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6<FONT FACE="Arial Black,Arial,Helvetica"><FONT SIZE="4">Diary (October)</FONT></FONT></P>
7<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY>
8<I><FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">October
929th, 2001</FONT></FONT></FONT></I></P>
10<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY>
11<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">There
12is a silly bug in Compare Mode, which causes the first archive set
13of each CD to be reported as bad. It is an erroneous error. Ignore it.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
14<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY>
15<I><FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">October
1628th, 2001</FONT></FONT></FONT></I></P>
17<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY>
18<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">Mondo
19v1.18 and Mindi v0.44 are out. They are bug-fix releases, for the
20most part.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
21<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY>
22<I><FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">October
2321st, 2001</FONT></FONT></FONT></I></P>
24<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY>
25<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">The
26new releases (v1.17-3 and v0.43-3) work on RH6.2; that's the biggest
27change. There are a few clean-ups and big-fixes incorporated in them
28but nothing spectacular.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
29<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY>
30<I><FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">October
3120th, 2001</FONT></FONT></FONT></I></P>
32<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY>
33<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">I
34am looking at replacing LILO with SYSLINUX as Mondo's boot loader.
35SYSLINUX has a nifty picture which pops up when it first loads. If I
36can make SYSLINUX behave identically to LILO but with a pretty boot
37screen then it would be groovy. I doubt I shall give the restore
38phase an X interface but it wouldn't hurt to make the initial boot-up
39screen a little more attractive.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
40<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY>
41<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">I
42am also trying to get Mondo to work with a stock Red Hat 6.2 distro.
43Call me a masochist: I shan't argue with you. Anyway, the stock
44kernel won't boot on my Duron. I am installing 2.2.19 to see if that
45makes a difference. However, if I cannot boot RH6.2 then I'm buggered
46if I know how I'm supposed to support the thing.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
47<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY>
48<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">[Update]
49Okay, Mondo v1.17-3 and Mindi v0.43-3 appear to work with Red Hat
506.2. I've backed up part of my RH6.2 installation and booted from the
51CD; it looks kosher. I don't have time to do exhaustive testing. Any volunteers?</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
52<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY>
53<I><FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">October
5418th, 2001</FONT></FONT></FONT></I></P>
55<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY>
56<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">Well,
57my first unwitting words to my new boss were, &quot;Ay yo,
58trip!&quot; Oops. Don't ask. It's a long story.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
59<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY>
60<I><FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">October
6117th, 2001</FONT></FONT></FONT></I></P>
62<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY>
63<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">Updated
64the web site. Somehow I forgot to upload Mondo v1.17-r2; nice one,
65Hugo. For your next trick, tell your supervisor, &quot;Baby, you got back!&quot;</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
66<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY>
67<I><FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">October
6815th, 2001</FONT></FONT></FONT></I></P>
69<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY>
70<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">Mondo
71v1.17-r2 and Mindi v0.43-r2 are out. They are only relevant to you
72if you want to use Mindi's failsafe kernel.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
73<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY>
74<I><FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">October
7514th, 2001</FONT></FONT></FONT></I></P>
76<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY>
77<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">Making
78Mindi use its own kernel instead of yours (if you want) and install
79the corresponding modules - e.g. its lvm-mod.o, its raid1.o, etc. -
80was hard, really hard. However, I do believe I have done it. This
81won't make a difference to you unless your kernel is broken and you
82dont know how to roll a good one; however, if you are in that
83position then you would be SOL unless Mindi came with its own kernel
84(and it does!).</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
85<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY>
86<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">I
87fixed some important bugs and gave Mindi a new 2.4.12 kernel. I am
88still running some intensive backup/restore/compare tests but so far
89the code is behaving very well. All bug reports are gratefully
90received. Please do tell me what sort of PC you're using, what sort
91of hardware it has, etc.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
92<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY>
93<I><FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">October
9413th, 2001</FONT></FONT></FONT></I></P>
95<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY>
96<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">The
97next Mindi will include a 2.4.12 kernel with lots of lovely SCSI
98modules. Of course, if Linux vendors would only bundle <I>stable</I></FONT></FONT></FONT><I><FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">,
99sane</FONT></FONT></FONT></I><FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">&nbsp;kernels
100with their distros then Mindi wouldn't have to come with a kernel at
101all. Until that happy day comes, I shall be hacking away at a
1021600-line bash script...</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
103<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY>
104<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK"><I>October
10511th, 20</I></FONT></FONT></FONT><I><FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">01</FONT></FONT></FONT></I></P>
106<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY>
107<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">Bruno
108Cornec submitted patches to add a useful switch to Mondo. If the
109user calls Mondo with '--cd-recovery yes' then the bootable CD will
110basically say, &quot;OK, type RESTORE to nuke your computer,&quot; 
111but it is more diplomatic. :-) Mondo v1.17 and Mindi v0.43 will
112include Bruno's patches.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
113<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY>
114<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK"><I>October
11510th</I></FONT></FONT></FONT><I><FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">,
1162001</FONT></FONT></FONT></I></P>
117<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY>
118<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">Mondo
119v1.16-r2 and Mindi v0.42-r2 fix some very minor bugs (minor unless
120you use Linux-Mandrake 8.1 and have some RAID partitions).</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
121<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY>
122<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">Other
123than that, it has been disturbingly quiet...</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
124<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY>
125<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK"><I>October
1269th, 2001</I></FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
127<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY>
128<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">Happy
129men have no tales to tell. I guess that's why I have had only 2 e-mails
130from Mondo users this week. I guess the new release actually worked!</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
131<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY>
132<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK"><I>October
1337</I></FONT></FONT></FONT><I><FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">th,
1342001</FONT></FONT></FONT></I></P>
135<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY>
136<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">Ugh.
