Re: Cross-install howto
Ben Bucksch <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> None of my machines have floppy drives and most of them have no
> removable media at all, not even CD-ROM drives. Until recently, I
> had no CD burner either. So, I had (and still have) the problem of
> installing Debian only with the harddisk and my existing OSes.
mrvn@dual:~% apt-cache show debootstrap
Maintainer: Anthony Towns <email@example.com>
Depends: libc6 (>= 2.2.4-4), wget
Description: Bootstrap a basic Debian system
debootstrap is used to create a Debian base system from scratch,
without requiring the availability of dpkg or apt. It does this by
downloading .deb files from a mirror site, and carefully unpacking them
into a directory which can eventually be chrooted into.
I hope you knew this existed.
> Unfortunately, the install guide doesn't describe, how to do that. All
> of the many ways to install Debian assume some form of removable media
> to boot from (or a bootable network card), even if they are called
> "net-only" or "hd-only".
You can download the linux.bat, the kernel and rescue disk onto a
fixed disk and then run that in DOS. No need for a _removable_ media,
a fixed one will do.
> After fiddling around long (incl. building boot-floppies), I found an
> easy way to achieve that. It is probably obvious for people working on
> the boot disks, yet I didn't find it being documented anywhere.
> So, I wrote a guide myself and put it online. You can find it at
> <http://www.bucksch.org/1/projects/debian/crossinst>. If you want, you
> can integrate it (or something similar) into the Debian install manual
> or just link to that URL.
For real cross installing bochs is also nice. I cross installed my
i386 dsl router once using bochs on my Alpha (because then I had
internet to download the debs meanwhile).
Hope you mentioned that too.
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