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Old 06-24-2001, 08:47 PM   #1
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Installing d/l'd distros from hard drive?

I've just installed a second (40G) drive, which I would like to partition and install Drake, Debian and Slack. I'm currently running Redhat 6.2 on my primary 10G drive, and would d/l the necessary files to that disk. I've got a fat pipe, so the downloads won't be a problem, but I don't have a burner to make CDs from the ISO images. I know that you can install from a hard drive, but I can't find clear, accurate instructions on how to do it. Do I d/l the ISOs, or are there different files I should use to install from disk?

Any ideas?

Old 06-25-2001, 04:17 AM   #2
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if you have loop you can mount it

mkdir /somewheretomount

and mount the iso image (as root):

mount -o loop -t iso9660 -r /pathtoiso/isofile /somewheretomount

as far as running install program on the files it depends on what you have

-r is read only option

if somehow you get this to work for install let me know how.

you may want to add it to fstab in case you reboot.

/pathtoiso/isofile /somewheretomount isofile ro, loop, auto 0 0

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Old 06-25-2001, 07:48 AM   #3
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I don't see why you can't just copy the install files to one of you existing partitions, boot from an install disk for a specific distro to get into the installer, mount your partition then point the installer to the directory containing the sources. This is dead straight forward for Slackware but I don't know what the installer on the other distro's are like.

As already mentioned by DavidPhillips you can loop back mount your ISOs but you'll need a boot disk with kernel support for loop back file systems and be able to mount the file system that holds the ISOs first. Clearly if you can loop back mount its a damn site tidier than copying files all over the place. (obviously you'll want to loop back mount the ISO on your existing setup to get the necessary files off first anyhow! [unless your pipe is so fat that it doesn't matter if you download them again {if this is the case I want one too!}])




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