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Re: Boarding SuSE with Debian

On Thu, Aug 08, 2002 at 12:00:25AM +0200, Marcin Sochacki wrote:
> On Wed, Aug 07, 2002 at 09:21:45PM +0200, Florian Bantner wrote:
> > Thanks for the answer (to the other, too), but still there are two
> > points:
> > 	1. Only one big partition (30GB) mountet as /
> > 	2. Noone will go to the terminal for me, which means
> > 	   either it comes up or -- hello again plain SuSE, goodbye 70.-
> But wait, maybe there is a separate swap partition configured?
> You could switch off the swap and use that partition for Debian.
> I guess 64 MB could be enough. In case you have very little RAM available,
> you could use a regular swap file.

Just two days ago I converted a host in a datacenter to debian from
redhat, from the comfort of my home. I'd recommend using the swap
partition as suggested above, and using the original kernel from suse.
You know it boots the box, so use it again. Use lilo's chroot (-r)
option to install lilo from within the new debian filesystem after you
copy over a good install from another woody box. Use the -v and -t
options to see what it will do before running lilo for real on the new

I cloned a woody box like this:

# rsync -avz -e ssh --exclude 'proc' / susebox:/swapmount

Don't copy /proc - weird things happen, make sure /proc exists on the
new filesystem though (mkdir /proc after the rsync).

I'm leaving out some details, but I think they were all covered in
previous messages in this thread.
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