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#1 2008-12-06 20:11:25

tpowa
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From: Lauingen , Germany
Registered: 2004-04-05
Posts: 2,260

2008.12 archboot test iso/img files

Hi Arch community,

Arch Linux (archboot creation tool) 2008.12-1, "Nepal" has been released.
http://downloads.archlinux.de/iso/archboot/2008.12/
(Thanks Pierre for hosting them in the meanwhile smile )

This is a test run for the created files, please try to find showstoppers.
If everything is alright, those files can be moved to the mirrors and torrents can be created.

To avoid confusion, this is not an official arch linux release!

It's an installation environment created with the archboot tools.
Please report all bugs only to my email address.
Thanks for testing.
Have Fun

greetings
tpowa

------------
Changelog:

GENERAL:
- kernel 2.6.27.7 usage
- pacman 3.2.1 usage
- RAM  recommendations:
     * arch or arch64 boot image
       160 MB RAM i686/x86_64 (all packages selected, with swap partition)
     * lowmem or lowmem64 boot image
       64 MB RAM i686/x86_64 (all packages selected, with swap partition)

FIXES:
- merged in setup changes from installer.git
- merged in documentation changes from installer.git
- changed bootmessages
- changed intel wireless hook to improve boot speed
- fixed quickinst
- added new tz script for setting date, time and zones
- added some fixes to km
- added setup startup on first login
- added km and tz to setup dialogs
- added dmraid dialog for mkinitcpio setup
- added ntp to arch and arch64 install environment

KNOWN ISSUES:
- None wink

ISO and USB image files are provided, which include
i686 and x86_64 core repository. Please check md5sums before using them.

ISO files are standard CD-burnable images.
    - Can be burned to CD(RW) media using most CD-burning utilities.

IMG files are full raw disk images.
    - Intended for use with USB thumb drives.
    - Can be raw-written to a drive using 'dd' or similar utilities.

Further documentation can be found on-disk and on the wiki.
Have fun!

greetings
tpowa

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#2 2008-12-07 02:13:03

MoonSwan
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Re: 2008.12 archboot test iso/img files

Installed your new release (USB image) last night on a test machine with the arch64 option and it went very well.  My only issue was a PEBKAC one to do with the madwifi drivers and it being 1am when I decided to try an install. 

Thanks for your installation image, it works very well.


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#3 2008-12-07 03:16:34

Slammer64
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Re: 2008.12 archboot test iso/img files

Thanks tpowa, tried it out on a standard x86-64 install, no problems.


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#4 2008-12-07 15:51:01

pjjanak
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Re: 2008.12 archboot test iso/img files

Downloading now to test i686...

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#5 2008-12-07 16:11:45

Pierre
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Re: 2008.12 archboot test iso/img files

Please seed the torrents after Downloading. :-)

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#6 2008-12-07 17:45:39

Myav
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Re: 2008.12 archboot test iso/img files

Thanks, tpowa! I've tested it under VirtualBox - there weren't any problems.

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#7 2008-12-08 00:24:23

once
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From: Taiwan
Registered: 2006-09-12
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Re: 2008.12 archboot test iso/img files

does this iso support dmraid install? 2008.06 & 2008.10 cant do it.
with WIKI way, after installed, raid bios said that raid is broken after reboot.

ps. hpt37x raid set, and fedora 10 just doing well.

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#8 2008-12-08 06:01:02

tpowa
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Re: 2008.12 archboot test iso/img files

It includes the dmraid package, i can't tell ya if it works, because i don't have such hardware to test.
What was broken on 2008.10?

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#9 2008-12-08 07:42:37

once
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Re: 2008.12 archboot test iso/img files

tpowa wrote:

What was broken on 2008.10?

it can install with wiki page, but when reboot raid bios show array broken.
can you do it like fedora did, install all the way without wiki way?

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#10 2008-12-08 07:51:22

tpowa
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Re: 2008.12 archboot test iso/img files

I don't know the correctness of the wiki in such a case search for a generic dmraid instruction.
If you find the error in our dmraid package, please make a bug report and post the fix for it.
I can't test it.

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#11 2008-12-08 10:16:33

FaN_OnLy1
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Re: 2008.12 archboot test iso/img files

Booting from usb gives me "Extlinux , boot error" on my Portégé M800-10C ;'(

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#12 2008-12-08 10:45:15

tpowa
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Re: 2008.12 archboot test iso/img files

Hrm was it a clean usb stick?
no other bootloader or something installed?
md5sum was ok?
already had positive usb stick install reports.

