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Re: Bug#109826: base floppy images on the Debian CD

Raphael Hertzog <hertzog@debian.org> writes:

> Of course I can ... but do you really think someone is going to install
> the base system with 16 floppies ? I don't think so.

Yes, I *do* think people will be doing this.  Believe it or not.  I
once had to install an early version of MS Office from 32 floppies.
And a *lot* of Debian users with really crappy hardware out there.

> I thought the whole point of the base system tarball was for people
> who wanted to setup rapidly a nfsroot. Splitting it is pointless for
> them.

No, they can setup NFS root w/o basedebs.tgz.  If the user has the CD,
the don't really need basedebs.tgz by definition.

The point of this is for people who for some reason have the CD but do
not have fast net access and have one machine with a CD (maybe at
work?) and one which cannot access the CD.  Then they could use the
CDs to make a complete floppy install set (all 19 or even 22 floppies).

> BTW, the complete disks-i386/current directory is always automatically
> included on CD1 so I have no modifications to do to close this bug.

Yes, but it wouldn't be in there.  We're thinking
'disks-i386/base-XXXXXX' and symlink the most recent to

Although, actually, it *could* be in the boot-floppies area, even
though it's not produced by boot-floppies.

In fact, we could even produce it with the boot-floppies, rather than
with dbootstrap.  Hmm!  That might be better.  Needs thought.

...Adam Di Carlo..<adam@onshore-devel.com>...<URL:http://www.onshored.com/>

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