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Creation of 2.88MB Boot Images, Auto-Install Comments


	I just subscribed to the list yesterday.  I've poked around in
the archives, but can't find the answers to a couple of questions:

    1. Where is the source code for the boot-floppies stuff to be
       found?  I can't seem to find it in the normal Debian package
       source archives.

    2. How does one create (under Linux) a 2.88MB boot image suitable
       for use with an El Torito format bootable CD?  The last time
       I did this I used a Windows utility.  I figure this might be
       answered if I found the answer to number 1...

	The current thread on automated installations is interesting.
I've got a locally-developed bootable Debian quick-install CD that I'm
in the process of updating for potato.  I'd like to make it a little
more flexible, too.  At the moment, in mostly-automatic mode, it just
asks for host name, asks to select video and monitor types from short
lists based on what we normally purchase here, then runs.  The script
handles partitioning and formatting the drive using defaults, unpacks
a tarball built on an example Debian system, then handles tweaking
for the local configuration.  It makes quite a few assumptions about
the hardware.  A typical install on a modern machine takes about 15
minutes, and is non-interactive after the first few questions.

	It would be wonderful to see something like this available as
a standard tool in woody!

Tres Hofmeister <tres@rap.ucar.edu>      http://www.rap.ucar.edu/~tres/
Research Applications Program, National Center for Atmospheric Research

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