[arch-releng] Quick ISO building HOWTO

Dan McGee dpmcgee at gmail.com
Sun Jan 25 09:53:37 EST 2009

On Sun, Jan 25, 2009 at 3:52 AM, Dieter Plaetinck <dieter at plaetinck.be> wrote:
> On Sat, 24 Jan 2009 16:40:01 -0600
> Aaron Griffin <aaronmgriffin at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Sat, Jan 24, 2009 at 4:29 AM, Dieter Plaetinck
>> <dieter at plaetinck.be> wrote:
>> > Aaron/Gerhard, can you share with us exactly how you build the
>> > iso's? So everyone can do it...
>> > (I would like to document this on the wiki too, I couldn't find a
>> > tutorial/wiki page/manpage)
>> >
>> > What I have:
>> > * git clone git://projects.archlinux.org/archiso.git
>> > * cd archiso/archiso
>> > * sudo make install
>> > (all of this to be replaced with 'pacman -Sy archiso' when a new
>> > archiso release is done, which is planned after 2009-01 release)
>> >
>> > cd ../configs/install-iso
>> > sudo make all-iso (or ftp-iso, or core-iso)
>> Correct!
>> > questions:
>> > 1) any specific requirements on /etc/pacman.conf? (related to
>> > settings/available repos?)
>> > 2) how do you build iso's with only core or with core+testing
>> > available? by just (un)commenting testing from /etc/pacman.conf?
>> mkarchiso uses your system's pacman.conf, so whatever is enabled there
>> is enabled in the ISO. To build official ISOs we should disable
>> testing before building.
> Ok, so we enable testing in /etc/pacman.conf to build alpha/beta isos
> with the new kernel etc, then after testing etc, we get everything we
> need from testing into core, and build iso's with core only.
>> > 3) assuming that the relevant repositories are frozen, if I build
>> > an iso on my system, and someone else builds the iso on his system,
>> > will the iso's match perfectly? (eg same md5sums)
>> Well, the md5sums probably won't match. I imagine something injects
>> dates or something of the sort - tar does, I know.
>> > I think it would be useful in the future we build locally first and
>> > test it, and then instead of uploading to gerolde, we can just
>> > rebuild it there?
>> Testing is always preferred. Part of the reason I have been uploading
>> them without testing is simply that I have little time at home. It is
>> easy for me to ssh and run "make all" and then scp them, so others can
>> test, but it's hard for me to test remotely.
> Of course.  What I meant is just: instead of building locally and then
> uploading, we could rebuild on gerolde and assume the iso over there
> if the same as the one built locally (if we pay very close attention
> to /etc/pacman.conf). I don't know what kind of connections you have,
> but for me to upload several hundreds of MB would take a loong time. (my
> upload is somewhere around 10-50kB/s)
> This does not mean any change in testing procedures.

Aaron- maybe we can we build these on our other box?


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