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Old 07-29-2003, 03:39 PM   #1
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Talking Rather complex NFS install

Well... I need to get slackware onto a 486 laptop, and it is quite a challenge.

I have the slackware ISO mounted as a virtual drive using daemon tools in windows. I've shared its packages directory using SMB.

Now I've mounted the SMB share using knoppix.

My two big snags:

1) How do I get slackware to install via the orinoco drivers? I have a Lucent Orinoco Gold PCMCIA card I want to use for this. The PCMCIA.dsk and the network.dsk module disks didn't give me support for it. What should I do?

2) I don't know how to get knoppix to start an NFS server (I've never EVER used NFS) that serves the slackware SMB mount.

Sound complicated enough? Of course not.

This needs to work on this machine:
486 75mhz
24MB of RAM
No CD drive

Awesome project, huh?
Old 07-29-2003, 07:10 PM   #2
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Well, I've done *once* a NFS install but I will tell what I can recall about the process.

I can't tell you about Knoppix, I'd recommend that you use Slackware Live! for that, because Slackware works and other distros tend not to...

So you start the services:

/etc/rc.d/rc.inet2 should do it for you

/etc/rc.d/rc.nfsd start etc.

After that you edit /etc/exports, adding a line like

/mnt/slackware.iso *(ro) // * for your whole LAN

Then you type # exportfs -a to commit the exports
And # exportfs to list it.

Forget daemon tools. Although it is a nice program it runs on a bad OS. Mount the slackware image using loopback:

mount -o loop=/dev/loop0 slackiso /mnt/cdrom

Ok. Can't get simpler than this.

But... if you can't access the network for unsuported network driver reason, then what I would do is compile a kernel with network support for your specific card and boot by that kernel.

Old 07-29-2003, 07:37 PM   #3
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Well, that was very good information you have posted. However, I have some questions.

Can I just compile the pcmcia drivers on another machine, and use insmod to install them? The floppy drive works... This has to work via floppy only, since the thing has no CD drive. How would I recompile and put the new kernel on a floppy? I'm a remember?

I can move the slackware iso around on the network, but my other slack machine is down. I borked the kernel. What's slackware live!? I guess I could fix the machine first. I know what's wrong and how to fix it, I've just been lazy about it.

Also, is /dev/fd0 the default floppy disk in the kernel that boots for the slackware installer?

Sorry, but I'm a moron, and am stumbling my way through this.
Old 07-29-2003, 08:27 PM   #4
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Well... the pcmcia disk has the wavelan driver on it... ??? wtf?

It doesn't seem to activate the orinoco card. What's going on?
Old 07-30-2003, 06:28 AM   #5
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/dev/fd0 is the default floppy, as far as I know.

I suppose that the Orinoco card you mention is an Ethernet card, right? If that's the case, it's possible that the Lucent Orinoco PCMCIA card is unsupported -- try running netconfig once Slackware Live has booted, or sometimes during the instalation process.

Good Luck!
Old 07-30-2003, 09:00 AM   #6
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Well, I'm starting to think that there's problems with the PCMCIA controller. It may be unsupported.

I'm looking for alternate solutions right now.


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