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Re: ToDo List for the Boot Floppies Package

On Mon, 4 Jan 1999 17:27:07 +0100 (CET), Jens Ritter <jens@hilbert.weh.rwth-aachen.de> said:
> The loopback root filesystem howto is utilized in the install on a
> loop filesystem. See:

> http://www.gedanken.demon.co.uk/linux/looproot.html

> What exactly do you want to accomplish?

What I'd like to see is the boot-floppies package able to install a
system on a loopback filesystem, for a 'Drop-in Debian' distribution.
Not so much for serious use but for playing around.

I'd like to see this be just another installation option for the base
system (i.e., don't partition but create a file on a FAT partition to
*look* like the root filesystem.

> As I put the work on this on a hold (due to lesser spare time on my
> side, the deep freeze and etc.), I am at the moment not very
> familiar with how it is done. I know that you have a initramdisk
> where the autoexec.bat analogon for linux mounts the root filesystem
> from a loopbackdevice and then "remounts" the to be root file system
> from an already (loopback) mounted filesystem. You might be able to
> modify this script to do automatic screening for an linux image...

> P.S.: Status of DropInDebian: The dbootstrap (?) program is
> modified, and you are able to install debian in a file on a dos
> partition (e.g.), but you have got to do most of the creation of
> files and mounting by hand. In addition the initramdisk is not
> modified automatically.

What are the chances we could merge this for potato into the
mainstream boot floppies?  I'd like to add documentation in the
Installation Manual too.

But you're right, we're too late for slink here.

.....Adam Di Carlo....adam@onShore.com.....<URL:http://www.onShore.com/>

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