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Old 11-19-2013, 07:24 PM   #1
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installing without a cd drive

If I install plain vanilla slackware 32bit on computer A(which is 64bit), then take that hard drive out and put it in computer B(which is a Pentium 3), will it boot to a point where I can ssh in?

I'm too lazy and cheap to install a CD drive, monitor, keyboard, mouse, etc. Computer B is just going to be a glorified external hard drive attached to my network.

Is there any issue of installing slack this way?

Old 11-19-2013, 08:15 PM   #2
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I very much doubt there would be a problem.
Since it would only take about 1 hour (considering time spent swapping the HDD), you
should just try it and let us know. To my knowledge, installation to a 64-bit capable system has no effect on the resultant install versus a 32-bit only system.

Just make sure ssh is enabled as one of the services to run. You'll have a chance to see that during the installation routine.
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Old 11-19-2013, 08:27 PM   #3
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Make sure that /etc/fstab does not reference devices that won't be available on the new system. Also, make sure that your /etc/inittab is not set to boot into graphics mode as this can cause problems.
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Using LABEL= or UUID= in /etc/fstab is a good way of avoiding the problem of drive devices changing name. LVM works well too as that will also abstract the device names used in places like /etc/fstab.
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