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Old 07-09-2005, 01:05 PM   #1
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How to use ISO images for updates after hard drive installation?


Hi

I installed Fedora Core 4 from hard drive by copying the ISO images to a vfat volume, making a boot disc (disc 1) and booting from that. It worked perfectly but when I install new software and packages are needed from other discs then I get prompted to insert disc 2, 3, etc. On Windows (e.g. XP), when prompted for the installation disc, there is also a "Browse" button which can be used to browse to a location (e.g.) on your hard drive, instead of inserting the CD. Is there a way to do this in Linux?

What I would really like to do is set up a path (or environment var, or something) so that Linux always knows that /dev/hdb2/iso is the location where my FC4 ISO images are stored, so that I never get prompted to insert a CD. Is there a way to do this?

(I'm very new to this so) I also have another question: Every time I boot into Linux I have to mount my vfat volume so I can see files which are shared from XP. How can I make the mount permanent so that my vfat volume is automatically mounted on startup?

Many thanks for any help
Nandor.
 
Old 07-09-2005, 01:28 PM   #2
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How can I make the mount permanent so that my vfat volume is automatically mounted on startup?
The keyword is `/etc/fstab'. RTM (fstab(5)), STW; if you still have questions, come back with them. I think it would be better to create a *new* thread for fstab questions, as the title for this one doesnt't fit.

Regarding switching `CDs': It sounds like what you want to do is just mount the isos.

google for `mount iso': http://www.linuxhelp.net/isos/

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For example if you wanted to mount filename.iso to /mnt/iso you would run the following command: mount -o loop -t iso9660 filename.iso /mnt/iso
hth --Jonas
 
Old 07-09-2005, 03:13 PM   #3
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Many thanks Jonas, I'm almost there ;-). I've edited my /etc/fstab and my vfat partition now mounts on startup (sorry for using an inappropriate thread title).

I'm still having problems with my iso images though. I copied my installation iso's from fvat to a new /iso subdirectory in my ext3 partition and then did
mount -o loop -t iso9660 /iso/FC4-i386-disc1.iso /mnt/FC4-i386-disc1
etc. to mount all four ISO's under /mnt/FC4-i386-disc? (? == [1|2|3|4]) and this works, but I still have the same problem, e.g. when installing AdobeReader (AdobeReader_enu-7.0.0-2.i386.rpm) it starts installing from the rpm and then asks for disc 3 of the installation CD's. There is no option at that point to specify /mnt/FC4-i386-disc3 as a path (and I don't have a physical CD burned from FC4-i386-disc3.iso). Is there a way to tell the system that /mnt/FC4-i386-disc? points to the locations of the four installation CD's so that I can update the system without having to use physical CD's?

- Nandor
 
Old 07-09-2005, 03:26 PM   #4
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I'm not sure what Fedora uses for it's package management, but look under /etc/ and see if the package management tool you're using to install the rpm's has a folder in there. There's probably a text file somewhere that points to the locations of the packages it requires. On my Debian systems, this under /etc/apt/sources.list as 'apt' is the package management tool. By changing whatever this database list is from cdrom to the location of the mounted iso's, it will read straight from the hard drive. Hopefully someone more familiar with Fedora can say exactly where this package management database will be but that might get you started!
 
Old 07-10-2005, 05:10 AM   #5
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Thanks for the advice. I understand what you are saying but I cannot find any such config file. There is a directory /etc/rpm but no config files under it. I've looked at all the other directories and files under /etc as well but I don't see anything that looks right (not that I'd really know if I saw it, I've only been using Linux for a few days now ;-). Please let me know if you have an idea of where else I can search for this info.

- Nandor
 
Old 07-12-2005, 05:18 PM   #6
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I have a feeling that the solution to Nandor's problem (specfying how the installer searches for RPMs), will also solve the problem I have. I've installed Fedora from DVD, and it asks me for CD 3 when I try to install things! This is like Nandor's problem. When I try to uninstall, it gives me a bogus error that RPMs are in the way (the ones I picked to uninstall), and to remove them. DUH! I want to remove them...
 
Old 07-31-2005, 03:05 AM   #7
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Angry ISO

since you guys know alot about iso's...i downloaded an iso and now i need to get it as an .EXE so i can use the file is there any way to use an iso without burning?
 
Old 07-31-2005, 11:06 AM   #8
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Alarik: see the link I gave about loopback mounting.

If that doesn't solve your problem, read the Smart Questions FAQ (google it), and create a new thread with your question(s).

hth --Jonas
 
Old 07-31-2005, 03:43 PM   #9
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iso

well im alittle confused because my iso has nothing to do with linux so would it still work the same way?
 
Old 08-01-2005, 03:48 PM   #10
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Alarik: yes.
 
  


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