13 months agoRelease new version 0.34.4 v0.34.4
Michael Prokop [Tue, 3 Dec 2019 15:35:30 +0000 (16:35 +0100)]
Release new version 0.34.4

13 months agoMerge remote-tracking branch 'origin/github/pr/80'
Michael Prokop [Mon, 25 Nov 2019 07:07:00 +0000 (08:07 +0100)]
Merge remote-tracking branch 'origin/github/pr/80'

13 months agoSW: cryptsetup-initramfs (fix persistence-encryption)
Felix Neumärker [Fri, 22 Nov 2019 17:07:53 +0000 (18:07 +0100)]
SW: cryptsetup-initramfs (fix persistence-encryption)

14 months agoSW: add ncdu to GRML_SMALL
Michael Prokop [Sat, 23 Nov 2019 11:18:45 +0000 (12:18 +0100)]
SW: add ncdu to GRML_SMALL

Related to commit 45480fb1c3e60118a13992d4dff50629644b545c

14 months agoSW: add tree to GRML_SMALL
Michael Prokop [Sat, 23 Nov 2019 11:17:57 +0000 (12:17 +0100)]
SW: add tree to GRML_SMALL

Related to commit 4622dafaf1d50eda4f3b9382b4d9b3fe4b7e363d

14 months agoMerge remote-tracking branch 'origin/github/pr/81'
Michael Prokop [Sat, 23 Nov 2019 11:16:53 +0000 (12:16 +0100)]
Merge remote-tracking branch 'origin/github/pr/81'

14 months agoSW: add ncdu to GRML_FULL
Felix Neumärker [Fri, 22 Nov 2019 17:34:00 +0000 (18:34 +0100)]
SW: add ncdu to GRML_FULL

Useful helper for identifying and removing large files. Packages size is ~80K.

14 months agoSW: add tree to GRML_FULL
Felix Neumärker [Fri, 22 Nov 2019 17:29:05 +0000 (18:29 +0100)]
SW: add tree to GRML_FULL

Useful helper for file exploring. Package size is ~88K.

14 months agoSW: add zstd to GRML_FULL
Michael Prokop [Wed, 20 Nov 2019 10:22:06 +0000 (11:22 +0100)]
SW: add zstd to GRML_FULL

14 months agoSW: replace fuse with fuse3
Michael Prokop [Tue, 19 Nov 2019 14:55:05 +0000 (15:55 +0100)]
SW: replace fuse with fuse3

sshfs depends on fuse3 and can be installed just fine with it:

| # apt install sshfs fuse3
| [...]
| The following NEW packages will be installed:
|   fuse3 krb5-locales libedit2 libfuse3-3 libglib2.0-0 libglib2.0-data libgssapi-krb5-2 libicu63 libk5crypto3 libkeyutils1 libkrb5-3 libkrb5support0 libssl1.1 libx11-6 libx11-data libxau6 libxcb1 libxdmcp6 libxext6 libxml2 libxmuu1
|   openssh-client shared-mime-info sshfs xauth xdg-user-dirs
| 0 upgraded, 26 newly installed, 0 to remove and 27 not upgraded.
| Need to get 17.1 MB of archives.
| After this operation, 67.6 MB of additional disk space will be used.
| [..]

While when depending on fuse installation of sshfs fails due to:

| # apt install sshfs fuse
| [...]
| The following packages have unmet dependencies:
|  sshfs : Depends: fuse3 but it is not going to be installed
| E: Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages.
| # apt install sshfs fuse fuse3
| [...]
| The following packages have unmet dependencies:
|  fuse3 : Breaks: fuse
| E: Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages.

This is known as +
and is also mentioned/related to +

If we should ever explicitely need the fuse (v2) package we
can re-evaluate the situation then, but for the time being
switch to fuse3 since it's available as of Debian/buster
and breaking our grml{32,64}-full daily builds.

14 months agoSW: add iperf3 to GRML_SMALL and GRML_FULL
Michael Prokop [Thu, 31 Oct 2019 15:21:05 +0000 (16:21 +0100)]
SW: add iperf3 to GRML_SMALL and GRML_FULL

It requires only 330 kB of disk space and it's certainly
a useful addition.

Thanks: Marc Haber for the suggestion

14 months agoSW: use Debian kernel packages instead of our custom Grml ones
Michael Prokop [Thu, 31 Oct 2019 15:17:48 +0000 (16:17 +0100)]
SW: use Debian kernel packages instead of our custom Grml ones

Maintaining and keeping our linux-image-i386-grml +
linux-image-amd64-grml packages requires manpower we currently
don't really have. Instead let's see whether switching to the
kernel packages provided by Debian fits our needs. (This might
not be the case if we need different configuration options,
defaults, extra patches or the release cycle doesn't fit for
us, but it's worth a try, so let's find out.)


14 months agoSW: add borgbackup to GRML_FULL
Michael Prokop [Thu, 31 Oct 2019 15:05:43 +0000 (16:05 +0100)]
SW: add borgbackup to GRML_FULL


14 months agoSW: add qemu-guest-agent to GRML_SMALL
Michael Prokop [Thu, 31 Oct 2019 15:01:54 +0000 (16:01 +0100)]
SW: add qemu-guest-agent to GRML_SMALL

Related to commit 14fe0c777, qemu-guest-agent is nice to gather
network information when running e.g. as VM inside a Proxmox environment.
It's pulling in 4,675 kB on grml64-small Debian/testing as of today,
which is acceptable, given that we want to provide qemu-guest-agent
integration as release goal for our upcoming Grml release.

