Michael Prokop | 14 Feb 14:47 2006

JFYI: grml2hd - problems with debconf on upgrades

Hoi!

JFYI: If you are using a harddisk installation of grml and update
your box(es) you'll notice problems with debconf, e.g.:

| dpkg: error processing debconf (--configure):
|   subprocess post-installation script returned error exit status 1

The problem has been forwarded to upstream:
  http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=351031

We are not yet sure what's the exact problem (have to investigate on
it). To solve the problem please run:

# ln -sf /bin/bash /bin/sh

regards,
-mika-
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Michael Prokop | 17 Feb 14:31 2006

Request for contribution: SW-RAID

Hoi!

We are working on improving software (SW) RAID support within grml
and would appreciate your help and opion about it. Please contribute!

As you maybe know, partitions of type 0xfd (Linux raid autodetect)
are scanned and automatically assembled into RAID arrays by the
kernel.  We noticed a strange behaviour on automatic assembling
(nothing serious but a little bit confusing) and try to figure out
what's the reason for it.

First of all some questions to the ones of you using SW-RAID:

* If you boot grml on a box using SW-RAID: do you expect to get a
  running SW-RAID setup (using the /dev/md? devices) or do you
  prefer to set it up and start on your own (so neither grml nor
  kernel touches it)?

* Say you have /dev/hda1 and /dev/hdb1 as part of SW-RAID /dev/md0.
  Do you expect to get entries for /dev/hda1, /dev/hdb1 and /dev/md0
  in your /etc/fstab? Which entries do you expect to get?

Next step: If you have a SW-RAID setup and can boot grml on the box
please try to contribute via running the following steps and save
output of all commands in a file. Send the file via mail to me. This
would help us in debugging a lot!

#############################################################################
Boot grml and check, whether the SW-RAID is running [via 'cat /proc/mdstat'].

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Ishwar Rattan | 17 Feb 21:27 2006

grml-0.6 kernel recompile qustion

Finally took the plunge to compile SMP kernel.
 downloaded the vanilla linux-2.6.25 sources from ftp.kernel.org
 downloaded the all-in-one-patch from grml.org
 applied the patches (no failures seen)
 compiled the kernel with the commandi (in source directory):
 fakeroot make-kpkg clean
 fakeroot make-kpkg -append-to-version="-smp" kernel-image modules-image

 compiles with quite few warnings (too many to list) and creates .deb file

 installed the .deb file with dpkg -i
 (system does boot with -smp kernel..)

I have a question on entries in /lib/modules/2.6.15-grml-smp
  some directory entries that exist in /lib/modules/2.6.15-grml
  (drivers, extra, net etc.) are not created in
    /lib/modules/2.6.15-grml-smp (only kernel directory is cerated)

Is it normal? Is the -smp kernel using some modules from
/lib/modules/2.6.15-grml or did I make the kernel/modules wrong?

-ishwar

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Michael Prokop | 18 Feb 11:39 2006

Re: grml-0.6 kernel recompile qustion

* Ishwar Rattan <ishwar <at> pali.cps.cmich.edu> [20060217 22:15]:

> Finally took the plunge to compile SMP kernel.
>  downloaded the vanilla linux-2.6.25 sources from ftp.kernel.org
>  downloaded the all-in-one-patch from grml.org
>  applied the patches (no failures seen)
>  compiled the kernel with the commandi (in source directory):
>  fakeroot make-kpkg clean
>  fakeroot make-kpkg -append-to-version="-smp" kernel-image modules-image
                                                             ^^^^^^^^^^^^^
You probably don't need this, as target kernel-image does all you
need.

>  compiles with quite few warnings (too many to list) and creates .deb file
>  installed the .deb file with dpkg -i
>  (system does boot with -smp kernel..)

Ok.

> I have a question on entries in /lib/modules/2.6.15-grml-smp
>   some directory entries that exist in /lib/modules/2.6.15-grml
>   (drivers, extra, net etc.) are not created in
>     /lib/modules/2.6.15-grml-smp (only kernel directory is cerated)

> Is it normal? Is the -smp kernel using some modules from
> /lib/modules/2.6.15-grml or did I make the kernel/modules wrong?

Yes, this is normal.
No, you can't use modules from another kernel (version).

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Michael Prokop | 19 Feb 00:53 2006

Re: [Grml-devel] Request for contribution: SW-RAID

Hoi!

Thanks to the ones who contributed. Finally we have a solution which
should be acceptable.

* Michael Prokop <mika <at> grml.org> [20060217 14:45]:

> We are working on improving software (SW) RAID support within grml
> and would appreciate your help and opion about it. Please contribute!

> As you maybe know, partitions of type 0xfd (Linux raid autodetect)
> are scanned and automatically assembled into RAID arrays by the
> kernel.  We noticed a strange behaviour on automatic assembling
> (nothing serious but a little bit confusing) and try to figure out
> what's the reason for it.

Linux raid autodetect devices (0xfd) are assembled by default on
grml.  That's working currently and as long as upstream does not
remove this features (see linux.raid mailinglist for details) we
will support it as well.

> * If you boot grml on a box using SW-RAID: do you expect to get a
>   running SW-RAID setup (using the /dev/md? devices) or do you
>   prefer to set it up and start on your own (so neither grml nor
>   kernel touches it)?

Automatic assembling of md works if kernel supports the device(s)
and because md is compiled statically into our kernel.

