F7 Non-DVD install confusion ??
tonynelson at georgeanelson.com
Sun Jun 3 19:26:43 UTC 2007
At 12:19 AM -0400 6/3/07, William Case wrote:
>I have been following the discussions on this list regarding how to
>install F7 without a DVD. I plan to do my own install over the next few
>days. After reading the Release Notes and the Installation Guide I
>thought I had a strategy worked out. Now you guys scare me.
>I have two hard drives. One is hda on which I keep my WindowsXP system.
>On that drive I have a 10GB ext3 partition on which I have the old FC6
>CD.iso.images I downloaded when FC6 was new. I will delete those FC6
>images. My second drive, hdb, is where I have currently installed FC6
>I do not have a DVD. I don't have any use for a DVD except for, perhaps
>some time in the future, burning F7 DVD images.
>I had planned to do the following:
> 1. Download the DVD.iso.image to my ext3 partition on hda.
> 2. Download the rescue.iso to my ext3 partition on hda.
> 3. Burn the rescue.iso to a CD using my still existing FC6's
> 4. Boot with the rescue CD to install; then use the askmethod to
> direct anaconda to find the iso.images on hda and do a clean
> install on hdb.
This is similar to what I do, and should work.
>Seemed simple. But, I have had the experience a couple of versions ago
>of completely blowing an install; screwing up my MBR; being left with no
>Linux of any kind; and trying to get everything repaired through
>WindowsXP. That was fun.
Make a backup before upgrading. You don't need to back up the OS. You do
need /etc, /boot, /root, /home, and possibly /user/local or /opt, and the
output from "rpm -qa --last". Either dump or tar will work.
Though a copy of the MBR might be useful, it might also cause trouble. The
MBR contains the block offset of grub stage 2, which may well be replaced
with a new one elsewhere by the upgrade. It is better to use the Rescue CD
and do a grub-install (?) in case of difficulty.
TonyN.:' <mailto:tonynelson at georgeanelson.com>
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