15 months agoSW: add kpartx to GRML_SMALL + GRML_FULL
Michael Prokop [Wed, 23 Oct 2019 09:01:40 +0000 (11:01 +0200)]
SW: add kpartx to GRML_SMALL + GRML_FULL

It requires less than 100 kB of additional disk space, and while
we have kpartx on grml-full thanks to a dependency by multipath-tools,
we didn't have it on grml-small yet. Add explicit depends to both
Grml flavours.


15 months agoRelease new version 0.34.3 v0.34.3
Michael Prokop [Tue, 22 Oct 2019 13:53:32 +0000 (15:53 +0200)]
Release new version 0.34.3

15 months agoSW: replace vim-gtk with vim-gtk3
Michael Prokop [Tue, 22 Oct 2019 11:48:59 +0000 (13:48 +0200)]
SW: replace vim-gtk with vim-gtk3

vim-gtk is a transitional/dummy package as of bullseye (current
Debian/testing), while vim-gtk3 is available since at least
stretch (current Debian/oldstable).

15 months agoGRMLBASE/90-update-alternatives: support vim >=2:8.1.2136-1
Michael Prokop [Tue, 22 Oct 2019 09:02:19 +0000 (11:02 +0200)]
GRMLBASE/90-update-alternatives: support vim >=2:8.1.2136-1

vim 2:8.1.2136-1 moved /usr/bin/vim.* into /usr/libexec/vim/,
so we need to check for its base path.

Also vim-gtk became a transitional package for vim-gtk3 and
the binary is called vim.gtk3, add according additional check.


| Setting vim.gtk as editor using update-alternatives.
| update-alternatives: error: alternative /usr/bin/vim.gtk for editor not registered; not setting
| GRMLBASE/90-update-alternatives FAILED with exit code 2.

15 months agoRelease new version 0.34.2 v0.34.2
Michael Prokop [Thu, 26 Sep 2019 14:07:51 +0000 (16:07 +0200)]
Release new version 0.34.2

16 months agoRebuild /var/lib/dpkg/available to install not-yet-installed packages in update runs
Michael Prokop [Tue, 10 Sep 2019 09:05:05 +0000 (11:05 +0200)]
Rebuild /var/lib/dpkg/available to install not-yet-installed packages in update runs

When executing grml-live in update mode (grml-live [...] -u) using an
existing grml_chroot, then script GRMLBASE/98-clean-chroot has emptied
/var/lib/dpkg/available in a previous run already.

Executing `apt-get update` does NOT re-generate the file. This leads to
FAI's install_packages with its mkpackagelist() and clean_pkg_list()
failing to install requested packages, but reporting all packages with:

| WARNING: These unknown packages are removed from the installation list: [...]

This is unexpected, as an update run shouldn't just update existing
packages, but also try to install any additionally requested packages
from the software selection (as a package might not have been installed
due to missing dependencies, that have been taken care of in the

So if we'd detect an existing /var/lib/dpkg/available that is empty,
then we would have to rebuild it using /usr/lib/dpkg/methods/apt/update.
Since /usr/lib/dpkg/methods/apt/update essentially also executes
'apt-get update' underneath, there's no need to run 'apt-get update'
only with empty /var/lib/dpkg/available, instead let's always rely on

16 months agoSW: drop racoon from GRML_FULL
Michael Prokop [Tue, 3 Sep 2019 12:03:53 +0000 (14:03 +0200)]
SW: drop racoon from GRML_FULL

Quoting from

| ROM; dead upstream, alternatives available

Also see Debian bug #932144

17 months agoREADME: set TEMPLATE_DIRECTORY instead of using -t cmdline option
Michael Prokop [Wed, 21 Aug 2019 13:25:50 +0000 (15:25 +0200)]
README: set TEMPLATE_DIRECTORY instead of using -t cmdline option

Use same approach in docs and README, to make
it more consistent.

Prompted by Jay Lawrence (@jayjlawrence),
see commit 09137840c2 and

17 months agoMerge remote-tracking branch 'origin/github/pr/76'
Michael Prokop [Wed, 21 Aug 2019 13:25:04 +0000 (15:25 +0200)]
Merge remote-tracking branch 'origin/github/pr/76'

17 months agoSW: add efibootmgr to GRMLBASE
Michael Prokop [Fri, 26 Jul 2019 11:02:32 +0000 (13:02 +0200)]
SW: add efibootmgr to GRMLBASE

The grub-efi-amd64-bin package in Debian/stretch used to have efibootmgr in
its Depends:

| Package: grub-efi-amd64-bin
| Source: grub2
| Version: 2.02~beta3-5+deb9u1
| [...]
| Depends: grub-common (= 2.02~beta3-5+deb9u1), efibootmgr

... while the grub-efi-amd64-bin package in Debian buster and newer has
efibootmgr in its Recommends:

| Package: grub-efi-amd64-bin
| Source: grub2
| Version: 2.02+dfsg1-20
| [...]
| Depends: grub-common (= 2.02+dfsg1-20)
| Recommends: grub-efi-amd64-signed, efibootmgr

Therefore we're no longer pulling in efibootmgr via grub-efi-amd64-bin, while
it's certainly important to have it available, so add it to GRMLBASE.

Development sponsored by Sipwise GmbH, recorded as
TT#63652 in customers' ticket system.

