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g4u ("ghost for unix") is a boot-floppy/CD that lets users clone hard disks by using FTP. This is often done to deploy a common setup on a number of PCs. The floppy/CD uploads the compressed image of a local hard disk to an FTP server, and then retrieves that image via FTP, uncompresses it, and writes it back to disk. Network configuration is fetched via DHCP. The hard disk is processed as an image, so g4u can deploy any filesystem/operating system. Users can clone local disks as well as partitions.


LicenseVerified byVerified onNotes
BSD AdClauseJanet Casey8 December 2004

Leaders and contributors

Hubert Feyrer Maintainer

Resources and communication

Audience Resource type URI
Bug Tracking,Developer,Support E-mail

Software prerequisites

Kind Description
Required to use DHCP server
Required to use FTP server

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 22 June 2005.


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