Issues regarding grml 0.5

You found a bug in grml 0.5 not yet mentioned on this page or in the grml bug tracking system? Please report it!


  • Due to the switch to hotplug-light in grml 0.5 there were some issues reported with scripts in /etc/hotplug/usb. If you encounter problems especially with hotplugging USB hardware, please report them via the ways described at

Booting and hotplug

  • I see something like: 'modprobe: WARNING: Not loading blacklisted modules es1371' when booting grml?! This is ok. It prevents loading of modules which might result in serious problems.

ipw drivers

  • Using the ipw drivers I see something like: 'eth1: NETDEV_TX_BUSY returned; driver should report queue full via ieee_device→is_queue_full.' in the syslog. This does not seem to be a serious problem. Anyway, it is reported upstream.
  • DHCP does not work: The ipw-drivers in grml already contain special fixes for fixing problems with ipw and kernel 2.6.13. But you might have to run 'iwlist $DEVICE scanning' (adjust $DEVICE with the corresponding network device) anyway to get an associated connection to the access point.

Using WPA with 2.6.13-grml

  • Kernel 2.6.13 includes wireless extensions version 18 (12.3.05). The ipw2200 module uses the wireless extensions instead of custom ioctl()s now. As a result

you have to use '-Dwext' for wpa_supplicant to use the wireless extensions when wpa_supplicant is running. Adjust $OPTIONS in /etc/default/wpasupplicant, for example using:

OPTIONS="-Dwext -i eth1 -c /etc/wpa_supplicant.conf"


  • Some styles from the 'Styles' menu don't work as assumed because they use fonts which are not available on the live-CD. Seems to be related to #292554. Fix: fluxbox.fix


  • /etc/init.d/mysql start won't work in the default config. You have to remove the directive “old_passwords=1” from /etc/mysql/my.cnf


  • Due to problems with losetup on unionfs grml-crypt with files works only in the home directory of user grml, in /tmp or /ramdisk


  • It is not possible to create a loop device with files on the live-cd _EXCEPT_ if the file is in /home/grml, /tmp or /ramdisk


  • It might happen that loading the spca5xx module results in a kernel freeze. This seems to be related with “complex” hardware-configuration (like Laptop with usb 1.1 on a dockingstation with an usb 2.0 pcmcia-card an the webcam connected via externel usb-hub etc. …) Tested and reported using a 'Logitech QuickCam Chat' on an IBM Thinkpad A22p. Workaround: Just choose a more simple layout e.g. plug your webcam directly on your box. It should work then.

booting stops at floppy disk mounting

  • If booting freezes at stage 'Floppy device detected. Trying to mount a floppy disk. (Disable this via boot option: noautoconfig)' the motherboard probably has a floppy disk connection but no floppy disk device is connected. Please boot using 'grml noautoconfig' if booting fails at this stage.

problems running X-related programs

  • Running software like vnc might fail with a log-entry like:
Could not init font path element /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/misc/,
removing from list!
  • This problem is caused by package artwiz-cursor. The problem has been reported to the debian BTS (#341397). Either remove the package running 'apt-get remove artwiz-cursor' or use the workaround mentioned in the bugreport (#341397).
grml_0.5.txt · Last modified: 2011/10/13 23:55 (external edit)
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