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Old 06-05-2017, 02:37 PM   #1
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Add a program to a live distro

I use a small live distro created by a bitcointalk member for mining coins. Its great, 100mb and boots to a command line where I need to enter just one line of text to get going.

The thing is, one of the miners I use wasn't compiled in such a way that I need it to be compiled. Although cpu mining is a bit of a waste of time I figure I might as well get the two quadcore xeons doing something! They should hash at nearly half my gpu rate (230 h/s) and 6 times the rate of my i3-6100. Though, until I compile the miner with a bunch of flags listed here ( they are only hashing at the rate of my i3.

So I need to either re-compile the miner package or compile a new instance of it (if this is possible) but I have no idea how, or even if, this can be done with a live distro.

Please could somebody either link me to a suitable guide/instructions or help me work out what I have to do. I am not up to speed with linux at all! but I have copy and pasted my way through LFS a few times so have at best a little idea.

Thank you

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Old 06-05-2017, 04:16 PM   #2
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Your question is a bit wide ranging.

Tips at least I have.

Adding a program to a distro. A live distro is created from a usable working disto usually. You copy the live part to a computer and then add in what you want then re-create it in live form. Knowing the way they originally did it help. Since I have no idea about this distro I can't say.

Compiling a program could be simple to very complex. Most source listings have all you need from make files to read me files.

To add in a program to any distro may require knowledge of what all was needed in the original program. Only very few times are programs delivered with the entire dependencies included. I'd suspect that any program could be compiled that way but size would make it the limiting factor.

Rant ahead.
However, doesn't all this mining make bitcoins totally worthless? I mean if I ran a super computer I could "make" money couldn't I? I'd also wonder about the cost of electricity in this process. Does the costs exceed the return?
Old 06-05-2017, 04:40 PM   #3
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Forget bitcoin mining. Use those processors to contribute to science/society!
Old 06-05-2017, 04:59 PM   #4
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Thank you for your reply.

It seems I have a tricky job on my hands!

I did try using the official live Fedora distro but it wouldn't compile because it wasn't installed. Maybe I should just bite the bullet and buy a harddrive so I can install a distro. It just seems a bit much when my trusty 128mb micro sd card works so well! I'll keep searching but if its not straight forward its no great loss.

With regard to mining... I was dubious when bitcoins were released. When they were 12 I thought it's too late, when my mate bought one for 60 I called him a fool, and now (only a few years later) they are worth 2k.
So a few days ago I thought i'd look into it. I really am new to it so don't take my word for it!

My i3-6100/gtx 950 seems to be able to make me about 20 a month (after electric costs) if I leave it running 24/7. So far, for general internet browsing etc I haven't noticed any hit to day to day tasks but I guess using FreeCAD or something it would grind to a halt!

It seems used R9 380s sell for 80-120 on eBay. 6 of these in a barebone rig has the potential to make 2k a year if run 24/7. Again, thats after electric costs have been applied, so even after you buy that hefty PSU profit can be made in year 1. Of course coins get harder to 'mine' as time goes on but the coins you have will hopefully become worth more money/bitcoin such that the reduction in productivity is covered by growth.

All this is with mining XMR.


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