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Re: Making a distribution

On Wed, Dec 10, 2003 at 06:30:26PM -0800, Karsten M. Self wrote:
> on Wed, Dec 10, 2003 at 04:29:41PM -0000, Antony Gelberg (antony@antgel.co.uk) wrote:
> > Hi all,
> > 
> > One of the things I often do in my line of work is install a Linux bridging
> > firewall.  I generally install a minimal Debian, recompile the kernel, and
> > run my bridge and firewall scripts from bootmisc.sh.
> > 
> > What I'd really like is to create a distribution of my own that would
> > install automatically onto a PC, with minimal interactivity.  For example, I
> > don't want to be asked about partitioning, I just want to wipe the disk,
> > create an ext3 partition and format it.  I want vim, links, sshd (amongst
> > others).  I want apt-get and a custom 2.4.23 kernel.
> > 
> > Is there a way to do this based on Debian (for apt-get etc)?  I am a big
> > Debian fan, but even a minimal install is more than I need.
> FAI.  Bootfloppies.  Possibly other ideas.
> Or look at Linux From Scratch.

One messy way is to make a CD image with mkisofs that boots linux,
runs fdisk to format /dev/hda, untars a small customised root partition
taken from an existing installation, and runs lilo (using chroot I guess).

Patrick Lesslie

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