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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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#286
Quote from richarddeals View Post :
Automount work great for ext3, but for my ntfs drive, the mount point shows up blank. I end up having to manually mount the ntfs. Any tips to automount ntfs drives?
Add an entry to your /etc/fstab file. Something like this:
UUID=<your drive uuid> /mnt/mountpoint ntfs defaults 0 0

Use blkid to get the drive's UUID.

Quote from pokymon View Post :
I am in the processing of installing archlinux.
I did cd /tmp
pogoplug:/tmp$ wget http://jeff.doozan.com/debian/ubo...ot_mtd0.sh

Giving me an error: wget: command not found

How to fix this?
What steps have you taken so far?
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#287
Quote from Zank View Post :
Check out this thread i think you have to use something callled udevil instead of udev

http://archlinuxarm.org/forum/vie...=18&t=4480
Thanks. This worked great.
pacman -Sy udevil
systemctl enable devmon@root.service
systemctl start devmon@root.service


Also, I have a black E02. One thing I noticed was that root usb stick had to be in the front USB slot or else it won't start up if I have other drives connected at boot time. Perhap mine got wired wrong at the factory.bounce
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#288
Quote from crakarjax View Post :
Add an entry to your /etc/fstab file. Something like this:
UUID=<your drive uuid> /mnt/mountpoint ntfs defaults 0 0

Use blkid to get the drive's UUID.



What steps have you taken so far?
Automount is better for me because I have a usb docking station and want to be able to pop random drives into it without having to find out the UUID each time and then editing the fstab file. Plus, I find that if the drive listed in the fstab file is not there at boot up, the pogo goes into neverland.
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#289
Quote from richarddeals View Post :
Automount is better for me because I have a usb docking station and want to be able to pop random drives into it without having to find out the UUID each time and then editing the fstab file. Plus, I find that if the drive listed in the fstab file is not there at boot up, the pogo goes into neverland.
to prevent the neverland boot situation because the drive in fstab list isn't there during boot you can use "noauto [tuxfiles.org]" option in fstab so it doesn't mount during boot but you can put a systemd start-up script to mount them.

For real time automount through udev there are more to dig in the archwiki udev section [archlinux.org].
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#290
Mine boots fine without my fstab drive attached. I'll boot without it later and see what kinds of messages I get in dmesg.
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#291
what kind of powered usb are you guys using to attach additional hard drives? i bought one off ebay, but the pogoplug doesn't recognize any drives attached to it, so i'm not sure if it's the hub, or if the pogoplug doesn't support it.
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#292
I have a seagate backup plus 3tb or something like that.
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#293
Quote from heiNey View Post :
what kind of powered usb are you guys using to attach additional hard drives? i bought one off ebay, but the pogoplug doesn't recognize any drives attached to it, so i'm not sure if it's the hub, or if the pogoplug doesn't support it.
What's the power output rating for the hub(on the label attached or printed to the hub unit) and what are the drives (brand and model) you have tried to connect to pogoplug through the hub? How did you know pogoplug didn't recognize the drives? Is this the pogoplug with stock software or pogo+linux and which linux do you have on it?
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#294
Quote from teetee1 View Post :
What's the power output rating for the hub(on the label attached or printed to the hub unit) and what are the drives (brand and model) you have tried to connect to pogoplug through the hub? How did you know pogoplug didn't recognize the drives? Is this the pogoplug with stock software or pogo+linux and which linux do you have on it?
it says 2A power rating. when i tested the hub on my computer with a usb mouse, all the ports worked fine.

Drives:
  • 1 x 32 gb flash drive (used to test if it was detected)
  • 1 x Seagate GoFlex 2TB with own power brick
  • 1 x Hitachi Touro 3TB with own power brick

fdisk -l returns just the drives attached directly to the pogoplug...running arch linux arm

when i plug those drives directly to the pogoplug and use fdisk -l, they show up without a problem (except the 3TB - i had to use gdisk because of GPT), but it returns nothing when they're attached to the hub.
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#295
Okay, ugh, I am nearly giving up. What am I doing wrong? Trying to install Arch Linux... everything seems to be doing well but after the last part where it needs to reboot, the Pogoplug disappears from the network and light in front remains red (amber?) Can anybody please help? I can send the Terminal screen shot if that will help.
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#296
So a couple of questions i need help for from the experts.

I got to do the archlinux installation no problem.

