there are some things
> that I can do to tune the slimserver to make it a bit more efficient,
> and measurements that I can grab that let me know how well things
> are working, but I haven't gotten to that point yet. I'm hoping to
> find some help from folks in this newsgroup, since I'm a novice with
> the slimserver software. Any/all suggestions are appreciated! More
> later.
>
> -Craig
>
> Bruce Hartley wrote:
> > I have thought about getting a NAS device to use as an audio server.
> >
> > I have seen the Lacie emb embedded XP device and am now aware of this
> > buffalo linkstation.
> >
> > What experience do people have running slimserver on these devices?
> > Any preference?
>
> Jeffrey R. Shenk wrote:
> > I am very interested in running Slim Server on a NAS like the buffalo as
you
> > did. Could you share some of the details. Thanks,
> >
> > Jeff
>
> Neil Davidson wrote:
> > Very impressed that you managed to do this. I'm quite surprised that the
> > Linkstation has the memory and horse power to run the slimserver, but it
is
> > definitely good news :)
>
>

Roy M. Silvernail
2004-09-27, 10:36
Jeffrey R. Shenk wrote:

>Craig,
>
>Now that I see it can be and has been done, I went ahead and ordered a
>Buffalo Linkstation.
>The part of this project I am specifically interested in is fixing things to
>allow ftp and telnet to the box, and adding the rpm's for additional
>software needed to get slimserver up and running. Mainly what rpm's have to
>be added?
>
>
You might want to check in with this yahoo group:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LinkStation_General/

They're doing a similar project to the NSLU2 crew in hacking the LinkStation.

--
Roy M. Silvernail is roy (AT) rant-central (DOT) com, and you're not
"It's just this little chromium switch, here." - TFS
SpamAssassin->procmail->/dev/null->bliss
http://www.rant-central.com

Craig Votava
2004-09-27, 19:32
Roy, Jeff, All-

Jeffrey R. Shenk wrote:
> Craig,
>
> Now that I see it can be and has been done, I went ahead and ordered a
> Buffalo Linkstation.
> The part of this project I am specifically interested in is fixing things to
> allow ftp and telnet to the box, and adding the rpm's for additional
> software needed to get slimserver up and running. Mainly what rpm's have to
> be added?
> Any help you have time for is appriciated. Thank you,

Wow, that was fast! I'll type in a bit more information below,
and get the rest that you'll need soon.

> Roy M. Silvernail wrote:
>
>> You might want to check in with this yahoo group:
>>
>> http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LinkStation_General/
>>
>> They're doing a similar project to the NSLU2 crew in hacking the
>> LinkStation.

This might be a good idea, since it looks like they have a later version
of the "firmware" than I do. I'm on 1.30, and will probably stay there
until I see a big reason to move on.

Also, I couldn't do things the way these folks are, since the earlier
version is a bit more locked up than the newer version seems to be.
You may want to hack into the box without physically opening it if
you're on the later version. If you want to replace the HD to a
bigger one (like I did) then it's a moot point.

Here's the quick-list of steps that I did:

1.) Buy a LinkStation & 300G Maxtor HD
2.) Open the LinkStation
3.) Plug the internal HD to external laptop via HD enclosure
4.) Boot Knoppix from a CD on the laptop
5.) Copy & run a hack program to unlock the LS root partition.
6.) Copy everything from the 120G HD to the 300G HD.
7.) Replace 120G with 300G (save 120G as backup)
8.) Put it back together & test with new 300G HD
9.) Take it back apart, mount 300G on external box running Knoppix
10.) Install rpm2cpio, telnet & ftp RPMs on the root partition.
11.) Put the LinkStation back together & test.
12.) Create a hack directory in the shared area (/mnt/share/hack)
13.) Install all the rest of the rpm's there (including slimserver)
14.) Telnet to box, and run stuff from /mnt/share/hack

Here are the places I got rpm's from:
http://ydl.osuosl.org/yellowdog-2.3/ppc/YellowDog/ppc/
ftp://sunsite.sut.ac.jp/pub/archives/linux/jp-linux/Vine/Vine-2.1.5/ppc/Vine/RPMS/

I purchased a USB2/Firewire-800 empty drive enclosure, and used the
internal connector in that to hook up to the LinkStation's internal
hard drive from my laptop. This way I didn't have to physically
remove the internal HD from the LinkStation (LS), just disconnect the
LS's HD & power connector, and connect up the enclosure's HD & power.
Then run a USB2 or Firewire 800 cable to the laptop. It was very easy
this way.

The scariest part of all this was that once I had the internal LS HD
connected to the laptop running Knoppix, I couldn't mount the
root partition. I tried asking the Buffalo USA folks for help, but
they just refused to help. I finally got some folks in Japan to help
out (they've done a LOT of LinkStation hacking) and they told me
what was up.

Apparently, in a move to try and lock the root partition, the Buffalo
folks changed the magic number on the root partition to something that
Linux won't recognize (I think they bumped it up or down by one). The
folks in Japan kindly sent me a copy of their "Fix Magic Number" program
that reset it to what it should be. Once it's changed, you don't have
to change it back, and you'll be able to mount the root partition on
any linux system. After that everything was easy.

I don't have the references for the "Fix Magic Number" program with
me here, but I'll get them tomorrow and post where you can get it.

That's all for now, more later...

-Craig

dean
2004-09-27, 23:15
Hi Craig,

Thanks for the information. Which parts of the steps that you list are
necessary if you aren't going to upgrade the hard disk in the
Linkstation?

-dean


On Sep 27, 2004, at 7:32 PM, Craig Votava wrote:

> Roy, Jeff, All-
>
> Jeffrey R. Shenk wrote:
>> Craig,
>> Now that I see it can be and has been done, I went ahead and ordered a
>> Buffalo Linkstation.
>> The part of this project I am specifically interested in is fixing
>> things to
>> allow ftp and telnet to the box, and adding the rpm's for additional
>> software needed to get slimserver up and running. Mainly what rpm's
>> have to
>> be added?
>> Any help you have time for is appriciated. Thank you,
>
> Wow, that was fast! I'll type in a bit more information below,
> and get the rest that you'll need soon.
>
>> Roy M. Silvernail wrote:
>>
>>> You might want to check in with this yahoo group:
>>> http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LinkStation_General/
>>> They're doing a similar project to the NSLU2 crew in hacking the
>>> LinkStation.
>
> This might be a good idea, since it looks like they have a later
> version
> of the "firmware" than I do. I'm on 1.30, and will probably stay there
> until I see a big reason to move on.
>
> Also, I couldn't do things the way these folks are, since the earlier
> version is a bit more locked up than the newer version seems to be.
> You may want to hack into the box without physically opening it if
> you're on the later version. If you want to replace the HD to a
> bigger one (like I did) then it's a moot point.
>
> Here's the quick-list of steps that I did:
>
> 1.) Buy a LinkStation & 300G Maxtor HD
> 2.) Open the LinkStation
> 3.) Plug the internal HD to external laptop via HD enclosure
> 4.) Boot Knoppix from a CD on the laptop
> 5.) Copy & run a hack program to unlock the LS root partition.
> 6.) Copy everything from the 120G HD to the 300G HD.
> 7.) Replace 120G with 300G (save 120G as backup)
> 8.) Put it back together & test with new 300G HD
> 9.) Take it back apart, mount 300G on external box running Knoppix
> 10.) Install rpm2cpio, telnet & ftp RPMs on the root partition.
> 11.) Put the LinkStation back together & test.
> 12.) Create a hack directory in the shared area (/mnt/share/hack)
> 13.) Install all the rest of the rpm's there (including slimserver)
> 14.) Telnet to box, and run stuff from /mnt/share/hack
>
> Here are the places I got rpm's from:
> http://ydl.osuosl.org/yellowdog-2.3/ppc/YellowDog/ppc/
> ftp://sunsite.sut.ac.jp/pub/archives/linux/jp-linux/Vine/Vine-2.1.5/
> ppc/Vine/RPMS/
>
> I purchased a USB2/Firewire-800 empty drive enclosure, and used the
> internal connector in that to hook up to the LinkStation's internal
> hard drive from my laptop. This way I didn't have to physically
> remove the internal HD from the LinkStation (LS), just disconnect the
> LS's HD & power connector, and connect up the enclosure's HD & power.
> Then run a USB2 or Firewire 800 cable to the laptop. It was very easy
> this way.
>
> The scariest part of all this was that once I had the internal LS HD
> connected to the laptop running Knoppix, I couldn't mount the
> root partition. I tried asking the Buffalo USA folks for help, but
> they just refused to help. I finally got some folks in Japan to help
> out (they've done a LOT of LinkStation hacking) and they told me
> what was up.
>
> Apparently, in a move to try and lock the root partition, the Buffalo
> folks changed the magic number on the root partition to something that
> Linux won't recognize (I think they bumped it up or down by one). The
> folks in Japan kindly sent me a copy of their "Fix Magic Number"
> program
> that reset it to what it should be. Once it's changed, you don't have
> to change it back, and you'll be able to mount the root partition on
> any linux system. After that everything was easy.
>
> I don't have the references for the "Fix Magic Number" program with
> me here, but I'll get them tomorrow and post where you can get it.
>
> That's all for now, more later...
>
> -Craig
>
>

Daniel Cohen
2004-09-28, 03:04
I just ran across the following on a newsgroup. I don't know anything
about it myself.

there was a followup post remarking that the operating system
restricts file names to 31 characters.

