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Re: Multi-arch netinst getting too big

On Thu, 2010-07-08 at 01:16 +0100, Steve McIntyre wrote:
> On Tue, Jun 29, 2010 at 08:49:36AM +0100, Ian Campbell wrote:
> >On Mon, 2010-06-28 at 22:46 +0100, Steve McIntyre wrote:
> >> the multi-arch DVD. 
> >
> >Another random thought, would we be better off enabling the xen variant
> >on the m-a DVD rather than CD?
> Adding this stuff onto the DVD sounds like a plan, whether we remove
> it from the netinst or not. I hadn't noticed it wasn't there yet, in
> fact. :-)

I think this is sufficient to enable it:

diff --git a/cronjob.weekly b/cronjob.weekly
index 127cfad..16980d0 100755
--- a/cronjob.weekly
+++ b/cronjob.weekly
@@ -228,6 +228,7 @@ if lockfile -r0 $TOPDIR/.debian-cd.lock ; then
                 INSTALLER_CD=6 TASK=Debian-all \
                     KERNEL_PARAMS='desktop=all' \
                     MAXCDS=1 MAXISOS=ALL MAXJIGDOS=ALL \
+                    VARIANTS=xen \
                     ./testingcds "i386 amd64 source"
                 # We don't do multi in parallel, only one build type
                 # to do!

> But I don't know what xen folks are typically going to be
> looking for - something small like the netinst, or something more
> complete like the DVD?

When I initially implemented support for d-i under Xen I had hoped that
fully network based install (i.e. not ISO) would be sufficient. This
actually works quite nicely under Xen since you don't need PXE and stuff
TFTP etc, you just wget the kernel and initrd in domain 0 and boot with

However there were people (possibly just a vocal minority) who wanted to
install from ISO, possibly because the Xen hosts were firewalled or

I always considered that for these use cases any ISO which could boot
and do the basic install thing, with the usual option to add other ISO
images or use a network mirror to get further packages would be
sufficient. From that point of view smaller images would be better but
since you only need to download once for each set of hosts I don't think
a DVD sized image would be a particular issue and is certainly better
than nothing.


Ian Campbell
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