Now the additional stuff is proving slightly problematic:

1- from crakrjax guide:

1) Boot with only your boot device present, and install some stuff (this pacman command will also update your entire system to the latest packages -- VERY IMPORTANT!):
Code:
[root@alarm ~]# pacman -Suy rsync samba vim mkinitcpio uboot-mkimage

I first tried to skip this step and see if i could get it to work.

When I got to step 3 and typed the command: "mkimage -A arm -O linux -T ramdisk -C gzip -a 0x00000000 -e 0x00000000 -n initramfs -d /boot/kernel.img /boot/uInitrd"

it says "bash: mkimage: command not found"

i tried to do packman mkimage etc no help. I then resorted to going back to step 1:
"acman -Suy rsync samba vim mkinitcpio uboot-mkimage"

and got the following:

[root@alarm /]# pacman -Suy rsync samba vim mkinitcpio uboot-mkimage
:: Synchronizing package databases...
core is up to date
community is up to date 0.0 B 0.00B/s 00:00 [----------------------] 0%
alarm is up to date
aur is up to date 0.0 B 0.00B/s 00:00 [----------------------] 0%
error: target not found: rsync


Not sure whats going on here.

For now i've jsut bypassed the rsync part of above pacman command and gotten mkimage to work.

2-AUtomount step2: "This tells the kernel to auto-mount the drive with the given UUID (do not use /dev/sda2 since that may change on each boot) to /mnt/external. You need to create /mnt/external beforehand."

i went into directory /mnt and did mkdir external it says folder is read only.

ive tried the following:

[root@alarm /]# chmod +w mnt
chmod: changing permissions of ‘mnt’: Read-only file system

[root@alarm mnt]# sudo mkdir external
bash: sudo: command not found

what to do?

3-automount step 2 and 3:

it seems for some reason everything loads read only and i keep getting cannot write, read only errors. i've tried typing in su (sudo says no command found)

If i try to write to fstab file, it says cannot write, file is read only.

if i try the last step: "systemctl enable smbd.service"

it says "Failed to issue method call: Read-only file system"

4- Samba Installation:

followed the guide here: http://archlinuxarm.org/support/g...ions/samba

I have a question:

In the config section it mentions : Here's a sample configuration file that should allow full public access to the first plugged in drive (adjust the drive's path to match the path to the drive you want to share):

What do they mean public access tot he first plugged in drive? what if i want to share 3 hd's?

Would i dublicate the fllowing for each drive i want to mount, replacing /media/mnt_sdx1 with what? Ive mounted to media/external

[ArchLinuxARM]
path = /media/mnt_sdx1/
read only = no
public = yes
writable = yes
force user = root

5-the light on my pogoplug was green at some point, but now it only shows yellow. Im able to ssh in though.

6-i edited fstab through windows (got ext2 drivers) and added my udid's etc. but now if i boot without my external drive connected i cant ssh into the machine. It says machine is down. If i turn on the hd and then boot then it boots up fine. Odd. Also i stillhave to run mount -a if i want everythin to mount.

7- how do i know if my install has gone fine?

8-hiw do i access my drives from mac? I went into connect to server, then smb://root@192.168.0.8/Disk1 but wont mount. Maybe its because the systemctl command didnt work for me?
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Another question: Right now my usb drive enclosure mounts to my mac in finder as Disk1, Disk2, Disk3, and Disk4, which are the paths ive configured in xbmc (i.e. the paths are /Volumes/Disk1(or2,3,4))

But in the guides it usually points to /media or /Music or some other path. How do i mount these so they show up in my mac as /Volumes/Disk1, not /Media?
Last edited by Zank January 24, 2013 at 02:41 AM
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#297
Quote from heiNey View Post :
it says 2A power rating. when i tested the hub on my computer with a usb mouse, all the ports worked fine.

Drives:
  • 1 x 32 gb flash drive (used to test if it was detected)
  • 1 x Seagate GoFlex 2TB with own power brick
  • 1 x Hitachi Touro 3TB with own power brick

fdisk -l returns just the drives attached directly to the pogoplug...running arch linux arm

when i plug those drives directly to the pogoplug and use fdisk -l, they show up without a problem (except the 3TB - i had to use gdisk because of GPT), but it returns nothing when they're attached to the hub.
You can try this (start from nothing is connected except the system drive for arch):
1. fully update arch by # pacman (or yaourt if you already have it) -Syy; pacman -Syu
2. plug the power cord of both Seagate and Hitachi external into the power sockets and the drive, turn the drives on if there is a on/off switch on the drives.
3. plug in the power adapter into the USB hub, connect all three drives to the hub and make sure they are on.
4. reboot arch, log in as root and use the command:
# tail -f /var/log/messages
5. connect the hub to the pogo and see the screen output. Use Ctrl+c to go back to the command prompt.

