[Grml] Re: [grml-bugs] bug#25: Wish lists for enhancing the grml configuration system
mika at grml.org
Sun Apr 22 12:17:17 CEST 2007
* Tong Sun <mlist4suntong at yahoo.com> [20070422 06:15]:
> First of all, thanks for your hard works that releases grml 0.9-7,
> and grml-small 0.3-2 recently.
> I hope the following minor enhancements to the grml configuration
> system can make into the 1.0 release.
Preface: 1.0 is already feature freezed, we are in the bughunting
process now and rc1 will be available soon. All the extra features
have to be postponed therefore. I don't want to add any new features
anymore because we have tons of new features already, all of them
have to be carefully tested which requires lots of time.
> - support reading configuration files from NTFS partitions. Don't
> know if it already possible, just list it here first.
I'm not aware of any filesystem limits regarding bootoption
> - myconfig=scan. I know by default the booting process tries to
> mount a device labeled GRMLCFG, and do configuration from
> The problem is that, in nowadays window$ world, the cooperate
> policy will most often prevent me from change my own disk
> label. You won't believe it, nowadays window$ world is so
> dummy-proof that in many places I can't even change my window$
> desktop settings.
> So I need another automatic way to specify the grml configuration
So what exactly are you requesting here? You mean you want to get a
'myconfig=scan' which searches through all available partitions for a file
config.tbz and use it then?
> - Boot-Options config.d, i.e., please define a grml configuration
> directory. On booting all the .tbz files from within the defined
> directory or from the config.d option, will be restored, in the
> order by their names.
You mean like the config bootoption which does:
| restore configuration using file config.tbz from directory /cdrom/config/
(see http://grml.org/config/grml-config.html for more details) but
not only use *one* config.tbz but *all* the available tbz files from
So it would become:
| config.d => restore all tbz. files from directory /cdrom/config.d/
That's what you want?
> The save-config generated configuration, the plain bzip2
> compressed tar archives is a good thing. But I don't like the fact
> that all related or unrelated files are all stuffed into this same
> file. I hope that I can group related files into different .tbz
> files. It is much more easy to manage than a single file.
You can name your config.tbz like you want (even when generating it
with save-config), see the config=config_foobar.tbz stuff at
AFAICS all that has to be done for this feature is the config.d
> - Boot-Options scripts.d, same concept as config.d, for scripts.
> - persistentroot. I don't know how comfortable you are about the
> union fs now, but I still think that a partition or a loopback
> device as a persistent root, i.e., not only persistent home, is a
> good idea.
Persistent root is on our TODO list, see also
Why I delayed the "persistent root via unionfs" stuff is simple:
unionfs is under heavy development (including some dropped features)
and aufs is the current stable solution I prefer. I want to have
things settle down before I write code for it, so let's see whether
unionfs hits vanilla kernel...
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