18 months agoRelease new version 0.34.1 v0.34.1
Michael Prokop [Thu, 11 Jul 2019 15:33:01 +0000 (17:33 +0200)]
Release new version 0.34.1

18 months agoSources list setup for security: switch from testing/updates to testing-security
Michael Prokop [Thu, 11 Jul 2019 15:00:11 +0000 (17:00 +0200)]
Sources list setup for security: switch from testing/updates to testing-security

Supposed to fix:

| E: Failed to fetch  404  Not Found [IP: 2a04:4e42:9::204 80]

Nowadays only exists.
Quoting from

| I would like to switch to *-security instead of */updates starting with
| bullseye.  There will likely be some complications, but they should be
| solvable by the time we will publish packages in bullseye-security.

18 months agoSW: drop lilo from GRML_SMALL and GRML_FULL
Michael Prokop [Thu, 11 Jul 2019 14:58:10 +0000 (16:58 +0200)]
SW: drop lilo from GRML_SMALL and GRML_FULL

I don't think that's relevant for anyone nowadays, otherwise
let's find out :)

20 months agoProvide workaround for FAI bug, leaving /run/udev behind (see #928981)
Michael Prokop [Tue, 14 May 2019 14:46:30 +0000 (16:46 +0200)]
Provide workaround for FAI bug, leaving /run/udev behind (see #928981)


20 months agoNeed to set templates directory as well when running from git
Jay Lawrence [Wed, 8 May 2019 12:08:29 +0000 (08:08 -0400)]
Need to set templates directory as well when running from git

22 months agoRelease new version 0.34.0 v0.34.0
Michael Prokop [Thu, 21 Mar 2019 11:28:29 +0000 (12:28 +0100)]
Release new version 0.34.0

22 months agoBump Standards-Version to 4.3.0
Michael Prokop [Thu, 21 Mar 2019 11:27:53 +0000 (12:27 +0100)]
Bump Standards-Version to 4.3.0

22 months agoSwitch default mount point from /lib/live/mount/medium to /run/live/medium
Michael Prokop [Thu, 21 Mar 2019 09:08:25 +0000 (10:08 +0100)]
Switch default mount point from /lib/live/mount/medium to /run/live/medium

In commit 0d878d3a679 of live-boot(-grml)
("Simplify mount point handling by using /run/live instead of /lib/live/mount")
the mountpath of /lib/live/mount/medium was moved towards /run/live/medium.

Commit c6a17c7b41b of live-boot(-grml) provides a backward compatibility
rbind mount, but occasionally there seems to be a regression somewhere
during boot (see, and
the rbind mount will be deprecated and removed before the bullseye
(Debian 11) release.

Layout changes over time:

* /cdrom for old linuxrc approach
* /live/image for initramfs layout until December 2012
* /lib/live/mount/medium for initramfs layout since December 2012
* /run/live/medium for initramfs layout since December 2018

Drop support for everything but /run/live/medium and
/lib/live/mount/medium, while at it.

22 months agoSW: add qemu-system-gui to GRML_FULL
Michael Prokop [Thu, 28 Feb 2019 15:26:42 +0000 (16:26 +0100)]
SW: add qemu-system-gui to GRML_FULL

Having the gtk interface available is certainly useful, and
requires only ~2MB of additional disk space.

Thanks: Iru Cai for the suggestion
Closes: grml/grml-live#71

23 months agoSW: add dnsutils to GRML_FULL
Michael Prokop [Fri, 8 Feb 2019 15:48:02 +0000 (16:48 +0100)]
SW: add dnsutils to GRML_FULL

It adds only ~1MB of additional disk space to GRML_FULL, since we have
all the relevant dependencies (except for libirs161) onboard already.

We ship ldnsutils (note the leading *l* in the package name) on
GRML_SMALL, since there we don't have libbind* & CO.

2 years agoRelease new version 0.33.6 v0.33.6
Michael Prokop [Sun, 30 Dec 2018 09:18:53 +0000 (10:18 +0100)]
Release new version 0.33.6

2 years agoSW: add aptitude to GRML_FULL
Michael Prokop [Sun, 30 Dec 2018 09:16:31 +0000 (10:16 +0100)]
SW: add aptitude to GRML_FULL

It's relevant for
/etc/grml/fai/config/scripts/GRMLBASE/95-package-information to identify
all packages from section non-free and creating the nonfree-licenses.txt

Closes: grml/grml#112

2 years agoRelease new version 0.33.5 v0.33.5
Michael Prokop [Sat, 29 Dec 2018 16:17:08 +0000 (17:17 +0100)]
Release new version 0.33.5

2 years agogrml-cheatcodes + isolinux splashes: drop xkeyboard + lang=*-iso boot options
Michael Prokop [Sat, 29 Dec 2018 16:13:55 +0000 (17:13 +0100)]
grml-cheatcodes + isolinux splashes: drop xkeyboard + lang=*-iso boot options

The xkeyboard boot option is no longer supported as such (see
relevant changes in grml-live commit 3a054970e and grml-autoconfig
commit fc67c1849a4), so longer announce it.

The lang=*-iso is supposed to disappear and no longer supported as
such, so don't announce it either.