If plugging in all drives is the problem from above steps, try plugging in one drive at a time. The important thing is always power on the drive(s) before connecting them to the USB hub or USB ports on pogoplug.

Also for some drive(s), regardless if they have external power or not, the USB connection would always draw some current(up to ~100mA) from the USB host (pogoplug), so if you already have the USB ports full on pogo with drives, the pogo unit may have problem providing enough extra power for the hub-connected drives/devices. Since the USB2.0 spec. states the for one controller (and 4 or more ports from the same controller) share power output range from 500-900mA, plus the USB hub.

To check the current/max power draw that all USB connected devices(as well as the details on USB info), use
# lsusb -v
I noticed the root hub (the hub inside the pogo between the controller and the 4 USB ports, consumes 100mA, the USB-SATA bridge consumes 2mA, and my Hitachi drive (simpletech/Hitachi) draw 2mA. And a Kingston thumb drive draw 200mA. In other words if you have two thumb drives plugged into pogo directly, you can very well exceed the USB power draw limit already.

On a side note, the GPT partitioned drives work fine as storage drives with my setup. I think the only problem is to boot from a drive with GPT partition.
Last edited by teetee1 January 24, 2013 at 06:18 AM
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#298
Quote from psilver View Post :
Okay, ugh, I am nearly giving up. What am I doing wrong? Trying to install Arch Linux... everything seems to be doing well but after the last part where it needs to reboot, the Pogoplug disappears from the network and light in front remains red (amber?) Can anybody please help? I can send the Terminal screen shot if that will help.
If it still can't boot successfully after you leave only the system drive plugged in before reboot, you have a corrupted installation. Triple check the revision of the pogoplug unit (the lable on the underside of the unit) and make sure the installation instruction is the correct one for the reinstallation (or de-brick).
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#299
Gurus, what is the advantage of installing Arch Linux other than using torrent etc. Is it possible, pogoplug.com will connect my device after the update.

I believe the pogoplug sw itself working as good, please clear me.

Thanks
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#300
A successful installation will not give you a read-only "/". You can remount root with
# mount -o rw,remount /
but it won't solve a lot if you don't have a good installation.

Quote from Zank View Post :
So a couple of questions i need help for from the experts.
I got to do the archlinux installation no problem.
Now the additional stuff is proving slightly problematic:
1- from crakrjax guide:
1) Boot with only your boot device present, and install some stuff (this pacman command will also update your entire system to the latest packages -- VERY IMPORTANT!):
Code:
[root@alarm ~]# pacman -Suy rsync samba vim mkinitcpio uboot-mkimage

I first tried to skip this step and see if i could get it to work.
It's never a good idea to order the steps as you please. In most cases the earlier steps are the prerequisite steps for the later steps. The best policy is follow the instructions word by word.

Quote from Zank View Post :
When I got to step 3 and typed the command: "mkimage -A arm -O linux -T ramdisk -C gzip -a 0x00000000 -e 0x00000000 -n initramfs -d /boot/kernel.img /boot/uInitrd"

it says "bash: mkimage: command not found"

i tried to do packman mkimage etc no help.
Yes because uboot-mkimage wasn't installed.

Quote from Zank View Post :
I then resorted to going back to step 1:
"acman -Suy rsync samba vim mkinitcpio uboot-mkimage"

and got the following:

[root@alarm /]# pacman -Suy rsync samba vim mkinitcpio uboot-mkimage
:: Synchronizing package databases...
core is up to date
community is up to date 0.0 B 0.00B/s 00:00 [----------------------] 0%
alarm is up to date
aur is up to date 0.0 B 0.00B/s 00:00 [----------------------] 0%
error: target not found: rsync
Not sure whats going on here.
Arch software packages are stored in several different repositories (think of them as cookie jars and you have to access the cookie jars to get cookies). rsync is part of the community repository and it seemed like at the time of your command, the community repository was not available (either they are temporary off-line, network problem, or something).

Quote from Zank View Post :
2-AUtomount step2: "This tells the kernel to auto-mount the drive with the given UUID (do not use /dev/sda2 since that may change on each boot) to /mnt/external. You need to create /mnt/external beforehand."

i went into directory /mnt and did mkdir external it says folder is read only.

ive tried the following:
[root@alarm /]# chmod +w mnt
chmod: changing permissions of ‘mnt’: Read-only file system
[root@alarm mnt]# sudo mkdir external
bash: sudo: command not found

what to do?

