Hey Rick! Thanks for the reply. BTW, what is Emmental? A kind of cheese? Or do I not want to know?
Very popular French cheese (yes, I know it is Swiss...) which is hard and full of holes.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emmental_cheese
Between you and me, for a country famed for its selection of cheeses, I fail to understand why they habitually cook with such a damn awful cheese. It doesn't so much melt as go a little bit softer. Try to eat it, it goes into a stringy mess. Try to mix it in with soup, you'll need a food processor on "ultimate speed" to be able to mix it in (otherwise it will turn into a gloop that looks like cheese vermiccelli). This explains why so many French cheese toppings seem to be a sort of generic creamy gunk (gratin dauphinois, for example). It's because of the need to beat the cheese into submission.
Really, these people... they need to discover the loveliness that is Cheddar. Now THERE is a cheese you can cook with. And put on pizzas. And grate over beans. And put into a spud. But no, it's NOT a French cheese, so there's no interest.
<nelson> Ha! Ha! </nelson> Neither's Emmental, it's Swiss.
the file is created by (are you ready now?): /etc/init.d/rc
Is this the initial "get us going" script?
As with all such things, the real question is "Does it really get you anything (that you can't/don't get from the command line) ?"
Yeah, it does. <clicky><clicky> No beatin' on the keyboard like a chimpanzee
(bonus points if you can name the song I've mis
quoted), no doing "ls" to work out what directories are available at the current location... Just click'n'go.
Those comments at the end ("the text file listing stuff run at startup")
My annotations. Jeez, pfft, you ought to know Unix isn't THAT user friendly. Hell, "umount
" returns silence. You need to then try "df
" to see if the device was actually unmounted!
Basically, I think what it boils down to is that one of us is going to have to really sit down and figure it all out
how to build the firmware.
I am useless at Wikis (never done any Wiki'ing), but if it should be me, I'll document it all on my website. Really the Neuros OSD wiki needs to be beaten into submission. That whole "how to build firmware/software" is, if you will excuse the phrasing, "confusing bollocks
". It is quite upsetting that there is no click'n'go solution for Windows-based machines, so perhaps it would be better to just say this, instead of describing a non-working method with a little note at the top saying so.
Can Neuros please provide a copy of the real
schematic? The one I have says "Recorder III". Is this the same (as in "identical") as the original OSD? How do things differ between my CF-card OSD and your NAND-flash CF-less one? And what sort of firmware is in the little MCU that looks after the IR/RTC? And... is the interfacing to the Ingenient codecs documented anywhere? Which .so file does what? There's a shedload of information that ought to be there, but isn't...
The guy who did OSDng somehow figured it all out and did it - then he disappeared. And that's what's really strange.
Yeah, we can't even go all GPL on him ("where's the source, dude?") as he seems to have vanished. A crying shame, as any further versions of the firmware will need to dupe his work.
the process is still so hard (and painful!) that you don't want to do it any more often than you absolutely have to.
As you might have guessed, I have a fairly dim view of Linux. I guess my first introduction on the first paragraph of the first chapter saying "First, compile your kernel" wasn't a lot of help. [it was a Slackware book from the early '90s]. This, in addition, to me wondering what exactly
a server-class operating system is doing in an essentially single-user embedded device... I think what we really need is a small targettable single-user system that is easily extensible but light on resources. This could be Android's place in the world? Whatever...
Plus, the idea of a CaSe SeNsItIvE filing system annoys the hell out of me. It's the 21st century, why are we stuck with so many hangovers from dumb teletypes and such?
But anyway, I can't see that there's any alternative path for us to take...
I did buy an SD card to install Debian upon to try getting the toolchain running. But somewhere between inserting the SD card and installing Debian, a bunch of episodes of "Kamichu!
" turned up. And "Higurashi no Naku Koro ni
", and "Ore No Imouto Ga Konna Ni Kawaii Wake Ga Nai
", and "Twin Peaks
" (OMG, one that isn't animated!
I guess I'll need to get another
card, but don't hold your breath, I can imagine me trying to install a toolchain into an OS I've barely used before will be riddled with pitfalls. Hell, if I can type "make" and have it actually do something, that'll be an epic leap forward!