On Thu, 2009-06-04 at 01:10 +0200, Frans Pop wrote: [...snipped a bunch of good points which I won't contest...] > Personally I would say that full CD and DVD are not even very interesting > for Xen installs: their content is desktop oriented, so why download a > lot of shite you're not going to be using anyway? > Netinst and businesscard are much more relevant, but as explained earlier > those have space restrictions. > > But there is one image that might exactly fit the bill: the i386/amd64/ppc > multi-arch netinst CD. Current size (Lenny): 488MB. For that it does not > matter if it would grow a bit, and it's targeted exactly at your users: > (semi-)professional sysadmins. That sounds ideal, thanks for the suggestion. Am I right in thinking that a netinst CD includes the base system but not any of the other stuff? (as opposed to just including the installer itself) > Only problem is that implementing adding Xen to just that image will > require a fair few changes in debian-cd. In configuration, but I think > also in code (you'll need to introduce a concept of variants within > arches for D-I tasks). It'll not be trivial to implement that cleanly, > though it should certainly be possible. > I'm afraid that I have no real affinity with Xen (the current discussion > on lkml rather amuses me TBH), so I don't think I'd work on that . That's fine I'm willing to have a stab at it, I've been exploring the debian-cd code already since I thought I might have to go a-hacking and I've done some (small) d-i stuff in the past. Do you have any specific guidance regarding the direction you'd like to see me take with this or shall I just dive in and see what I come up with? Initially from the debian-cd end I'm thinking along the lines of adding "-DMULTIARCH=1" (where appropriate) to the preprocessor when generating the package lists. Thanks, Ian. -- Ian Campbell Remember, in 2039, MOUSSE & PASTA will be available ONLY by prescription!!
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