Some questions that the search engine can't answer

. . . so I hope you guys will oblige me :slight_smile:

First of all. . . is there wifi support for the atheros wifi cards? Apparently there is, according to the list of supported cards, but I can’t seem to get it working. I also ran the wifi firmwares script, but I only saw it downloading for broadcom :frowning:

Second, is it possible to upgrade and keep personal files? One of the things I like about linux is that there is a separate /home partition so you never have to worry about your documents and stuff even when you change operating systems. Is there something similar to haiku, when it comes to going from nightly to another nightly, or nighty to the alpha 4 that’s eventually going to be released?

Also, I did a lot of customizations–the colors, settings, etc. Can those things be carried across installation? It doesn’t seem so, but who knows? XD I don’t really want to repeat the process of adjusting my settings every time I reinstall.

Lastly. . . I can’t seem to enable the stack and tile feature :frowning: That’s one of the huge draws for me in haiku. . . I tried running the “setdecor SATDecorator” command but it says that it’s not recognized. How can I enable it? (I’m using one of the nightly isos, btw.)

I’d really appreciate any help.

To upgrade and keep personal files try Lelldorin’s Backup:
http://haikuware.com/directory/view-details/utilities/compression-archiving/lelldorins-backup

It is possible to upgrade by just installing over the previous version either from CD or flash drive, with the new version. Though recently I have found some problems with sound and Media application doing this. The problems don’t happen in every update and can be corrected after by deleting the corresponding settings file or folders in /boot/home/config/settings then restarting.
There is no automatic or semi automatic option in haiku for a home partition in haiku, during installation.
I have never tried it but it might be possible to put the /home and sub folders on a separate partition then delete the /home that gets installed automatically in /boot/home and somehow get the OS to see the /home on other partition. Maybe by creating a link in /boot/(link to home) to the other partition before deleting /home in /boot, then restart. If you were to try this do a backup of /home first just in case, using the program already suggested. Or just create the home partition with drivesetup and copy your already adjusted /home which contains settings to the new partition. You would also need to adjust mount settings to always mount the partition at boot but if the mount settings is located in /boot/home/config settings, on other partition then the settings for mounting, how would they work if located on the other partition that was mounted at boot? Would it be necessary to create sublink like /home/config/settings/(link to mount settings) as well in /boot/ ? If my suggestion does not work after reboot then copy /home back to /boot/ then reboot again.
With SAT it seems to be already activated after installation for me but I might be forgetting that I activated it before in previous installation and those settings are been reused. Search for czeidler in website. He should probably have given instructions somewhere.
Someone else might be able to adjust my suggestion from the questions I asked.

Hi rayyu!

Installing a new nightly or release over an older installation should work. Installer then offers this note:

The 'system' folder will be a clean copy from the source volume, all
other folders will be merged, whereas files and links that exist
on both the source and target volume will be overwritten with 
the source volume version.

So, all your data in ‘home’ outside the ~/config folder is never touched at all. WRT settings, it depends. Some things get replaced by the new version. You can have a look into the ~config/settings/ folder of your installation USB stick or CD or whatever to see which files would be replaced. Then you can backup those settings and expand them onto the installation USB stick before beginning the installation.

Hint: If you have Replicants on the Desktop, you’ll need to backup ~/config/settings/Tracker/tracker_shelf

WRT S&T, it’s active in all nightlies, just hold the OPT key (probably WIN on the keyboard) while dragging the title tab onto another.

WRT wifi, does the card appear in the menu when you right-click the NetworkStatus icon in the Deskbar? That would mean it’s recognized and a driver for it is loaded.

Regards,
Humdinger

It looks like you would not have to worry about a link to a /home/config/(drive mount settings) because the setting for disk mounting is in SetupEnvironment file. You would need the link to /boot/(home link). The file for drive mount settings is not in /home/config/settings. You would just need to right click the desktop then in mount settings make sure mount all Haiku partitions/disks at boot.
Every time you installed a new update version you would have the home and subfolders recreated though. Although this might be easily deleted after bootup, I can see there might be conflicts in between two sets of settings and possible system freeze, so if you were to access the new haiku update from a flash drive, used for install and delete the recreated /home before, that would be best.
It is probably better to go with Humdingers instructions because some files might need updating in the /home/config and this is more complex with maybe no greater advantage.

[quote=humdinger]Hi rayyu!

Installing a new nightly or release over an older installation should work. Installer then offers this note:

The 'system' folder will be a clean copy from the source volume, all
other folders will be merged, whereas files and links that exist
on both the source and target volume will be overwritten with 
the source volume version.

So, all your data in ‘home’ outside the ~/config folder is never touched at all. WRT settings, it depends. Some things get replaced by the new version. You can have a look into the ~config/settings/ folder of your installation USB stick or CD or whatever to see which files would be replaced. Then you can backup those settings and expand them onto the installation USB stick before beginning the installation.

Hint: If you have Replicants on the Desktop, you’ll need to backup ~/config/settings/Tracker/tracker_shelf

WRT S&T, it’s active in all nightlies, just hold the OPT key (probably WIN on the keyboard) while dragging the title tab onto another.

WRT wifi, does the card appear in the menu when you right-click the NetworkStatus icon in the Deskbar? That would mean it’s recognized and a driver for it is loaded.

Regards,
Humdinger[/quote]

Yep, S&T works, thank you! It’s lovely. I must’ve done something wrong the first time I tried it :))

When I right click the network icon, it shows “/dev/net/rtl8lxx/0: No link” though :frowning: