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Release Notes for Grml 2010.04 - codename Grmlmonster


Grml is a bootable live system (Live-CD) based on Debian. It includes a collection of GNU/Linux software especially for system administrators and users of texttools. 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 GB of software and documentation on the CD.

New features

Special new features:

New features in Grml's Zsh

Major changes in grml-scripts:

grml2usb (install Grml ISO(s) on usb device for booting):

Visit the usb webpage in the Grml wiki and for more details regarding grml2usb.

grml-debootstrap (wrapper around debootstrap for installing plain Debian via Grml):

Visit for more details regarding grml-debootstrap.

grml-live (build system for creating a Grml (based) Linux live system):

Visit for more details regarding grml-live.


Based on vanilla kernel including several patches and additional modules:

  aufs iscsitarget loop-aes lzma ndiswrapper openafs
  speakup squashfs sysprof tp-smapi virtualbox-ose-guest

Visit for more details regarding Grml's kernel.


Fixed several bugs and issues reported on grml_2009.10 @ grml-wiki and in the bug tracking system.

Important Changes

Packages / Software

Details about shipped packages and their versions on Grml are available at the Debian section. Visit dpkg_get_selections for a main package listing and dpkg_list for a more detailed list of packages shipped with Grml 2010.04.


Updated all packages to Debian Unstable branch by 24st of march 2010 (plus some further selected updates).

Removed 63 packages (excluding lib* and *2.6.31-grml*) - please notice that some of them are available under different names/in different packages:

  *2.6.31-grml* lib*

  3ware-cli-binary aria2 asleap aufs-tools bash-minimal 
  bluez-audio bluez-gstreamer console-setup consolekit 
  cpp-4.3 ctapi-cyberjack ded dietlibc dpkg-ftp dpkg-multicd 
  dynamic-disk elmo emacs22 emacs22-bin-common 
  emacs22-common g++-4.3 gcc-4.2-base gcc-4.3 gcc-4.3-base 
  gcom gconf2-common gfs-tools gfs2-tools grml-ddcxinfo 
  grml-mercurial-utils grml-scanpartitions heirloom-mailx 
  iceweasel-webdeveloper igal2 keynav lame lkl lomoco 
  metamail mirrordir naim openipmi policykit pspax 
  python-celementtree python-elementtree python2.4 
  python2.4-minimal rar ras salvage-ntfs sdd sfind 
  sl-modem-daemon star tlswrap vcdtools wacom-tools 
  webcam-server xar xlockmore xserver-xorg-input-hyperpen 

Added 41 new packages (exluding lib* and *2.6.33-grml*):

  apt-xapian-index cifs-utils cpp-4.4 docbook2odf fbterm 
  fsarchiver g++-4.4 gcal-common gcc-4.4 gdbserver gdisk 
  grml-quickconfig grml-quickconfig-standard 
  grml-udev-config htcheck hwloc infiniband-diags 
  keyboard-configuration lxc mbuffer modem-cmd nbd-client 
  nbd-server netsniff-ng nginx numactl perf podracer 
  pyneighborhood python-glade2 python-xapian python2.6 
  python2.6-minimal qemu-kvm ruby1.9.1 secvpn ufsutils 
  usb-modeswitch usb-modeswitch-data xz-utils zerofree

Major changes since release 2009.10 (20091031)

Known issues

Take a look at the list. Please report problems using information on

Download Grml 2010.04

grml 2010.04 can be downloaded from the mirrors listed on


Your comments, bug reports, patches, and suggestions will help fixing bugs and improving future releases. If you find a problem with the release please check grml_2010.04 @ grml-wiki and report problems using information on Please send your feedback and feature requests to the Grml team!


Many thanks (alphabetically) in this release go to Alexander Menk, Andras Korn, Axel Beckert, Christoph Biedl, Christian Hofstaedtler, Daniel Borkmann, Gregor Perner, Jordan Uggla, Mark Jonas, Moritz Augsburger, Pawel Sadkowski, Richard Hartmann, Sedat Dilek, Stefan Weiss, Suhanov Maxim, Timo Boettcher, Thomas Arendsen Hein, Tong Sun, Xuân Baldauf and Zoran Dzelajlija for their contributions.

More Information

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Further Questions?

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Grml is sponsored by several companies. For more information about our sponsors check out the Sponsors webpage. Our main sponsors are:

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