[clug] Re: Software Feedom Day [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]

Sam Couter sam at couter.id.au
Mon Sep 17 10:17:51 GMT 2007

jrc <jrc at anbg.gov.au> wrote:
> To the list of deterrents below I would add:
> d) The need to individually find, identify and mount each physical HD on the
> system beyond the first one.

You think it's better to give each drive a label which changes
arbitrarily and which can't be transparently inserted into your
filesystem hierarchy where you want? Count me out of that mess, it's a
bad joke.

> The Ubuntu distribution for example does a good job of finding any USB drive
> you care to plug in, but the internal drives just sit there until
> appropriate command line magic is uttered on the full moon before the
> equinox.

The Debian installer has always found all my internal drives and
partitions. I've had problems with partitioned USB flash drives, but not
with internal PATA, SATA or SCSI drives.

> But having done the c) thing and configured the installation of your dreams,
> is there a neat way to back up the distribution, the configuration and all
> the additional applications so that it can rebuild itself with a simple
> command should you want to replace the boot hard disk or similar?

There's always Mondo, which creates a CD or DVD that you can boot from
and restore your entire system. I've never tried it, but it looks to do
exactly what you've just described.
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