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64 bit bootstrap

Posted 03-05-2012 at 06:59 PM by Rod3775

I started my new machine using an existing 32bit Slackware installation disk. I got it running enough to ftp via a hardwired Ethernet cable to my old machine, copied the Slackware 64 bit ISO to the new machine and burned it on a DVD. Slackware64 only comes as a DVD, and my old machine could only burn CDs. I did a full install from the DVD in a second partition. It is important right from the start to use the ext4 filesystem (default on Slack64) and set the fstab option 'discard'. SSDs do internal garbage collection because their writing capabilities are quite different from regular disk drives, and the disk can slow down a lot as a result. I was unable to ftp the entire ISO file in one chunk. The disk got behind after about 2GB and the ftp ended with an error. Breaking the ISO into 3 pieces with 'split' and recombining them with 'cat' solved the problem. The ftp was over a 100Mb LAN - on a gigabit LAN more pieces might have been required.
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