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From: Martin Schlemmer <azarah@g.o>
To: gentoo-releng@l.g.o
Cc: Gentoo-Base-System <base-system@g.o>
Subject: Re: [gentoo-releng] x86-livecd - bugs and suggestions
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2004 21:20:30
Message-Id: 1074892646.7514.25.camel@nosferatu.lan
In Reply to: Re: [gentoo-releng] x86-livecd - bugs and suggestions by Brad House
On Fri, 2004-01-23 at 20:43, Brad House wrote:
> Commenting inline below. > > >> Bugs: > >> - Calculation of module dependencies fails at bootup > > > > Anybody have a log? > > reason for this is that /lib/modules/${KV} is off a read-only > filesystem.
Right, as I suggested in my mail to beejay.
> It should not need to depmod that directory off > a livecd, as we won't have removed modules, etc. An alternative > approach would be to mount /lib/modules/${KV} on a tmpfs, > make sure the sub directories are symlinks to the read-only > fs, and copy the files like modules.pcimap to the tmpfs > so they are writable... > > The first approach of just skipping the depmod if booting off > a livecd is the better approach. Also, this failure really > doesn't mean anything or do anything harmful, which is one > reason I didn't fix it in my baselayout. >
Easiest will be with a check to CDBOOT.
> > > >> - selection of keymap not possible > > > > We could add an alternative keymap script, that do that, and only > > install with USE=livecd ... anybody got a template, etc to start > > off? > > this I don't have a clue about, so i'm not commenting on. >
Same - I use the defaults 8)
> > > >> - Inability to halt/reboot (system just stops when all processes are > >> shut-down) > > > > Logs if possible? > > The reason for this is quite simple. The livecd was built with > the cdfs/loop type as 'normal' which creates a loopback filesystem. > The loopback filesystem gets unmounted '_before_' everything else > is remounted readonly. But since the loopback is readonly as well, > it should never actually be being umounted before the reboot. The > actual / filesystem is a tmpfs with symlinks back to the mounted > loopback in this scenerio, so when you umount the loopback, the / > filesystem has symlinks to nothing, hence the hang. > > This is not an issue if you use cdfs/loop type of zisofs or noloop > as there is no loop device to be umounted. >
Ok, I changed things a bit, so might have expected I guess. I do however have an issue with the naming. Some time ago it was decided that it should be /mnt/livecd. Now it changed again. Can we decide on something now? If so, fix is easy.
> > > >> - Hardware-detection not included > >> > > > > Sure will be nifty, but I guess catalyst should just install appropriate > > package and add to boot runlevel? Do not see any special handling, or > > am I missing something? > > I had not gotten a chance to put together the livecd-tools package. > That script, as well as net-setup is in there. Basically, it will just > be a package that needs to be a dep in the livecd-stage1 packages, > and a quick one-liner in the will get it all > up and running, really a simple thing. > > > > > > > As for 2.6 - think we can start to use module-init-tools as default for > > ALL profiles, or is there ARCH issues I am not aware of? Should just > > be needed to adjust the default virtual. > > Right, as long as the current module-init-tools ebuild installs the > insmod.old for 2.4 kernels. I believe at one time it did not. > > > Even though I've stepped away from livecd stuff, I need to fix this > stuff to build my amd64 2004.0 release anyhow. I'd take care of this > since I'm more familiar with the problems if anyone wants me to. I can > do that this weekend. >
Sound good. -- Martin Schlemmer Gentoo Linux Developer, Desktop/System Team Developer Cape Town, South Africa


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Re: [gentoo-releng] x86-livecd - bugs and suggestions Brad House <brad_mssw@g.o>