Debian Bug report logs - #616197
Man page wrong on ip=... parameter

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Package: live-boot; Maintainer for live-boot is Live Systems Maintainers <>; Source for live-boot is src:live-boot.

Reported by: Ulrich Zehl <>

Date: Thu, 3 Mar 2011 07:30:02 UTC

Severity: normal

Found in version live-boot/2.0.15-1

Fixed in version 3.0~a17-1

Done: Daniel Baumann <>

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Report forwarded to, Debian Live Project <>:
Bug#616197; Package live-boot. (Thu, 03 Mar 2011 07:30:05 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

Acknowledgement sent to Ulrich Zehl <>:
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Message #5 received at (full text, mbox):

From: Ulrich Zehl <>
Subject: Man page wrong on ip=... parameter
Date: Thu, 3 Mar 2011 08:21:20 +0100
Package: live-boot
Version: 2.0.15-1

The man page of live-boot says this regarding the ip=... parameter:

      Let  you  specify  the  name(s) and the options of the interface(s)
      that should be configured at boot time. Do not specify this if  you
      want  to use dhcp (default). It will be changed in a future release
      to  mimick  official  kernel   boot   param   specification   (e.g.

(Taken from

However, live-bottom/23networking parses the parameter as follows.

  if [ -z "${NETBOOT}" -a -n "${STATICIP}" -a "${STATICIP}" != "frommedia" ]
  	parsed=$(echo "${STATICIP}" | sed -e 's/,/ /g')
  	for ifline in ${parsed}
  		ifname="$(echo ${ifline} | cut -f1 -d ':')"
  		ifaddress="$(echo ${ifline} | cut -f2 -d ':')"
  		ifnetmask="$(echo ${ifline} | cut -f3 -d ':')"
  		ifgateway="$(echo ${ifline} | cut -f4 -d ':')"

E.g., the interface name, not the IP adress is the first parameter; the
others are in different positions as well.

The line in my grub.cfg (used with FAI 3.4.7) thus reads

  linux /boot/vmlinuz boot=live FAI_ACTION=install FAI_FLAGS="verbose,sshd" ip=eth0: hostname=server

which works for me.

Is this a bug in the documentation, or in the actual behavior?

(Furthermore, the last sentence of the man page's description does not make
sense to me, considering that the format documented seems to be consistent
with the kernel boot parameter specification. If this a problem with my
understanding of English, I apologize.)

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Bug acknowledged by developer. (Wed, 18 May 2011 17:27:07 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

Message #10 received at (full text, mbox):

From: Daniel Baumann <>
Subject: Re: Man page wrong on ip=... parameter
Date: Wed, 18 May 2011 19:25:34 +0200
Version: 3.0~a17-1

Address:        Daniel Baumann, Donnerbuehlweg 3, CH-3012 Bern

Reply sent to Daniel Baumann <>:
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Bug acknowledged by developer. (Wed, 18 May 2011 17:48:20 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

Message #15 received at (full text, mbox):

From: Daniel Baumann <>
Subject: Bug#616197: fixed in live-boot 3.0~a17-1
Date: Wed, 18 May 2011 17:47:31 +0000
Source: live-boot
Source-Version: 3.0~a17-1

We believe that the bug you reported is fixed in the latest version of
live-boot, which is due to be installed in the Debian FTP archive:

  to main/l/live-boot/live-boot-initramfs-tools_3.0~a17-1_all.deb
  to main/l/live-boot/live-boot_3.0~a17-1.debian.tar.gz
  to main/l/live-boot/live-boot_3.0~a17-1.dsc
  to main/l/live-boot/live-boot_3.0~a17-1_all.deb
  to main/l/live-boot/live-boot_3.0~a17.orig.tar.gz

A summary of the changes between this version and the previous one is

Thank you for reporting the bug, which will now be closed.  If you
have further comments please address them to,
and the maintainer will reopen the bug report if appropriate.

Debian distribution maintenance software
Daniel Baumann <> (supplier of updated live-boot package)

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Format: 1.8
Date: Wed, 18 May 2011 19:31:27 +0200
Source: live-boot
Binary: live-boot live-boot-initramfs-tools
Architecture: source all
Version: 3.0~a17-1
Distribution: unstable
Urgency: low
Maintainer: Debian Live Project <>
Changed-By: Daniel Baumann <>
 live-boot  - Debian Live - System Boot Scripts
 live-boot-initramfs-tools - Debian Live - System Boot Scripts (initramfs-tools backend)
Closes: 616197 621908 627178
 live-boot (3.0~a17-1) unstable; urgency=low
   [ Daniel Baumann ]
   * Updating to standards version 3.9.2.
   * Using /run/initramfs instead of /dev/.initramfs/varrun for unionfs-
     fuse sendsigs (Closes: #621908).
   * Updating manpage wrt/ ip parameter squence (Closes: #616197).
   * Making copyright file distribution neutral.
   * Correcting top-level makefile to automatically get all the supported
     languages, rather than defining a static list.
   [ Michal Suchanek ]
   * Copy resolv.conf to live system root (Closes: #627178).
   * Tidy up resolv.conf a bit.
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