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Biggen 07-16-2009 09:55 AM

Alien Bob's USB Installer & 64-bit Slack
 
Was going to play around with the 64-bit Slack but I don't have a CD-ROM in the 64-bit machine so I am going to try and use Alien Bob's USB installer script.

I guess since it is still "current" there isn't a 64-bit install script as of yet as I didn't see one on his page. Anyone else try to do this? I suppose I could just wait for the "official" Slack 13 release and then wait for him to "update" his scripts, but was trying to get a head start on things...

linus72 07-16-2009 10:06 AM

Which script are you using?

http://connie.slackware.com/~alien/slackboot/usb/

http://connie.slackware.com/~alien/t...binstall/12.2/

plus usb2disk.sh
http://connie.slackware.com/~alien/tools/

the mini-iso here can easily go on usb too, and is good as a rescue cd/usb too
http://connie.slackware.com/~alien/slackboot/mini/12.2/

there's even a 64mb ram stuff
http://connie.slackware.com/~alien/s...64mb_ram/12.2/

and slackboot too
http://connie.slackware.com/~alien/tools/slackboot/

pxe installers too:)

Biggen 07-16-2009 10:17 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by linus72 (Post 3609645)

Hey!

I guess I was operating under the assumption that all those scripts were for the 32-bit compiled Slack. Am I wrong? Was looking for the 64-bit version (which I realize isn't out yet. It is still current).

There are some damn fine tools there!

linus72 07-16-2009 11:09 AM

Not sure if for 64bit, my mistake
but maybe can be edited or used when it does come out:)

Biggen 07-16-2009 11:35 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by linus72 (Post 3609693)
Not sure if for 64bit, my mistake
but maybe can be edited or used when it does come out:)

I was able to contact Alien Bob and he said he would starting working on updating all the USB install scripts soon and would also build a 64-bit script!

Woohoo!

linus72 07-16-2009 11:35 AM

Awesome!
Yea, this is the best Linux forum dude:)

Bruce Hill 07-16-2009 05:09 PM

Did you consider booting with a USB stick and installing from
a local NFS/HTTP/FTP server? I did this on one box this week.

You are running mirror-slackware64-current, aren't you? ;)

Biggen 07-16-2009 06:52 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bruce Hill (Post 3610021)
Did you consider booting with a USB stick and installing from
a local NFS/HTTP/FTP server? I did this on one box this week.

You are running mirror-slackware64-current, aren't you? ;)

Bruce,

Here is the problem. My damn Sandisk Cruzer will NOT boot. I think it is a problem with the Cruzer's as I see this same complaint all over the internet. The "dd if=usbboot.img of=/dev/sda bs=512" just won't work for me.


So, here, is what I was thinking:
I am currently using Alien_Bob's script to rsync. It is downloading right now. I can canabalize another machine and steal the CD-ROM out of it and connect it up to my machine that doesn't have one. Then I can copy the 64-current mirror over to my flash drive. Then, I can create a bootable CD that has the installer on it and that *should* give me all the tools I need to get it installed.

Now, I have to figure out how to create a CD boot disk....

linus72 07-16-2009 07:00 PM

what do you need to create the cd bootdisk?
meaning knowledge or what?

Bruce Hill 07-16-2009 07:25 PM

If you have a rsync of -current, did it make ISO images?

If not make one by issuing
Code:

./mirror-slackware64-current.sh -v -f -o CDROM
or change it to "DVD" if you have one of those.

You take that ISO image and burn it to the CD with
Code:

cdrecord -v driveropts=burnfree dev=/dev/hd* /path/to/file.iso
and then eject the CD, then put it back in (don't mount it) and check
the md5sum of the image you burned with
Code:

md5sum /dev/hd*
and check the md5sum of the ISO image with
Code:

less /path/to/ISO-directory/MD5SUM
If they match up, you are Good To Go (TM)

Edit: Are you on a LAN? If so, make the bootable CD before you pull
the drive, and use they mirror you keep for a NFS install. Every install of
Slackware I do, to old or new machines, I do over NFS after booting with
either a DVD (usually) or USB stick (twice). That way you only need CD1
and you have everything else on the other box to get over the LAN.

linus72 07-16-2009 07:40 PM

SEE
there's lots of Slackers here dude
Slack!

