[maemo-developers] General Maemo/Scratchbox/N800 help

From: David Hazel david.hazel at enchaine.com
Date: Sun Aug 26 13:19:48 EEST 2007
Hi Tony,

Thanks for your suggestion. I'll have a look at the instructions you pointed
me at.

One question, though: why do I need to fiddle about with public/private
keys? I only want to be able to interact directly with my N800 via a USB
link, so there's no one else likely to be peeping at the link while I'm
doing it. I don't really care about encrypting files as they go across.

Also, isn't there a way of "logging in" directly to my machine across the
USB link and simply typing shell commands (say, via telnet)? Does my N800
have a particular host name when it is connected? I've played around with
'flasher' and found out how to put my N800 into "R&D mode" and "USB host
mode", and flasher can obviously communicate with it. Having got it into
host mode or R&D mode, is there no way for me to talk to it directly from a
command line? (I'm fine with Unix/Linux shell commands; it's all the other
faffing about that's defeating me at the moment.)

David Hazel

-----Original Message-----
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[mailto:maemo-developers-bounces at maemo.org]On Behalf Of Tony Green
Sent: 26 August 2007 10:52
To: maemo-developers at maemo.org
Subject: General Maemo/Scratchbox/N800 help

> Date: Sat, 25 Aug 2007 18:03:41 +0100
> From: David Hazel <david.hazel at enchaine.com>
> Subject: General Maemo/Scratchbox/N800 help
> To: maemo-developers at maemo.org

> > - transferring files etc. to the N800, for example to test software
> I put the executable on the memory card, copy it to my home directory
> and run it. You'll need xterm on the 800 to do this.

Perhaps I could suggest Openssh as an easier solution? (especially if like
you don't have a card reader for your desktop machine)

It's available on the Maemo repository, though it's a bit fiddly to install
because you have to enable "red pill" mode on your device (there are
instructions on how to do this at

Once you've set up public/private key-pairs, copying files between machines
a simple one-line command.

...and handily, having ssh on the tablet provides a way of getting root on
since "su" doesn't play simply issue
"ssh -l root localhost"
Then give it the root password when it prompts you (I can't remember what it
is, but Google will find it).

Tony Green
Ipswich, Suffolk, England
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