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 From:  taharka <res00vl8 at alltel dot net>
 To:  m0n0wall at lists dot m0n0 dot ch
 Subject:  Re: [m0n0wall] Feature request
 Date:  Tue, 23 Aug 2005 12:00:42 -0400
Angus Jordan wrote:

>Hello all,
>
>I have a m0n0wall firewall at a customers site which is in a regular tower 
>PC, and he wants to eliminate the use of a hard drive in preference of 
>running m0n0wall from the cdrom bootable image. In my opinion, this would be 
>fine except for the fact that the configuration is stored on floppy.
>
>There are 2 issues I have with floppy drives. First, the are not reliable by 
>any stretch of the imagination. I have had floppies die on me for no 
>apparent reason other than over use. Second, speed in the GUI. I've been 
>fiddling with the cdrom image at home for a couple of weeks now, and the GUI 
>is soooo sloow when using the floppy.
>
>In the past I have used routers that use a floppy to store a static copy of 
>the configuration on them. But, there was also a "running" copy of the 
>configuration stored in memory. This way, when you were sure that the 
>configuration that was running in memory was working for your needs you 
>could just click "Save configuration to disk, " and it would write it to the 
>floppy. Would it be possible to add this feature to m0n0wall?
>
>I can see using a memory disk created using mdconfig, and then on bootup 
>copying the config file from the floppy to the memory disk and unmounting 
>the floppy. Then, all config changes are made in memory and a write to the 
>floppy would only be made when a button is clicked.
>
>I hope this makes sense...
>
>Let me know what you think...
>
>Thank you,
>Angus Jordan
>
>  
>
How about putting the configuration file on the CD-ROM? Have a read here;
http://m0n0.ch/wall/docbook-current/faq-configonCD.html

taharka

Lexington, Kentucky U.S.A.