DDNS Mod. Dev. Notes

Some notes about modifying SmoothWall 3 — some items carried over from notes for previous SmoothWall Express editions:

  1. Text editors: Pico is not installed on SmoothWall, but Joe is in SmoothWall Express 2 and 3. Jpico was installed on some earlier SmoothWall versions.
  2. You can not (easily) read EXT2 format (i.e. Linux format) floppy disks in Windows. Nor can you easily read DOS/Windows formatted (vfat) floppies in SmoothWall (though, you can in most Linux distributions). It’s a fun catch-22.
  3. I strongly recommend using only SCP to transfer files and sidestep this particular set of issues. Besides, floppy drives are hard to find now. :)
  4. If you are using the new, super cool developer edition that is available with SmoothWall 3, that initial compile is very very long. I happened to run it in a VMWare virtual machine in an already undersized box, ancient 500Mhz P3 with 256MB RAM (half alloted to the virtual machine), and it took over 24 hours to compile – in hindsight, it was a bit masochistic.
  5. Also, regarding compiling: I recommend assigning at least 10 GB of hard drive space to the VM. After compilation, about 5GB is used, peak use is somewhat higher, and the SmoothWall install allocates about 1/3 to a logging partition which is useless for compiling.

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