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5<P ALIGN=CENTER>
6<FONT FACE="Arial Black,Arial,Helvetica"><FONT SIZE="4">Diary (September)</FONT></FONT></P>
7<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY>
8<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK"><I>September
930th, 2001</I></FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
10<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY>
11<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">Tape
12support is nearly there. So is LVM support. Neither facility was
13hard to add. I am not releasing any code until I am convinced that
14the code is stable. Expect the next release in 10-14 days.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
15<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY>
16<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK"><I>September
1729th</I></FONT></FONT></FONT><I><FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">,
182001</FONT></FONT></FONT></I></P>
19<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY>
20<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">Testing.
21Testing. More testing.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
22<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY>
23<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">I
24wonder if Mondo/Mindi will work with Mandrake 8.1? I'll download it
25today and try it out.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
26<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY>
27<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">Mondo
28will soon support tape streamers and LVM's. Devfs will be next.
29Items 1 and 2 will be supported by the end of next week. Devfs may
30take longer. We'll see.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
31<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY>
32<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK"><I>Septembe</I></FONT></FONT></FONT><I><FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">r
3328th, 2001</FONT></FONT></FONT></I></P>
34<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY>
35<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">Mondo
36v1.15-r4 and Mindi v0.41-r5 are out.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
37<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY>
38<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK"><I>Septembe</I></FONT></FONT></FONT><I><FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">r
3926th, 2001</FONT></FONT></FONT></I></P>
40<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY>
41<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">Another
42day, another release (two - one for Mindi, one or Mondo). They fix a
43multitude of sins - er, bugs.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
44<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY>
45<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK"><I>September
4624t</I></FONT></FONT></FONT><I><FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">h,
472001</FONT></FONT></FONT></I></P>
48<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY>
49<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">I
50have purchased and installed a Seagate Something-or-other (TM) 8 GB
51tape streamer. I am now going to make Mondo work with tapes. Woohoo.
52The fun never ends. :)</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
53<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY>
54<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK"><I>September
5523rd, 2001</I></FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
56<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY>
57<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">Mondo
58v1.15r2 and Mindi v0,42r3 are out. They are 'bugfix' releases. I
59hope they really do fix the bugs.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
60<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY>
61<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK"><I>Septemb</I></FONT></FONT></FONT><I><FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">er
6222nd, 2001</FONT></FONT></FONT></I></P>
63<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY>
64<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">Mondo
65v1.15r1 and Mindi v0.41r2 are out. They look good so far. Mindi's
66new release is technically very different from the last but
67functionally it is almost identical. Mondo's new release, likewise,
68has changed a lot under the hood but the average user will not know
69the difference.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
70<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY>
71<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">I
72am implementing LVM support as you read this. The latest
73(unreleased) version of Mindi will recognize and document existing
74LVM partitions; the latest (unreleased) version of Mondo will backup
75said partitions as usual and will format and restore them at
76boot-time. Neat-o. I am not going to take any chances, so please do
77not expect to see LVM support before mid-October.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
78<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY>
79<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK"><I>September
8021st,</I></FONT></FONT></FONT><I><FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK"> 2001</FONT></FONT></FONT></I></P>
81<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY>
82<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">Minor,
83cosmetic bug in Mindi v0.41-r1; I'm releasing r2 just to keep people
84happy. Also, I'm working on LVM support for Mondo.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
85<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY>
86<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK"><I>September
8720th, 2001</I></FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
88<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY>
89<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">Mindi
90v0.41-r1 is way cool. I can fit my crucial system components onto 3
91disks (1 boot, 2 data). It used to take 5 or 6 disks to do the job.
