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Old 08-07-2017, 11:31 PM   #1
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how to start network connections from installation DVD


I want to restore backup from a network location to a fresh system booted from the installation DVD. ifconfig shows my NICs. There is no /etc/rc.d/rc.inet1.conf. How do I connect to the network? Just doing `ifconfig eth0 192.168.0.3` doesn't work. Ideally, I'd like to solicit an IP from a LAN dhcp server. How?
 
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Try running the command "network" after booting into the installer.
 
Old 08-09-2017, 11:18 AM   #3
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Try running the command "network" after booting into the installer.
Thanks, but that doesn't do it. `network` allows me to probe for a card/driver and install the driver module, but it doesn't actually solicit an IP address from a DHCP server. I was already that far and had my NICs showing as configured. After finding and possibly loading the driver, the `network` script advises to then run the `setup` program, but that configures rc.inet1.conf on the to-be-installed hard drive.

That's not what I'm looking for. I don't want to actually INSTALL Slackware on the hard drive. I want to restore a backed-up system to the hard drive from the network, so I'd like to get a network connection when booted from the installation DVD.

Without a network connection, I have to copy the backup file to a USB and plug that into the DVD-booted computer. That is doable, and that's how I've always done it, but it's inconvenient.

Is there a way to connect to a network when booted from the installation DVD?
 
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Well, after running "network" you should have a functional wired network interface (wireless is not supported in the installer), and all you need to do when the program ends is running "/sbin/dhcpcd $INTF" where $INTF would be the actual name of that interface.
After that, you will have network connectivity.
 
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Doesn't this work?

Code:
dhcpcd eth0
 
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Old 08-09-2017, 06:57 PM   #6
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YES!! That worked! Thanks a lot. That will save me a lot of time in the future.
 
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You could also consider downloading one of the ISOs for my Slackware Live Edition. The XFCE variant is only 700 MB, fits on a CDROM and it boots you into a graphical environment with network connectivity, including wireless. It would allow you to multitask your backup activities into multiple graphical terminals.
 
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Old 08-10-2017, 07:33 AM   #8
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In that case, other distributions such as System Restore CD or GParted CD would serve the same purpose and provide more functionality in that discipline.

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Old 08-10-2017, 10:21 AM   #9
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In that case, other distributions such as System Restore CD or GParted CD would serve the same purpose and provide more functionality in that disciple.
I have tried out System Restore CD and found it not any better than a Slackware DVD. Alien Bob's live DVD has gparted installed and is great for a Slacker to use for data recovery as it has wifi.

EDIT - System Restore CD is really named System Rescue CD. I was not impressed with its usefulness for a Slackware system.

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Old 08-10-2017, 05:05 PM   #10
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I have tried out System Restore CD and found it not any better than a Slackware DVD. Alien Bob's live DVD has gparted installed and is great for a Slacker to use for data recovery as it has wifi.

EDIT - System Restore CD is really named System Rescue CD. I was not impressed with its usefulness for a Slackware system.
Thanks. That's good to know.
 
  


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