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How I automate the slaughter of the Official Raspberry Pi's Debian-based OS to create reliable headless, embedded systems

Yann Guidon / YGDESYann Guidon / YGDES 09/30/2015 at 07:432 Comments

I am doing a routine test of the scripts before I release an early version and I discover that a new archive version is available:

2015-09-24-raspbian-jessie.zip : 1332985725 bytes

25% larger than the previous version ! That's insane ! But not as much as the image's size itself:

2015-09-24-raspbian-jessie.img : 4325376000 bytes

SDcards, and storage devices in general, don't have all the same exact size so with some bad luck, it is easy to get a 4GB flash card that is not suitable for this image... So I insert my work card in my computer to check :

fdisk -l

Disk /dev/mmcblk0: 3,7 GiB, 3980394496 bytes, 7774208 sectors

What the f*** Raspberry Pi Foundation, what the holly f*** ?

The filesystem has 715MB free, before the 100MB swap file is created. The filesystem should be 350MB smaller to fit in a 4BG card, and it's not hard to achieve. Just stop bundling junk with your images.

Correction :

# dd if=/dev/zero of=ZERO bs=4K

946167808 octets (946 MB) copiés

So why expand beyond the 4GB limit ?

Discussions

Yann Guidon / YGDES wrote 10/01/2015 at 16:07 point

@Brek Martin

I think it could be caused by the editor, anytime I type a "sharp" sign (#) or arobase (@) it creates a weird dialog. There's one sharp here, the editor wanted it to link to project/5373-hacker-channel so that's maybe why it notified you ? It wouldn't let me remove the link cleanly... 

As seen here, when the sharp is preceded by another sign, the editor doesn't popup the project selection window, I found it out later.
All my apologies for the inconvenience.

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matseng wrote 10/01/2015 at 09:30 point

Same here....  I think there's plenty of bugs in the had.io site.  Like that the protovoltaics projects gets (auto) updated 4-5 times a day without any visible changes.

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