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Re: Still no base tarball

On Thu, 23 Aug 2001, Ethan Benson wrote:

> On Thu, Aug 23, 2001 at 11:38:22AM +1000, Anthony Towns wrote:
> > On Wed, Aug 22, 2001 at 03:11:32PM -0500, Nathan E Norman wrote:
> > > > > > So I'd say about 30% of machines I see need the whole base install done
> > > > > > from floppies.
> > > > > So how does it help to have a 24MB file on the CD?
> > > > Because the machine down the hall has a CD drive and a floppy?
> > > In which case you could use a script to generate the file, then split
> > > it onto the floppies (you're going to have to split it whether it's
> > > on the cd or not).
> > 
> > This assumes the machine down the hall is running Debian, or at least
> > something Unixy. If it's Windows only, you've got a tough time trying to
> > split it by hand, no?
> besides that dbootstrap expects the base floppies to be split using
> the special dbootstrap format.  dd, split etc will NOT work.  

Sorry, I saw them as being identical. I had no idea you had done something
special to make the disk images.

I was assuming that either the tarball or the images would be the same.
That is, that you could split the tarball into images, or cat the images
into a tarball.

>From what you say, that isn't the case, so under these conditions the
floppy images are the only thing that make any sense.

Whichever format is used, the space is still consumed. That was the issue
I thought I was addressing, not the structure of the "pieces-parts".

> as i have said i don't have a problem with the base floppy images
> being on the CDs, what i have problem with is putting the actual
> tarball on the CDs since it will serve NO purpose whatsoever, and
> nobody has refuted that point yet.  

I'm sorry the nits didn't line up to suite you ;-)

Floppy images are exactly what is needed, as they can be placed on
floppies easier than the tarball.

BTW, even with the format issues, I can split the tarball into floppy
images, move them to the cache under /target, cat them together and
then untar the base packages into the cache. From here, if I uderstood
your previous postings on this subject, things would progress naturally.

For me, the format of the data isn't as important as whether or not I can
use them on a target install. Floppies are fine. (well, i wish they held
more, but ...)


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