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Baldorg 01-09-2004 04:32 PM

Are floppies really needed. & various
This is about the whole install process, some things are not really clear.

First of all, do I need all the 4 cd's?

Second of all how does the setup ( and selection of the software sets ) work?

Third of all, do I need boot floppies? What is their utility.

Thanks for your help.

slakmagik 01-09-2004 04:43 PM

The first couple will do. This is asked a lot.
Not sure what you mean. You get a text menu and arrow and enter through the choices, occasionally filling in some text boxes.
Boot floppies are for people who can't boot from CD. If you can, you don't need them (to install, though having them around is nice for emergency boots) and if you can't, then that's how you boot the box to start the install.

Do a lot of searching here if you have more questions or problems. Happy to help, but Slack's not usually very hard to at least get on there and most of the common issues are well covered here. :)

Baldorg 01-09-2004 05:18 PM

Thanks, your post helped :)

What is on the 3 and 4 cd's? They are marked as source. Source for what?

slakmagik 01-09-2004 05:31 PM

For the binaries on the other ones, I suppose. :) There's other stuff on them, too - book, ZipSlack, etc. ZipSlack's great for certain machines. They're worth having, but not necessary - just depends on whether you want to spend the time and storage.

deejayqf 01-11-2004 04:43 PM

4 CD's. I'm downloading 9.1 now and I can only find 2 ISO's. Am I missing something here?? Disk 1 and 2. There's a disk 3 and 4???

Minderbinder 01-11-2004 05:51 PM

All 4 cd's are listed here.

nesware 01-17-2004 10:10 AM

he source disks are only there because of the licence... GPL... you always have to supply the source... you don't need them for install..
you don't really need any CDs or floppies if you already have a running linux system on that computer... let me know if you need the tricks..

jpat1023 01-18-2004 04:27 AM

hey nesware
give me the can install with no cd's or floppies as long as your running linux??

nesware 01-18-2004 05:13 PM

yeah.. what i do... i download the iso file.. just cos it easy... one file to download...
then mount the file as loop device.. eg.
mount -o loop /location/of/isofile /mnt/slackinstall
in slackware u already have the pkgtool... any other system, download the sources (haven't tried this myself, but it should work)
mount the file system u want to install slackware to.. eg.
mount /dev/hda4 /newslack
then install the packages from the package dirs
cd /.../slackware/a
installpkg -root /newslack *.tgz
cd ../ap
installpkg -root /newslack *.tgz
then install a kernel you need
cd ../../kernels (also on the iso file)
cp whateverkernelyouneed.gz /newslack/boot
configure your lilo (of ur existing system)
add something like
image = /newslack/boot/urkernel
root = /dev/hda4
label = slackware
run lilo
edit /mnt/etc/passwd and shadow to make sure you have a clear root password
now ur system is ready to run... reboot...
login... and run pkgtool
go to the Setup menu and configure ur system

it's a bit more work to get to know how it works but the nice thing is you can just go on browse the internet and check ur mail or whatever while ur installing... hehe

ok... have to get back to my girl.. she calling 4 me.. bye.. ask me if u need more info

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