Issues regarding grml 0.7

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  • Due to problems with losetup on unionfs 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. You'll notice an error like 'ioctl: LOOP_SET_FD: Invalid argument' [mika]
    • Notice: this is not a grml specific problem. See INSTALL file in unionfs sources: “If you want to use losetup, then you need to define -DSUPPORT_BROKEN_LOSETUP. You will be able to use it read-only, but when you try to use it read-write, you will get an Oops. This should eventually be fixed when we have our own address-space operations (so that we can support sendfile).” [mika]

isolinux fails with 'Could not find kernel image: grml'

some PCMCIA WLAN cards don't work out of the box

  • Deprecated pcmcia-cs was removed with grml 0.6. Now pcmcia­utils is state-of-the-art. Some kernel drivers (like for example PCMCIA WLAN cards) are not autoloaded by default now. They should work anyway by loading the module manually. Run for example 'hwinfo –netcard' to figure out which network module has to be loaded. (Some more information regarding the device is available via 'udevinfo -a -p /sys/class/net/eth0/'). [mika]

running grml-lang with unknown parameter fails

  • running grml-lang using a not supported parameter outputs: “line 62: return: can only `return' from a function or sourced script”; notice: this does not affect the usability of grml-lang itself, it's just a cosmetic error (fixed in new grml-scripts package) [mika]

/usr/include/linux does not link to /usr/src/linux/include/linux/

If you get errors like (for example when running 'make menuconfig' on kernel-source):

In file included from /usr/include/bits/posix1_lim.h:153,
                 from /usr/include/limits.h:144,
                 from /usr/lib/gcc/i486-linux-gnu/4.0.3/include/limits.h:122,
                 from /usr/lib/gcc/i486-linux-gnu/4.0.3/include/syslimits.h:7,
                 from /usr/lib/gcc/i486-linux-gnu/4.0.3/include/limits.h:11,
                 from scripts/basic/fixdep.c:113:
/usr/include/bits/local_lim.h:36:26: error: linux/limits.h: No such file or directory

fix it via running:

cd /usr/include/
mv linux/ivtv.h /usr/src/linux/include/linux/
rm -rf linux
ln -s /usr/src/linux/include/linux linux

Problem reported by Roberto Murer, thanks! [mika]

symlink /dev/cdrom does not exist

The symlink /dev/cdrom does not exist. This is not a serious problem in live-CD mode. If you are running a harddisk-installation activate the udev-rules running either:

# cd /etc/udev/rules.d/
# ln -s ../cd-aliases-generator.rules   z75_cd-aliases-generator.rules

or update the udev package running 'apt-get update ; apt-get install udev'. Problem reported by Gebi, fix by mika, updated udev-package by tklauser.

grml_0.7.txt · Last modified: 2011/10/13 23:55 (external edit)
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