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Old 10-06-2003, 12:36 AM   #1
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Using mkisofs to make a bootable slackware 9.1 cd

I need help burning a slackware 9.1 bootable cd.i have read all the other threads about intsalling it and i have gotten mkisofs and cdrecord but i do not know how to us mkisofs, the other threads say to enter this comand to make a bootable slackware cd "

mkisofs -o /tmp/slackware.iso \
-R -J -V "Slackware Install" \
-x ./bootdisks \
-x ./extra \
-x ./slackware/gnome \
-x ./pasture \
-x ./rootdisks \
-x ./source \
-x ./zipslack \
-hide-rr-moved \
-v -d -N -no-emul-boot -boot-load-size 32 -boot-info-table \
-sort isolinux/iso.sort \
-b isolinux/isolinux.bin \
-c isolinux/isolinux.boot \
-A "Slackware Install CD" .

Then use 'cdrecord' to burn it. (See 'man cdrecord')

Notice that to fit the install image on one CD, you must exclude GNOME:

-x ./slackware/gnome \

or exclude KDE:

-x ./slackware/kde \
-x ./slackware/kdei \

or, leave them both off:

-x ./slackware/gnome \
-x ./slackware/kde \
-x ./slackware/kdei \

or, leave off the KDEI series (KDE translations):

-x ./slackware/kdei \

You decide. :-)

that is the command that i need to initiate but i do not know how , can someone please tell me how to use mkisofs to do this or atleast link to a tutorial?
Old 10-06-2003, 01:38 AM   #2
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So what happens if you run that command? Does it work? What's the error message, if any? (I'm not clear what you mean by "don't know how to use" since you tell us the exact command you should give).

Note that this assumes that you are in the right directory relative to all the paths.

so the -x list specifies directories to omit,
-b the boot file (this is supposed to be a bootable floppy image)
-c catalog file, -A the title of that disk, and so on. I don't know offhand the -sort option.

If you want to practice with a lightweight bootable CD first, or read about what's going on with that bootable stuff, look at

(that's my page, mlp are my initials). Use version 1.6.

Hope it helps,


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