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Old 02-25-2007, 06:12 AM   #1
glalejos
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Installing Debian in a file on a NTFS partition


Hi,

Long time ago I read an article suggesting that it is possible to install a Linux system in a file that resides in a NTFS partition. I found it interesting, therefore I decided to try with a Debian system and wrote an article explaining several problems I managed to solve.

My article can be found at http://www.infonegocio.com/lopez-ale...InNTFS.xml.htm (well, the root is http://www.infonegocio.com/lopez-ale...cles/index.xml, but I didn't manage to make Firefox do the appropriate XSL transformations...). Please, note that this article is incomplete.

Now I'm stuck at the kernel configuration step in the Debian installation process. DPKG throws the following error:

DPKG: error processing kernel-image-2.6.8-3-386 mkinitrd: device /dev/loop/0 is not a block device

I can't find the way to either skip this step or make mkinitrd finish without errors. Any suggestion will be appreciated

Thanks in advance,

Guillermo
 
Old 02-25-2007, 09:04 AM   #2
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There might be an easier way:

http://goodbye-microsoft.com/
 
Old 02-25-2007, 11:48 AM   #3
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Hi rickh,

Thanks very much for your answer, I must say that this is the first time I read about that installer.

If I have understood correctly, the debian.exe installer prepares the system for a network installation, and requires to partition the disk. On the other hand, the Ubuntu install.exe (https://wiki.ubuntu.com/install.exe) seems to do exactly what I was looking for: install the whole Linux system in a file inside the NTFS partition.

Just for curiosity, I would like to keep this thread open to know if someone knows how to solve the mkinitrd problem.

Thanks again,

Guillermo
 
Old 02-25-2007, 03:00 PM   #4
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the debian.exe installer prepares the system for a network installation, and requires to partition the disk.
That's not my understanding.
 
Old 03-25-2007, 01:04 PM   #5
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Unable to make Debian "debian.exe" install the system in a file

Hi,

Sorry for the long delay in answering.

I have tried both the Ubuntu "install.exe" and Debian "debian.exe" installers. Ubuntu "install.exe" worked (with some errors at shutdown, but worked , but I didn't manage to install the pure Debian distribution in a file on a NTFS partition (it looked like the standard Debian installation).

Is there any specific parameter to be set in order to instruct the Debian installer to install the system in a file?

Best,

Guillermo
 
  


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