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Pogoplug Classic Media Sharing Device (P21 Black or B01 Pink) EXPIRED

DJ3xclusive 71,488 December 28, 2012 at 08:01 AM in Computers (5) More eBay Deals
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Promoted 12-28-2012 at 04:48 PM View Original Post
Adorama via eBay has Pogoplug Classic Media Sharing Device (P21 Black or B01 Pink) for $17 with free shipping. Thanks DJ3xclusive

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Edited December 28, 2012 at 01:46 PM by widgit

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#256
Quote from crakarjax View Post :
The following outlines a way to ensure that you boot from the proper drive every time
- Make sure your root usb drive is in the bottom USB port on the back. This port is queried first by the uboot bootloader
- In order to ensure the proper drive is booted by the kernel (after the bootloader) you need to do some trickery. It's a bit advanced but here it is:
Repped! This was the only time I've seen this mentioned thus far between reading everything on the ALARM forum and SD. I was getting stuck on rebooting the pogoplug with my boot usb and usb hard drive due to the issue with the boot order. Finally this resolves one of the issues I encountered.With the boot usb flash drive plugged into the bottom port and the usb hard drive attached to any other usb, I can reboot successfully w/o worrying about disconnecting the hard drive or SSH to manually mount, etc.

Seems like Archlinux recently had changed quite a bit so some of the procedures no longer works, mainly with the introduction of systemd. Here's what I followed to enable automounting usb drives: http://archlinuxarm.org/forum/vie...php?t=1484.

I'm still trying to figure out how to control the green/orange LED indicator since the recent changes, the old instructions I found no longer works. http://archlinuxarm.org/forum/vie...een#p25546
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#257
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Sorry to inundate with questions, but what is the difference between running full archlinux and then running a nfs server, vs just installing a package manager and running nfs server ( as per instructions here: http://openpogo.tumblr.com/)
I treat arch linux + pacman/AUR package management system and busybox + openmoko [wikipedia.org] (ipkg/opkg [google.com]) package management system as two different linux distros. I had fun with ipkg/opkg on nslu2 but ipkg is no longer maintained and only the popular packages were updated on opkg repository (this was a couple of years ago - perhaps it's different now). I prefer arch linux for its simplicity.

If the nfs server is the only thing you are looking for and it works from both sources, there is really not much difference to you.
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#258
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I plan to use nfs instead of samba. Anyone got a good guide for tha?

Ive checked both links below and neither is very clear and straightforward.

http://archlinuxarm.org/forum/vie...c&start=10

https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/NFSv4

Perhaps it will be more straightforward if you post your questions here?
https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/NFSv4 is as straightforward as it can get IMO.
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#259
Quote from pankajdarure View Post :
So you are saying, on top of ARM and SAMBA (which were installed as per Wiki links), you ran those steps you specified above (especially step #1), rebooted pogo and then you were able to ssh back as usual to ALARM prompt through Putty?

BTW, thanks for that boot order tip...Smilie
I just removed the root usb stick from front and put it in the back-bottom slot and now even if all my HDDs are connected, it automatically boots in ALARM...!!!
Smilie Smilie

So here is some great progress (thanks to crakarjax Smilie)
On top of standard ARM and Samba installation, I straightway followed below steps. Which means I totally skipped that huge full update thing you mentioned in step #1...!!!
1. As I said above, just by moving the root USB to back-bottom, the boot order issue is fixed so no more removing of HDDs while rebooting the pogo Smilie.
2. I wanted to fix that auto-mount thing so I tried to run your vim command but it said -bash: vim: command not found. But I read somewhere on internet that we can use nano command too for editing so I just replaced vim with nano and edited that file to add UUIDs Smilie. Then I rebooted the pogo and guess what... the auto-mounting is working... Smilie Smilie

Now the only thing which is remaining is samba auto-start... !!! So I tried to run that command systemctl enable smb.service you mentioned for samba but it gives an error Failed to issue method call: No such file or directory.

Edit: FOUND IT...!!!
It's systemctl enable smbd.service and not systemctl enable smb.service...LOL

So finally... here are some tips for Linux noobs like me Smilie
After ARM and SAMBA are installed as per Wiki articles, just follow below steps to get samba-autostart, devices/HDDs auto-mount and ability to reboot Pogo WITHOUT removing HDDs.

