Booting from mmc (SD) card

There is some discussion about this on the Forum. I posted recently about recognising an mmc card at bootup:

...Wary and Racy 5.3 have that fix.

There is something important that testers must understand here. My latest laptop has an SD card slot, but internally it is recognised as a USB device. Similarly, many people plug an SD card into an external USB card-reader adapter. These are no problem in Puppy, as the SD card behaves just like any other USB Flash drive.

However, many laptops (including my own older Acer laptop) have internal card readers that have their own special interface hardware. The most common type are what we call the "mmc" card readers. The kernel loads special device drivers for this. These are the type that we are having issues with at bootup.

Forum member riccardo started a Forum thread about the problem of booting from an SD card, using Wary 5.3:

...I have posted some tests to that thread. If anyone else has the same problem, you are welcome to try these tests.

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Wary (and Racy) 5.3

Wary Puppy 5.2.2 was released on 18 November 2011 (also Racy Puppy made his debut), see my blog announcement:

Since then, there has been the usual feverish pace of development. We now have a significant upgrade, hence the version jump from 5.2.x to 5.3. A brief announcement:

Wary Puppy is our build of Puppy Linux targeting older hardware. Racy Puppy debuted at the previous release (5.2.2) and is "Wary on steroids" -- identical except with later and kernel, to suit more recent hardware. Version 5.3 has a fairly small number of application upgrades, however there are fundamental changes at the infrastructure level, that is, the "Woof" level -- in particular, pervasive support for internationalization, plus a "multitude" of bugfixes. There are now "langpacks" available for many languages, and these have translations for the system-level and most of the applications used in Wary and Racy.

For this release, I would like to send a special thank you to the faithful testers, and in particular the guys who volunteered to create the langpacks. The latter are (Format is language : Forum-name : real name):

French (fr): esmourguit : JJ Moulinier
German (de): L18L : Lutz-Ulrich
Polish (pl): robwoj44 : Robert Wojewódzki
Russian (ru): rodin.s : Sergey Rodin
Spanish (es): vicmz : Víctor Martínez

...bug reports or improvements for these translations should be directed to these guys on the Puppy Forum

Here is the detailed announcement and release notes:

Download Wary from here:

Download Racy from here:

Other faster download links can be found on the main download page:

I have started a Forum thread for bug reports and any other feedback:

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Wary and Racy 5.3RC3

If anyone wants to give this a spin, you are welcome. If there are no disastrous bugs, this will become 5.3-final.


Regarding recent discussion about which Adobe Flash Player to use, I chose However, I added a warning window that alternative versions may work better, depending on hardware and website.

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Kernels with Aufs

I have compiled for Wary and 3.0.25 for Racy, with Aufs. Both of these were compiled in a full hd installation of Wary 5.1.2.

For Woof builders, here are the PETs (28.8MB, 23.5MB):

I have uploaded the kernel source SFS files to the Wary/Racy SFS repo (81MB, 95.4MB):

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Schedule for Wary/Racy 5.3

I was planning to release Wary/Racy 5.3 toward the end of this week. Then a serious bug in Unionfs emerged, see post yesterday:

So, I am going to change the kernels over to using Aufs. This means that there will have to be an RC3, but I am still going to target near-end-of-week to release 5.3-final.

There is going to be tester burnout if I drag this on much longer. So, 5.3 is coming very soon! I am even toying with the idea of taking a bigger risk and not releasing RC3, just test it myself, and go straight for the final.

After all, we have plenty puppies that use Aufs without much trouble. Wary, with 2.6.32.x kernel, will have to use an older version of Aufs, as the developers stopped supporting that kernel 8 months ago. However Racy will have the latest Aufs3, which does introduce the possibility of some new bug.

Note, I have already compiled these kernels and will upload the PETs and sources soon. Wary will have and Racy will have 3.0.25.

Adobe Flash
A note about the Adobe Flash Player, Woof has code (in /usr/sbin/delayedrun) that offers to download the Flash Player after an Internet connection is detected.
Unfortunately, there are many reports of the latest Flash Player not working on older CPUs, even not-so-old CPUs.

So, I plan to create a PET package and that will be installed. I have feedback that works ok -- is there already a PET of this version? -- does anyone know what URL to download this version from? I even wonder, there are some 10.x versions PETs in the repos, is 10.x too old?

If any of the translators would like to provide an updated langpack, today is the deadline, as I intend to build RC3 (which could become 5.3-final) several hours from now.
These are the ones I currently have:


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Unionfs letting us down?

