Installing DVD iso

Mikkel L. Ellertson mikkel at
Mon Nov 26 19:10:44 UTC 2007

Bill Davidsen wrote:
> Robert L Cochran wrote:
>> Right, and you can install over NFS: put the iso image in a directory
>> on a different Linux machine, export that directory over NFS, and then
>> use the rescue CD to start the installation with. Specify "NFS image"
>> as the installation type when you come to that screen.
> Have you actually /done that/ with anything newser than FC6? Because I
> posted a while ago here that I couldn't make it work, had verified that
> both the http and nfs access worked, and a number of people agreed that
> it hasn't worked recently because it's still trying to find stuff on CD
> subdirectories of some such.
> I took the download URLs right from the http server log, ran them on
> another system, and verified that they worked and gave correct. I tried
> both the live CD install and the "boot.iso" versions to be sure I had
> valid boots.
>> You can do it over ftp too. I haven't done an ftp install in a while
>> though.
>> You can also do it over VNC. I've only done that once and with an
>> early version of Fedora Core, probably 2 or 3. VNC-based installs
>> seems unnecssarily complicated to me.
>> Why bother burning DVD media, if you can do it over the network or on
>> a hard drive they way Jeff suggests?
> Because recently the network install only seems to work if you rsync the
> whole tree and create a repository.
I can verify that loop mounting the DVD .iso so that it can be
served out by your web server, and booting from a memory stick
formatted with the bootdisk.img works fine. I have not tried the NFS
or FTP install, or using the .iso file instead of the loop mounted
tree, but I suspect the serving out the loop mounted .iso would work
with NFS and FTP just as well as HTML. (I didn't want the memory/CPU
usage of decoding the .iso image on the system I am installing on.)


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