What is it all about? [^]
Clonezilla-SysRescCD is a Linux multi boot backup/restore and rescue CD, combining Clonezilla Live and System Rescue CD in one CD. It is released under the GNU General Public License (GPL).
Why one more Linux live CD? you might ask
Well, I started this project because I wanted to have a rescue CD that would be as self-contained as possible, using my favorite tools. My goals are to have:
- A backup/restore system
I have chosen Clonezilla Live for this, as it is flexible enough to fulfill my needs. Furthermore, it makes it possible to create automated restore CDs/DVDs. This way, restoring a system will be fast and easy enough for anyone to perform (even people with minimum technical knowledge).
- A rescue system
I have chosen SystemRescueCD for this, as it is generally highly appreciated.
SystemRescueCD is a live CD with a GUI, based on gentoo, which provides tools like GParted, the graphical partition tool, GNU-Parted, an excellent text based partitioning tool, TestDisk, a data recovery tool, Clam-AntiVirus, a free Anti-Virus sofware, Partimage, Python, Perl, file system, networking and archiving tools, editors etc.
- Both of them in just one disk
The only way to do this was to create a Multi Boot CD.
Enhanced features [^]
Enhancements to Clonezilla Live
- Automated restore DVDs can be easily created, so that anybody can perform a system restore operation (even people with minimum technical knowledge). All the necessary files for the creation of the DVD are included in Clonezilla-SysRescCD.
- A set of shell scripts make it easier to restore an image file to a location (disk or partition) different than the one originally backed up.
- Part of Clonezilla-SysRescCD's web site is included in the CD, so that help is always available.
|Date||Version||Clonezilla Live Version||SystemRescueCD Version|
|02/07/08||2.6.0||1.1.0-8 (mod)||1.0.4 (mod)|
|11/04/08||2.5.0||1.0.10-8 (mod)||1.0.1 (mod)|
|24/03/08||2.4.0||1.0.9-19 (mod)||1.0.0 (mod)|
|07/03/08||2.3.0||1.0.9-10 (mod)||1.0.0 (mod)|
|22/02/08||2.2.0||1.0.9-10 (mod)||0.4.3 (mod)|
|22/01/08||2.1.0||1.0.7-18 (mod)||0.4.3 (mod)|
|11/12/07||1.4.0||1.0.7-18 (mod)||0.4.2 (mod)|
|03/11/07||1.3.0||1.0.5-8 (mod)||0.4.1 (mod)|
|07/10/07||1.2.0||1.0.5-8 (mod)||0.4.0 (mod)|
|24/09/07||1.1.0||1.0.5-7 (mod)||0.3.8 (mod)|
|06/09/07||1.0.0||1.0.3-21 (mod)||0.3.8 (mod)|
|12/08/07||0.2||1.0.3-21 (mod)||0.3.7 (mod)|
- Clonezilla Live updated to version 1.2.5-35|
- SystemRescueCD updated to version 1.6.0
- Three Clonezilla-SysRescCD flavours are now available,
one for each architecture (more information)
- Super Grub Disk updated to version 0.9799
- Added Super Grub Disk 2 version 1.98s
- Smart Boot Manager was added to the Tools section
- Added restorecd/ and docs/ to the squashfs file of Clonezilla distro.
This way all items are always available (even when booting to RAM)
- Most operations are now executed through the TUI (Text User Interface)
- Major site and documentation update (thanks to Jyrki Vesterinen)
|Package||- Added auto mode (parameter -a) to script create-clonezilla-sysresccd|
- Clonezilla Live updated to version 1.1.0-8|
- SystemRescueCD updated to version 1.0.4
- Super Grub Disk updated to version 0.9726
- Clonezilla Live updated to version 1.0.10-8|
- SystemRescueCD updated to version 1.0.1
- Super Grub Disk updated to version 0.9701
- Clonezilla Live updated to version 1.0.9-19|
- SystemRescueCD updated to version 1.0.0|
- Added two command line parameters to ocs-iso, used in auto restore DVD
mastering. More info: Working with a USB keyboard
- Fixed the create-clonezilla-sysresccd installation problem|
Thanks to Chris Rehder
- Clonezilla Live updated to version 1.0.9-10|
- Updated script reloc-img to support remote images (through samba and nfs)
- Added patch-clonezilla-sysresccd, a script that can be used to|
customize an existing Clonezilla-SysRescCD ISO file
More info: Using patch-clonezilla-sysresccd
- SystemRescueCD updated to version 0.4.3|
- Super Grub Disk updated to version 0.9677
- A script to help relocate a Clonezilla image file during restoration|
hase been added to Clonezilla Live. The script (called reloc-img) uses
a curses like interface, which is similar to Clonezilla's interface
More info: Restoring to a different location
- Changed the splash screen tool selection interface|
A navigation menu scheme has been adopted
- Removed ranish.img from the CD
The Ranish Partition Manager has been integrated into FreeDos
This is because of the fact that Ranish Partition Manager would not
execute as a standalone floppy image
- Added Super Grub Disk to the available tools
The floppy image provided by "Super Grub Disk" (english version)
has been added to the source tarball
- Script continue-multi-cd (SysRescCD) updated to v 2.0.0
Use "continue-multi-cd -h" to see the new interface
- Fixed a minor bug in script what-cd
- All the files needed for CD creation have been included in the|
source tarball. This way the user will only have to download the
debian live ISO file, in order to create Clonezilla-SysRescCD.
