Re: Installing large packages from DOS formatted diskette
> I am a newbie to Debian. Recently I installed Debian 1.3 on my PC from
> diskettes. It is working fine. However I downloaded some Debain packages
> which are larger than 1.44M (diskette size). How can I install these
> packages? I have DOS/Windows tools like pkzip, arj, gzip but I am not
> sure how to decompress it to a Linux partition on my hard disk.
> My guess is that I need a DOS partition but I couldn't create one
> using the Rescue Disk. BTW, which type of DOS partition do I create?
> FAT12, FAT16, etc..
You don't need to make a DOS partition (who needs it anyway). Here's
two ways I handle this.
1. The file is downloaded to you're debian machine or another *nix machine.
I use 'split' and 'cat'. Split takes a number as an argument that
determines the size of the split-up files. I've found between 4000
and 5000 gives a bit over 1M size files. You can then save these on
multiple disks, copy them to your Debian system and then cat them back
For example: split -4500 package.deb (this makes files xa*, xb*, ..)
cat xa* xb* > package.deb
2. The file is downloaded to a DOS based machine.
PKZIP them across multiple disks. Each disk has the same name
file, so cp them into a directory on your system with different
names (make sure to keep things in order - name them part1, part2,
etc). Now cat these together into a package.zip. There is an
unzip for *nix systems (sorry, don't remember where I got mine)
that can unzip PKZIP files. Unzip package.zip and you should have
I haven't had to use two for a while, but I use one all the time cause I
have a small harddrive, so I keep all the packages I download on floppies.
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