2 years agoRelease new version 0.33.4 v0.33.4
Michael Prokop [Sat, 29 Dec 2018 15:22:33 +0000 (16:22 +0100)]
Release new version 0.33.4

2 years agoSet up Unicode/UTF8 and console fonts via console-setup
Michael Prokop [Sat, 29 Dec 2018 14:17:25 +0000 (15:17 +0100)]
Set up Unicode/UTF8 and console fonts via console-setup

Our old approach with running loadkeys, setting console font and
invoking unicode_start via grml-autoconfig is incomplete for nowadays'

We tried to fix that by changing the order in which we set up the fonts,
runnning loadkeys and finally invoking unicode_start via grml-autoconfig
(see: grml/grml-autoconfig@c820a66). But this changed only the behavior
on tty1, the other consoles still had problems when trying to display
unicode characters (see e.g. `systemctl status` output).

The proper solution is to configure /etc/default/console-setup as needed
(doing this with this change) and rely on console-setup afterwards to do the right
thing (implemented within grml-autoconfig).

With this change we ship a default /etc/default/console-setup via
GRMLBASE, which can be customized as needed by users of grml-live
through separate FAI class files.

Explicitely added console-setup to GRMLBASE since we rely on it

Thanks: Michael Schierl (@schierlm) + @qlplq for feedback and Darshaka Pathirana for debugging this and providing a preliminary PR
Closes: grml/grml-autoconfig#9, grml/grml#50
Relates to: grml/grml#101

2 years agoRelease new version 0.33.3 v0.33.3
Michael Prokop [Wed, 19 Dec 2018 09:41:01 +0000 (10:41 +0100)]
Release new version 0.33.3

2 years agoMerge remote-tracking branch 'origin/github/pr/69'
Michael Prokop [Wed, 19 Dec 2018 09:37:31 +0000 (10:37 +0100)]
Merge remote-tracking branch 'origin/github/pr/69'

2 years Use HTTPS URLs
Paul Menzel [Mon, 28 May 2018 10:23:08 +0000 (12:23 +0200)] Use HTTPS URLs

2 years agoEnsure to properly remove deprecated serial-getty@ttyS0.service.d override file
Michael Prokop [Mon, 17 Dec 2018 08:34:25 +0000 (09:34 +0100)]
Ensure to properly remove deprecated serial-getty@ttyS0.service.d override file

This was forgotten to take care in git commit efd2447

2 years agoDrop 'bootchart' from grml-cheatcodes.txt and isolinux labels
Michael Prokop [Fri, 14 Dec 2018 15:57:07 +0000 (16:57 +0100)]
Drop 'bootchart' from grml-cheatcodes.txt and isolinux labels

We don't ship the bootchart2 package in any of our ISOs,
so drop it accordingly from docs + isolinux configurations.


Thanks: Darshaka Pathirana for spotting

2 years agoRelease new version 0.33.2 v0.33.2
Michael Prokop [Fri, 14 Dec 2018 13:41:23 +0000 (14:41 +0100)]
Release new version 0.33.2

2 years agoMerge remote-tracking branch 'origin/github/pr/68'
Michael Prokop [Fri, 14 Dec 2018 13:00:01 +0000 (14:00 +0100)]
Merge remote-tracking branch 'origin/github/pr/68'

2 years agoEnable serial-getty with root autologin on every given device
Darshaka Pathirana [Fri, 14 Dec 2018 12:34:29 +0000 (13:34 +0100)]
Enable serial-getty with root autologin on every given device

With the kernel command line paramter / bootoption
it is possible to use a serial port as console.

So far we only enabled root autologin for the serial port ttyS0, but it
should be enabled on every given device as we do not have any password
set for any user, which meant that no login was possible at all (on a
serial port other than ttyS0).

The serial port ttyS1 can be tested with QEMU/KVM like this::

  kvm -m 512 -serial pty -serial pty -cdrom grml.iso

This adds two serial ports (ttyS0 and ttyS1) to the VM and redirect its
output to /dev/pts/*. On the Grml boot prompt then add "console=ttyS1"
to redirect the output to second serial console.

Thanks: @MichaelEischer for the bug report
Closes: grml/grml#104

2 years agoRelease new version 0.33.1 v0.33.1
Michael Prokop [Fri, 14 Dec 2018 11:21:13 +0000 (12:21 +0100)]
Release new version 0.33.1

2 years agoDisable Secure Boot support by default
Michael Prokop [Fri, 14 Dec 2018 10:30:21 +0000 (11:30 +0100)]
Disable Secure Boot support by default

We're seeing failing boots on some Dell servers and it seems
to be related to some EFI firmware situation. Until this is
resolved and we find a long-term strategy WRT Secure Boot
let's disable Secure Boot support in our ISOS by default.


2 years agogrml-cheatcodes.txt: don't mention "gmt" boot option, "utc" should be used
Michael Prokop [Fri, 14 Dec 2018 09:34:28 +0000 (10:34 +0100)]
grml-cheatcodes.txt: don't mention "gmt" boot option, "utc" should be used

The "utc|gmt" might confuse users and the "gmt" is something which
shouldn't be even announced as such, people should use "utc".

2 years agoMerge remote-tracking branch 'origin/github/pr/67'
Michael Prokop [Fri, 14 Dec 2018 09:32:56 +0000 (10:32 +0100)]
Merge remote-tracking branch 'origin/github/pr/67'

2 years agoUpdate cheatcodes to clarify hardware clock and timezone defaults
Darshaka Pathirana [Thu, 13 Dec 2018 14:55:17 +0000 (15:55 +0100)]
Update cheatcodes to clarify hardware clock and timezone defaults

While debugging grml/grml#61, it was unclear for me what the expected
behavior should be. Grml defaults to LOCAL (in /etc/adjtime) which
means that Hardware Clock is expected to be set in local time (which is
usually the case on Windows only systems).