>Anyway, I just ran across what is listed under two
>names, depending on how you want to buy/use it. The preconfigured unit is
>called the LinkStation by Buffalo Technology and they just started offering
>an offshoot version of the LinkStation that is user configurable/hackable,
>since you provide your own hard drive -- it's called the Kuro Box.
>
>The benefits of these unit are :
>
>o Linux based embedded PPC (200Mhz if I recall)
>o Hackable (the Kuro box is easier in this regard)
>o Can do telnet/apache/php/mail/etc by installing the appropriate software
>o Can talk to Apple/Windows/Unix (e.g. SMB/AFP/NFS/etc)
>o Has ethernet interface and I believe a USB/Firewire connection in case
> you want to use it as a local drive (I think)
>o Plug-in your own drive of just about any size (IDE I/F only)
>(easier with Kuro Box)
>o Cost -- only $200-$250 for preconfigured LinkStation (80Gb model)
> only ~$160 for Kuro Box version (no hard drive/easily hackable)
>o Checkout http://www.revogear.com for info on the Kuro Box, otherwise
> checkout Outpost.com for the Linkstation (or a handful of other places)


On 27/9/04 at 9:32 pm -0500, Craig Votava wrote
>Roy, Jeff, All-
>
>Jeffrey R. Shenk wrote:
>>Craig,
>>
>>Now that I see it can be and has been done, I went ahead and ordered a
>>Buffalo Linkstation.
>>The part of this project I am specifically interested in is fixing things to
>>allow ftp and telnet to the box, and adding the rpm's for additional
>>software needed to get slimserver up and running. Mainly what rpm's have to
>>be added?
>>Any help you have time for is appriciated. Thank you,
>
>Wow, that was fast! I'll type in a bit more information below,
>and get the rest that you'll need soon.
>
>Here's the quick-list of steps that I did:
>
>1.) Buy a LinkStation & 300G Maxtor HD
>2.) Open the LinkStation
>3.) Plug the internal HD to external laptop via HD enclosure
>4.) Boot Knoppix from a CD on the laptop
>5.) Copy & run a hack program to unlock the LS root partition.
>6.) Copy everything from the 120G HD to the 300G HD.
>7.) Replace 120G with 300G (save 120G as backup)
>8.) Put it back together & test with new 300G HD
>9.) Take it back apart, mount 300G on external box running Knoppix
>10.) Install rpm2cpio, telnet & ftp RPMs on the root partition.
>11.) Put the LinkStation back together & test.
>12.) Create a hack directory in the shared area (/mnt/share/hack)
>13.) Install all the rest of the rpm's there (including slimserver)
>14.) Telnet to box, and run stuff from /mnt/share/hack


--
Daniel Cohen

Craig Votava
2004-09-28, 18:51
Dean-

dean blackketter wrote:
> Hi Craig,
>
> Thanks for the information. Which parts of the steps that you list are
> necessary if you aren't going to upgrade the hard disk in the Linkstation?

This depends on what version of the LinkStation you get. If you have my
old "firmware" version, you pretty much have to do everything (except
for swapping out the HD). If you get the newer version, you can follow
how they gain telnet access into it from:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LinkStation_General/message/1

This way is easier, and you don't have to open up the unit. As long as
you don't try to mount the root partition under any other version of
linux, you won't even have to unlock it (by fixing the magic number).

So, if you get a LinkStation with the 1.44 "firmware", the steps are:

1.) Gain telnet and root access to the box (see link above)
2.) Create a hack directory in the shared area (/mnt/share/hack)
3.) Install rpm2cpio here (somehow)
4.) Install all needed rpm's here (including slimserver)
5.) Setup slimserver to run on linkstation boot.

>> Here are the places I got rpm's from:
>> http://ydl.osuosl.org/yellowdog-2.3/ppc/YellowDog/ppc/
>> ftp://sunsite.sut.ac.jp/pub/archives/linux/jp-linux/Vine/Vine-2.1.5/
>> ppc/Vine/RPMS/

-Craig

Craig Votava
2004-09-28, 19:18
Folks-

Now I'm finding that lots of folks are doing this. Check out:
http://www.linux-hacker.net/cgi-bin/UltraBoard/UltraBoard.pl?Action=ShowPost&Board=RG&Post=12&Idle=0&Sort=0&Order=Descend&Page=0&Session=

Anyway, on with my story. You can download the source to unlock
the root partition (fix_ext2_magic-1.1.i386.tar.gz) from:
http://bonner.s45.xrea.com/

There are binaries too if you want.

The other problem is that nobody (that I know of) has the root password.
To get around that problem, I simply added the following line to the
/etc/passwd file while the HD was connected to the laptop:

myroot::0:0:root:/root:/bin/bash

This gives the login "myroot" root permissions, and it has no password.
I would suggest changing the password as soon as you login. This gets
you around the root password problem. I also thought I should leave
the original root password, just in case some of the software needed
it for some goofy reason.

Once you have the root partition unlocked, you can use rpm2cpio on the
laptop running knoppix to install the rpm containing rpm2cpio for ppm.
Then you might as well go ahead and install the telnet and ftp rpms on
the root partition as well. Be careful though, since the root partition
is pretty small, and you don't want to fill it up too much. This is why
you'll eventually create the /mnt/share/hack directory, and end up
putting all the rest of the rpm's in there.

The LinkStation has a perl binary on its root partiton, but there are
very few perl libraries there to let you do very much. What I did to
solve this problem was to install the ppm perl rpm onto the
/mnt/share/hack directory, then before running the slimserver, just
set the environment variable to show where the perl libraries are:

# export PELR5LIB=/mnt/share/hack/usr/lib/perl5

Once I did this, the slimserver stuff just ran! It was pretty cool!

That's about all I can remember. If you have any specific questions
let me know. It's really great to have slimserver running on the
LinkStation box!

-Craig

Craig Votava wrote:

> Roy, Jeff, All-
>
....
>
> That's all for now, more later...
>
> -Craig

Jonathan Miller
2004-09-28, 21:30
I have a question. Why not use the other product, the Kuro Box?
Seems like it'd be easier to make that work how you'd want.


On Tue, 28 Sep 2004 21:18:43 -0500, Craig Votava <cmvotava (AT) comcast (DOT) net> wrote:
> Folks-
>
> Now I'm finding that lots of folks are doing this. Check out:
> http://www.linux-hacker.net/cgi-bin/UltraBoard/UltraBoard.pl?Action=ShowPost&Board=RG&Post=12&Idle=0&Sort=0&Order=Descend&Page=0&Session=
>
> Anyway, on with my story. You can download the source to unlock
> the root partition (fix_ext2_magic-1.1.i386.tar.gz) from:
> http://bonner.s45.xrea.com/
>
> There are binaries too if you want.
>
> The other problem is that nobody (that I know of) has the root password.
> To get around that problem, I simply added the following line to the
> /etc/passwd file while the HD was connected to the laptop:
>
> myroot::0:0:root:/root:/bin/bash
>
> This gives the login "myroot" root permissions, and it has no password.
> I would suggest changing the password as soon as you login. This gets
> you around the root password problem. I also thought I should leave
> the original root password, just in case some of the software needed
> it for some goofy reason.
>
> Once you have the root partition unlocked, you can use rpm2cpio on the
> laptop running knoppix to install the rpm containing rpm2cpio for ppm.
> Then you might as well go ahead and install the telnet and ftp rpms on
> the root partition as well. Be careful though, since the root partition
> is pretty small, and you don't want to fill it up too much. This is why
> you'll eventually create the /mnt/share/hack directory, and end up
> putting all the rest of the rpm's in there.
>
> The LinkStation has a perl binary on its root partiton, but there are
> very few perl libraries there to let you do very much. What I did to
> solve this problem was to install the ppm perl rpm onto the
> /mnt/share/hack directory, then before running the slimserver, just
> set the environment variable to show where the perl libraries are:
>
> # export PELR5LIB=/mnt/share/hack/usr/lib/perl5
>
> Once I did this, the slimserver stuff just ran! It was pretty cool!
>
> That's about all I can remember. If you have any specific questions
> let me know. It's really great to have slimserver running on the
> LinkStation box!
>
> -Craig
>
> Craig Votava wrote:
>
> > Roy, Jeff, All-
> >
> ...
>
>
> >
> > That's all for now, more later...
> >
> > -Craig
>
>

Greg Stumph
2004-09-28, 23:47
Has anyone tried playing FLAC files through SlimServer from one of these
boxes? I'm wondering if the processor has the bandwidth to handle the
FLAC -> WAV conversion...

