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Re: [linrad] RE: Linrad and Fedora Core 3..the case is solved

Hi, Leif, and all


I just did what you reported that Matan suggested, namely:

cp -a /dev/svga* /etc/udev/devices

and now the /dev/svga* devices are there on startup, and with insmod-ing on startup all is well and I can run svgalib on each reboot...

though I am still working on getting the mouse fixed.

73 and thanks very much to all for your excellent help and suggestions,


> Hi Roger,
> > Unfortunately, I still have the problem after rebooting.
> > 
> OK. I know now it is because the /dev/svga files are missing.
> The solution I adapted was to run the svga file.
> I put copies and links as in Makefile.ext which might
> be part of the next Linrad version. (Unless Matan 
> releases a new version that makes it superfluous)
> Afterwords I got the following from Matan:
> > I use FC3, and don't have this problem. FC3 uses udev, which creates 
> > the devices automatically when the modules is inserted. 
> > Do you run modprobe svgalib_helper, or trust kmod to load the module? 
> > udev does not support this method, since the devices are not there 
> > before the module is loaded.
> >
> > Anyway, since udev creates the /dev/ directory every boot, if you want a 
> > permanent device that udev does not create for some reason, run
> > 
> > cp -a /dev/svga* /etc/udev/devices
> >
> > Since udev (or fedora startup scripts) copy devices from there to /dev 
> > on boot.
> Maybe using modprobe rather than insmod makes something automatically?
> I tried svgalib-1.9.19 on several old distributions and it does not
> work. I have sent error messages to Matan, maybe he can fix it easily.
> I think it is valuable to keep backwards compatibility and make
> Linrad easy to use on elderly computers. None of the modern distributions
> runs directly on my old Pentium although it is fully adequate for 
> Linrad with 5 kHz bandwidth. Maybe if I recompile the kernels for it
> on another computer.....
> The old svgalib-1.4.3 can still be used (of course) but its VESA driver
> is so hopelessly slow.
> Roger, I guess you are no longer interested in Fedora Core 3 judging 
> all the posts on the list about other alternatives, but I try to ensure
> Linrad will work under any distribution.......
> 73
>   Leif / SM5BSZ

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