The time zone defaults to UTC.

2 years agoRelease new version 0.33.0 v0.33.0
Michael Prokop [Thu, 13 Dec 2018 11:37:37 +0000 (12:37 +0100)]
Release new version 0.33.0

2 years agoSW: drop deprecated cpufrequtils (+ drop scripts/GRMLBASE/36-cpufrequtils)
Michael Prokop [Thu, 13 Dec 2018 11:08:01 +0000 (12:08 +0100)]
SW: drop deprecated cpufrequtils (+ drop scripts/GRMLBASE/36-cpufrequtils)

The cpufreq drivers are autoloaded and the powersave/ondemand driver
is mature enough. The linux-cpupower tools provide the binaries
as replacement for what cpufrequtils provided so far and we ship
them (with GRML_FULL) already.

Also see

Thanks: Michael Biebl for the pointer

2 years agoRework debian/, following current best practices
Michael Prokop [Thu, 13 Dec 2018 11:34:33 +0000 (12:34 +0100)]
Rework debian/, following current best practices

* Switch to minimal debhelper approach, Build-Depend on debhelper >= 10
* Switch from Priority 'extra' to 'optional' (deprecated as of Debian Policy v4.0.1)
* Drop unused GPL-2 section from debian/copyright
* Update copyright year information in debian/copyright
* Refresh lintian overrides
* Add postinst/postrm maintainer scripts for dpkg-maintscript-helper support

2 years agoDrop symlink etc/grml/fai/config/config
Michael Prokop [Thu, 13 Dec 2018 10:47:57 +0000 (11:47 +0100)]
Drop symlink etc/grml/fai/config/config

This was annoying since its beginning and AFAICT it's
not strictly needed anymore.

2 years agoSupport BOOT_FILE variable for usage within secureboot templates
Michael Prokop [Fri, 23 Nov 2018 07:26:00 +0000 (08:26 +0100)]
Support BOOT_FILE variable for usage within secureboot templates

This is related to:

| commit 642e1b389347bcb8d6e44b483c327e45225427f4
| Author: Michael Prokop <>
| Date:   Thu Nov 22 23:54:10 2018 +0100
|     Ensure GRUB finds the running ISO

By using the same approach for setting $root within GRUB
also for the Secure Boot GRUB configuration we ensure to
apply the same safety measures to Secure Boot mode.

2 years agoGRUB: drop `insmod vbe`
Michael Prokop [Thu, 22 Nov 2018 23:12:27 +0000 (00:12 +0100)]
GRUB: drop `insmod vbe`

When booting in EFI mode this error message is visible for a
very short period of time:

| error: file `/boot/grub/x86_64-efi/vbe.mod' not found

This is annoying, especially because it's hard to read and identify.

It's for sure not relevant within Secure Boot mode, as it's forbidden
there. Let's also disable it by default for Non-Secure-Boot-mode,
if it's relevant for anyone or on specific systems we'll find out.

2 years agoEnsure GRUB finds the running ISO
Michael Prokop [Thu, 22 Nov 2018 22:54:10 +0000 (23:54 +0100)]
Ensure GRUB finds the running ISO

Instead of relying on the presence of the /conf/bootid.txt file, which
might be present on several Grml ISOs, let's generate a unique filename
which GRUB then can search for.

JFTR: The redirection within the layers (scripts/GRMLBASE/45-grub-images
vs main grml-live script) is necessary, because the GRUB image is
generated from within the rootfs (grml_chroot), but the rootfs is
compressed within a squashfs file, while we can only access files
available directly inside the ISO (corresponding to the files inside
grml_cd, and not the files inside grml_chroot which
scripts/GRMLBASE/45-grub-images has access to).

2 years agoRelease new version 0.32.3 v0.32.3
Michael Prokop [Thu, 15 Nov 2018 09:14:56 +0000 (10:14 +0100)]
Release new version 0.32.3

2 years agoSwitch Homepage + Vcs-Browser headers from http to https
Michael Prokop [Thu, 15 Nov 2018 09:14:37 +0000 (10:14 +0100)]
Switch Homepage + Vcs-Browser headers from http to https

2 years agoBump Standards-Version to 4.2.1
Michael Prokop [Thu, 15 Nov 2018 09:14:29 +0000 (10:14 +0100)]
Bump Standards-Version to 4.2.1

2 years agoMerge remote-tracking branch 'origin/github/pr/66'
Michael Prokop [Wed, 14 Nov 2018 20:05:33 +0000 (21:05 +0100)]
Merge remote-tracking branch 'origin/github/pr/66'

2 years agoRemove genisoimage from dependencies
Darshaka Pathirana [Wed, 14 Nov 2018 17:08:57 +0000 (18:08 +0100)]
Remove genisoimage from dependencies

When running grml-live with genisoimage (9:1.1.11-3+b2) on Debian/stretch the
following error is shown:

  # ./grml-live -s sid -a amd64 -c GRMLBASE,GRML_SMALL,AMD64 -t $(pwd)/templates/ -o /dev/shm/grml-live
    [*] Finished execution of stage 'squashfs'
    [*] Forcing rebuild of ISO because files on ISO have been modified.
    [*] Using genisoimage to build ISO.
  genisoimage: -i option no longer supported.
  stat: cannot stat '/dev/shm/grml-live/grml_isos/grml_0.0.1.iso': No such file or directory
    [!] Error: there was a critical error executing stage 'iso build

Closes: grml/grml-live#65

2 years agoMerge remote-tracking branch 'origin/github/pr/58'
Michael Prokop [Wed, 14 Nov 2018 15:05:13 +0000 (16:05 +0100)]
Merge remote-tracking branch 'origin/github/pr/58'

2 years agoUpdate broken links
Darshaka Pathirana [Wed, 25 Jul 2018 06:57:26 +0000 (08:57 +0200)]
Update broken links

And while doing so change links to manpage to publicly available manpage
links, because the links to the manpage source is barely readable.

