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Release Notes for grml64 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 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

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
  speakup squashfs sysprof xtables-addons

Visit for more details regarding Grml's kernel.


Fixed several bugs and issues reported on grml64_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 grml64 2010.04.


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

Removed 56 packages (excluding lib* and *2.6.31-grml64*) - please notice that some of them are available under different names/in different packages:

  *2.6.31-grml64* lib*

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

Added 79 new packages (exluding lib* and *2.6.33-grml*):

  aesutil apt-xapian-index bfa cifs-utils cmospwd 
  cpp-4.4 ctris deletemail docbook2odf dupseek ex 
  ext3rminator fakechroot fbterm febootstrap 
  fsarchiver ftpbackup g++-4.4 gateguardian 
  gcal-common gcc-4.4 gdbserver gdisk genisoimage 
  gifshuffle gkrellm-x86info glipper-nognome 
  grml-quickconfig grml-quickconfig-standard 
  grml-udev-config histring htcheck hwloc i855crt 
  icedax icmp-mtu icmp-quench icmp-reset 
  infiniband-diags keyboard-configuration lxc 
  mbuffer modem-cmd nbd-client nbd-server ncp 
  netsniff-ng nginx numactl perf podracer prosilla 
  ptfinder pyneighborhood python-glade2 
  python-libxml2 python-openssl python-rpm 
  python-sqlite python-sqlitecachec 
  python-urlgrabber python-xapian python2.6 
  python2.6-minimal qemu-kvm rootsh ruby1.9.1 
  secvpn shadowfs shish shmux sudosh tal ufsutils 
  usb-modeswitch usb-modeswitch-data xz-utils yum 

Major changes since release 2009.10 (20091031)

Known issues

Take a look at grml64_2010.04 @ grml-wiki. Please report problems using information on

Download grml64 2010.04

grml64 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 grml64_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.

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