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Old 07-19-2004, 07:13 PM   #1
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Installing Linux from a Linux Pre-Mounted Partition

I have Slackware 9.1 installed and want to update to 10.0. I've partitioned my hard drives so that I have enough blank partitions to install the version 10.0. If I download the ISO images and put them to my /home partition, can I install them to the blank partitions?

Below is from the FAQ of Slackware's website:

Q: How do I install from the ISO9660 image if I don't have a CD-R or CD- RW drive (or "I have no way to burn this image that I just downloaded.")?

With loopback of course! You can mount the ISO9660 image on the kernel loopback device from another filesystem.

For example, say you download the ISO9660 image under Windows. Boot the Slackware boot and root disks for your system. Assuming your Windows partition is /dev/hda1 and you downloaded the ISO9660 image to C:, issue these commands:

mkdir -p /dos
mount -t vfat /dev/hda1 /dos
cd /dos
mknod /dev/loop0 b 7 0
mkdir /INSTALL
mount -o loop /dos/install.iso /INSTALL

I did that, and I got to the menu where I can select the package I want to install. And then, I hit 'GO', but the installation comes back instantly, and it says that I've successfully install the OS and asked me to re-boot the system. But the OS was not installed at all of course.

Can anybody direct me in the right direction please? Is there any how-to out there about this particular topic? Thanks


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