Thanks: David Prévot <> for the report
Closes: grml/grml-live#57

2 years agoRelease new version 0.32.2 v0.32.2
Michael Prokop [Wed, 17 Oct 2018 15:24:03 +0000 (17:24 +0200)]
Release new version 0.32.2

2 years agoEFI/BOOT: bring back files from Ubuntu 18.04
Michael Prokop [Wed, 17 Oct 2018 14:46:50 +0000 (16:46 +0200)]
EFI/BOOT: bring back files from Ubuntu 18.04

Bring back the state of EFI/BOOT files as of commit
bc4f02658ffa63a71ef1bc4f37ae3707ff580382 plus the config change with
commit c35a30b42bac4de7089f936d6917b246ade6d5c5, as this was the last
GRUB version that's known to be working with *unsigned* kernel files.

Otherwise SecureBoot fails to boot with:

| Loading kernel...
| error: /boot/grml/vmlinuz has invalid signature.
| Loading initrd...
| error: you need to load the kernel first.

when using grub2-signed (corresponding to Ubuntu's GRUB 2.02+dfsg1-5ubuntu7) with files e.g. from +

This might be related to the change introduced in:

| grub2-signed (1.93.4) bionic; urgency=medium
|   * Rebuild against grub2 2.02-2ubuntu8.3 and check kernel is signed on
|     amd64 EFI before installing grub (LP: #1786491).
|  -- Julian Andres Klode <>  Mon, 13 Aug 2018 12:51:32 +0200

JFTR, as of 2018-10-17 we have in Ubuntu:

| % rmadison -u ubuntu grub-efi-amd64-signed
|  grub-efi-amd64-signed | 1.9~ubuntu12.04.10+1.99-21ubuntu3.19 | precise-security | amd64
|  grub-efi-amd64-signed | 1.9~ubuntu12.04.10+1.99-21ubuntu3.19 | precise-updates  | amd64
|  grub-efi-amd64-signed | 1.34+2.02~beta2-9                    | trusty           | amd64
|  grub-efi-amd64-signed | 1.34.7+2.02~beta2-9ubuntu1.6         | trusty-security  | amd64
|  grub-efi-amd64-signed | 1.34.17+2.02~beta2-9ubuntu1.15       | trusty-updates   | amd64
|  grub-efi-amd64-signed | 1.66+2.02~beta2-36ubuntu3            | xenial           | amd64
|  grub-efi-amd64-signed | 1.66.18+2.02~beta2-36ubuntu3.18      | xenial-updates   | amd64
|  grub-efi-amd64-signed | 1.93+2.02-2ubuntu8                   | bionic           | amd64
|  grub-efi-amd64-signed | 1.93.7+2.02-2ubuntu8.6               | bionic-updates   | amd64
|  grub-efi-amd64-signed | 1.93.8+2.02-2ubuntu8.7               | bionic-proposed  | amd64
|  grub-efi-amd64-signed | 1.109+2.02+dfsg1-5ubuntu7            | cosmic           | amd64

Note that EFI boot with ovmf 0~20161202.7bbe0b3e-1 with kvm/qemu on
Debian/stretch fails, resulting in a grub shell prompt of GRUB
2.02-2ubuntu8 (without any menu), e.g. when invoked via:

| % qemu-system-x86_64 -bios /usr/share/qemu/OVMF.fd -vga qxl -hda grml.iso -m 512

Both the ovmf versions from kraxel as well from current Debian/testing
AKA buster work though:

| % wget
| % rpm2cpio edk2.git-ovmf-x64-0-20180807.281.gc526dcd40f.noarch.rpm | cpio -idmv
| % qemu-system-x86_64 -bios ./usr/share/edk2.git/ovmf-x64/OVMF-pure-efi.fd -vga qxl -hda grml.iso -m 512


| % wget
| % dpkg -x ovmf_0\~20180812.cb5f4f45-1_all.deb ovmf
| % qemu-system-x86_64 -bios ovmf/usr/share/ovmf/OVMF.fd -vga qxl -hda grml.iso -m 512


and possibly also related to

2 years agoEFI/BOOT/README: document file usage
Michael Prokop [Wed, 17 Oct 2018 13:48:54 +0000 (15:48 +0200)]
EFI/BOOT/README: document file usage

2 years agoMerge remote-tracking branch 'origin/github/pr/60'
Michael Prokop [Wed, 29 Aug 2018 12:15:49 +0000 (14:15 +0200)]
Merge remote-tracking branch 'origin/github/pr/60'

2 years agotemplates/EFI: Use newer grubx64 from Ubuntu
Paul Menzel [Wed, 29 Aug 2018 12:04:58 +0000 (14:04 +0200)]
templates/EFI: Use newer grubx64 from Ubuntu

