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Re: Still no base tarball

On Fri, Aug 24, 2001 at 12:19:02PM +1000, Anthony Towns wrote:
> On Thu, Aug 23, 2001 at 12:26:08PM -0500, Nathan E Norman 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?
> > Uh, so you're saying the machine down the hall is a micros~1 box, but
> > since it has a cd drive we can insert the debian cd and then share the
> > 24 MB base tarball over the network somehow?
> Actually, I was hypothesising that you'd put the CD in, run split
> -b1400000 on base.tgz, copy the split images to the new machine by floppy
> (or ZIP or whatever you've got), then reassemble them with cat into
> /target somewhere convenient.
> You could reasonably do this with a Unix machine, but probably not so
> reasonably if you only had a Windows box. By contrast, if you had floppy
> images on the CD, you could do an install in this scenario no matter
> what OS was on the machine down the hall.

Ah, ok.  I thought you, like Dale, were arguing for the 24 MB tarball
on the CD-ROM.  It turns out that you, like Dale, are actually arguing
for the presence of the floppy images on the CD-ROM :)

The big problem with this thread is that many of us thought Dale
wanted the tarball when he actually wanted the floppy images.

Nathan Norman - Staff Engineer | A good plan today is better
Micromuse Ltd.                 | than a perfect plan tomorrow.
mailto:nnorman@micromuse.com   |   -- Patton

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