1. Just inset the bootable USB stick (the one with ARM installed) in the back-bottom USB slot of Pogo. This will make sure that Pogo will boot successfully in ALARM even if the HDDs are connected in other USB slots.

2. Enable samba service by running systemctl enable smbd.service command so that it will auto-start after every pogo restart.

3. For HDDs auto-mounting after every restart, run below commands
mkdir /mnt/Songs # Create a directory for mounting a device. In my case I am using Songs folder Smilie.
nano /etc/fstab # this will edit the file. Then add below line(s) based on your attached HDDs
UUID="ABCD" /mnt/Songs ntfs defaults 0 0 # Put your device's UUID instead of ABCD. My HDDs are ntfs type. Put your own type if different. Add one line for each device with it's UUID and type (e.g. ntfs)
Finally save and close the file by pressing ^o then enter and then ^x to come back to ALARM prompt.

That's it...!!!

Restart the Pogo with all HDDs connected and after a few mins (say 2/3 minutes) try accessing your HDDs by \\ALARM or \\192.168.x.y and you should see your HDDs shared over LAN...!
(No more Putty-the-sucker...<wink>)

Now, let me start repping all those who helped me in this whole project...lol

PS: If anyone finds a way to install PMS (Plex Media Server), I am all ears <wink>
One excellent post, pankajdarure!
As of PMS on Pogo, I am quite sure it is possible, just remember: you will NOT get any transcoding from Pogo. If all your clients are powerful PCs, that's fine. I, however, want it to run on some Android computers, including Android sticks, attached to my "dumb" TVs.
So I am not doing this.
As we discussed, even Raspberry PI w/more powerful CPU and more RAM cannot do any transcoding.
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#260
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Step 1 could cause issues if there is a bad update in the repository. Step 2 could not cause any issues afaik. Follow the steps to enable netconsole so you can view the boot process. Trust me, the effort is worth it!

Edit: I just did a full update and now my boot is broken. I started a topic in the arch linux arm forum to hopefully get some feedback. I'd be really disappointed if the repo is breaking stuff!

My netconsole output stalls on systemd initialization fwiw.

Edit2: Well, I just pulled my usb drive out and did e2fsck on it; found some errors and that seemed to fix it. Not sure what was up with that.

I have installed full repo using your command and killed two perfect install of ArchLinux on Pogo.
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#261
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I have installed full repo using your command and killed two perfect install of ArchLinux on Pogo.
I have a fully updated system and mine does boot, but I have had to rescue it more than once by mounting the drive in a different linux box and modding some files. I think the problem is the switch to systemd, but it doesn't help that I am not terribly familiar with it. I guess it won't hurt to leave the full update step out of the mix for now, but iirc I couldn't update one package that I was installing (unrelated to this) without a full update. Did you by chance try to do an e2fsck on your drive to see if that fixed it as mine did?

Pank, thanks for the catch on smdb.service. Clearly, my memory only gets me 90% of the way there!

So you guys are plugging into the bottom USB port without using the root=LABEL=ROOTFS step and it boots reliably?
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I have a fully updated system and mine does boot, but I have had to rescue it more than once by mounting the drive in a different linux box and modding some files. I think the problem is the switch to systemd, but it doesn't help that I am not terribly familiar with it. I guess it won't hurt to leave the full update step out of the mix for now, but iirc I couldn't update one package that I was installing (unrelated to this) without a full update. Did you by chance try to do an e2fsck on your drive to see if that fixed it as mine did?

Pank, thanks for the catch on smdb.service. Clearly, my memory only gets me 90% of the way there!

So you guys are plugging into the bottom USB port without using the root=LABEL=ROOTFS step and it boots reliably?
I don't blame you, just trying to warn others.
No, I haven't.
Doing install from scratch now,

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So you guys are plugging into the bottom USB port without using the root=LABEL=ROOTFS step and it boots reliably?
Not really, that' why I started the adventure.
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#263
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One excellent post, pankajdarure!
As of PMS on Pogo, I am quite sure it is possible, just remember: you will NOT get any transcoding from Pogo. If all your clients are powerful PCs, that's fine. I, however, want it to run on some Android computers, including Android sticks, attached to my "dumb" TVs.
So I am not doing this.
As we discussed, even Raspberry PI w/more powerful CPU and more RAM cannot do any transcoding.
OK, thanks. but I am not sure when do we need transcoding.
In my case I am going/wishing to install PMS on this device so that I can consume it from the Plex App on my Roku, not sure if this needs "transcoding".
Like I said before, if I am going to need a PC for this "transcoding" anyway, I'll just connect all these HDDs to that PC which will be running PMS and will just skip Pogo altogether Smilie.