The debian live ISO file has not been included because of its size
(~ 79 MB), which would make the source tarball too big.
The files can be fount in /root/.clonezilla-sysresccd/files
- All cfg files have been moved to /root/.clonezilla-sysresccd/files
If you are upgrading from a previous version, please delete/move
these files, and adjust your configuration files (conf files)
- A new variable has been inserted to the configuration files (named
DebianLiveFolder in clonezilla-sysresccd.conf and DebianLiveFolderP
in profiles.conf). This variable should point to the folder where
the debian live ISO has been saved. If you are upgrading from a
previous version, please adjust your configuration files (conf files)
- Added support to script create-clonezilla-sysresccd for compressed
(tar.gz) isolinux configuration files, in order to implement menus
|1.2.0||CD||- Added script continue-multi-cd to SystemRescueCD|
This script makes it easy to continue a multi session CD
|1.1.0||CD||- Minor changes (cfg files)|
- Moved to version 1.0.0 in order to eliminate any missunderstanding about|
the development status of Clonezilla-SysRescCD
- Added the options -A and -W to script ocs-iso (Clonezilla Live).|
/opt/drbl/sbin/ocs-iso -A "ocs-rs command"
/opt/drbl/sbin/ocs-iso -W "ocs-rs command" [image file]
Both options set up the restore CD/DVD for automatic image restoration.
The difference is that when using the -W option the image [image file] is
appended in the ISO file (maximum 4.4BG). When -A is used, the image
file will be appended to the CD/DVD, after the ISO file created by this
command is burnt, using growisofs -M ... (maximum 8GB).
- Added the option -O to script ocs-iso (Clonezilla Live).
Specifies the ISO file name to use when -A, -W options are used.
- Added the options -V and -P to script ocs-iso (Clonezilla Live).
The user creating a restore CD/DVD can now specify its Volume ID and
Publisher ID, respectively.
- Added the option -I to script ocs-iso (Clonezilla Live).
Specifies the user selectable menu item title of the main screen of a
restore CD/DVD. Applicable only with options -W and -A
- Added the script what-cd to sysresccd.
This script will identify the CDs present on a pc, and report the
device name of the writer (if any)
- Added a copy of the Clonezilla-SysRescCD site to the CD. In this way
the documentation will be available at all times
- Added -x [script] option|
This way you can write a BASH script that will be executed just
before mastering the "Clonezilla-SysRescCD"
- clonezilla-sysresccd contains customized versions of the original CDs|
More info in page Custom CDs
- Fixed a bug that would appear when option -b would be used without any|
other options. Then create-clonezilla-sysresccd would not be able to get the
ISO file name
- Build system upgrade|
use ./configure to upgrade the program
use ./configure --enable-fullInstall to install it
- Fixed a potential script installation bug
- Normal user can get help
- Minor changes
|0.1||- Initial release|
Can I help? [^]
Yes, of course you can. If you have:
- a script I can add to Clonezilla Live or SystemRescueCD, don't hesitate to send it to me.
You can have a look at "Clonezilla-SysRescCD own scripts" to see what type of scripts might be interesting.
- used Clonezilla Live nfs mode, or any of the tools provided by SystemRescueCD, you can write a guide.
I will add it to the site (and the documentation present on the CD). Please keep in mind that this CD may be used by less experienced users, so make it as detailed as possible.
Contact me [^]
If there's anything you want to say about Clonezilla-SysRescCD, go ahead and send me a message.
Mailing lists [^]
There are two mailing lists available for Clonezilla-SysRescCD:
This is the Clonezilla-SysRescCD new releases announcement list. Please do not post there.
This is the general discussion list of Clonezilla-SysRescCD.
If you have any questions about Clonezilla Live, please use its Mailing lists or Forums.
If you have any questions about SystemRescueCD, please use its Forums.
This project is published under the terms of GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation.
I would like to thank:
- The creators of SystemRescueCD and Clonezilla Live
- Eleftherios Kosmas for publishing the v 0.1 torrent
- George Keramidas and <<V13>> from the linux greek users mailing list, who helped fixing a bug that would make the creation of the 8GB Restore DVD impossible.
- Chris Rehder for reporting the create-clonezilla-sysresccd installation problem in v 2.2.0 and his overall assistance
- Manfred Hantl for reporting and fixing the windows USB installation problem of version 2.6.0
- Everyone who seeds the torrent, as it is not possible for me to be online at all times
Special thanks to
- Jyrki Vesterinen, documentation contributor.
Most of these pages have been updated / written by him.