Greg

Craig Votava wrote:

> Folks-
>
> I'm happy to say that I finally got the Slimserver software up
> and running on my Buffalo Linkstation network access server (NAS)
> box. This device (http://www.buffalotech.com/) is simply a small,
> low-power, plug-n-play box that gives you Hard Drive space on
> your home network. I purchased the 120G version for about $200.00
> a while ago (I think they're cheaper now), in order to hold all
> of our MP3 files, and have them accessable by all the computers
> on my home network at all times.
>
> Since the device runs linux (www.montavista.co.jp), I figured
> it should run the slimserver software as well. This way I only
> needed the squeezebox and the linkstation powered up for music
> to be played in the house. I also wanted a bigger hard drive
> in it, so I decided to hack the device and see what could be done.
>
> There are no english sites that talk about hacking this box, but
> a bunch of really nice folks in Japan have a bunch of non-english
> web pages describing hacks that they've performed. I stumbled
> through these pages trying to figure out things, then ended up
> sending email to a few of them. They were very helpful, and I
> eventually was able to remove the original 120G drive and replace
> it with a 300G Maxtor drive. The unit is a bit louder now, but
> its not too annoying.
>
> While setting up the new drive, I fixed things to allow ftp and
> telnet to the box, and added some rpm's for additional software
> that I needed to get slimserver up and running.
>
> Once the box was back in service with the 300G drive, I was able
> to pretty easily download and install the slimserver software, and
> am very happy with the results.
>
> I was wondering if anyone else has played with a setup similar
> to this, and what their experiences are.
>
> Also, thanks to all involved with the squeezebox, and slimserver
> software. They are great products!
>
> -Craig
>
>

Jeffrey R. Shenk
2004-09-29, 05:45
Jonathan,

One reason is the price. After rebate the 160 Gig version of the Linkstation
can be had for only $79.99 including the shipping from the following link.

http://shop1.outpost.com/product/4194083?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG

Not only is it $80.00 cheaper it includes a 160 Gig hard drive,

Jeff



----- Original Message -----
From: "Jonathan Miller" <crapulent (AT) gmail (DOT) com>
To: "Slim Devices Discussion" <discuss (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com>
Sent: Wednesday, September 29, 2004 0:30 AM
Subject: [slim] Slimserver on Buffalo LinkStation NAS


> I have a question. Why not use the other product, the Kuro Box?
> Seems like it'd be easier to make that work how you'd want.
>
>
> On Tue, 28 Sep 2004 21:18:43 -0500, Craig Votava <cmvotava (AT) comcast (DOT) net>
wrote:
> > Folks-
> >
> > Now I'm finding that lots of folks are doing this. Check out:
> >
http://www.linux-hacker.net/cgi-bin/UltraBoard/UltraBoard.pl?Action=ShowPost&Board=RG&Post=12&Idle=0&Sort=0&Order=Descend&Page=0&Session=
> >
> > Anyway, on with my story. You can download the source to unlock
> > the root partition (fix_ext2_magic-1.1.i386.tar.gz) from:
> > http://bonner.s45.xrea.com/
> >
> > There are binaries too if you want.
> >
> > The other problem is that nobody (that I know of) has the root password.
> > To get around that problem, I simply added the following line to the
> > /etc/passwd file while the HD was connected to the laptop:
> >
> > myroot::0:0:root:/root:/bin/bash
> >
> > This gives the login "myroot" root permissions, and it has no password.
> > I would suggest changing the password as soon as you login. This gets
> > you around the root password problem. I also thought I should leave
> > the original root password, just in case some of the software needed
> > it for some goofy reason.
> >
> > Once you have the root partition unlocked, you can use rpm2cpio on the
> > laptop running knoppix to install the rpm containing rpm2cpio for ppm.
> > Then you might as well go ahead and install the telnet and ftp rpms on
> > the root partition as well. Be careful though, since the root partition
> > is pretty small, and you don't want to fill it up too much. This is why
> > you'll eventually create the /mnt/share/hack directory, and end up
> > putting all the rest of the rpm's in there.
> >
> > The LinkStation has a perl binary on its root partiton, but there are
> > very few perl libraries there to let you do very much. What I did to
> > solve this problem was to install the ppm perl rpm onto the
> > /mnt/share/hack directory, then before running the slimserver, just
> > set the environment variable to show where the perl libraries are:
> >
> > # export PELR5LIB=/mnt/share/hack/usr/lib/perl5
> >
> > Once I did this, the slimserver stuff just ran! It was pretty cool!
> >
> > That's about all I can remember. If you have any specific questions
> > let me know. It's really great to have slimserver running on the
> > LinkStation box!
> >
> > -Craig
> >
> > Craig Votava wrote:
> >
> > > Roy, Jeff, All-
> > >
> > ...
> >
> >
> > >
> > > That's all for now, more later...
> > >
> > > -Craig
> >
> >

Jonathan Miller
2004-09-29, 10:22
I like how you think Jeff. Taking out my credit card as I type this...


On Wed, 29 Sep 2004 08:45:37 -0400, Jeffrey R. Shenk
<jeff.shenk (AT) verizon (DOT) net> wrote:
> Jonathan,
>
> One reason is the price. After rebate the 160 Gig version of the Linkstation
> can be had for only $79.99 including the shipping from the following link.
>
> http://shop1.outpost.com/product/4194083?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG
>
> Not only is it $80.00 cheaper it includes a 160 Gig hard drive,
>
> Jeff
>
>
>
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Jonathan Miller" <crapulent (AT) gmail (DOT) com>
> To: "Slim Devices Discussion" <discuss (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com>
> Sent: Wednesday, September 29, 2004 0:30 AM
> Subject: [slim] Slimserver on Buffalo LinkStation NAS
>
> > I have a question. Why not use the other product, the Kuro Box?
> > Seems like it'd be easier to make that work how you'd want.
> >
> >
> > On Tue, 28 Sep 2004 21:18:43 -0500, Craig Votava <cmvotava (AT) comcast (DOT) net>
> wrote:
> > > Folks-
> > >
> > > Now I'm finding that lots of folks are doing this. Check out:
> > >
> http://www.linux-hacker.net/cgi-bin/UltraBoard/UltraBoard.pl?Action=ShowPost&Board=RG&Post=12&Idle=0&Sort=0&Order=Descend&Page=0&Session=
> > >
> > > Anyway, on with my story. You can download the source to unlock
> > > the root partition (fix_ext2_magic-1.1.i386.tar.gz) from:
> > > http://bonner.s45.xrea.com/
> > >
> > > There are binaries too if you want.
> > >
> > > The other problem is that nobody (that I know of) has the root password.
> > > To get around that problem, I simply added the following line to the
> > > /etc/passwd file while the HD was connected to the laptop:
> > >
> > > myroot::0:0:root:/root:/bin/bash
> > >
> > > This gives the login "myroot" root permissions, and it has no password.
> > > I would suggest changing the password as soon as you login. This gets
> > > you around the root password problem. I also thought I should leave
> > > the original root password, just in case some of the software needed
> > > it for some goofy reason.
> > >
> > > Once you have the root partition unlocked, you can use rpm2cpio on the
> > > laptop running knoppix to install the rpm containing rpm2cpio for ppm.
> > > Then you might as well go ahead and install the telnet and ftp rpms on
> > > the root partition as well. Be careful though, since the root partition
> > > is pretty small, and you don't want to fill it up too much. This is why
> > > you'll eventually create the /mnt/share/hack directory, and end up
> > > putting all the rest of the rpm's in there.
> > >
> > > The LinkStation has a perl binary on its root partiton, but there are
> > > very few perl libraries there to let you do very much. What I did to
> > > solve this problem was to install the ppm perl rpm onto the
> > > /mnt/share/hack directory, then before running the slimserver, just
> > > set the environment variable to show where the perl libraries are:
> > >
> > > # export PELR5LIB=/mnt/share/hack/usr/lib/perl5
> > >
> > > Once I did this, the slimserver stuff just ran! It was pretty cool!
> > >
> > > That's about all I can remember. If you have any specific questions
> > > let me know. It's really great to have slimserver running on the
> > > LinkStation box!
> > >
> > > -Craig
> > >
> > > Craig Votava wrote:
> > >
> > > > Roy, Jeff, All-
> > > >
> > > ...
> > >
> > >
> > > >
> > > > That's all for now, more later...
> > > >
> > > > -Craig
> > >
> > >

Jonathan Miller
2004-09-29, 10:37
Looking at the specs you linked to on Outpost, isn't that just an
external USB 2.0 drive? It's listed as a DriveStation, not the
LinkStation.

Still a nice price after rebate.