92Thanks to BusyBox, that number has been trimated. BusyBox is too darn cool.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
93<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY>
94<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK"><I>September
9518th, 2001</I></FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
96<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY>
97<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK"><A HREF="http://freshmeat.net/projects/busybox/">BusyBox</A> 
98rules. Check it out. It is so darn cool. <A HREF="http://www.debian.org">Debian</A> 
99uses is, <A HREF="http://www.lineo.com">Lineo</A> uses it and now I
100am using it. I'm incorporating it in Mindi right now.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
101<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY>
102<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">...OK,
103done. :-) That was painless. Mindi v0.41 (unreleased, as of yet)
104uses BusyBox instead of a bus-load of the user's tools. So, it can
105now fit a typical user's kernel, modules and tools onto THREE
106FLOPPIES - one for boot, 2 for data. Oh, and I have ordered a tape
107streamer. Mondo will soon support tape backup. Woohoo!</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
108<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY>
109<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK"><I>September
11017th, 2001</I></FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
111<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY>
112<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">Mindi
113v0.41 (unreleased as of yet) does a much better job than previous
114versions of squeezing as much information as possible onto each
115floppy disk image. It can comfortably fit my system's crucial files
116onto 3 floppies plus boot disk. That's <I>four disks</I>. It used to
117be 6 or 7. If I can get it down to 2+boot then it will really be
118worth looking at making Mondo work for tape streamers, too. At the
119very least, it makes Mindi Linux a much more palatable solution for
120regular PC users who are having trouble with their PC's and their
121CD-ROM drives at the same time.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
122<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY>
123<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK"><I>Septemb</I></FONT></FONT></FONT><I><FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">er
12416th, 2001</FONT></FONT></FONT></I></P>
125<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY>
126<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">Mondo
127v1.14 r7 and Mindi v0.40 r5 are out. They are looking very good. All
128feedback is appreciated. Now that they spit out 'bugballs' (tarballs
129containing bug reports), you have no excuse for not sending me
130detailed feedback on what happened, why your computer doesn't like
131Mondo, etc.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
132<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY>
133<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">I
134really want to make Mondo work with tape streamers. I am looking at
135tape streamers now, on <A HREF="http://www.pricewatch.com">www.pricewatch.com</A>,
136to see if I can afford one.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
137<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY>
138<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK"><I>September
13915th</I></FONT></FONT></FONT><I><FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">,
1402001</FONT></FONT></FONT></I></P>
141<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY>
142<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">Mondo
143is finally stabilizing. I have bought a new 8x4x32 CD-RW drive: the
144old one was a cheap piece of crap and it lasted less than 3 months. I
145cannot be bothered to get a refund because I bought it on the
146Internet and it only cost $50. This one was nearly $100 but at least
147I didn't have to pay any shipping charges: I bought it from
148OfficeMax. If it breaks in the next 10 weeks, I only have to walk 200
149yards to exchange it for a non-sucky one.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
150<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY>
151<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">The
152checksum comparison code was broken but I have now fixed it. The
153archives were good but the restore phase reports that it wasn't! This
154was of course very disturbing to the users of the program.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
155<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY>
156<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">Other
157than that ...</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
158<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY>
159<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK"><I>September
160</I></FONT></FONT></FONT><I><FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">13th,
1612001</FONT></FONT></FONT></I></P>
162<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY>
163<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">I
164am still battling with Mindi, modules, etc. All feedback is appreciated.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
165<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY>
166<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK"><I>September
1671</I></FONT></FONT></FONT><I><FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">2th,
1682001</FONT></FONT></FONT></I></P>
169<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY>
170<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">I
171have released a new, er, release :) of Mindi because Mindi was
172generating a module-loading script that did not work at boot-time.
173This has now been fixed.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
174<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY>
175<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">Mondo
176v1.14 r6 is out. Bugs fixed. Yada yada.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
177<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY>
178<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK"><I>S</I></FONT></FONT></FONT><I><FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">eptember
1799th, 2001</FONT></FONT></FONT></I></P>
180<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY>
181<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">Wow,
182I really screwed that one up! :-) I released Mondo v1.14 r4 with a
183dependency on Mindi v0.40; the latter was not available at the time.
