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Re: Workstation Maintainance?

On Mon, Nov 01, 2004 at 01:05:54PM +0100, Ralf Gesel|ensetter wrote:
> Hi there,
> this is about possible improvements for maintaining skolelinux work 
> stations. Just another set of ideas - please comment if it makes sense 
> and is feasible:
> At the moment I hesitate installing an entire lab with slx workstations 
> - not (only) because of woody, but rather because of its maintainance.
> As write access should mainly go to NFS mounted home directory, isn't it 
> possible to mount local drives (except swap) r/o ? This could save 
> forced fsck after crude power offs - and prolongue the system' live 
> until re-install, too (easily done from CD if there is no dual boot 
> solution)
> To have a better syncing: how about mounting /etc/apt if not /etc from 
> tjener:/skole/workstation/etc or the like? Alternatively some "pull" 
> script could load recent stuff from some space on tjener (rsync or 
> fai?)

Have a look at

That is how we set up laptops at Ulsrud. I've since created a package
with some helper script to maintain thos laptop installations. I have
been think for a while where it's best to put those script, for now
I've created a custom package, and it's availible from

to use it as an apt-source, add 
 deb http://developer.skolelinux.no/ ~finnarne/debian-edu-sysimg/
to your sources list. 

It uses systemimager to set up the laptops, and also uses systemimager
to update the laptops
To maybe understand the process, you may read

I'm not quite certain if it should still be a separate package, if it
should be included into system-imager, or if it should be added to
debian-edu-config or somewhere else. 

Finn-Arne Johansen 

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