On Wed, 29 Sep 2004 10:22:57 -0700, Jonathan Miller <crapulent (AT) gmail (DOT) com> wrote:
> I like how you think Jeff. Taking out my credit card as I type this...
>
>
>
>
> On Wed, 29 Sep 2004 08:45:37 -0400, Jeffrey R. Shenk
> <jeff.shenk (AT) verizon (DOT) net> wrote:
> > Jonathan,
> >
> > One reason is the price. After rebate the 160 Gig version of the Linkstation
> > can be had for only $79.99 including the shipping from the following link.
> >
> > http://shop1.outpost.com/product/4194083?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG
> >
> > Not only is it $80.00 cheaper it includes a 160 Gig hard drive,
> >
> > Jeff
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "Jonathan Miller" <crapulent (AT) gmail (DOT) com>
> > To: "Slim Devices Discussion" <discuss (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com>
> > Sent: Wednesday, September 29, 2004 0:30 AM
> > Subject: [slim] Slimserver on Buffalo LinkStation NAS
> >
> > > I have a question. Why not use the other product, the Kuro Box?
> > > Seems like it'd be easier to make that work how you'd want.
> > >
> > >
> > > On Tue, 28 Sep 2004 21:18:43 -0500, Craig Votava <cmvotava (AT) comcast (DOT) net>
> > wrote:
> > > > Folks-
> > > >
> > > > Now I'm finding that lots of folks are doing this. Check out:
> > > >
> > http://www.linux-hacker.net/cgi-bin/UltraBoard/UltraBoard.pl?Action=ShowPost&Board=RG&Post=12&Idle=0&Sort=0&Order=Descend&Page=0&Session=
> > > >
> > > > Anyway, on with my story. You can download the source to unlock
> > > > the root partition (fix_ext2_magic-1.1.i386.tar.gz) from:
> > > > http://bonner.s45.xrea.com/
> > > >
> > > > There are binaries too if you want.
> > > >
> > > > The other problem is that nobody (that I know of) has the root password.
> > > > To get around that problem, I simply added the following line to the
> > > > /etc/passwd file while the HD was connected to the laptop:
> > > >
> > > > myroot::0:0:root:/root:/bin/bash
> > > >
> > > > This gives the login "myroot" root permissions, and it has no password.
> > > > I would suggest changing the password as soon as you login. This gets
> > > > you around the root password problem. I also thought I should leave
> > > > the original root password, just in case some of the software needed
> > > > it for some goofy reason.
> > > >
> > > > Once you have the root partition unlocked, you can use rpm2cpio on the
> > > > laptop running knoppix to install the rpm containing rpm2cpio for ppm.
> > > > Then you might as well go ahead and install the telnet and ftp rpms on
> > > > the root partition as well. Be careful though, since the root partition
> > > > is pretty small, and you don't want to fill it up too much. This is why
> > > > you'll eventually create the /mnt/share/hack directory, and end up
> > > > putting all the rest of the rpm's in there.
> > > >
> > > > The LinkStation has a perl binary on its root partiton, but there are
> > > > very few perl libraries there to let you do very much. What I did to
> > > > solve this problem was to install the ppm perl rpm onto the
> > > > /mnt/share/hack directory, then before running the slimserver, just
> > > > set the environment variable to show where the perl libraries are:
> > > >
> > > > # export PELR5LIB=/mnt/share/hack/usr/lib/perl5
> > > >
> > > > Once I did this, the slimserver stuff just ran! It was pretty cool!
> > > >
> > > > That's about all I can remember. If you have any specific questions
> > > > let me know. It's really great to have slimserver running on the
> > > > LinkStation box!
> > > >
> > > > -Craig
> > > >
> > > > Craig Votava wrote:
> > > >
> > > > > Roy, Jeff, All-
> > > > >
> > > > ...
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > >
> > > > > That's all for now, more later...
> > > > >
> > > > > -Craig
> > > >
> > > >

Jonathan Miller
2004-09-29, 10:46
Here we go,
http://shop1.outpost.com/product/4013792?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG

120 Gig LinkStation w/ 50 dollar rebate which expires 9/30/04

On Wed, 29 Sep 2004 10:37:26 -0700, Jonathan Miller <crapulent (AT) gmail (DOT) com> wrote:
> Looking at the specs you linked to on Outpost, isn't that just an
> external USB 2.0 drive? It's listed as a DriveStation, not the
> LinkStation.
>
> Still a nice price after rebate.
>
>
>
>
> On Wed, 29 Sep 2004 10:22:57 -0700, Jonathan Miller <crapulent (AT) gmail (DOT) com> wrote:
> > I like how you think Jeff. Taking out my credit card as I type this...
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > On Wed, 29 Sep 2004 08:45:37 -0400, Jeffrey R. Shenk
> > <jeff.shenk (AT) verizon (DOT) net> wrote:
> > > Jonathan,
> > >
> > > One reason is the price. After rebate the 160 Gig version of the Linkstation
> > > can be had for only $79.99 including the shipping from the following link.
> > >
> > > http://shop1.outpost.com/product/4194083?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG
> > >
> > > Not only is it $80.00 cheaper it includes a 160 Gig hard drive,
> > >
> > > Jeff
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > ----- Original Message -----
> > > From: "Jonathan Miller" <crapulent (AT) gmail (DOT) com>
> > > To: "Slim Devices Discussion" <discuss (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com>
> > > Sent: Wednesday, September 29, 2004 0:30 AM
> > > Subject: [slim] Slimserver on Buffalo LinkStation NAS
> > >
> > > > I have a question. Why not use the other product, the Kuro Box?
> > > > Seems like it'd be easier to make that work how you'd want.
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > On Tue, 28 Sep 2004 21:18:43 -0500, Craig Votava <cmvotava (AT) comcast (DOT) net>
> > > wrote:
> > > > > Folks-
> > > > >
> > > > > Now I'm finding that lots of folks are doing this. Check out:
> > > > >
> > > http://www.linux-hacker.net/cgi-bin/UltraBoard/UltraBoard.pl?Action=ShowPost&Board=RG&Post=12&Idle=0&Sort=0&Order=Descend&Page=0&Session=
> > > > >
> > > > > Anyway, on with my story. You can download the source to unlock
> > > > > the root partition (fix_ext2_magic-1.1.i386.tar.gz) from:
> > > > > http://bonner.s45.xrea.com/
> > > > >
> > > > > There are binaries too if you want.
> > > > >
> > > > > The other problem is that nobody (that I know of) has the root password.
> > > > > To get around that problem, I simply added the following line to the
> > > > > /etc/passwd file while the HD was connected to the laptop:
> > > > >
> > > > > myroot::0:0:root:/root:/bin/bash
> > > > >
> > > > > This gives the login "myroot" root permissions, and it has no password.
> > > > > I would suggest changing the password as soon as you login. This gets
> > > > > you around the root password problem. I also thought I should leave
> > > > > the original root password, just in case some of the software needed
> > > > > it for some goofy reason.
> > > > >
> > > > > Once you have the root partition unlocked, you can use rpm2cpio on the
> > > > > laptop running knoppix to install the rpm containing rpm2cpio for ppm.
> > > > > Then you might as well go ahead and install the telnet and ftp rpms on
> > > > > the root partition as well. Be careful though, since the root partition
> > > > > is pretty small, and you don't want to fill it up too much. This is why
> > > > > you'll eventually create the /mnt/share/hack directory, and end up
> > > > > putting all the rest of the rpm's in there.
> > > > >
> > > > > The LinkStation has a perl binary on its root partiton, but there are
> > > > > very few perl libraries there to let you do very much. What I did to
> > > > > solve this problem was to install the ppm perl rpm onto the
> > > > > /mnt/share/hack directory, then before running the slimserver, just
> > > > > set the environment variable to show where the perl libraries are:
> > > > >
> > > > > # export PELR5LIB=/mnt/share/hack/usr/lib/perl5
> > > > >
> > > > > Once I did this, the slimserver stuff just ran! It was pretty cool!
> > > > >
> > > > > That's about all I can remember. If you have any specific questions
> > > > > let me know. It's really great to have slimserver running on the
> > > > > LinkStation box!
> > > > >
> > > > > -Craig
> > > > >
> > > > > Craig Votava wrote:
> > > > >
> > > > > > Roy, Jeff, All-
> > > > > >
> > > > > ...
> > > > >
> > > > >
> > > > > >
> > > > > > That's all for now, more later...
> > > > > >
> > > > > > -Craig
> > > > >
> > > > >

BigHam
2004-09-29, 10:48
Take note that the rebate says $50 off... seems to me $30 is missing somewhere.
http://image.ak.outpost.com/art/rebates_pdf/4194083.pdf




