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Re: Multi-arch netinst getting too big

On Thu, Jul 08, 2010 at 09:17:19AM +0100, Ian Campbell wrote:
>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!

Yup, I've just turned that on now.

>> 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.

Right. Well, let's see if we can get both the CD and the DVD working
for you. I can understand people wanting the smaller image too if we
can manage it...

Steve McIntyre, Cambridge, UK.                                steve@einval.com
"It's actually quite entertaining to watch ag129 prop his foot up on
 the desk so he can get a better aim."          [ seen in ucam.chat ]

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