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Old 06-06-2009, 06:47 AM   #1
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Linux Installation with pre-defined passwd

I will be trying to do a few new-installations with Fedora, Debain, and maybe something else

Since it will be dual-boot.
Is there a way to keep the uuid consistent ??
I want to keep the file permissions & userid / groupid same in all installation.

Is it possible by "importing passwd from other system @ installation time"? how do I do it?

or by some way of feeding / configuring before it gets auto-configured by installation ?
Old 06-06-2009, 09:45 AM   #2
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One way would be to install the OS on one PC, set the system up as you want, and then use Clonezilla to create a disk image which can then be installed on the other PCs. I think this would depend though, on the machines being very similar hardware-wise.

Edited to add
Although I think I may have misunderstood. I was thinking "install the same distro on several machines", rather than "install different distros on the same machine".

How about copying the /etc/password and /etc/shadow files from one distro to the other? There may be a problem if the distros use different hashing algorithms for the passwords, but otherwise it should work. Not sure about the UUID.

The other thing to watch would be if you were sharing home directories. There may be a conflict over the hidden "dot config" files, with the distros expecting different setups in the same files.

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