RapidDisk LX is currently a custom ARM-based Linux distribution built entirely out of source and inspired by the Cross Linux From Scratch project. Its main and only purpose is to provide RapidDisk functionality as a SCSI Target over a Storage Area Network (SAN). RapidDisk LX is an OIN® Licensee.
RapidDisk LX is not designed to offer many features outside of acting as a RapidDisk enabled target. The image size will always be kept relatively small (currently it is at approximately 10 MBytes). The first official stable release will be designed to export as a target via iSCSI. Currently I am building it for the BeagleBoard-xM, in the near future the image will be ported to x86_64 hardware platform too. Available today, a stable image has been built for and tested in QEMU.
News & Updates
3 September, 2012 - You can now download a limited build of RapidDisk LX 1.1a for the BeagleBoard-xM here. Note that I will finish uploading the open source packages & patches used during the following week.
23 August, 2012 - I just introduced a new package (DrvAdm) for drive management and added a link to a new video [showcasing some functionality of DrvAdm.
23 May, 2012 - You can check out a video I posted of the first test build of RapidDisk LX 1.1a running on the BeagleBoard-xM here. As soon as I have completed testing, I will upload and post all updated packages used to build the distro.
30 April, 2012 - A new image has been released with updates to the rxdsk/rxcache patch and the rxadm administration utility. You can obtain the image here.
29 April, 2012 - As a result of the delays in producing, certifying, and distributing the Raspberry Pi boards, I will not being seeing the one I ordered until August. So instead of sitting on RxLX and waiting for my board to show up to release a stable image for the hardware platform, I decided to order a BeagleBoard-xM and start working with that, and when my RPi eventually shows up, I will get to work on porting my stable image to it.
For directions on download and installation, please click the appropriate release below.
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How can I set a root password?
Log in as root and execute
passwd. You will be prompted to enter your password twice.
Why can I not add a new user?
Primarily because I never build
busybox. This is not meant to be a multi-user distribution. But if you are in desperate need to add a new user, you can always modify the
/etc/group files and manually add what you need, then modify the newly added user's password with the
passwd command followed by the new user ID.
Why can I not add new packages?
As stated above, this distribution serves one and only purpose; that is, to provide a RapidDisk enabled environment over a SAN as a SCSI Target.
How can I generate an IQN?
To simplify the creation of an iSCSI Qualifying Name or IQN which conforms to the iSCSI name formats, I created a basic script to randomly generate a new address at each invocation. It is located at
/opt/rxlx/iqn-gen.sh. You will need to use this when you define your iSCSI target(s).
# sh /opt/rxlx/iqn-gen.sh iqn.2012.04.org.rapiddisk:rxlx0001.target-21cc0f05
How can I launch the iSCSI Target services?
After you insert the iSCSI module (
iscsi_trgt.ko), make sure you define your block device(s) for iSCSI target exporting, then start the service:
# . /etc/init.d/iscsi-target start
- The Linux SCSI Subsystem
- Video of RapidDisk LX 1.1a booting up on the BeagleBoard-xM
- And another video of the OS in action (also on the BeagleBoard-xM).
- A video showcasing a newly introduced tool called DrvAdm (will be packaged in next release)
All bugs should be reported on the official project's bug tracker: bugs.rapiddisk.org