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How to build my own installer/application

We use debian for development at work. We'd like to deploy an end user system based on it now too. Our deployed application is a dedicated box inside of a large piece of machinery. I am borderline comfortable with downloading iso's and doing netinst based installations. For my development box, I found Libranet really nice. We have our own mirror of the testing/stable trees on one of our servers so that we can do network builds internally. But I've not had any experience in setting up my own little "micro-distro". What I want is a very minimal set of packages for console mode stuff. I've built a box up using a netinst CD and trimmed it down to my minimal requirements. It ends up with 111 packages. Also, we have our own kernel/modules/libraries (2.4.19 with the development versions of 1394 drivers and libraries), that I presumably need to make packages out of. And of course there's an actual program which does the processing, which I'll need to turn into a package. What I haven't tackled yet, is how to get that dedicated box switched over to grub and reiserfs. What I want to be able to do is have a minimal boot media (preferrably an IDE MagnetoOptical drive) which can be configured to either boot and install from our local network, or contain all of the packages locally on the MO and install from there. And I want the installer to install grub and reiserfs, like the Libranet installer does.

I'm looking for any links, tips, ideas, etc, I can get my hand on to try and learn the various things I ought to understand to get this accomplished. I have read the debian FAQ. And am doing some googling. It sounds like if I could find some of the people involved with the "Linux for Hams" project or anyone else who has had to build up an "automated install process for dedicated Linux processors", that would be really good.

I apologize if this is the wrong list to ask on, and would appreciate any pointers to more relevant places if it so be.


Travis Griggs
Key Technology
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