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Old 09-17-2006, 01:04 PM   #1
fakie_flip
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Damn Small Linux Frugal install


I am attempting to do a frugal install similar to a knoppix poorman's install of DSL. I am unsure what to do. The directions from here are incomplete and unclear on some things.

http://distro.ibiblio.org/pub/linux/...rugalHowto.pdf

I am probably not doing this exactly the way this guide intended, but it unclear on what should be done, so I am not sure. Here is what I have done.

I added the hard drive I plan on using to another working computer with Debian Etch testing unstable. The computer for DSL can boot from a cd, but my cd burner is bad, so I couldn't create a DSL cd. How else am I going to put the cd image on the partition created for it? I used fdisk to create the partitions. After using fdisk I did these things.

Code:
debian:~# mke2fs /dev/hda1
mke2fs 1.39 (29-May-2006)
Filesystem label=
OS type: Linux
Block size=1024 (log=0)
Fragment size=1024 (log=0)
14056 inodes, 56224 blocks
2811 blocks (5.00%) reserved for the super user
First data block=1
Maximum filesystem blocks=57671680
7 block groups
8192 blocks per group, 8192 fragments per group
2008 inodes per group
Superblock backups stored on blocks:
        8193, 24577, 40961

Writing inode tables: done
Writing superblocks and filesystem accounting information: done

This filesystem will be automatically checked every 21 mounts or
180 days, whichever comes first.  Use tune2fs -c or -i to override.
debian:~# fdisk -l

Disk /dev/sda: 320.0 GB, 320072933376 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 38913 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sda1           14599       38913   195310237+  83  Linux
/dev/sda2           14356       14598     1951897+  82  Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda3   *           1       14355   115306506   83  Linux

Partition table entries are not in disk order

Disk /dev/hda: 853 MB, 853622784 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 103 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/hda1   *          97         103       56227+  83  Linux
/dev/hda2              67          96      240975   82  Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/hda3               1          66      530113+  83  Linux

Partition table entries are not in disk order
debian:~# mke2fs /dev/hda3
mke2fs 1.39 (29-May-2006)
Filesystem label=
OS type: Linux
Block size=4096 (log=2)
Fragment size=4096 (log=2)
66400 inodes, 132528 blocks
6626 blocks (5.00%) reserved for the super user
First data block=0
Maximum filesystem blocks=138412032
5 block groups
32768 blocks per group, 32768 fragments per group
13280 inodes per group
Superblock backups stored on blocks:
        32768, 98304

Writing inode tables: done
Writing superblocks and filesystem accounting information: done

This filesystem will be automatically checked every 34 mounts or
180 days, whichever comes first.  Use tune2fs -c or -i to override.
debian:~# fdisk -l

Disk /dev/sda: 320.0 GB, 320072933376 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 38913 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sda1           14599       38913   195310237+  83  Linux
/dev/sda2           14356       14598     1951897+  82  Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda3   *           1       14355   115306506   83  Linux

Partition table entries are not in disk order

Disk /dev/hda: 853 MB, 853622784 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 103 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/hda1   *          97         103       56227+  83  Linux
/dev/hda2              67          96      240975   82  Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/hda3               1          66      530113+  83  Linux

Partition table entries are not in disk order
debian:~# mkswap /dev/hda2
Setting up swapspace version 1, size = 246751 kB
no label, UUID=fbb76280-ce93-4fd8-94dd-a40985c9dbd3
debian:~# swapon /dev/hda2
What's next? I need a lot of information and the complete process. Thanks. Also, if it were possible to do a network installation of DSL, then I would do it, but I have not figured out how to do that yet after looking all over the place.
 
Old 09-18-2006, 12:25 AM   #2
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Why not install Frugal from the release CD? They have a netinstall CD as well, unless theres something I'm missing here...
 
Old 09-18-2006, 01:00 AM   #3
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You are missing something. I don't have a working CD burner anymore. All those other ways of installing are good for people with CD burners or the ones who want to buy Linux. That's why network install floppies are useful. I got someone to burn damn small linux for me. My computer seems like it bit the dust. I took everything out except the video card and cpu and still, I see nothing when booting. I tried other video cards, so my guess is that the mobo died. Not long ago, I was able to boot the Solaris cd on it, but that failed. That had nothing to do with my computer being bad, just that Solaris hardware support for x86 sucks out of the box.
 
Old 09-18-2006, 03:40 AM   #4
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Ahh kk.

Basically, all you'd need is to get hold of a base list of packages you need for a Frugalware install. Download pacman-3.3.9-1-i686.fpm and extract that to /. The fpm files are just bzipped tarballs. Then mount your Frugalware root and install the base packages to there with pacman, it'd be easier to use a few switches to force the install:
Code:
pacman -Udf ftp://...base-packages.fpm --root=/mnt/frugal
Then make sure GRUB installed correctly etc and you should be right.
 
  


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