[Freedombox-discuss] FreedomBox 0.5 Released!

James Valleroy jvalleroy at mailbox.org
Tue Aug 11 15:58:28 UTC 2015

On 08/11/2015 11:16 AM, Sunil Mohan wrote:
> On 08/11/2015 07:54 PM, Ricardo Morte Ferrer wrote:
>> Hello,
>> I am trying to install Freedombox for the first time. I am using
>> Virtualbox, with a Debian sid distribution (I installed a testing
>> version and then upgraded it to unstable) and following the
>> instructions I found at
>> https://wiki.debian.org/FreedomBox/Hardware/Debian.
>> Everything seems to work well till I type this command $ sudo
>> /usr/lib/freedombox/setup . After this command, the system reboots
>> itself in a not working Debian VM, I cannot type or change anything. I
>> have tried to reboot, but then there is nothing about Freedombox (or I
>> am not able to find it).
> After the 'setup' command, the system is not supposed to reboot itself.
>  This is probably an indication that something went wrong.
> /var/log/freedombox-setup.log will tell us what happened.  Or perhaps
> you have typed reboot.

Currently, freedombox-setup doesn't create this log by itself. You would
have to run setup like this, in order to save the logs:

$ sudo /usr/lib/freedombox/setup 2>&1 | tee /var/log/freedombox-setup.log

(This is how it's run by freedom-maker.)

We can update the instructions on the wiki. But maybe the logging
function should be moved into freedombox-setup, for simplicity, and
consistency with how the first-run logging is done.

> When the system reboots after the setup command, it will, in the
> background, setup many other things as part of the first-boot process.
> During this period you may have experienced that the system is not
> responding.  You have probably rebooted in the middle of this process.
> You will not see much 'FreedomBox' after the whole process is completed.
>  You will be able to:
> - Login as 'fbx' user with password 'frdm'
> - See README file in that user's home with FreedomBox manual.

The fbx user is created by freedom-maker. So running freedombox-setup
won't create a user. It should be possible to login as any previously
existing user though.

Also it looks like the README won't be copied to home, because /home/fbx
won't exist. Maybe we could improve this by copying it to the home
folders for all existing users.


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