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How to Modify the Boot Process in Puppy 5.7?
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fgluck

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PostPosted: Mon 28 Apr 2014, 16:25    Post subject:  How to Modify the Boot Process in Puppy 5.7?
Subject description: What are the files involved in the boot process and how do I modify them?
 

I need to make some modifications to the boot process for Puppy 5.7. Specifically, I want to know what files Puppy uses for the boot process and what order they are executed in.

Can somebody point me toward where this is written down?

I am working toward a configuration that will be a Kiosk with Firefox that supports printing.

The Kiosk would:

Boot and start the Graphical Server
Start Firefox immediately after the GUI starts but not start the window manager.
When FFX is exited, it would immediately restart to a known configuration.

I found a couple of write ups about this but only for older versions of Puppy.
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8-bit


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Location: Oregon

PostPosted: Tue 29 Apr 2014, 00:24    Post subject: Re: How to Modify the Boot Process in Puppy 5.7?
Subject description: What are the files involved in the boot process and how do I modify them?
 

fgluck wrote:
I need to make some modifications to the boot process for Puppy 5.7. Specifically, I want to know what files Puppy uses for the boot process and what order they are executed in.

Can somebody point me toward where this is written down?
...
Start Firefox immediately after the GUI starts but not start the window manager.


My question to you is will Firefox run without a window manager?

If I boot with the option of pfix=nox, I am left at a command prompt.
Then typing "xwin jwm" gives the desktop.
But what happens if one instead just types "firefox"?
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saintless


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PostPosted: Tue 29 Apr 2014, 02:53    Post subject: Re: How to Modify the Boot Process in Puppy 5.7?
Subject description: What are the files involved in the boot process and how do I modify them?
 

8-bit wrote:
Then typing "xwin jwm" gives the desktop.
But what happens if one instead just types "firefox"?

I'm not sure if this will help fgluck but it is related to the question.
If you boot to command prompt in Debian and type:
Code:
xinit firefox

Firefox will start without active WM. Only background terminal messages with Firefox window will be active. In fact I'm typing this from Dillo started this way in Debian.
I don't know how will be possible to do the same in Puppy. Even DPup does not behave this way.

Toni
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cthisbear

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Posts: 3413
Location: Sydney Australia

PostPosted: Tue 29 Apr 2014, 04:13    Post subject:  

Newer release.
" Puli is a high security, "kiosk" flavor of pemasu's
Upup Precise v3.8.3.1, intended to boot from a USB pendrive and
run safely even if the boot device is unplugged. "

http://murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=88691

Maybe worth a look at.

"""""""

There are a few Puppy Kiosk versions around.

How to Create a Kiosk using Racy 5.2.2

http://murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=75519

""""

How to make a Precise Puppy 5.4 kiosk

http://murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=81701

"""""

http://www.canbike.ca/off-topic/linux/can-bike-os-5-5-kiosk-edition.html

" Why the Can Bike OS (5.5): Kiosk Edition?
The primary reason was the desire to instantly turn a computer into a web kiosk for kids and guests, while protecting the contents of the hard drive.

It runs great on older hardware and instantly turns it into a web browsing kiosk
Simply place the live-cd into the CD/DVD drive.
Boot the computer from the disc drive and wait for it too load."

"""

etc....Chris.
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fgluck

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PostPosted: Tue 29 Apr 2014, 15:54    Post subject: But... Where do I find how the boot process works?
Subject description: Great info but can somebody point me to an answer
 

Thanks so much for all the info -- I will check it out.

But can someone point me to an overview of how the boot process works and what files are involved in the boot process and what order they are processed?

Many Thanks...
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Peterm321

Joined: 29 Jan 2009
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PostPosted: Tue 06 May 2014, 07:17    Post subject:  

There is a brief description of the boot sequence in the file:

/etc/rc.d/README.txt

I have altered the boot process myself and the two key files for me are

/etc/rc.d/rc.sysinit

and

$HOME/.xinitrc

rc.sysinit mounts certain filesystems and loads kernel modules.

$HOME/.xinitrc gets run when Xorg starts up, it would appear that changing this file is one way to disable the windowmanager (typically JWM). I believe that there is a startup folder that can be used to autostart applications, for me it is easy enough to start them from $HOME/.xinitrc
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