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System Remastering Application For Debian (Gnome/Jessie)

Postby forums.my » 2016-06-24 10:02

Are there any remastering applications for Jessie that work properly and install easily. I've found (respin), which is a fork of remastersys; but it has unsatisfiable deps and no clear instructions about how to install the source. I also found refacta, which doesn't allow you to exit with the cancel button. This app will destroy your system if you can't figure-out how to exit it properly.
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Re: System Remastering Application For Debian (Gnome/Jessie)

Postby Len E. » 2018-02-12 19:19

I've used Remastersys exclusively with XFCE and LXDE desktops, not Gnome.

It's worked fine for me with Debian Wheezy and Debian Jessie.
I noticed that with Debian Jessie, installing Remastersys would remove
systemd-sysv, but it would still work fine.

With Debian Stretch, installing Remastersys would cause a system freeze
and would not complete.
The solution was to install sysvinit-core, which would include installing
cgmanager and systemd-shim, and would remove systemd-sysv, i.e.
removing systemd and replacing it with sysvinit.

Installation of Remastersys takes a long time on Debian Stretch, because
the process includes running update-grub.

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Re: System Remastering Application For Debian (Gnome/Jessie)

Postby debiman » 2018-02-12 19:27

^ that last sentence doesn't seem to make much sense.

there's a newer software that does the same as remastersys (maybe even forked from it), but i never remember the name...
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Re: System Remastering Application For Debian (Gnome/Jessie)

Postby Len E. » 2018-02-20 18:55

To clarify the two points raised by debiman:

1) Remastersys Installation

On Debian Jessie, I've used gdebi to install the core modules in the following
order: yad, Debian Squeeze version
xresprobe, Debian Wheezy version
remastersys, Debian Squeeze version
remastersys-gui, Debian Squeeze version.

On Debian Stretch, yad is now available from the standard repos,
and can be installed with Synaptic.

With gdebi, terminal output can be enabled to show the progress of a
package installation. On Debian Stretch, when remastersys is installed,
17 dependencies from the standard repos are downloaded, and for whatever
reason, update-grub is invoked, which lengthens out the overall install process.

2) Other Remastering Software

Another remastering package I've worked with is Systemback.

The latest available package is the tarball, Systemback_Install_Pack_v1.8.402.tar.xz.

It contains 4 selectable scripts, one of which is specifically for Debian Jessie installation.
I used it for Debian Stretch, and it generated a bootable .iso just fine.
Unfortunately, when trying to use the Systemback install option from the live .iso
an error occurs.

The error is discussed in the post
https://answers.launchpad.net/systembac ... ion/406651

In the post discussion, the Systemback developer, Kendek, pinpoints
the cause of the error with the statement:

"So the Systemback try to use the old
/lib/live/mount/medium/live/filesystem.squashfs
instead of
/lib/live/mount/rootfs/filesystem.squashfs"

In other words, there is a difference in internal directory
structures between Debian Jessie and Debian Stretch which
causes the Debian Jessie script to fail on Debian Stretch.

Unfortunately, this is a problem which only Kendek could
cure with a script revision for Debian Stretch, but he is
no longer maintaining the Systemback package.
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