2 years agoRelease new version 0.32.1 v0.32.1
Michael Prokop [Wed, 15 Aug 2018 09:21:40 +0000 (11:21 +0200)]
Release new version 0.32.1

2 years agojessie-backports: use usb-modeswitch from jessie-backports
Michael Prokop [Wed, 15 Aug 2018 09:14:52 +0000 (11:14 +0200)]
jessie-backports: use usb-modeswitch from jessie-backports

libudev1 + udev can be installed from jessie-backports
only if usb-modeswitch is also considered from

2 years agoSW: Drop qemu-kvm (qemu-system-x86 being its replacement) from GRML_FULL
Michael Prokop [Tue, 31 Jul 2018 06:54:15 +0000 (08:54 +0200)]
SW: Drop qemu-kvm (qemu-system-x86 being its replacement) from GRML_FULL

qemu-kvm is in `Section: oldlibs` and deborphan removes
the package anyway, even though we mark it as `--add-keep`.
There's no point in putting further effort into this,
as qemu-system-x86 provides everything what's needed nowadays.

2 years agoSW: replace targetcli + python-urwid with targetcli-fb in GRML_FULL
Michael Prokop [Tue, 31 Jul 2018 06:44:58 +0000 (08:44 +0200)]
SW: replace targetcli + python-urwid with targetcli-fb in GRML_FULL

targetcli exists only in wheezy + experimental nowadays.
Quoting the package description of targetcli-fb:

| The targetcli-fb package is a fork of the "targetcli" code
| written by RisingTide Systems. The "-fb" differentiates between
| the original and this version. Please ensure to use either all
| "fb" versions of the targetcli components -- targetcli, rtslib,
| and configshell, or stick with all non-fb versions, since they
| are no longer strictly compatible.

2 years agoSW: drop alsa-base (no longer existing) from GRML_FULL
Michael Prokop [Tue, 31 Jul 2018 06:42:51 +0000 (08:42 +0200)]
SW: drop alsa-base (no longer existing) from GRML_FULL

Used to be `ALSA driver configuration files` package until
wheezy, then became a dummy package with jessie and later
on longer exists at all.

2 years agoSW: replace lynx-cur (transitional package) with lynx in GRML_FULL
Michael Prokop [Tue, 31 Jul 2018 06:40:59 +0000 (08:40 +0200)]
SW: replace lynx-cur (transitional package) with lynx in GRML_FULL

2 years agoSW: replace btrfs-tools (transitional package) with btrfs-progs in GRML_FULL
Michael Prokop [Tue, 31 Jul 2018 05:50:35 +0000 (07:50 +0200)]
SW: replace btrfs-tools (transitional package) with btrfs-progs in GRML_FULL

2 years agoSW: add bcache-tools to GRML_FULL
Michael Prokop [Mon, 16 Jul 2018 06:12:44 +0000 (08:12 +0200)]
SW: add bcache-tools to GRML_FULL

Quoting from 2018-07-15 on IRC:

| 11:26 < suebal> Can't mount /dev/bcache0 using grml - I suppose there's no bache support. What can I do else?

2 years agoSW: add dislocker to GRML_FULL
Michael Prokop [Thu, 14 Jun 2018 14:02:40 +0000 (16:02 +0200)]
SW: add dislocker to GRML_FULL

Thanks: f0
Closes grml/grml#60

2 years agoSW: add qemu-guest-agent to GRML_FULL
Michael Prokop [Fri, 8 Jun 2018 08:52:35 +0000 (10:52 +0200)]
SW: add qemu-guest-agent to GRML_FULL

With qemu-guest-agent service being present we support retrieving
network information from a VM, as supported with e.g. Proxmox
v5.2 (verified with qemu-guest-agent v1:2.8+dfsg-6 on grml64-full

Adding only to GRML_FULL as on GRML_SMALL it would pull in
libglib2.0-0 and add ~6MB of disk space, while on GRML_FULL
it's only ~1MB total.

2 years agoRelease new version 0.32.0 v0.32.0
Michael Prokop [Fri, 1 Jun 2018 14:16:35 +0000 (16:16 +0200)]
Release new version 0.32.0

2 years agoSW: add thin-provisioning-tools to GRML_FULL
Michael Prokop [Fri, 1 Jun 2018 13:22:15 +0000 (15:22 +0200)]
SW: add thin-provisioning-tools to GRML_FULL

Quoting from the bugreport:

| In order to activate lvm volumes which use lvm caching,
| /usr/sbin/cache_check (provided by thin-provisioning-tools) needs
| to be installed (see As grml
| currently does not include thin-provisioning-tools, volumes which
| use caching cannot be activated on startup (e.g. via the lvm boot
| option), not activated manually (naturally one can install
| thin-provisioning-tools via apt, but that doesn't help with
| activating on startup).

Closes grml/grml#81
Thanks: James Tocknell

2 years agoUpdate GRUB test for Secure Boot support mika/efiboot
Michael Prokop [Tue, 29 May 2018 22:01:00 +0000 (00:01 +0200)]
Update GRUB test for Secure Boot support

cpuid with the recent Ubuntu GRUB no longer fails,
so instead let's invoke `probe` with an incomplete
command line, which returns fine in SecureBoot
boot environment while it fails in full GRUB
session with an error message.

