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Re: ptr to docs on building custom install disk/kernel

Preston -

For slink, the rescue disk is also the installation disk.  It actually
has a DOS filesystem, and the kernel is a plain file.  You can just
copy your new kernel onto the disk and proceed.  For potato, the
kernel and initial root filesystem are on separate floppies.  I don't
know whether the kernel disk is as easy to customize.  However, if you
can build a custom kernel disk, you should be able to manage the rest
of the installation.  When it comes time to reboot, you may have to
boot using the rescue disk, then install the custom kernel manually.

I hope I have not misled you, but if so I'm sure someone else will
straighten us out.

	   - Jim Van Zandt

>From: Preston Landers <pibble@yahoo.com>
>Date: Thu, 16 Dec 1999 11:05:20 -0600 (CST)
>Hello all,
>I'm looking for pointers to documentation on building your own debian
>installation disk.  If this is not the correct mailing list for such
>questions, please forgive my ignorance and kindly point me in the
>right direction.
>I'm going to be installing Debian (potato) on a new Athlon system and
>I must build a custom kernel to support my SCSI card (Tekram DC-395
>UW.)  I'm using the card in my current system, but only to support a
>CDRW drive.  However, in the new system, I hope to boot off my SCSI
>hard drive.  Support for this SCSI card requires a patched kernel.  [I
>hope support for that model card will be integrated into the 2.4
>series soon (older Tekram drivers are there.)]
>I have the capability to burn a complete, custom installation CD if
>need be, but I don't think I really need or want to.  I just need a
>boot floppy with support for my SCSI hard drive and ethernet card and
>apt-get, and then I will install the rest of the system incrementally
>off the network.
>I think I can manage building a regular "rescue/boot" floppy with my
>custom kernel, but my real question is this: will that be sufficient
>to install potato off the network, or do I need to build a real,
>custom "Debian Installation" floppy and/or bootable CD?  In the past,
>I've let the debian installation program handle stuff like setting up
>the root filesystem, building /etc and other such chores.  I'm not
>sure I'm up to the task.
>Does anyone have any advice for me?
>my sincere thanks,

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