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debootstrap [Mar. 11th, 2004|10:01 am]
Brad Fitzpatrick
Rebuilt my desktop computer tonight, but preserving the old image just in case. So easy when you're netbooting!

Before my machine booted off 10.0.0.80:/home/diskless/papag and my mp3 player booted off /home/diskless/enty.

So, wanting to start fresh:

- mkdir /home/diskless/papag-2
- debootstrap sarge /home/diskless/papag-2
- add to /etc/exports
- restart my desktop.

So fucking easy. Why didn't I think of this before?

And now all my random configuration problems that have built up over the years are gone.

My next goal is to put my root filesystem on an ENBD block device, rather than NFS. (since it's not shared) Then just my /raid export (with media files and my $HOME) will be NFS.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2004-03-12 12:21 am (UTC)
No different from a normal computer. Feels a little faster, if anything, but maybe because I don't hear grinding.

It's not like it copies 2GB of crap on boot or anything.
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[User Picture]From: blueroo
2004-03-12 12:30 am (UTC)
I was expecting you might find it was faster, actually. ATA disk initialization seems to take a long time in Linux, and of course SCSI init takes quite a few seconds.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2004-03-12 12:33 am (UTC)
I just meant it was on the same order of magnitude speed-wise. I did say it felt faster.

(I've had people complain about netboot to me in the past, where what they really had experience with was, for example, library computers were everybody login it copied the whole system image to the hard drive....)
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[User Picture]From: blueroo
2004-03-12 12:35 am (UTC)
Ewww.
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