git and optware fail after Qnap update to 4.3.3

published : 2017-08-21 changed: 2017-08-21

category: global

tags: git qnap storage

for quite some time now, I have a qnap runnin in my basement storing whatever Storage needs, my servers or family members might have.

The qnap is also being used as git server - wich was totally fine the last couple of years but failed recently...

fail after update

I just saw, that there is a firmware update pending for the TS and that this is more or less the last one for this old model (hey, the qnap is not that old, is it 3 years maybe?). There also was a warning message in the release notes that the switch to 64bit might cause some apps not to work anymore...

so far, so uninteresting. The usual blah blah... Unfortunately Optware (which installs addidional opensource software) is only available in 32 bit obviously.

But this is something you will only learn the hard way: the software just woud not work. trying to access the GUI of it, will just result in "internal server error", "page not found" or simply "Permission denied" - depending on what you just tried to make it work.

if you log in via ssh and try to use ipkg in the shell, you will get a file not found error, although you tried to exec the file specifying the absolute path. The linux gurus know - this means some lib is missing!

And in that case, I do not need to dig further - the 32 bit libs are not there anymore.

That would not be the problem, but everything installed by Optware also relies on those libs and hence fails now... bummer!

to solve the problem..

.. you install an alternative to optware called entware. You download the file and install it via Qnap-GUI. Unfortunately this tool does not have a "nice" (the so called gui of Optware was never nice) GUI for this, just a command line command called opkg (mind the o).

after that you only need to create symlinks for the git-binaries (after fiddling with the sshd for enabling pk auth and more than just the admin user):

cd  /bin
for in $(/opt/bin/git*); do
   ln  -s $i

And as always - happy hacking!

created Stephan Bösebeck (stephan)