[Community] [Gta04-owner] GTA04A5 RAM + NAND size

H. Nikolaus Schaller hns at goldelico.com
Sat Jun 4 08:12:57 CEST 2016

Hi Jonas,

> Am 03.06.2016 um 23:03 schrieb Jonas Smedegaard <dr at jones.dk>:
> I just stumbled upon this old post:
> Quoting H. Nikolaus Schaller (2015-11-28 20:08:01)
>> Another (probably easier to solve) issue for the 1GB + 512MB is that 
>> we want to provide some default Linux+Debian+LXDE (or something else) 
>> in NAND for all GTA04A5 boards we ship. So that you have something to 
>> boot into before partitioning and even buying any µSD card.
>> Unfortunately we have not yet managed to squeeze Wheezy nor Jessie 
>> images so that they fit into ~450 MB. They end up with ~800 MB.
>> Therefore they would easily fit into the 512MB + 1GB chips, but not in 
>> the 1GB + 512MB.
>> If someone has an idea how to strip it better down than this script, please let
>> me know:
>> <http://git.goldelico.com/?p=gta04-rootfs.git;a=blob;f=config/root/flash-nand;hb=refs/heads/master>
>> (this script already strips unneeded kernel modules and most debian 
>> caches).
> Above script starts with the following comment:
>  "clone the currently running system to NAND"
> I suspect the place to save more space is in looking into which packages 
> gets installed.  Do you have the script to _create_ the system that I 
> can examine and tweak?



and then


The first script debootstraps a new image (either running on a real GTA04 or in qemu) into a chroot rootfs.
This image boots but has no GUI and lacks important tools. This is pulled off the rootfs (by tar czf ...) and
results in e.g.


20150928-jessie-8.2-minimal.tbz	2015-09-28 09:47 	76M

The second script adds useful things incl. X11 and LXDE or XFCE4. The result is e.g.

20150928-jessie-8.2-lxde.tbz	2015-09-29 00:05 	231M

So what is blowing up by factor 3 is X11 + GUI.

Nand flashing is done by the script cited above by trying to copy but prune parts of
this (running) system from µSD root to NAND root.

I can explain more details later on our workshop.

See you in <2 hours,

> - Jonas
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