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Old 06-15-2020, 02:20 PM   #1
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Question New to Bodhi - Install with grml-rescue boot?


Bottom Line Up Front: I am looking for instructions to do the grml-rescue install of Bodhi 5.1.0-legacy. Does anyone have a pointer to something kind of step by step? I have the ISO.

I have an old Dell Latitude I am trying to repurpose. 348 Mem, 18 GB disk, CD, and one USB-1 slot that the BIOS does not recognize as a boot device. I have Mint 10 installed at the moment but the Package Manager is way out of date causing problems at each turn. Mint 10 is way out of date and newer versions want more resources than I have.

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Bodhi Legacy seems like is should run fine if I can get it installed. The 5.1.0 Legacy ISO is 764 MB so I can't use a CD.

I previously tried installing a different small Linux using a grml-rescue boot to install - again too big for a CD. The install started well but failed as my system had insufficient memory. Great learning experience and of course I did not save the instructions and haven't been able to find them again.

I am using my Windows system as my interface to the world as I do not have a working browser on the Dell. So getting software and scripts is a two step process and slow
I am looking for instructions to do the grml-rescue install of Bodhi. Does anyone have a pointer to something kind of step by step?

Thanks
 
Old 06-15-2020, 03:09 PM   #2
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i have read about 800 mb cd's, but never used them. i just ran a search and apparently they are an actual thing that exists (also 900). of course there is no telling if an older system will recognize them, but maybe for a ~$10 investment...?

as an aside i was previously able to boot bodhi 5 legacy with the grub2/iso boot method (i am not familiar with grml-rescue boot), but my guess is that mint 10 is probably not using grub2.
 
Old 06-15-2020, 07:45 PM   #3
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Tks for the pointer to the 800MB. My research this afternoon points to needing "special" software to write above the 720 mark. It seems like what is available is mostly for writing audio tracks. Could not find anything that would burn / build an .iso into a bootable CD.

I will keep looking for the rescue boot method.
 
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Old 06-16-2020, 02:15 PM   #4
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can you provide a link to a site that describes the method you are looking for? my admittedly cursory search only turned up grml.org which just seems to be for booting debian.
 
Old 06-16-2020, 07:00 PM   #5
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My problem is that I cannot find the site again.
In general the sequence was move the .iso to /boot/grml, then run update-grub to add the iso to the boot selection menu.
I am missing a step or two as the new iso does not show up in the grub boot menu when I reboot with shift key.
 
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Old 06-16-2020, 09:03 PM   #6
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sounds slightly similar to grub 2/iso booting, but with that method the iso doesn't need to be in a specific folder and you have to configure grub.cfg to find it. distrowatch suggests that mint 10 install has legacy grub which to my understanding is a whole different creature than grub 2.
 
Old 06-16-2020, 09:09 PM   #7
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well, looky there! "grml-rescueboot" on the page linked above. i am still reading it, but thought i would let you know it was on there.
 
Old 06-16-2020, 09:47 PM   #8
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sorry for the multi-post possibly spam, but now that i am done reading wanted to share some info. it looks like grml-rescueboot (if i have the right one = about 80% confident since the forks don't go anywhere) is specific to grml iso images
Quote:
grml-rescueboot makes it possible to simply copy an Grml ISO image to the harddisk and boot the rescue image.
(the same thing shows up when i run apt show grml-rescueboot) and is limited to grub 2
Quote:
grml-rescueboot uses the loopback feature of GRUB2, so it won't work
with legacy GRUB.
a search for the grml-rescueboot package came up a similar sounding one called grub-imageboot, but this discussion seems to suggest that is also for grub 2.

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Old 06-23-2020, 02:23 PM   #9
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Cordx - Thanks so much for looking
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I have been out of pocket for a few days and am just starting to get back to work on this problem. I suspect I am dealing with a somewhat faulty memory. I am now pretty sure it was a Mint 10 (small CD live boot / install) upgrade to Mint 19 (install failed on available resources) that used the rescueboot scenario. I am going to review that and see if I might be able to go back to Mint 10 and instead of putt the Mint 19 ISO in the boot/gmrl directory for a grub entry - I try it with the Bodhi ISO.
Give me a couple of days and I will post results here - using this thread.
 
Old 06-27-2020, 12:38 PM   #10
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First problem resolved Mint 10 has Grub 1.98 which will support the GRML-rescueboot.

My issues turned out to be the Windows Line end (CR LF) rather than LINUX (CR). Mint 10 would not "get" the GRML scripts so I had copied them to windows and then moved to the laptop. My bad.
I opened the grml scripts and then saved in Linux format. That did the trick.

On to the next problem - not enough room in the partition with the ISO to complete the install, I want to install in a different partition so I have to play games with gparted - we shall see...
 
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Old 06-27-2020, 07:58 PM   #11
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good luck finishing off the job i would be interested in hearing how the process works when you get it all set up if you are so inclined.
 
  


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