[Freedombox-discuss] Freedombox 0.2 almost ready - please test

A. F. Cano afc at shibaya.lonestar.org
Sun Mar 16 21:38:03 UTC 2014

On Sun, Mar 16, 2014 at 02:50:12AM -0600, Bdale Garbee wrote:
> ...
> Petter pointed to my repository, but I hadn't pushed things there
> yet... and didn't until nearly a day after his post.  So if you pulled
> quickly after his email, you were indeed working with very old bits.

That must have been it.  Tried again and it built successfully.

> Sorry about that!

Not a problem.  I'm glad we found the logical explanation.

> Freshen your git clone and you'll be happier.  The repo you cloned from
> is up to date now.

I'm now running the newly-built image in virtualbox.  I can log in as
root and fbx, but I gather from the readme file that the first thing
to do is plug in ethernet cables on both interfaces.  Is it even
possible to do any testing on a virtualbox in a machine that has one
network interface?  Virtualbox recognizes adapter 1, but 2, 3 and 4
are greyed out, even though lshw in the native os claims to see an
eth1 I know nothing about.  It could be that it detected the firewire
interface in the sound card and installed an ethernet over firewire
module.  If that's the case eth1 is useless.

The freedombox said (on boot) it couldn't open or connect to eth1,
but now I can't find any mention of that message in the log files.
What I do find is a MAC address for eth0 that doesn't match the real
interfaces in the non-virtualbox machine.  This is probably what
virtualbox reports.  It claims that the adapter 1 is "Intel PRO/1000
MT", but the real interface in the machine is a Realtek 100Mbps board.

I would have thought I could somehow connect to a fake, or create, a
sofware network interface.  Is there a way to do this?  If it were
possible to have a fake ethernet connection as the "inside" that the
browser and other software could connect to, (maybe the loopback
interface?) the firewall machine type of setup of a physical dreamplug
could be simulated, but how can I tell virtualbox to use that as the
inside connection?  Or do I have a fundamental misunderstanding of how
the freedombox is intended to be used?

Maybe what I'm trying to do is impossible.  Any hints would be welcome.


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