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6<FONT FACE="Arial Black,Arial,Helvetica"><FONT SIZE="4">Diary (old)</FONT></FONT></P>
8<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK"><I>December
931st, 2001</I></FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
11<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">I
12am hacking away at Mondo v1.35-preN. :) It will feature enhanced
13tape support, complete with lots of fancy start/stop blocks, extra
14checksums, etc.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
16<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK"><I>December
1728th, 2001</I></FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
19<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">Cafeole
20has created an IRC channel, #mondo, on (or, or..). It's groovy, baby. I'll try to be there most
22weekends to answer questions and generally goof off.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
24<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK"><I>December
2525th, 2001</I></FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
27<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">I
28am trying Quanta out, to see if it is good enough to replace
29WebExpress, a Windows application which I use to maintain Mondo's
30website. It looks great. It is not a WYSIWYG editor but that's OK, I
31can live without that. It is very groovy.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
33<I><FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">December
3424th, 2001</FONT></FONT></FONT></I></P>
36<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">Mondo
37v1.34 and Mindi v0.51 are out. Mindi now analyzes the user's
38keyboard mapping configuration and reproduces it at boot-time. Mondo
39now lets tape users boot from just one floppy (plus the tape, of course).</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
41<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">BTW,
42please bear in mind that Mindi and Mondo have to hit a lot of moving
43targets. If you have even a tiny clue, you'll know that each distro
44has its own sweet way of doing things. If you e-mail me with a bug
45report, please bear this in mind.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
47<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">I
48am not a complete idiot. I don't release code which doesn't work. If
49Mondo doesn't work on your PC then perhaps it works on almost
50everyone else's. Did that occur to you? Oh good. The next user who
51gives me attitude will get his or her ass kicked. Is that clear?</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
53<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">You
54get this program for free. (God knows 99.9% of users never gave me
55anything but static, certainly nothing that folds or jingles.) The
56least you can do is be civil.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
58<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">Ironically,
59the most fucktarded of hapless users won't read the website at all.
60They'll just e-mail me and say, &quot;Hey, Mondo nearly wiped my
61system. Please e-mail me soon!&quot; It will inevitably transpire
62that no, Mondo did not nearly wipe their system. Their Linux distro
63didn't set their PATH environmental veriable correctly, Mindi
64couldn't find mkfs.ext2 and it reported a Fatal Error (no, your
65system is not going to die, dude).</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
67<I><FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">December
6822nd, 2001</FONT></FONT></FONT></I></P>
70<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">I
71am working on implementing some kind of boot-from-tape system. Well,
72strictly, you're not booting from tape but you're booting from a
73single floppy and using the beginning of the tape as an extended
74'data disk', instead of inserting additional floppies.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
76<I><FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">December
7720th, 2001</FONT></FONT></FONT></I></P>
79<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">Mondo
80<B>v1.22-5</B> is out. It is identical to v1.22-4 except that it
81permits the user to use Mindi v0.50, which is a good idea.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
83<I><FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">December
8419th, 2001</FONT></FONT></FONT></I></P>
86<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">Mondo
87v1.22-r4 is out. Version 1.22 on the whole is considered stable but
88I have added a little safety-check in case some users accidentally
89run mondo-restore from the CD. It's not their fault if it happens; if
90it does happen, however, Mondo will now warn them and tell them how
91to avoid it in future.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
93<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">Mondo
94v1.33-r8 and Mindi v0.50-4 are also out. The development branch of
95Mondo can now handle disk partitions as images if that is desired. I
96have backed up, wiped and nuke-restored my system, treating my
97Windows partition as an unmountable 'image'. I added the switch:-</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
99<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">#
100--image-devs /dev/hda1</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
102<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">to
103my typical call to Mondo. Everything worked like a charm. I would
104encourage adventurous users to try Mondo v1.33 and Mindi v0.50 to see
105how they get on.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
107<I><FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">December
10818th, 2001</FONT></FONT></FONT></I></P>
110<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">Mondo
111v1.33-r7 and Mindi v0.50-3 are out. I have backed up my Windows
112partition as an image, wiped it, and restored it successfully with
113this latest version of Mondo. However, I have not yet run a complete backup/wipe/restore
