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Re: Zero disk / zero CD install?



drf5n@maplepark.com wrote:
> I was wondering if there's a good unofficial cd image for a cdinstall that
> I might be able to use on my aging laptop.
> 
> I was trying the sarge netinst with grub,
> 
>  rsync me@elsewhere:dnl/sarge-i386-netinst.iso /boot/
>  mount /boot/sarge-i386-netinst.iso /mnt/tmp
>  cp -a /mnt/tmp/install /isolinuxDEB
> 
> with a grub entry per
> http://d-i.alioth.debian.org/manual/en.i386/ch05s01.html#boot-initrd :
> 
>  title Debian sarge install
>  kernel (hd0,0)/isolinuxDEB/vmlinuz root=/dev/ram devfs=mount,dall
>  initrd (hd0,0)/isolinuxDEB/initrd.gz
> 
> Reboot, and then the installer starts up but can't
> find the cdrom.  I tried going to a shell to try to mount the image:
> 
>   mkdir /mnt
>   mount /dev/disks/disk1/part1 /mnt
>   mount /mnt/sarge-i386-netinst.iso /cdrom -o loop=loop1
> 
> but sadly, there doesn't seem to be a loopback driver (loop.o) in the
> netinst config.  If loop.o were there, perhaps I could manually mount the
> non-CD and continue the install.

Probably the best thing to do is to boot the hd-media initrd, which is
designed to be used in this way. After grub boots the initrd, it should 
probe your hard drive, find the iso, loop mount it, and so on, all
automatically.

-- 
see shy jo

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