Feature #12705

Update the size of the system partition to >= 4 GiB

Added by intrigeri about 1 month ago. Updated 1 day ago.

Status:ConfirmedStart date:06/15/2017
Priority:ElevatedDue date:
Assignee:intrigeri% Done:

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Category:Infrastructure
Target version:Tails_3.2
QA Check: Blueprint:
Feature Branch: Easy:
Type of work:Code Affected tool:Installer

Description

This is the parent ticket to implement what we've discussed on #11627. The plan we settled with is #11627#note-18, i.e.:

  • document that a 8 GiB stick is required
  • bump the default system partition size for newly installed Tails to 4 GiB on 8 GiB sticks, and to 8 GiB on sticks of 16 GiB or larger
  • refuse installing a new Tails on a stick smaller than 8 GiB
  • allow upgrading (by cloning) a legacy stick with a smaller (1.5 or 2.5 GiB) system partition when feasible; note that feasibility is a function of the size of data currently present on the source USB stick, and not of the size of its system partition
  • provide useful messages when upgrade by cloning is impossible; we can mention the several available options, along with their pros/cons, i.e. "upgrade from ISO" (easier but has to be done every time) and "migrate to a new USB stick with a larger system partition and copy your persistent data" (painful, but then you're done with it and get incremental upgrades for a while)
  • follow-up bonus, if time allows: have Tails Upgrader mention the "migrate to a new USB stick with a larger system partition" too when incremental upgrade is impossible due to a too small system partition; would be nice, but I don't want to block on that; it can be handled on #11628.

The corresponding work will be tracked as subtasks.


Subtasks

Feature #12706: Adjust the documentation wrt. updated system partition sizeConfirmedintrigeri

Feature #12707: Bump the size of the system partition created by Tails InstallerConfirmedintrigeri


Related issues

Related to Tails - Feature #11627: Consider updating the default system partition's size Resolved 08/10/2016
Related to Tails - Feature #11628: Error message on not-enough-free-space in Tails Upgrader is confusing Confirmed 08/10/2016
Related to Tails - Feature #11679: Rethink the installation process and upgrade process Confirmed 08/20/2016
Related to Tails - Feature #5301: Clone or backup system for the persistent volume Confirmed 01/27/2015
Related to Tails - Feature #12214: Consider documenting a way to manually backup persistent data In Progress 02/06/2017
Blocks Tails - Feature #13234: Core work 2017Q3: Foundations Team Confirmed 06/29/2017

History

#1 Updated by intrigeri about 1 month ago

  • Related to Feature #11627: Consider updating the default system partition's size added

#2 Updated by intrigeri about 1 month ago

  • Related to Feature #11628: Error message on not-enough-free-space in Tails Upgrader is confusing added

#3 Updated by intrigeri about 1 month ago

  • Related to Feature #11679: Rethink the installation process and upgrade process added

#4 Updated by intrigeri about 1 month ago

  • Related to Feature #5301: Clone or backup system for the persistent volume added

#5 Updated by intrigeri about 1 month ago

  • Related to Feature #12214: Consider documenting a way to manually backup persistent data added

#6 Updated by intrigeri 27 days ago

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