[oclug] Linux Installation without cd-rom
etriaph at kdesktop.org
Tue Mar 19 00:41:19 EST 2002
On March 18, 2002 10:42 pm, you wrote:
> >I bought a 10 pack of CDR's today, so my prof could copy rh7.2 for me.
> >Small World.
> Isn't there any other way of installing linux once I get an ISO image
> downloaded? (This is just a theoretical question. I already have linux.).
> Let's say we downloaded the iso, linux1.iso, linux2.iso and linux3.iso
> images into C:\temp\ and D:\temp, both FAT partitions. This would be hda1
> and hda2 when seen from linux.
> 1) I would first need to download a small (micro) version of linux or a
> rescue diskette or something, that would fit on a floppy. I am not sure if
> this is possible. Definitely should be.
> 2) Boot micro-linux using the floppy.
> 3) mount -t msdos /dev/hda1 /mnt/dos
> 4) mount -t iso9600 /mnt/dos/tmp/linux1.iso /mnt/cdrom1
> 5) mount -t iso9600 /mnt/dos/tmp/linux2.iso /mnt/cdrom2
> 6) mount -t iso9600 /mnt/dos/tmp/linux3.iso /mnt/cdrom3. (There may be disk
> space limitation for a FAT partition in doing this, so we might have to put
> linux3.iso on hda2, and do
> mount -t msdos /dev/hda2 /mnt/win and mount -t iso9600
> /mnt/win/tmp/linux3.iso /mnt/cdrom3.)
> 7) ?? I am not sure what to do here. But somewho run the installer for the
> distro, but each distro would have its own installer and
> I don't know if we could run the installer, which is the main question that
> I ask in this email.
If you download an entire distro and put it on a Linux readable partition you
can install from the HD. I'm almost entirely sure you can't do this .iso
images (at least with RH or MDK) on the hd. You can however take these
images, mount them on another machine and NFS or HTTP install.
You should note that RedHat gives you the option of installing from the hard
drive, so if you mirror a RH distribution in all it's splendor you can go
ahead an install to another drive in the box. For example:
C:\RedHat\ == /dev/hda
Write image to floppy from C:\RedHat\images\boot.img (or some such dir in
Then boot up, tell it the distro is in /dev/hda, and select the RedHat dir,
you should be able to install from one HD to the other.
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etriaph at kdesktop.org
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