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Release Notes for grml-small 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.

Whereas Grml provides about 2 GB of software on a 700 MB ISO, grml-small is a flavor with only ~100 MB ISO-size (~275 MB uncompressed). It does not provide a lot of software but the essential stuff for being a rescue system on a business card CD-ROM or a small USB device. You can use the Debian package management system to install software on the fly (assuming you have network access to a Debian mirror). Take a look at the 'Debian-Information'-section if you are searching for the package list.

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.


Based on vanilla kernel including several patches and the aufs module.

Visit for more details regarding Grml's kernel.


Fixed several bugs and issues reported on grml-small_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 2 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*

  gcc-4.3-base grml-scanpartitions

Added 10 new packages (exluding lib* and *2.6.33-grml*):

  acpi-support-base gettext-base grml-quickconfig 
  grml-quickconfig-standard grml-udev-config 
  jfsutils kexec-tools mksh slsh ufsutils

Major changes since release 2009.10 (20091031)

Known issues

Take a look at grml-small_2010.04 @ grml-wiki. Please report problems using information on

Download grml-small 2010.04

grml-small 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-small_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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