View Full Version : Own Rescue-CD based on grml

Werner P. Schulz
11-12-2014, 11:44 PM
Last weeks I worked on an alternative how to build a current Rescue-CD using your own ideas


Perhaps it will be usefull for some of us.

11-13-2014, 07:14 PM
Greetings, Werner.

I would like to know your reasons for choosing specifcally grml for your latest Own Rescue CD efforts.

I read a brief sentence On DistroWatch perhaps implying that grml is 'systemd-free Debian Jessie'.

Also, is grml strictly a command-line OS?.
And, won't getting away from Knoppix give up a lot of its hidden qualities like hardware discovery
and all the overlay/persistence/encryption infrastructure in its init?

Werner P. Schulz
11-13-2014, 10:34 PM
You have to distinguish: Knoppix DVD as a Live system to get an impression of Linux and the newest programs. And on the other side a Rescue-CD for the daily work of system administrators. In former days we could use the Knoppix CD for this. But now a Knoppix DVD is overloaded with tools, which are completely useless for administrators. And you cannot remaster a DVD without purging a huge part of the installation.

Also, is grml strictly a command-line OS?.Oh, no. You can also use graphical tools and adapt the Fluxbox menu or start for example GParted from the commandline. Now, after remastering you get with "Rescue_grml" the LXDE desktop and the menu like within Knoppix. grml also supports hardware recognition and the USB device installation has perstistency within the 2nd partition of the device.

Again, grml is for administrators or for recovery work and not for daily use.

Harry Kuhman
11-13-2014, 11:03 PM
OK, I understand that the newest Knoppix is DVD only and might not ever have a CD version. That is (IMHO) unfortunate. But what is that advantage in using this grml version of a CD distro over just using the last Knoppix that was available on CD? Not saying that it is a bad choice, I just don't understand the thinking behind it. Maybe it is explained on your website, but I'm an ugly American who doesn't speak languages other than English.

Werner P. Schulz
11-13-2014, 11:33 PM
This part of my website is in English.
(im Umbau => it's not finished)

11-14-2014, 01:02 AM
@ Werner:
I get it, now. but I didn't realize this from the grml blurb: https://grml.org/features/

It seems to me that a Knoppix DVD might just as well be made from two (or more) isos:
one is exactly a CD iso, the other iso(s) is(are) composed of additional non-overlapping elements with which to make a DVD.
Knoppix already has, and KK already uses, the built-in means for combining non-overlapping isos, for his CeBIT products.
All isos obeying the 4 Gb limit, of course.

Werner P. Schulz
11-20-2014, 01:07 AM
I've adapted remaster grml to the new grml version 2014.11