On Wed, 29 Sep 2004 10:37:26 -0700, Jonathan Miller <crapulent (AT) gmail (DOT) com> wrote:
> Looking at the specs you linked to on Outpost, isn't that just an
> external USB 2.0 drive? It's listed as a DriveStation, not the
> LinkStation.
>
> Still a nice price after rebate.
>
>
>
>
> On Wed, 29 Sep 2004 10:22:57 -0700, Jonathan Miller <crapulent (AT) gmail (DOT) com> wrote:
> > I like how you think Jeff. Taking out my credit card as I type this...
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > On Wed, 29 Sep 2004 08:45:37 -0400, Jeffrey R. Shenk
> > <jeff.shenk (AT) verizon (DOT) net> wrote:
> > > Jonathan,
> > >
> > > One reason is the price. After rebate the 160 Gig version of the Linkstation
> > > can be had for only $79.99 including the shipping from the following link.
> > >
> > > http://shop1.outpost.com/product/4194083?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG
> > >
> > > Not only is it $80.00 cheaper it includes a 160 Gig hard drive,
> > >
> > > Jeff
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > ----- Original Message -----
> > > From: "Jonathan Miller" <crapulent (AT) gmail (DOT) com>
> > > To: "Slim Devices Discussion" <discuss (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com>
> > > Sent: Wednesday, September 29, 2004 0:30 AM
> > > Subject: [slim] Slimserver on Buffalo LinkStation NAS
> > >
> > > > I have a question. Why not use the other product, the Kuro Box?
> > > > Seems like it'd be easier to make that work how you'd want.
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > On Tue, 28 Sep 2004 21:18:43 -0500, Craig Votava <cmvotava (AT) comcast (DOT) net>
> > > wrote:
> > > > > Folks-
> > > > >
> > > > > Now I'm finding that lots of folks are doing this. Check out:
> > > > >
> > > http://www.linux-hacker.net/cgi-bin/UltraBoard/UltraBoard.pl?Action=ShowPost&Board=RG&Post=12&Idle=0&Sort=0&Order=Descend&Page=0&Session=
> > > > >
> > > > > Anyway, on with my story. You can download the source to unlock
> > > > > the root partition (fix_ext2_magic-1.1.i386.tar.gz) from:
> > > > > http://bonner.s45.xrea.com/
> > > > >
> > > > > There are binaries too if you want.
> > > > >
> > > > > The other problem is that nobody (that I know of) has the root password.
> > > > > To get around that problem, I simply added the following line to the
> > > > > /etc/passwd file while the HD was connected to the laptop:
> > > > >
> > > > > myroot::0:0:root:/root:/bin/bash
> > > > >
> > > > > This gives the login "myroot" root permissions, and it has no password.
> > > > > I would suggest changing the password as soon as you login. This gets
> > > > > you around the root password problem. I also thought I should leave
> > > > > the original root password, just in case some of the software needed
> > > > > it for some goofy reason.
> > > > >
> > > > > Once you have the root partition unlocked, you can use rpm2cpio on the
> > > > > laptop running knoppix to install the rpm containing rpm2cpio for ppm.
> > > > > Then you might as well go ahead and install the telnet and ftp rpms on
> > > > > the root partition as well. Be careful though, since the root partition
> > > > > is pretty small, and you don't want to fill it up too much. This is why
> > > > > you'll eventually create the /mnt/share/hack directory, and end up
> > > > > putting all the rest of the rpm's in there.
> > > > >
> > > > > The LinkStation has a perl binary on its root partiton, but there are
> > > > > very few perl libraries there to let you do very much. What I did to
> > > > > solve this problem was to install the ppm perl rpm onto the
> > > > > /mnt/share/hack directory, then before running the slimserver, just
> > > > > set the environment variable to show where the perl libraries are:
> > > > >
> > > > > # export PELR5LIB=/mnt/share/hack/usr/lib/perl5
> > > > >
> > > > > Once I did this, the slimserver stuff just ran! It was pretty cool!
> > > > >
> > > > > That's about all I can remember. If you have any specific questions
> > > > > let me know. It's really great to have slimserver running on the
> > > > > LinkStation box!
> > > > >
> > > > > -Craig
> > > > >
> > > > > Craig Votava wrote:
> > > > >
> > > > > > Roy, Jeff, All-
> > > > > >
> > > > > ...
> > > > >
> > > > >
> > > > > >
> > > > > > That's all for now, more later...
> > > > > >
> > > > > > -Craig
> > > > >
> > > > >

zanbo
2004-09-29, 18:23
I have a question...
right now I am running slimserver on a winxp box. I like the itunes, and
especially the moodlogic integration. If I hacked the linkstation to run
slimserver, would I still be able to use moodlogic and itunes? would the
winxp box need to be on, or is there some file that I would have to store on
the LS to get this to work?

I'm very interested in the answer. I might try hacking the LS if I can keep
moodlogic.
BTW: there are two pages to the rebate for the external USB one $50 and one
$30. I believe the LS 120 has a $50 rebate. you can pick up the ls-120 +
DS 160 for $230 after rebate. total of 280 GB. the LS-250 is $279 after
rebate.

.... Dan
----- Original Message -----
From: "BigHam" <jasonbigham (AT) gmail (DOT) com>
To: "Slim Devices Discussion" <discuss (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com>
Sent: Wednesday, September 29, 2004 10:48 AM
Subject: [slim] Slimserver on Buffalo LinkStation NAS


> Take note that the rebate says $50 off... seems to me $30 is missing
somewhere.
> http://image.ak.outpost.com/art/rebates_pdf/4194083.pdf
>
>
>
>
> On Wed, 29 Sep 2004 10:37:26 -0700, Jonathan Miller <crapulent (AT) gmail (DOT) com>
wrote:
> > Looking at the specs you linked to on Outpost, isn't that just an
> > external USB 2.0 drive? It's listed as a DriveStation, not the
> > LinkStation.
> >
> > Still a nice price after rebate.
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > On Wed, 29 Sep 2004 10:22:57 -0700, Jonathan Miller
<crapulent (AT) gmail (DOT) com> wrote:
> > > I like how you think Jeff. Taking out my credit card as I type
this...
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > On Wed, 29 Sep 2004 08:45:37 -0400, Jeffrey R. Shenk
> > > <jeff.shenk (AT) verizon (DOT) net> wrote:
> > > > Jonathan,
> > > >
> > > > One reason is the price. After rebate the 160 Gig version of the
Linkstation
> > > > can be had for only $79.99 including the shipping from the following
link.
> > > >
> > > > http://shop1.outpost.com/product/4194083?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG
> > > >
> > > > Not only is it $80.00 cheaper it includes a 160 Gig hard drive,
> > > >
> > > > Jeff
> > > >
> > > >
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > ----- Original Message -----
> > > > From: "Jonathan Miller" <crapulent (AT) gmail (DOT) com>
> > > > To: "Slim Devices Discussion" <discuss (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com>
> > > > Sent: Wednesday, September 29, 2004 0:30 AM
> > > > Subject: [slim] Slimserver on Buffalo LinkStation NAS
> > > >
> > > > > I have a question. Why not use the other product, the Kuro Box?
> > > > > Seems like it'd be easier to make that work how you'd want.
> > > > >
> > > > >
> > > > > On Tue, 28 Sep 2004 21:18:43 -0500, Craig Votava
<cmvotava (AT) comcast (DOT) net>
> > > > wrote:
> > > > > > Folks-
> > > > > >
> > > > > > Now I'm finding that lots of folks are doing this. Check out:
> > > > > >
> > > >
http://www.linux-hacker.net/cgi-bin/UltraBoard/UltraBoard.pl?Action=ShowPost&Board=RG&Post=12&Idle=0&Sort=0&Order=Descend&Page=0&Session=
> > > > > >
> > > > > > Anyway, on with my story. You can download the source to unlock
> > > > > > the root partition (fix_ext2_magic-1.1.i386.tar.gz) from:
> > > > > > http://bonner.s45.xrea.com/
> > > > > >
> > > > > > There are binaries too if you want.
> > > > > >
> > > > > > The other problem is that nobody (that I know of) has the root
password.
> > > > > > To get around that problem, I simply added the following line to
the
> > > > > > /etc/passwd file while the HD was connected to the laptop:
> > > > > >
> > > > > > myroot::0:0:root:/root:/bin/bash
> > > > > >
> > > > > > This gives the login "myroot" root permissions, and it has no
password.
> > > > > > I would suggest changing the password as soon as you login. This
gets
> > > > > > you around the root password problem. I also thought I should
leave
> > > > > > the original root password, just in case some of the software
needed
> > > > > > it for some goofy reason.
> > > > > >
> > > > > > Once you have the root partition unlocked, you can use rpm2cpio
on the
> > > > > > laptop running knoppix to install the rpm containing rpm2cpio
for ppm.
> > > > > > Then you might as well go ahead and install the telnet and ftp
rpms on
> > > > > > the root partition as well. Be careful though, since the root
partition
> > > > > > is pretty small, and you don't want to fill it up too much. This
is why
> > > > > > you'll eventually create the /mnt/share/hack directory, and end
up
> > > > > > putting all the rest of the rpm's in there.
> > > > > >
> > > > > > The LinkStation has a perl binary on its root partiton, but
there are
> > > > > > very few perl libraries there to let you do very much. What I
did to
> > > > > > solve this problem was to install the ppm perl rpm onto the
> > > > > > /mnt/share/hack directory, then before running the slimserver,
just
> > > > > > set the environment variable to show where the perl libraries
are:
> > > > > >
> > > > > > # export PELR5LIB=/mnt/share/hack/usr/lib/perl5
> > > > > >
> > > > > > Once I did this, the slimserver stuff just ran! It was pretty
cool!
> > > > > >
> > > > > > That's about all I can remember. If you have any specific
questions
> > > > > > let me know. It's really great to have slimserver running on the
> > > > > > LinkStation box!
> > > > > >
> > > > > > -Craig
> > > > > >
> > > > > > Craig Votava wrote:
> > > > > >
> > > > > > > Roy, Jeff, All-
> > > > > > >
> > > > > > ...
> > > > > >
> > > > > >
> > > > > > >
> > > > > > > That's all for now, more later...
> > > > > > >
> > > > > > > -Craig
> > > > > >
> > > > > >

kdf
2004-09-29, 18:28
Quoting zanbo <zanbo (AT) cox (DOT) net>:

>
> I have a question...
> right now I am running slimserver on a winxp box. I like the itunes, and
> especially the moodlogic integration. If I hacked the linkstation to run
> slimserver, would I still be able to use moodlogic and itunes? would the
> winxp box need to be on, or is there some file that I would have to store on
> the LS to get this to work?
>
> I'm very interested in the answer. I might try hacking the LS if I can keep
> moodlogic.
> BTW: there are two pages to the rebate for the external USB one $50 and one
> $30. I believe the LS 120 has a $50 rebate. you can pick up the ls-120 +
> DS 160 for $230 after rebate. total of 280 GB. the LS-250 is $279 after
> rebate.

the Linkstation runs Linux. Moodlogic is strictly windows. Unless you can find
some way to run windows on the linkstation without bogging it down too much to
run slimserver, you will have to do without moodlogic if you wish to move
slimserver to the linkstation.

