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I am constantly feeding my CD ROM drive the Debian DVDs that I use to install the OS and the various programs included with it.
Is there a way I can store the ISOs in a specific subdirectory on my hard drive and then mount these copies so that the system can always access them?
As a secondary question, how would I then configure the sources.list file to look for the applicable ISOs in their newly mounted locations? I believe I may need to have three individual lines in this file, as there are three ISOs (40r5_1, 40r5_2, and 40r5_3), and I would like them all mounted concurrently.
I have read through the "$ man mount" pages several times, but I am so new to Linux, I do not yet have the vocabulary to ask this question in a context that will get me where I need to be from the various online help documents.
I am running Debian 4.0r5 and have more than enough hard drive space to put all three ISOs in their on custom subdirectory (the preferred option, as a newbie like me will be less likely to stomp on them while learning).
Does your machine not have broadband internet access ? If it does then you don't need the CD's/DVD's at all to install packages and update your system ..
# deb cdrom:[Debian GNU/Linux testing _Etch_ - Official Beta i386 NETINST Binary-1 20070329-08:46]/ etch contrib main
deb http://ftp.uwsg.indiana.edu/linux/debian/ etch main non-free contrib
deb-src http://ftp.uwsg.indiana.edu/linux/debian/ etch main non-free contrib
deb http://security.debian.org/ etch/updates main contrib non-free
deb-src http://security.debian.org/ etch/updates main contrib non-free
deb http://www.debian-multimedia.org etch main
Most of us Debian users use the 150 MB netinstall iso to install the system then comment it out in the sources list and grab everything from the Internet afterwards..
Thank you farslayer, for your help and information. I will give this a try. It seems to be a way of successfully doing what I want to do. I will also continue trying to mount the ISOs internally to the machine just because it is something that I have been trying to figure out how to do for a while now, and I am not about to let this issue beat me.