Fork me on GitHub


Release Notes:
grml64 0.2 - codename Schwammerlklauber (20080224)


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, unless you want to (use grml2hd for this). Due to on-the-fly decompression grml includes about 2.1GB of software and documentation on the CD.

Whereas grml is meant for use on 32 bit systems, grml64 provides support for 64 bit platforms. It is based on the amd64 port of Debian. Take a look at the 'Debian-Information'-section if you are searching for the package list.

We do need your help!


Fixed several bugs and issues reported on grml64_0.1 @ grml-wiki.

New features

Several improved, updated and extended configuration files.

New grml-scripts:

New bootparameters/cheatcodes:

grml2hd (install grml to harddisk):

See for more details regarding grml2hd.

grml-terminalserver (boot grml via network)

See for more details regarding grml-terminalserver.

Special new features:


Based on vanilla kernel including several patches and additional modules:

  acx100 at76-usb atl2 aufs drbd8 exmap gspca ipw3945
  iscsitarget ivtv kqemu loop-aes lzma madwifi ndiswrapper
  nozomi openafs qc-usb realtime-lsm rt2400 rt2500 squashfs
  sysprof truecrypt

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

See for more details regarding the grml-kernel.

Important Changes

To avoid problems with isolinux/syslinux on older hardware (see syslinux mailinglist) we decided to put several files like kernel and initrd from /boot/isolinux/ into a new directory named /boot/$GRML_FLAVOUR/. This should improve the possibility for supporting multiboot in the future as well.

Due to the new initial bootprocess (which is based on live-initramfs) some bootoptions might not work as expected or changed its behaviour. The grml team is working on merging outstanding features. If you think you found a bootoption that does not work as expected/documented please report it.

The bootoption expert has been dropped. It is deprecated nowadays. The bootoption splash has been renamed into textsplash to avoid clashes with graphical bootsplashes.

Packages / Software

Details about shipped packages and their versions on grml are available at the Debian section. See dpkg_get_selections for a main package listing and dpkg_list for a more detailed list of packages shipped with grml 1.1.


Updated all packages to Debian Unstable branch by 20071225 (plus some further selected updates).

Removed 91 packages [please notice that some of them are available under different names/in different packages]:

  *2.6.20-grml64* lib*

  airsnort artwiz-cursor attacker autofs bandwidthd-pgsql
  centericq centericq-common check clvm cogito crywrap
  dbengine ddd debtags defrag discover discover-data
  dnsdoctor dvgrab emacs21 emacs21-bin-common emacs21-common
  emelfm fbgetty findimagedupes flac123 fvwm-crystal gnuplot
  gnuplot-nox gnuplot-x11 gnus gnus-bonus-el grep-dctrl gs
  gs-common gs-esp gs-gpl gscanbus ia32-libs idn
  ation-report ion3 ion3-mod-xinerama ion3-scripts
  irssi-text jail kiss lckdo linux-kernel-headers
  linux-kernel-headers-grml linux32 lshw-common mobilemesh
  modutils mozilla-firefox msort ncftp2 nessus netdude
  netpipes nmapfe openbsd-inetd pdns python-mode
  python-semanage rhapsody rt2400 rt2500 schedutils
  sound-recorder sqlrelay sqlrelay-postgresql
  sqlrelay-sqlite surfraw tdb-dev tinysnmp-tools twin
  unison2.9.1 user-de uswsusp valgrind vde vifm vncommand
  w3-el-e21 w3-url-e21 xdebconfigurator xfonts-artwiz
  xpdf-utils xtla xzgv

Added 229 new packages (exluding lib* and *2.6.23-grml64*):

  2vcard 3ware-cli-binary aamath ack-grep acpi-support-base
  acpitail afflib aggregate amap aosd-cat
  apt-transport-https ascii asql auctex awesome balance
  base64 bittwist bochsbios bsd-mailx catdvi centerim-common
  centerim-utf8 cereal conky cpp-4.2 ctioga ctorrent dcfldd
  detox dir2ogg dns2tcp doc-base docbook-xml dpkg-ruby
  duplicity dupmerge dvipng dzen2 edac-utils elfkickers
  emacs22 emacs22-bin-common emacs22-common epdfview espeak
  espeak-data etckeeper exifprobe exmap fai-client fai-doc
  fai-server fatsort firmware-iwlwifi firmware-ralink
  flashrom fuseiso g++-4.2 gcc-4.2 gcc-4.2-base
  gcc-4.2-multilib gcc-multilib gconf2 gconf2-common
  ghostscript ghostscript-x git-svn gitpkg gksu
  gnome-keyring gnu-fdisk gnupg-pkcs11-scd gparted
  grml-debian-keyring grml-live grml-paste gzrt haproxy
  hdaps-utils hdapsd heirloom-sh hfsprogs hgsvn hplip
  hplip-data iceweasel-webdeveloper ifupdown-extra
  inoticoming iodine ipw-firmware irqbalance
  irssi-plugin-xmpp iscsitarget itop jp2a kanif kpartx
  latex-beamer latex-xcolor latexmk lcdtest ldnsutils
  linux-libc-dev linux-wlan-ng live-initramfs logapp
  loop-aes-testsuite lzma mailplate metastore minised
  mkelfimage mlocate mr nat-traverse nessusclient netrw
  netsurf nscd nttcp nvclock obconf olsrd-plugins op
  open-iscsi open-vm-tools openafs-client openafs-krb5
  openbios-sparc openbox openhackware packeth pamusb-tools
  paperkey paris-traceroute pcaputils pdfjam pekwm pgf pip
  pm-utils pmailq pngtools polipo poppler-utils
  preview-latex-style prism54-firmware pristine-tar privbind
  proll pssh python-dbus python-gnupginterface
  python-gobject python-pycallgraph python-setuptools
  python-urlgrabber qemu rainbowcrack rcov rinse rofs runit
  rutilt s3cmd scamper scanmem scrollkeeper shorewall-common
  shorewall-shell sitar sl sm smap snort-common-libraries
  splint-data supercat svgalibg1 sysutils taktuk tasksel
  tasksel-data tetex-base tetex-bin tex-common texlive
  texlive-base texlive-base-bin texlive-common
  texlive-doc-base texlive-fonts-recommended
  texlive-lang-german texlive-latex-base
  texlive-latex-recommended texpower tgt thinkfinger-tools
  timelimit ttf-dejavu-core ttf-dejavu-extra uml-utilities
  unhide uniutils unsort vgabios vim-tiny wacom-tools
  wamerican wapiti x11-apps x11-session-utils x11-utils
  x11-xfs-utils x11-xkb-utils x11-xserver-utils xar xauth
  xbacklight xdelta3 xdg-utils xinit xrestop
  xserver-xorg-video-radeonhd xsteg yatm yeahconsole
  yersinia zfs-fuse

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 1.0 (20070518)

Known issues

Take a look at grml64_0.2 @ grml-wiki. Please report problems using information on

Download grml64 0.2

grml64 0.2 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 grml64_0.2 @ 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 Henning Sprang, Thomas Lange, Michael Schmitt, Daniel Baumann, Karl Voit, Norbert Tretkowski, Jan-Pieter Jacobs, Wolfgang Karall, Darshaka Pathirana, Andrea Mayr and Wernfried Haas 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.

the grml 0.9 shirt

Further Questions?

Contact us.


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

SynPro Solutions logo
hostway logo
snel logo
Server Hunter logo