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Re: installing debian onto a loopback mounted root fs

Goswin Brederlow <goswin.brederlow@student.uni-tuebingen.de> writes:

> Chris Cheney <ccheney@cheney.cx> writes:
> > [1  <text/plain; us-ascii (7bit)>]
> > Has anyone looked into installing debian into a loopback mounted
> > root partition?  For example having a fileon a fat fs that contains
> > all of linux, to avoid having to repartition the hard drive.  This
> > seems like it could be very useful for new users wanting to try out
> > linux but do not understand how to repartition a drive or don't want
> > to risk resizing it.
> I´m working on something similar, a live-filesystem. It boots via
> bootdisk, CD or loadlin.exe and tries to find a partition or cdrom
> containing the live-filesystem as loopback file. That gets attached to 
> a loopback device and then the booting continues from there.
> The reason for a loopback device is that I want to use the e2xt
> compression filesystem to reduce the size and to have the loopback
> file on any filesystem including dos.

Would it be possible to complete the dbootstrap work to support this
as well? It seems that we're pretty close, and you obviously have
expertise on what's involved.

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

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