Starting over: OpenWRT on Dockstar

Ok, its been a while since working on this topic. I did play with debian on the Dockstar for a few weeks but in the end the convenience of OpenWRT won me over. It has just enough and is easy enough to add new packages to.

A lot of improvements have happened to OpenWRT in the past 7 months. Two major ones are a much simplified Boot from USB (aka bootext) and the upgrade of FreeSwitch to 1.0.7.

This post details the steps I took to get to a working test system. I am building more modules et. than I will install but on a 4 core I7 laptop running Virtual Box it is not overly tedious. And you won’t need to go back and redo builds later Smile My laptop has Windows 7 Pro with Virtual Box running debian for the builds. Once installed I never do updates to debian, otherwise you just spend your time doing daily updates instead of using FreeSwitch!

  1. svn –r 26950 of trunk
  2. ./scripts/feeds/update
  3. (other steps from Mazilo)
  4. make menuconfig and enable
    1. Dockstar and uboot, and set static IP address etc
    2. php5 with all modules, ensure that you also enable Filter
    3. mysql-server
    4. uhttpd
    5. FreeSwitch and the modules you think you need
    6. e2fsprogs
    7. block-mount
  5. build the system
  6. Install tftpd32 or tftpd64 from on your PC. This enables easy loading of misc files to/from your Dockstar as tftp is built-in. Point its default directory to the same place as in the next item. (wput doesn’t seem to work and scp is, well it is scp)
  7. Create a directory somewhere on your network that is accessible via Ftp. Call it dockstar. In there I keep a directory structure for each revision that I play with. E.g. 26950, 26950/packages, etc. This is where you will point ‘opkg’ to get your built OpenWRT files from.
  8. Create a root filesystem on the USB storage device of choice (preferably a SSD)
mkdir -p /tmp/cproot
mount --bind / /tmp/cproot
tar -C /tmp/cproot -cvf - . | tar -C /mnt/sda1 -xf -
umount /tmp/cproot
10. enable automount of /dev/sda1 in /etc/config/fstab, then do '/etc/init.d/fstab enable
11. passwd to set a root password. This allows you to ssh into your device using e.g.
 PuTTY and you no longer need to rely on the serial cable
12. reboot: you are now running most data from your usb drive. Any packages or config 

done is on that USB device!

How to set up Rootfs on USB

How to install OpenWRT on a Seagate Dockstar

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