[Tinkerphones] [Gta04-owner] New LetuxOS Kernels and some tricks and thoughts
paul at boddie.org.uk
Mon May 27 12:33:53 CEST 2019
On Tuesday 21. May 2019 23.29.43 Paul Boddie wrote:
> I can't judge what is conservative or not, but the first thing I thought of
> was this:
It appears that it now has a successor:
> And, of course, it is deprecated. Good thing I never paid it any attention
> when people were talking it up! More here:
So, in the context of the makesd script...
...I had a look at what kind of tools might also do the same job. The tasks
makesd appears to do are as follows:
* Downloads pre-built bootloader, device tree, kernel, modules, root
* Partitions a disk according to device expectations
* Formats filesystems
* Unpacks or copies the different payloads into their destinations
Not wanting to spend weeks looking at this, I briefly looked at the following:
ELBE - https://elbe-rfs.org/docs/sphinx/article-elbeoverview-en.html
Seems very powerful, but is also rather heavy, needs to use virtual machine
technology, has a verbose XML configuration language.
isar - https://github.com/ilbers/isar
Seems to be oriented towards building root filesystems, delegates image
generation and other such tasks to other tools, needs qemu.
FAI - https://fai-project.org/
Seems powerful for its intended use but overkill and maybe not even completely
appropriate for the more modest goals being considered here. Also needs qemu.
Boxer - https://wiki.debian.org/Boxer
Since Jonas is the author and maintainer of the software and Debian package,
he can correct me on my impressions. This appears to be a framework for
performing system configuration tasks, maybe even deployment, but the Debian
source package doesn't seem to contain much of immediate use (at least to my
Meanwhile, I took a closer look at makesd itself. It seems like a very capable
script but is also rather complicated. Out of curiosity, I wanted to see if I
could break it up into smaller pieces that are easier to inspect and maintain.
Consequently, I ended up rewriting functionality, investigating some awkward
issues with sfdisk, and generally spending more time on doing all of this than
is perhaps worthwhile.
Still, my ongoing efforts can be found here:
Eventually, I will get round to looking at more substantial things, of course.
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