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QueenZ 03-02-2009 01:55 AM

Installing Slackware from USB Flash, what source?
 
OK, first it asked me to make my partitions. then i entered setup and when i chose "install" it asked me for source. It let me choose from CD/DVD and some others and some mount point (i guess this is what i need) but i don't know what mount point i must specify.. kind of weird..

QueenZ 03-02-2009 01:56 AM

Quote:

SOURCE
Selects the source media for the Slackware Linux distribution. You can install from another hard disk partition, floppy disks, an NFS mount, a pre-mounted directory, or from CD-ROM.
so which one is mine? a pre-mounted directory?? And what mountpoint?

QueenZ 03-02-2009 02:04 AM

The menu looks like this btw.. http://alien.slackbook.org/blog/wp-c..._installer.png

QueenZ 03-02-2009 02:26 AM

Some more details..

I downloaded Slackware 12.2 DVD iso
I used UNetbootin to get burn it to my flash drive
now my flash drive boots and shows installation

i'm just confused about this thing when it asks me to select SOURCE..

Mark Pettit 03-02-2009 02:54 AM

Interesting. The unetbootin home page (http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/) does
not claim to be able to install Slackware - any version.

QueenZ 03-02-2009 02:59 AM

I checked wkipedia and it was also said in this forum that UNetbootin can install Slackware. What about my source problem?

mrgreedy 03-02-2009 03:00 AM

I installed from USB onto a netbook. I did it by using two flash drives. On one flash drive I copied all the packages from the Slackware directory, making sure that there's a full Packages.txt file there as well. With the installation there's a folder containing a USB boot image. There are some instructions in there about creating a bootable USB drive. So I applied this to the second drive.

Then I just booted with the boot drive. Once it reached the prompt I swapped it for the package USB drive. I did have problems mounting this drive, but solved it by running setup first, then exiting the setup program (This probably caused some drivers to install correctly). I mounted the drive, called setup again and chose the option to install from a local folder, ie the packages folder on the USB drive.

There might be a quicker way, but this worked for me.

wigry 03-02-2009 03:10 AM

Yep, "Install from pre-mounted directory" should be your option.

QueenZ 03-02-2009 03:13 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by wigry (Post 3462121)
Yep, "Install from pre-mounted directory" should be your option.

ok, right after i choose that, it asks me for a mount point.. what mount point do i give it? can i give it / ?

H_TeXMeX_H 03-02-2009 04:13 AM

Wherever you mounted it, you can mount an iso as follows:

Code:

mount slackware.iso /mnt/tmp -o loop
In this case the mount point is '/mnt/tmp'.

QueenZ 03-02-2009 04:17 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by H_TeXMeX_H (Post 3462174)
Wherever you mounted it, you can mount an iso as follows:

Code:

mount slackware.iso /mnt/tmp -o loop
In this case the mount point is '/mnt/tmp'.

what are you talking about? I didn't mount anything anywhere.. I just used UNetbootin to burn .iso image to my flashdrive so i can install it like from DVD disc.. i don't even know if there is .iso file on my flashdrive..

Alien Bob 03-02-2009 05:21 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by QueenZ (Post 3462176)
what are you talking about? I didn't mount anything anywhere.. I just used UNetbootin to burn .iso image to my flashdrive so i can install it like from DVD disc.. i don't even know if there is .iso file on my flashdrive..

You are using an unsupported method of installing Slackware from a USB flash drive. Any questions that arise because of that, should be answered by you, or perhaps the creators of this UNetbootin tool. We do not know what your installation environment looks like.

Apparently you have no good overview of the possible options available to you in the Slackware installer. Get a good look at the SlackBook pages about this subject: http://slackbook.org/html/installation-setup.html - it may be helpful to you. I think it contains the answer to your question about pre-mounting your Slackware package directory.

And please, try to wait a little longer before posting next time. That way, the sad sight of 5 small posts you made here in a very short time do not have to be repeated...

Eric

QueenZ 03-02-2009 05:31 AM

I know i should have bought a DVD and burn it like normal people do but my dvd rom is broken and so i had no other choice..

Anyway.. i still can't figure out what source i should give it.. there was nothing there about it..

wigry 03-02-2009 06:04 AM

When setup is running, open up anuther terminal (with Alt-F2), login and see, where the USB stick is mounted and where the slackware packages can be found. Then enter that path to the setup as a mount point. You might need to experiment a bit to get it right.

Mark Pettit 03-02-2009 06:58 AM

Ok - you wrote :

"I checked wkipedia" ...

so what. as if that proves anything.

"and it was also said in this forum that UNetbootin can install Slackware." ...

and what else did they say. have you referred back to the person who made
that statement. i only say this because i too tried unetbootin for 12.2 and
i failed. the only diff is that i went looking for a better way. and i found
it using alien-bob's usb install script.

" What about my source problem?" ...

your problem is possibly your own making. you're using a method that's not
recommended by anyone of substance here. you're clearly ignoring alien-bob's
suggestions (and that's a real BAD idea).

so - let me make this clear. look for alien-bob's usb script and try that !


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