DSL-N :: Easiest way to start some perl stuff

DSL's libC version is older. DSL isn't fully Debian-compatible. Debian isn't fully RPM-compatible. The more mix-and-match you use, the buggier your system ultimately will be (imo).

I'm surprised you're not able to get USB to function. How about any USB content in dmesg? Does your controller show up in lspci? Is usb-core loaded when you check lsmod? Can you load usb modules? Etc.

Well my ideal thing would be use the dsl4 as that is what is out in the field working well.  I have the perl modules installed, cursor's hidden, no gflash error, but it's that usb is all that is left.

Lspci shows the following;
00:00.0 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8623 [Apollo CLE266]
00:01.0 PCI bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8633 [Apollo Pro266 AGP]
00:10.0 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev 80)
00:10.3 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. USB 2.0 (rev 82)
00:11.0 ISA bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8235 ISA Bridge
00:11.1 IDE interface: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82C586A/B/VT82C686/A/B/VT823x/A/C PIPC Bus Master IDE (rev 06)
00:12.0 Ethernet controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT6102 [Rhine-II] (rev 74)
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8623 [Apollo CLE266] integrated CastleRock graphics (rev 03)

So it shows, but as a test, I use minicom.  Change my device to /dev/ttyUSB0, run it and get dropped to;
minicom: cannot open /dev/ttyUSB0: No such device

and dropped back to shell where the older box's they came right up.  If the moderators see fit, move this post to general, or I can start a new one, but I would much rather keep the dsl4 and just get the USB to work, but can't deal with all the kernel stuff.  So is there a way to test another way?  

dmsg is empty (nothing seems to log to it)
lsmod shows;
usb-storage            62208   0
usb-uhci               21708   0 (unused)
usbcore                58240   1 [usb-storage hid usb-uhci]

I tried just popping in a usb flash drive (ironically the one I installed dsl from) but I get nothing.  I am looking around and wonder what the diff's are, embedded, initrd, syslinux, vmx, etc. all found here (ftp://ftp.oss.cc.gatech.edu/pub/linux/distributions/damnsmall/current/)

Thanks again ...

dmsg is empty
Should be dmesg.  What kind of installation are you running?

I am looking around and wonder what the diff's are, embedded, initrd, syslinux, vmx, etc. all found here (ftp://ftp.oss.cc.gatech.edu/pub/linux/distributions/damnsmall/current/)
See the readme

For gflashplayer, I'd suggest getting (maybe compile it?) a 'clean' installation that's compatible with the system.

ah ha, missed the 1-readme!

As for running, I am not sure anymore, might be the embedded (which I thought (since I didn't see that readme) ) was installed local (which might just be the difference).

As for dmesg, yea, I knew that one, typo, but still empty nothing logging there;
-rw-r--r--    1 root     root            0 Nov 28  2001 dmesg

So I can look tonight at just the plain vanilla current one (or the 4.3, but that might be tempting fate) but it seems things are all good except that usb.

The app, not the file.. Use the app..
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