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Date: Mon, 20 Jan 2014 10:47:08 +0400
From: gremlin@...mlin.ru
To: owl-users@...ts.openwall.com
Subject: Re: Owl on HP ML350 G3

On 15-Jan-2014 17:15:27 -0200, J. Cesar Bertelli wrote:

 > Thank you for your helpful reply, Gremlin! You're right.
 > Thanks for the RPM's, specially the first (I'm using x86).

Which x86, 32-bit or 64-bit one? :-)

 > > The CCISS differs from the usual disk controllers, so you
 > > may like to partition, format and mount the will-be-root
 > > filesystem manually.

 > I've just read from (*1) that "Owl's installer program -
 > settle - is not able to create software RAID devices yet".
 > (*1) http://openwall.info/wiki/Owl/software-raid
 > Anyway, as you said, it's possible via the command-line.

The `settle` is intended to simplify the installation, not to
exclusively perform it: you can setup the whole system without
running `settle` at all.

 > (One thing that took my attention is that the installer
 > program doesn't print a word about that.)

Pushed that to our "should be fixed on occasion" list :-)

 > I really want a straightforward way to install Owl, so I can
 > easily (re)install it on that particular machine anytime I
 > want. Here's a possible solution:
 > 1. Build a suitable kernel from source and append it to the
 > Owl Live CD and adjust LILO bootloader.

`make buildworld iso` will do that for you - simply put your
.config into the native/kernel/ directory.

 > 2. Create a simple script to perform the partition task and
 > append it to the Owl Live CD.

That's non-trivial task, as guessing the correct partition sizes
usually fails. Well, modern disks are large enough for assigning:
1. at least 3...4 Gb to the / (root);
2. `free -m | sed -nre '/^Mem:/s,(.*: +| +.*),,gp'` *1.1 to swap;
3. about 1...2 Gb to the /var;
4. remaining space to /home (optionally encrypted)

Given that, partitioning the disk may be easily automated with,
say, perl...

 > Is there a better way?

There should be...


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