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#1 Mikorist

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Posted 15 June 2008 - 09:11 PM

Remastersys is a tool that can be used to do 2 things with an existing Klikit or Ubuntu or derivative installation.It can make a full system backup including personal data to a live cd or dvd that you can use anywhere and install. It can make a distributable copy you can share with friends. This will not have any of your personal user data in it.

Install Remastersys in Ubuntu

The Remastersys repository needs to be added to your /etc/apt/sources.list
sudo vi /etc/apt/sources.list

Paste the following into the sources.list:

# Remastersys

# deb http://www.linuxmint.com/repository romeo/

deb http://www.remastersys.klikit-linux.com/repository remastersys/

Save and exit the file.

Update the source list using the following command
sudo apt-get update
Install remastersys using the following command
sudo apt-get install remastersys
This will complete the installation

Using Remastersys

In order to learn how you can use remastersys, run
sudo remastersys
remastersys Syntax

sudo remastersys backup|clean|dist [cdfs|iso] [filename.iso]

remastersys Examples

1) to make a livecd/dvd backup of your system
sudo remastersys backup
2) to make a livecd/dvd backup and call the iso custom.iso
sudo remastersys backup custom.iso
3) to clean up temporary files of remastersys
sudo remastersys clean
4) to make a distributable livecd/dvd of your system
sudo remastersys dist
5) to make a distributable livecd/dvd filesystem only
sudo remastersys dist cdfs
6) to make a distributable iso named custom.iso but only if the cdfs is already present
sudo remastersys dist iso custom.iso
cdfs and iso options should only be used if you wish to modify something on the cd before the iso is created. An example of this would be to modify the isolinux portion of the livecd/dvd

Creating An ISO Image

To create an iso image of your installation, simply run
sudo remastersys dist
This will create an iso image called customdist.iso in the /home/remastersys directory. The dist option makes that your personal folder (e.g. /home/ruchi) will not be included in the iso image. You might have to insert your Ubuntu installation CD during the process.


/home/remastersys/customdist.iso is ready to be burned or tested in a virtual machine.

Check the size and if it is larger than 700MB you will need to burn it to a dvd

796M /home/remastersys/customdist.iso

Clean Up

After you’ve burnt the iso image onto a CD/DVD, you can run
sudo remastersys clean
to remove all temporary file created during the iso generation as well as the /home/remastersys directory.

source:ubuntugeek.com

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#2 Nuno Brito

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Posted 15 June 2008 - 09:26 PM

Have you tried this tool by yourself?

Any detailed feedback about it's usage?


- Time it took to rebuild
- Did the new custom distro added all your changes made to the installed OS
- Does the LiveCD includes your modifications or is plain vanilla like ubuntu
- etc..

I might use this to create my own version and avoid losing so much time reinstalling programs and customizing it to my taste whenever required to install ubuntu on a new machine.

Thanks! :)

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Posted 15 June 2008 - 10:39 PM

Have you tried this tool by yourself?

Any detailed feedback about it's usage?


- Time it took to rebuild
- Did the new custom distro added all your changes made to the installed OS
- Does the LiveCD includes your modifications or is plain vanilla like ubuntu
- etc..

I might use this to create my own version and avoid losing so much time reinstalling programs and customizing it to my taste whenever required to install ubuntu on a new machine.

Thanks! :)



LiveCD includes all modifications:

1. Full system backup including all personal data to a live cd or dvd that you can use anywhere and install.

2. Distributable copy . will not have any of your personal user data in it and you can share this distro with your friends.


Yes i tested it myself and successfully remastered Kubuntu 8.04 using Remastersys.

I can confirm it installs quite fast and is very easy.

Remastered time for my Kubuntu and all my programs is 45min~1h...

As an example, a 3G installed partition will compress from 1.0 to 1.5 Gig depending on what is on it. Obviously compressed files will not compress any further. The livecd/dvd will be a little bit bigger than the compressed file of the filesystem.

Detailed feedback about it's usage:
http://www.remasters...com/capink.html


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Posted 03 August 2009 - 04:03 PM

Inside Security Rescue Toolkit is at the moment a frozen projects? Maybe can be resurrected using Parted Magic work!

INSERT is a complete, bootable linux system. It comes with a graphical user interface running the fluxbox window manager while still being sufficiently small to fit on a credit card-sized CD-ROM. INSERT contains a multitude of useful tools to be at your hand in a variety of situations:
support for WLAN adapters , network analysis (e.g. nmap, tcpdump) , computer forensics (e.g. chkrootkit, foremost, rootkit hunter) based on Linux kernel 2.6.18.6 and Knoppix 5.1.1

#5 rawr

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Posted 22 October 2009 - 05:00 PM

Inside Security Rescue Toolkit is at the moment a frozen projects? Maybe can be resurrected using Parted Magic work!

INSERT is a complete, bootable linux system. It comes with a graphical user interface running the fluxbox window manager while still being sufficiently small to fit on a credit card-sized CD-ROM. INSERT contains a multitude of useful tools to be at your hand in a variety of situations:
support for WLAN adapters , network analysis (e.g. nmap, tcpdump) , computer forensics (e.g. chkrootkit, foremost, rootkit hunter) based on Linux kernel 2.6.18.6 and Knoppix 5.1.1



this looks like a new topic/thread mistakenly added to an oldr one ,
or am i missing sum-thing .




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