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Old 11-03-2005, 10:43 AM   #1
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Debian Installer and Partitioning

HI all!

I would install a very minimal distro and I choose Debian Netinst.

I have a trouble: I need to mount / Read-Only after installation of the System: I thought to put /var and /tmp in a ram disk but /var contains at least 10Mb...So I had thought to put /tmp and /var in two different partition, in this way I'm able to mount / Read-Only modifing the fstab file

I would make the partitioning very automatic (simply pushing a key, with the help of a shell's script)

I thought at 2 solutions:

1) to modify the installer so during the installation it does a partitioning by, for example, a configuration file, but HOW can I do? Can the installer read a configuration file during the partitioning??

2) after the installation and after my System modifications (kernel,packages..) I could launch a shell's script that resizes partion and create new partitions for /tmp and /var, all this with a automatic script, but How can I do? Is it possible?

3) other solutions?!

Thank u!

P.S: sorry for my english..
Old 11-04-2005, 09:14 PM   #2
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You can do whatever you want. A little more explanation as to why you want to perform all these contortions and cause yourself so much grief would be helpful. It sounds like you want some sort of chroot jail, but the automatic resizing of partitions is a sticky one. Or maybe you need to do a little more reading about how to make an initrd kernel.

The article above is on how to build an initrd kernel the Debian way. You would need a workstation with the right tools and some more study to build a distribution if that is what you want. You then need some knowledge on hacking the Debian Installer.

Seems like reinventing the wheel to me but.........



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