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Old 09-19-2006, 04:44 PM   #1
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Install slackware from USB drive.

Is it possible to install slackware from a USB drive? I have a CD with the kernels and such (basically everything except /slackware), and an external USB drive with the packages. The problem is that I can't manage to get any of the slackware installer kernels to recognise my usb drive. I've tried three or four, but no dice. dmesg reports that a new USB device is found everytime I plug the drive in, but /proc/partitions shows only my internal harddrive. I've tried #/etc/rc.d/rc.usb start and #hotplug, neither of which solve the issue. I've confirmed that the external drive is working using knoppix. Google has everything under the sun about installing TO a USB drive (which is my next project), but nothing about install From such a drive. Is there perhaps something I need to pass to lilo?
Old 10-04-2006, 09:23 PM   #2
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I'm not sure, but I guess you'll need to make a custom initrd with the required USB modules for this to work.

If you ever try it (or already had), please post, it could be an interesting alternate way of installing.
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What version of Slackware are you trying to install? The kernels on the Slackware 11.0 installer CD/DVD all have USB mass storage device support - the 2.4 kernels have the required modules in the initrd.img while huge26 and test26 have the USB support built right into the kernel.



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