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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 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.

[User Picture]From: gaal
2004-03-12 01:17 am (UTC)
How much RAM would a netbooting box have to have if it wants to run X, but not very much else?

Have you had any thoughts about a setup that isn't critically reliant on the server being up at run time? (If your server crashes today, does the desktop hand and resume when it's up again, or is it good as dead?)

I'm still thinking of converting an old laptop to wall candy.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2004-03-12 01:21 am (UTC)
I have no clue how little memory you'd need.

File IO obviously blocks when the server goes down, but resumes when the server's back. Otherwise the machine's still usable.
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