-kdf

Craig Votava
2004-09-29, 18:36
Folks-

Ooops, I forgot one other thing about upgrading the hard drive in
the Linkstation - Heat.

I was worried about the bigger drive running hotter than the smaller
one. It turns out that I didn't need to worry too much, but here's what
I did (and I would suggest you do too):

1.) Install the hddtemp program from:
http://coredump.free.fr/linux/hddtemp.php

This will let you run the command "hddtemp /dev/hda" and it
will give you the current temperature (in Centigrade) read
from the sensor in the hard drive.

2.) Create a shell script that you can run from cron, which can:
-Check the temperature
-If it's above a given point, turn the fan on high
-Keep on checking every minute until the temp goes down
-Turn off the machine if the temp. gets close to the max.
-Creates a log so you can see some statistics on your temp.

3.) Run the script from cron (I run mine every 5 minutes).

I found that the normal HD temp on my machine in my house is about
42C. I set my limit to 43C so that the fan goes to high above that
point. The manufacturer says the maximum safe internal temp. for
the drive is 55C, so I shutdown at 54C.

Here's the script that I came up with:

#!/bin/sh

# Run with cron
# min(0-59) hr(0-23) day(1-31) month(1-12) Wkday(0:Sun-6:Sat)
# 10 * * * * /path/FanCntl.sh

TEMPLIMIT=43
TEMPSHUTDOWN=54

LOCKFILE=/tmp/HDDtemp
if [ -f $LOCKFILE ]
then
echo $0 already running
exit
fi

TEMP=`/usr/sbin/hddtemp -n /dev/hda`
echo "$TEMP C `date`"

if [ "$TEMP" -le $TEMPLIMIT ]
then
/bin/echo -n '\\\\' > /dev/ttyS1
exit 0
fi

touch $LOCKFILE
while [ 1 ]
do
/bin/echo -n ']]]]' > /dev/ttyS1
sleep 60
TEMP=`/usr/sbin/hddtemp -n /dev/hda`
if [ "$TEMP" -le $TEMPLIMIT ]
then
echo "$TEMP C-- `date`"
break
fi
if [ "$TEMP" -ge $TEMPSHUTDOWN ]
then
echo "$TEMP Too High, Shutting down `date`"
/sbin/halt
fi
echo "$TEMP C++ `date`"
done

/bin/echo -n '\\\\' > /dev/ttyS1
rm -f $LOCKFILE
exit 0

I think that's everything.

-Craig

Craig Votava wrote:
> Folks-
> ...
> That's about all I can remember. If you have any specific questions
> let me know. It's really great to have slimserver running on the
> LinkStation box!
>
> -Craig

Kevin O. Lepard
2004-09-29, 20:14
I've been following this thread for a while, and there is one thing
that's lost on me that maybe someone can explain:

What is the advantage of hacking a Buffalo LinkStation NAS to just
setting up a Linux box that runs Slimserver without the need for
unsupported hacks?

If the answer is "Because it's cool and I can" I understand. (Hey, my
SA TiVo series 1 was less than a week old before I voided the
warranty and plopped in a 120 G drive, and it wasn't long after that
I had an ethernet card in it and could access the command line.) I'm
just curious.

Kevin
--
Kevin O. Lepard
kolepard (AT) charter (DOT) net

Happiness is being 100% Microsoft free.

Jason Rimmer
2004-09-29, 21:41
Quite simple actually. Six reasons come immediately to mind:
1) Quieter than a PC
2) Cooler than a PC
3) Less hardware maintenance than a PC
4) Less costly than a PC
5) More compact/portable than a PC
6) Less power draw than a PC

Of course some or all of these reasons may not apply to your situation
depending on your budget, skillset, or time available. While I didn't
do the Buffalo hack I did buy a Kuro (naked, empty Linkstation -
http://www.revogear.com/) and look forward to creating a low cost, low
heat (very important to me), low power, and low maintenance music server
for my squeezeboxen. If the setup goes well I already have plans to
acquire another for rsync-style backup of both the music server and my
two desktops.
If anyone's interested I'll submit a review of the Koru/Slimserver
setup when I get it running.

Kevin O. Lepard wrote:
> I've been following this thread for a while, and there is one thing
> that's lost on me that maybe someone can explain:
>
> What is the advantage of hacking a Buffalo LinkStation NAS to just
> setting up a Linux box that runs Slimserver without the need for
> unsupported hacks?
>
> If the answer is "Because it's cool and I can" I understand. (Hey, my SA
> TiVo series 1 was less than a week old before I voided the warranty and
> plopped in a 120 G drive, and it wasn't long after that I had an
> ethernet card in it and could access the command line.) I'm just curious.
>
> Kevin

--
Jason Rimmer
jrimmer at irth dot net

Jonathan Miller
2004-09-29, 22:56
I did the same thing to my DirecTivo, all except the command line,
didn't follow instructions closely enough. And I just ordered a 120
gig LinkStation. Why? Because theres a 50 dollar rebate that expires
9/30/04.

My primary computer is an iBook, I don't want to run Slimserver on it,
and it doesn't have the storage I need for all the music I have. The
LinkStation hack makes perfect sense to me. Plus it's neat.


On Wed, 29 Sep 2004 20:14:47 -0700, Kevin O. Lepard
<kolepard (AT) charter (DOT) net> wrote:
> I've been following this thread for a while, and there is one thing
> that's lost on me that maybe someone can explain:
>
> What is the advantage of hacking a Buffalo LinkStation NAS to just
> setting up a Linux box that runs Slimserver without the need for
> unsupported hacks?
>
> If the answer is "Because it's cool and I can" I understand. (Hey, my
> SA TiVo series 1 was less than a week old before I voided the
> warranty and plopped in a 120 G drive, and it wasn't long after that
> I had an ethernet card in it and could access the command line.) I'm
> just curious.
>
> Kevin
> --
> Kevin O. Lepard
> kolepard (AT) charter (DOT) net
>
> Happiness is being 100% Microsoft free.
>
>
>

Jeffrey R. Shenk
2004-09-30, 07:17
Kevin,

A couple of reasons I decided to do it is, that the link station only uses
17 Watts and is fairly quiet, that and "Because it's cool and I can" at
least I hope I can. For me the most influential reason was that using only
17 Watts is a very nice feature for something I plan to leave turned on most
of the time.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Kevin O. Lepard" <kolepard (AT) charter (DOT) net>
To: "Slim Devices Discussion" <discuss (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com>
Sent: Wednesday, September 29, 2004 23:14 PM
Subject: [slim] Slimserver on Buffalo LinkStation NAS


> I've been following this thread for a while, and there is one thing
> that's lost on me that maybe someone can explain:
>
> What is the advantage of hacking a Buffalo LinkStation NAS to just
> setting up a Linux box that runs Slimserver without the need for
> unsupported hacks?
>
> If the answer is "Because it's cool and I can" I understand. (Hey, my
> SA TiVo series 1 was less than a week old before I voided the
> warranty and plopped in a 120 G drive, and it wasn't long after that
> I had an ethernet card in it and could access the command line.) I'm
> just curious.
>
> Kevin
> --
> Kevin O. Lepard
> kolepard (AT) charter (DOT) net
>
> Happiness is being 100% Microsoft free.
>

zanbo
2004-09-30, 19:02
Oops, too late... I already bought one. :-o, (bought the drivestation too)
I didn't know how ML worked and how the integration with slimserver
worked. I hoped that there was just some sort of file that slimserver read.


