more ATUSB ?

R Paxton mrrhq1 at
Tue Jun 3 03:20:15 EDT 2014

Oops, I forgot to add net-tools, I'm used to iproute2 having everything,
and I meant to say the EmDebian Wiki page, not the Debootstrap Wiki page.

On Mon, Jun 2, 2014 at 11:17 PM, R Paxton <mrrhq1 at> wrote:

> Well the Debootstrap Wiki page really helped. Of course I had to add my
> own utilities, especially the networking ones, to make the system more
> usable out of the box. I've also added in more files. Maybe I should start
> a blog or edit the Wiki page to reflect some of the meager changes.
> For example, here's a working multistrap.conf to install EmDebian Grip
> Stable.
> ----
> [General]
> arch=mipsel
> cleanup=true
> directory=rootfs
> noauth=false
> bootstrap=Grip Debian Security
> aptsources=Grip Debian Security
> [Grip]
> packages=busybox-static dropbear htop ifupdown iproute iputils-ping mc
> mtd-utils procps tmux triggerhappy u-boot-tools udev vim-tiny
> source=
> keyring=emdebian-archive-keyring
> suite=stable-grip
> [Debian]
> packages=
> source=
> keyring=debian-archive-keyring
> suite=stable
> [Security]
> packages=
> source=
> keyring=debian-archive-keyring
> suite=stable/updates
> ----
> I tried using vanilla Debian by changing the bootstrap to Grip and the
> aptsources to Debian and Security, but it wouldn't boot. Maybe I wasn't
> trying hard enough. That's alright, EmDebian is quite good enough. I like
> how small it is. I'll keep the backup rootfs, try out some tips from the
> UBIFS wiki page:
> And then see if I can get the whole root partition "UBIfied".
> I want to thank everyone here for this great little device, I only wish it
> had more loving support.
> On Mon, Jun 2, 2014 at 7:12 PM, R Paxton <mrrhq1 at> wrote:
>> Paul,
>> Thanks for letting me know about Multistrap. I just glanced over that
>> keyword once without much thought. I have tired "just about everything"
>> without much success so far. I tried compiling the openwrt-xburst Git repo
>> so I could get the toolchain, but I wasn't having much luck. After going
>> through menuconfig, make just doesn't seem to want to build properly at the
>> end. Of course I can't use Qi-kernel (not OpenWRT's kernel) without a
>> toolchain I know is going to work. I'm uncertain what to do there cause I'm
>> too dumb. :)
>> As much as I like the idea of EmDebian, they also remove the manpages,
>> which I use a lot. I could make do with Busybox, but I also like the
>> full-fledged GNU utilities. Sue me.
>> So with Multistrap, it seems to function differently. It sounds like it
>> could it be possible to automate creation of a kernel uImage that can be
>> programmed into the NAND, and to make a root file-system for UBIFS, or just
>> a Tarbell... I'm content with using an SD card for my rootfs though,
>> although I wish I could figure out how to get U-boot to automatically boot
>> from the SD card only without holding down "M", and just mount the
>> remaining 3rd partition on the MTD device as some sort of.... I dunno,
>> temporary FS. Not a RamFS or Loop device because that would work
>> terribly....
>> I missed the Ben Nanonote VM E-Mail. I shamefully deleted it. I was
>> thinking it would have been really great if I had set up a VM first to test
>> everything out so I wouldn't have to spend so much time getting things to
>> work on the real hardware. I think that's why I started moving to the SD
>> card. Less hassle to set up swap, and I don't have to kill off the NAND
>> with so many writes!
>> Maybe I'll keep any of you informed of any success stories I have with
>> this thing. The number one thing people complained about the Ben was lack
>> of network connectivity. But why even have it when wired USB is more
>> reliable, and you're outside where there's no coffee shop with free Wi-Fi?
>> It would make more sense to just have mobile broadband then. Haha.
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