Thanks, I've downloaded it now and plan to proceed with testing shortly, though I'm not sure if I can get it done tonight. But definitely by tomorrow anyway.
Originally Posted by deba5er
The only reason for choosing ext2 would be if it can have a major impact on speed (less safety checks?), but for my tests I'll stick to defaults in everything except IP addresses and screen margins.
As my last post noted, I have the hdd and usb installers working for FAT PS2, usb installer working for FAT and Slim, and an image installer working to allow backing up/restoring the entire usb device to save time on installs. Ext3 is now the default, but you can choose ext2.
That is the main disadvantage of using pre-installed images, as the size distribution of the partitions is locked, beyond the ability of noob users to modify. But it is also an advantage, as noob users would be likely to choose unsuitable sizes anyway, if they have to do it on their own. Supplying a limited set of pre-installed images is a reasonable compromize, providing some freedom of choice, while eliminating the risk of really unsuitable setups (eg: like using the majority of the size for swap partition).
I still have to figure out how to host the image(s) which for the 1GB is 236MB. I don't think that the 2GB will be much different given that it is compressed and starts out with the same distro, but it would be useful to have one small FAT partition (256MB) image and one larger FAT partition (1024MB) image.
I assume you mean that the Linux partition is resized to add all currently free size to it, but still leaving the existing FAT32 and swap partitions unchanged. Sounds fine to me :)
This would allow someone to customize the files on the FAT partition for NTSC/PAL/Network Configuration, select the appropriate config.txt, and just run PS2-Linux without a lengthy installation. It will resize the Linux partition of the 1GB image to the full size of the USB device automatically.
For now it is still good to be able to backup your device once you have it the way you like it, knowing you can restore it later in 3 or 4 minutes. @peterdcrees - thanks for the idea. Thanks also to Alexander Beug for a very cool usb tool for Windows which is useful even if you don't care about PS2-Linux.
One typical use would be to make backups of USBAdvance setups, so that a user with limited size USB devices can still swap easily between different USBAdvance game setups. Doing it by normal reinstallation would take enormous amounts of time, making such usage impractical, but handling full drive images should be much faster.
Sure, having a text editor is always a good thing, though I have to admit that I've forgotten most of what I ever new about vi usage... :lol:
I rebuilt the initrd.usb2.install.gz to include vi again, I think it is good for other scripters to be able to drop to the shell and view/modify files.
Not yet, but I'll report on results with v0.7 of your package within a day or two.
Any more info on the v15 display problems or other slim-specific problems?
And as before I will test both installs and normal boots on both my v7 and my v15 console.
Best regards: dlanor