----- Original Message -----
From: "kdf" <slim-mail (AT) deane-freeman (DOT) com>
To: "Slim Devices Discussion" <discuss (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com>
Sent: Wednesday, September 29, 2004 6:28 PM
Subject: [slim] Slimserver on Buffalo LinkStation NAS


> Quoting zanbo <zanbo (AT) cox (DOT) net>:
>
> >
> > I have a question...
> > right now I am running slimserver on a winxp box. I like the itunes,
and
> > especially the moodlogic integration. If I hacked the linkstation to
run
> > slimserver, would I still be able to use moodlogic and itunes? would
the
> > winxp box need to be on, or is there some file that I would have to
store on
> > the LS to get this to work?
> >
> > I'm very interested in the answer. I might try hacking the LS if I can
keep
> > moodlogic.
> > BTW: there are two pages to the rebate for the external USB one $50 and
one
> > $30. I believe the LS 120 has a $50 rebate. you can pick up the ls-120
+
> > DS 160 for $230 after rebate. total of 280 GB. the LS-250 is $279
after
> > rebate.
>
> the Linkstation runs Linux. Moodlogic is strictly windows. Unless you can
find
> some way to run windows on the linkstation without bogging it down too
much to
> run slimserver, you will have to do without moodlogic if you wish to move
> slimserver to the linkstation.
>
> -kdf
>

dean
2004-10-01, 17:43
Craig,

I wonder if you could package up your hack directory into a tarball for
me. I'd like to create a simple SlimServer install for the
LinkStation rather than chase around redo-ing your excellent work...


On Sep 28, 2004, at 6:51 PM, Craig Votava wrote:

> Dean-
>
> dean blackketter wrote:
>> Hi Craig,
>> Thanks for the information. Which parts of the steps that you list
>> are necessary if you aren't going to upgrade the hard disk in the
>> Linkstation?
>
> This depends on what version of the LinkStation you get. If you have my
> old "firmware" version, you pretty much have to do everything (except
> for swapping out the HD). If you get the newer version, you can follow
> how they gain telnet access into it from:
>
> http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LinkStation_General/message/1
>
> This way is easier, and you don't have to open up the unit. As long as
> you don't try to mount the root partition under any other version of
> linux, you won't even have to unlock it (by fixing the magic number).
>
> So, if you get a LinkStation with the 1.44 "firmware", the steps are:
>
> 1.) Gain telnet and root access to the box (see link above)
> 2.) Create a hack directory in the shared area (/mnt/share/hack)
> 3.) Install rpm2cpio here (somehow)
> 4.) Install all needed rpm's here (including slimserver)
> 5.) Setup slimserver to run on linkstation boot.
>
>>> Here are the places I got rpm's from:
>>> http://ydl.osuosl.org/yellowdog-2.3/ppc/YellowDog/ppc/
>>> ftp://sunsite.sut.ac.jp/pub/archives/linux/jp-linux/Vine/Vine-2.1.5/
>>> ppc/Vine/RPMS/
>
> -Craig
>
>

zanbo
2004-10-05, 21:20
I have firmware 1.43. Can I upgrade to 1.44?

If not, can you resend info on getting slimserver on the linkstation with
the "old" firmware? I have lost the thread. I don't care to upgrade the
HD.

Thanks,
Dan
----- Original Message -----
From: "dean blackketter" <dean (AT) slimdevices (DOT) com>
To: "Slim Devices Discussion" <discuss (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com>
Sent: Friday, October 01, 2004 5:43 PM
Subject: [slim] Slimserver on Buffalo LinkStation NAS


> Craig,
>
> I wonder if you could package up your hack directory into a tarball for
> me. I'd like to create a simple SlimServer install for the
> LinkStation rather than chase around redo-ing your excellent work...
>
>
> On Sep 28, 2004, at 6:51 PM, Craig Votava wrote:
>
> > Dean-
> >
> > dean blackketter wrote:
> >> Hi Craig,
> >> Thanks for the information. Which parts of the steps that you list
> >> are necessary if you aren't going to upgrade the hard disk in the
> >> Linkstation?
> >
> > This depends on what version of the LinkStation you get. If you have my
> > old "firmware" version, you pretty much have to do everything (except
> > for swapping out the HD). If you get the newer version, you can follow
> > how they gain telnet access into it from:
> >
> > http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LinkStation_General/message/1
> >
> > This way is easier, and you don't have to open up the unit. As long as
> > you don't try to mount the root partition under any other version of
> > linux, you won't even have to unlock it (by fixing the magic number).
> >
> > So, if you get a LinkStation with the 1.44 "firmware", the steps are:
> >
> > 1.) Gain telnet and root access to the box (see link above)
> > 2.) Create a hack directory in the shared area (/mnt/share/hack)
> > 3.) Install rpm2cpio here (somehow)
> > 4.) Install all needed rpm's here (including slimserver)
> > 5.) Setup slimserver to run on linkstation boot.
> >
> >>> Here are the places I got rpm's from:
> >>> http://ydl.osuosl.org/yellowdog-2.3/ppc/YellowDog/ppc/
> >>> ftp://sunsite.sut.ac.jp/pub/archives/linux/jp-linux/Vine/Vine-2.1.5/
> >>> ppc/Vine/RPMS/
> >
> > -Craig
> >
> >

dean
2004-10-06, 09:42
Yes, you can download it here:

http://www.buffalotech.com/downloads/LS%20144%20Firm%20Final.zip

Then unpack and run the installer exe. It will find your LinkStation
and then install it.

I've got one running SlimServer now. It's not fast, but I think it can
be made faster, especially with the new database backend we've got in
the works.
Installation wasn't fun (essentially you need to hack in to get root
access to install software) but also could be easier. Will play with
it a little more to see how we can simplify and speed things up.


On Oct 5, 2004, at 9:20 PM, zanbo wrote:

> I have firmware 1.43. Can I upgrade to 1.44?
>
> If not, can you resend info on getting slimserver on the linkstation
> with
> the "old" firmware? I have lost the thread. I don't care to upgrade
> the
> HD.
>
> Thanks,
> Dan
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "dean blackketter" <dean (AT) slimdevices (DOT) com>
> To: "Slim Devices Discussion" <discuss (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com>
> Sent: Friday, October 01, 2004 5:43 PM
> Subject: [slim] Slimserver on Buffalo LinkStation NAS
>
>
>> Craig,
>>
>> I wonder if you could package up your hack directory into a tarball
>> for
>> me. I'd like to create a simple SlimServer install for the
>> LinkStation rather than chase around redo-ing your excellent work...
>>
>>
>> On Sep 28, 2004, at 6:51 PM, Craig Votava wrote:
>>
>>> Dean-
>>>
>>> dean blackketter wrote:
>>>> Hi Craig,
>>>> Thanks for the information. Which parts of the steps that you list
>>>> are necessary if you aren't going to upgrade the hard disk in the
>>>> Linkstation?
>>>
>>> This depends on what version of the LinkStation you get. If you have
>>> my
>>> old "firmware" version, you pretty much have to do everything (except
>>> for swapping out the HD). If you get the newer version, you can
>>> follow
>>> how they gain telnet access into it from:
>>>
>>> http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LinkStation_General/message/1
>>>
>>> This way is easier, and you don't have to open up the unit. As long
>>> as
>>> you don't try to mount the root partition under any other version of
>>> linux, you won't even have to unlock it (by fixing the magic number).
>>>
>>> So, if you get a LinkStation with the 1.44 "firmware", the steps are:
>>>
>>> 1.) Gain telnet and root access to the box (see link above)
>>> 2.) Create a hack directory in the shared area (/mnt/share/hack)
>>> 3.) Install rpm2cpio here (somehow)
>>> 4.) Install all needed rpm's here (including slimserver)
>>> 5.) Setup slimserver to run on linkstation boot.
>>>
>>>>> Here are the places I got rpm's from:
>>>>> http://ydl.osuosl.org/yellowdog-2.3/ppc/YellowDog/ppc/
>>>>> ftp://sunsite.sut.ac.jp/pub/archives/linux/jp-linux/Vine/Vine
>>>>> -2.1.5/
>>>>> ppc/Vine/RPMS/
>>>
>>> -Craig
>>>
>>>

Jonathan Miller
2004-10-06, 22:00
I haven't hacked my 120 gig linkstation yet. (sold my slimp3, didn't
order a squeezebox yet) Will I lose any files I've put on the drive
when I do hack it? Think I made a mistake moving all my iTunes to the
linkstation too early.


