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I am trying to copy gather files from PowerPMAC to my host computer with a python script in order to automate the procedures and improve speed.


Python make a system call by SCP, a program that copy files using ssh session. To avoid passing passwords in a insecure way (and for automation reasons), like sshpass, I generated a ssh key (ssh-keygen and ssh-copy-id) and a new user (non root) for PowerPMAC.


My problem is when I reboot my PowerPMAC: I lost my new user and just root stay alive.


Is there a way to keep new user after rebooting the system? Am I copying files on the right way or there is another possible?




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The Power PMAC Linux installation keeps itself clean by mounting its file system as read only

most of the time and copying the contents of “/.readonly/etc” and “/.readonly/var” to “/etc”

and “/var” on power up.

To deal with this, the following process is used


mount -o remount,rw /

cp -a /.readonly/etc-tmpfs-mirror/* /.readonly/etc/
cp -a /.readonly/var-tmpfs-mirror/* /.readonly/var/
mount -o remount,ro /


There is also a root folder, so you can add:

cp -a /.readonly/root-tmpfs-mirror/* /.readonly/root/


In case it helps, you can take a look at instructions to install the NTP debian package on PMAC.

http://forums.deltatau.com/filedepot/download.php?f=Power%20PMAC/Application%20Notes/Network%20Time%20on%20Power%20PMAC.PDF [FILE REMOVED]

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