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Old 12-30-2008, 03:50 AM   #1
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DMRaid on boot up

Hey all! I just installed the "dmraid" package from source to get my Nvidia 'fakeraid' to work.

It all works fine... but I have to manually run "dmraid -ay" to start the raid system every reboot then mount it manually.

So is there a way to automate this to come at boot up and put the mount entry in fstab? I've been spoiled the past few years with other distros that do everything for you... but now is the time to repent and go back to my slacking days

Old 12-30-2008, 11:41 PM   #2
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well I have no idea about DMRaid as I've never used it, but if you can start everything from the command line then at least you know you can put all of your commands in /etc/rc.local. Hopefully that helps!

P.S. Welcome back to slack bud ;-).
Old 12-31-2008, 09:37 AM   #3
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If you use an initrd (which you probably do if you're using the generic kernel as recommended), you can also add dmraid -ay to your "init" file in /boot/initrd-tree. You have to include the dmraid files to /boot/initrd-tree and rebuild initrd, but that is actually very straightforward.

The advantage is that you can then not only mount your fakeraid, you can actually boot off of it or use it as swap, or encrypt it with LUKS or all the above. There's a pretty good howto thread here somewhere outlining the process.

Here it is:

You can find others with search "dmraid Slackware"

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Old 12-31-2008, 11:24 AM   #4
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Thanks for the tip! Thats actually what I'm doing right now I guess I should have posted that part.

I'll give that a try this afternoon when i get a chance. It sound like what I need.


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