Request help respinning 14.10 w/Black Lab Image Creator

John Hupp lubuntu at
Mon Nov 17 15:39:27 UTC 2014

On 11/16/2014 11:10 PM, Eric Bradshaw wrote:
> [snip]
> >>> added a line to blacklabimager to get all the files from the bios
> >>> directory including the <> one I had added 
> into it;
> >>>
> >>>     cp /usr/lib/syslinux/modules/bios/* $WORKDIR/ISOTMP/isolinux
> >>>
> >>> It booted this time! However, I still didn't see my own vesamenu. I
> >>> instead was greeted with my splash screen graphic and a "Guest" login
> >>> invitation and that led nowhere of course.
> ---
> So, after working with Systemback and making distributable isos from 
> it, I'm pretty sure I can copy the files Systemback puts into the 
> syslinux folder of a live iso and believe this would work because the 
> DVDs made from Systemback isos boot without error.
> However, the Systemback software has got me rethinking using Black Dog 
> Image Creator at all. I've still got some "personalizing" to do for 
> the C4C Lubuntu ReSpin, but here's what I'm liking about Systemback so 
> far:
> 1. The creation of a distributable "live" iso with Systemback is 
> incredibly easy, and they each boot in every 32-bit machine I've tried 
> them (burned on DVD) in.
> 2. Systemback has the ability to use Ubiquity, but claims to be able 
> to work with whatever bootloader I choose (would this then work with 
> Yaboot for PowerPC I wonder? I've yet to see if Systemback installs on 
> PPC).
> 3. The polished GUI of Systemback makes it a real visual treat to work 
> with (for a non-programmer like me) and because it's a great, 
> easy-to-use backup system too, I've got no problem including it for 
> the end-user.
> 4. They've overcome the 4GB iso limit! I've created several isos 
> larger than 4GB that are both live and successfully install a working 
> system too.
> Eric Bradshaw
> --
> Thank You,
> God Bless,
> Computers4Christians

I'm glad to see you are both pushing ahead with the exploration and 
reporting on results.  I'm very interested in the topic but have had no 
time to invest so far.  In fact, I'm farther back in the process, and 
don't even know for sure what all the viable candidates are (and does 
the list include OBI or gnome-disks aka Disks?)

But I hear you saying that it's looking more and more like Systemback 
could be a good replacement for Remastersys and B.D.I.C. You did say 
earlier that "Distroshare Ubuntu Imager says it's based on Remastersys 
and it looks like it took a bit from Black Lab Image Creator too, so 
that's definitely my next script to try if the above doesn't work like I 
think."  Did you try that but then find Systemback to be superior?

Can you say anything explicit about how Systemback treats user-level or 
global settings.  For instance, does it strip out all user accounts and 
settings?  Or certain ones?  Or have an option to do so or not?  (Or 
does the documentation cover this question?)

On a related sort of question, for the more narrow purpose of per-system 
full-installation backup, I'm also interested in how Systemback or other 
candidates might serve for that.

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