114cycle with it. Approach the code with caution.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
116<I><FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">December
11715th, 2001</FONT></FONT></FONT></I></P>
119<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">Mondo
120v1.33-r6 is out. It support disk imaging, kinda sorta. I have tested
121it a bit and it works OK. (Wow, what a glowing endorsement!) I am
122going to install Windows NT4 Workstation and run some harder tests
123next week.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
125<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">Mondo
126v1.22-r3 is out, too.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
128<I><FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">December
12914th, 2001</FONT></FONT></FONT></I></P>
131<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">Mondo
132v1.33-r5 is out. So is Mindi v0.50. They support GRUB
133experimentally. I am also implementing partition/device imaging support.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
135<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK"><I>December
13613th, 2001</I></FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
138<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">Mondo
139<B>v1.33-r4</B> is out. It looks great. I have run two full backups
140and one incremental, in that order. It supports GRUB, too!</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
142<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK"><I>December
14312th, 2001</I></FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
145<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">I
146am releasing Mondo <B>v1.3</B></FONT></FONT></FONT><B><FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">3
147</FONT></FONT></FONT></B><FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">early.
148It requires the latest Mindi, too. They look good. I have wiped and
149restored my PC several times using 1.33/0.50 and I have yet to lose
150data or get any weird error messages.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
152<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK"><I>December
15311th, 2001</I></FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
155<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">Mondo
156<B>v1.22-2</B> is out. Bugfixes, yada yada. I finally have a job
157(yippee!) which means I can't spend as much time on Mondo this week
158as I did last week (boo!). However, v1.33 is nearly ready for release (hooray!).</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
160<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">[<A HREF="download/mondo-manual.html">manual</A>]</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
162<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK"><I>D</I></FONT></FONT></FONT><I><FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">ecember
1639th, 2001</FONT></FONT></FONT></I></P>
165<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">Mindi
166<B>v0.48-2</B> is out. It is very soon after v0.48-1, I know, but I
167think it is worth it. There are a lot of changes - all good, none
168bad. I have been testing the thing for hours, trying to make it
169break. It hasn't.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
171<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">I
172am also releasing Mondo <B>v1.32-2</B> because I want people on the
173mailing list to be able to see what I've been doing all this time.
174:-) It is totally, 100% not to be trusted! I wiped and restored my
175system with v1.31 a few days ago and it went more-or-less okay but I
176have not tested v1.32 <I>at all.</I></FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
178<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK"><I>STOP
179PRESS</I> - I've just backed up and 'nuked' my system using v1.33
180(unreleased). It worked perfectly. It even let me rearrange migrate
181to RAID. Of course, when I rebooted I realized my kernel wasn't quite
182suitable for RAID. That's okay. The point is, I can move from
183non-RAID to RAID using Mondo. I haven't backed up and restored a RAID
184system yet. That is the next test I want to run.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
186<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">When
187I trust v1.33, I'll release it and announce it on the mailing list.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
189<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK"><I>Dece</I></FONT></FONT></FONT><I><FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">mber
1908th, 2001</FONT></FONT></FONT></I></P>
192<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">Mondo
193<B>v1.22</B> and Mindi <B>v0.48</B> are out. I have wiped and
194restored my system using 1.22/0.48 without error. Now, v1.31, on the
195other hand, gave me a headache. Still, that's why there is a stable
196branch and a development branch. I was bitten but you needn't be:
197just stick to 1.2x and you'll be fine.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
199<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">I
200have updated the website to thank a few more people. Y'all are so
201helpful. :-) BTW, Mondo sometimes does funny things if you restore a
202Red Hat 7.2 system. The bug is in Red Hat 7.2, not Mondo: Mondo will
203have to work around it. It only crops up if you back up from within
204rxvt in KDE, wipe, restore and finally boot in runlevel 5. So, yeah,
205it's pretty obscure. Oh, but the archives are good. :) Anyway, wait 5
206minutes and reboot again; it clears itself up. Weird! I'm looking
207into it.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
209<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK"><I>December
2106th, 2001</I></FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
212<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">Mondo
213<B>v1</B></FONT></FONT></FONT><B><FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">.</FONT></FONT></FONT></B><FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK"><B>21-r3</B> 
214will be out in a few minutes. It has some important bugfixes, etc.
