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Old 03-21-2005, 06:39 PM   #1
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ISO Loopback install with Slackware 10.1?

I have two harddrives, one has Debian (the one I'm running right now; hda1) and the other has a blank partition of 10GB (the one I want to install Slackware on; hdb1). I have both Slackware install disks and I mounted those disks on:
/cdrom (disk 1)
/cdrom2 (disk 2)
Using a loopback.

I have hdb1 (where I'm going to install slackware) mounted on:

I've tried to install by running all of the install-packages shell scripts on disk 1 and disk 2, while having this global variable:
$ROOT = /mnt/slackware
But nothing seemed to be on hdb1 (mnt/slackware) after all of the installations. I know hdb1 is writable because I can copy and paste files in there. Does anyone have any ideas on how to install slackware on this hdb1 the quickest/easiest way with Slackware 10.1?

Thank you for your time!
Old 03-21-2005, 07:55 PM   #2
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I'm not sure if the floppy boot kernel supports loopback, but basically, the only way to run the setup in your situation that I *know* works would be to create the boot floppy, boot from it, mount the slackware CD's/install files, and choose to install from a previously mounted directory.

Or, you know, you could actually burn the CD's. Use CDRW's if you don't want to waste a disc.
Old 03-21-2005, 08:40 PM   #3
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Alright I just created a kernel boot disk, and I'm going to try it out! Wish me luck :D
Old 03-21-2005, 08:56 PM   #4
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You could just copy the kernels/bare.i/bzImage and isolinux/initrd.img to the harddrive or wherever (CD, network) ... then boot the kernel and slack image with grub. Hit c for command line at a grub interface and then boot that baby up using /dev/ram as the root device.
Old 03-22-2005, 01:59 AM   #5
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AAAHH!!! Well I'm going to forget Slackware for a few days and then try again. I'm working with kernel upgrades right now for Debian, I was working with Slackware but I moved that to priority 2. I have this page on Bookmarks so I'll update this post a little later as far as troubleshooting. Though I want to say that I've never used grub before, and I've never used /dev/ram. I probably should update /etc/fstab to automount /dev/hdb1 on bootup to start up those image/kernel files.....


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