Subject: Re: Floppy distribution
To: Lawrence Kesteloot <>
From: Richard Wackerbarth <>
List: macbsd-general
Date: 03/29/1994 20:28:42
>You could then download whatever distribution would fit best on your
>transport medium, and the installer would automatically accept the
>split files.  You could download single .tgz files alone if you wanted,
>but you'd have to download all parts of a split file for the installer
>not to freak out.  Splitting all of these could be automated fairly
>easily (for us), and it would only require on the order of 14 or 25
>disks (for you), depending on the distribution.

Perhaps we could make it a bit simpler.
If each HD floppy were to hold exactly 2 files of approximately equal size,
each of them could be placed on a LD. That way there would be only one set
of files.  It would waste a little space on 800k floppys, but that is a
minor problem.

The installer could be made to first look to see if the desired file is in the
same folder as the one just loaded.  If not, it would request the location.

That way, one installer and one set of files could handle various sized
floppys as well as my large hard disk.