I am still not clear why would we need transcoding power if the file is already in the Roku-compatible format...!
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I have installed full repo using your command and killed two perfect install of ArchLinux on Pogo.
Yeah... I know and that's why I mentioned him that Step #1 (full update) crashes the Pogo.
I did this twice and it crashed both times so in short I installed the whole ARM + Samba like 3 times in a day and last time I didn't update anything Smilie.
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#265
Quote from crakarjax View Post :
Pank, thanks for the catch on smdb.service. Clearly, my memory only gets me 90% of the way there!

So you guys are plugging into the bottom USB port without using the root=LABEL=ROOTFS step and it boots reliably?
No probs. You are welcome Smilie.
Yes, after a clean install of ARM+Samba, I just inserted bootable/Root USB in the back-bottom slot and that's it...!!! Now it boots in ARM even if all my HDDs are connected Smilie.
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#266
Quote from pankajdarure View Post :
OK, thanks. but I am not sure when do we need transcoding.
In my case I am going/wishing to install PMS on this device so that I can consume it from the Plex App on my Roku, not sure if this needs "transcoding".
Like I said before, if I am going to need a PC for this "transcoding" anyway, I'll just connect all these HDDs to that PC which will be running PMS and will just skip Pogo altogether Smilie.

I am still not clear why would we need transcoding power if the file is already in the Roku-compatible format...!
You can be damn sure your Roku needs transcoding since it is NOT capable of playing almost all video files formats itself, LOL.

If you have a tablet or Android phone or really low CPU-powered PC, you need transcoding too.

Depends on your needs.

Quote from pankajdarure View Post :
Yeah... I know and that's why I mentioned him that Step #1 (full update) crashes the Pogo.
I did this twice and it crashed both times so in short I installed the whole ARM + Samba like 3 times in a day and last time I didn't update anything Smilie.
Ha, I am not alone, thanks for the confirmation, LOL.
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#267
Whoever was in charge of the latest archlinux Pogoplug distro, it was a WRONG distro.
I cannot boot from anything to my ArchLinux.
Someone please upload the working distro, many thanks, dam' it.

PS cracarjax, you will burn in hell I hope.

Freaking stupid post farked up my perfect server.

Now I cannot reinstall, because there is something wrong with the distro.
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#268
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Whoever was in charge of the latest archlinux Pogoplug distro, it was a WRONG distro.
I cannot boot from anything to my ArchLinux.
Someone please upload the working distro, many thanks, dam' it.

PS cracarjax, you will burn in hell I hope.

Freaking stupid post farked up my perfect server.

Now I cannot reinstall, because there is something wrong with the distro.
Cool Down Bagira...Smilie
I did the same mistake twice and then did the clean reinstall of ARM + SAMBA successfully, and both times, after clean reinstall of ARM+Samba, my Pogo rebooted successfully, so unless something changed in the package today, a clean reinstall of ARM and Samba should bring you back to the original point Smilie.
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#269
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Cool Down Bagira...Smilie
I did the same mistake twice and then did the clean reinstall of ARM + SAMBA successfully, and both times, after clean reinstall of ARM+Samba, my Pogo rebooted successfully, so unless something changed in the package today, a clean reinstall of ARM and Samba should bring you back to the original point Smilie.
I have tried like 7 times already, can't boot from the root@alarm. Frown

If I did not read this bozo's post, I'd be happy w/my server and not wasting hours of my life.
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#270
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You can be damn sure your Roku needs transcoding since it is NOT capable of playing almost all video files formats itself, LOL.

If you have a tablet or Android phone or really low CPU-powered PC, you need transcoding too.

Depends on your needs.
OK, now that we are on this media sharing topic, if I buy a DLNA certified Media Player, do I need to install some DLNA server on this Pogo or can DLNA devices by definition access network shares (like our ARM+Samba combination here)?
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