Re: [Soekris] [ANN] PicoDebian: a thinned down version of Debian Sarge
> Basically, what I did was:
> - created a minimal root filesystem i.e. an initrd with a "smart"
> linuxrc script
> - used busybox to get as many of the utilities I needed into a small
> binary (busybox is in the initrd)
> - created a kernel image with the watchdog patch, both for the net4501
> and the net4801 (as I have them both)
It would be nice to have a detailed description of that on our wiki...if you
> - created a set of packages I want to use on my Soekris boxes; these
> packages are based on their Debian versions i.e. they are actually
> stripped down Debian packages
What did you do there? Adapted debian init scripts? Removed docs?
> For my net4501 connected to a broadband line, the list looks like
> this: base config djbdns dmntls ez-ipupd fwbfw icmpinfo initrd
> iproute iptables latm1 lcap1 ldb3 llzo1 lncurses log lpam0g lpammdls
> lpamrntm lpcap lreadln lssl097 lwrap0 lz1g make ntpdate ntpsrvr
> openssl openvpn pkgtools sc520wd ssh ssmtp tcpdump tcshaper udhcpc
Can we already get these packages somewhere? It would be nice to use those as
a Emdebian base if they are suitable enough.
> > I've called my mini-sarge PicoDebian, mostly because my net4801 is
> > called Piccolo. I overcame my main obstacle of the read-only filesystem
> > with the help of Pebble (which I didn't want to use because I needed
> > slightly more up-to-date packages). More information is available on my
> > site.
I just took a look at it and it seems very interesting. It would be an useful
resource for people that want to make small debian systems for x86
architectures on CF.
> Because it is actually a toolchain to build a Debian for Soekris, I
> had been thinking about sending a mail to the
> email@example.com list but as the Soekris is actually
> just a stripped down PC, I didn't consider it "embedded" enough.
We consider the soekris as a suitable target. It can be turned into a small
hard-disk less, low-power setup and forget device.
> > 3. http://www.bootc.net/picodebian/
> > 4. http://www.nycwireless.net/pebble/
Thanks for sharing this. It would be nice to see some more details about such
approaches on the wiki. I will start with something if I find time myself, but
feel free to take the initiative.
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