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Old 12-23-2011, 05:06 PM   #1
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DSL Newbie question about saving configuration


Hey everyone, I'm an extreme newbie to DSL, and I absolutely cannot figure out how to configure it to save my configuration (desktop wallpaper, apps, etc)... I looked at the wiki that's on DSL's site and some of the other threads here, and none of it made any sense to me!

Would it be possible for someone to give me step-by-step instructions on how to save my configuration (i'm live booting from a CD)?

Thanks for any help anyone might be able to give me, because I'm really lost !

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Old 12-23-2011, 05:28 PM   #2
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Since you are running DSL from a liveCD, you obviously can't save your settings to the CD. You have two options for saving your settings:
1) save the settings to a folder on your hard drive. You will need to mount that drive after booting DSL in order to make use of the settings.
2) save the settings to a USB stick. You will need either have the stick plugged in when booting DSL, or mount it after booting DSL.

The procedures are the same; the only difference is whether you use internal or external storage.

The procedure from the DSL Wiki is here, in step-by-step as you requested.

If something doesn't make sense to you, post the link to the DSL Wiki instructions, and the specific step that you are stuck on.

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Old 12-23-2011, 05:33 PM   #3
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Thanks! However, the weird thing is:

When I type in "hda1" and then press the "Backup" button to create the backup.tar.gz file like the "Backup and Restore" section of the wiki says (http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/wiki/i...hp/Persistence), everything locks up and does not respond. It doesn't seem to work...Do you know what's happening?

Thanks again for any help!

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Old 12-23-2011, 05:39 PM   #4
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Hi there,

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Originally Posted by jhinkel View Post
Hey everyone, I'm an extreme newbie to DSL, and I absolutely cannot figure out how to configure it to save my configuration (desktop wallpaper, apps, etc)... I looked at the wiki that's on DSL's site and some of the other threads here, and none of it made any sense to me!
obviously you're already one step further than I am: You managed to boot DSL and get it running, while I didn't even get it started - it always freezes during boot or throws a CPU exception. How did you manage that?

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Old 12-23-2011, 06:15 PM   #5
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I haven't used DSL, so I can't say with any degree of certainty. Take a look at /etc/fstab. Is your hard drive partition referred to as /dev/hda1 or /dev/sda1?

If you see /dev/sda1, then modify the instructions found in the link. Instead of backing up to hda1, try sda1.
 
Old 12-23-2011, 07:23 PM   #6
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Did you know that DSL is a dead project and hasn't had an update in over 3 years?

Personally I would not waste a lot of time troubleshooting something that is obsolete.

Puppy, SliTaz, TinyCore, etc. are equally lightweight but have active developers and communities.
 
Old 12-23-2011, 09:32 PM   #7
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I haven't used DSL, so I can't say with any degree of certainty. Take a look at /etc/fstab. Is your hard drive partition referred to as /dev/hda1 or /dev/sda1?

If you see /dev/sda1, then modify the instructions found in the link. Instead of backing up to hda1, try sda1.
The interesting thing is that I see a line that says "/dev/hda /mnt/hda auto noauto,users,exec 0 0", so I think the hard drive partition is referred to as hda. However, when I back up to hda, everything still freezes, and the entire environment still becomes unresponsive, so there's something that still isn't working (of course, I'm not really sure per se what it is, but....).
 
Old 12-23-2011, 10:00 PM   #8
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OK!!! I finally got my configurations saving!!!!! It turned out I didn't create a partition for it .

now, is there any way to integrate the "dsl home=hda1" (hda1 is the name of my partition) command line into the boot routine so that I wouldn't have to type that every time DSL boots? Thanks for the help guys!!!
 
  


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