This is best forum for slack support

Biggen 07-16-2009 07:53 PM

Bruce,

Alien_Bob's script is still rsync'ing. It was my first pull so it is taking a while. I didn't change anything in his script EXCEPT to tell it to pull the x86_64 current and I put that in a config file. So, if his script defaults to creating the iso's, I guess I will have them when they are done.

Tried a PNY USB stick and that failed to. I give up on USB drives for booting at this point. Either my PowerEdge can't boot to a USB drive properly (even though I am telling it too via the BIOS) or these USB sticks are picky.

Instead of doing it via NFS, I was thinking about copying the mirror/tree over to my 4GB flash drive. I would think that would work as long as I point the installer to the correct location of everything...

So I guess I just need a CD boot disk. If I burn the 1st .iso after the script finishes, would this suffice

Thank you so much for your help, btw! I am still learning!



Quote:

Originally Posted by Bruce Hill (Post 3610129)
If you have a rsync of -current, did it make ISO images?

If not make one by issuing
Code:

./mirror-slackware64-current.sh -v -f -o CDROM
or change it to "DVD" if you have one of those.

You take that ISO image and burn it to the CD with
Code:

cdrecord -v driveropts=burnfree dev=/dev/hd* /path/to/file.iso
and then eject the CD, then put it back in (don't mount it) and check
the md5sum of the image you burned with
Code:

md5sum /dev/hd*
and check the md5sum of the ISO image with
Code:

less /path/to/ISO-directory/MD5SUM
If they match up, you are Good To Go (TM)

Edit: Are you on a LAN? If so, make the bootable CD before you pull
the drive, and use they mirror you keep for a NFS install. Every install of
Slackware I do, to old or new machines, I do over NFS after booting with
either a DVD (usually) or USB stick (twice). That way you only need CD1
and you have everything else on the other box to get over the LAN.


Bruce Hill 07-16-2009 07:59 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Biggen (Post 3610155)
So I guess I just need a CD boot disk. If I burn the 1st .iso after the script finishes, would this suffice

As long as you can mount the mirror that you're rsyncing from the other
computer. Or if not, just install the pkgs on CD1 then upgrade afterwards.

Biggen 07-16-2009 08:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bruce Hill (Post 3610159)
As long as you can mount the mirror that you're rsyncing from the other
computer. Or if not, just install the pkgs on CD1 then upgrade afterwards.

I don't know why I couldn't boot the 1st .iso and then mount the flash drive which would contain EVERYTHING. I am not too familiar with the setup program, but I would think I could drop to a console and then mount the USB stick. Then start the setup program again and feed it to the mirror.

linus72 07-16-2009 08:12 PM

zorOS-3.6, slack 12.2 based
has this claim to fame as well as cloning the install too
and more
( http://linux.softpedia.com/get/Syste...OS-46457.shtml )

runs from usb good too
I usually include it in my multidistro toolkits:)

Here are some key features of "ZorOS":

Linux kernel 2.6.28 (IDE,sata,usb-storage,fs built-in)
busybox-1.6.0, e2fsprogs-1.41.3, ntfsprogs-2.0.0, reiserfsprogs-3.6.20,
parted-1.8.8, fdisk-1.2.1, Partimage 0.6.7-stable, ClamAV 0.94.2, testdisk-6.10,
nmap-4.76, iptables 1.4.2, lynx 2.8.6rel.5, rsync, some script to install tgz packages
FTP server, FTP, SSH, TFTP and Samba clients, Midnight Commander and mtools
ZorOS boot manger to boot up 10 primary partitions per HD (new v2.6)

What's New in This Release: [ read full changelog ]

new kernel 2.6.29.4
pkgtools from -current, with new .txz packages support
new procedures to install Slackware, Slackware64, Bluewhite64 (also to USB
disks)
improved hardware detection and automount
some bugs corrected

good stuuf!


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