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Re: install from a pile of floppies?

Well if they did/have done such a thing When I tried to install my last
system from Slink 2.1. r2 they hadn't prodived downloads for any of the
packages in such a manner. I would be greatly interested if this became a
reality and actual split downloads would be provided.

On Tue, 11 Apr 2000, Josip Rodin wrote:

> On Tue, Apr 11, 2000 at 08:07:24AM -0400, John Haggerty wrote:
> > > Is it really still possible to install Debian completely from floppy disks?
> > > If so, has anyone done it recently? :)
> > > 
> > > I'm asking regarding section 2.5 of the FAQ, "Can I install it from a pile
> > > of floppy disks?", http://www.debian.org/doc/FAQ/ch-getting.html#s-floppy .
> > 
> > I think I am qualified to answer this question. I have in fact been
> > largely interested in things like this. I would have to so most likely
> > not. When you have packages that are on the order of 5+Mb you can't fit
> > them onto a standard floppy or even on of the larger variety (assuming you
> > can find a drive that will fit those floppies and perhaps the floppies
> > themselves). The only reasonable way you can do anything like that is to
> > take say the package and split it with a command like:
> > 
> > split -b 1420000 file.deb
> > 
> > That will leave files xaa xab xac ... etc. Then copy these files onto the
> > disk and then cat them together in the right order. That will allow you to
> > transfer the data on floppy media. However it will not allow you to
> > install directly from floppies.
> Did you read the FAQ section, it mentions dpkg-split, perhaps that works
> around that problem?
> -- 
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