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

Dieter Plaetinck dieter at plaetinck.be
Thu Feb 18 07:55:04 EST 2010

On Thu, 18 Feb 2010 01:04:15 +0100
Thomas Bächler <thomas at archlinux.org> wrote:

> 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!

I also find it better to keep as much the same and only
differentiate where necessary (on a "higher level")
the more stuff that both arches can share, the better.
> 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.

Either way, this approach should be more space efficient then Aarons
proposal, right?


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