[arch-releng] ISO 2014.11.01: installing packages may cause system failure

Gerardo Exequiel Pozzi vmlinuz386 at gmail.com
Wed Nov 12 00:06:06 UTC 2014

On 11/11/2014 04:07 AM, Christian Hesse wrote:
> Peter Mattern <matternp at arcor.de> on Mon, 2014/11/10 21:22:
>> I had forgotten to connect ISO 2014.*11* to the VM back again.
>> Now it's exactly as you supposed. With cowsize_file set to 2g the very 
>> same packages that triggered the behaviour can be installed, the number 
>> of packages that can be installed before the issue comes up increases 
>> when cowfile_size gets increased, all this applies to both hardware and VM.
>> So I guess you'll consider this a feature, not a bug, in particular as 
>> the problem doesn't affect the ISO's actual purpose but only arises if 
>> it's "misused" as ordinary live media (which is something I for one 
>> pretty much like to do for testing purposes...)? Or is there any way to 
>> have the file's size adjusted automatically corresponding to available 
>> resources?
> This is the corresponding change in archiso:
> https://projects.archlinux.org/archiso.git/commit/?id=edfdd37ba00bcb51e293f1aae2aac3a679076406
> Not sure why this has been changed.
> I do build my own customized live media, so I do not care that much. ;)

This was changed because:

1) Now the ext4 image is always 32G
2) A sane default for a fs that does not support sparse files.
3) Just works for the tasks on "releng" profile.

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