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Release Notes for grml64 2009.10 - codename Hello-Wien


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 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.

New features

Special new features:

New features in Grml's Zsh

New 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 drbd8 kqemu loop-aes lzma ndiswrapper speakup squashfs sysprof xtables-addons

Visit for more details regarding the grml-kernel.


Fixed several bugs and issues reported on grml64_2009.05 @ 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 grml64 2009.10.


Updated all packages to Debian Unstable branch by 22nd of october 2009 (plus some further selected updates).

Removed 81 packages (excluding lib* and *2.6.28-grml64*) - please notice that some of them are available under different names/in different packages:

  *2.6.28-grml64* lib*

  ash auctex catdvi cpp-4.1 ctioga debsig-verify diff docbook2odf dog dvi2tty
  dvipng edac-utils euro-support ext2resize fakechroot fcoretools
  foomatic-filters gcc-4.1-base geoip-database gmailfs gnuhtml2latex
  grml-saveconfig grml-terminalserver-data harden-remoteaudit hping2 htcheck
  icedax jikes lacheck lanmap latex-beamer latex-mk latex-xcolor latexmk
  latextug mailx mktemp mysql-client-5.0 nessus-plugins
  nessusclient nessusd paketto pdfjam pgf podracer preview-latex-style
  python-clientform python-libgmail python-mechanize rgpsp secvpn slat snoopy
  snort snort-common snort-common-libraries snort-rules-default tetex-bin
  tex-common texify texlive texlive-base texlive-base-bin texlive-common
  texlive-doc-base texlive-extra-utils texlive-fonts-recommended
  texlive-lang-german texlive-latex-base texlive-latex-recommended texpower
  timeout tor-geoipdb tthsum vim-latexsuite webcpp weechat-common windowlab
  workbone xulrunner-1.9

Added 61 new packages (exluding lib* and *2.6.31-grml*):

  apache2.2-bin aumix-common bluetooth bluez bluez-alsa bluez-gstreamer
  btrfs-tools comgt conkeror dd-rhelp diffutils dvb-apps emacs23
  emacs23-bin-common emacs23-common ewf-tools fatattr fio gcc-4.2-base
  gconf2-common git-email gnupg-curl gnupg2 gptsync grub-pc guymager
  heirloom-mailx honeyd i810switch install-info libsmbios-bin mysql-client-5.1
  netsurf-gtk nfswatch nilfs-tools nilfs2-tools odbcinst open-vm-tools pigz
  postgresql-client postgresql-client-8.4 postmark qla-tools read-edid
  rpm-common rpm2cpio safecopy samba-common-bin shorewall squid-langpack
  stressapptest tableau-parm tcl tk weechat-core xmms2-icon xmount
  xserver-xorg-input-evtouch xserver-xorg-video-ivtv xul-ext-webdeveloper

Major changes since release 2009.05 (20090531)

Known issues

Take a look at grml64_2009.10 @ grml-wiki. Please report problems using information on

Download grml64 2009.10

grml64 2009.10 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 grml64_2009.10 @ 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 'Leo' Bergolth, Al Sten-Clanton, Andras Korn, Andreas Thienemann, António P. P. Almeida, Axel Beckert, Christian Bricart, Christian Hofstaedtler, Christian Vogel, Daniel Tiefnig, Daniel Weuthen, Ernesto Domato, Frank Prochnow, Helge Wagner, Joerg Woelke, Julian Langschädel, Marcel Meckel, Marc Haber, Marc 'HE' Brockschmidt, Markus Schimpf, Michael Schierl, Michael Whapples, Moritz Wilhelmy, Peter Palfrader, Ralf Moll, Sedat Dilek, Stefan Traby, Thomas Koehler, Thorsten Glaser, Ulrich Zehl, Walter Haidinger, Wernfried Haas and Zoran Dzelajlija for their contributions.

More Information

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Further Questions?

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Credits: Developed by: Michael 'Maniac' Prokop, Ulrich 'Dangerous' Dangel, Frank 'Enstein' Ter-ror-beck, Alexander 'Igor' Wirt,... and many more


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