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Re: Newbie installing debian on NSLU2

* Kia Niskavaara <kia.niskavaara@gmail.com> [2007-06-07 11:10]:
> 1) My first plan was to buy a "LaCie 500 GB USB 2.0 External Hard Drive", 
> http://www.amazon.com/LaCie-External-Design-Porsche-301103U/dp/B000H6CBA4 , 
> but then I read that some drives have problem spinning down. I'm unable to 
> find this information about the LaCie drive and was wondering if anyone 
> knows anything about that? Or, are there any recommended drives to use with 
> the NSLU2? Pref 500 GB.

There aren't any recommended drives.  As to spinning down the disk,
there is some information on the NSLU2-Linux wiki:

> 2) In which USB port should I put the primary drive?

With Debian it doesn't matter.

> 3) I've read that NSLU2 could run out of available memory when installing.
> I've read this page 
> http://www.nslu2-linux.org/wiki/Debian/DebianInstallerDisconnectsSSH and 
> was wondering
> 3a) a user say: "I got it to work on a 500GB partition by using "modprobe 
> -r" to unload the fat and vfat drivers". He also say: "when creating the 
> partitions DO NOT USE sector 0"
> At what step should I do this, and how can I unload the 
> fat/vfat-drivers/ixp4xx_beeper? Does this mean that I don't have to create 
> a swap partition? Should this be done in the first or second terminal 
> window?

I wouldn't worry about this for now.  Hopefully, it will just work.
If it doesn't work, you could try to create the disk partitions on a
PC, format them and then connect the disk to the NSLU2 and manually
add mount points.

> 3b) Will the swap space be used after the install? If yes, I guess
> that will be a problem for the drive if I keep it on all the time?
> How can I prevent that?

Yes, it will be used.  You really need swap given that the machine
only has 32 MB of RAM.  I don't think swapping is a problem with a
hard drive - only with a flash stick.
Martin Michlmayr

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