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Old 03-30-2008, 05:42 AM
Jerry Vonau
Default Why can't the hard disk partition use the same logic as NFS and URL installs?

G.Wolfe Woodbury wrote:

The "local disk" installation option is limited to using ISO images
for installation, while NFS and URL (http and ftp) installs will use
*either* ISOs or repository trees.

The question is why?

Well, that would require logic like nfs/nfsiso uses, or the patches that
I summited, see the my postings: memory usage and stage2= ??

To me it appears that this is a very limiting situation, and that
the local partition should also be able to contain *either* form of
package sources.

That is what my patches do, but with a boot prompt option

Is is just that the local partition option is buried so deep in
the heart of history that it can't be changed easily? I would think
that the developers would simply find a way to specify the source of
packages once and for all, and then let the rest of the install use a
uniform interface. After all, the current method is to loop mount
ISOs and then access packages as if they were repos.


Again, why not use a local partition the same way. Of course, it
would not be prudent to read and write to the sources partition at
the same time, but I suspect that the experienced users could live
with a restriction that the source not be on a partition that is going
to be the target of an install.

Allowing "local partition" installs to use either form would enable
something like using a USB storage unit to be the source for multiple

That was my intention, maybe a custom repo, or adding updates.img to the
usb. As a bonus stage2 is not copied to ram, just loop-mounted. I can't
see the need to change disks with a usb drive.

(I haven't the skills to actually modify the code, or else I would
submit patches. I'm an administrator and tester, using the installer
a lot, no longer a developer or coder.)

Thanks, this maybe what is needed to get my patches in.


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