Accesssing devices works on P-ATA devices, but not on (all) S-ATA
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william windels | 19 Feb 22:38 2006
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new on grlm; questions about version 0.6

Hello,
I am new on the grml distribution but I work already 2 years with linux.
I am completely blind and I use brltty as screenreader.

1: at the moment I have running the grml distribution 0.6 with mutt 1.5.11 ,
sendmail, procmail and postfix as mta.

Before , I was working with exim (version 3) as mta on a other distribution.

Is it not possible to configure mutt to work alone for the following things:
- send and receive mail (without external mta)
- sort the mail in different mailboxes conform the filters?
- each user with his own <;muttrc-file?

For example, you can do this with outlook express on ms windows: to send and
receive mail, you need only your login with pasword from your provider to
receive your mail and the smtp-server from the provider.
You can also create filters to sort the incomming mails.
But, I love linux much more than windows :)

There are also such programs on the x-windows-system I think
but I am completely blind and I can not work with x-windows because of that.
I can only work with console-programs.

2: perhaps it should be a good idea to add some new function(s) to the 
user-configuration:
- a way to create new users

for root:
- a way to update the security packages available
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Michael Prokop | 19 Feb 23:07 2006

Re: new on grlm; questions about version 0.6

* william windels <william.windels <at> telenet.be> [20060219 22:45]:

> I am new on the grml distribution but I work already 2 years with linux.
> I am completely blind and I use brltty as screenreader.

> 1: at the moment I have running the grml distribution 0.6 with mutt 1.5.11 ,
> sendmail, procmail and postfix as mta.

> Before , I was working with exim (version 3) as mta on a other distribution.

> Is it not possible to configure mutt to work alone for the following things:
> - send and receive mail (without external mta)
> - sort the mail in different mailboxes conform the filters?
> - each user with his own <;muttrc-file?

> For example, you can do this with outlook express on ms windows: to send and
> receive mail, you need only your login with pasword from your provider to
> receive your mail and the smtp-server from the provider.
> You can also create filters to sort the incomming mails.
> But, I love linux much more than windows :)

First of all take a look at grml-mutt or grml-muttng to configure
some basics of mutt or mutt-ng. (Backup your ~/.muttrc first to make
sure you don't overwrite anything.)

To send mail take a look at msmtp, a sample configuration file is
shipped with grml: ~/.msmtprc

Filter your mail using procmail.
Take a look at
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Kevin Jones | 21 Feb 14:33 2006
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RE: Grml Digest, Vol 10, Issue 14

Hello and thank you to the grml team. With the help of a friend here I have
grml running nicely on a pendrive, I was even fortunate enough to have a
laptop that had 1 of 3 supported wireless cards, just have to tpe dhclient
and speechd-up after bootup
How much like a normal linux install is grml now that I have it running on a
pendrive. Have any users tried installing extra packages? Maybe we could
consider a larger image specifically for pendrive users with more programs
installed.
Have a question though, How can I change the keyboard to Dvorak.
Keep up the good work maybe after I learn linux I might have more
constructive things to say.
Kevin

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Michael Prokop | 21 Feb 16:21 2006

Re: RE: Grml Digest, Vol 10, Issue 14

* Kevin Jones <kevin <at> kevinrj.net> [20060221 15:15]:

> Hello and thank you to the grml team. With the help of a friend here I have
> grml running nicely on a pendrive, I was even fortunate enough to have a
> laptop that had 1 of 3 supported wireless cards, just have to tpe dhclient
> and speechd-up after bootup

Great to hear.

> How much like a normal linux install is grml now that I have it running on a
> pendrive.

It's Debian unstable plus some extra packages.

> Have any users tried installing extra packages?

Of course you can install additional software, as it's Debian.
You have full access to the Debian software pool.
"aptitude update ; aptitude install $PACKAGE"

> Maybe we could consider a larger image specifically for pendrive
> users with more programs installed.

With "more programs installed" you mean compared to grml-small?  A
grml-usb version is on the todolist. I have an unofficial version of
grml-usb available on my developer box (about 240MB ISO) but
currently I don't have the time to spend even more work on another
flavour of grml.

> Have a question though, How can I change the keyboard to Dvorak.
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Kai Wilke | 22 Feb 09:35 2006
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Re: Request for contribution: SW-RAID

High, high ...
* Michael Prokop <mika <at> grml.org> schrieb am [17.02.06 14:31]:
> Hoi!
> 
> We are working on improving software (SW) RAID support within grml
> and would appreciate your help and opion about it. Please contribute!

Ich antworte mal in deutsch da dieses Thema fuer mein englisch zu
kompliziert ist.

> 
> As you maybe know, partitions of type 0xfd (Linux raid autodetect)
> are scanned and automatically assembled into RAID arrays by the
> kernel.  We noticed a strange behaviour on automatic assembling
> (nothing serious but a little bit confusing) and try to figure out
> what's the reason for it.
> 
> First of all some questions to the ones of you using SW-RAID:
> 
> * If you boot grml on a box using SW-RAID: do you expect to get a
>   running SW-RAID setup (using the /dev/md? devices) or do you
>   prefer to set it up and start on your own (so neither grml nor
>   kernel touches it)?

SW-RAID setup ist zwar sehr schoen, aber auch gefaehrlich, wenn man
nicht weiss wie dieses RAID vorher aussah. Mehr weiter unten
dazu.
> 
> * Say you have /dev/hda1 and /dev/hdb1 as part of SW-RAID /dev/md0.
>   Do you expect to get entries for /dev/hda1, /dev/hdb1 and /dev/md0
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