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PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2007 5:43 pm 
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Now this is going to seem ridiculous, but back at the beginning of the year I got all fired up and was using Sylver's 2.6 image, then (I think) I started using something else, hit a brick wall with my Samba config, stopped using the box, now getting back into it, I don't recall what distro is installed.

How do I find out?

Thanks.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2007 11:57 am 
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Well, through a process of elimination, self recrimination and procrastination, I think I've arrived at:

in /boot there are a few files, such as:

Quote:
[root@KURO-BOX:/boot]$\ ls -l
total 7.0M
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 30K Mar 11 2006 config
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 33K Mar 11 2006 confighg
-rw------- 1 root root 5.0K Mar 11 2006 loader.o
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 2.3M Jan 17 2006 vmlinux-2.6.15-kurobox
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 2.4M Mar 11 2006 vmlinux-2.6.15.6-kurobox
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 2.4M Mar 12 2006 vmlinux-2.6.15.6-kuroboxhg


So, maybe it still is the Sylver distro after all.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2007 2:48 pm 
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The deeper one digs, one does tend to find the answers one's self...

[root@KURO-BOX:/etc/init.d]$\ uname -irvsomp
Linux 2.6.15.6-kuroboxhg #3 Sun Mar 12 00:59:51 CET 2006 ppc unknown unknown GNU/Linux


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2007 9:17 pm 
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well
Code:
uname -a
would give you a similar result, but at least you've confirmed that the 2.6 kernel is up and running.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2007 10:23 pm 
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You can also look into /etc/issue file

Pankaj


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2007 6:45 pm 
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The message of the day - /etc/motd, can also be helpful.

Cheers,

Gordon


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2007 11:57 pm 
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Thanks for your suggestions. At my age I need all the help I can get.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2007 7:35 pm 
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/etc/issue shows:

Kuroutoshikou KURO-BOX/HG (IESHIGE)

this just contains whatever the person building the image put in there? What is it used for?


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 2007 5:39 pm 
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http://linux.about.com/library/cmd/blcmdl5_issue.htm


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 29, 2007 9:41 pm 
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Hey, I'm glad someone's asked this question because it frustrates me with some distros how to tell what I installed.

I install so rarely because I am not in unix for work anymore (YEARS ago I was). And once things are working, there's little reason to look back. I have a Kuro-box original and I do not know what I installed. I believe it's the "stock" distro that revogear sent me but I don't know and the commands discussed in this thread don't tell me either (although at least now I know the kernal version).

uname -a shows:
Linux KURO-BOX 2.4.17_kuro-box #2 2004╟» 3╖ε 18╞ⁿ ╠┌═╦╞ⁿ 11:39:47 JST ppc unknown

And /etc/issue shows:
Kroutoshikou KURO-BOX (IETSUNA)
kernel 2.4.17_kuro-box on ppc

So... Anyone know what "distro" that is?


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 2007 5:27 pm 
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This looks like what you get with the original firmware.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2007 9:33 am 
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True, it is the original Kuro install distro - but how do I tell what flavor of linux/unix it is?

I ask because I'm never sure which apps I can install and which I can't expect to work out of the box. I've got mt-daapd running which I compiled from the sources (and it requires several libraries as prerequisites) but I did all that without knowing which "distro" I was working with.

It's been probably 18 months since I've installed anything beyond an update to mt-daapd. (good Kuro!), Now I'm interested in running Galleon but the install instructions all assume you know which distro you are running - which is a reasonable requirement! But I don't know what I'm running!

I'm looking at kuro-pro next, when I do that from scratch I'll install either Debian or Gentoo so that I have something more standard to work with.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 06, 2007 6:47 pm 
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I'm not sure what you mean by flavour, because its the original custom firmware for the kuro it doesn't correspond to any regular linux distro. If you like it's vanilla linux :D

Actually because they're is no package management, it's probably most like "linux from scratch". If you want to install anything, you'll have to install it and its dependencies from source.

As the wiki instructions for installing Galleon are for Debian, i'd go for a debian install. Trying to build all of Galleons dependancies from source looks like too much hard work.

HTH,

Gordon


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 07, 2007 3:32 am 
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dougyp wrote:
True, it is the original Kuro install distro - but how do I tell what flavor of linux/unix it is?


IIRC the KuroBox (and LS for that matter) ships with a MontaVista Linux.
http://linkstationwiki.net/index.php/MontaVista


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 08, 2007 10:50 pm 
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Thanks guys! I guess I always thought the flavors/distros all fell into just a handful of buckets, like the old BSD vs AT&T (or was it Bell Labs?) days.


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