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Re: faster anaconda development cycle?

A simple way is to just rebuild the cramfs image.  Mount the current image
with loopback and copy it all someplace.  Make your changes to this area
and then make a new cramfs image from this area.

Connie Sieh
Fermi National Accelerator Laboratoy

On Wed, 15 Jan 2003, Masoud Sharbiani wrote:

> Hello,
> I've been doing anaconda development (for a custom-distro installer
> project) since anaconda-7.1 days. In order to speed up creating images,
> I used to mount -o loop stage2.img to somewhere, erase the .pyc file to
> be changed and copy over the new .py file just to see whether my
> change/new screen layout/functionality works or not. Then when I was
> satisfied with the results (which could get more than 10 changes to set
> of files to get something right) I'd rebuild anaconda and make them
> nfs/ftp available to our testers.
> Recently I got the task to port the whole set of changes to anaconda-8.
> I've found that anaconda-8 (and installer images on the install cdrom,
> especially stage2.img) is now using cramfs (compressed ramfs) instead of
> the good-old ext2. therefore, while able to examine the .py files on the
> stage2.img, I can't change them and test the results and because of
> this, I have to rebuild the installer on every change/syntax error fix
> and such, with takes 8-10 minutes on my workstation.
> Is there a faster approach (other than buying the latest and fastest
> processor/workstation) to decrease this time?
> thanks in advance,
> Masoud
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