137New Mondo good. New Mindi good. Unf. Grr. Must download and try. Is
138Klingon way. Rurrr. Bff. Must eat squiggly live things. Pshhcth.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
139<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY>
140<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">Man,
141I spent so long chasing dependency problems in Linux-Mandrake 8.1,
142only to find I had made a mistake in my 'make' script. Oops.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
143<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY>
144<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">Anyway,
145the latest releases work perfectly with LM8.1 and RH7.1; I shall try
146them on SuSE when I have time and energy. I am proud to have made
147Mindi work with pre-2.4.6 (i.e. severely b0rken) kernels. It also
148copes with gzipped modules.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
149<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY>
150<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">LVM
151support is experimental - in other words, I couldn't be bothered to
152regression test it - so use it at your peril. Before you use it, run /usr/share/mindi/analyze-my-lvm
153to see if it generates a sane set of commands to regenerate your volumes.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
154<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY>
155<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK"><I>O</I></FONT></FONT></FONT><I><FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">ctober
1566th, 2001</FONT></FONT></FONT></I></P>
157<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY>
158<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">I
159am telling you, you are going to love the new releases. Mindi used
160to choke on all kinds of distros and their stock kernels; now it
161handles them with ease. I have fixed a ton of bugs, including some
162that didn't even presented themselves until I integrated Busybox into
163Mindi. Mondo now supports tape streamers and LVM. It works with
164out-of-the-box Linux Mandrake 8.1 and Red Hat 7.1 distros, even
165though the former uses devfs and the latter comes with a severaly
166b0rken kernel.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
167<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY>
168<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK"><I>October
1695th, 2001</I></FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
170<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY>
171<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">OK,
172the new releases are nearly ready. The best news is that they work
173on standard, out-of-the-box Red Hat 7.1 and Linux-Mandrake 8.1
174distros, even with RH7.1's b0rken 2.4.2 kernel and Mandrake's
175semi-devfs kernel. Oh, and you can now backup to tape with Mondo. Oh,
176and LVM is now supported.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
177<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY>
178<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK"><I>O</I></FONT></FONT></FONT><I><FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">ctober
1794th, 2001</FONT></FONT></FONT></I></P>
180<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY>
181<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">Some
182users have reported problems with v1.15/v0.41. The new release might
183cure them; it might not. The problems are peculiar to specific
184distros under specific circumstances and I am unable to reproduce
185them. So, I am testing the new releases with every distro I can lay
186my hands on. So far, v1.16/v0.42 pass muster with Red Hat 7.1 and
187Linux-Mandrake 8.1. Next I'll try SuSE 7.1.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
188<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY>
189<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK"><I>October
1901s</I></FONT></FONT></FONT><I><FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">t,
1912001</FONT></FONT></FONT></I></P>
192<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY>
193<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">I
194cannot replicate the problems that a couple of users have been
195having with prepping and formatting their drives, so I've beefed up
196the logging a bit, in the hope of catching whatever bug they're experiencing.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
197<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY>
198<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">Checksums.
199Ugh. Still trying to nail those suckers down. Actually, the last
200time I backed up and restored, I didn't see any checksum-related
201oddities. I hope that is the start of a trend.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
202<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY>
203<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">LVM
204support is on its way. Some guy in Zurich is nagging me to support
205it &amp; frankly it turned out to be so easy that I thought,
206&quot;What the heck, why not?&quot; I doubt anyone uses it much but I
207could be wrong.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
208<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY>
209<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">I've
210managed to rewrite the kernel module handling code in Mindi so that
211the boot floppy comes with only the floppy-specific modules, the boot
212CD (floppy image) comes with only the CD-specific modules, and
213everything else goes on the data disks (or data tarballs on the CD).
214The result is that the boot disk is NEVER overloaded with modules.
215Either your kernel fits on the floppy (or CD), or it doesn't. No
216matter how many modules you have, they'll just go on the data disks
217like everything else. Only the stuff that you need in order to access
218the floppy (or CD) will go on the boot floppy/CD.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
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220<A HREF="gossip-Sep-01.html">Click here for September's gossip</A></P>
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