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Some success, some failure....

CreepTyrant

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Thu Dec 08, 2005 10:39 am
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Well I did not manage to get the ports forwarded, and hence failed as of yet to get the sg20 server to allow remote VPN clients to "see" the game server I run on one of my extra computers. I've stepped slightly away from this venture in a more serious effort to corect and upgrade modules on the Magnia.
I have installed and upgraded numerous packages on the unit successfully, but quite a few of them are proving very difficult. I upgraded Webmin/Usermin to the latest builds with no problem. I finally managed to get a working version of Shorewall and Linux Firewall, but neither will run because my kernel is 2.2.16, near as I can tell this kernel is somewhere around the Redhat 6.0 era (possibly a bit earlier even). The system is working fine at the moment, and since my network here is running completely dependant on the SG20 I want to make sure I don't crash it and leave myself stuck with an inoperable system. Keep in mind I did not alter any modules originally on this system, when I got it the Linux firewall refused to work because of missing IPTABLES, Shorewall would not work because "could not find the command shorewall" saying that shorewall is either not installed or that the module is not configured properly. This is the same exact eror I have gotten with a lot of the modules on the system. Looking through the filesystem manually I have found bits a pieces of the modules all over the place, like someone had previously messed with it and basically just screwed it all up, perhaps the reason it was sold for $25!
Today I spent time upgrading some of these modules, I managed to get a few of them working after a ton of tedious probing around to find missing files or downloading them. Needless to say this has been very difficult, though I must say my Linux knowlege is expanding much faster than I had hoped. I downloaded and upgraded the system with a Redhat 9.0 RPM package, and with it several modules are at least now trying to work, but my kernel version is way too low. So I thought I would upgrade the kernel, but that's proving to be a scary thought given my limited knowlege. I tried it several times, and limited myself to a Redhat 7.3 kernel (kernel 2.4.xx) but it failed dependencies in 11 modules. I am guessing I need to download and install every one of those modules independantly and then upgrade the kernel for it all to work. Something I read says you need to create a boot disk and/or a ramdrive to make the system boot the new kernel after it has been installed.
My question is: if I upgrade all the required modules to work with a new kernel and upgrade the kernel via the RPM package installer, why wouldn't the system just boot off the newly installed kernel?
Should stick with the 7.3 kernel to be safe, or should I go ahead go all the way to a 9.0 kernel?

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AnOldMan

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Thu Dec 29, 2005 10:18 pm
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Whew!
First of all, the build is RedHat 7.3 for magnia 2.6.0-72
If you are running 2.5.xx I highly recommend you get Acronis Trueimage and update your HDD image to 2.6 -- I can provide you with the image.
Next, Toshiba built the system with a minimal set of modules and left very little room on the system partitions for upgrades. Because of module inter-dependancies you are unlikely to be able to upgrade many modules.
I have found that RH 7.3 RPMS install fine.
Also, the kernel has been optimized for the primary role of a network server. Upgrading the OS on this machine would be a drastic undertaking.
The SG30 moved away from the RedHat build and uses a generic build, making it totally public domain - with a newer kernel and other modules. If you REALLY want to upgrade your machine to a newer build build than the one designed for the SG20, find someone willing to share their SG30 image. (I have one, haven't tried it on the 20 though)
Finally, if you are going to continue on your experimental track, you really really really need to get a 2nd drive and snapshot image your primary drive.
Isn't learning fun?

CreepTyrant

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Fri Dec 30, 2005 3:29 pm
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My SG20 is running Redhat 7.0 Build 2.4.1-50 according the the LCD display.
I think this is the cause of a lot of the issues I was trying to overcome. I posted a bit more in detail in the other thread to help save so many threads created over this. As always I apologize if my posts are long winded, I try to give as much information as possible and sometimes there is just no brief way to do so.

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