215The bugs are obscure and have bitten only one or two people, which is
216why it took me so long to find them. I did something like this:-</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
218<FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK"><FONT FACE="Times New Roman,Times,New York">while(tmp[strlen(tmp)-1]&lt;32)
219{ tmp[strlen(tmp)-1]='0'; }</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
221<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">It
222should have been:-</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
224<FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK"><FONT FACE="Times New Roman,Times,New York">while(strlen(tmp)&gt;0&amp;&amp;tmp[strlen(tmp)-1]&lt;32)
227<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">The
228former would cause an infinite loop under certain circumstances. The
229latter wouldn't. Needless to say, the fix has been back-ported from
230the 1.3x development branch to the 1.2x stable branch.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
232<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK"><I>December
2335th, 2001</I></FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
235<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">Mondo
236<B>v1</B></FONT></FONT></FONT><B><FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">.21</FONT></FONT></FONT></B><FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK"><B>-</B></FONT></FONT></FONT><B><FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">r2</FONT></FONT></FONT></B><FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK"> 
237is out. I forgot to add '/mnt/RESTORING' before the call to LILO. I
238don't know how I missed it. I backed up and restored perfectly with
239v1.21 last night and LILO ran fine. Oh well.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
241<I><FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">December
2424th, 2001</FONT></FONT></FONT></I></P>
244<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">Mondo
245v1.21 and Mindi v0.47 are out. I released them earlier than
246previously discussed because they appear to be stable already. I
247wiped and restored my PC using 1.21/0.47 today. Everything went fine.
248There is nothing quite like a list of &quot;Done&quot;s followed by a
249&quot;All is well; please reboot.&quot;</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
251<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">Mondo
252v1.31 is out, too, if you are feeling adventurous. It includes a
253nice, new RAID editor but it has not been tested yet.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
255<I><FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">December
2563rd, 2001</FONT></FONT></FONT></I></P>
258<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">Mondo
259v1.21 (stable) is due out this Sunday. I look forward to wowing
260y'all with its stunning lack of new features. :-) It is v1.20 plus
261bugfixes. There were not many bugs in v1.20 anyway, BTW...</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
263<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">Mondo
264v1.31 (development) has some groovy new code under the hood and some
265spiffy new features on the dashboard. However, it has not been tested
266as thoroughly as v1.21 (stable).</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
268<I><FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">December
2692nd, 2001</FONT></FONT></FONT></I></P>
271<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">I
272have added a PayPal button to allow users to contribute financially
273if they so desire. I am not doing Mondo for the money, as you know.
274However, it costs money to develop and test Mondo, so I thought it
275would be a good idea to offer users a way to contribute.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
277<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">Incidentally,
278BusyBox's author needs some money to help him buy; I
279plan on contributing (no, I haven't yet *g* but I shall) and perhaps
280you should, too. Just a thought. Mind you, BusyBox is partly
281sponsored by Lineo, so in a way he is already covered whereas I am
282not. Still, he is a nice guy and his project rocks.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
284<I><FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">December
2851st, 2001</FONT></FONT></FONT></I></P>
287<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">Mondo
288v1.21 and Mindi v0.47 are nearly ready. Mondo v1.31 is waiting in
289the wings with a kick-butt RAID-editing extension to the regular
290mountlist editor.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
292<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">I
293have borrowed an older PC from my father, wiped it, put Linux on it,
294and configured it as a fileserver. I plan to do funky stuff &amp; 
295make Mondo support NFS-based backup/restore. The server is named
296Wu-tang and my workstation is named Eminem. Do you see a pattern?</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
298<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK"><A HREF="gossip-Nov-01.html">Click
299here for November's gossip</A></FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
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