This howto is valid if your FREESCO is installed on a FAT or FAT32 partition only, so if you're using an EXT2 install, you cannot use this!
Sometimes you might find that you router is in read-only mode, after a power failure for instance.
The solution to fix this is to run scandisk 1) on the hard drive to return to a read/write file system.
However doing this manually every time on the router can be complicated (for instance if you have no monitor connected, or the router is in a distant place), so here is a solution that you can apply to do this automatically :
Boot your FREESCO to DOS and at the C:\> prompt create a CONFIG.SYS similar to this:
[menu] MENUITEM = Dos, MS-DOS mode MENUITEM = FREESCO, Start FREESCO, normal mode MENUITEM = Setup, Start FREESCO, setup mode MENUITEM = Debug, Start FREESCO, debug mode MENUITEM = Shell, Start FREESCO, shell mode MENUDEFAULT FREESCO, 5 [Dos] [FREESCO] [Setup] [Debug] [Shell]
Your autoexec.bat should look like this:
@echo off GOTO %CONFIG% :Dos GOTO :END :FREESCO router.bat GOTO :END :Setup router.bat setup GOTO :END :Debug router.bat debug GOTO :END :Shell router.bat shell GOTO :END :END
Now boot your FREESCO using the new menu.
Make 2 copies of router.bat
name one router.faild
and one router.org
For instance at the console type :
cd /mnt/bootdev/router cp router.bat router.faild cp router.bat router.org
edit router.faild with :
and add this line first :
scandisk /autofix /nosummary
Then edit rc_user, with :
and in the start section (find this line) :
start) echo -n "Starting rc_user... "
add this line after :
cp /mnt/bootdev/router.faild /mnt/bootdev/router.bat
and a litlle further down the file search for (stop section) :
stop) echo -n "Stopping rc_user... "
and add this line after :
cp /mnt/bootdev/router.org /mnt/bootdev/router.bat
finally save the file with <alt+x>, y
This way if the router shuts down eg by power out or if the filesystem is readonly scandisk will run the next time you reboot your router and not every time you reboot. this to minemise the boot time if nothing is wrong with the filesystem.