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DONTPANIC version numbers

I told my father about DONTPANIC. He suggested the version numbers should be 1.0.42, 1.1.42, 1.2.42 ....

And after shutdown, when ejecting the CD, it should print "so long, and thanks for all the fish". Heh. 

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Hehe, why the number 42? The

Hehe, why the number 42?

The "so long, and thanks for all the fish" goodbye message sounds cool! Smiling

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DON'T PANIC, 42, and "so

DON'T PANIC, 42, and "so long, and thanks for all the fish" all refer to the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Go read the book or see the movie.

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I really should. I've seen a

I really should. I've seen a documentary about that movie and it looked interesting.

Thanks for the info. Smiling

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Actually the movie was not

Actually the movie was not as good as the tv series, which was in turn not as good as the radio series...

Back to topic. 

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I've never seen the movie.

I've never seen the movie. Actually, I have heard some slighly negative comments on it.

But I have listened to the audio books of parts 1 to 3 (originally it was a radio seriesm, so yay), read books 1 to 5 (of the trilogy in four parts Smiling ) and have seen the BBC TV series on DVD (parts 1 & 2, the others weren't on TV)

Fascinating trilogy. Now for some maths:

The Answer is 42 (fourty-two)
The Question is "What do you get if you multiply six times nine"

Why: 6 * 9 = 5410 = 4213 !

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SIX*NINE==42
"the Taco" wrote:

I told my father about DONTPANIC. He suggested the version numbers should be 1.0.42, 1.1.42, 1.2.42 ....

And after shutdown, when ejecting the CD, it should print "so long, and thanks for all the fish". Heh.

Good ideas Smiling

#include <stdio.h>

#define SIX 1 + 5
#define NINE 8 + 1

int main(void)
{
    printf( "What do you get if you multiply %d by %d? %d\n", SIX, NINE, SIX * NINE );
    return 0;
}

Both the five book trilogy and the move are funny. I've never seen/heard the radio/TV shows.

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About a week ago I had a

About a week ago I had a quite unsatisfactory experience with qtparted. I had used my gparted on my current system to shrink a NTFS-partition and create a FAT32-partition with that free space.
Then I bootet Slax, which I had given the qtparted-module quite a while ago, and wanted to fill the space which had been allocated by the FAT32-partition before with my ext3, meaning I wanted to grow my ext3-partition.
qtparted refused to do what I want. So I exchanged qtparted for gparted on the Slax-CD, bootet it, started KDE and gparted. It did what exactly what I wanted.
I don't know if this problem was just a simple case of "shit happens" or if there's something about the qtparted-module for Slax, but I thought it might be good to mention this here since you also plan to use qtparted on your rescue-CD.

By the way, I'm thinking to make an LFS-based network-tool-CD using the Linux-live-scripts.

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What?
reptiler wrote:

About a week ago I had a quite unsatisfactory experience with qtparted. I had used my gparted on my current system to shrink a NTFS-partition and create a FAT32-partition with that free space.
Then I bootet Slax, which I had given the qtparted-module quite a while ago, and wanted to fill the space which had been allocated by the FAT32-partition before with my ext3, meaning I wanted to grow my ext3-partition.
qtparted refused to do what I want. So I exchanged qtparted for gparted on the Slax-CD, bootet it, started KDE and gparted. It did what exactly what I wanted.

Huh? What was your disk like when you used QTParted?

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hda1 30MB Linux hda2 1GB

hda1 30MB Linux
hda2 1GB Swap
hda3 15GB Linux
hda4 ~62GB Extended
hda5 10GB FAT32
hda6 ~29GB FAT32
hda7 23GB NTFS

Then with gparted I shrunk hda7 by 8 GB to 15GB, deleted hda5 and created a new partition in the free space at the end.
I moved the beginning of hda4 to match the beginning of hda6 (now hda5).
Next I booted Slax to grow hda3 by the free 10GB. And that didn't work. When I replaced qtparted with gparted I could grow it without problems.

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necromancy of DP

DP has arisen from the dead! That weird job control problem disappeared in Gentoo 2006.1, and I've been bored lately. I'm emerging QT Parted right now Laughing out loud

Oh yeah I added sys-process/htop.

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Great! I can't wait to try

Great! I can't wait to try it when it's finished, although I'd rather not need it Smiling .

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you need a logo (designed

you need a logo (designed for black bg)

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LiveCD
a thing wrote:

By the way this will be compiled for i686, not i386. Does anyone use anything older?

That shouldn't be any problem. The LiveCD for my automated LFS is also compiled i686 and extra for some testing I bought an old i586 notebook. Everything runs fine and the system also compiles on that box, from the LiveCD. And it "just" took 3 days o compile the basic system (more or less what's in the LFS-book, with only a few basic extras).

So I guess at least for P1 and up you don't need to worry at all. And I guess not really many people are still using 486-boxes or older. Even Linux is not really enjoyable on that, though still possible.

By the way, what do you use to make it a LiveCD? I used the Linux Live Scripts, pretty easy to use and work fine. And they're released under the GPL, so it should be uncritical to use them for your CD.

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firefox?

I may of missed it, but is firefox in their 2?

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RE: firefox?
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I may of missed it, but is firefox in their 2?

Nope I don't think it's in there, and I would doubt if it were to be included since this is a rescue CD for when your box fails and doesn't have the X windowing system to display graphical things like Firefox. Though I've heard it's possible to run GTK+ aplications in a framebuffered console.

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using Gentoo

I'm basing the CD of Gentoo with help from this.

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update

I'm currently working on polishing up my personal Bash scripts for inclusion in DON'T PANIC.

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Here's a little idea: Make

Here's a little idea:

Make the cdrom multisession. Allow the user to change the password, and if the user does so, write it back to the cdrom. If the password has been changed in a previous session, start the ssh daemon.

This makes it easy to rescue a server which doesn't have a keyboard and screen attached to it.

I think it's clear why there shouldn't be a ssh daemon with a default password running by default.

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ROM
tbuitenh wrote:

write it back to the cdrom

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multisession ROM
a thing wrote:
tbuitenh wrote:

write it back to the cdrom

Is part of the message you posted missing?

Multisession cdroms aren't ROM in the most strict sense, until they are full.

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rom != r
tbuitenh wrote:

Is part of the message you posted missing?

Multisession cdroms aren't ROM in the most strict sense, until they are full.

not if/because you differentiate between CD-ROM and CD-R. (Read-only memory (?) vs. Recordable)

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not really update

I've been putting moderating LN above this project, which is why it hasn't been making much progress lately. I work on it when I'm completely finished with reading all that I do... then more keeps coming!

I'm not abandoning this, but if anyone wants to help out, I'll mail you what I have so far (Portage overlays (I've finally gotten around to submitting bug reports with my patches against Qt Embedded and QtParted, but no one in Gentoo has taken intrest...), some personal scripts that I've polished, basic (broken) build scripts).

215KB thread! We need paging!

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a thing wrote:We need
a thing wrote:

We need paging!

and a mail or news gateway ;-)

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