Reanimator 1.0 released

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Hello everyone.

I have released Reanimator 1.0, the main new feature is diskless workstation support.

You can boot IRIX diskless from RBPi/VirtualBox, RBPi+external hard disk or from RBPi/VirtualBox+external NAS.

It's a complex and laborious process, even frustrating, but it promises lots of funny hours. I need your feedback to polish the process for every platform.

Please, browse http://irix.mersisl.com/ and give it a try.

The help for diskless workstation has been difficult to write, you can find this help on https://github.com/Linux-RISC/IRIX-diskless-workstation
 

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I have (finally) tested reanimator on a RPI 4 to reinstall an Indigo2 with 6.5.22.
I can confirm that WLAN setup via the menu system works on RPI4 as well (there was a note "untested on > rpi3").
Really like the menu system. Can recommend. thanks!!
 

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Checking your Twitter, I think you used Reanimator's "Network assistant menu" to automatically enable IP forwarding and NAT on your RBPi.

You can connect any Ethernet/IP device to the RBPi by using that configuration and isolate that network segment, no need to modify your LAN configuration. The Wi-Fi connection connects the RBPi to your LAN and allows to connect to the Internet. I just tested this configuration once on my Indy 😅.

Thanks for your feedback !
 
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Very nice!
In the meantime, I started with some tests on Reanimator and found it quite usable. I didn't made an install yet but prepared most things right now:
The network setup is working, I changed the time zone and keymap.
The files are accessible via SMB from Windows and via NFS from IRIX. But I can't write anything to Reanimator via SMB because the access is read only :cry: What am I doing wrong?

The update function updated it to V1.1 but the info texts at the login prompt and after login on top of the menu need to be updated!
 

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Thank you for your reply !

I'm aware it's necessary to log out and log in after an update to refresh the texts.

The menu is updated to version 1.1 but not its functionality, please download the last SD image to avoid any problem.

I'm accessing to SMB from GNU/Linux and Windows and I can write: create folders, delete files, ... use Midnight Commander or a shell to check file permissions. If you upload files using SMB, NFS, ssh ... the file permissions will drive you crazy.

Please download the last SD image and don't use different protocols to upload files.
 
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O.K., I will try that but then I’ll have to do all the configs again :(
And how do I check/change the permissions for SMB access?
I only want to write via SMB from my Windows hosts to put additional CD files there.
 

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O.K., I will try that but then I’ll have to do all the configs again :(
And how do I check/change the permissions for SMB access?
I only want to write via SMB from my Windows hosts to put additional CD files there.
Steps on Reanimator:
2. Download menu
3. Open a shell on 'IRIX' directory
cd ..
sudo chmod -R 777 *

File permissions wil be changed to rwxrwxrwx for all files and directories.
 
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So, I did some test with the 1.1 install image.
Practically, it works but the text messages still show all the default settings.
After I used the update function for the scripts, it showed again "V1.0". Didn't you update the scripts on the server?
DHCP doesn't work either. Everything has to be entered manually.

Writing to the IRIX dir was possible after the chmod command.
 

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Thanks for your feedback !

The message has been updated (sorry!), is just a text in the file menu-header.sh. If you update the scripts, the text will be updated.

Reanimator works as BOOTP server, not DHCP server, to avoid interfering with the local router. Check this link https://github.com/Linux-RISC/Reanimator/blob/main/network_setup.md for network setup and ask what you need. If you use the default configuration, IRIX installation must be really easy following the steps on the documentation. But you can customize the network configuration, of course.

If you prefer to change the Ethernet default IP addresses, you need to edit the settings using the menu "Network configuration menu" and edit the files /etc/hosts, /etc/bootptab and /etc/dhcpcd.conf (menu entry "Manual configuration: Edit /etc/dhcpcd.conf (Raspberry Pi OS)".

Another possibility is to enable Wi-Fi (it will work as DHCP client) and use default Ethernet IP addresses (can be customized). Read the link for details, for an easy installation I recommend the default configuration for the first installation.

As easy as that:

Thank you.
 
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