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Old 07-02-2003, 11:36 PM   #1
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quick and dirty!


Hi,
I am looking at converting my RH7.3 server over to debian...

Is there any quick and dirty way I could do this without losing all of my custom scripts for dial up/webserver setup/firewall and so on, or for that matter modifying/moving etc them!

basically I can't be bothered going through all of the tedium of resetting everything up...

another question, how would I go about duplicating the version of debian I am running, including all aplications installed, on another system? any links or pointers would be appreciated, ideally I would want to run it from a bootable cd.

cheers!
 
Old 07-03-2003, 08:27 AM   #2
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Even if you could copy all of your scripts over to a different partition, then you would have to change which run level they start in, etc. (RedHat uses level 5 for gui multiuser, Debian is level 2 for gui multiuser). I don't know, If I had a server that was running fine under RedHat, I think I would leave well enough alone.

Question #2: If it's possible, I think the easiest thing to do would be to take the new systems hard drive out and install it in the debian system on the second IDE channel, and then do a mirror/copy.

Just my .02
 
Old 07-03-2003, 07:14 PM   #3
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cheers peeples!

unfortunately (in this case) the machines I am using are all laptops, otherwise your suggestion would be perfect!

I am thinking of changing my router to debian so that I can use apt-get on it, and then apt-get from my other laptop to it for updating my system, keeping both machines current with security patches etc. Looks like I'll have to rebuild the router virtually from the ground up, oh well... pity the cd reader in me router is cactus!
 
Old 07-03-2003, 07:59 PM   #4
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Smerk,

Wow! I wish you all the luck in the world, changing your router. Right now, I am using Freesco on mine. One weekend last month, I decided to try to put Debian on it. First problem was that the NE2000 cards drivers were not pre-built into the kernel (I finally figured out how to add them - sometimes I'm a little slow ). THEN, I couldn't find the source code to 2.4.18, which is the kernel I was booting. So, I just downloaded the 2.4.21 source, built a new kernel with all of the router stuff, set up lilo, ran /sbin/lilo. The damn thing wouldn't boot. By this time, I had spent about 1.5 days doing all of this crap, and I just gave up and went back to running Freesco...

Oh well, maybe someday....

BTW, when you install Debian, do you do a network install? That's the only way I've ever done it, It's quick AND it's painless.

C ya.
 
Old 07-03-2003, 08:33 PM   #5
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I used to use freesco, but it doesn't (or at least didn't at the time) support wireless networking.

I put redhat on the beast(router) via network install, don't think debian will be too difficult, just have to borrow my friends broadband connection to do the install!

thanks for your help!
 
  


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