Review your favorite Linux distribution.
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie
User Name
Linux - Newbie This Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question? If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!


  Search this Thread
Old 08-23-2008, 12:26 AM   #1
Registered: Aug 2004
Distribution: Lubuntu Live OS
Posts: 432

Rep: Reputation: 30
tailor vmlinuz installation CD

I want to tailor own Linux installation disk, only install some of the software packages in the pool folder.

Any experts here have ever did similar things? The pool folder occupy most space in a CD media.
What I need are vmlinuz (kernel binary), initrd.gz (initial ramdisk image), boot.img, Optional kernel modules.... and some essential programs in pool folder.

Linux CD have boot image files,
boot up from floppy disk can by dd and rdev command.
dd if=<filename> of=/dev/fd0 bs=1k
<filename> name could be bootimage/boot.img. It is x86 boot sector file type.

boot up from CD can by mkisofs command
mkisofs -o <filename> -b <isolinux.bin> -c <> -no-emul-boot -boot-load-size 4 -boot-info-table -r <directoryname>
inside <directoryname> are files like vmlinuz, isolinux.cfg, initrd.img, *.msg etc

Thank you for the sharing.

Last edited by fhleung; 09-28-2008 at 06:01 AM.
Old 08-25-2008, 12:23 PM   #2
Registered: Aug 2003
Location: PA, USA
Distribution: Mandriva Ubuntu
Posts: 98

Rep: Reputation: 15
remixing a distro

3 different ways are listed.

good luck
Old 09-28-2008, 06:14 AM   #3
Registered: Aug 2004
Distribution: Lubuntu Live OS
Posts: 432

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 30
After the boot sector and initial ram disk, it will ask for media to install software packages. (packages like inside pool)

Is it possible to pack software packages in media (floppy, CD...)?

cat isolinux.cfg

DEFAULT install
LABEL install
        kernel /install.386/vmlinuz
        append vga=normal initrd=/install.386/initrd.gz --
LABEL expert
        kernel /install.386/vmlinuz
        append priority=low vga=normal initrd=/install.386/initrd.gz --
LABEL expertgui
        kernel /install.386/vmlinuz
        append priority=low video=vesa:ywrap,mtrr vga=788 initrd=/install.386/gtk/initrd.gz --


Last edited by fhleung; 09-28-2008 at 06:16 AM.


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
LXer: Junction Networks uses Asterisk to tailor VoIP to customer demands LXer Syndicated Linux News 0 02-05-2008 01:11 AM
LXer: Openlogic CEO Steve Grandchamp: Tailor-Made Open Source LXer Syndicated Linux News 0 02-20-2007 08:16 PM
LXer: PCLinuxOS - A distribution tailor made for new Linux users LXer Syndicated Linux News 0 12-27-2005 12:46 AM
vmlinuz-2.4.21-4.EL. What Does the EL Mean? solarblast Linux - Software 2 03-21-2005 09:01 AM
vmlinuz DigiCrime Linux - Software 4 01-07-2005 06:44 PM > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:27 AM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration