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Old 01-11-2006, 01:01 PM
Gog Gog is offline
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Installing on Slackware and size of the install

Hi

I'm thinking of brigning two linux boxes to my home setup. One Sage server and one file server. But then why would I need two boxes to do that ? The sage server in mode 0 has low hardware requirements, there should be no problem in sharing the machine for both.

Now the file server that gets me revved up is the unRAID system from Lime Technologies (http://lime-technology.com) but the OS is on a USB stick and space on it is limited.

Sooo, what is the size of the sage system, hoping it will fit on the USB stick (if not I can always leave it on one of the multiple drives attached...) and secondly, how hard would it be to get it to work on a Slackware 10.1 distro with the 2.4.29 kernel ? Lime does mention that they pruned the slackware distro until it took less than 64MB so that means that I'd also need to know the dependancies of Sage.

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Old 01-11-2006, 02:50 PM
churth churth is offline
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Gog -

You should be able to go the slackware route, but you will need to make sure that you have all the dependancies required for SageTV. You might also need to modify the install scripts to suite your slackware system.

The size of the install is about a gig and a half for the gentoo system + sagetv. So, you should be able to trim it down to a memory stick.

I wouldn't suggest using the unRAID system as your SageTV server. From what I can tell, the thing uses PATA, and supports 12 drives. I would think this would be 2 (if it has two on board controllers), or 3 extra PCI cards (assuming 2 drives per IDE channel), which I can see you starving out the bandwidth on the PCI bus quickly even without tuners.

IMHO, I would build a linux box, go software RAID (you can boot linux off of RAID1), and maybe a few 500 gig drives.
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Old 01-11-2006, 05:40 PM
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Gog -
I wouldn't suggest using the unRAID system as your SageTV server. From what I can tell, the thing uses PATA, and supports 12 drives. I would think this would be 2 (if it has two on board controllers), or 3 extra PCI cards (assuming 2 drives per IDE channel), which I can see you starving out the bandwidth on the PCI bus quickly even without tuners.

IMHO, I would build a linux box, go software RAID (you can boot linux off of RAID1), and maybe a few 500 gig drives.
I'm really interrested by the way lime tech handle software raid. Flexibility of HD size and ease of adding new drives mainly.

I'm holding out for the SATA version anyway but it doesn't change the problem that you have 2 PCI cards (they haven't announced the motherboard for the SATA version) using up PCI bandwith. It's not such a big deal for my planned use (2 streams writing and 3 reading worst case) so I'm not too worried about that.

I'm more concerned by the fact that it doesn't leave much space for tuner cards but then again for my specific use it might not be a hardship.

It's just annoying to think that if I finish all my projects I'll have 4 boxes running full time:
1 linux for asterisk to handle telephony
1 windows for general admin, small scale home automation and speech rec
1 fileserver, presumably linux
1 sage server, might as well run it linux too

Then again that is my long term plan. There is no telling what I'll have to do to get it through the stonewalling I get from my SO.

Gog
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