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linus72 05-11-2009 01:50 PM

Wow- Portable-Slackware-12.2 will be released today at....
As soon as it uploads!
OK I actually got this sh*t working!
( Reply#15 for link)

I installed Slackware 12.2 to my e'special vhd and coupled it with my Qemu-DSL kit(portable qemu) and wala! zzziit bang!@

Portable-Slackware 12.2 is born!

Runs off a 4GB VHD- SECRET...the vhd compresses down from 4GB to like 850MB!
I don't know how?!

Known problems...

Known Issues;
upon starting KDE, error is "the process for the file protocol died unexpectedly"
and "error while starting the sound server "device /dev/dsp" can't be opened, no such device; using null device"

Also, desktop icons don't seem to appear unless you right-click the desktop and select "create new file/folder", name it something, click OK, then the icons appeared?!

So, it's still experimental, but it works! Persistent save just like an installed to HD slack!

The package contents are a "hda" folder, a "qemu" folder, a readme.txt and 2 scripts; "" for Linux and "portaslk.bat" for Windows!

Yep, it works on Linux and on my XP too!

From the readme;

INTRO-This is a fully portable version of Slackware-12.2 that runs just like a real installed-to-your-HD version!
This is an experimental, preliminary version, so there may be bugs,etc.

No installation of Qemu, or anything else should be necessary to run Portable-Slackware-12.2.
Simply extract the "Portable-Slackware-12.2.tar.bz2" to a folder or to your USB(8GB USB required!!)

After extracting, check that the Windows "portaslk.bat" and/or the Linux "" are executable, and then double-click either one; .bat for windows/.sh for Linux, and choose "run"

Slackware 12.2 should start.
LOGIN is "root" and password is "77"

After logging in, enter "startx"(should be 800x600)
KDE should start and run as normal.

This is a fresh install, only the package database has been updated, and any pkg's needed update were updated.

REMEMBER; do not extract the porta-slack inside a usb smaller than 8GB!!

So, as soon as it uploads I will drop the link here...

Hopefully, some of you guys more knowledgeable than me can help figure out the bugs.
I ask one favor though; I don't know how to configure fluxbox, so if someone could take this "alpha" version, fix everything up and tell me how you did it, that would be cool.

linus72 05-11-2009 07:05 PM

OK here's the Link to "Portable-Slackware-12.2"!


It's a 780MB download and will decompress to 4GB!!
Screenshot below; note the "save" folder on the desktop, that's just there to convince me it really saves each session, etc.

After downloading, extract the tar.bz2 to a folder, and invoke either "" or "portaslk.bat" to start Slackware 12.2 on Portable Qemu!
Double-click either script and choose "run" or thru the terminal with
"./" for Linux.

PLEASE tell me if it really works and saves like a real HD!
Is it just my imagination?

And I have figured out that KDE or slack itself is why I get the errors when slack X starts, as I was playing with Slax-6.1.1 and it also had the exaact errors, as above post.

I am sure all you Slacker's will probably be able to figure out the issues and fix them; me I'm still a newbie learning Slackware 12.2.

VERY IMPORTANT; I had issues when doing a restart compared to doing
"shutdown -h now" which works well.
So, do not reboot! Use shutdown instead or reboot at your own risk.

You coould just download another one...

One request; I really need someone's constructive criticism with this, and to help me improve it.

niels.horn 05-11-2009 07:16 PM

OK, I really enjoy these things... On my desktop I am currently running Slack/390 on Hercules emulating a IBM mainframe, ARMedslack running on Qemu and several other virtual machines under VirtualBox.
It is not rare for me to have several running at the same time and 'talking' to each other through the virtual network adapters (tun/tap).

So, why not? I'll try Portable Slack as well :)

It'll take a while to download so I won't be able to post any comments until tomorrow though...

linus72 05-11-2009 07:18 PM

Yeah, but this portable-slack can go anywhere, computer to computer, long as you have a 8GB USB, works on windows and linux.
It's self-contained!

niels.horn 05-11-2009 07:23 PM

ok, I don't have a 8GB USB stick (never needed one, mine is 4GB and large enough for daily use), but if it works well enough I might buy one for this purpose.

If it works on my (Slackware-) desktop, I'll copy the files to my Windows notebook at work to test it there.
I'll give you my constructive feedback ;)

linus72 05-11-2009 07:26 PM

Actually, I append that; if you re-compress it down to 780MB it will fit on a 1GB USB, and then decompress it on another computer's HD.

Also, is this new or something somebody's already done and I just can't find?

linus72 05-11-2009 07:30 PM

Yeah, I don't have a 8GB USB either, but as you said, I may go get one now.

Problems are with the errors and icons not showing up till you place/save something to the desktop?!

linus72 05-11-2009 08:02 PM

Oh, another "maybe" issue; it doesn't seem to auto mount "hda1" when booting.
At login, issue "mount /dev/hda1 /mnt/hda1" too. It works the same whether you mount or not, so ?

Is slackware supposed to mount it's root partition at boot or no?

Everything works though, so I'm unsure...?

niels.horn 05-11-2009 08:18 PM

Yes, Slackware is supposed to mount its root partition :)

Don't worry, I'm used to beta-testing... :D

The image is downloading but it won't arrive until tomorrow. And I do need to go to work to pay the bills, so it might take some time before I answer...

linus72 05-11-2009 08:39 PM

I was mistaken, maybe, as it does say while booting "remounting root fs /dev/hda1 read-write"
but if I do mount after login it says "/dev/root on / type ext3 etc/etc"

Also, this computer is an old E-machines test-bed 1.8Ghz/800?MB RAM with 170GB HD dual booting Ubuntu-SE and Win XP, so maybe qemu will run much faster on some of you guy's quad core mama-jama's!

niels.horn 05-11-2009 08:48 PM

I "don't have no quad-core mama-jama" (*), but do have some reasonable amount of memory (4GB) to play around with emulation and virtualization. ;)

(*) please explain... I used to work in Georgia, but I'm not *that* familiar with the southern dialects :D

linus72 05-11-2009 08:51 PM

Meaning my computer is old and maybe that's why it's having errors when loading KDE.
What is "file protocol died unexpectedly" mean? Is that why the icons don't show up till you place a folder/file on the desktop?

linus72 05-11-2009 09:17 PM

OK- No doubt; i just downloaded it, extracted it and ran it and it saves and everything!
Now, I'm gonna install sbopkg and src2pkg, and some sbo stuff too.

Alright, Portable-Slackware-12.2 ALPHA is officially born!
I'm going to get drunk!
Damn, 5 months in Linux and maybe I created a monster!?

linus72 05-11-2009 10:10 PM

I'm going to bed; anybody try it yet, I still can't believe it really saves, etc, so waiting to hear verification on that?

screenshot is the portable i just downloaded and fixed up the desktop.

linus72 05-12-2009 04:19 AM

OK gang. I moved the download link to my site, temporarily with Qemu-DSL.
( )
So-did anyone try Portable Slack yet?

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