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Old 01-16-2010, 08:51 AM   #1
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multi boot dvd for dumbasses?


Hi,
I'm looking for a quick an dumbass noobies proof why of creating a multi boot dvd, the distro's that i want on the disc are;

mint 8 (custom 1gb iso created with remastersys as a live dist)
knoppix v6.2cd (690.99mb)
nimblex (custom 527.1mb build created on nimblex website)
parted magic (49.9mb)
puppy 4.3.1 (104.9mb)

i have done some googling and it's gone right over my head so if theres a dumbass noob based way please could someone share it or a gui based app similar to unetbootin-377

any help would be greatly appreciated
rich
 
Old 01-16-2010, 09:17 AM   #2
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Very doable

uh, though I havent really written any how-tos on it

I'll walk you thru it though

seems your running mint/buntu?

go grab the necessities from synaptic

squashfs-tools
xnest
isomaster
syslinux
mkisofs/genisoimage
qemu-launcher/qemu
a good text editor i prefer the combo of PCMANFM/leafpad as you just right-click in filemanager window
and select "open terminal here",etc
instead of cd /somewhere/overthere

a ext2/3 partition of at least 8-10GB

to stop/prevent spagetti editing and such
make a folder named "image"
and a folder named "test"

Ill wait till you come back and post to tell more
I'm free today so i suggest you be around

Heres some of my goodies
todays
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...03#post3828603

http://linux.softpedia.com/progMoreB...isX-31789.html

heres a cool multipup
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...s-more-753276/

grub2 ubuntu dvd
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...how-to-775347/

so, come back and we'll get started
looks like you can add more distros too to get to 4+gb DVD?

EDIT: your Mint 1gb iso is kinda big
did you remove old kernels,etc?
did you do apt-get clean/aptitude purge,etc before remastersys?
you can also mksquashfs the /usr/share/doc folder
cd into /usr/share and do
mksquashfs doc docz.squashfs
and it'll compress the doc folder
then delete everything in doc folder and put

the squashed doc folder in there.

Also, the initial remastersys squashfs is bloated for some reason?
if you unsquashfs the squashfs remastersys makes
then just resquashfs it with

mksquashfs squashfs-root filesystem.squashfs

it will be about 50-70mb less

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Old 01-16-2010, 09:43 AM   #3
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hi linus just added packages, just went to add a partition and unfortunatley i cannot free any space but i am a lil concerned about my partition layout.
if you would be as so kind to quickly list a step by step, i can work from that at a later point once i have sorted out my hdd
thanks again linus
 
Old 01-16-2010, 09:47 AM   #4
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you want a book?
LOL

it would have to be interactive as I write nothing down usually
and have short-term mem loss (wonder why?)
LOL

so, you tell me what distros and I'll help you setup isolinux/syslinux.cfg's etc
boot menu etc

its too much writing if your not around to prod at me.

post the result of fdsik -l as root
LOL fdisk -l Imean
to show me your partitions please

also, to make the isolinux/syslinux cfgs and whatnot you only need a little space
so you should start there
you coming back?

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Old 01-16-2010, 09:51 AM   #5
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Disk /dev/sda: 160.0 GB, 160041885696 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 19457 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0xdb802035

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 1 13 104391 83 Linux
/dev/sda2 14 19457 156183930 5 Extended
/dev/sda5 19074 19457 3084480 82 Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda6 14 19072 153091354+ 83 Linux




and the distro's are listed in first post must dash out but will return asap and thankyou once again
 
Old 01-16-2010, 09:54 AM   #6
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whatever distros
most will play together except no 2 buntus on same dvd unless you use grub2

whats the most space you got in there somewhere?
 
Old 01-16-2010, 10:15 AM   #7
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im back
i've got 20gb-ish space but its within my / partition
i believe mint is the only buntu based distro i've got on there
i did download a tarball called multicd-5.0.3 with alot of .sh files
it showed a screenshot on the website showing a open file browser with .iso-s and a .sh file
i will try to find the site for you
 
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http://multicd.tuxfamily.org/
 
Old 01-16-2010, 10:18 AM   #9
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yes
multicd.sh

I know it
but it wont make any syslinux/usb stuff and edits out many bootmenu options
but it works good

just put the isos that it will make all in one folder with multicd.sh script
and name isos as it says at site'
then run
./multicd-number.sh
the versions number,you know

then yuo can start making custom menus etc
 
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Old 01-16-2010, 10:24 AM   #10
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sweet no fussed about menu's etc just want one that work although i have seen some nice bootloader screens
thanks again linus i will post back once done as to whether it works etc etc
 
Old 01-16-2010, 10:26 AM   #11
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use qemu-launcher to test iso's boot
dont waste cd/dvds
 
Old 01-16-2010, 10:27 AM   #12
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also, Mint/buntu's use old syslinux 3.63
and you wont be able to have graphical boot menu
unless you use a diff distro like pmagic, or any that have syslinux 3.71+
 
Old 01-16-2010, 10:34 AM   #13
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you know my newest bad ass 347mb distro has all you need
run it from usb to make the isos whatever
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...03#post3828603

it can boot toram so no drives are mounted too
 
Old 01-16-2010, 06:47 PM   #14
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hi again had no luck with that one
but now i know what files are needed, i have a friend thats alot better with scripts etc perhaps he can have a play
will definitely check out your 367mb one
nice one for all the help if you dont mind me askin (off topic) but how hard is installing slackware 13 i've got the dvd burnt but from what i have been told you have to compile it all yourself and lets be honest im strugglin with the multi-dvd so what are my chances with slack
 
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Um
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nice one for all the help if you dont mind me askin (off topic) but how hard is installing slackware 13 i've got the dvd burnt but from what i have been told you have to compile it all yourself and lets be honest im strugglin with the multi-dvd so what are my chances with slack
OK

1) Installing slackware 13 is easy text based installer; Slackware is kinda both a source based and binary distro
I highly recommend it; theres no other distro like it, at all.
I also suggest adding sbopkg and src2pkg after installing

2) A nice easy to install Slackware based(pretty close; closer than Slax) distro
with a livecd beta is SalixOS
http://www.salixos.org/wiki/index.php/Home

heres the beta livecd
it works good off usb too; with persistence
http://www.salixos.org/forum/viewtop...&t=355&start=0

Post a help me install slackware thread in slack forum...
 
  


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