[maemo-users] How to clone an N800?

From: Julius Szelagiewicz julius at turtle.com
Date: Sat Jul 5 06:08:37 EEST 2008
	you are right - pain is a very fluid concept. I will test your way
and report the results. I just don't fancy setting 50 units by and.
	Thank you, julius

On Thu, 3 Jul 2008, Ville Reijonen wrote:

> > Dear Folks,
> > 	What is the best way to clone an N800? As I need to be able to
> > roll out a bunch of them - 30 now, 20 in a couple months I'd love to get a
> > "Golden Image" and copy it over very quickly to new tablets.
> Pain is so relative consept. I did this in old 770 days.. preparation
> took time but flashing was a breeze.. step by step:
> PHASE 1 - Prepare:
> 1) Make the base install on one device.
> 2) Modify it as far as you can so that it is good for every device.
> 3) Tar the rootfs (with gnu tar) to memory card.
> 4) Make device dependent modification.
> 5) Tar the individual rootfs to memory card.
> 6) Compare the tar packages, and see if there is some way to automate
> the individual change as a script.
> 7) Repeat 4-6 for every device dependent change.. or do them all at once :)
> PHASE 2 - Create custom image:
> 1) Unpack Nokia FIASCO image for rootfs (with flasher program) or create
> right size jffs2 rootfs image.
> 2) Mount the rootfs image (guide in maemo wiki), replace contents with
> the tar you have on the memory card.
> 3) put your customizing script for example into /etc/rc2.d/ and make
> sure that the script file is deleted in the end.
> 4) packages which have to be installed on the device, put them in the
> image into some folder like "/" and install those with dpkg from the
> script or "apt-get -y" them over the air from the script, delete
> packages after installing.
> PHASE 3 - Flash:
> 1) Flash the image in parts with your own rootfs replacing the original.
> 2) Boot the device. If packages are installed, some ui action is needed.
> Or maybe you customized the package so that there is no need.
> P.S. Script debugging is easier when the output goes to a file.. :)
> --
> VRe

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