[Beowulf] Re: real hard drive failures

Kris Boutilier Kris.Boutilier at scrd.bc.ca
Tue Feb 1 10:23:05 PST 2005

There quite an elegant set of scripts available at
http://gate-bunker.p6.msu.ru/~berk/router.html to tweak a standard debian
installation to boot from an IDE device and run entirely from tempfs from
that point on, thereby avoiding the 'worn out' compact flash problem.
Targeted at router applications but certainly useful for other semi-embedded

> -----Original Message-----
> From:	John Hearns [SMTP:john.hearns at streamline-computing.com]
> Sent:	Tuesday, February 01, 2005 9:35 AM
> To:	beowulf at beowulf.org
> Subject:	Re: [Beowulf] Re: real hard drive failures
> On Mon, 2005-01-31 at 14:14 -0500, Mark Hahn wrote:
> >  
> > on that note, though - does anyone have comments about booting 
> > machines from flash?
> > 
> I've booted a mini-ITX system from flash,
> the distribution in question was a wireless access point.
> All you need is a CF to IDE adapter.
> Its common to have firewall distributions, such as ipcop,
> to boot from flash.
> http://www.ipcop.org/1.4.0/en/install/html/mkflash.html

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