On Wed, 6 Oct 2004 09:42:35 -0700, dean blackketter
<dean (AT) slimdevices (DOT) com> wrote:
> Yes, you can download it here:
>
> http://www.buffalotech.com/downloads/LS%20144%20Firm%20Final.zip
>
> Then unpack and run the installer exe. It will find your LinkStation
> and then install it.
>
> I've got one running SlimServer now. It's not fast, but I think it can
> be made faster, especially with the new database backend we've got in
> the works.
> Installation wasn't fun (essentially you need to hack in to get root
> access to install software) but also could be easier. Will play with
> it a little more to see how we can simplify and speed things up.
>
>
>
>
> On Oct 5, 2004, at 9:20 PM, zanbo wrote:
>
> > I have firmware 1.43. Can I upgrade to 1.44?
> >
> > If not, can you resend info on getting slimserver on the linkstation
> > with
> > the "old" firmware? I have lost the thread. I don't care to upgrade
> > the
> > HD.
> >
> > Thanks,
> > Dan
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "dean blackketter" <dean (AT) slimdevices (DOT) com>
> > To: "Slim Devices Discussion" <discuss (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com>
> > Sent: Friday, October 01, 2004 5:43 PM
> > Subject: [slim] Slimserver on Buffalo LinkStation NAS
> >
> >
> >> Craig,
> >>
> >> I wonder if you could package up your hack directory into a tarball
> >> for
> >> me. I'd like to create a simple SlimServer install for the
> >> LinkStation rather than chase around redo-ing your excellent work...
> >>
> >>
> >> On Sep 28, 2004, at 6:51 PM, Craig Votava wrote:
> >>
> >>> Dean-
> >>>
> >>> dean blackketter wrote:
> >>>> Hi Craig,
> >>>> Thanks for the information. Which parts of the steps that you list
> >>>> are necessary if you aren't going to upgrade the hard disk in the
> >>>> Linkstation?
> >>>
> >>> This depends on what version of the LinkStation you get. If you have
> >>> my
> >>> old "firmware" version, you pretty much have to do everything (except
> >>> for swapping out the HD). If you get the newer version, you can
> >>> follow
> >>> how they gain telnet access into it from:
> >>>
> >>> http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LinkStation_General/message/1
> >>>
> >>> This way is easier, and you don't have to open up the unit. As long
> >>> as
> >>> you don't try to mount the root partition under any other version of
> >>> linux, you won't even have to unlock it (by fixing the magic number).
> >>>
> >>> So, if you get a LinkStation with the 1.44 "firmware", the steps are:
> >>>
> >>> 1.) Gain telnet and root access to the box (see link above)
> >>> 2.) Create a hack directory in the shared area (/mnt/share/hack)
> >>> 3.) Install rpm2cpio here (somehow)
> >>> 4.) Install all needed rpm's here (including slimserver)
> >>> 5.) Setup slimserver to run on linkstation boot.
> >>>
> >>>>> Here are the places I got rpm's from:
> >>>>> http://ydl.osuosl.org/yellowdog-2.3/ppc/YellowDog/ppc/
> >>>>> ftp://sunsite.sut.ac.jp/pub/archives/linux/jp-linux/Vine/Vine
> >>>>> -2.1.5/
> >>>>> ppc/Vine/RPMS/
> >>>
> >>> -Craig
> >>>
> >>>

dean
2004-10-07, 21:51
According to the instructions, the firmware update won't affect your
data. And adding additional software to the drive (hacking) shouldn't
cause a loss either, since the data is on a different partition. No
promises, though... :)


On Oct 6, 2004, at 10:00 PM, Jonathan Miller wrote:

> I haven't hacked my 120 gig linkstation yet. (sold my slimp3, didn't
> order a squeezebox yet) Will I lose any files I've put on the drive
> when I do hack it? Think I made a mistake moving all my iTunes to the
> linkstation too early.
>
>
> On Wed, 6 Oct 2004 09:42:35 -0700, dean blackketter
> <dean (AT) slimdevices (DOT) com> wrote:
>> Yes, you can download it here:
>>
>> http://www.buffalotech.com/downloads/LS%20144%20Firm%20Final.zip
>>
>> Then unpack and run the installer exe. It will find your LinkStation
>> and then install it.
>>
>> I've got one running SlimServer now. It's not fast, but I think it
>> can
>> be made faster, especially with the new database backend we've got in
>> the works.
>> Installation wasn't fun (essentially you need to hack in to get root
>> access to install software) but also could be easier. Will play with
>> it a little more to see how we can simplify and speed things up.
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> On Oct 5, 2004, at 9:20 PM, zanbo wrote:
>>
>>> I have firmware 1.43. Can I upgrade to 1.44?
>>>
>>> If not, can you resend info on getting slimserver on the linkstation
>>> with
>>> the "old" firmware? I have lost the thread. I don't care to
>>> upgrade
>>> the
>>> HD.
>>>
>>> Thanks,
>>> Dan
>>> ----- Original Message -----
>>> From: "dean blackketter" <dean (AT) slimdevices (DOT) com>
>>> To: "Slim Devices Discussion" <discuss (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com>
>>> Sent: Friday, October 01, 2004 5:43 PM
>>> Subject: [slim] Slimserver on Buffalo LinkStation NAS
>>>
>>>
>>>> Craig,
>>>>
>>>> I wonder if you could package up your hack directory into a tarball
>>>> for
>>>> me. I'd like to create a simple SlimServer install for the
>>>> LinkStation rather than chase around redo-ing your excellent work...
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> On Sep 28, 2004, at 6:51 PM, Craig Votava wrote:
>>>>
>>>>> Dean-
>>>>>
>>>>> dean blackketter wrote:
>>>>>> Hi Craig,
>>>>>> Thanks for the information. Which parts of the steps that you
>>>>>> list
>>>>>> are necessary if you aren't going to upgrade the hard disk in the
>>>>>> Linkstation?
>>>>>
>>>>> This depends on what version of the LinkStation you get. If you
>>>>> have
>>>>> my
>>>>> old "firmware" version, you pretty much have to do everything
>>>>> (except
>>>>> for swapping out the HD). If you get the newer version, you can
>>>>> follow
>>>>> how they gain telnet access into it from:
>>>>>
>>>>> http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LinkStation_General/message/1
>>>>>
>>>>> This way is easier, and you don't have to open up the unit. As long
>>>>> as
>>>>> you don't try to mount the root partition under any other version
>>>>> of
>>>>> linux, you won't even have to unlock it (by fixing the magic
>>>>> number).
>>>>>
>>>>> So, if you get a LinkStation with the 1.44 "firmware", the steps
>>>>> are:
>>>>>
>>>>> 1.) Gain telnet and root access to the box (see link above)
>>>>> 2.) Create a hack directory in the shared area (/mnt/share/hack)
>>>>> 3.) Install rpm2cpio here (somehow)
>>>>> 4.) Install all needed rpm's here (including slimserver)
>>>>> 5.) Setup slimserver to run on linkstation boot.
>>>>>
>>>>>>> Here are the places I got rpm's from:
>>>>>>> http://ydl.osuosl.org/yellowdog-2.3/ppc/YellowDog/ppc/
>>>>>>> ftp://sunsite.sut.ac.jp/pub/archives/linux/jp-linux/Vine/Vine
>>>>>>> -2.1.5/
>>>>>>> ppc/Vine/RPMS/
>>>>>
>>>>> -Craig
>>>>>
>>>>>

zanbo
2004-10-09, 00:51
Well, I got to the root. Now what??
What rpm packages to do I need? I found I could only run shell scripts from
/bin. Did anyone else notice this?

.... Dan
----- Original Message -----
From: "dean blackketter" <dean (AT) slimdevices (DOT) com>
To: "Slim Devices Discussion" <discuss (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com>
Sent: Friday, October 01, 2004 5:43 PM
Subject: [slim] Slimserver on Buffalo LinkStation NAS


> Craig,
>
> I wonder if you could package up your hack directory into a tarball for
> me. I'd like to create a simple SlimServer install for the LinkStation
> rather than chase around redo-ing your excellent work...
>
>
> On Sep 28, 2004, at 6:51 PM, Craig Votava wrote:
>
>> Dean-
>>
>> dean blackketter wrote:
>>> Hi Craig,
>>> Thanks for the information. Which parts of the steps that you list are
>>> necessary if you aren't going to upgrade the hard disk in the
>>> Linkstation?
>>
>> This depends on what version of the LinkStation you get. If you have my
>> old "firmware" version, you pretty much have to do everything (except
>> for swapping out the HD). If you get the newer version, you can follow
>> how they gain telnet access into it from:
>>
>> http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LinkStation_General/message/1
>>
>> This way is easier, and you don't have to open up the unit. As long as
>> you don't try to mount the root partition under any other version of
>> linux, you won't even have to unlock it (by fixing the magic number).
>>
>> So, if you get a LinkStation with the 1.44 "firmware", the steps are:
>>
>> 1.) Gain telnet and root access to the box (see link above)
>> 2.) Create a hack directory in the shared area (/mnt/share/hack)
>> 3.) Install rpm2cpio here (somehow)
>> 4.) Install all needed rpm's here (including slimserver)
>> 5.) Setup slimserver to run on linkstation boot.
>>
>>>> Here are the places I got rpm's from:
>>>> http://ydl.osuosl.org/yellowdog-2.3/ppc/YellowDog/ppc/
>>>> ftp://sunsite.sut.ac.jp/pub/archives/linux/jp-linux/Vine/Vine-2.1.5/
>>>> ppc/Vine/RPMS/
>>
>> -Craig
>>
>>

Craig Votava
2004-10-23, 08:14
Folks-

Just thought I'd let everyone know. The guy in Japan, Yasunari
Yamashita, who has done an enourmous amount of hacking on the
Buffalo Linkstation has started making the web pages available
in English. Check out:

http://www.yamasita.jp/linkstation.en

and don't forget to send him a quick thank-you for all he's done.

-Craig