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Bug#996103: marked as done (debian-edu-config: missing real support for LTSP chroot creation and maintenance)

Your message dated Sun, 05 Dec 2021 21:03:28 +0000
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and subject line Bug#996103: fixed in debian-edu-config 2.11.56+deb11u2
has caused the Debian Bug report #996103,
regarding debian-edu-config: missing real support for LTSP chroot creation and maintenance
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Package: debian-edu-config
Version: 2.11.56+deb11u1
Severity: important


bug #995610 has been reported concerning possibly missing firmware when 
doing PXE installations on real hardware.

Same applies to LTSP thin clients and diskless workstations, but this 
issue slipped my attention, too. (No real hardware available, VMs only.)

As of now, after generating the SquashFS image for thin clients, the 
related chroot is removed. Updating the image after possible package 
upgrades is done via running chroot creation from scratch again; reason 
has been to don't bother unexperienced admins to deal with chroot 
issues (like temporary files, proc and devpts).

Installing firmware packages inside the thin client chroot would even 
require to adjust the sbin/debian-edu-ltsp-install tool (after having 
copied it to /usr/local/sbin). Unexperienced admins would be left w/o a 
clue if LTSP client boot fails in case of network cards needing 

The new LTSP (as of bullseye) has an approach different to LTSP5 which 
shipped a dedicated tool to create and maintain chroots.

Such a tool should be available for Debian Edu 11. In addition, a tool 
allowing to easily install firmware packages in LTSP chroots should be 

LTSP chroot creation and maintenance for diskless workstations should be 
possible (as opposed to creating the SquashFS image from the LTSP 
server's file system). It would allow one to generate dedicated client 
images with possible needed firmware w/o spoiling the LTSP server 
filesystem by installing them there.

This would also be a secure fix for #993935 (privacy issues for combined 
servers). Unexperienced admins can't be expected to copy the 
sbin/debian-edu-ltsp-install tool to /usr/local/sbin and adjusting the 
exclude list to site specific needs.

The sbin/debian-edu-ltsp-install tool (and some others) would need 
related adjustments. Related manual pages need to be adjusted/added.

A wrapper tool for the 'ltsp ipxe' command needs to be added to allow 
one to easily update the iPXE menue after changing the default netboot 
menue item after /etc/ltsp/ltsp.conf file edits.

All above mentioned changes are already in unstable (with fixes in Git).

Once tested, these should go into bullseye-pu.


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Source: debian-edu-config
Source-Version: 2.11.56+deb11u2
Done: Holger Levsen <holger@debian.org>

We believe that the bug you reported is fixed in the latest version of
debian-edu-config, which is due to be installed in the Debian FTP archive.

A summary of the changes between this version and the previous one is

Thank you for reporting the bug, which will now be closed.  If you
have further comments please address them to 996103@bugs.debian.org,
and the maintainer will reopen the bug report if appropriate.

Debian distribution maintenance software
Holger Levsen <holger@debian.org> (supplier of updated debian-edu-config package)

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Format: 1.8
Date: Sun, 28 Nov 2021 16:10:50 +0100
Source: debian-edu-config
Architecture: source
Version: 2.11.56+deb11u2
Distribution: bullseye
Urgency: medium
Maintainer: Debian Edu Developers <debian-edu@lists.debian.org>
Changed-By: Holger Levsen <holger@debian.org>
Closes: 995610 996103
 debian-edu-config (2.11.56+deb11u2) bullseye; urgency=medium
   [ Mike Gabriel ]
   * share/debian-edu-config/tools/pxe-addfirmware: Fix TFTP server path
     (/var/lib/tftpboot-> /srv/tftp). (Closes: #995610).
   [ Wolfgang Schweer ]
   * Add real support for LTSP chroot setup and maintenance. (Closes: #996103).
     - Adjust existing scripts and manual page for improved LTSP chroot setup:
       + sbin/debian-edu-ltsp-install: Add LTSP diskless client chroot creation,
         use uniform locations for X2Go thin clients and diskless workstations,
         ensure sitesummary-client setup and configuration inside chroots, care
         for proper mount and umount operation, add xrdp-sesman to the list of
         masked services for LTSP clients, make sure all kernels are updated,
         adjust the ltsp.conf file content to match the changes, replace last
         edit date with version number, adjust usage information accordingly.
       + share/debian-edu-config/tools/run-at-firstboot: Care for the changed
         'debian-edu-ltsp-install' default options to make sure combined server
         installations have a generated SquashFS image file just like before.
       + share/man/man8/debian-edu-ltsp-install.8: Update to reflect the changes.
     - Provide maintenance related scripts and manual pages:
       + sbin/debian-edu-ltsp-chroot: Tool to make LTSP chroot maintenance easy.
       + sbin/debian-edu-ltsp-initrd: Wrapper script for 'ltsp initrd' command.
         It makes sure that a use case specific initrd (/srv/tftp/ltsp/ltsp.img)
         is generated and moved to the right location.
       + sbin/debian-edu-ltsp-ipxe: Wrapper script for 'ltsp ipxe' command. It
         cares for a Debian Edu specific /srv/tftp/ltsp/ltsp.ipxe content.
       + share/debian-edu-config/tools/ltsp-addfirmware: Install firmware in LTSP
         chroots in case clients won't work otherwise. (Adjusted tool from Buster
         re-added to the binary package.)
       + share/man/man8/debian-edu-ltsp-chroot.8
       + share/man/man8/debian-edu-ltsp-initrd.8
       + share/man/man8/debian-edu-ltsp-ipxe.8
   * Adjust Makefile to reflect the changes.
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