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    Single Disk Debian Network Install?
    Contributed by Anonymous on Friday, February 22 @ 17:19:52 GMT

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    I'm curious as to why with the standard debian install set you require roughly 6 floppy disks to do a network install. With the old RH6.2 only one was required, all the necessary drivers/kernels/utils were gotten off the net. Is it not possible to have a Debian bootdisk that only has the kernel/netdrivers/stuff to download and uncompress the necessary tools? Is there such a project happening?.. I can see that single disk network installs could be very useful - who wants to make and use 6 floppys?

     
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    Re: Single Disk Debian Network Install? (Score: 2, Interesting)
    by Blue (i{S}e{P}u{A}r{M}e@debian.org) on Friday, February 22 @ 17:39:43 GMT
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    <plug>

    Currently, the only way to do a single-floppy install is if you have a 2.88mb floppy drive - not too likely. In addition, the driver for you ethernet board must be built into the kernel, otherwise you will need a set of driver floppies as well.

    However, a bootable cd is quite another matter. I maintain the unofficial Debian woody netinst CD, which can be found here.

    The i386 image is 29mb, and allows you to boot every supported flavor of boot-floppies via ElTorito's Alternate Boot Image method. If your BIOS doesn't support ElTorito altboot images, you can still install from the default flavor. It has the rescue floppies, a root floppy, and all the driver images. Everything else is downloaded from a local Debian mirror. Did I mention that it fits on a credit-card size CD?

    </plug>

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    Re: Single Disk Debian Network Install? (Score: 0)
    by Anonymous on Friday, February 22 @ 17:56:58 GMT

    There is a boot, root and 4 driver disks.

    If the network card is compiled into the kernel you dont need the driver disks, their packages can be retrieved via the net.

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    Re: Single Disk Debian Network Install? (Score: 0)
    by Anonymous on Friday, February 22 @ 17:58:05 GMT

    I once got debian starter in two floppy disks a year ago, the second disk was to load various drivers, including the network ones, and then we were able to continue the installation over the net. If I remember, they were disks which allowed to format in reiserfs, and _not_ the official ones.

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    Re: Single Disk Debian Network Install? (Score: 1, Funny)
    by Anonymous on Saturday, February 23 @ 02:27:12 GMT

    Isn't a zero floppy install posible ??

    Just download and unzip a file run

    a install script!

    That would be much easier.

    Knud

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    You Just Need rescue.bin and root.bin (Score: 4, Insightful)
    by tma on Saturday, February 23 @ 12:57:03 GMT
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    So that makes 1+1=2 disks.

    YOU JUST NEED TWO DISK, NOT MORE!

    I thinsk that should be OK.
    Rescue.bin is for booting and root.bin contains the installer etc. so noone needs more than 2 disk images to install online.
    Everything else can be retrieved by the various methods, be it CDROM, FTP,HTTP, etc.

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    Re: Single Disk Debian Network Install? (Score: 0)
    by Anonymous on Saturday, February 23 @ 17:22:28 GMT

    read /usr/share/doc/HOWTO/en-txt/Network-boot-HOWTO.gz and be lucky...

    micha

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    Netboot? (Score: 0)
    by Anonymous on Friday, March 01 @ 22:18:22 GMT

    It would be *really* nice if there was a netbootable image (with an option to use a ramdisk like the floppies instead of an NFS root) available so I could write the <16k of etherboot code to a floppy disk and then install off that. Of course this requires the necessary DHCPd + tftpd setup on another box, but I can set that up in the time it takes to write and read six floppies 🙂

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