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August 4, 2010


Ubuntu 10.04 LiveCD customisation gotchas

by Joe Kuan

Here are the gotchas that I came across so far via building Ubuntu 10.04 LiveCD from scratch.

  • If you decided not to install NetworkManager, the /etc/network/interfaces file will be started with the following lines
    auto lo
    iface lo inet loopback
    auto eth0
    iface eth0 inet dhcp
    auto eth1
    iface eth1 inet dhcp
    auto eth2
    iface eth2 inet dhcp
    auto ath0
    iface ath0 inet dhcp
    auto wlan0
    iface wlan0 inet dhcp

    regardless of how many or what physical network interfaces you have. This took me quite a while to figure out where the content of interfaces file generated from. As first, I thought one of the upstart processes but eventually I traced it down to chroot/usr/share/initramfs-tools/scripts/casper-bottom/23networking script. Comment out the last part of the script and rebuild the LiveCD, the interfaces file in the next boot will only contain existing network devices

    #if [ ! -x /root/usr/sbin/NetworkManager ]; then
    #    for i in eth0 eth1 eth2 ath0 wlan0; do
    #        grep -q "iface $i" $IFFILE && continue
    #        cat >> "$IFFILE" <<EOF
    #auto $i
    #iface $i inet dhcp
    #    done
  • File permission – If your startup script involves changing file permission, then it may not behave as what it seem. A user may appear to have the right permission for accessing a file or directory but the LiveCD keeps saying permission denied. This is because the same file permission in the /rofs hasn’t been changed and it is not modifiable because of read-only filesystem. So the workaround is to sort out the user and group permission of the file before building the LiveCD.

    Following is an example, ubuntu user is part of the mysql group and cannot access /var/lib/mysql because without group permission.

    ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ groups
    ubuntu adm dialout cdrom plugdev mysql lpadmin sambashare admin
    ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ cd /var/lib/mysql/
    -bash: cd: /var/lib/mysql/: Permission denied
    ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ sudo ls -ld /var/lib/mysql
    drwx------ 4 mysql mysql 120 2010-08-03 23:08 /var/lib/mysql

    Change the /var/lib/mysql with group permission and still can’t access

    ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ sudo chmod g+rwx /var/lib/mysql
    ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ sudo ls -ld /var/lib/mysql
    drwxrwx--- 4 mysql mysql 120 2010-08-03 23:08 /var/lib/mysql
    ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ ls -l /var/lib/mysql
    ls: cannot open directory /var/lib/mysql: Permission denied

    However, the same file or directory permission remains untouched.

    ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ sudo ls -ld /rofs/var/lib/mysql
    drwx------ 3 mysql mysql 104 2010-08-03 21:44 /rofs/var/lib/mysql
1 Comment Post a comment
  1. Chaitanya Parekh
    Aug 21 2013

    Thank You So Much You Made My Day


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