MX-14: Remaster

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Introduction

The primary purpose of live remastering is to make it as safe, easy, and convenient as possible for users to make their own customized version of MX-14. The idea is that you use a LiveUSB or a LiveHD (a frugal install to a hard drive partition) as the development and testing environment. Add or subtract packages and then when you are ready to remaster, use use a simple remaster script or GUI to do the remaster and then reboot. If something goes horribly wrong, simply reboot again with the rollback option and you will boot into the previous environment.

Live Remastering

If you are using a LiveUSB then the LiveUSB is your target system. You can use it to install your customized version of MX-14 on other systems. If you are using a LiveHD then you will need to create a LiveUSB or a LiveCD from the LiveHD in order to install elsewhere.

System Requirements

There are three simple and straightforward system requirements that are needed to perform live remastering:

  • The boot device must be writable

  • The boot device must have enough free space to create a new linuxfs file

  • The development system must have been created using a "frugal install", not a fromiso install

In other words, the development system must be booted using a linuxfs file that is on a writable device that has enough free space to create a new linuxfs file.

Remastering plus Persistence

A persistent home or a persistent root can be useful if you are doing remastering. A persistent home is a handy place to hold your development environment if you don’t want that environment to end up in your remaster. A persistent root is a handy way to save changes between reboots without having to go to the bother of doing a full remaster. Details, see Persistence.

Step by step

You typically will be in a Live session when you remaster. After you have made all the changes you want, click Start menu > System > RemasterCC and enter the root password. A dialog box opens with 4 buttons,

Work your way carefully through the list, from top to bottom, following the directions that lead you through the process.

Live Remaster Boot Options

There are only two live remaster boot option because live remastering is almost entirely handled by a script or GUI. The only two options are to prevent live remastering and to rollback live remastering in case something goes horribly wrong.

Option Description
noremaster don’t remaster even when a linuxfs.new file is found
rollback return to previous version after a failed remaster

For details, see Advanced: Remaster