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#13 2008-12-10 21:14:10

Dieter@be
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Re: 2008.12 archboot test iso/img files

Tobias, you may have read on arch-general that I've been working on a totally refactored installer (installation framework).
It's called AIF.  Basically I've taken the old /arch/setup from installer.git and totally refactored everything to make the codebase clean, modular and reusable.  Lately I've also been rewriting the whole blockdevice/filesystem part of the installer because it wasn't very good.  For more info I refer to http://dieter.plaetinck.be/AIF_the_bran … _Framework , http://archlinux.org/pipermail/arch-gen … 02541.html (albeit most of the info there is a bit outdated now) and http://github.com/Dieterbe/aif/tree/master
I also maintain packages in aur ( http://aur.archlinux.org/packages.php?ID=21565 follows the master branch, where I pull in all the stabilized code, so I recommend this package)

Right now AIF is mostly good for developers/power users who wish to make custom installation procedures.
Towards the reglar user there isn't that much of a difference: the installer looks very similar. although under the hood 95% of the things are different.  Right now I'm also working on supporting lvm/dm_crypt.

Anyway, if you're interested, I suggest you take a look at the code and if you like it you could maybe integrate AIF as an alternative, experimental installer. (it doesn't conflict with the other installer, it installs alongside)

Last edited by Dieter@be (2008-12-11 10:27:18)


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#14 2008-12-11 13:16:33

tpowa
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Re: 2008.12 archboot test iso/img files

sure, i know of your rewrite but didn't have time to look at it closer.

All mirrors are now synced with the images.
Get them from your favourite mirror iso/archboot directory.
Unfortunately, 2 small issues are included:
- memtest is broken due to compilation bug
- dmraid seems not to work, downgraded package will be on next images
Both will be fixed when .28 kernel image arrives.

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#15 2008-12-12 03:57:29

once
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Re: 2008.12 archboot test iso/img files

tpowa wrote:

- dmraid seems not to work, downgraded package will be on next images
Both will be fixed when .28 kernel image arrives.

sound great, can't wait.

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#16 2008-12-12 14:52:22

andreaorru
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Re: 2008.12 archboot test iso/img files

when .28 kernel image arrives.

Will we have an ext4 option in the installer?

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#17 2008-12-12 15:10:41

tpowa
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Re: 2008.12 archboot test iso/img files

haven't thought of this but shouldn't be an issue, is this stable in .28?

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#18 2008-12-12 16:34:30

andreaorru
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Re: 2008.12 archboot test iso/img files

tpowa wrote:

haven't thought of this but shouldn't be an issue, is this stable in .28?

Yes, it is stable. smile

Last edited by andreaorru (2008-12-12 16:36:39)

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#19 2008-12-13 02:09:05

Misfit138
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Re: 2008.12 archboot test iso/img files

andreaorru wrote:
tpowa wrote:

haven't thought of this but shouldn't be an issue, is this stable in .28?

Yes, it is stable. smile

Link? Confirmation?

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#20 2008-12-13 02:26:30

kjon
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Registered: 2008-04-16
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Re: 2008.12 archboot test iso/img files

tpowa, no chance about a smaller install cd? I know it's a very handy tool but I really miss the good n' ol' 30 gb ftp cd...

anyway it's a great pre-relase! thanks a lot!


They say that if you play a Win cd backward you hear satanic messages. That's nothing! 'cause if you play it forwards, it installs windows.

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#21 2008-12-13 04:17:31

Gullible Jones
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Re: 2008.12 archboot test iso/img files

I believe you mean 30 mb... tongue

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#22 2008-12-13 08:49:05

tpowa
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From: Lauingen , Germany
Registered: 2004-04-05
Posts: 2,260

Re: 2008.12 archboot test iso/img files

For the record those ISOs have nothing to do with the official cds, it's a demonstration of the archboot scripts.
If you want a smaller image use archboot on your favorite pc and generate one:
pacman -S archboot
mkisolinux -c=/etc/archboot/presets/isolinux-ftp -g=test.iso
mksyslinux -c=/etc/archboot/presets/syslinux-ftp -i=test.img

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#23 2008-12-13 13:38:38

kjon
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Re: 2008.12 archboot test iso/img files

thanks tpowa, I'll try that...
@Gullible Jones: Yeah, soory for the typo. What I wanted to mean was: 'a 30TB cd' tongue


They say that if you play a Win cd backward you hear satanic messages. That's nothing! 'cause if you play it forwards, it installs windows.

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#24 2008-12-13 13:53:48

andreaorru
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Re: 2008.12 archboot test iso/img files

Misfit138 wrote:
andreaorru wrote:
tpowa wrote:

haven't thought of this but shouldn't be an issue, is this stable in .28?

Yes, it is stable. smile

Link? Confirmation?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ext4

On Oct 11, 2008, the patches that mark ext4 as stable code were merged in the Linux 2.6.28 source code repositories, marking the end of the development phase and recommending its adoption.

http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=a … arks&num=1

With the EXT4 file-system being marked as stable in the forthcoming Linux 2.6.28 kernel, and some Linux distributions potentially switching to it as an interim step until the btrfs file-system is ready, [...]

Last edited by andreaorru (2008-12-13 13:58:19)

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#25 2008-12-13 14:41:30

Misfit138
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Re: 2008.12 archboot test iso/img files

Excellent.
Good news, thanks.

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