I used Unionfs in the kernels in Wary and Racy 5.2.2, and I thought that all was well.

However, Forum member vicmz reported a mysterious problem with the desktop drive icons. For example, with 'sda1' icon, click on it and sometimes an error message came up that /root/.pup_event/drive_sda1/AppRun is missing.

It took me several hours, but I eventually traced the original cause of the problem. /sbin/clean_desk_icons runs this line:

rm -rf /root/.pup_event/drive_* 2>/dev/null

However, a test line inserted immediately after;

ls -1 /root/.pup_event

...sometimes, lists the drive_* folders as still present. They are still present later, in the /sbin/pup_event_frontend_d script, and their presence, when they shouldn't be there, upsets the script very much.

Most of the time those folders do get deleted, just sometimes they do not. This is a gross failure, and the only thing that I can think of is Unionfs.

I am running Wary, with uniprocessor kernel, booting off a USB stick. Vicmz has also reported the problem with Racy. I think that vicmz is also using a USB stick for the savefile.

I have been using Wary and Racy for many months without any problems, but most of that time it has been a frugal installation on hard drive.
The USB case would have the top layer of Unionfs in RAM, I don't know why that would make any difference.

Anyway, tonight I will recompile the kernels with Aufs.

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Wary/Racy 5.2.91 (5.3RC2)

This is the announcement for 5.2.90 (5.3RC1):

Download 5.3RC2 from here:

The only known issue for now is ffmpeg. It was reported that ffmpeg lacked network support, which is needed under certain circumstances by Pmusic, so I recompiled it and that was in 5.3RC1. However, then someone reported that ffmpeg did not work for X11-grab (although it was compiled with that enabled) -- I asked that person to install the older ffmpeg to confirm that X11-grab worked with that. However, that person did not respond in time, so I have reverted ffmpeg anyway. That is, 5.3RC2 has the older compile of ffmpeg.

Forum thread for feedback (page 14 of thread):

Everything has to be pretty much frozen at this point. Essential bug fixes only.
I know that language translation can be taken up a notch, however consider the current situation as frozen, until after 5.3-final.

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Wary/Racy 5.2.90 (5.3RC)

I have been minding someone's place for a few days, and they have a fast Internet connection, with high monthly transfer allowance. They will be home this evening, so I decided to go for it and upload Release Candidate 1 of Wary and Racy 5.3.

You can download from here:

There are delta files to upgrade from the previous beta releases, also from the previous official 5.2.2 releases.

Relative to 5.2.2, there are many bug fixes and incremental improvements. There is one major structural change, and that is massive non-English support, in the form of "langpacks".

Langpacks are to be found in the Puppy Package Manager, in the "puppy-noarch" repository in the "Setup" category. Some of them are still being added to and should be ready by the time 5.3-final is released.

When I refer to non-English support as a "major structural change", I mean that it is a complete solution in Woof. It will even be possible to use Woof to build an "out of the box" variant of any Puppy for a specific language.

One thing that I think is a bit awkward, is the replacement of 'xmessage' with 'gxmessage', as the latter is required to display non-English text. However, in my opinion, the gxmessage windows look awful. I do intend to replace use of xmessage with pupdialog in many Woof scripts, but not sure how far I will get with that before 5.3-final.

There is no Release Notes page yet. To find out what has happened since 5.2.2, scan my blog posts.

Still the same old theme as used since version 5.2! It takes me a long time to come up with a new theme that I like, so I am hanging onto this one a bit longer. Probably the ARM-Puppy will get a new theme though.

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ffmpeg 20111002svn recompiled

There was a report, if I can recall it right, that ffmpeg does not work properly with Pmusic as network support is disabled.

Hmmm, there is a '--enable-network' configure option, but it seems to be the default. But, the 'ffserver' executable is not in the PET package.

Anyway, I have recompiled with that option, this time have put 'ffserver' into the PET. Interesting, the PET is a bit smaller this time.

PETs (2.5MB, 2.9MB):

These will be in the upcoming Wary/Racy 5.3 Release Candidate 1.

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Acrobat Reader SFS

Forum member sszindian reported that the Acrobat Reader (PDF reader) from the Lucid repo on works fine in Racy. It will probably work in Wary too, so I have uploaded it to the Wary/Racy SFS repo.

Or rather sszindian tested the PET on the Lucid repo, but they also have a SFS file, so I got the latter.

Here it is (61MB):

One area where you would want this rather than the ePDFView Poppler-based viewer, is for editable PDF files, those that have fields that can be filled in.

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