3-automount step 2 and 3:
it seems for some reason everything loads read only and i keep getting cannot write, read only errors. i've tried typing in su (sudo says no command found)

If i try to write to fstab file, it says cannot write, file is read only.
if i try the last step: "systemctl enable smbd.service"
it says "Failed to issue method call: Read-only file system"
Reinstall the system and follow the instruction to the word. Sudo or su is not necessary since you already log in as root (bad practice but less confusing for new beginners). Again a writable partition is absolutely needed if you want to get anything to work.

Quote from Zank View Post :
4- Samba Installation:
followed the guide here: http://archlinuxarm.org/support/g...ions/samba
I have a question:
In the config section it mentions : Here's a sample configuration file that should allow full public access to the first plugged in drive (adjust the drive's path to match the path to the drive you want to share):

What do they mean public access tot he first plugged in drive? what if i want to share 3 hd's?
Each share folder section in smb.conf is responsible to share each partition on the drive. If you want to share more partitions (=drives if you have one partition on each drive - which is the most common scenario), you will put more sections in the smb.conf to tell samba server which partitions you want to share.

Quote from Zank View Post :
Would i dublicate the fllowing for each drive i want to mount, replacing /media/mnt_sdx1 with what? Ive mounted to media/external

[ArchLinuxARM]
path = /media/mnt_sdx1/
read only = no
public = yes
writable = yes
force user = root
If you have a partition mounted at /media/external, you have to change the "path" above from
path = /media/mnt_sdx1/
to
path = /media/external

for samba server to know what to share.

Quote from Zank View Post :
5-the light on my pogoplug was green at some point, but now it only shows yellow. Im able to ssh in though.
If you are able to ssh into pogo that means it's booted and connected to the network. (LED color/activity mean little until you have to de-brick it)

Quote from Zank View Post :
6-i edited fstab through windows (got ext2 drivers) and added my udid's etc. but now if i boot without my external drive connected i cant ssh into the machine. It says machine is down. If i turn on the hd and then boot then it boots up fine. Odd. Also i stillhave to run mount -a if i want everythin to mount.
There were countless times I screwed up my OS boot simply because I changed something in /etc/fstab. When that happens, simply unplug all the drives (including the system drive), boot pogo (only works with E02 revision), log in with root/ceadmin, plug in the system drive with incorrect /etc/fstab, edit the fstab file and save it, reboot.

In order to get someone to know what is wrong with your fstab file and be able to help, you probably will get better chance if you reinstall the OS, boot it up, connect all drives you want to use, and post the results from the following commands:
# lsusb
# fdisk -l
# cat /etc/fstab
# blkid

Quote from Zank View Post :
7- how do i know if my install has gone fine?
You are able to follow each and every step in the installation instructions without seeing errors. You are able to ssh into the pogoplug after the installation with root/root credentials, and you are able to write / create folders and files on the system drive and use pacman command to update the system.


Quote from Zank View Post :
8-hiw do i access my drives from mac? I went into connect to server, then smb://root@192.168.0.8/Disk1 but wont mount. Maybe its because the systemctl command didnt work for me?
Failing to start the samba service can definitely have that effect.
To make sure your smb.conf is correctly written, use the following command:
# testparm
and check the output
To access samba share from mac, google is a good friend
https://www.google.com/search?q=h...=firefox-a

Quote from Zank View Post :
Another question: Right now my usb drive enclosure mounts to my mac in finder as Disk1, Disk2, Disk3, and Disk4, which are the paths ive configured in xbmc (i.e. the paths are /Volumes/Disk1(or2,3,4))

But in the guides it usually points to /media or /Music or some other path. How do i mount these so they show up in my mac as /Volumes/Disk1, not /Media?
The "local" and "remote" concept is very well established on linux and mac worlds. When you plug in external drives into your mac and they are mounted as /Volumes/Disk1 (or DISK2, DISK3), they are mounted locally. When you access share folders from pogoplug through samba, the mac mounted them remotely. It's up to mac's automount software to determine what path name those samba share will use. I am not familiar with mac's automount (probably a variant of udev and kernel built-in automount modules and a set of rules) but if it's me I would simply use a script (on mac) based on this:

#!/bin/bash
mkdir /Volumes/<Share Name>
/sbin/mount -t smb smb://username:password@<samba server>/<Share Name> /Volumes/<Share Name>

But again you have to get your pogo back to live and samba share to work first.
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