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Re: Debian style net-install ISOs (from FudCON Raleigh)

On 1/31/08, David Cantrell <dcantrell redhat com> wrote:
> On Wed, 30 Jan 2008 17:59:24 +0000 (UTC)
> Kevin Kofler <kevin kofler chello at> wrote:
> > Michael DeHaan <mdehaan <at> redhat.com> writes:
> > > Fedora could really use Debian style net install ISOs.
> > >
> > > For those unfamiliar with the concept ... assume a minimally sized image
> > > that is enough to start up a net install for all content.
> >
> > We already have that, it's called boot.iso.
> There are actually two minimal images that have already been pointed out, but for clarification:
> boot.iso - Just stage 1 part of the installer, does not contain the large stage 2 image.  With this disc, the stage 2 image will be downloaded if you select HTTP or FTP install methods and then mounted.  If you do hard disk or NFS, it will just find the stage 2 image and mount it.
> rescuecd.iso - Both stage 1 and stage 2.  Regardless of your install method, the stage 2 image is always read from the installation media with this disc.
> I tend to go with the rescuecd.iso disc and do HTTP installs.  Works great, download time is minimal for the image itself.  And if you have a local mirror of the release, installation won't take forever.

Is it possible to do what I do with debian.
I normally make a tarball with the packages from /var/cache/apt/archives
Install the base system and when I get to package selection, switch to
console and unpack tarball. This way I don't have to download packages
I have downloaded previously.

Is it possible to do similar thing with /var/cache/yum ?


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