This could probably be done just by assuming a high compression ration like 3:1 and offering the option to continue even if the check fails.


On 9/15/06, Henry Nestler <> wrote:
George P Boutwell wrote:
> On 9/13/06, Henry Nestler <> wrote:
>> > 3) Re-Write the README for 0.7.x, Ideally I'd like the new README to
>> > be short and brief and give folks pointers where to go for most of the
>> > information that's in there now.
>> Add a text file or html as manual, that shows the parameter, the config
>> options and some samples.  Currently it's scattered in various files
>> (RUNNING, doc/colinux-daemon, doc/cofs) with unsorted samples.
> Is was thinking basically that we get the colinux-daemon to dump it
> out (more or less does now), or like you suggest provide an 'man page'
> in text file that ships with colinux.

Not a real man page.

Yes, the dumps where gets from colinux-daemon starts without parameter
should put into the text file.  Think, nobody would run this daemon to
get the parameter.

One text file with a list of all parameters.  And a sample to that
parameter.  In the same text file the config parameters and one or more
samples.  Remove the text file doc/cofs.

>> > 4) Update/Create an 0.7.x Known Issues/Problems page that could be
>> > pointed to from the README
>> If we can not solve the DEP/Noexecute bug: The instaler should show an
>> extra page with a warning and a "howto change the boot.ini ...".  The
>> installer should sheck the CPU for typical candidate for crashing
>> (Intel, >1GB RAM + SP2 + PAE enabled + boot.ini has an entry
>> noexecute=OptIn)
> Hmm... I'm ok with that.  I'd rather track down the problem and fix
> it, though if we could.
> I'm trying to recall... does the coLinux installer crash during the
> install (probably the colinux-daemon --install-driver), if it does not
> only would we have to display the message, but we'd have to 'abort'
> the install or skip the colinux-daemon --install-driver & inform the
> user of how to run it.

No, the installer is not crashing in the "colinux-daemon
--install-driver".  It's later on first running Linux.

>> > 5) Create 0.7.x default colinux config which uses initrd.gz & SLiRP to
>> > have a running 'very limited' but internet connected coLinux at the
>> > end of the install.
>> I'm preferred to use the first network with slirp (eth0).  Power users
>> should use the second network (eth1) for additional types (tap,
>> Pcap-bridged).  We should clear about this before changing the images,
>> so all images have similar networks on startup.
>  I think we are in agreement here more or less.  But for me power
> users are free to 'take over' eth0 and not use slirp at all if that's
> what they wish to do... Just the installer & images are going to be
> initially set-up that way.

Yes, that I mean.

>> > 6) Update install to make TAP optional install and require that it be
>> > specifically selected.
>> Very good idea.  The Pcap-Bridged in same.
> Yes, if Pcap-Bridge is not already this way it should be this way.
> Except that PCap's actuall driver needs to be a seperate install like
> it is now.  This is a request from the PCap project's developers.
>> The installer should have two or more "InstType".  For sample Standard,
>> Full and User.  The Standard should be the typical installation with
>> Slirp only and a Debian (or ArchLinux) image.
> I'm not targetting this situation in this release of coLinux, but I'm
> not against it either.

OK.  Stike it out.

>> The installer should uncompressing the image file, selectable by a
>> checkbox "yes/no".
> Again, I'm not targetting this for this release of coLinux.  If we do
> something like this, I feel that if at all possible, we should do a
> free space check that includes this file uncompressed... otherwise we
> are just inviting users to be frustrated when they download coLinux
> run the install and it dies uncompressing because it ran out of disk
> space.

Hm.  This would be complicated.  The installer is not known the unpacked

Henry Nestler

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