In short, I had some fun following the wiki and configuring the Freerunner, getting my first taste of installing applications from opkg. Something broke when I tried installing a browser from Angstrom repository, and now the phone doesn’t boot. The problem now is to re-flash and retry a little more carefully. Another problem I have is with working with wifi. I seem to have it configured with wpasupplicant, but I can’t seem to connect anywhere after I remove the USB cable. Also, I will work from my Gentoo partition because it’s way easier setting up and tearing down the USB connections with the Freerunner.
That sums the day up. Below are my notes for the day.
opkg update gives errors from missing signature files, but update is otherwise successful.
nohup opkg upgrade dropbear & first of all, which ran without a hitch.
opkg upgrade runs smoothly, stopping in between to prompt for replacing some configuration files. It took about 15 minutes, I think. In the process, I got an Enlightenment Error pop up on the screen of my Freerunner. Maybe a reboot will set things in order.
Towards the end of the process, the Xserver automatically restarts itself. This seems to work without a hitch as the home screen comes up. Then the screen blanks and I’m still waiting for a response from the terminal. Did it shut down on me?
It won’t answer any pings. Seems it shut down. Hopefully an interrupted upgrade doesn’t mess things up.
Actually, it just went into suspend: the upgrade replaced my settings and set it back to suspend after 30 seconds. I set it back, hope it doesn’t suspend any more.
Suspend is pretty annoying as it breaks the fragile USB network configuration on OS X. Any attempt to reconnect gives null ethernet interfaces under System Preferences > Network. I have to restart.
A little fed up with OS X so now interfacing with a Gentoo Linux host. Now compiling modules to enable USB networking (http://wiki.openmoko.org/wiki/USB_Networking#Linux_Kernel_Support).
Modules all loaded. I had to manually use
modprobe to load the modules and then add them to
/etc/modules.autoload.d/kernel-2.6 to be autoloaded during the boot. Is there an easy way to do this?
Noticed the boot time for the Freerunner is drastically improved. By the time I have X up in Gentoo, the Freerunner is up and ready to go.
Upon plugging the Freerunner to my Macbook, I get this reaction from
dmesg | tail:
usb 3-1: new full speed USB device using uhci_hcd and address 2
usb 3-1: configuration #1 chosen from 2 choices
usb0: register 'cdc_ether' at usb-0000:00:1d.1-1, CDC Ethernet Device, 32:cd:62:9e:4c:6e
usb 3-1: New USB device found, idVendor=1457, idProduct=5122
usb 3-1: New USB device strings: Mfr=1, Product=2, SerialNumber=0
usb 3-1: Product: RNDIS/Ethernet Gadget
usb 3-1: Manufacturer: Linux 2.6.24/s3c2410_udc
Brought up the interface with
sudo ifconfig usb0 192.168.0.202 netmask 255.255.255.0
Pinging the interface works. ssh into the phone works. We’re in business!
Apparently masquerading requires additional configuration via
iptables -I INPUT 1 -s 192.168.0.202 -j ACCEPT
iptables -I OUTPUT 1 -s 192.168.0.200 -j ACCEPT
iptables -A POSTROUTING -t nat -j MASQUERADE -s 192.168.0.0/24
echo 1 > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/ip_forward
The last directive to iptables handles masquerading. The last line signals the kernel to begin forwarding. (http://wiki.openmoko.org/wiki/USB_Networking#Gentoo).
Added the automatic configuration on the wiki and un/plugging the Freerunner works very smoothly.
Trying instructions here to install a full keyboard: http://www.ginguppin.de/node/15. Well not really – just got the name of the package and found that it was in the OM repository. I did a regular install from there.
It works. Now how about a terminal?
There’s this Angstrom repository with extra apps including
openmoko-browser2. (http://openmokast.org/mplayer-installation.html) Installing the browser now, which pulls in a ton of components. Do I have enough space?
I thought I nuked my phone when I disconnected the USB cable and simultaneously hit the power button, putting it into suspend. For some reason, it wouldn’t come out of suspend. I had to take out the battery and put it back. Upon reboot, the hardware clock was reset. Otherwise, everything looks intact.
After installing openmoko-browser2, I suddenly get application execution errors for pretty much all the apps. After restarting the phone, the phone doesn’t finish booting. I’m wondering if it’s because of something caused by the failed suspend, or the fact that I plugged into the Angstrom repository. The instructions on the wiki are the same as what I did. The final screen shows segmentation faults and illegal instruction errors. Now’s a good time to try re-flashing with the backup files.
The backup files are flawed, and flashing with them failed. I’ll have to start from fresh images… tomorrow.