Thursday, November 16. 2006
updates in grml-packages (grml2hd, ... Posted by Michael Prokop in packages at 23:03
Just to keep developers and beta-testers informed (assuming that you don't follow my hg commits [time for a hg-commit mailinglist, yes]): today I spent several hours in reducing the todo list for grml 0.9. So make sure you have recent packages on your brand new develrelease (run 'apt-get update; apt-get install $PACKAGES') when trying out. Quoting some important stuff of the changelogs:
grml2hd: adjust /etc/default/rcS according to bootoption utc/gmt and /etc/localtime according to bootoption tz grml-autoconfig: * deprecate CONFIG_KERNEL, CONFIG_LANGUAGE, CONFIG_DMA and CONFIG_MIXER as they are not really relevant on hd installations. * do *not* use swap by default anymore, thanks for feedback goes to Wolfgang Karall! grml-terminalserver: a maintenance release to fix some outstanding issues: * big update of linuxrc - do not use discover anymore (broken) but instead try modprobing all available network modules * reject tcp/113 via iptables to speed up PXE boot
I consider the current state as pretty stable, in the next few days I'll do some more regression testing so hopefully we'll have a first release-candidate of grml 0.9 soon...
Tuesday, November 7. 2006
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Friday, November 3. 2006
grml-debootstrap: wrapper around ... Posted by Michael Prokop in packages at 17:54
I assume you already know debootstrap. Quoting the package description "debootstrap is used to create a Debian base system from scratch, without requiring the availability of dpkg or apt. It does this by downloading .deb files from a mirror site, and carefully unpacking them into a directory which can eventually be chrooted into." I already described the procedure for installing Debian sarge and etch via grml in my private blog.
I usually install plain Debian systems via debootstrap, because it's simple, fast and just works. Especially because grml provides recent hardware detection I can often install Debian on systems where the official debian installer might not work at all. But running debootstrap is a boring task, especially if you often do this kind of installation the tasks during installation are boring. Therefore I decided to write a wrapper around debootstrap, and there we are:
% apt-cache show grml-debootstrap Description: wrapper around debootstrap for installing plain Debian via grml This package provides a wrapper suite around deboostrap and cdebootstrap for installing a plain Debian system via grml. . All you have to do is adjust a few variables in configuration file /etc/debootstrap/config and invoke grml-debootstrap then. A plain and base Debian system will be installed on the given device then. Customization of this process is possible as well.
Installation of a plain and base Debian etch system is pretty fast and easy this way. The first public version of grml-debootstrap is available in the grml repository. Just apt-get it when running the grml live-cd. As usual: feedback is welcome.
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