[arch-releng] dual arch CDs [was: A TODO draft for next installation media]

Thomas Bächler thomas at archlinux.org
Wed Feb 17 19:04:15 EST 2010

Am 18.02.2010 00:13, schrieb Aaron Griffin:
> There is a report on it, but I don't know it offhand. The current idea
> I had was that we simply do all the massaging in the archiso hooks.
> That is, we create one CD with two different base images and two
> kernels. The menu items would indicate i686 or x86_64 kernels, and
> would choose the right aufs image for that architecture.
> Yes, this effectively doubles the size of these CDs, but I'm not too
> sure I want to ship the dual arch CDs regularly. What do you guys
> think?

For FrOSCon 2009, I created the CD by hand: I took initramfs images from
both CDs (removed the legacy-ide one because space wasn't enough) and
all squashfs images, manipulated isomounts and grub manually. I didn't
need to modify anything but isomounts and grub for it to work!

We should put -any packages into a separate squashfs to save some space,
although I suspect with the addition of the lts kernel to core, it won't
fit anymore.

Another note: The squashfs author submitted lzma support to 2.6.33, but
his pull thread was ignored and unanswered :(

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