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Old 07-05-2006, 06:45 PM   #1
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installing slack on SD card


I've got this epia EN15000 board. Trying to save energy in the house.. so that's why i wanna use it as a server. The complete computer uses about 20 watts (including harddisk and usb device). So, that's pretty nice.

This computer has a 2.5 inch 40 GB sata disk. But, i wanna install slackware on an SD card. and use the sata disk for my data. So that when i don't use the harddisk, the harddisk can go to sleep mode.

Now, when using the SD card i should have as less writing activity as possible. So, i would like to install slackware (minimal install with perhaps a small windowmanager)

I don't want a swap partition, and i should create a ramdisk for my /tmp stuff and have rotating logs. I have a 1 GB memory module. And i want to install slackware on a 1 GB sd card (special offer in the supermarket ) it was only 25 euro.

I'm not sure whether it is possible to do an install like this. I did a search on installing slack on an USB stick, or sdcard., but i couldn't find anything in these forums.

Maybe some of you people could advise me a little. Maybe some of you have done similar installations, or have similar configurations. I'm willing to read stuff, but don't want to reinvent the wheel.

This server will be running 24/7/365, once it is up.

1 GB should be enough for not having a swap partition. and for the several /tmp dirs and files. Although i don't know exactly which dirs and files to mount into ram.

Well, anyway.. would be nice to see some info in a discussion. If you have some time and have experience, or knowledge in installing slack on sdcard/usb stick etc, please post
Old 07-06-2006, 06:30 AM   #2
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I did it in this way ...

Old 07-06-2006, 09:17 AM   #3
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I installed the bare minimum on a 128M CF card, was pretty easy since CF is IDE complaint just needed an adapter to plug it in and installed like normal. Then disabled as many things from starting up as I could, did a quick search for linux ram disk and created that, then commented out the remount r/w from the init scripts and would reboot and see what failed then would add to the scirpts to touch that file on the ram drive and symlink the file on the cf to the ram drive.
Old 07-06-2006, 02:04 PM   #4
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Thanks for the replies. This weekend i have time to look into this, since i have 4 day's off.

I'll test some stuff then, and report back here


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