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g4u

g4u ("ghost for unix") is a boot-floppy/CD that allows one to easily clone PC hard disks by using FTP. This is often done to deploy a common setup on a number of PCs. The floppy/CD offers two functions: it uploads the compressed image of a local hard disk to an FTP server, and then it can retrieve that image via FTP, uncompress it, and write it back to disk. Network configuration is fetched via DHCP. As the hard disk is processed as an image, any filesystem and operating system can be deployed using g4u. Easy cloning of local disks as well as partitions is also supported.

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  •  25 Jan 2007 10:05

Release Notes: This release includes updated drivers based on the latest development version of NetBSD, a complete overhaul of the build system to remove the 2.88MB size limit, and availability of contracts for technical support over the previous release.

  •  30 May 2006 21:43

Release Notes: The most important changes in this release lie in an improved infrastructure that allow more flexibility, removing the 2.88MB limit that g4u previously had. Many new device drivers were added.

  •  07 Apr 2006 01:09

Release Notes: The most imortant changes are not user-visible, but are in the build process. As a result of this, the 2.88MB size restriction is gone and now only the machine's RAM is the limit, allowing a lot of drivers to be added again.

  •  21 Jun 2005 22:45

Release Notes: Serial drivers were added again for those people that need serial console. Support for IT Express and ATI IXP IDE and Promise SATA150 controllers was added. Many bugfixes and enhancements were taken from NetBSD-current, including EHCI-based USB improvements. "dmesg" now hints at pressing space/CR to scroll down.

  •  07 Dec 2004 19:39

Release Notes: There are now two versions, a CDROM version (which can also be used on DVD), and a two-floppy version. This allows all the drivers that had to be removed in the past to be added back again: USB keyboards, SATA drives, hardware RAID controllers, PCMCIA and Cardbus drivers, Wireless LAN, Fiber Channel for your SAN, Token Ring, and others. Anther important change is a new "copypart" program to copy local partitions.

RSS Recent comments

09 Oct 2007 07:57 ramsfan

Re: status?

>

> % has

> % this project been abandoned?

>

>

> No. I'm just busy with reallife (PhD

> thesis...),

> you can always build g4u with latest

> NetBSD-current sources to get support

> for more recent hardware. I should

> really get some snapshot out...

>

>

> - Hubert

I was wondering. Does this iso work with booting a SPARC sun solaris system. I tried using Roxio to burn the image but when I tried to boot off of it it didn't work. Any ideas?

31 Jan 2007 09:45 williamwbishop

Re: status?

>

> % has

> % this project been abandoned?

>

>

> No. I'm just busy with reallife (PhD

> thesis...),

> you can always build g4u with latest

> NetBSD-current sources to get support

> for more recent hardware. I should

> really get some snapshot out...

>

>

> - Hubert

Please do, if you get the time. I use G4U a lot, but more specifically I use MIDS which is a derivative, to save myself countless hours of work. I understand if you don't have time though, we're all a bit short of it right now. If I can get some time, I might break down and rebuild it as you suggest and then update mids as it directs. Why do they have to keep messing with chipsets?!?!

30 Mar 2006 04:58 hubertf

Re: status?

> has

> this project been abandoned?

No. I'm just busy with reallife (PhD thesis...),

you can always build g4u with latest NetBSD-current sources to get support for more recent hardware. I should really get some snapshot out...

- Hubert

30 Mar 2006 03:35 shuubz

status?
haven't seen any updates for a while. have run into some chipsets and other hardware that is not supported. has this project been abandoned?

22 Mar 2006 02:15 sprothero

does this work with logical raid volumes?
I need to rebuild a system with 6 physical disks which are currently configured as a single raid 0 array to have raid 5 instead. Will this tool be able to image & restore my system? (There is a single logical volume which contains /boot and / filesystems.)

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