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Old 05-30-2004, 08:36 AM   #1
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Diskless Fedora Install (Instructions)

Hopefully the following will help

Diskless Fedora Install
Mike Chirico
Last Updated: Sun May 30 08:57:21 EDT 2004

The latest version of this document can be found at:


It's possible to completely install Fedora by downloading the *.iso image, mount
it to a loopback device, copy the Linux kernel images to /boot, modify grub, reboot, then
have it find the *.iso image for the rest of the install.


Download the complete DVD package. It's 4 GB:




Once downloaded check the md5sum

md5sum FC2-i386-DVD.iso


Create a directory off of root for mounting the iso image.

mkdir /iso0


The DVD image file can be mounted with the following command:

mount -o loop -t iso9660 /FC2-i386-DVD.iso /iso0


Copy /iso0/images/pxeboot to the /boot directory

cp -r /iso0/images/pxeboot /boot/.


Modify Grub to include the following:

title Fedora (INIT)
root (hd0,2)
kernel /pxeboot/vmlinuz
initrd /pxeboot/initrd.img

Special note: Look at the other grub entries "root (hd0,1)", perhaps
it's listed as "root (hd3,0)" or (hd2,0). This must be the same, so
change hd0 above to match the other entries.


Make note of where FC2-i386-DVD.iso resides by issuing the "df" command.

$ df .

You'll need this location after reboot. It's something like /dev/hda1 or /dev/hdb2


Reboot. When asked for the location of the "iso" file select FILE on the Fedora menu.
put in the /dev/hda1 location above. Note if it's in a subdirectory off of this
filesystem there is a text box to enter that as well.

The install should proceed on it's own from here.


Perhaps you're running Redhat 8.0 or Redhat 9 and only want to upgrade to the 2.6
kernel from source.

Reference (This also includes information on creating your own 2.6 kernel modules):

Old 08-17-2004, 12:16 AM   #2
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mounting iso

hey all I have my system setup as a dual boot, I am running XP and RH 9. my partitions are setup as such:
40gigs XP
40 gigs linux
10gig linux back up
10 gigs xp back up

I would like to install fedora. I am using lilo as my loader, I was planning on instaling fedora on my linux backup partion, or I have slave hdd that I am not using at the moment. I have downloaded the 4 iso's. I was having problems with burning the last 3 disks. When I tried to install fedora the 1st cd worked fine, however,when I was asked to put in the 2nd cd, I received a messgae saying that "unable to mount." So I was thinkging if there is a way that I could just mount the iso's in a dir and install from there on to my 10gigs(linux backup partion). BUt there is not way to do a dual boot is there??

oh yeah is there anyway that i could use the same swap, and home partion for both RH9 and fedora,

any help would be appc
thanks in advance Jason

Last edited by JsCAMRY; 08-17-2004 at 12:18 AM.
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That is a great tutorial. Thanks mchirico!



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