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Re: feature request for the install system : install linux from linux ?

Michel LESPINASSE wrote:
> Just thougth about this today. I have to reinstall a linux server, and as
> I cant have it down for a long time I have to prepare my installation on a
> spare disk, and then plug it into the server. So, I have to shut another
> computer down to plus this spare disk in and install a debian system on
> it.
> Would it be difficult to hack the current installation system, so that one
> could plug a spare disk into an already-installed linux system, and run
> the installation program from this system ? of course, the installation
> program would have to write to the spare drive, and never to the running
> linux system that 'hosts' the installation. It would avoid us having to
> get down a computer for the whole time of a linux installation, which
> would probably be nice for a lot of small companyes. I dont think that any
> distribution is able to do this yet.
> Michel "Walken" LESPINASSE - Student at Ecole Centrale Paris (France)

dpkg has a feature to install onto a different root dir. You could mount
the system in /target, run the install routines, then run dpkg suplying
the different root dir.

May the source be with you.

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