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grml 0.9 - codename dioptrienotto (20061206)


grml is a Debian-based Live-CD. It includes a collection of GNU/Linux software especially for users of texttools and system administrators. grml provides automatic hardware detection. You can use grml for example as a rescue system, for analyzing systems/networks or as a working environment. It is not necessary to install anything to a harddisk, you don't even need a harddisk to run it. Due to on-the-fly decompression grml includes about 2.1 GiB of software and documentation on the CD.

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Fixed several bugs and issues reported on grml_0.8 @ grml-wiki.

New features

Several improved, updated and extended configuration files.

New grml-scripts (some selected ones):

New bootparameters/cheatcodes:

grml2hd (install grml to harddisk):

See for more details regarding grml2hd.

Special new features:


Based on vanilla kernel including several patches (Speakup, Squashfs,...) and additional modules:

  acerhk, acx100, adp94xx, arcmsr, bcm5700, cowloop, drbd8, et131x,
  exmap, ipw3945, ivtv, kqemu, kvm, linux-wlan-ng, madwifi, misdn,
  ndiswrapper, nozomi, openafs, pcan, qc-usb, r1000, realtime-lsm,
  rt2400, rt2500, rt2570, rt2x00, sl-modem, snd-bt-sco, spca5xx,
  sysprof, tidev, tpm_emulator, truecrypt, unionfs

Notice: some more modules (for example fglrx and nvidia) are not pre-installed but available through the grml-repository.

See for more details regarding the grml-kernel.

Important Changes

swap partitions: by default grml does not automatically use swap partitions anymore. Run 'grml-swapon' when running grml or boot using 'grml swap' for enabling all detected and usable swap partitions.

software raid: starting with grml 0.9 booting the system searches for present software raid arrays. The configuration file /etc/mdadm/mdadm.conf will be generated by default, to disable this feature use the bootopion noswraid. The arrays are not autoassembled by default. Either boot using the bootoption swraid or run 'Start mdadm-raid' when running grml already to assemble present software raid arrays.

zsh global aliases: the global aliases setup has been changed; now the global aliases (like: 'G' is same '|grep') are not enabled by default any more, instead a new setup named 'powerful abbreviation expansion' is available. Usage example: type 'N' and press ',.' to expand the 'N' into '&>/dev/null'. Take a look at the grml zsh refcard for more details.

Packages / Software

Details about shipped packages and their versions on grml are available at the Debian section.


Updated all packages to Debian Unstable branch by 20061203.

Removed 62 packages [please notice that some of them are available under different names/in different packages]:

  *2.6.17-grml* lib*

  apache2-common apt-index-watcher bluez-pin bookmarkbridge camgrab cdw
  cdw-common cthumb divine dnotify drbd0.7-utils duplicity
  euro-support-console euro-support-x firefox firefox-webdeveloper
  flashplugin-nonfree gcj-4.1-base gconf2-common giflib-bin giflib3g
  gnupg2 grml-kerneladdons grml-reportbug gtkrecover ipchains ipmasqadm
  ipw3945-ucode jaxml lout-doc lpr mime-codecs mozilla-mplayer
  mplayer-nogui mtop ndiswrapper-utils-1.7 ndiswrapper-utils-1.8
  netkit-inetd open-iscsi pnpbios-tools ppmtofb python-gnupginterface
  python2.3-pymad python2.3-pyopenssl python2.3-pyparsing
  python2.3-twisted-bin python2.4-selinux python2.4-semanage scanerrlog
  stunnel tex-refs thc-ipv6 thc-pptp-bruter truecrypt turkey update
  x-window-system-core xfonts-100dpi-transcoded xfonts-75dpi-transcoded
  xfonts-konsole xlibs xorg

Added 113 new packages (exluding lib* and *2.6.18-grml*):

  aamath ace-of-penguins afflib apache2.2-common apf-client apf-server
  aria2 asused automake avahi-daemon ccontrol cdrskin classpath-gtkpeer
  conntrack cupsys-bsd ddccontrol ddccontrol-db diakonos diction dov4l
  drbd8-utils dsbltesters dwm-tools dynafont dynamic-disk emacs emelfm
  firmware-ipw3945 firmware-qlogic glipper-nognome gpgv grml-debootstrap
  grml-etc-core grml-kerneladdons-2.6.18 grml-network guessnet histring
  hoz ht iceweasel ink inotail inotify-tools iwatch konwert
  konwert-filters latex-ucs mathomatic medusa misdn-utils molly-guard
  mpg123-alsa mplayer mplayer-skin-blue ndiswrapper-utils-1.9 ne
  obexpushd openbsd-inetd pax-utils ptfinder pwman3 pxfw pydb
  python-crypto python-jaxml python-pymad python-pysqlite2
  python-selinux python-semanage python-twisted-bin python2.5
  python2.5-minimal qtparted rake rdoc rdoc1.8 reniced reportbug
  resolvconf retty ruby-prof sic smap ssdeep stealth stunnel4 synergy
  sysvinit-utils tesseract-ocr toilet toilet-fonts update-inetd
  upstreamdev videogen vim-python vim-ruby webcam-server wikipedia2text
  wodim xen-utils-common xmlindent xmms2 xmms2-client-cli xmms2-core
  xmms2-plugin-alsa xmms2-plugin-id3v2 xmms2-plugin-jack
  xmms2-plugin-mad xmms2-plugin-vorbis xsel xserver-xorg-input-vmmouse
  xserver-xorg-video-ivtv youtube-dl

Upgrade notes

As usual you can upgrade your grml harddisk system to the latest grml version running 'apt-get update; apt-get install grml'. Take a look at the upgrading webpage in the grml-wiki as well. Notice: If you are using grml in a productive environment and/or use a grml2hd installation we strongly recommend to subscribe to the grml-user mailinglist!

Changes since release 0.8 (20060413)

Known issues

Take a look at grml_0.9 @ grml-wiki. Please report problems using information on

Download grml 0.9

grml 0.9 can be downloaded from mirrors listed on


Your comments, bug reports, patches, and suggestions will help fix bugs and improve future releases. If you find a problem with the release please check grml_0.9 @ grml-wiki and report problems using information on Please send your feedback, feature requests and bug reports to the grml-team!


Many thanks in this release go to Wolfgang Karall, Frank Terbeck, Alexander Bernauer, Moritz Augsburger, Arnt Karlsen and Marc Haber for their contributions. Many thanks also to the ones of you who donated something to the grml-team and of course to all those who have sent feedback since the last release!

More Information

You can find out more about grml on our website, IRC channel, and wiki.

To sign up for future grml announcements, please subscribe to grml's announcement list.

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