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Frequently asked questions
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NuTyX is not a multi-lib
It's take much more time to build up a multilib distribution. Normaly all the libraries needs to be compiled in 64 and 32 bits.
Today, it's not possible to produce a multilib because there are links created at construction / installatio of NuTyX (lib64->lib) under /lib and /usr.
The installer doesn't allow me to specify a separate /home partition
This question has been asked many times.
I will try to answer it as far as possible.
Modern users often have a lot of data on their computers.
The size of the home folder can quickly become very large.
MP3 files, photos and videos are big files.
Imagine that you have a 250 GB hard disk. You say "OK, I'll take 100 G for the system and 150 for my personal data."
Great! You just cut your disk into two pieces, and the home partition will fill up more quickly in proportion to its size than if you had retained a single partition.
It would be nice if we could reinstall NuTyX when we wanted without having to cut the hard disk into separate partitions to preserve personal data.
That's exactly how the NuTyX installer works.
The installer will never format a partition that is already formated, without manual intervention.
If you have a distribution (NuTyX or any other) with personal data and the system on the same partition,
the installer will tell you during the installation process that there is already a distribution
there but will not offer to format the partition.
You will need to delete the /var, /proc, /sys, /usr, /sbin, and /etc folders,
but other folders such as /home and /MP3 will not be touched. So your data are safe.
Today it is very easy to configure a file server based on NFS, so that users could have their home folders on a remote server.
To summarise: creating a separate home partition today is unecessary, at least with NuTyX. It's worth asking why Apple's MacOS operating system never recommended this.
Building packages in a chroot. When and Why ?
The NuTyX ISO install a base system which give the user's choice between two scenarios in using the distribution:
NuTyX can be considered as a "binaires" distribution.
The user install the needed binaries packages by downloads them from the remote server.
Once the base system is installed, the user install it's favorits applications as explain in the online documentation.
A typical installation look like:
sudo get xorg lxdm xfce4 xfce4-extra firefox gvfs ntfs-3g transmission thunderbird
All the binaries packages are split into base packages and sub-packages (devel, doc, man, etc), in most of the case, only the base package will be installed.
NuTyX can be considered as a "sources" distribution
The user compile all the packges he needs on the local machine.
Once the base system installed, the user install the development tools:
sudo get cards.devel
He (she) download the availables recipes:
sudo ports -u
He (She) adjust the /etc/cards.conf configuration file as:
And can now compile the needed packages without being in a chroot. So for example, to compile the graphical server xorg:
sudo cards depcreate xorg
Is it possible to upgrade NuTyX (prior to 8.0) to NuTyX 8.2 without reinstalling everything?
No. The number of changes is too great.
The package manager has changed, the initrd has changed,
the installer has changed, and the ports location has changed.
How to activate the root account ?
As default, NuTyX does not activate the root account, but if you wish to compile yours own packages, it's maybe a good activate the roor account. It's very simple, type:
and choose root as user
choose a new password
and confirm the new password
and you're done.