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Old 09-15-2003, 05:14 AM   #1
sureshsaragadam
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Question What to do to install Linux from Sourse 'HARDDISK'


Hi,

I failed to installing linux from hard disk,

What i did is i moved my hard disk as slave to an other linux pc,
and using 'mkisofs' commang i just created three images of redhat linux 9 on my hard disk.

After replacing back my hard disk i started installing from bootdisk
and sourse i pointed HARDDISK (on vfat) installation says no iso images are found.

then from windows i again copied the sourse as it is to the hard disk, (this time i have not made iso image) even though i could not succeed in completing installtion.

can any ony one point out the mistake i did in installing from hard disk !

Usually in Windows we can have OS Backup in some partition of the hard disk and OS can be installed when ever needed,

can i have my sourse linux (backup) , "Just copied" on to windows partion for installtion or atleast iso images?
Can i have sourse on vfat?
 
Old 09-15-2003, 08:09 AM   #2
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I often install redhat linux from harddisk without floppy disk and cdrom.

1.You can put the three *.iso files (shrike-i386-disc1.iso, and others) in hda1 (c:\), extract the directory dosutils and all the files within to c:\.
2.Boot up the machine from DOS, enter c;\dosutils, and run autoboot.bat,
then you can enter the main linx installation.
enjoy, and good luck.
 
Old 09-15-2003, 08:25 AM   #3
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http://www.redhat.com/ search window on homepage entry: kickstart.

Then you can preconfigure the install and everything. Just like an answer file for windows. It will do a network install, so you don't even have to do anything but the kick start file on a floppy, and the first install cd from redhat. Read it. I didn't and spent the last few years doing things the hard way.
 
Old 09-15-2003, 10:55 AM   #4
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Yes, I did the same i placed all the 3 iso of three installation cd's of redhat and when i opted for hard drive installtion the installer could not reconize the iso images

exactly i did the same, but i could not succeed,

here i have one auestion .

i made the vennila iso images of the 3 redhat installation cds on to my hda1
i made those iso from a utility mkisofs, in linux powered pc.
because i dont have a CDROM Drive and no network is availabel i have the only option harddrive installtion even i dont have net connected to my pc to download iso

what i am confused is may be i made a mistake with making iso's,
how to make redhat installtion iso's from linux mkisofs
 
Old 09-15-2003, 02:38 PM   #5
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There are instructions for that in the linux installation guide.

Actually, there is another option. But you need a null-modem (serial crossover) cable. Then, do a serial install.

There are instructions for that in the linux installation guide.

Your friend should have down-loaded the "DOCS" CD when he got linux. The installation guide is very comprehensive.

It is also on-line at the red hat website.

I just skimmed it--and ended up doing everything the hard way. You don't have to be a fool like me. Read the documentation. Then re-read it. Then follow the directions.

Last edited by Eqwatz; 09-15-2003 at 02:40 PM.
 
Old 09-15-2003, 08:49 PM   #6
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About the installation without floppy and cdfom, After we enter the main linux installation, the installation will ask where are the installation *.iso files, for example, we put them in c;\, then use up and down arrow key to make hda1 highlight, then use tab key to switch to the mount point entry, and type /, if we put three *.iso files in c:\redhat, we need type /redhat in the mount point entry,
hda1 should be fat file system. we should boot from dos instead of dos in windows. that is all about it.

If your *.iso files have no error, I am sure you can do it, because I often install redhat in this way.

Last edited by Xiangbuilder; 09-15-2003 at 08:52 PM.
 
Old 09-16-2003, 05:23 AM   #7
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=>Actually, there is another option.
Yes there are options but i want to install linux through HARDDISK Sourse (with iso), once istalled perfect i can upgrade or reinstall with the dumped iso, It is more conveninet later !
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YES i did the same as it is placing the iso's like
cd1.iso
cd2.iso
cd2.iso
which i created with <b>mkisofs</b> can tried all the possibilities
like placing iso in the a folder and later at first sector of the disk
even though i failed

let me clear does the iso i created vanilla iso's with mkisofs from source cd ...

Please let me know the complete command to crete linux iso from source cd's

thanking you all
 
Old 09-16-2003, 10:11 AM   #8
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I have no experience on making iso files.
All my iso files is from web.
 
Old 09-16-2003, 01:24 PM   #9
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If your download went well, those are the iso files. They are just an image of a cd.

Windows will sometimes bugger up large downloads.
It is always good to check any download--that is why:

a) It is best to use a FTP type of program to do the downloading, so that if windows "burps" you can continue instead of starting over.

b) All of the download sites have a file called MD5 checksums (-or- a similar name with MD5 in it). Get that as well.
It is a text file with some numbers in it.
You download a windows executable (and always read the README) for MD5 check-sum generator.
It is usually from the same site or a linked one.
This generates a number from either the files or the iso itself--that will be covered in the README.txt which comes with it.
Compare the numbers in the file with the numbers you generate.

This tells you whether your file is complete and uncorrupted.

You just have to put them in the directory you create in C:\ an example that people use is "C:\rh_dir".

Something easily remember by you. Because you will need to pass that information to the install program. (Even if you are doing the install from the same directory.)
 
Old 09-17-2003, 04:14 AM   #10
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No I have linux source CD's with me
i really want to know
how to create cd images from ---> mkisofs <--- commmand ?

Because CD1.iso, CD2.iso, CD3.iso are the iso files i created with mkisofs command from linux on vfat, which i filed to install linux from those iso's i created.

so can you let me know to create iso on to disk from rehdat linux 9 which i am right now working,

after creted iso's i want to test to install linux on From (sourse iso's on vfat) which i failed to do earlier.
 
Old 09-17-2003, 05:13 AM   #11
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To create an ISO image from CD

cat /dev/hdx > /mountpoint/cd1.iso

Where /dev/hdx is your actual CDROM device and mountpoint is any directory that you want to store your iso image.
 
Old 09-17-2003, 05:44 AM   #12
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So i dont need to use mkisofs ? really ....

then i will try it . yes then this is the mistake i did i used mkisofs to create iso from my cdrom drive

thank you
 
Old 09-17-2003, 05:47 AM   #13
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