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Old 05-12-2008, 04:31 PM   #1
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How to make a bootable ISO from an existing Linux image


Hi folks, I have read all I could find of earlier threads/responses on this topic on this site (and elsewhere) and I am still seeking a simple answer.

I just want to know how to make a bootable CD iso image of a Linux system that I have up and running. The system that I have in mind is using CentOS, but I have others for which I would like to do the same.

Are there utilities that work without massive preparation?
With instructions that clarify and simplify, rather than expand the problem space?
With master scripts that set everything up?
And a source of documentation that is common-task oriented and readable without deep kernel experience?

Thanks in advance for your suggestions.

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Looking at past posts:
* This link (cpqlinux dot com slash cdrw dot html)doesn't specifically explain the process and there are conflicting accounts across the internet about the roles, interaction and status of cdrecord and makeisofs.
* man cdrecord and man makeisofs are not understandable to me.
* mkcdrec has prerequisites that are hard to understand and look like more work than building a new system from scratch.
 
Old 05-12-2008, 05:08 PM   #2
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Check out mkcdrec.

http://mkcdrec.ota.be/

Works well for me, but your mileage may vary
 
Old 05-12-2008, 05:15 PM   #3
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mkcdrec

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Check out mkcdrec.
http://mkcdrec.ota.be/
Works well for me, but your mileage may vary

--Thanks for the reply. Per my original post, this one seems to require that I d/l and build a new distro of Linux to make it work. I checked out the Sourceforge posts and there are lot of problems even for people who understand it. This one is Stone Soup, more or less.
 
Old 05-13-2008, 09:46 AM   #4
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--Thanks for the reply. Per my original post, this one seems to require that I d/l and build a new distro of Linux to make it work. I checked out the Sourceforge posts and there are lot of problems even for people who understand it. This one is Stone Soup, more or less.
Well, anything that does something as complex as building a bare-metal recovery image is going to require some work and configuration. It took me about 30 minutes to get mkcdrec up and going. I've used Mondoarchive in the past too, and it works well, but I prefer mkcdrec.

I'd suggest reading the documentation, and working through the problems you might encounter. It'll not only give you the solution you want, but you'll learn more about your system(s) in general, and enhance your knowledge.
 
  


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