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What is Nesting?

From the dyne:bolic manual: "The concept is simple: you cannot modify the operating system, you use it as it comes and you update it all in once with new versions, it is a whole compressed file, which is only readable. The writable part, where you store your data and settings, is stored in a separated way, inside another file of variable size which you can store on a usb key or an harddisk. This is a nest. If the nest you stored is found by dyne:bolic while booting, then you use its space for your /home and settings, which are then no longer lost in volatile RAM at the next boot."

Actually, that was totally true for the 1.x series of dyne:bolic. For the 2.x series, it's not...

... meaning that you can now also modify the operating system, by adding your own applications! Go to DyneModules and DynebolicPackaging to find out more. You'll be very glad you did. :))

What the Nest holds

to be more precise, the nest holds:

/etc <- system wide settings and configurations


/root <- default users home

/usr/local <- user's installed software from source

On what kind of devices can I nest dyne:bolic?

You can create a nest for dyne:bolic on either PATA/SATA hard disks or USB keys. Dyne:bolic will retrieve the information from the nest on subsequent boots, i.e. each time a dynebolic CD runs on a compatible computer with a nest. Due to the minimum nest size of 32Mb, you cannot nest on a floppy... but, besides, they're slow, and who uses floppies nowadays?!

On what kind of filesystems can I nest dyne:bolic?

How can I nest dyne:bolic?

Where can I place the nest files?

Nest files (dyne.nst) should always be stored inside the dyne directory placed in the root of the filesystem (for example C:\dyne\ in Windows, not C:\Documents\dyne\ nor C:\Program Files\dyne\). That is the only place where dyne:bolic looks at boot. This behaviour may change in future versions.

Be careful, UNIX-like and GNU/Linux filenames and directories are case sensitive, so it's the "dyne" directory and the "dyne.nst" nesting file (all small letters), and not "Dyne", "DYNE", "dYnE" nor "dyn3"!

Ok, so how do I make a filesystem on hard disk that can receive a dynebolic nest?

Great! So you have a hard disk or partition to dedicate to dyne:bolic?

Recommended reading for in-depth GNU/Linux filesystem and partition specifications are in the "Filesystems HOWTO" and the "Linux Partition HOWTO".

How can I check a nest and troubleshoot it? (dyne:bolic 1.x)

There are several reports of people with trouble saving their configurations on a nest in dyne:bolic 1.x. The most common is when they try to save it on a NTFS partition (frequently found on WinXP, Win2k and WinNT). Remember: nesting on dyne:bolic 1.x only works on ext2 or FAT32/DOSFS partitions.

If you're certain that your partition is ext2 or FAT32/DOSFS then check:

If the problem comes while doing the nesting, you should have a look in /var/log/setup/nidifica.log which is the log of "taschino", the software doing the nesting.

If you can't figure out what your problem is, subscribe to the mailing list and post a question; hopefully somebody will chime in with the respective solution, or at least with some suggestions that can get you closer to the solution.

Are there any alternatives to nesting?

Yes! And neither of these alternatives require a dyne:bolic CD to run. Check out:

DynebolicFaq : dyne:bolic homepage

Nesting faq started on 28-10-2003 by Tommy Drum for the community, please update the info where needed!

Nesting (last edited 2011-05-08 05:59:31 by anonymous)