2 years agotemplates/EFI: use files from Ubuntu 18.04
Paul Menzel [Wed, 23 May 2018 13:05:26 +0000 (15:05 +0200)]
templates/EFI: use files from Ubuntu 18.04

Currently, the shim cannot be loaded with TianoCore (using
/usr/share/edk2.git/ovmf-x64/OVMF-pure-efi.fd from
and also fails on several systems like on the Dell XPS 13 9360 and 9370,
Dell r640 (see
and HP EliteBook 820 G3.

Error message during boot:

| Reloc 0 block size 2756420659 is invalid
| Relocation failed: Unsupported

2 years agoRelease new version 0.31.3 v0.31.3
Michael Prokop [Fri, 25 May 2018 11:59:16 +0000 (13:59 +0200)]
Release new version 0.31.3

2 years agoBump Standards-Version to 4.1.4
Michael Prokop [Fri, 25 May 2018 11:58:50 +0000 (13:58 +0200)]
Bump Standards-Version to 4.1.4

2 years agoadd placeholder and explanation inviting local patches to isolinux.cfg
Marc Haber [Mon, 19 Mar 2018 16:03:52 +0000 (17:03 +0100)]
add placeholder and explanation inviting local patches to isolinux.cfg

this closes grml/grml-live #45

This is unfortunately completely untested, since to multiple issues, one
of them being grml/grml-live #44 and grml/grml-live #46 are still
unaddressed, I cannot currently reliably build grml images. As it is a
comment-only patch, this can be safely applied and I'll happily test a
daily image afterwards.

2 years agoMerge remote-tracking branch 'remotes/origin/github/pr/52'
Michael Prokop [Fri, 25 May 2018 10:52:07 +0000 (12:52 +0200)]
Merge remote-tracking branch 'remotes/origin/github/pr/52'

2 years agoMerge remote-tracking branch 'origin/github/pr/49'
Michael Prokop [Fri, 25 May 2018 08:50:49 +0000 (10:50 +0200)]
Merge remote-tracking branch 'origin/github/pr/49'

2 years agoSW: add restic
Michael Prokop [Sun, 13 May 2018 07:39:35 +0000 (09:39 +0200)]
SW: add restic

As suggested by Frank Terbeck <>

2 years agoRelease new version 0.31.2 v0.31.2
Michael Prokop [Fri, 27 Apr 2018 09:54:02 +0000 (11:54 +0200)]
Release new version 0.31.2

2 years agoupdatebase.GRMLBASE: no longer install aptitude
Michael Prokop [Fri, 27 Apr 2018 09:28:24 +0000 (11:28 +0200)]
updatebase.GRMLBASE: no longer install aptitude

We sitched from aptitude to apt-get as package manager in FAI's
package list back in commit 121b3484e, so we shouldn't strictly
need aptitude any longer. The ongoing ncurses transition is
failing our builds currently, so that's a good chance to make
this change.

2 years agoReplace /etc/apt/grml.key with /etc/apt/trusted.gpg.d/grml-archive-keyring.gpg
Michael Prokop [Fri, 27 Apr 2018 09:23:10 +0000 (11:23 +0200)]
Replace /etc/apt/grml.key with /etc/apt/trusted.gpg.d/grml-archive-keyring.gpg

/etc/apt/grml.key was a PGP public key block Public-Key (old) and
required installation via apt-key.

By instead placing a `GPG key public ring` into
/etc/apt/trusted.gpg.d/grml-archive-keyring.gpg we don't need
this extra apt-key invocation any longer, which might actually
fail with:

| E: gnupg, gnupg2 and gnupg1 do not seem to be installed, but one of them is required for this operation

Installation of gnupg isn't enough though, since then we run

| 10:45:56 Warning: apt-key output should not be parsed (stdout is not a terminal)
| 10:45:58 gpg: can't connect to the agent: IPC connect call failed

Drop old /etc/grml/fai/config/files/etc/apt/grml.key/GRMLBASE via maintscript

Thanks: Antoine Beaupré <> for a related PR

2 years agoSW: replace iproute with iproute2
Michael Prokop [Fri, 27 Apr 2018 09:17:20 +0000 (11:17 +0200)]
SW: replace iproute with iproute2

iproute is a transitional package for iproute2 since Debian/jessie
and no longer exists starting with Debian/buster.

2 years agoSW: drop apt-transport-https from GRMLBASE
Michael Prokop [Fri, 27 Apr 2018 07:33:07 +0000 (09:33 +0200)]
SW: drop apt-transport-https from GRMLBASE

apt-transport-https is a transitional package starting with
Debian/buster, so the package is no longer relevant for builds
against Debian/testing + sid/unstable nowadays.

If someone needs this package in grml-live builds using
Debian/stretch or older Debian releases then the package should
be included in local configurations.

2 years agoUse stretch-backports instead of jessie-backports for stable
Markus Lindberg [Wed, 28 Mar 2018 13:53:05 +0000 (15:53 +0200)]
Use stretch-backports instead of jessie-backports for stable

2 years agoGRMLBASE/98-clean-chroot: execute resolvconf workarounds also for systemd
Michael Prokop [Wed, 14 Mar 2018 12:29:37 +0000 (13:29 +0100)]
GRMLBASE/98-clean-chroot: execute resolvconf workarounds also for systemd

/etc/resolvconf/resolv.conf.d/original leaks data from the environment
the ISO was built in, and /etc/resolv.conf should be empty and be filled
with data from DHCP.

Thanks: András Korn

2 years agoRelease new version 0.31.1 v0.31.1
Michael Prokop [Tue, 20 Feb 2018 16:58:12 +0000 (17:58 +0100)]
Release new version 0.31.1