184So, I quickly released Mondo v1.14 r5 and Mindi v0.40 r1; problem solved.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
185<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY>
186<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">I
187have received a detailed report from Terry P., who tells me Mondo
188does not play nicely with Windows 2000. I really wish I had a copy of
189Win2K so that I could look at that particular problem. Are any other
190Mondo users having trouble with Lin/Win dual-boot backups?</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
191<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY>
192<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK"><I>Sept</I></FONT></FONT></FONT><I><FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">ember
1938th, 2001</FONT></FONT></FONT></I></P>
194<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY>
195<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">Mindi
196v0.39 (rel. 9) is out. It has some minor bugfixes which only apply
197to people using devfs and people trying to backup their computers
198without mounting their swap partitions first.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
199<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY>
200<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">Mondo
201v1.14 (rel 4) is out. I have run some pretty thorough tests on it
202and it rocks. If you find a bug, please let me know, but I have
203backed up my system successfully with it and the archives match the
204live filesystem. I have not finished writing the code that will
205verify the archives at backup-time but that's OK, you can boot from
206the CD and type 'compare' for now. That's what I always do, anyway.
207Be thorough, I say.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
208<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY>
209<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">Mad
210love goes out to Mark Hannah, Faster-Laster and the other Mondo
211users coming up. Also, props to Stephen, Rimboy and Faster-Laster.
212Finally, a big, British-style shout-out to Big Al. The world ain't ready...</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
213<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY>
214<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK"><I>Septembe</I></FONT></FONT></FONT><I><FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">r
2157th, 2001</FONT></FONT></FONT></I></P>
216<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY>
217<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">Mondo
218v1.14 (rel. 3) is out. I have backed up my PC successfully using
219rel. 2; I have not even tested rel. 3 yet but it has a yummy new
220&quot;CD x% burned&quot; dialog box. So, when you are backing up your
221PC, you know roughly how long it will take <I>and</I> how long your
222computer is taking to burn CD #n. It's a lot better than v1.13,
223that's for sure.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
224<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY>
225<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">v1.14
226has some very nice features (IMO) which you will love when you try
227it. Just don't try it yet, unless you feel adventurous.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
228<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY>
229<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK"><I>Septembe</I></FONT></FONT></FONT><I><FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">r
2306th, 2001</FONT></FONT></FONT></I></P>
231<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY>
232<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">Mondo
233v1.14 (rel. 2) is out. It is a beta-quality release. I am still
234testing it. It looks really good but do not trust it yet, please.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
235<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY>
236<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK"><I>Sep</I></FONT></FONT></FONT><I><FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">tember
2375th, 2001</FONT></FONT></FONT></I></P>
238<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY>
239<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">Mindi
240v0.39 (rel. 8) is out. It solves a lot of kernel-related problems.
241Please try it. I am working hard to get Mondo v1.14 ready for an
242official release. In the meantime, please give the new Mindi release
243a try.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
244<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY>
245<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK"><I>September
2463</I></FONT></FONT></FONT><I><FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">rd,
2472001</FONT></FONT></FONT></I></P>
248<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY>
249<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">Mondo
250v1.14 (beta) is out. I am pleased to announce that I have finally
251gotten around to porting mondo-tarme, the script at the heart of the
252backup side of Mondo, to C. This will obviate an obscure bug in bash,
253increase the overall stability of the code, and provide users with
254better feedback thanks to mondo-tarme.c's use of the newt library. I
255am still testing it. However, it looks a heck of a lot slicker than v1.13!</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
256<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY>
257<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK"><I>September
2581st, 2001</I></FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
259<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY>
260<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">I
261had written an enormous, long-winded entry about dating, debugging
262and emigrating but I then lost it when I did a bit of fancy editing.
263So, in short, I've released Mondo v1.13 r8 and I've worn out 2 or my
2643 CD-RW disks. Mondo is getting better all the time but I still need
265your bug reports. Please include all your logs, especially
266/var/log/mondo-archive.log and the boot-time /tmp/mondo-restore.log;
267also please send me your original /etc/fstab, /etc/lilo.conf and the
268boot-time /tmp/mountlist.txt.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
269<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY>
270<A HREF="gossip-Aug-01.html">Click here for August's gossip</A></P>
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