I could have sworn that I had tried that way b4 out of desperation, and I thought it had failed, but it's working right now as I type this LOL
in case any1 needs, or wants to add, or comments:
-boot up w/the slackware 10.2 cd - i used the bare.i (default kernel) for this install. you're kernel needs may be different, hit F2 for list of kernels.
-then log in as 'root'
-then type 'pcmcia' to activate the pcmcia port. slackware does work with the old 'yenta-socket' which gnu/linux has declared 'depracated' if you don't have a pcmcia slot, you don't need to do this part.
-then type 'network'. if you know your net-card's name, as I did you just type "P 8139too" where 8139too is my network card. The "P" means probe, I'm telling the installer to 'probe' card type '8139too' and if it see's it, then it will load modules for me.
,,,,If you don't know your NIC, you will need to put the 'network.dsk' onto a floppy disk prior to beginning this setup/install process. It's a boot disk with drivers, and will seek out your card for you. It's located in the 'bootdisks' section on all of the slakware mirrors. Slackware's documentation on how to get it on a diskette is accurate (not old) i found.
-then you enter slackware installer, add & format your swap.
-then add & format the '/' target position.
-add any other linux partitions.
-now your 'fstab' is setup for linux partitions.
-now back at the main installer screen, choose "NFS" as installation source. enter in the IP addresses as prompted. When prompted for folder location on the nfs server it's like cw said:
this assumes you used eric/alien bob's 'rsync' script that he has titled for slackware-current and changed it to do version 10.2 for you and it downloads the 'rysnc' slackware to the above location as shown.
you're looking for the 'nfs' to be mounted for you by slackware's nfs installer to /var/log/mount and you see the IP of the server echoed there on screen, that means no errors, and you tell the nfs mount wizard, no I dont need to re-enter my nfs info, I'm working.
- then choose your packages...and let her rip baby.
--final thoughts as I don't know if you can, or how to do the following:
*these days could we 'mount' our downloaded iso's on the nfs and use them?
*can we put cd's into the nfs server and copy over the contents.
if anyone has any input on these final thoughts post them here ? or link to separate thread