Installing ipkg is the gateway to customising/hacking your iomega nas. This method works for iomega nas with ARM architecture, here is how to get it done.
You need to install and configure ipkg-opt as everything in the /opt folder is persistent. Here you have about 16gb for your apps.
SSH into your nas logging in as root.
download and install the ipkg-opt package.
tar -xOvzf ipkg-opt_0.99.163-10_arm.ipk ./data.tar.gz | tar -C / -xzvf -
mkdir -p /opt/etc/ipkg
echo "src cross http://ipkg.nslu2-linux.org/feeds/optware/cs08q1armel/cross/unstable" >> /opt/etc/ipkg/armel-feed.conf
echo "src native http://ipkg.nslu2-linux.org/feeds/optware/cs08q1armel/native/unstable" >> /opt/etc/ipkg/armel-feed.conf
ipkg is now ready, so to install some basics
/opt/bin/ipkg install python26 py26-cheetah py26-openssl par2cmdline unrar unzip git gcc
Programs are located in /opt/bin or /opt/sbin. Now just need to nano /etc/profile to add the new directories to the $PATH variable. This is not as staightforward as it seems as you need to make the change permanent after a reboot. So we write a script to do this.
Paste the following-
mknod -m0660 /dev/loop3 b 7 3
chown root.disk /dev/loop3
mount -o loop /boot/images/apps /tmp/apps
Now make executeable and run.
chmod +x /opt/editprofile.sh
at the end. Note installing the lame php and mysql server through the web interface will mess with the PATH variable so don't do it! better install all that via ipkg now you have it.
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