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Old 12-28-2003, 12:16 AM   #1
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Blasting one distro to put another one on top, remotely...

This is quite a broad question, so as it fits in many forums I decided to put it here.

Anywho, I am stuck with a dedicated RedHat 7.2 server that I am highly upset over. I have many issues with it that I won't even begin to list (wget and lynx segfault when I first got to the server, compile gremlins, screwed up libraries, gcc won't compile, etc). I am trying to get the hosting company to blast it and put Slackware on top (I even downloaded the ISO onto the server for them) because they gave me the box with a screwed up OS to begin with.

Until they respond, I am wondering... can I blast RedHat somehow and put Slackware on remotely? I have read of people doing it with Debian by using the swap partition to temporarily hold a slim version of the distro you want and have LILO boot up from that, then copy everything to the new directory.

It's a risky procedure, but I am willing to attempt it (of course with doing a test run on a box here at home first).

Any advice?
Old 12-28-2003, 10:04 AM   #2
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Hmmm.... I think it would be possible, but difficult. I'm sure that there is a way to mount the Slackware ISO files on the hard drive so that the system can recognize and copy from them, but I think the problem is that you want to do it remotely. I'm assuming that you're using SSH? My best advice would be to do a minimal install on a test system, tar up the / , and then make a new partition on the redhat box, and un-tar the / directory on it, and then modify LILO to point to it on boot time. No guarantee's that this will work, but it's the best I got for ya.



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