Doesn't Not Compute

My log of experiences with GNU/Linux and computers in general.

Rockbox: How to Find What Version You’re Using

Want to know if the version of Rockbox you’re running is older than the the most current available?

There are two ways.

The Easy Way

In Rockbox itself, on the player:

From the top-level menu, simply scroll through

System -> Rockbox Info

and look at the version line. Mine is currently “r24509-100204”

What if the screen is cracked, but you still fumble through Rockbox to listen to your music? Well, here’s . . .

The L33t Way

First, become root (su root), and then mount the data partion:

# mount /dev/sdX2 /mnt

where “sdX” refers to the device file added when you plug in the player.

Now simply enter this one-line command:

# cat .rockbox/rockbox-info.txt | grep Version

In my case, it returned:

Version: r24509-100204

This is one of the “mainly for my future reference” posts, but it might be useful for others using unstable Rockbox ports — which currently would be anyone running on:

  • Apple: iPod Nano 2g
  • Cowon: D2
  • Olympus: M:Robe 500
  • Samsung: YH-820, YH-920, and YH-925
  • SanDisk: Sansa Clip (all versions) and Sansa Fuze v2
  • Toshiba: Gigabeat S

List copied from the Rockbox homepage, by the way. 🙂

This is tested only on the iPod Nano 2g via GNU/Linux, since that’s all I have, but I assume it would work on any player (regardless of stable port or not), and on any Unix-like OS (*BSD, GNU, Solaris, Nexenta, et cetra).

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